01. Jan 2012

The End

Three years are over now.

This blog is closed.

Thursday, 08/12/2011

This is my last day in Wales, tomorrow I’ll fly to Germany to see Monika and George!

What we’ll be missing?

The people: We found some really good friends in Wales
The weather: Thanks to the sea Wales has a very moderate climate
The sea: We had some very lovely walks at the coast
The indian cuisine: We love Indian cuisine and there is no choice of restaurants in Germany

There is more to list and there some things will come to our minds later.

What we are happy to leave? We won’t write that in the blog!

28. Nov 2011

Dinas Head

Sunday, 27/11/2011

The whole night the winds were howling. Off the Llyn Peninsula a cargo ship sunk this night.

After having a Full English (Porridge, Cooked Breakfast and Toast) I went up North and shortly after Fishguard I turned to go to Cwm-yr-Eglwys. Here I parked and had a look at the remains of Saint Brynach (12. century).

The remains of Saint Brynach
The remains of Saint Brynach
The remains of Saint Brynach
The remains of Saint Brynach

During the Royal Charter Storm in 1859 the church was almost completely destroyed, only the belfry and the west wall remained.  From here I start walking on the coast path aroung Dinas Head.

Coast Path Sign
Coast Path Sign

The path starts very muddy and I’m glad to have the walking pole with me to have at least a hint of control.

The Coast Path
The Coast Path

The first three quarters of an hour I did not meet anybody.

Needle Rock
Needle Rock

Then, after passing Pen Y Fan I meet more and more walker, perhaps I just started earlier than everybody else.

Panoramic view from Pen y Fan
Panoramic view from Pen y Fan

When I spot a sunny and sheltered corner, I stop for a break and listen to the sea crashing at the coast.

View from my resting place
View from my resting place
View from my resting place
View from my resting place

Soon I reach the pub at Pwllgwaelod, from here it’s a lazy stroll back to Cwm-yr-Eglwys.

A curious robin
A curious robin

Along the coast I drive via Newport, Aberteifi (Cardigan) and Aberporth to Aberaeron, from where I head straight home.

28. Nov 2011

St. David’s

Saturday, 26/11/2011

I started quite early this morning. From Abergavenny to St. David’s it’s more than two hours to drive.  It’s raining, this isn’t the forecasted weather! But when I reach the coast near New Gale, the rain has stopped, although it’s not becoming brighter.

St.  David’s is the smallest city of Great Britain because it has a cathedral. In the NT shop in St. David’s I grab some walking leaflets and continue to Whitesands Bay, where I park my car. I put on my water proofs and start walking.

At first the path follows the coast line and when I turn around I’ll see Whitesands Bay.

Whitesands Bay

Then I leave the coast path behind and turn inland to cross over the peninsula. When I arrive at the coast path again, I turn backwards to walk back to Whitesands Bay, this time on the coast path around St. David’s Head.

A stream next to my path
A stream next to my path
Back on the coast path again
Back at the coast

The wind is so strong, that I don’t take any risk and I stay away from the cliff’s edge.

Welsh Mountain Ponys
Welsh Mountain Ponys
Lichen
Flechten
Whitesands Bay and Ramsey Island
Whitesands Bay and Ramsey Island
Surfer in Whitesands Bay
Surfer in Whitesands Bay

Back to the car, I’ll have to wash my glasses, they are covered in salt. Then I go back to St. David’s and have a look at the cathedral.

St. David's Cathedral

St. David's Cathedral

St. David's Cathedral
St. David’s Cathedral
St. David's Cathedral
St. David’s Cathedral

After my visit to the cathedrals I went back to the coast to walk from Porth Clais towards Treginnis Peninsula, but after half an hour I decided to turn around, my glasses where covered in rain and salt and I couldn’t see the path anymore.

Coast near Porth Clais
Coast near Porth Clais

On my way back to St. David’s I passed the St. Justininan Lifeboat Station. In January we passed here on our first walk of 2011, but the weather was definitly better in January ;-) .

St. Justinians RNLI Station
St. Justinians RNLI Station

And this way it looked in January:

St. Justinians RNLI Station
St. Justinians RNLI Station

Back to St. David’s I went to see my room in Old Cross Hotel. The interieur originates in the seventies, but it’s absolutely clean. Later that evening I have fish & chips in “The Farmers Arms” and went back to the hotel to watch “The Killing”.

28. Nov 2011

Sugar Loaf

Friday, 25/11/2011

Until Wednesday I worked every day until midnight, to submit our proposal before 5pm Brussel’s time.

Thursday and Friday, I use to come down, to relax again. The first day I was just lazy, but Friday I went up Sugar Loaf Mountain.

The strong westerly wind helped to get rid of the cob webs in my head.

On my way up  Sugar Loaf Mountain
On my way up  Sugar Loaf Mountain

Toadstools
Toadstools
Arriving soon?
Arriving soon?

Despite the strong winds (For taking pictures I had to clamp the trig point) the view was not good, it was quite hazy.

View South
View South
20. Nov 2011

Powis Castle & Garden

Sunday, 20/11/2011

After working all day long on Saturday,  I took “a day off” today. In Abergavenny the fog covers the Usk valley, you can’t see neither Blorenge nor Sugar Loaf. After Crickhowell I turn off the A40 and coming close to Talgarth Pass, I see the sun breaking through the clouds.

Sun over Talgarth Pass

Sadly, this will be the only time I see the sun today. Via Builth Wells, Llandrindod Wells and Newtown I soon arrive near Welshpool, to turn off the main road up to Powis Castle & Garden, one of the real Welsh castles.

Powis Castle is know for the baroque garden, but also for the yew headges, which grow to a landscape over the some threehundred years.

Powis Castle and the Orangerie just below the house

The court yard
The court yard
The countess
The countess

In the cellars and in the court yard buildings there is a christmas market today. That’s the reason there are only two rooms on display today. But these two rooms on the groundfloor are magnificantly decorated in period christmas decorations. I quite the castle and go down to the gardens.

Panorama (5.6MB)

Panorama (5.6MB)

13. Nov 2011

Everyday life

Sunday, 13/11/2011

In the meantime everyday life has returned. As I still get up at the same time, but don’t walk George, I manage to be at the office at 7:15am. I leave the house earlier, but I also gain a quarter of driving time just because the roads are still empty at this time. But, I do not manage to leave work earlier, because the project I’m actually working on, does not permit leaving early.

The last weekends were dominated from our removel and the preparations, but yesterday I was strolling through Abergavenny, browse the market hall, have a coffee at Café One.

And today, Sunday, I’ll cook a Mangalore dish: “Kori Gashi”  (Chicken in a thick Coconut Gravy) for my two lovelies and me.

And this is, what the result looks like:

Kori Gashi from Mangalore
Kori Gashi from Mangalore
04. Nov 2011

Hand-over

Friday, 04/11/2011

Today was the day to hand over the house and there weren’t any problems. Only the water meter. We couldn’t read the meter, because the service hole in the pavement was full of water, we couldn’t even see the meter. Welsh Water will have to deal with this.

It was very strange: to give back the keys and to step out of the house for the last time.

30. Oct 2011

Moving out II

Saturday, 29/10/2011

Saturday, at 8am moving out continued. At first, they turned the truck-trailer combination around to have better access to the container.

Once learnt, never forgotten!
Once learnt, never forgotten!
That should be o.k.
That should be o.k.
Now the house is emptied!
Now the house is emptied!
In between, the weather threatened us
In between, the weather threatened us

yet it was already half past four, when it really started to rain.

A different viewpoint
A different viewpoint

Ans so, the container was filled, bit by bit until everything was in the container:

All cardboard boxes are in ...
All cardboard boxes are in …
The followed the first pieces of furniture
The followed the first pieces of furniture
... and more ...
… and more …
... and more ...
… und mehr …
... until the container was full and the house was empty.
… until the container was full and the house was empty.

Then the guys had a shower and a supper and then they left.

A strange feeling to walk around in the empty house.

30. Oct 2011

Moving out

Friday, 28/10/2011

At 4pm, at schedule, the truck arrived at our house. Truck? No it was a truck-trailor combination. And yes of course, the trailer was for us. When I told the guys, that our house is in a cul-de-sac, they said: “No problem, we just change the containers”

Four hours they were emptying cupboards and shelves, only interupted by dinner.  After that, our house looked like that:

The kitchen
The kitchen
... and the living room
… and the living room

Inbetween they had their well earned refreshment:

Ofenfrische Pizza
Oven fresh pizza