To Middle Earth and back

January 13, 2013

A trip to Builth Wells this week, to see my friend,artist and musician Jeb Loy Nichols. He lives near Welshpool, so we met half way between there and Cardiff. Going up to Builth entails driving through the Brecon Beacons, always a spectacular sight.  That day, the sun was shining brightly, but looking down the road I saw a valley swathed in thick fog.  Moments later, I drove slap bang into it.  Everything went white and it was hard to see more than a few feet ahead. Then, just as suddenly,  I came out the other side again, into bright sunshine. Very Lord of the Rings.

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Jeb and I met at the Drover’s Tea Rooms in Builth, an old-fashioned establishment that serves great home-made soup.  Then we wandered round the town, which boasts an ancient bridge, a  large statue of a prize bull,  and a number of murals, including this one:

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