Flash back to 1967 and six of one
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We slept well on our first night in Wales, owing to the fact that we had been up about 24hours since our departure from Delaware but more than likely because we ingested copious amounts of wine before turning in. Our hosts, Debbie and Mike, had made plans for showing us around the area allowing for the possibility or perhaps I should say the probability of rain. So we took off in the truck, winding through the Welsh countryside and all the villages with unpronouncable names. The Welsh seem fond of putting "dog" in their town's names......Tremadog, Dolgellau (pronounced like dog-eth-lie) and Porthmadog, which is where we were headed to eventually end up in Portmeirion. For those fans of the late 60's cult British TV series, "The Prisoner", starring Patrick McGoohan, this is where the filming took place.
Clough Wiiliams-Ellis, an architect and comtemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed Portmeirion to show that the development of a naturally beautiful site need not lead to its defilement and that architectural good manners could be good business. The construction of Portmeirion took place from 1925-1976, by which time he was in his 90's. Each year, even 40 years after the final year of filming, a convention is held at Portmeirion for "The Prisoner" Appreciation Society. The official website is called sixofone.org.uk for those devotees of the series. I remember watching some of the shows on TV although I was just a mere slip of a girl at the time.
The weather held out and we toured the grounds and enjoyed a picnic lunch and the obligatory cup of tea before heading back to the cottage.
Another evening of good food, drink and company as Mitty and Buffy curled around our feet once more. Hey, tonight we made it to 2230, though admittedly there was a fair amount of yawning earlier on as jet lag tugged at our sleeves once again................