This Way To Pen-y-Fan

Earlier this year, Mrs H and I grabbed the cameras one evening after work and headed up into the heart of the Brecon Beacons to the National Visitors’ Centre, which enjoys stunning views over to Pen-y-Fan to the east. We had about an hour to make the most of the evening light.

With its twin peaks, Pen-y-Fan is one of the most distinctive mountains in Britain, and is the highest mountain in South Wales and southern Britain. It’s relatively accessible to inexperienced walkers, with excellent car parking available from the A470 at its western foot. As a result, it is incredibly popular, and on those days with better weather, the car parks can fill up very quickly.

And yet, despite living only half an hour away, I’ve never gone up it myself. Since the car crash, it’s beyond me now. All I can do is look on, and wonder what it must feel like to enjoy the view from up there.

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In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

After the car accident, I made one further visit back to Barmouth. My Dad had had to come and pick us up, but his car was too small to fit everyone and the luggage in, so we came back on the Saturday to pick up the rest of the luggage. Thankfully South Wales isn’t so far away – can you imagine the difficulty if we’d been Londoners? We were blessed by good weather, and there was just enough enough time for one final walk around Barmouth with the camera before heading off home for good.

Looking Along The Tracks At Barmouth

Train Sneaking Up On Barmouth

The Round House, Barmouth

Last Look At Barmouth Bridge

Final Thoughts

We had a great time in and around Barmouth during our holiday, and I can heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to slow things down, relax, and do a lot of walking. Be aware that mobile phone signals on all networks are weak to non-existant; you’ll get voice in places, but mobile broadband for data was totally impossible. Take advantage of it, unplug from the office, and get out into the fresh air!

Our holiday was life-changing because of the car accident we had, but that could have happened anywhere in the UK, and we were just unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’re often glad that we were in that accident, if such a thing is possible, because the back seat of our car had no-one sat on it. There were children sat on the back seat of the car in front of us, and it doesn’t bear thinking about the carnage that would have happened if that van had gone into them directly.

And the worst thing of all? No speed camera would have prevented that accident. He wasn’t speeding. He just failed to stop before a line of stationary vehicles.

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In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

After abandoning our walk above Harlech, we returned to the cottage we were renting at Glandwr Mill, and got changed for what was intended to be our last afternoon meal out in Barmouth before returning home the following morning. Unfortunately for us, the driver of this Royal Mail van wasn’t paying attention on the road, and he crashed his van at high speed into our stationary car. Thankfully we walked away from the crash, but the accident left me with a long-term knee injury and a difficult battle both to get successful treatment and compensation for the crash and its consequences.

Glandwr Mill, Barmouth

Death Of My Car, and My Tripod Too!!

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Standing Inside Concorde

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

To finish this week’s theme, here’s what the passenger cabin of Concorde looks like. Kings, queens, lesser royalty, celebrities, sports stars, rock stars, business high-flyers … she carried them all throughout her service life, and this is where they sat. It is definitely one of my regrets in life that I never thought to fly on her when she was in service, always assuming that she’d remain in service for many more years. She is much missed, and her retirement, along with other icons of flight such as the SR-71 Blackbird and the US Space Shuttle, brings to a close the peak of aviation for our civilisation.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s theme. I’ll be back next week with a new theme to share. Have a good weekend!

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Concorde - No People Allowed

Concorde - Warning

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

The sleek white underside of Concorde would have been a hazardous place for ground crew to work, especially for crews used to airliners with prop, turbo prop and podded jet engines out on the wings. Concorde, by contrast, had her engines slung flush to the wings, and I imagine it would have been a little easier to forget where they were at times.

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Concorde Flight Deck

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

My apologies to everyone over my mixup last week, when I originally posted the Boeing 707 cockpit photos as Concorde photos. This is what Concorde’s cockpit looks like … and there seems to be no shortage of switches for the flight crew to flip!

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Concorde Landing Gear

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

One of the great things about the National Museum of Flight is that the majority of the exhibits are not roped off at all, including Concorde. You can wander right up to them, walk or crawl underneath them, peer inside them, and see all the detail you’d never be able to see from behind a rope line.

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Concorde At Rest

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

Forget all the records she set, and all the celebrities and royalty she carried. None of that matters. Concorde is surely the single most beautiful aircraft ever to grace the skies. We never saw her equal, and since her retirement on 24th October, 2003, the skies have been filled with ugly, lumbering subsonic wide-body jets.

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In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

We went back above Harlech a second time, hoping to hike out to a lake and back. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the footpaths marked on the map, and with much of the surrounding land quite a nasty bog, it seemed safer to turn back. That would prove to be a fateful decision.

Glaslyn Estuary

Style And Missing Gate

Walking Above The Glaslyn

Dry Stone Wall

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Boeing 707 Controls - Engine Readings

Scotland’s National Museum of Flight is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

To finish this week, the central part of the Boeing 707’s cockpit is devoted to this bank of gauges, telling the flight crew the key readings from each of the 707’s four engines. Side by side, at a glance, the crew can see how each engine is performing, and how each engine compares to the others. The Boeing 707 wasn’t the first four-engined commercial jet airliner, but its first commercial flight in 1958 led to the ushering in of the modern jet age.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s shots from inside the Boeing 707 at the National Museum of Flight; it’s certainly been one of my more popular themes! Next week: Concorde.

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