My trip to Wales. Clothes and fine dining


“In this life so full of care there is no time to stand and stare” (William Henry Davies). It was a wonderful treat to take a few days off and spend time in the beautiful Welsh countryside surrounded by lush green fields, beautiful Spring blooms, and not forgetting the sheep and lambs dotted over the hills.

My capsule wardrobe stood up well to the task. At the last minute I swapped my light blue raincoat for my more robust black mac with a hood as the on the morning we left London it was raining buckets! In hindsight, this was not necessary because as soon as we arrived in Wales the sun came out and shone for the next two days. I wore my Hopefashion Navy cotton stretch trousers every day. My mid-wellington boots came in useful for country walks. My pink scarf co-ordinated perfectly with the vibrant tulips.

My trip to Wales. Clothes and fine dining


Here I am wearing my polka dot top underneath my long line navy cardigan (similar). The White company also have an excellent collection of longline cardigans.

My trip to Wales. Clothes and fine dining

You can check out my full capsule wardrobe in my previous post here. I wore my navy print midi dress with my silver flats for the first evening out plus my cashmere poncho over the top when it became chilly. I had just bought my blue fedora hat in a cafe in Hay-on-Wye. I am addicted to hats I just can’t resist them.

My trip to Wales. Clothes and fine dining

We ate at The Walnut tree Inn, just outside Abergavenny.  If you are ever in that area I would highly recommend it. The food is an eclectic mix paired with sound cooking techniques; rather than a particular country’s cuisine. A unifying feature is the core of excellent ingredients. For the second evening, I teamed my Hopefashion foundation scoop neck top and leggings with my pink sweater.

My trip to Wales. Clothes and fine dining

It must have taken hours to carve this seat out of a tree stump.

My trip to Wales. Clothes and fine dining

My trip to Wales. Clothes and fine dining

Rhododendrons in all their glory!


The photographs above were taken by my friend Karen in the grounds of the Gliffaes Hotel. We had eaten the most delicious lunch in their restaurant before these photos were taken.


  1. Joby
    7th May 2018 / 15:47

    It’s actually WH Davies, not Wordsworth.

  2. kate lowe
    7th May 2018 / 15:56

    Sorry to be picky but that line of poetry is “Leisure” by William Henry Davies. Not Wordsworth. I love the latter and find Mr Davies a bit dah di dah di dah, dah di dah di dah. Although Wordsworth’s own ‘Daffodils’ is like that too – his most famous, but I think, worst poem.

    • 7th May 2018 / 17:52

      Hi Kate
      You are quite right. I have used the quote before and must have had a lapse in concentration. Thank you for pointing it out.

  3. Sallu
    7th May 2018 / 16:00

    I love your posts! They are a vicarious mini-vacation for me!

  4. Leslie O
    7th May 2018 / 19:09

    This is such a nice outfit! I really like the colors together. The cardigan is just perfect on you.

  5. Lynne Savage
    7th May 2018 / 21:06

    Currently packing for 3 months in a tiny caravan traveling in Australia to Cape York. So remote we have to leave the van and take only the 4 wheel drive for 3 weeks. However, I still like to feel comfortable and look my best while also going from winter to “hot all year”. A challenge I feel I can rise to with skinny jeans or shorts, a selection of black bamboo underwear, t shirts and skivvies and coloured sleeveless vests of various fabrics warm and cool. Add a coat, crocs to shower in, walking sandals and boots and I am away. Like wearing a comfy uniform.

  6. 8th May 2018 / 12:56

    Hi Lynne

    Sounds as though you are planning your packing very well.

  7. Kay
    8th May 2018 / 19:11

    The most beautiful hydrangeas I ever saw were in Wales. It’s not a country that leaps to mind as a garden spot, but spring there is breathtaking.

  8. Bron
    8th May 2018 / 23:04

    You couldn’t have picked a better weekend to come to Monmouthshire, the weather was wonderful, and the colours you chose were perfect for the season!

  9. Susan B
    8th May 2018 / 23:57

    It looks so lovely there! The pink scarf is perfect for a cool Spring day.

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