Monday, November 13, 2006

Into the mountains cont....

Well somehow or other blogger or me managed to loose the majority of the Into the mountains entry .......................

What I had wittered about was spending an interesting day at an Antiques and Collectables show. Hadn't known what to expect but it was an interesting mix of some very dodgy looking dudes who you woudn't trust with your granny, some people selling tat and you wondered how on earth they were making a living and some folk selling some beautiful and quality stuff. If you had the right house and were looking for the appropriate furniture there were beautiful pieces but the only things I really would have liked to have brought home were a needlework box at £300 and the most amazing sapphire and diamond ring £2,2000. What I looked at and should have bought was some bed linen. We need some new pillowcases and they had some really pretty embroidered ones and was going to go back for them but got diverted and didn't which was a shame because new shop bought cotton ones are nowhere near in terms of quality of the thickness and softness of the cotton.

Had a good day at the beach made all the better by the lowest and highest tides for many years. Tess had a good time as usual and we totally cracked up when she was busy guarding her stick whilst a young Borzoi had great fun circling her at a furious and frantic pace. It was exactly like a clockwork toy.

Highlight of the week was getting up into Snowdonia

This is taken just off the Watkin path that goes up from Nant Gwynant. The water in the pools is the most amazing shade of blue, possibly due to the metals in the water, possibly copper. There was a lot of mining at various sites around the foot of the mountain including at a site above this. We crossed the stream and then cut up across to some old mine workings which are off the shoulder of Lliwedd.
It was a remarkably hot day and you can see both the dog and I are looking hot and bothered.

I'm looking a bit happier here because the summit of Lliwedd is the high point closest to me, Snowdon itself is the peak in the middle of the picture. Tess hadn't been up on the tops with us before but she's a born mountain dog and loved every minute as long as we gave her regular drinks of water. I'd forgotten how horrible the descent was steep, loose, scree mixed with scrambling down over rocks.

I don't look too happy in the 2nd pic because found myself incredibly breathless. Yes I know I hadn't been in the hills for a while but this was worse than normal. It also happened on other walks that weren't so steep and got so bad that I lagged badly behind M and found it difficult to keep up a conversation on even ground. Both of us got quite worried about it and I knew it wasn't being caused by being unfit. Anyhow after a visit to the doctor and some tests it seems I've developed asthma which is a huge relief because can actually deal with it. A single puff from my inhaler means breathlessness, streaming nose, sneezing and coughing is all dealt with almost instantaneously and it also enables me to walk in the hills again. OK I still get puffed on really steep bits and will continue to do so until our level of fitness returns but at least it's now at a level that is normal for me.

The weather this autumn has been amazing - really warm the first bit of Sept and recently some incredibly sharp frosts. However it has meant some plants have flowered until very late on

This is a flower on our Nelly Moser clematis and this was taken on 31st October.

These are some fungi we found whilst we were walking off Craig Rhiwiarth down past Cwm yr ogof mine workings. Apparently they're one of the waxcap family. They really were this bright and stood out in the surrounding grass. Can see how folk get into foraging for fungi.

The cool clear weather meant that we had wonderful sunsets and stood watching this one - it was so spectacular. It's at times like this that I miss being by the sea, we get the spectacular skies but unfortunately there's always trees or something in the way!!


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