Out and about yet again!
|XH558 (c) NAC|
The amazing aircraft included the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, with Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota, the Eurofighter Typhoon (my ears are still buzzing) and - the highlight of course - the Avro Vulcan XH558, in what is probably her last flying year :( Awesome is such an overused word but seeing this graceful and iconic aeroplane overhead was truly awesome . . . and then some!
Then today, as part of the Gregynog Festival, I went to visit Plas Llandinam, former home of industrialist David Davies and now a country house hotel. It is set in beautiful surroundings, between Newtown and Llanidloes and even though it's just off the main road, you forget all about the outside world when you turn into the tree-lined driveway and go up the hill to the house.
It's not a huge nor an ostentatious house, but rather grand with a quiet and unassuming dignity, and far reaching views over the Welsh hills. It has a small museum too, telling the history of the family, and the personal articles dotted all around made me feel that not only was I inside a family home, but that they were all still there!
Price of the visit also included afternoon tea on the lawn which, surrounded by stunning gardens, was serenity itself.
Back to reality now and gearing up for an early start on the book tomorrow morning. Five thousand words away from the HEA, I plan to finish it well before the RNA conference in July, held this year in London, and looking forward to getting an editor's critique in the one-to-one sessions on what has been a difficult book. But no pain, no gain, as they say . . . !