Karen took a lot of photographs including this one,taken from the back of the house we stayed in which is on a hill overlooking Borth y Gest.
Found some interesting places we've never been before, even though we've been going to that area twice a year for about fifteen years, including two medieval houses -Ty Mawr and Penarth Fawr- that are open to the public.
Wrote a poem:
Borth y Gest
it's cold and you can smell
the woodsmoke on the air:
it's late october. the tide is in
and in the blue dusk the sea
laps against the harbour wall.
if you try to feel unworldly
it's easy to fall into the trap
of thinking you're succeeding -
yet when you feel grateful
by the harbour wall you know
it's not as easy as all that
(if indeed it is desirable at all).
We tried to fix up an internet connection but couldn't get it to work which, I thought, turned out to be a good thing. It meant I read more and found time to write stuff other than blog posts! I'm currently ploughing through Iris Murdoch's Nuns and Soldiers. Found two or three good second hand book stalls too. It seems to me that they're harder to find than they used to be these days. I picked up a few books I've not read, including The Crow Road by Iain Banks and Virtual Light by William Gibson (I've never read any William Gibson). I also found a copy of Selected Poems by Edwin Muir which -although I like his poetry- I didn't have.
Being on holiday meant I got time to read the paper. Read a very interesting article in the Guardian by Jeanette Winterson about her childhood.