Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our Cottage in Cwm Wales:Part 1

Hello all

I am back, I got home on the 8th.I have had jet lag like you would not believe!

Ive been trying to up load my pics...not an easy task ! and my computer is running slow too, so I will have to post my parts. There are so many 1,444 of them...ha! Dont worry I wont put them all up, hehe.

So here we go..................................................................

Below on the sign, is the name of our farm/cottages, that we stayed at our first week in Cwm Wales, Cwm is pronounced "quim" (its Gallic)

This farm pic. is a picture dating back to the yearly 60's.The new owners bought the farm and turned in to holiday cottages in the 80's...our cottage was the pig barn...see the pig... right center,in the courtyard.

This is the transformed main house, the new owners live in...very nice people.They have tried to keep as much in the original state as they could.Including the old huge beams,and the slate roof, was all re-done in the orginal slate,in the master house.

This is my sister L. standing in the front door of our large 4 bed room cottage.

This is our back yard. (below) There was fresh farm eggs for our use.

Farm animals were over a fence for our viewing,sometimes the "cheeky buggers" (picked up a few slang's: ) flew over to our yard.

That's me in our kitchen window,note how huge it is! This is sister L. the windows are so big one can sit comfortably in them,the walls were about 3ft.thick in some places V. and her family flew from Vietnam to be with us.

V. had her own restaurant back in her home country and was the chief of it...she made us some pretty great food!

below:is V.and thier daughter,pretty in pink
V's husband D. helped out too:) our large country kitchenspring rolls,thank's to V.

I'll be blogging some of the Welsh/English food/recipes we ate while on our trip, on my food blog.

J.and his sister,and her partner,they came to visit and treated us out to dinner One of 2 master bed rooms,they all came with hand made quilts.and antiques

These are small ventilation windows, when the cottage used to be a barn. Jenny the owner, and her husband did a nice job restoring and decorating.

the rippled wall is plaster over stone.

This room wasn't even for more visitors

The upsatirs hall. Below: is a picture of one of my windows to the room I had.

the view out my window

rolling hills of Wales

Thats the sea in the back ground...our cottage was not exactly by the sea as we thought it would be, but one can see it from our farm yard,it take about a 30 minute walk to the closest part of the beach.

To walk the country side was my favorite thing to do.

The hills are coverd in sheep!

My brother inlaw J. is climbing over a public walkway gate,into a farmers private field .These walk ways have been given by law, for public use.They are all over the country.

This is the view we would see every time we would walk no matter what direction we took.The air was so fresh.

My sister and her husband taking up all the road!

2 cars fitting on this road???

another public walk way,there were 3 near our cottage...that we knew of.

this one was steep and slippery

Old church converted to a house

nice house on our walk

Mail boxes in stone walls are common in the UK Small water run to feed old mill's, are also common in the UK

This shot is on zoom,we climb this hill... to a prairie girl, this hill was more like a mountain!

This short video is us on top of that hill,the wind is very loud! You may want to turn down your volume so you dont get starttled,but do have a listen its intresting.....and thats the end of part 1.

part 2 will have pubs,castles old churches

"Ta Ra" for now.........Tracy (gracie)


  1. Oh My Gosh Gracie!
    I never dreamed I would ever make it to Wales. What a wonderful time I had. I loved our walks, and the fresh farm eggs were so delightful. I loved the Vietnamese looking dish that you shared. I would so love to have tasted it. Looks like everyone had a wonderful time and the inn was delightful. Your own 4 bedroom place to stay. How devine was that? I can't wait to see the castles. Thank you again for my tour of Wales. Country hugs sweetie, Sherry

  2. Hi Tracy,
    What a wonderful tour you took us on! I love the rolling hills and the sheep! The place you stayed in is so quaint and I just know you had a great time there. Can't wait to see the castles! Thanks for sharing your photos and have a wonderful day.


  3. Hi Tracie!!!!!
    Oh my, I'm glad you are home safe and sound!!! Well except that darn jet lag, I get it bad when I come home from Orlando , and it is only 3 hours ahead of us!!! I cannot imagine 8 hours ahead!!!! Yes, me too, I want to go to Italy and the wine country so bad!!! Under the Tuscan Sun!!!!!! Oh to dream, but I say Dream BIG!!!!!!
    The video clip was awesome and yes that was some wind up there on that hill!!!!! Loved the green countrywide!!!! My son spent a month in England and a few other countries back when he was 16, he loved it and told us about the many sheep he saw!!! How cool to stay on a actual farm!!!!!
    Your place was perfect for your English Holiday!!!!!
    I will let you know when card arrives and when I mail out the T-shirt for your little darling!!!!
    I will check one more time on the other eiffel tower top and if it is the same price--I'll exchange it as the other one is so CUTE!!!!!
    hugs to you my dear and get some more rest!!!!!

  4. Wonderful, Windy Wales :o) The scenery looks so beautiful... I agree with Sherry... it was great to visit Wales through your eyes.

    I love the "cottage" you all stayed in. Wow, it was a very large cottage. and how fun to spend time with family and friends and enjoy great food :o)

    (I will need to take a peek at your other blog of recipes.)

    Welcome back! and looking forward to part 2.

    Blessings & Aloha!

    (I'd love to see some of your art...I know what you mean about is fun, relaxing, sometimes challenging... :o) And I do look forward to hearing what you would be interested in having can be absolutely ANY thing :o) just ask, and I might actually have a sample of one already done in a different name.

  5. Oh wow! This is so neat...I could just feel the cool fresh air. Thanks for sharing it. I look forward to more posts on it.

  6. Gracie, Oh my what a beautiful place to live, and visit and see every day. You are truly looking into God's country daily. I love these photos. I am so glad you shared them. Wow again beautiful, I will have to keep looking at this post for a while and taking all the scenery in. I love your cottage, and the rooms are so divine. I hope you have a blessed evening and weekend.


  7. Oh, thank you for sharing some of your photos! I love the cottage... what a treat!

    Looks like you have had a beautiful vacation Gracie... I'm so happy for you. Good to have you back!


  8. Looks like you are all enjoying your visit ... it is a wonderful country, so scenic & picturesque ... aren't the people lovely. TY for sharing your pics, they are lovely. Have a great weekend. TTFN ~Marydon

  9. Gracie....I just loved your pics of your trip to Wales. I've always wanted to maiden name is Williams and many of my ancestors came from Wales so I just naturally love anything to do with that country. Thanks for the tour and I can't wait to see the next installment!
    Elaine :)

  10. simply beautifully captured shots....lovely!

  11. Hello there Gracie girl :0) hope this Monday is finding you well. Thanks for visiting me, I liked the last fortune cookie too. Have a great week.


  12. this is such a treat!!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    I would love to see all of this in person, but this is great that you have blogged about this.

    How wonderful for you all.
    d from homehaven in kansas


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