Mid-summers day has gone, the nights are closing in and still the sun shines! This summer weather wise has been fantastic - whenever I turn on the TV to watch cricket it seems to be raining or cloudy everywhere else but here in Mid-Wales the sun is king! The rivers are very low, full of sea-trout but also algae and blanket weed. I’ve still managed a dozen fish up to 12lb so it’s not too bad!! Bookings wise things have been incredibly busy with June being the busiest month we’ve had in our 13 years here. Morgan is now playing lots of golf – it will be interesting to see where his priorities lie when the rugby season re-starts. He’s played in 3 competitions recently and won all of them – not bad for an 8 year old but I have the feeling his handicap will be coming down!
The bluebells are particularly spectacular this year and the sea-trout have started to run the rivers – I had my first of the season from the Dyfi on Tuesday night 6lb and fresh off the afternoon tide. Lorraine took a series of stunning pictures of Tal-y-llyn and the bluebells earlier this week, just in time as the rain seems to have flattened them! Morgan had his last rugby match of the season last weekend and scored 5 tries in beating Newtown over two matches. He’s now playing golf 3-4 times a week and hitting the ball further than his mother!!! It’s half-term next week so he’ll be off fishing and golfing everyday while we have too work – maybe I’ll be able to sneak down to the river after dinner on a couple of nights!!
The kids have gone back to school, the cuckoos have arrived and are calling across the valley behind the house – probably looking for nests to hijack and the Dyfi Ospreys should be laying their first egg any day now. Things have quietened down in the B&B after one if busiest Aprils on record. We took this picture of the adventure sports dog (Oggie) on our way back from Bala yesterday having picked up the newly framed painting of Cadair Idris for our Wnion bedroom. Due to two last minute cancellations we do have a room free for this weekend. Don’t miss the new BBC Wales Crime Drama ‘Hinterland’ on BBC4 on Monday nights – it’s filmed around Mid-Wales and is superb!
The sun’s shining the kids have broken up and Tywyn beach is still empty! Where’s my surf board! This spring weather is absolutely stunning and fabulous news for the farmers who have just started lambing. Morgan had a trip to Parc Y Scarlets at the weekend and scored 2 tries for Aberystwyth under 9s and then scored several more in the games on Sunday for the under 8s. We’re enjoying a really busy start to the season with most of the guests either climbing Cadair Idris or doing some of the other shorter fantastic walks such as the Torrent Walk and the Precipice Walk.
The decorating is finished, the ski holiday is a distant memory and the bookings are rolling in. We’re enjoying some fabulous weather at the moment and to think there was a foot of snow on the ground this time last year! Our first guests of the year stayed at the weekend and even managed Cadair Idris in under 3 hours – there’s a challenge to beat! We’ve completely re-decorated the Bathroom in Wnion Room and are just waiting for Kev at #tafarndwynant to produce some new art work for the bedroom walls. On a sad note the large Tal-y-llyn dog otter was killed on the road while we were on holiday – perhaps rough justice as he was on the way to eat our neighbours chickens at the time, fortunately there are still two males and a female with cubs on the lake at the moment although I think they may drop down the river as the sea trout start to run.
Spring seems to be well and truly on the way. The daffodils are in full bloom and the sparrows are busy nest building. Here’s a picture of the sunset last week taken from the National Library of Wales over looking Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay.
Hello world from our new blog.
Dolffanog Fawr is an 18th Century farmhouse that has recently been thoroughly renovated and converted into one of the finest small luxury accommodation establishments in Snowdonia. The house is situated in the heart of the stunning Tal-y-llyn valley. With views across sheep pasture to Tal-y-llyn lake, and Cadair Idris virtually rising from the back garden, you couldn’t wish for a more spectacular setting.
We (Alex, Lorraine and our rugby mad son Morgan) pride ourselves on creating accommodation with a warm, relaxed atmosphere and an exceptionally high standard of comfort and cleanliness. All 4 ensuite rooms, named after local rivers, are simple yet stylish, neutrally decorated with woollen carpets, local artwork & Melin Tregwynt throws. Large beds with top end pocket sprung matresses & crisp Egyptian cotton together with clean Welsh mountain air make for a sound nights’ sleep.