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Thursday, 28 November 2013

miss b loves ........a weekend in Wales with a French twist (Part 2)



Our Sunday in Montgomery, Wales began well with the most delicious Welsh breakfast served with homemade toasted brioche .....


The dining room at The Checkers is elegant and comfortable ...



...... with more French touches, another reminder that the chef proprietor Stéphane Borie is originally from France ..........



The staff are so helpful and recommended a walk up to the Montgomery Monument where we were rewarded with a stunning 360 degree panorama, gorgeous autumn colours and a rainbow!






The monument commemorates people from Montgomeryshire who have died during all past wars. It was built originally to honour those killed in the First World War but has since been rededicated.  



Back in the town, we were ready for a second visit to the Castle kitchen to try the famous Welsh bara brith ... delicious with or without butter!


Next door, The Little Gallery is a beautiful art gallery and gift shop which we had visited the previous day...



 ... a riot of colour!


I wonder if I should have bought the robin cushion? Socks in every possible colour combination ...and I chose ........ beige!!


Around the corner, Indigo Moon has an eclectic mix of gifts too.



It was good to see small independent businesses doing well but this interesting plaque shows how trading in Montgomery has changed over the years ..... 



The Offa's Dyke Path is one of the longest national trails and as it runs close to Montgomery we decided to walk a very short section. 




Offa's Dyke follows the England/Wales border for 177 miles from the Severn Estuary to Prestatyn in the north

Offa was King of Mercia, effectively an early King of England from 757-796AD. It is not clear whether the 8th century dyke was built as a boundary or as a defensive structure.

At one point we were standing in Wales with Shropshire, England on the other side of the gate!



Before leaving Montgomery we spotted the most unusual tourist information 'office' .....an old telephone box painted blue, filled with useful leaflets about the area .....



 .....and what a cute warning sign....frogs! 



Our lovely weekend was coming to an end but before our journey home we bought some local Monty's beer and Welsh cheese .....




.....I'm determined to recreate the perfect Welsh rarebit which we had enjoyed in the Castle Kitchen café the previous day. I had noticed on the menu that they add Monty's beer to the mixture with cheese from their deli.


Welsh rarebit - a very posh cheese on toast,
at the Castle Kitchen café

If you missed Part 1 ......a stroll around picturesque Montgomery and a memorable dinner at The Checkers, click here




54 comments:

  1. I love French country style, you ran across some unforgettable places Miss B. It's always a pleasure when you stop by, thank you!
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  2. Comme c'est joli !

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  3. What a lovely post. Those landscape photos are beautiful, the rainbows. I loved the frog signs. Hope people slow down for those little guys :) Looks like a great time!

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  4. Hi Miss B, I am enchanted by that first image, what lush scenery, I had no idea about the French influence in Wales, really lovely and the indigo store keeps the cutest things. Great photo memories!

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  5. So nice to "travel" with you - thank you for the story and photos! x

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  6. gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. And the second part is very nice! I'm curious about the rarebit, looks so tasty!

    sunandsany

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  8. Well you breakfast makes me hungry! I miss pork, in Doha is not allowed :(
    Wonderful place, darling, and lucky for the rainbow!

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  9. Looks like a wonderful visit and we always buy a Bara Brith when we are in Wales. We have friends in Anglesey who we visit once a year. And I have to say, you look like you make a mean Welsh Rarebit!

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    1. I wish that was my homemade Welsh rarebit but it's the one we had at the Castle Kitchen café. I am going to try to make one like it!

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  10. Sigh! Sounds like a perfect getaway! I do love your posts and so very glad to have come across your blog! :)

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  11. It was great hearing your thoughts, have a Fabulous Friday!

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  12. It's so beautiful. I could walk around all day. HaHa I love the colorful pillows and socks. Love your beige socks Miss B. They're cute! I really like their signs. Great post! I felt as if I was there :)
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  13. Wonderful views. The food looks delicious, and the socks will go with everything :D sparkle2day.com

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  14. Oh your making me hungry with your posts lately. What gorgeous views. I love the French style furniture. Have a lovely weekend

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  15. You had me with the gorgeous view and delicious breakfast together there in the beginning. The rainbow is so beautiful. I would love to try the Welsh rarebit one day and the Monty beer.

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  16. Such a romantic and harmonious trip! I would have liked to shop at the gift store :) thanks for sharing these dreamy photos.

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  17. That rainbow and the lush countryside is amazing! I'd love to visit Wales!
    xo Mary Jo

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  18. Beautiful photos! Definitely on my places to visit. xoxo, B

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  19. Hi Miss B, I enjoyed also your second part of the trip..just made me want to visit Wales too, looks amazing. The socks are adorable, I'm sure you will recreate that recipe perfectly. Lol for the frog sign. Kisses dear, have a lovely weekend! xo

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  21. The toasted brioche with a complete Welsh breakfast looks perfect to start the day with. Nothing beats a rainbow during a walk in the countryside. Have a lovely weekend!

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  22. I could not have resisted the polka dot socks either!

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  23. Great post!

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  24. What a lovely place
    and you certainly captured it in your cam.
    That breakfast look so good.

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  25. Wow you caught a stunning rainbow near the Montgomery Monument - beautiful!

    That is so cool what you said about Shropshire, that in one second you could essentially be in another country. I wonder if the accent varies much.

    Wow you do eat some gorgeous food - the breakfast, the brith and the posh cheese on toast!
    Have a fab weekend
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  26. A French twist, indeed! It looks gorgeous - just the way I would love it too! Christa

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  27. mmm le "welsh breakfast" me fait saliver!!!


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  28. Wales is such a delightful place! I LOVED the rainbow. I believe that when we see a rainbow it is a gift. I just received a special gift today that was given through your lens, so I thank you for that, my friend.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  29. yummy! I've heard a lot about the Bara brit!

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  30. Amazing pics!!! Love the riot of color!!!
    x
    Nina
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  31. Great location! Amazing pics!
    Alita
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  32. I feel like I just spent some time in Wales, thank you so much for sharing. Hope you have a gorgeous week ahead.

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  33. Oh how lovely this looks! And love that telephone box idea! xo Caroline

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  34. What a charming little weekend getaway complete with lovely sights and delicious food :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  35. great photos! love it
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  36. Well, I think it's time to visit Wales once more, I've not been in a long time. So funny, I saw soomething just today about Braintree, those socks are very cool. lovely share and post as always miss b. Happy December! xx/Madison

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  37. It is certainly time I went back and got to know my grandfathers' country better - Wales is such a lovely place and I have not properly explored it. After these photos, I can't wait to do so. Especially if I can manage to spot a rainbow while I'm there!
    xox,
    Cee

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  38. I love the UK countryside, what beautiful pictures and the food looks soooo delicious!! :)

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  39. love the hand-painted pillow in the art gallery/gift shop--very chic and unique!

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  40. just lovely! I actually never been in Wales but I'm thinking about visiting Cardiff next year and after this post even more.
    Xxx

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  41. Thanks for continuing your travel to Wales because your post for me always a little holiday from my daily life - and it must be wonderful in Wales and to be honest I´m still astonished that there is indeed offered such good food!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  42. Oh wow, the rainbow pictures are beautiful =)

    Corinne x
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  43. as per usual i am DROOLING over that delicious food & fawning over your gorgeous temporary abode! sounds magnificent :D
    xx Corinne
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  44. That gift shop looks gorgeous and I love that robin cushion! You must have had a fab time there:)
    ~Anne

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  45. Stunning photos, isn't the air so crisp and the green so green - wow you really get around!!!! I'll take the bara brith (sp) with butter please! (and still swooning over the brekkie!

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  46. So cute! You always seem to visit the most charming places that no one (hem, maybe just me?) would think to visit!

    Hayfa
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  47. I can't BELIEVE I haven't been following your blog! eeek!!! Well... I am now! From Preston? We had the loveliest girl in the world helping here this year from Preston too! Looks like your weekend in Wales was fantastic! I'm jealous ... would love some of that cool weather here right now :-)

    cheers
    x

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    1. It's a small world! Thank you very much for following along now.

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  48. Wow your photos are amazing!
    xo
    Sharon

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  49. Thank you for all these lovely positive comments - much appreciated!

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