We had a lakeside view from the room we'd booked, and I have to say it was absolutely amazing, a really breathtaking vista. The hotel was awesome as well, really characterful and of a high standard. The first few photos show the hotel and the view from our room.
The first day we were there we went to visit the Sculpture Park at Llanwyddyn. Most of it was pretty bog standard hewn from wood sculpture park nonsense. But there were a couple I liked and most of all the house on a stick. Here's a few pictures from the park.
We had the one night at the hotel, a hearty breakfast then headed off around the lakeside drive. There's a view of the hotel from the opposite site of the lake, then a number of photos from out trek up from the northern end of the lake to the waterfall at Rhaeadr. It was an amazing trek through fields of newly born lambs and dry stone walls to the waterfall. Elis loved being out in the mountains, and so did we. The light came and went, and lots of photos were snapped.
We stopped for tea at Aberystwyth on the way back, and Aberaron on the way up. I really can't stress how lovely a road journey it is. Yes it's hard work with all the hills, lorries and tractors and stuff, but going slow allows you to take in some lovely scenery and atmosphere. It was a really lovely trip, my only regret was that we didn't have longer.
I have to admit to having been on a bit of a binge recently. I've got a small amount of spare money thanks to business, and I've been spending it on original art. I've been following the posts at OMG Posters and as a result buying myself some lovely screen prints to adorn the walls of the office. It's a great way of collecting original art at low bucks prices and although I've run out of wall space, I've bought a large portfolio to put the extra stuff in just so I can enjoy it at my leisure. It's not like I'm going to be doing any painting or anything myself in the near future, so these purchases are acting as a surrogate art kick for me.
Here's what I've got my hands on so far on the walls...
Dan Grzeca - In Silence
Tommy Cinquegrano - Warehouse 1
Mike Klay - Teton Trails
And for the portfolio of awesomeness
Daniel Danger - I'd Sink To Your City Streets If I Wasn't Buried In Your Hands
Daniel Danger - I Was Born In A House Of Wyeth
Diana Sudyka - Narwhal
I have to say I'm really liking a number of Daniel Danger's prints, I can see a cross between the works of Hopper, Wyeth and Goya with a nice smattering of magical realism thrown in for good measure. I have my eye on a couple more prints of his, and with a bit of luck I will grab them at some point in the near future.