After a short lunch break in Wrexham and a quick stop in Llangollen (photographed a better set ... later), I arrived at my destination for the weekend. It's not an obvious tourist destination as many people travel on to the north or mid Wales coast and it was only the second time I had been here. This is blogpost 2 of 3, otherwise entitled "Understanding ... Entrances, Exits and No Entry" !! Not the best set in the world but it is what is ... i.e. turn up the day and take what I see.
(Apologies for my absence in many ways, The month of 'May' to me means 'away'. I have had other distractions too including the april jungle that doubles as a May(never does) / June garden. Friends want to see my images of last weeks trip to Scotland but you got here first. Computer issues again with my photo library that have got sorted for now... need to spend a month not taking pictures and cleaning up the computer.)
My first Welsh trip was to Llandudno with my parents on the train where we explored a few coastal places in addition to the town. After falling for everything about the North West Corner of Wales (Mountains, Railways, scenery) I decided to return and use Llandudno and Aberystwyth as a base for a North and Mid Wales rail rover to explore the area further in my "pre-car" days. The week in North Wales became a ritual even after a car purchase and became an excuse to find places in the country inaccessible to reasonable public transport. One day I chose to visit the Bala Lake narrow gauge railway but underestimated the realistic road speed and consequently just caught the train so no time for a look around town.
|Entrance ... to Accommodation|
|A walk around the back garden|
|Entrance to ... history ... at the other end of town|
|The view south from the top overlooking the town|
|Something to say|
Welsh Language and literacy seem high on the agenda here as 78.5 % of the residents can speak fluent Wesh according to the 2011 census with the figure increasing to 95.7 % for the 5 -9 year olds.
|The other landmark .... English Chapel .... Eh?! ... Grim skies, grim mood !|
|Entrance to ... The English Language !|
Just before I gear myself up for activity in the next post, time for a quick look at other things in the main street.
|The Welsh and English put there differences aside for an Indian takeaway !!|
The night at The White Lion Inn with a load of acquaintances who seemed to know one another well from previous occasions wasn't the best in the world. However, as I write here I look forward "today" to another weekend with the same group of people....
|Struggling for communication in Bala|
... so it can't have been that bad or my memory isn't as good as what it once was !!
I don't often show the progression of image editing but here's one to keep the professionals happy ... entitled ... "Bala, don't even go there"...
|No entry ... Original|
|Straightened verticals and unshadowed ... but not overdone|
|Colour popping and saturation ... "A little colour in the weekend"|
|Ooo, is time to fill up and go home?! no, there's blog post 3/3 to do which is why I came !|