Tuesday, 29 September 2015

In the Mountains, Moors and Valleys of North East Wales

Exploring in the late summer/autumn sunshine. 

Abandoning all plans last Saturday, I retreated to the garden with a good book and the weekend newspaper to bask in the late summer/early autumn sunshine.

On Sunday we had plans to meet with a Gold Wing biker friend at the Ponderosa Cafe on the Horseshoe Pass at Llantysilio above Llangollen. For a change we forsook the glories of the Dee Valley and headed north towards Mold. before reaching Mold we turned onto the A5104 Chester - Corwen road which would take us over the Llandegla Moors from whence we would arrive at the Ponderosa Cafe from the other side.
The Ponderosa Cafe, I must explain, is not only a meeting place for bikers of all kinds including cyclists, it also serves the most delicious food at a most reasonable price. To give you a picture of how high up it is, the gift shop is named 'Shop in the Clouds'.

Travelling along the winding country road through Pontybodkin towards Llandegla, we revelled in the changing scene of the autumn colours in the trees. The sunshine glinted through the leaves as we climbed higher and higher. The moors were covered with purple heather. Rounding a bend, we saw the land drop sharply to our left into the green valley below. The changing  seasons provide a different view as the land reveals a different face to the world. 

Eventually, reaching a succession of roundabouts and crossroads at Llandegla, we headed towards Llangollen. At the last roundabout there is a farm which makes cider. It is called 'Rosie's Cider'. Along the narrow A542 we climbed, admiring the yellow gorse which now covered the mountainsides, eventually reaching our destination.
   'Wow, look at all the bikes! And the cars!' The sides of the road was littered with cars where people had parked up as a base for their walk over the moors. Turning into the Ponderosa Cafe, we could see that there was hardly any space left to park up. In addition to the many bikers, cyclists were more in evidence that ever as they tackled the mountain roads. There is a two-hour restriction on parking and believe me it is needed, such is the constant flow of bikers looking for a break. They also come for biking talk and to stand in admiration at the many models.

We came home our usual way, travelling over the Pass, through Llangollen to home.
Monday dawned as sunny as ever. After making a poor effort at work, I pleaded for a day out in the sunshine. My hubby did not need persuading simply asking if it was too late to go to Betws-y-Coed in the heart of Snowdonia.

Taking the same route as the previous day, we again enjoyed and marvelled at the beauty of the countryside. Reaching Llandegla, we carried on to Corwen where we turned onto the A5 road to Betws-y-Coed. One of my favourite spots is just outside the village near the Conwy Falls. The vista across to the left is so beautiful I could sit and drink it in forever.Enjoying a late lunch in the Bridge Bar Lounge at the Waterloo Hotel and Spa we decided to forgo a dessert and have an icecream from our local shop. It is a while since we have eaten here but the food was as delicious as ever.

I can't say much about the ride home as I fell asleep! But what a wonderful treat at the end of summer. And, we did enjoy our ice cream.

Rosalie xx

Saturday, 5 September 2015

The Fun, Games, and Frustrations of Using Face Book in a Strange Default Foreign Language!

Well! Thank goodness.

The foreign language problem seems to be sorted. Such a relief as I had almost decided to cancel FB account altogether and go into a land of darkness.

The problem started on the Net book which I had recently updated to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1.1. and I was using  Microsoft Edge - the new interactive browser in Windows 10 which super seeds but does not replace -yet - Explorer. One day It asked me if I wanted to put a FB icon on the taskbar. 'Why not?' I thought, although it seemed unusual as taskbar icons normally are activated via the Windows icon on the left of the screen.  (I should explain at this point that I use my Net book PC mainly for marketing,  multimedia away from my desk, social media, research etc. from the comfort of my chair when not working.)

Some days later a little red button appeared on the icon. The button had squiggles on it. A few days later the fun - frustrations - began as once logged on to Face Book , all language defaulted to Vietnamese.

I wondered if the problem had come via Microsoft Edge so I stopped using it and went back to Explorer 11 and then Google Chrome. At one point the language was Afrikaans!
I explored all the Google translate options. The strange thing was that everything was in English before log on and only switched afterwards. Google translate was invaluable for translating the pages but turned some words back to another language, and I still couldn't at first read the menus. These eventually sorted themselves out. Or was it the little men at Face book beavering away behind the scenes? I had sent screen shots to FB with details of the problem. E-mail replies to requests to change passwords came back in Vietnamese!


I had decided in the early waking hours of this morning to see if the white, now repaired, Net book, which is still on Windows 7 and Explorer 11, was OK when I logged on to Face book. It was!  Oh joy! The relief! I then  logged on to FB in Microsoft Edge on the desktop PC - updated to Windows 10 from Windows 7. Still all OK. Long may it continue. 

I can now keep my hair on and hope that FB really have sorted what must have been a bug somewhere in their interface.

I wrote the above earlier this morning. I have just tried to log on FB via Chrome and lo and behold - we have a foreign language. Back to Microsoft Edge and my own language.

I am not sure where the interference originated and thinking that it all started with Windows 10. I had even decided to revert back to Windows 8 and close down FB. In case you are wondering, I do have excellent all-round Internet security all computers.

For now I will leave things as they are and trust FB security to deal with it.

Meanwhile you can connect with me at https://www.facebook.com/rosalie.marsh.author and visit my business page at  https://www.facebook.com/rosalie.marsh.JustUsTwoTravel?ref=hl  where you can join in the conversation.

Rosalie xx