"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Sunday, 30 October 2011

North Wales - Day 5 Friday, 21st October - Barmouth and Another Mine

Cold and cloudy with drizzly rain most of the day.

We had to vacate the property by 10.00 a.m. and we popped into Barmouth to have another look round.

The photos below were taken on a brief visit to the town earlier in the week.

This sculpture by a local sculptor is called the Last Haul and shows 3 fishermen hauling in a net. Its made from a block of marble recovered in the 1980's from an eighteenth century shipwreck lying on the sea bed a few miles away from Barmouth. The ship is believed to have been a galleon from Genoa, Italy, which hit a storm off the Welsh coast.

On the way home we stopped off at King Arthur's Labyrinth where Brian and David went on an underground boat trip and more walks through underground caverns with lots of story telling about King Arthur. To be honest I'd ahve enough of being underground the day before so Emily and I had a look round the Corris Craft Centre which was excellent. Lots of shops and workshops selling candles, jewellery, pottery, glass, carved wooden items, etc., where you could see craftsmen at work making the items they were selling.

I thought these dragons were rather cute and now rather wish I'd bought one!

We finally reached home about 6.00. Lovely relaxing holiday in a beautiful cottage with stunning scenery. I would have liked to have done more birdwatching if the weather had been drier and more suitable for walking but highlights of the trip were Portimeirion, Harlech Castle and Beddgelert (especially the icecreams!!)


Pete said...

do I take it you liked the ice creams :D

you've made me loo forward to next year with some nice pics!

Ragged Robin said...

Still drooling over them :D

I look forward to seeing your photos when you visit next year - you will really enjoy it.

ps Don't forget to visit the ice cream shop in Beddgelert :D

Tricia said...

Some lovely places visited - seems you had a great time :D

Ragged Robin said...

Thanks Tricia - yes we had a lovely break. It was nice to get away for a few days before the onset of winter!