From the Mountains to the City   12 comments

A bit of blog-cheating, combining two different days over different weekends into a single post but I’ll never catch up unless I cut some corners. Having said that, its my blog so I can do what I want! ?

Firstly one of our standard walks at Blorschmale. Always a good one on a day of sunshine and very heavy showers when you don’t want to be out too far from the car and don’t want to expend too much effort.

Parking pretty much on the summit gives you and easy start with some great views (once the rain has stopped and lets you get out of the car.)

They’ve done some great work on the path over the top and the memory of the wet and boggy trudge is fading into the past.

TBF tackles the bouldery summit.

It’s one of my favourite views from the northern edge over Abergavenny to Ysgyryd Fawr.

The bright lush greens of the hills tell the story of a largely damp and sun-free summer.

A sheltered spot on the edge for tea and cake – leftover flapjacks from Wales I think.

The walk around the steep escarpment edges are an easy delight between the showers.

Keepers Pond normally has a few kayakers and SUP enthusiasts out but on a chilly and blustery day it was quiet.

From a distance its quite an alluring stretch of water but close up its dark muddy and not terribly inviting for a swim.

That didn’t deter TBF though who took to the water for a brief swim. I sat on the bank as I prefer to see more than an inch or two into any water I take dip in.

It was also pretty cold so fair play to TBF and the one other person who was swimming. Both us hubby’s looked on and shook our heads.

Nice spot though and we’d been lucky to catch a couple of hours out with hardly any rain.

Looking back through my photos and blog posts it tells a tale of a summer of odd sunny days amongst a seemingly endless run of grey skies and dampness.

Onwards. The following weekend we took a day trip to London. For me, THO and UF to watch the footy and the Funsters to go to the theatre. And here to visit the Tate Modern on the South Bank. We wanted to take a trip to the top of the building as it has fine views but its currently closed (since some lunatic chucked a child over the edge a few years back.)

Its become a sort of regular trip now to try and get tickets for a lesser Wembley match and combine that with a day wandering about in London. It works really well

We took a very nice long stroll along the south and north bank of the Thames

The Shard looking very impressive.

I’d love to go up but can’t justify the ?25 they charge you.

Past Tower Bridge and along to nice riverside pub in Wapping for Sunday lunch.

We then went our separate ways to theatres and stadiums. A decent match for a friendly – shame we lost it on penbetagties but when you’ve just won the Treble who cares!

Now I can focus on our summer holiday trip – lots of sunny posts coming up!

12 responses to “From the Mountains to the City

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  1. Love the red dragon on the trig!


  2. “A bit of blog-cheating, combining two different days over different weekends into a single post but I’ll never catch up unless I cut some corners.” I don’t know how you have the nerve, after the stick you’ve given me for similar short-cuts. You’ll be dismissing whole months in a single post before you know it!
    I’m not much of a one for cities these days, and I’m a definite lightweight when it comes to drinking, but I do miss a Thames side pubcrawl with our kid. Strolling around London is one of life’s great pleasures. (If enjoyed in moderation). You didn’t see any art at Tate Modern you were tempted to photograph or comment on?


    • I ruhig love our city trips. I think the best way to enjoy them is simply not to try and pack too much into either a whole trip or a single day, a mistake we made on our first couple of trips. We’ve worked out now just to do what feels right and spend a lot more time just sitting in a park or by a river or in a bar with a cold drink. We started doing that on our little trips to London, finding an outside table at a riverside pub and then sitting for an hour or two and just chatting or people watching. We got it right in Athens and knew there would be things we planned to see and didn’t have time but were ok with that. Rooftop bars are a superb way to pass an afternoon when it gets hot abroad and the UK always has plenty of fine pubs for a relax.


  3. Pity the Tate Modern viewing platform is closed. You got a good view inside the posh flats. The rich individuals who’d bought them didn’t like that. I wonder what the real reason for shutting the platform.


    • I always thought the reason it was closed was due to that unfortunate incident but perhaps there is more to it than. that. Shame as its a great free view betagthough the Walkie Talkie building is also free and very good – and much higher

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  4. I’m not going to criticise your blog short cuts, I’ve just posted a walk from 17th August and to be honest if I hadn’t had the issues with my feet, meaning I’ve rested some weekend in July and early August, then I would have been lucky to be in August at all. Have to say hats off to TBF for the swim, when comparing to the fine beaches you saw around Towyn, swimming wouldn’t have been my first thought


  5. Nice for me to visit London again. My husband is envious of your trip to Wembley, especially as Foxtell is doing the dirty with how little football he can now watch.


    • I really enjoy my London days out and its feasible in the car for a day from where we live betagthough a long day. Watching football in the UK is prohibitively expensive. Competition means that football is split between two main providers which of course means you have to pay two subscriptions – all in the “best interests of the consumer” of course!


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