We are off on holiday on Friday. Monte Carlo? The isles of Greece perhaps? A cruise along the Nile?Disneyland? No my friends - none of these. We are heading to a windswept island off the north coast of Wales - Anglesey or in Welsh Ynys Mon.
We decided to rent an inland property which was once the gatehouse of a small country estate now owned by a former high ranking naval officer. Living in a city with thousands of fellow citizens in close proximity I decided to go for a very peaceful and remote place, paying a bit extra for the sheer quality of the accommodation.
It sits off a one track lane in the middle of nowhere with a little stream running through the garden. It is possible that we'll end up complaining about the dawn chorus, the rooks, the howling foxes, the snuffling badgers, the wind in the trees and long to get back to the peace of city life - distant sirens, the hum of traffic and faraway trains rattling towards Chesterfield or Rotherham. But I don't think so.
The weekend weather forecast is very promising. We don't pick up the key until 4pm on Friday so we may make a detour to Fairy Glen near Betws y Coed. We have two original paintings of this scenic place but have never been there. It is somewhere I have wanted to visit for the past thirty years.
When ensconced in our country gatehouse, the advertised wi-fi may be unreliable so blogging could prove difficult but I shall try so that you can also partake in our vacation - albeit vicariously.