Monday, 13 April 2015

Heatwave on its Way

Here in Aberdaron we're used to mixed weather. We had an absolutely brilliant Easter, but lately we've had a few stormy days with much lower temperatures and some strong winds coming into the bay from the south west. Now, there is good news on the horizon with rising temperatures forecast this week. The medium forecast is also good due to an influx of tropical maritime air.

According to the very helpful Met Office website...

"The source region for this air mass is warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and Bermuda. The predominant wind direction across the British Isles, in a tropical maritime air mass, is south-westerly.

Tropical maritime air is warm and moist in its lowest layers and, although unstable over its source region, during its passage over cooler waters becomes stable and the air becomes saturated. Consequently when a tropical maritime air mass reaches the British Isles it brings with it low cloud and drizzle, perhaps also fog around windward coasts and across hills. To the lee of high ground though, the cloud my break up and here the weather, particularly in the summer months, can be fine and sunny.

This is a mild air stream and during the winter month in particular, can raise the air temperature several degrees above the average."

If you're looking to take advantage of the milder weather, Glandwr is available from Wednesday the 15th of April, and Manaros is available for a 5 night break from Sunday the 19th to Friday the 24th. Phone us on 01758 760 652 and we will price it up for you.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Easter Egg Hunt at Plas yn Rhiw

Every Easter there is a special Easter egg hunt for children at the National Trust house near Aberdaron; Plas yn Rhiw. This year the weather was so tempting that even the Hewlett / Hughes family made it to the event which took place in the gardens and surrounding woods of this ancient manor house. For a modest fee each child was given a counting sheet and we had to count the number of given animal signs - sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, geese, hens etc. As a result there was no need to induce the children to keep walking. They were off!

All the National Trust staff and volunteers were in a jolly mood as attendance numbers peaked.

The view over Hell's Mouth Bay with the gorse in full flower was sublime. 

The event was sponsored by Cadburys and it certainly bought out the crowds. 

The hidden signs were well judged and the children did not find them too easily.

 We rated this seagull as an easy find.

We had to go back three times to find this one!

There was just enough variety to keep the children interested and on the hunt.

Plas yn Rhiw is in a very sheltered spot as Rhiw Mountain keeps away the westerlies and any wind from the north. One of the Magnolia trees was already well into flower.

One new discovery for us was a new apple orchard planted in a field just behind Plas yn Rhiw. There seemed to be a tree from every single variety in North Wales. This is definitely the place to come scrumping!