A busy few days spent with our good friends Ros and Adrian
Monday 1st September 2014
We took a midday train from Paddington to Newport, where
we were met by our hosts. A short while later we were
sitting down to afternoon tea, cake and scones. What a
We were very pleased to see Eleri that
evening when she joined us for dinner after she had finished
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
The next morning, we were up and off
early for our "secret" adventure. Well it was
meant to be a secret, but Ros couldn't help herself and
told us about it the previous day! Ros drove us for about
85 miles north, along some quite winding roads and through
some lovely scenery to Devil's Bridge in central Wales.
From there, we were booked on a steam train to Aberystwyth.
Before that, however, we had to have coffee and cake, of
We had made good time on the journey
here, so there was just enough time for Geoff and I to visit
the Devil's Bridge Falls nearby. There was quite a steep
climb down under the three bridges, but once we got down,
it proved to be well worth the effort.
From the falls, it was only about a
five minute walk back to the station where we had parked
and had our coffee so there was also time to pop into the
speciality fudge shop to buy a few treats for the train
Geoff was in his element to be going
on the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Bruce was also looking forward
to the trip, because it involved travelling in a first class
carriage (another R&A treat!) and looking at the scenery.
This miniature engine was available
for supervised rides. What a pity we didn't have time!
The train stopped a few times along
the way, but most passengers were travelling all the way
to Aberystwyth. About half way there, we paused to allow
a train coming in the opposite direction through.
About an hour after leaving Devil's
Bridge, we arrived in Aberystwyth.
It was time for lunch and a beer.
We had around two hours in the town
before the return trip.
Here, Adrian is showing us where he stayed as a student, one or
two years previously.
At 3:45pm we caught the train back
to Devil's Bridge.
Once again, we paused to allow another
train to pass.
Geoff pointed out that we had a
different locomotive on the way back. (He notices this sort of thing!)
That evening, we had another delicious
meal of cottage pie followed by an equally delicious dessert
comprising nutmeg ice-cream, blackberry ice-cream, home-made
short-bread and limoncello. What a treat!
A huge box of chocolates was opened.
That was a mistake, Ros. I hope you didn't think there were
going to be any left after Bruce had got stuck into them!
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
After yesterday's excitement and long
journey, it was Adrian's turn to drive. We started off in
the direction of Chepstow, with a stop en-route at the butcher
in a lovely little place called Usk.
Our chaffeur, Adrian.
Once we arrived in Chepstow, we
agreed to meet Ros & Adrian at the coffee shop and went off
to explore the town.
Geoff had made arrangements for us
all to meet Lyn, a friend of his, for lunch, so we drove
to the Groes Wen Inn at Penhow, where she was already waiting
for us. We had a very nice lunch and a chat there. Afterwards,
we followed Lyn's recommendation to go to Dewstow Gardens.
It was a real treat, with its hidden gardens and grottoes.
What a lovely, peaceful place it
is and a real find. Even Ros & Adrian hadn't heard of it until
Thanks to Lyn for her recommendation.
After saying our goodbyes to Lyn, we drove back with
Ros and Adrian and had yet another excellent meal at their
place (rack of lamb with summer pudding for dessert) and
in the morning, they drove us to Newport station to catch
our train home again.
Thank you Ros & Adrian
for your warmth, kindness and hospitality!