William Marshal’s Castle

Reaching out to you today with a flashback to seven months ago when I traveled to Wales with my good friend Mandy. It's cheerful to think back now (with everything going on) to that time we traipsed about the charming Welsh countryside. Like the rest of the world, they are dealing with the coronavirus as… Continue reading William Marshal’s Castle

In the Land of Castles, Sheepdogs and Dragons

On Thursday the 8th of August, we finally traveled northward to Gwynedd – one of my favorites places on the planet. I first discovered the fascinating history of this particular region of Wales through the Here Be Dragons trilogy by Sharon Kay Penman. If you've never read it, I insist you stop reading this blog… Continue reading In the Land of Castles, Sheepdogs and Dragons

Saints, Cows & Spiders … Oh, My!

Mother Nature delivered another perfect day on Wednesday, August 7th. Mandy and I ventured to the coast on our own this time to visit the stunning cathedral of St. Davids. If you know anything at all about Wales, it just may be that St. David is the patron saint of this fair country. Born in… Continue reading Saints, Cows & Spiders … Oh, My!

More Swans, Castles & Rain

On Tuesday Mandy and I ventured to Pembroke to visit the castle of its once lord and master William Marshall – one of Mandy's personal favorite historical figures. As for me, I knew very little about him when we arrived. One of the first things I did learn was that he purportedly stood 6' 6"!… Continue reading More Swans, Castles & Rain

To Market, To Market, Then on to a Farm

We arrived in Wales on Thursday, much to my utter delight. I first visited this breathtaking country many, many years ago and have always wanted to return. <insert squeals of joy> While the All Souls Con in Cardiff was a hoot, I cannot wait to start exploring the countryside. But first, a little PSA. Many… Continue reading To Market, To Market, Then on to a Farm

Crabs, an Octopus & Steep Steps

Wednesday was my final day to explore Torquay as we're headed to Wales Thursday morning. As Mandy was feeling better after being under the weather for almost two weeks, she accompanied me down the hill where we grabbed breakfast at one of the many fine cafés bordering the marina. After a traditional English breakfast for… Continue reading Crabs, an Octopus & Steep Steps

Sheep, Spelt & a Medieval Church

On Tuesday we traveled to Dartmoor National Park where the sheep roam free, the roads are narrow, the turns are blind and the speed limit is 60 kph. I've never been on a moor and very much felt like Jane Eyre trekking in the rain. Does it always rain on the moors? Seems to in… Continue reading Sheep, Spelt & a Medieval Church

Adventures in Torquay

I'm back in the UK and have been sharing pictures of my adventure(s) via twitter. As it's raining today, I thought I'd take the time to share several more. My traveling companions and I arrived in Torquay on Friday and checked into this converted Victorian house for the duration of our stay in England. Torquay… Continue reading Adventures in Torquay