Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Dutch cousins in Brecon

Showing Welsh caves and mountains to visitors from the flat lands (May 2014)

It was fun having my cousins as visitors to Brecon May 2014, there were three generations, Noor, my cousin aged 69, Willemien (49) her daughter and her children Emma (11) and Martin (8). They flew to Bristol and rented a car, but brought their Dutch speaking Tom-Tom for navigation. Emma and Martin whooped with delight at seeing the mattresses on the floor and the sleeping bags had been organized for them.

We took my mother to Llowes to visit my father's grave followed by a pub lunch in the Radnor Arms. We sat in the summer house and it felt light and Scandinavian with views of the Black Mountains and the green fields and trees of the Wye valley. At the Brecon Beacons centre there were visiting falconers and Emma and Martin were photographed with kestrels and Harris hawks perched on their arms. Martin was bold in his choice of bird but his courage failed him when the fierce bird was perched on his arm.

At the Dan-yr-Ogof caves, we experienced geology in action; we walked deep into the mountain along a path that twists and turns through the active geological processes, there are live stalactites and stalagmites dripping and growing and one sees the force of water on rock in real time. The second cave is called the cathedral because it has vast caverns with deep streams and the so called curtains rock formations are illuminated. It is an extraordinary feeling being so deep inside the mountain and seeing the rocks being moulded. Outside the caves huge dinosaur models prowled on the hillside even though they were dislocated in time and place.

We confined the shopping to a visit to Hay on Sunday where they enjoyed the craft and art shops and the clothes shops. Hay is such a contrast to Brecon; Hay is like Hampstead whereas Brecon is a working county town. I also love showing people around Brecon, there are so many different things there are for them to enjoy.

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