When my parents visit, we tend to do a lot of walks in the Conwy valley. The walks (besides being gorgeous and interesting) are relatively nearby and usually easy to access with public transport. However, we often talk about possible walks on Anglesey and really wanted to fit one in during their trip this spring. … Continue reading Walk on Ynys Llanddwyn
In early June, we drove just south along the river to Tal-y-Cafn, for a walk to Caerhun (walk #7 in Walking in the Conwy Valley). The main attraction is Caerhun Church, the site of a first century Roman fort. The walk started by passing through a farm and into the woods, where we encountered a very … Continue reading Caerhun Walk
If I could spend every day at Bodnant Garden, I probably would. These photos are from late May, when the Laburnum arch was in full bloom and the rest of the garden wasn’t looking too bad, itself. We even got to wander around the newly opened Furnace Wood and Meadow. Continue reading Bodnant Garden in the Spring
A couple weeks ago, we had a wonderfully warm and sunny weekend and I knew I had to spend part of it at Bodnant Garden. Such a good decision. We were greeted at the walk just inside the entrance by an array of bright reds, yellows, and oranges: Wandering down the path, I saw these … Continue reading Visiting the Garden
I feel like the past month has been a lot of me just repeating to myself, “I can’t even.” Followed by sharing news articles, contacting my representatives in the US government, and donating to causes I support. It borders on overwhelming, but I’m trying my best to stay engaged. Which also means doing my best … Continue reading Can you even?
Have you ever heard of Public Lending Right in the UK & Ireland? I hadn’t! It’s the right for authors to get paid (like royalties) when their books are lent out by public libraries. It boils down to this: A representative sample of libraries (with membership that rotates over time) reports its aggregate lending data each … Continue reading Public Libraries in the UK
Merry Christmas! Because we had to renew our visas this winter, we couldn’t plan any travel outside the UK for the holidays. (But our new biometric residence permits arrived a few days ago — a wonderful Christmas gift!) No travel to the US meant planning a Christmas season of our own here in Wales. My husband … Continue reading An Expat Christmas