We left the country!

Continuing our 2021 holiday theme of a couple of days away each month rather than a long trip in the campervan we left the country this month and went into Wales!

Places visited many times before but with a new feel with some freedom with the lifting of lockdowns.

Crossing into Wales over the estuary of the River Severn we usually stop at Tintern Abbey, for a drink and a walk. (& the loo). You can no longer just go into the abbey but you have to book a timed slot, Luckily you can do this online on the day subject to there being a place. A simple 5 minute process and tickets were book.

In the Brecon Beacons the weather was misty and the hill tops were covered in light mist.

A lay bye gave us views from a closed road bridge.

Day 2 Took us to another old favourite – Raglan Castle. I have fond memories of visits to Raglan Castle somewhere mum and dad took us as kids and somewhere where we took our children. A castle that looks like a castle.

Raglan Castle is situated a little north of the village of Raglan in Monmouthshire in Wales. The castle you see today dates from between the 15th and the late 17th centuries. Surrounded by parkland, water gardens and terraces the castle was considered by contemporaries to be the equal of any other castle in England or Wales.

During the civil war the castle was held on behalf of King Charles but was taken by Parliamentary forces in 1646. The castle was slighted and became a ruin.

For many years a large ginger cat would sleep in the sun among the castle walls around the gatehouse and when he felt like it he would greet visitor . Then one year when we visited he was no longer there. Enquiring with the staff they told me he had died. Another keeper of the castle had become a memory and I wonder who else remembers him and whether he walks with the ghosts of other castle residents around the ruins.

Llantilio Castle but normally referred to as White Castle. The castle ruin stands on high ground near the village of Llantilio Crossenny in Monmouthshire.The fortification was established by the Normans in following the invasion of England in 1066, to protect the route from Wales to Hereford. The castle was whitewashed giving it its name,however today the castle is more green since my last visit about 2 years ago the vegetation has started to grow at the base of the walls and up their sides.

An old phone box was a must for a few pictures in the village of Skenfrith.

Campsite Song Thrush.

Llancayo Windmill near Usk was erected shortly before May 1819 but, following an extensive fire, was out of commission.By 1830 the mill was ruined and derelict.

Today it is an impressive holiday cottage.