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The first weekend in July saw George, Brian and Geoffrey setting off for Betws-y-Coed for a spot of mountain climbing.  As one expects, the weather was dreadful  and climbing up Snowdon was mainly done in mist and torrential rain.  The surprising thing was that there were hundreds of other people doing the same!

Climbing up the ‘Miners Track’ was rather like scaling a waterfall on the steeper parts!  The ‘Glaslyn’ lake (1,900m) is just visible below us through the mist and rain. Here we are about 1,000+ metres above the lake.

The photo on the right was taken of us on the summit of Snowdon, 4th July 2009.

The photo has been significantly enhanced using Photoshop. The original image was just three dark grey shapes in a thick mist!  Very wet indeed with some sleet in the wind.  Nevertheless there must have been 200 people in the summit restaurant taking a little respite before setting back down.  “Mad dogs and Englishmen”!

Saturday’s climb resulted in wet boots and so we decided to take it easier on the Sunday and visited Portmerion. There are so many photo opportunities in this village of “The Prisoner”.  Recognise the shot from the beach?

The next weekend took Priscilla to Romney Street in Kent where we were invited to join a ‘Fly In’. The event was organised by Paul for Auster aeroplane owners and for other interesting people, particularly if they owned a vintage vehicle.  It was a great weekend—thank you Paul and friends.


Just a few of the many aircraft that ‘flew in’ for the weekend from UK and northern Europe…..

....and just a few of the interesting vehicles that ‘drove in’.

My favourite, a beautiful Bentley

Sue, Paul’s sister, in charge ? of the splendid barbeque.

Custom built shower—The amazing ‘LIPPO’ Anatomy Cleanser with all mod cons.  There was even music playing!

Jan’s Curry House. The marquee where an amazing amount of non stop food was produced for a very large number of people.


Tea and coffee was constantly available, the bar was always open, full English breakfasts, barbeque lunches, cream teas with clotted cream and a magnificent curry was served on Saturday night.


In between all these courses there were pancakes on the go for both Saturday and Sunday.

It was a great weekend. Thank you Paul, Jan and friends!