Annual Towyn Gathering   8 comments

The end of July. The end of the school year. The annual trip to Towyn Farm. This year I got to stay for a week rather than the snatched few days I normally get. The weather stuck its two fingers up at this and delivered 10 days of winter/spring conditions with no two consecutive days the same. We had some sunshine, lots of wind and gales, a good helping of rain and it was cold every day. I had to keep telling myself and anyone willing to listen that it was July. Could have been worse though, we only had one complete wash out and the kids managed to go in the sea most days. The wind meant we had good waves and I even got some kayak surfing in. Would have been nice to sit around in warm sunshine but in this most fickle of summers you take what you can get.

A few photos of beach antics, and campsite lazing. Apologies for the poor quality and reduced size of the beach shots. I’d set my outdoor camera to take some low-res images for sending in an e-mail and forgot to change the settings back 😦

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

It says a lot about the weather that the photos above were all taken on the same day. The ones below on one evening when the sun decided to put an overdue appearance in (it was much colder than it looked!)

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

We managed to get some walks in as well. A couple of short coastal excursions. This one around the impressive eminences of Mynydd Rhiw, Mynydd Penarfynydd and Mynydd y Graig. Obviously the austerity measures have even hit the vowels in this part of Wales

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

A walk enlivened by some prickly undergrowth and p1ss poor sigining through the fields. There was even a padlocked gate on the Wales Coastal Path route

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

Another short and wildly windy walk along the coast at the far southern tip of the peninsula

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

No trip to the area would be complete without a walk up Carn Fadryn

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

DB Junior calls it Birthday Hill but it had to wait a few days this time (his birthday was alas on the washout day but we did manage a fish and chip supper, and a ride on the dodgems and a play in the penny arcades in Pwllheli by way of compensation). Here’s the little rascal picking bilberries which were in abundance this year

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

It’s always teeming with insect life. DB Senior found this beetle and I got a decent shot of the local funnel web spider – I think they are actually called labyrinth spiders but they live in funnels made from web so I’m sticking with the scarier name. The beetle is crawling around on DBs sling. Yes a sling. DB has broken his arm bouncing on the trampoline. Dangerous by name, dangerous by nature

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

And of course to finish the obligatory sunset shots which Towyn Farm always delivers whatever the weather

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

towyn farm, towyn beach, mynydd rhiw, mynydd penarfynydd, mynydd y Graig, porth meudwy, pen y cil, mynydd bychest, carn fadryn, bardsey

A couple more posts to come but a fine trip making the best of the weather. I left out the photos of the rain and the videos of the wind trying to blow the camper over!

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8 responses to “Annual Towyn Gathering

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  1. Blimey, it already seems like a long time ago! Another fine trip despite the weather’s tawdry efforts. I should have read the post before looking at the photos; the beach shots were making me think that there was something wrong with my eyes! Doh!

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    beatingthebounds
    • Schoolboy error with camera – doh x 2!
      It was a pretty good week considering the weather. Only one washout day and I still enjoyed the amusements and chippy. Just a shame that day was DB’s birthday and the others had to leave early. Another beach holiday in Cornwall coming in a week or so. Hope the visitation from the States went well and the rest of the “summer” goes well. Looking forward to the Silverdale gathering 🙂

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  2. That sea still looks cold to me, even if it was sunny!

    The new van looks great though 🙂

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  3. I love Your beach photos!

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