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The Essence Of Tea

It's coming to the end of the tourist season, so once the holidaymakers have left this weekend - life is set to get quieter...
We've had a busy time again & not only with cleaning, but putting together a quote for a potential new client & doing an inventory for the huge house of another.
Amongst it all - we've also made some time to see our girls, who now both live 30 miles away...
So we visited The Essence Of Tea in Falmouth... A peaceful haven in the middle of town, selling teas from China & Taiwan. We loved it & will definitely go again! 
We enjoyed some time together drinking...
A large pot of Nantou green tea & smaller pot of  1992 Da Ye Sheng Puerh. We also had a large dish of veggie sushi.  (which we forgot to photograph, but was really delicious)!
We also ate later near the harbour & watched the black & white yacht being cleaned & polished by a team of people...
I've also had a blood test, which for the first time in 6 years - hurt like mad…

Palas Print

We love bookshops  & got quite excited when we found a directory in The Guardian.



On reading this entry  we thought we should check out Palas Print.
It was just a few miles drive & we enjoyed a couple of hours -browsing, sitting, reading, drinking coffee & in the end bought 5 more books for our shelves!
The Welsh owners were lovely & very knowledgeable about books & authors. When we said we had visited on the  strength of their write-up in the newspaper - they gave us 20 % too & didn't charge for the coffee!
We felt very welcome & comfortable just browsing.


A great afternoon!

Walking In Wales

We decided to walk to a community cafe which was just up the road taking the scenic route... 
Across some marshland...
And over the river...
But first we played 'Pooh Sticks'! 
Llyn Dinas
Hugo found a rope swing...
And Sime found an abandoned glove & frying pan...
We joined the road for the last bit of the walk...
Past the strange little bunk houses...
And we arrived at the cafe... Which was closed!!!
So we set off around the other side of the lake... Little did we know how long it would take & we were hungry too!
It certainly was beautiful... (But we went over 8 of those stiles)!
But hunger was causing us to flag...
Nearly at the end...
Looking back...
The last hour felt like we were getting nowhere...
But we finally reached the end...
Just before it got too dark...
4 hours longer than we'd expected...

Yr Wyddfa

Snowdon is the biggest mountain in Wales... It is 1085 metres (3569 feet) above sea level.
It has 6 footpaths to the summit, plus a train!
Years ago we walked up the Miner's Track & down the Llanberis Path, which was about 9 miles altogether including some very scary scree climbing...
This time we took the train, with the intention of walking it again before our holiday was over. Unfortunately, the walk never happened as the weather just wasn't good enough & the mountain was constantly covered in thick mist...

So we purchased our very expensive tickets in advance in order to catch the 'Earlybird' train. The station forecast had been good for the day we chose, but as you can see the mountain was completely enshrouded...
Although the scenery on the journey was wonderful... We have reviewed our experience with the Mountain Railway on Tripadvisor, as it wasn't brilliant! The journey takes 2 1/2 hours altogether (1 hour up, 1/2 hour at the top & 1 hour back down again…

Beddgelert

Whoops - our laptop decided to post this before we'd even started... So apologies to those of you who've received photos & just one word by email!
Before we show you Beddgelert - here is a photo of the sunrise on our first morning...
After then it pretty much rained every day!
Though it was still warm(ish) most days.
Beddgelert was the nearest village to us & it has some nice picturesque bits...
The River Colwyn runs through the village... And is surrounded by mountains...
The playing field leads to a well known tourist attraction...
Beddgelert means Gelert's Grave in English...
Sad story... Though fortunately not true!

A story invented by an 18th century publican...  To bring more tourists to the village & it's still working today!
The pretty cottages on the other side of the river.
The Welsh Highland Railway stops at Beddgelert...
But it finished the day before for the Winter...
So we walked the tracks instead!
And there was no-one around to tell us not to...

We didn't …