Once again I had a vague idea about stretching the Welsh bit of the trip to include the battlefield of Montgomery, but it was really too far for the time we had available, so I shall content myself with a tabletop game based on Montgomery in the near future (note for self). Considering the wealth of good eating and drinking places in Chester, I was a bit unlucky to get a touch of mild food poisoning on the first night, so my diet was largely bottled water and Immodium tablets for the next few days, but I survived.
We hit crazy traffic queues on the way home, on the M6, on Friday, but otherwise we had no logistical problems at all - very easy travelling. Here are a few pictures - just to give a flavour of our trip!
|The King's Tower - formerly the Phoenix Tower - from which Charles I |
may or may not have been able to watch the Rowton Heath disaster unfolding
|And suddenly I find someone has put me in my miniature Tey Pottery ECW |
siege town - Chester's Rows - as you see, the place has had a coat of paint and a
few new businesses have opened up...
|Just a brief moment of hope for us old guys, and then you realise the place has closed |
down. The worst bit is the notice you can't read, which states "SORRY FOR ANY
INCONVENIENCE". Not with a bang, my friends, but a whimper.
|Please take note|
|We called at Conwy to visit the castle, which is a phenomenal place|
|The lovely, peaceful town of Ruthin|
|Back to my siege town - here's the original of another of my Tey buildings - |
this is Ruthin's Old Courthouse - now a bank
|Monument to a local hero - the racing driver Tom Pryce, who was killed |
in a freak accident at Kyalami in 1977
|This, of course, is one of the chief reasons we were in Wales - pleasing view |
of the Clwydian hills, taken from our B&B, on a farm near Pwllglas, about
4 miles from Ruthin. These are not very spectacular, really, but it's a lovely area.
|It was raining, of course, on the hills, but we were comforted to see that it was |
mostly dry and sunny in the valley below.