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A snowy winter
Winter brought the snows and this photo shows that the view from Dyfiview B&B can be as glorious in winter as it is in summer. During the snows Gill couldn't get her car up the hill and had to park down at the garage. The local children used the hill as a tobogan run and we joined them on one occasion. The rabbits left very obvious paw-print trails all through the vegetable patch. Mr MacGregor was not amused but fortunately the vegetable crop was excellent - despite the bunnies.
Mike on Cadair Idris
Cadair Idris is the largest mountain near Dyfiview B&B and the second most popular mountain in Snowdonia. The name means 'The chair of Idris'. Idris was a giant who lived in the area. Only a few miles up the road, the southern route up Cadair Idris is one of our favourite walks and many of our guests have borrowed our guide book and followed in our footsteps. Last spring the winter snows lay until April in some places. While we were on the summit on this occasion a fellow walker stripped down to his underpants and boots so his partner could get a photo of him on the snowy summit. Mike however stayed fully clothed - spoil sport!
The Cambrian Steam Train
Wales is famous for its little narrow gauge steam railways but did you know we have full sized steam trains on the Cambrian Coast line too? Each summer steam trains run from Machynlleth Station up the fabulous Snowdonia coast line visiting places like Aberdovey, Barmouth, Harlech, Porthmadog and Pwllheli. Machynlleth Station is just at the bottom of our road and from Dyfiview B&B you can watch the trains steaming gracefully along the valley. Catch this video of "The Cambrian"
Gill on Y Garn
Further afield the high mountains of northern Snowdonia can be reached in less than two hours. This is Gill enjoying the triumph of conquering Y Garn. In the background you can see Tryfan and the ogwen valley. In the foreground you can see her earrings sparkling under a cute hat.
Bluebells in The Jungle
Spring brought a delightful surprise in the form of a flush of bluebells in our recently cleared 'jungle' (the extra bit of land we bought at the rear of the property). We are hoping for a repeat performance in next year.
A new member of staff recruited
Say hello to Ginger (and her friend Spec who is so well camoflaged you can't get a decent photo of her). Together they make up the egg production team. Despite living at the end of the garden, down in the jungle, they have become family pets as well and follow us around getting in the way whenever possible. On this occasion Ginger is perched on Gill's knee and giving her the beady eye.
Mountain Goats on the Rhinogs
For some years we have heard tales of a flock of wild goats on the lonely Rhinog mountain chain. This year we happened upon them by chance and it's hard to tell which of us were the most surprised! They ran off so fast that we only managed to get a few of them in the photo but the whole flock was maybe fifty individuals. You can reach the Rhinogs after a short run up to Barmouth or from the forest south of Trawsfynydd.
A view through the blossom
Our now familiar view is framed in cherry blossom. The tree nearest the house, despite supposedly being a 'Bird Cherry' providing only small bitter fruit, actually provided a huge crop of sweet tasting fruit which is still supplying Mike's craving for pies!
With the early summer in full swing - perfect sunshine for weeks on end during May & June, Gill takes the office out on to the terrace.
On Cadair Idris again
Where else would we take our friends when they come to stay? Even when the weather is hazy the views from Cadair are magical.
There is an exciting mountain road running south from Machynlleth to llanidloes. It climbs to around 1500ft passing a dramatic viewpoint overlooking Snowdonia, with a memorial to the late Wynford Vaughan Thomas. A short way beyond is the village of Dylife, once a prosperous lead mining centre and now a 'gold mine' for enthusiastic industrial archeaologists. Beyond the village is a 150ft waterfall called Ffrwd Fawr. Amazingly, in a freak accident, someone managed to drive a car over the waterfall in 2010 and emerged with barely a scratch.
Our bird feeders
The Machynlleth area is a magnet for bird watchers of all kinds, especially with the RSPB site at Ynys Hir and the Dovey Osprey Project close by. Similarly, our bird feeder has been a magnet for garden birds of all sorts including blue tit, great tit, coal tit, siskin, greenfinch, goldfinch, nuthatch and some unusual visitors such as the red-legged partridge that tried to roost on our kitchen window sill!
Thomas the Tank Engine and friends
Out walking this autumn near Abergynolwyn we chanced upon this 'Special' train on the Talyllyn Railway. The Rev. W Awdry was inspired to create Thomas the Tank Engine and the other engines on the Sodor railways by the little engines on the Talyllyn Railway. The rather unconvincing 'face' on this engine leaves something to be desired but the kids still love to visit on so called 'Duncan Days'.
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