Ah, our first quiet day after arriving across the pond. We roared around the country last week, and had a somewhat hectic but wonderful time in Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Chipping Camden (a quick night off, just lovely!) and Bristol. Thanks to everyone who came out for the talks, it was delightful meeting you, especially the blog readers who came up to say hello.
Special thanks to Pauline Appleby and the Association of Pet Behavior Counsellors who sponsored my talks and to Sandra McCune, the head of the Human Animal Interaction program at Waltham who gave us a day’s tour of the facility. More on that later, suffice it to say it was a fascinating and greatly appreciated.
Right now we’re cozy in a Bed and Breakfast on the Gower Penninsula in Wales. Fittingly, there’s a light drizzle outside, but yesterday was warm and sunny, and we took advantage of every minute of it. We took a two hour pony ride (horses in the states!) up a high ridge overlooking Three Cliffs and Bristol Bay, then dashed off to get a Sunday roast dinner at a local pub and visit a gorgeous area called Worm’s Head. The ride and visit were great, dinner was…well, what can I say? I’m not a fan of vegetables with the life cooked out of them. I’m tempted to start a Society for the Welfare of Peas. Sorry, those of you who love your mushy peas, but I like them barely warmed up.
No sympathy needed, we’re on our way to The Mumbles today, and will take reader’s advice and stop at Verdi’s for ice cream or hot chocolate.
A few random travel thoughts:
Favorite new word: “Jammy” for lucky. I’m loving all the British words that vary from American English. Lift for elevator, trainers for tennis shoes, pony trek for trail ride, rising trot for posting… I’d love to hear your favorites, it’s one of my favorite parts of traveling. (Favorite word learned in Scotland: Sauncy. Yours?)
Best food in last few days: Roasted parsnips for Trisha, Welsh Beef Pie for Jim.
Here are a few photos:
I didn’t think there were many of these left in the UK! This is outside of the Gower Heritage Center, not far from our B & B.
Here’s the beginning of the trail to Worm’s Head, which you can see as the triangle poking above the hill. (Sheep everywhere, of course!)
And here it is a bit closer up, although we walked all the way down to the sea level and got a much better view. You can go across for a brief period during low tide, but it was getting dark and the footing was dodgy, so we decided not to make the trip. To the right of all this is a gorgeous sandy beach that goes on forever. There were even surfers catching some waves. Brrrrr.
By the way, I am loving the Wegman contest response, Katie has been flooded with photographs. How fun is that?
I’ll send some more photos when I can, internet is very off and on here, but love reading your comments when I can. We have today and tomorrow here in Wales, then it’s off to Heathrow and Germany.