Eleven rooms were booked at Llanachinda Farm in the Brecon Beacons and we all made our way there on the 8th May with great anticipation. The road up from Llandovery was three miles of climbing, through a farmyard and upwards under the viaduct to what seemed like the top of the world.
We were greeted in the car park by Andrew one of the twin sons and shown into the warm and welcoming farm house. Tea and coffee and homemade cakes awaited in front of the fire on comfy sofas. When shown to our very comfortable room we discovered route books for two days, rally plaques, two presentation mugs and key rings. Nothing was left to chance and everything catered for. As organiser I felt a great sense of relief to be in such a first class establishment and knew from that moment we were in for a treat.
At 6.30pm we assembled for a Pimms welcome and at 7.30 enjoyed the first of three lovely meals. The food was very well chosen and beautifully cooked with fresh vegetables cooked in imaginative ways and desserts to die for. "Couldn’t manage a single thing more" was a commonly heard phrase before the speaker sneaked up to the "puds" table to enjoy a choice of crumbles, cheesecakes, and fresh fruit and Welsh cheeses.
Each morning after a hearty Welsh breakfast we were summoned for a briefing where Martin talked us through the route for the day and the best places to stop and admire, petrol, loos etc. All good information and very useful. The scenery on each route was spectacular and with a choice of how far to drive and what to stop and see, was very flexible. Whilst on the route one of the two twin sons would pop up occasionally with a camera and at the end of the weekend we were presented with a CD of the main moments of our tour. We will enjoy seeing that again at Film Night.
I think I can safely say that everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend and more than one couple asked when we could do it again. For those still in a muddle to which son was which. Andrew tipped me the wink. Andrew watch on left wrist and Mark watch on right. I hope I have remembered that correctly.
Many, many thanks to Martin and Lynn and the boys if you read this. You have created a fantastic business that is unique in every way. You have managed to combine efficiency with friendly and helpful service and turned it into an art form. No wonder so many car clubs spend time at Llanachinda Farm.
Thanks to Graham and Betty for their hospitality at a super Buttercup Bounce!
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Showing off the prize
Putting the Bounce into the Buttercup Bounce
Nigel Coulter organised a run of 35 miles through the Surrey and Hampshire lanes on New Years Day. 21 cars of varying makes and ages assembled in the National Trust Car Park at Hindhead.
The weather was reasonably kind compared with the dreadful rain last year. After a pleasant run 46 people sat down to a roast dinner at the Hogs Back Hotel. Below are pictures of some of the participants.