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Aberystwyth blog 86

'Let's go to the seaside for a few days I said to Derek before seeing Ralph McTell, but where?'

We normally go to to glorious Exmouth as my sister and son live in Exeter. This time though we decided to go to Aberystwyth and stay in a hotel on the seafront. The Marine Hotel is ideally placed.

The journey from Hereford is around 80 miles. We stopped in Rhayader and had a cup of tea and a superb toastie at The Old Swan Tearooms before arriving in Aberystwyth around 2pm.

This is usually a scenic route, but the rain and mist from the mountains meant that very little scenery was visible! It was a hard drive. Derek was a passenger for a change!

After checking in to the Marine Hotel and finding our room had a four poster bed plus a jacuzzi and a perfect sea view, this was a good choice! The rain eased off about 5pm and we went out for a walk along the promenade and through the town before having our evening meal in the hotel.

Aberystwyth is a university town and many students were visible laughing and joking after finishing their study day.

The weather does not really do justice to the photos below. The beach is a wide expanse of sand leading into the icy sea water. And yes, there were people swimming!!! We walked past the pier and took a couple of photos as you can see!

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Silly seaside shenanigans!


My turn! Says Derek!

Many boats were bobbing in the fading light and the dark clouds were once again forming. This time heralding the start of the fading light rather than another storm brewing. A few more photos were taken before returning to our hotel.


Taken at 6pm, nearly dark


By the pier in Aberdovey


Aberystwyth beach in the fading light


Part of the castle

Back at the hotel we both ordered a  superb steak with all the trimmings. We agreed it was the tastiest steak we have had for many years. So top marks Marine Hotel!!

Although it is great having a sea view, hearing the waves crashing all night long and the wind howling did not make for a very restful night. If the hotel had double glazing, this would have lessened the noise somewhat.  Maybe this would involve a vast update.

Luckily Thursday dawned much brighter, although still very windy. After breakfast we drove to Aberdovey and walked along the lovely beach for a while. It was difficult to stay upright at times!  I am told Aberdovey is one of the most expensive places in the UK to buy a house. I cannot verify rhis though.


Derek holding on incase he falls over!


Not a good day for a hairdo!

Next stop was Tywyn where we called to see OAPSchatters Dorothy and Ken Roberts. Ken has not long had a major operation to remove a large cancerous growth from the top of his head. He remains remarkably cheerful and takes it all in his stride. Dorothy has many medical issues herself and Derek and I have the most admiration for how they both cope.


Dorothy and Ken


Yours truly and Derek, tried to comb my hair but it was a waste of time!

We were treated to a satisfying fish and chip lunch in Walkers Cafe not far from the seafront. Afterwards, a short walk was taken along the promenade and then a cup of tea and a long chat at Dorothy and Ken's bungalow. The weather remained sunny, albeit extremely windy. It certainly blew the cobwebs away! A super way to spend a few hours with two lovely people.


 Ready to board 'first class' compartment


Chugging along!


Glorious views


Stationery engine

Friday morning started off sunny, so we decided to take a ride on Vale of Rheidol narrow guage railway from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge. Superb scenery and most enjoyable. An hour each way with an hours stop for refreshments. A few heavy showers did not spoil our enjoyment.  On the return journey we stopped for a snack and a drink at the lovely New Strand in Eardisley.  Not only is this a tea room, but also a pub and a post office. PLUS there are over 20,000 second books on display. 20,000!!!!! I saw a few authors I recognised. We arrived back in Hereford later after a great mini break.

But the break was not complete yet.....

Sunday evening saw Derek and I going to see Ralph McTell at Ludlow Assembly Rooms. This date has been booked since June. After seeing Ralph at The Royal Albert Hall in May, (see my blog about that here) it was time to see the great man again! We were seated in row B and were very close to the stage.

Ralph never disappoints and he read out a request from me to play Still In Dreams. I was thrilled!

Here is a  link to a video of the track. Ralph played for 1 hour 45 minutes without a break. Afterwards he came to the foyer and signed albums, books, tee shirts etc and chatted to many of us.


I meant to ask a few questions but was tongue tied!


One of my many early Ralph vinyls

Derek took some photos and I was delighted that he signed an early vinyl of mine. All in all a great few days. 

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