A Week in Anglesey
It took a while to get used to Tess not being around. But as the weeks went by we got a little more used to it. We took comfort in knowing she was no longer suffering and the loss became more bearable.
With kidney stone problems affecting John, we didn’t have much of a summer and decided that a week away in September would be a good idea. The weather was being kind, and the forecast was good, so we went on the hunt for a cottage to rent. Anywhere would do, but as we checked availability and looked an on-line booking sites we found ourselves being drawn towards north Wales again. This time to the island of Anglesey and the Tre Dryw farmhouse - a beautiful traditional property off the beaten track.
A Friendly Welcome at Tre Dryw.
Our sat-nav system got us close but when we got to the turn we should be taking it looked like it didn’t lead anywhere. A quick phone call to the owners confirmed it was the correct track and off we went. The road behind disappeared from sight, we went over the brow of the hill and followed along, and nestled in a sheltered dip was a lovely farmhouse and a welcoming wave from the owner.
Parking in the farm yard we were greeted by the owners dogs and a pig and her litter of piglets. The farmhouse was nicely renovated, with all of the old fashioned charm intact. It also had a lovely, private front garden. You could leave the front door open all day and not worry about a thing. Holly loved laying on the front door step and watching the birds come and go. It was a very peaceful place to stay.
We had been to Anglesey before, but now we had a week to take our time and explore! Always on the look out for new locations to take photos, we headed off to the RSPB nature reserve at South Stack and found some stunning views (and a nice cafe).
Of all the beaches on the island, our favourite turned out to be one of the smallest, to the south of Rhosneigr - half way between Aberffraw and Llanfaelog. The beach is sandy, sheltered and very quiet and the perfect place to while an afternoon away with the dogs. We went back several times during the holiday.
Other favourites to visit included Breakwater Country Park with it’s lovely cafe and outdoor seating on the lawn. And of course the walks along the cliffs.
On the other side of the island Lligwy Bay provides a lovely hard packed expanse of sand with plenty of car parking and is also very dog friendly.
One of the Best Locations for a Photo Shoot?
Heading off in the direction of Conwy one day we decided we would go and look for the Sychnant Pass. What we found was probably one of our top three favourite locations for a collie photo shoot It’s difficult to beat the memories we have of Wast Water and the views towards Wasdale Head, but the Sychnant pass comes a very close second.
After a couple of hours wandering around the hillside getting shots of the dogs with views along the valley we headed off to the valley floor at Capelulo and a pub lunch sitting outside at Nant Ddaear-y-Llwynog
(the Fairy Glen).
With plenty of new photos captured, it was back to Tre Dryw to relax at the farmhouse as another sunny day drew to a close.
The week flew by too quickly, but it was nice to get away. Now we felt like we were ready to watch summer turn in to autumn and then winter.