Well, here we are, after over 100 days we are told that everything is OK out there and we can travel more than the five miles that we have been restricted to. So tomorrow we will poke our noses out, and rather against my better judgement make an expedition to Carmarthen. Maggie wants new towels for the cottage, which cannot be bought on-line because towels have to be felt.
I can think of many worse places to be locked down than the Elan Valley, our daily exercise is at least a walk as far as Caban Coch Dam, and sometimes as far as the Foel Bridge. We have occasionally seen other people but mainly it has been an on-going distant relationship with the daft sheep that run ahead of you, when all they need to do is let you past! Latterly, too, we have had rangers and workmen in the Visitor Centre. Welsh Water took advantage of the pause in trading to completely change the lighting. It is now powered by the generators a few hundred yards away, and, with new LED lamps keeping the demand low, they need no other input.
The Visitor Centre is not yet ready to open, but they have “Y Gegin” their mobile catering unit in the car park, providing possible drinks and information, along with some mobile toilets and hand sanitising points. The sheep will be bemused when they get to see more walkers than just us.
We look forward to seeing you when you return, but with a little concern, that this area which has been an oasis of safety will now take on the same risk level of much of the rest of the country. When they take away the “Residents Only” signs we will have some mixed feelings, but we will be glad to see you.