2019 - March

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Early in the month we took some time out from DIY to visit friends in Dorset - Bryn enjoyed his first visit to an English beach even though he wasn’t quite sure what he’d find there!

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On our return home, eleven of our 150-year-old sash windows got a full professional refurbishment - repaired wood work, new cords, smart brass catches and draught-reducing brushes. Then it was over to Stu to repaint them all inside and out, improving his balance as he did so…..

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It was lovely to re-open the house to guests after her winter break; the wild garlic was sprouting in the garden just in time to make it into our breakfast frittatas!

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The middle of the month brought Storm Gareth which, combined with run-off from the mountains and high tides, caused the river Conwy and her tributaries to burst her banks. This picture is of the ‘stream’ at the end of our garden which is usually 5 feet below the wall on the right hand side….Fortunately these occasions are rare! The flood defences held and the village was pretty much unscathed once the water had receded.

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‘Guest research’ continued during March - it was only right we try the great range of local beers available at the Albion Ale House in Conwy. A warm (and dog friendly) welcome awaits you!

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As the weather turned milder Bryn got his first castle experience - here he is surveying the fantastic views from Criccieth castle, which we followed with lunch at the always-excellent Big Rock cafe in Porthmadog.

We’re looking forward now to a busy season - meeting new guests and catching up with returning friends!

Jasmine