"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Sunday, July 04, 2004

Snowdonia railway

Another early start this Sunday - this time to Llanberis to ride on the train to the summit of Snowden.
Snowdonia Railway
Keith has bought a PDA with satellite navigation sofware for the car, so he was eager to try out his new toy. I have been promised one for my birthday next month so that, when I am contacted by a school to do supply, all I need is to key in their postcode and this wonderful software will talk me through the journey. And it really does! Even when you deliberately go the wrong way, the lady's voice patiently gives you the revised route or politely suggests that you do a U turn as soon as possible. I was expecting her to start swearing and the PDA to go up in smoke - I was secretly a bit disappointed when Keith didn't get an earful for not following her instructions.
Anyway, anyone familiar with Snowden will be aware that the journey up in the train loses a fair proportion of its attraction if one is surrounded on either side by thick cloud, and guess wot!! that's exactly what happened. However, we enjoyed what we did see and duly climbed (almost) to the summit, to be met by a very tame sheep who has obviously been bright enough to suss out the opportunity for free titbits if she endears herself to the visitors.
By the time we had got back to base and travelled on to Caernarvon, the sky had cleared, there was hardly a cloud in sight and had we been at the summit of Snowden then instead of this morning, we would probably have had a magnificent view for miles! Oh well, the luck of the draw!
To make matters worse, no lottery win last night means work tomorrow as usual! :-(
But we did have a lovely day!!!

1 comment:

Alan Saunders said...

Your link to the Snowdonia Railway page is broken. But keep up thee posts - we're going on holiday to Angelsey in a few weeks and we're always open to ideas of things to do whilst in that part of the world.

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