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Lazy photo diary for Lychee

by Loefing Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 05:47:31 PM EST

Lychee mentioned in Thursday's OT that she has relatives who are known to have lived in Mold.

Where? Yes, Mold, a charming town in North Wales.

I promised to post photos of this beautiful region for Lychee in the photoblog, but as thematic and voluminous as my selection of photos became, I thought it needed a diary.

So on we go with a lazy photo diary.

I had the unique opportunity to sniff around and discover parts of North Wales in 2003, from Mold, to Abergele, to Snowdonia, to Barmouth, Llangollen and back to Mold, over the course of several outings.

Map of the general route :

A few images of the creeks and fields between Mold and Porthmadog:

Blending in.

Further along, the beautiful expanses of fields.

Then there was an extraordinary hike to the summit of Cadair Idris, with views of the lake, which goes by the same name.

It isn't apparent in the photo, but the path was virtually straight up, no switchbacks.

I took the opportunity to rest for a moment along the climb down to photograph a beautiful tree.

Back at sea level, a few images from the northern coastline.

And a sweet, gaff-rig sloop:

Back inland towards Llangollen and Mold, a stop at the ruins of the Abbey Valle Crucis:

North Wales is a unique and very beautiful bit of country. I instructed my driver to stop immediately so that I could take following picture:

What I find so seductive about North Wales is its quiet yet riotous colorfulness.

For you, Lychee. May you and others have the pleasure to visit North Wales, one day.

Very nicely done, thanks.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 06:13:00 PM EST

I hadn't planned on it, but this could be this year's holiday location.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 06:33:41 PM EST
Go on. Laugh ;-)

The diary was for Lychee, after all, but too bad for you if you miss out.


by Loefing on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 07:08:17 PM EST
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I think TBG was being serious. You just gave northern Wales some good tourism advertising.
by lychee on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 09:37:56 PM EST
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And if I ever move to the UK, I'm totally joining the local ramblers' group.
by lychee on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 09:43:36 PM EST
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I was totally being serious. This looks pretty and photogenic and it's only a few hours from here.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Feb 8th, 2009 at 07:41:28 AM EST
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Well, I was being a bit silly. I must say, though, I have known Brits who don't think much of Wales ...

To me it's a feast of colors and textures, and all in a such a small, easily explored area.

Meanwhile, sorry for having deserted my own diary! Actually, I didn't desert it. My ISP was to be down for 2 hours; it lasted a full 20h.

by Loefing on Mon Feb 9th, 2009 at 01:19:10 PM EST
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Beautiful photographs, and I especially LOVE the mossy old tree.
by jjellin on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 07:46:27 PM EST
Oh my GOD. This is fantastic. Thank you, Loefing!
by lychee on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 08:20:51 PM EST
You're very welcome, Lychee. It was my pleasure.

And my apologies for having been absent from this diary : (

As I said above, my ISP was to be down for a few hours; in fact it turned out to be close to two days. Argh!

by Loefing on Mon Feb 9th, 2009 at 01:24:56 PM EST
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Thanks for photos of Wales, Loefing. Beautiful.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 8th, 2009 at 03:15:39 AM EST
The coast north of Barmouth inspires particular memories. Church camp year after year... (Good memories, in fact).
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Feb 8th, 2009 at 03:18:08 AM EST
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I recognised the last one -- you posted it (or one made very close; that one seems taken off of Photobucket) a year ago, when I identified its location near Berwyn.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Feb 8th, 2009 at 12:44:08 PM EST
Pleased you like them!

That's a good visual memory you have, there.

Actually, I believe I've posted several of them, already. But I brought up the lot in case Lychee hadn't seen them.

by Loefing on Mon Feb 9th, 2009 at 01:34:52 PM EST
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My parents loved Wales. Over the years we visited almost every part- I remember Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) vividly for some reason, and then the Whistling Sands at Port Oer. My pranets eventually retired to Colwyn Bay, so I also got to know North Wales very well. I loved it. Still do.

Eating good fish and chips on Colwyn Promenade as the evening tide comes in, the silhouette of the pier off to the left, and surrounded by the pastel twin set and Daks OAP mob, with a backdrop of B&Bs, is my idea of bliss.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Feb 8th, 2009 at 01:02:29 PM EST
What struck me most about North Wales is the immense variety of the terrain, for such a small piece of land. It's one gorgeous eyeful after the next.

Also, I don't believe I've ever seen such vivid colors in a landscape as in Wales. Of course, it's green for a reason ;) but then there's the pink / lavender heather, the golden grasses, the pale limestone rock formations .. and the ocean.

Very special part of the world.


by Loefing on Mon Feb 9th, 2009 at 01:59:35 PM EST
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If you find Mold on the map, look just to the right. My old house that I was living in just before Christmas was just underneath the A483 rectangle above Gresford.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 8th, 2009 at 04:10:58 PM EST
Did you stay at the Summit of Cader Idris overnight? Legend has it that if you do, you will either come down the next morning mad, or a poet.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 8th, 2009 at 04:13:47 PM EST
Oops. Did I misspell the name? I've seen it written 'Cadair' as well as 'Cadar' and hesitated between the two.

I didn't stay overnight. No. Sounds like a great idea, though. Will keep it in mind for next time. Although I think I'd stay on the grassy patch just before the last push to the summit, which is pretty rocky. Maybe it's sleeping on boulders that makes people mad?  

by Loefing on Mon Feb 9th, 2009 at 02:10:05 PM EST
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