Mike’s Sabbatical

Sabbatical Diary – Day 56

The BP petrol station at the corner of Shotwick Road (A548) and Parkway on Deeside Industrial Estate near Chester. The nearest proper (legal) parking place to the road crossing of the Wales / England border nearest the coast. Where my ’round the coast’ trip started and finished. So, 8 weeks, 56 days, 5425 miles, 49 […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 55

This is Colin. He sniffed the wind this morning. And it was good. Off to Bardsey. St Cadfan built a monastery on Bardsey in 516 and the island became a major pilgrimage destination during the Middle Ages until the dissolution of the monastery by Henry VIII. Pilgrimages to Bardsey continue and have become more and […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 54

More of Aberdaron beach. Taken from just beside our B&B. Colin (the Bardsey ferryman) got up this morning and sniffed the air. He didn’t like it. No boats to Bardsey today, coracles or otherwise. We set off for St Hywyn’s for the bilingual (Welsh and English) communion service at 10.00am. The last bilingual communion service […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 53

Harlech Castle. Great weather again today. Dry, bright, and warmer than the last couple of days. Wonderful for riding. Round the coast from Tywyn to Fairbourne, then inland and across the little wooden toll bridge and back out to Barmouth. Past Harlech, on to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Pwllheli, Abersoch, and, finally, Aberdaron. Had a wander around […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 52

This is Edward Thomas! This is Dolgoch! These are two of the five working steam engines on the Talyllyn Railway, and the two that were ‘in steam’ today. Had a great day on the railway. Great scenery. Mountains. Mountain streams. Walked back to B&B along the front. Beautiful day. Another lovely evening. Travelling to Aberdaron, […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 51

Sunset from our B&B in Tywyn. Fabulous. Relaxed morning at St Davids as not too far to travel today. Another beautiful day. Up to Fishguard, then Cardigan, then along the coast, with Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, and Aberdovey highlights along the way. Aberystwyth Lighthouse. Fairly dramatic encounter with three birds of prey, very low, just above us, […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 50

St David’s Cathedral. Beautiful day in St David’s. Literally didn’t see a cloud all day. Inside St David’s Cathedral. Visited the Cathedral this morning, and read Morning Prayer there. Went to Sung Evensong in the quire this evening. Choir incredible. About 50 in attendance. The Cathedral is very impressive. Interesting mix of architecture. The floor […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 49

Caldey Abbey. Had a great morning on Caldey Island. Said Morning Prayer in the Abbey Chapel: Spent a little time in St David’s Church: And went to see the full size crucifix at ‘Calgary’: All very powerful and memorable. I didn’t visit the chocolate factory! Caldey Abbey is relatively new, built by Anglican Benedictine monks […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 48

Caldey Island from outside our B&B. Sadly, this is as close as I got to Caldey Island today. All boats cancelled for the day. I think just because they didn’t think they would be very busy as the weather was a bit mixed. Misty and showery at times. I don’t think it was to do […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 47

Burry Port Lighthouse. (The scene of a significant event in our relationship. In Welsh! About 8 years ago.) Windy today! And showery. It was lashing down before we set off, but dry as we left. We went through Llanelli and on to Burry Port, then Ferryside, then round to Llansteffan, which is just across the […]