A Sterling performance

We went to Llanrwst to see the fireworks on Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  They were so good!  Before we moved to Wales we used to hold fireworks parties each year, and this has got us thinking again how much we miss seeing everyone.  Maybe next year…

I’m not planning to dwell too much on the refurb tonight as I am really writing to share some photos.  On Sunday, Mike went down to the river and took various snaps of the frontage of the manor, so that I can show them to garden designers as we start planning for the landscaping.  Examples include:

The view from the river
The view from the river bridge

 

and the view having walked a few metres towards Betws y Coed
and the view having walked a few metres towards Betws y Coed, showing just how much of the land is covered in rhododendron ponticum

 

and here is the view from the lower garden area
and here is one view from the lower garden area

 

As you can see, there is quite a challenge ahead to make a garden on this rocky land, but I hope we can make a pleasantly colourful one more in keeping with the landscape in due course.

Mike is like a dog with two tails at the moment.  Last week he built a roaring fire in the front room which roared so well that it has burned out the motor in our stove fan.  Undeterred, Mike took to the internet to find a replacement and, to his total joy, has found one driven by a Sterling engine.  Some year ago, when Mike was inventing a gadget which sadly didn’t make him his fortune, he found out about Sterling engines and has since been fascinated by them.

Our new Sterling engine-driven stove fan
Our new Sterling engine-driven stove fan

 

This photo doesn’t do the majesty of the craftsmanship any credit, but I hope you get the idea.  Of course, if you want to have a closer look, just pop into the café and see it in action.

Our other news is that we have persuaded Adrian to visit the café this Thursday from 2pm to 3pm for Welsh conversation.  Anyone wishing to practice their Welsh is welcome to join us.

Gobeithio gweld chi yna (as the say something in Welsh website suggests I say)!