I was in Northern Ireland earlier in the year, Scotland last week, Wales this. My carbon footprint is going to be big and deep but it’s worth it. Every time I travel it helps to remind me how varied and beautiful and breathtaking the United Kingdom is. The photograph on the left is of the Vale of Clwyd, taken as I approached Ruthin from Wrexham. My camera didn’t quite capture how sunny it was that evening but the view reminded me of that advertisement from the Welsh Tourist board where the little boy overhears some visitors talking about their stressful lives and he turns to his dad and says: ‘What’s stress, Dad?’
You get spoilt by library services in Wales. They value their authors, you see; it’s in the blood. I stayed at the Manorhaus in Ruthin. It’s a perfect retreat for writers with its calm, pleasant rooms, art-filled walls, excellent food and small library to use. Highly recommended. Check out the website on www.manorhaus.com.