To Llanidloes with friends to catch the exhibition of antique Welsh quilts at the Minerva Arts Gallery. The exhibition closes Bank Holiday weekend, but if you can squeeze in a visit before that then do, it’s well worth it. We started with a coffee (as you do), went and looked round the quilts and took a few photos. Then back to the vegetarian cafe (The Oak Tree – highly recommended) for lunch, back to the quilts via the second-hand book shop and the antique shop, more quilt photos and back to the cafe for more coffee and cake – the most enormous slices you’ve ever seen – some of us admitted defeat and requested a ‘doggy bag’, others of us were enjoying our slices too much and ate it all (but strangely, didn’t feel like eating much later that evening!). Then from Llanidloes to Rhayader to see the kites. We’d seen one on our journey across the top of Wales (somewhere between Welshpool and Newtown I think we were), but the kite feeding station at Rhayader gives you the opportunity to see them close up. And they are magnificent birds – to see them swooping and diving only a few feet from you as they dodge the ravens to get at the food is amazing. They move so quickly and the camera takes photos so slowly that most of the photos taken were of empty sky or field with maybe a small black blob in the distance. We could have stayed for hours, but needed to wend our way home. We went the ‘scenic’ route – a tad more scenic than we originally intended when we missed a turning, but we got to see some beautiful countryside and lovely little towns and villages along the borders.
Back to reality today – preparing Blue Peters for tomorrow’s jelly roll class. What do you mean – they should have been done earlier?!