Thursday, 12 September 2013


I went to collect some quilts from the Quilt Association (Minerva Arts Centre) a few days ago in Llanidloes, Wales. This marked the end of a tour of quilts for the SixandFriends Orientation exhibition.  New things are afoot however, and if you'd like to keep up with what's going on, click the link and keep tuned!!

Whilst in the area DH and I decided to have a ferret around Snowdonia and visit Portmeirion which is on the coast in north Wales.  Very, very beautiful it is too.

As a treat we stayed in Castell Deudraeth, which was just a tiny bit gorgeous!  Picture above - it's all very new and luxurious inside, and I dined on choc and champagne. Everyone has to be a bit silly now and then!

We also visited the famous village of Portmeirion which is just down the road from the hotel. After years of watching programmes about the place on TV and endlessly seeing clips from The Prisoner, DH had it on his list of must-see places.  The village itself is disappointing and doesn't live up to the hype - why? The buildings were lovely and to find them nestled away in a hidden part of Wales is astonishing, but most of it is sectioned off and is now holiday lets.  You obviously can't get inside the buildings because of this, but you couldn't even get close to most of them.  So you walk around a tiny path for a few minutes and just look from afar.  There are a few shops and places for refreshment, but half an hour and you're done. Not a problem, except for the £10 entry price! Or perhaps I'm just being miserable?!!

Below is a photo of the estuary and walk.  The highlight!  The video is wobbly for which I apologise, but it's very short and at the end is a shot of the whole village.

 And below is the video of the whole estuary which was without doubt simply breathtaking.



  1. I'm sorry to hear that about Portmeirion. It used to be a lovely place to visit, even though there were lots of people. Sounds as though commercialism has taken over. There used to be a beautiful walk up through the woods around the headland, very peaceful. The hotel sounds fabulous, especially the chocolate!

  2. To be fair the woodland walk is still there Julie. We visited at an unfortunate time, as the place was also awash with low loading lorries and trucks, and teams of hard working stage constructors. There's quite a big music festival this weekend and the stages and tents seem to have spread into the village and walk making it muddy and noisy. The hotel refunded our entrance money as part of the room deal, which was unexpected but very nice - I'd been moaning!! It doesn't alter the fact though, that the entrance fee is a lot just to stand and admire a few buildings from afar. Half that amount, and I suspect I would have viewed it all differently. :)