Brecon mountain railway

Local scenary to enjoy every season of the year

Brecon Mountain Railway – a pleasant way to see some of the local area.

Brecon mountain railway


View of the reservoir from the train.

Tourist in Wales

Tourist Daisy enjoying the journey on the tourist trail.  We were not sure if she was admiring herself or the scenery.


Enjoy days out journey Abergavenny to Hay-on-Wye

View from Hay Bluff on a cold day in March.


Large house in Brecon Beacon National Park

Brecon Beacons drama – Llanfoist House is just within the Brecon Beacon National Park in an area of outstanding natural beauty.


Local beauty spots in Monmouthshire

Scenic drive – there are so many places where you can just go for a drive and enjoy the countryside in its diversity.  The area is a mixture of valley farming and rural villages – or the wonderful wild and sometimes bleak drama of the hilltops – the area is famous for walking – genteel stroles along the level tow path of the Brecon canal or the more challenging climbs up to the tops of the Brecon Beacon peaks – the classic Sugar Loaf near Abergavenny can be seen from the house.

Local walks near house in Abergavenny

The Sugar Loaf mountain near Abergavenny seen from the West.

The Sugar Loaf Mountain in South Wales

Winter beauty – Sugar Loaf mountain near Abergavenny Monmouthshire – looking a bit like Mount Fuji – on a smaller scale of course.

Move to Monmouthshire to paint

If you paint there are many locations suitable for painting ‘en plein air’ – this old farm is just a mile away in Blaenavon a place famous for the world heritage ‘Big Pit’ mining museum.Brecon Beacons National Park home

I seem to have chosen pictures showing clouds – and yes it does rain in Wales but more often the sun shines.  I personally lovely the painterly way that the sun highlights the bright green and the mysterious atmosphere that a misty day evokes.


Stunning locations for walks in the area

Talybont Reservoir and pine wood – dramatic country walks and pony treking as well as many golf courses abound in the area.

hobby painting or professional inspirational

Clouds and passing light transform the scenery every minute of the day.

the joys of living in the countryside

The joys of living in the countryside – glorious contrasts of light and dark.

Llantony Abbey painted by Turner

Llantony Priory – one of the many ancient buildings in the area – there are more castles in Monmouthshire than any other county – it is steeped in history and provides so many places to visit and take friends who come to stay with you when you move to Abergavenny.


Llansteffan beach evening light


Llansteffan evening light


Llanfoist House is not that far away from the coast.  Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire – is about one and a half hours away unless you go the scenic route via the A40 and over the hills through stunningly dramatic countryside.

Wild ponies in the hills

Equally dramatic are the tops of the hills where wild ponies roam free – and in August and Sepetmber the heather brushes purple across the landscape.  This picture was taken on the scenic route to the coast – near Usk reservoir.


Winter walks in Monmouthshire

There are so many places to go walking – we are still finding new routes even though we have lived here for 38 years.  The famous canal is just behind the house and provides a lovely level walk if you are not feeling energetic and the old railway lines is now turned into a walk way – both of these safe from traffic and wonderfully peaceful. Sometimes walking is a bit slippery!


Winter rural pictures - just behind the house

Sheep on the road to Blaenavon – frost and mist – always take a camera with you so that you can share your pleasures with others!



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