Monday, 17 February 2014

Google Maps

You can find us on Google Maps now:

Just put in "Ty Cariad Pont-rhyd-y-groes"

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

View from the window

First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is....

The famous saying of Ch'ing-yüan Wei-hsin (Seigen Ishin):

Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Star Gazing with the BBC

It is worth noting that on clear nights, especially at the New Moon, the skies over the cottage may startle city dwellers. There is very little light pollution - and if even that tiny amount (from the village) bothered you, you don't have to go very far to find somewhere astoundingly dark...

BBC Stargazing website

and the Dark Sky Discovery website can tell you more.

In particular, Dark Sky Wales.

So far, the only official Dark Sky Discovery Site in Wales is in the Brecon Beacons, here. Sadly that is about 60 miles away...but perhaps other zones may be officially added at some point.

Monday, 7 November 2011

All Wales Coast Path due to open 5 May 2012

This was an exciting read on the Council intranet:

"Lonely Planet have confirmed it, Wales is the best on Earth to visit! Well, the 870-mile (1400km) trail around Wales, which is due to be completed next year. But that covers the most of Wales anyway!

We are very excited to announce that our very own coastline has been named the "best region on Earth" to visit next year by the prestigious travel guide.

From May 2012 Wales will become the first country in the world to offer tourists a formal trail right around its coast.

The Lonely Planet guide (edition 7), highlights 10 countries, 10 regions and 10 cities handpicked by the publisher's travel experts as the best places to visit. They say of the Welsh coast line: "What a wonderful thing: to walk the entire length of a country's coastline. How better to truly appreciate the shape - and soul - of a nation?"

The All Wales Coast Path (AWCP) will cover spectacular ground from Chepstow in the south to near Queensferry in the north - whilst on the path you will experience dramatic serrations, sandy bays and breathtaking castles and countryside.

Lonely Planet's Tom Hall explained: "As well as the novel ability to walk its entire coastline, the region comes out top because of its wildlife, great surf, castles and fantastic spots such as Barafundle Bay and St Davids.

The path is due to officially open on 5 May 2012."

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Another season, another reason...

We have been delighted with the new entries in the guest book.

People seem to find lots of things to do around the cottage, even when the weather reminds you that you are in the Welsh mountains!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

New television and some more art

Julie has just visited the cottage to upgrade the television set - all ready for wet autumnal days!

I [Toby] haven't had a go with this one yet, so can't give you the details, but it sounds as though (on top of the Sky package) you may also be able to access streaming films, etc, through the WiFi.

I will update this post when I have more details about what it is capable of...

She has also added some of her art to the walls -examples of which you can find on her website.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Images from Google Maps - the side turning

As the last approach to the cottage can prove a little tricky (the Post Code covers the whole village, so a SatNav won't get you right to the door) I have been using Google Maps to grab a few useful images, to supplement the maps.

If you have come through the village on the B3443 then you will take a left hand turn to reveal The Counting House, an unmistakable landmark, and should take the next left turn up the hill.

The Counting House
Below you can see it, approaching from the other direction, with The Counting House on the left of the picture, and a clear view of the little lane up the hill that you need to take.

This is also what you would see if approaching on the B3443 from the Ysbyty Ystwyth direction, just after you pass the Pont-Rhyd-Y-Groes village sign.