BeenThere-DoneThat Blog

Life and Travel in Great Britain

Happy Christmas


We would like to wish all our visitors a very happy christmas and a happy new year.

It seems almost certain that we won’t be having any snow before the new year but after that who knows?

The New King!

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We were in the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton recently and we are now able to introduce you to the new king.

This is the old King Offa:

and this is the new King Offa:

The throne is a replica of what King Offa’s throne would have looked like. The king is a replica of what King Offa wouldn’t have looked like but then you can’t have everything can you?

Our weather


About a year ago I purchased a weather station which I erected in our garden where it has been standing since. I thought that you might like to see some aspects of our weather over the last year.

First the temperature (Blue Line). You can ignore the red line which is the Dewpoint.


Secondly the rain.

And lastly the barometric pressure.

If you prefer it in tabular form:

High Temperature   85.8°F at 08-Jul-2018 16:38
Low Temperature   19.5°F at 28-Feb-2018 22:26

High Humidity       95% at 04-Jan-2018 08:20
Low Humidity       21% at 25-Jun-2018 13:05

High Barometer     30.729 inHg at 22-Oct-2018 12:32
Low Barometer     29.050 inHg at 05-Mar-2018 23:02

Rain Total 40.69 in
High Rain Rate 6.00 in/hr at 28-Jul-2018 14:39

High Wind 27 mph from 224° at 24-Jan-2018 02:14

This, remember, is all in our garden in Knighton on the Welsh/English border and is not necessarily relevant to other parts of the country but it gives an overall impression.

The weather station does not measure hours of sunlight which is a pity.


Amanda was in stitches :-))

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No it wasn’t funny it’s just that she’s had the stitches in her foot taken out today.  :banana:

The swelling has reduced considerably and the dressing on her foot has also been removed. A step (no pun intended) in the right direction.

Rocks and Red


A short while back, before Amanda had her foot operation, we had to go to Llandrindod Wells and I stopped to take this photograph on the way.

It shows a hill called Llandegley Rocks but known locally as the Dragon’s Back and perhaps you can see why. We keep promising ourselves that we will climb it one day but we haven’t managed to do it yet (we are afraid of disturbing the dragon).

As travelling, especially walking, is out of bounds at present I did a little travelling in our garden today and photographed our Japanese Acer. I must say I have never seen it quite so red as it is now. I thought you may like to see it.

Amanda’s foot is progressing slowly but it’s going to be a long time before she can do any serious walking.

Chop, Chop – Hop, Hop

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Some time back (years) Amanda had an operation to correct a bunion problem on her right foot (Original post). Well now she’s had the left foot done (4 days ago) so we shall be unable to travel for some weeks, possibly months, as she is having to move around on crutches.

We had some fun on the first night as, when getting ready for bed, she discovered that the bandage was soaked in blood and she was leaving red footprints on the bathroom floor. A telephone call to the doctor suggested that it would be safe to leave until the morning, which we did, and to then contact the hospital.

Next morning the hospital asked her to return, which we did, and they discovered that three stitches had come undone. They have corrected it by using sticky strips across the incision to hold it together but she must have it looked at again by our local doctor on Monday.

So we’ll have nothing to keep us out of mischief for the next few weeks.  😈

Concrete and Roses

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Gregynog Hall is a one hour drive from home.

Let’s get the pronunciation right first. The ‘y’ is not pronounced as ‘ee’ as in ‘silly’ but ‘i’ as in ‘bite’. The ‘greg’ part is emphasised more than the rest. Sorted!

This style is the sort of thing that you would have seen on farmhouses in Montgomeryshire many centuries ago but this building is not what it seems and it has a rather complicated history.

There has been a building on this site since the 12th century but the original medieval hall was demolished and rebuilt in 1577 and then demolished and rebuilt again in the late 1840s. So is that the end of the story then? Well, no, it isn’t because it isn’t actually a timber-framed building. The facade that you see is concrete moulded and painted to appear as a timber-framed building and is one of the earliest uses of concrete for such a purpose.

So the current building is Victorian but includes some parts of the older buildings. The building itself is not normally open to the public because it is now used as a study centre for the University of Wales but today it was open as part of ‘Wales Open Doors’, the equivalent of the English ‘Heritage Open Days’. The grounds are normally open to the public but we didn’t look around the grounds because the weather was poor. We will probably return to explore the gardens at some stage.

So let’s go in.

This entrance takes us straight into the Lounge.

That ‘Chesterfield’ style seating looks very loungy and it was, as we discovered later, when we lounged there drinking our coffee and eating our very scrumptious cake.

The room next door was the Blayney Room which featured the original medieval wood panelling.

The carving over the fireplace was very intricate and amazing.

Just down the hall was the Library and what is now called the Senior Common Room. I don’t know the Common Room’s original name; looks pretty comfy though.

That was the end of our short visit but we hope to return with better weather to explore the grounds and gardens although on this visit Amanda found a Rose Border which looked very interesting. Our next visit may not be until next year.