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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Llyn Brianne Reservoir



Now I have posted photos from this place before but I thought it was time to show a bit more of the place. Last time it was a pleasant sunny day where we had a picnic, this time not so nice.





To get to the reservoir you need to turn off the A483 at Beulah and head off up into the hills.  Not sure where this is but it looks down the hillside form the road to the river below 





Stopped off to get a photo of the woodland and the sign showing how steep the hill was





as you can see we had not reached the top













Stopped off at the picnic area to look at the reservoir
 and the overcast sky behind which looked quite threatening






drove along winding roads




stopped off for another photo opportunity





sheep






pony's





just having a scratch
 Better view of the reservoir




and the sheep laid down and watched














Eventually we got to where I want to go













view of the dam & spillway





top of the spillway & reservoir
 Looking down the spillway





and the view of the mountains behind it

Data on the dam itself





you can also read about who opened it in Welsh




or English if you like















there is a road across the top




and a bridge over the spillway




view back up the reservoir 




across to where I took the photos









 A stich photo of the reservior

A final look down at the dam. The building at the base is a hydro electric plant and my only regret of the day was that water was not flowing over the spillway. The Llyn Briannne  a nice place to visit and there are places you can stop off for a picnic or camp but I feel it does not quite have the same affect on me as the Elan Valley. Thanks for visiting and nope you liked the tour

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Up Up & Away



This was a belated birthday present from my wife, belated in the fact I was supposed to get it for my 40th Birthday but as I found out the surprise was lost so she did something else instead. Now that was like taking candy from a baby as I never really forgot and every so often would hint I really would love to go up in a balloon. Well on my last birthday (21 for the third time) I was surprised with a couple of tickets for a Balloon flight and the other day my wife & I took one over Oxfordshire.






We where the first there when the Balloon turned up




laid out along the grass





opened out





Then off came the basket






inflating the balloon





My wife was with this crew holding on to the rope





getting bigger
 the pilot making sure it inflates right





 getting bigger





flame on





up she goes
 Nearly ready






the Burners







The route and GPS following the flight








Next thing I know I'm looking down on Oxford, this is Christchurch.

The Radcliffe Camera goes past

Looking up through Oxford

Magdalene Collage

View looking off into the hills nearby 

The John Radcliffe Hospital or JR as it is known locally

This looks off towards Didcot where you can just make out the old powerstation

This bit is called the Headington Hamburger

Passing one of the Villages





over countryside





A village church









This place is called Brill on the Hill





A private school











The cows did not seem to care about us though





Most of us have a car out the front of our house, this guy has a plane





looks like a runway but its solar panels on the old runway





This is Waddaston Manor we are coming to





Finally we land and get out safely

And a goblet of Champers,
 Hope you enjoyed the flight