Helen (heleninwales) wrote,
Helen
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Ysgol Galan / New Year School

I've just done a two day Welsh course at the outdoor pursuits centre near Bala. Normally the courses are held in the local college in town, a mere 10 minutes walk away, but the January one is always held in Glan Llyn and this is the first time I've been able to go because the college starts back the first normal working day after the New Year, so I've always been teaching.

It was a really good course and I think I am slowly improving. I have finally graduated to the top class and we spent the entire two days speaking nothing but Welsh. We even kept the conversation entirely in Welsh when we left the classroom for our morning tea break and the lunch break.

I've got out of the habit of early morning drives and the first day was bitterly cold overnight. I had taken the precaution of putting the covers on the car, so there wasn't all that much scraping to do to free the windows from ice. It was clear but cold at home, but I ran into thick mist near the lake and at morning tea break on the first day, the trees were white frost skeletons and you couldn't see across the lake at all. It was like something out of a fantasy film. But by lunch time, the sun had burned off the mist and this is what the lake looked like.

Deceptively sunny, it was actually pretty cold.

Glan Llyn, Bala

And another view showing more of the lake.

Glan Llyn, Bala

Of course the sun only lasted one day and it clouded over on Thursday night so that Friday was much warmer, but miserable and wet.
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