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The Welsh tour…

We had a really nice couple of weeks in Wales last month and apart from a couple of super rainy days, we had great weather! Unlike our Scottish trip, we booked all but our first night’s camping in advance (and most of the sites we stayed at were pretty full due to it being school holiday time). We spent a peaceful first night in a car park in Brecon – most Powys council car parks allow you to stay overnight (for 1 night) so we started our trip a day earlier than we originally planned, which meant we could take our time getting to our first campsite near St David’s.

St David’s cathedral

We took advantage of the lovely weather and did quite a bit of walking, including some parts of the coastal path. This was taken on a walk around Dinas head:

The views were amazing!

Pippin enjoyed some time digging for rocks on the beach…

He likes to hunt for them in streams too (strange dog!)

We ate some fab food – I think Pizza Tipi (Cardigan) was one of our favourite places.

I’ve recently changed my camera kit – as much as I loved my full frame Nikon and amazing fast lenses, I decided I wanted something that I could actually manage to carry around all day without being crippled by the weight! I have now got an Olympus OMD EM1 and I’m loving it. It’s a great camera – very light (compared to the Nikon) but extremely capable and there are a lot of excellent lenses to choose from too. I tried to remember to take shots for a panorama each day. These were all handheld (and put together in Lightroom).

Rather appropriately, the wet weather caught up with us for our stay at Tyn Cornel campsite which is next to the River Tryweryn and just a short walk from the National White Water Centre. Despite the rain (lots of rain!) we had a great time watching the action on the river.

Pippin made a friend!

Another highlight was walking over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (not recommended if you are afraid of heights, although I have to say I’m not that keen but I found it ok)

We came home via Shropshire where we spent a relaxing couple of days with Gretel – we ate too much and talked a lot and I had the honor of receiving some 1:1 painting tuition!

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