Last weekend, I hopped on the train at Paddington (stopping to say hello to the Unnamed soldier before I boarded) and headed to Monmouth in Wales...
I can't even begin to describe how amazing it was. The last time I was in Wales was on a school trip in the nearby Brecon Beacons. It poured with rain and we had to stay in a really grim hostel. So my memories of this country were not fond or pleasant to recall.
I don't think we stopped laughing from the minute we got off the train. Two of us were going to stay with another friend. We ate delicious food, slept in super comfy beds and walked cup the Sugar Loaf, which is a mountain near Abergavenny. The sun shone too and even the clouds were beautiful.
Note the Mulberry handbag..! We laughed at the sight of me clutching it as we walked up - Well I wasn't going to leave it in the car..!
Look at the sheep who warmly greeted us at the top. The views were 360 degrees of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen. Imagine this but all the way round - uninterrupted beauty:
It was the most perfect chance to clear one's head, meditate and get away from the chaos that is real life (and this week HAS been chaotic..) BUT I managed to tweet from the top of the mountain:
Standing at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in sunny Wales. 360 degree views. This is the dream.
— Miranda B (@mirandasmurmurs) July 5, 2014
I didn't embarrass myself by breaking into song half way up the mountain:
"The hills are alive with the sound of music..." OR
"Climb every mountain..."
(I am obsessed with the Sound of Music* - secretly would like to be Julie Andrews...ssshh)
This is the Sugar Loaf - nearly 2,000 feet high:
We walked back down the mountain and rewarded ourselves with tea and cake to mark our achievement. Next mission: Pen Y Fann or even Snowdon..!
By the end of the weekend, it wasn't my legs and feet that hurt from all the walking as I am quite used to that, it was my sides that hurt from non stop laughing.
All in all, the very best of weekends and I am already looking forward to the next..!