Stratta Florida

On our Wild Wales ten day bus tour this October we shall be visiting the Cistercian Abbey, Stratta Florida (wall with arch). Professor David Austin a top British Archaeologist has been studying this ancient (1163A.D.) remote Abbey up in the hill country of Wales for over seventeen years. If you look closely at the small round ornaments on the side of the arch, these were not created by the Cistercian monks. During the past year through the help of Geophysics they have discovered a Celtic church going back 5000 years buried below the Abbey where the ornaments would have come from. Professor Austin states that this could become one of the most important historical sites in the whole of Europe

Geology, Welsh Plants, and Young Writers

During our Walkabout in May we had one guest interested in the geology of Wales, these stones were all picked up off the same beach at Aberdaron on the Lleyn Peninsular next to our guest house. We also had a guest who is a nurse who administers herbal medicine. We identified many natural plants along the pathways and back roads including Valerian (growing along the wall), Foxglove (Digitalis), Thrift (Armeria maritima), Ox-eye Daisy (white flowers). Next spring we will have an aspiring young writer who is interested in writing Victorian stories and is also in visiting haunted houses. We will certainly accommodate her and give her a memorable experience!

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden was ablaze with color when our Wild Wales Bus Tour & Walkabout visited this last May. Eighty acres of heaven on earth, with exotic plants from the Andes to the Himalayas situated in the middle of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. The Laburnum arch is a horticultural marvel that attracts bees from all over North Wales!

Meirionnydd Guest House

Our fabulous home for three nights on our May Wild Wales Walkabout, the Meirionnydd Guest House in Dolgellau and the landscape on our day on Bardsey Island where 20,0000 saints have been buried. Prior to the ancient church was an abbey from the 6th century. Pictures by Steve Damas.

Wild Wales Walkabout last week

A group of Wild Wales Walkabouters on the Roman Road (Black Road) above Arthog with one of the Crogennan Lakes in the distance last week. Hiking along the Llyn peninsular close to Aberdaron in North Wales on the Welsh Coastal Path. Another shot of Bardsey Island in the distance the island where 20,000 saints are buried where we went the following day to hike and watch the Grey Seals sunbathing on the rocks! Pictures courtesy of Steve Damas & Anne Plummer.

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