Sunday. A day spent away from the politics. A day to enjoy the wonderful autumn air, wide open spaces and the company of those I love.
At the outer edge of the Brecon Beacons lies the town of Abergavenny, an historic castle town at the point where the River (Aber in Welsh) Gavenny joins the River Usk. The Castle, originally built by the Norman Lord William de Braose in the 12th century is mounted atop a hill overlooking the river and the extensive meadowland of the Usk Valley which faces the first Beacon mountain, the Blorenge.
This is the view from the Castle meadow earlier today when my wife and I, accompanied by our springer spaniel spent the early afternoon just enjoying the natural beauty that this area provides, looking towards the River Usk nestled in the trees and the Blorenge. (click to enlarge)
The front of this mountain rises to an impressive 1841 feet, and in the summer months is used extensively by hang glider and para gliding clubs. The other side of the Blorenge marks the eastern boundary of what was once the South Wales coalfields, with the former mining town of Blaenavon, a place I now call home, at an elevation of 1650 feet, which incidentally puts me into the tiny minority group of the 1% of the UK population that live in excess of 1000 feet above sea level.
Sometimes life is good, its just wonderful here, and a simple mobile phone photo just doesn’t do it justice.