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A trip to Cardiff


By nariz


We had a trip to Cardiff recently to visit partner’s family. They live on the outskirts of Cardiff – just 8 minutes into town, 2 minutes to the countryside and 5 minutes to St Fagans – which I’m sure most of you know about from Hywel’s wonderful descriptive blogs and terrific photography. So, as I couldn’t possibly compete with his talents, I decided to get ‘arty’ instead.

It was a bright but chilly afternoon when we arrived at St Fagans and first looked around ‘the big house,’ coming across Eddie Butler (rugby presenter) and a film crew along the way. He was just leaving, so I was unable to get a photo – sorry!

I looked back at the house as we walked on and took the following photos from the other side of the tiered lakes but as the light was going they’re a little on the dark side:

Just as I’d taken the photos I realised I was almost standing on a lovely photographic opportunity:

What fantastic colours!

We walked on and came across this stately stand of beech trees:

Then a little further on – these amazing fungi decorating the remains of a chopped down tree:

The stark leafless branches against the blue sky caught my eye but – once again – a little too dark.

A lovely few hours spent in a magical place but next time I think I’ll get there a little earlier!

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lovely pictures ~ those leaves are like jewels and i love that last one ~ its like the dark dark wood in a fairy story!

16 Nov, 2010


I agree with Sticki

16 Nov, 2010


great photos Nariz,3rd one looks like a beautiful carpet..

16 Nov, 2010


Super pics Nariz - thanks for sharing them. I love the red and yellow carpet too!

16 Nov, 2010


It's an interesting place isn't it . Thanks for showing the house and gardens. I didn't get to see that bit when I went last.
Your photos are brilliant ! I'm not very good. I just show the best few out of many lol
I hope you enjoyed your stay in Wales. Come again soon :o))

16 Nov, 2010


Thanks for your comments everyone - I thought how lovely it would be to have a carpet just like that!
Hywel - your photos of the buildings in St Fagans are fantastic! Proper little 'David Bailey!' Yes, I had a lovely time in Wales - as always - and I certainly will visit again. When we were deciding whether to move to Spain or move to somewhere near Cardiff, Spain won by a whisker, but the Cardiff area will remain one of our favourite places. :o)

17 Nov, 2010


I don't live very near our capital city, and I'm not very familiar with the surrounding countryside ..... but I do like the museum of Welsh life, and going up the Taff on a boat lol
I'm pleased you like the area :o)

Oh, and thanks for the compliment lol

17 Nov, 2010


We were staying with friends in Wales last summer (watched some of the England football games on TV) and our trips out more than made up for England's poor performances.
St. Fagan's was one of the highlights: we had a lovely sunny day so saw it at it's best.
They were building another iron-age hut and I was amused by the comments of groups of children; the British seemed to want to join in 'treading' the mud, dung and straw mix whilst the American children were full of, "Ughs".

Another highlight was a day spent at magnificent gardens; I forget it's name but it's range of both tropical and natural plants was wonderful.

17 Nov, 2010


So pleased you enjoyed your trip to Wales, thanks for showing us your photos.

17 Nov, 2010


Thanks guys. :o)

18 Nov, 2010


Great photos of your time in Wales, Nariz! :-))

Like others I particularly liked the leafy ground picture!

Do you have Picasa installed on your computer or some other photo enhancing software? As you can use them to lighten or darken & make one or two other changes to your photos.

18 Nov, 2010


Amazing!! Goyer Arlene and hubby took me here last Friday!!! Would definitely like to see the gardens earlier in the year, as well. :-))

18 Nov, 2010


Hi Balcony - no I don't have anything to enhance photos. Maybe I'll go down that route one day.
Hope you enjoyed St Fagans as much as I did, David? Missed you by two days!

19 Nov, 2010


Nariz, I use Picasa to lighten or darken my photos as well as adding the file names to the pictures. It's a good programme if you are not interested in making special effects but just a simple, basic programme.

It's from Google & can also store your photos online so you can share them with the general public or make them private so only selected people can view them.

You can also make up collages with your photos. I've made a couple that I've also uploaded to GoY.

20 Nov, 2010

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