Travelling back to our home for waifs and strays filled me with inspiration to write. The journey through Mid Wales was nothing less than breathtaking. This ancient land with a history deeper than the rivers that thread their way around and down the mountains where an abundance of wildlife survives is nothing short of a miracle.
In the heat of the sun we reached the coast of Snowdonia and Barmouth, a sort of vintage feel seaside resort, boarded by the stunning Mawddach estuary. We couldn’t help but admire the longest wooden railway bridge in Wales. Built in 1867, this approximately 900 metre bridge stretches itself from Morfa Mawddach in Cardigan Bay to Barmouth in Gwynedd.
For those of you interested in the wildlife of the area, there is certainly a lot to look out for. The hardy Welsh black cow grazes on the hillsides that overlook the long stretch of sandy beach. We spotted the grey seal, cormorants, and the little egrets running through the shallow water after fish. But if you have time to sit and wait, you probably would see the grey heron, mallard, teal and wigeon and of course, the long legged curlew.
Also on the mountains of this beautiful countryside, you will find the Welsh mountain ponies. Once used for farming and mining, the hardy animals now roam freely, grazing on bushes and resting beneath the old oaks that grow in abundance around them.
Our journey home took us through the old market town of Machynlleth and had we more time, then we probably would have checked out the book shops and the quaint arts and crafts which the town is well known for. But it was time to head home, to our waiting waifs and strays.