Quintessential English Cottage – in Wales

As well as our house-sit in Holmfirth, Yorkshire we had a dreamlike twelve days of heaven in a house-sit on the English/Welsh border, built alongside Offa’s Dyke Path. Two former quarry-worker’s homes knocked into one formed the country cottage with roses climbing up the wall that I have always dreamed of.  We were teleported into our ideal existence looking after Mana, a retired racing Greyhound, and Moley, Bedlington Lurcher x Whippet. Wonderful daily climbs with the dogs up to Llanymynech Rock were invigorating and the golf course right at the top boasted spectacular views. If I am ever tempted to take up golf (pretty unlikely) then Llanymynech Golf Club ,where you can putt in England and drive in Wales, is the one for me!

The dogs quickly accepted us into their ‘pack’ and joined us each evening in the TV room. It was so funny watching Mana negotiate her long legs as she settled into the armchair. Moley was hard of hearing but even so he didn’t like all the screeching caused by Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons during GOTs episodes. Moley is a former Traveller’s dog with a rascally character to match. Every so often on our walks he would disappear on a stealth mission (he was bred for poaching) into the bushes still chasing that elusive prey…Not bad for a fifteen-year-old! Frank and I are missing them still. Many thanks to their gracious owners, who allowed us the privilege of staying in their home and caring for their two beloved dogs, and who also wrote us a brilliant review on Mindmyhouse. (Direct link to our profile)



About susancarey

Angela writes using pseudonym, Susan Carey. She has dual nationality, GB/NL and lives in Nijmegen. Susan has had short fiction published on multiple platforms and was a runner-up in the 2018 and 2017 Casket of Fictional Delights Flash Competitions. Her writing has also been published and performed by amongst others: Mslexia, Liars’ League, Reflex Fiction, the Casket and of course the wonderful Writers Abroad. In 2020 she published her short story collection, Healer. Tweets at @su_carey
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2 Responses to Quintessential English Cottage – in Wales

  1. Sally Robinson says:

    How totally idyllic! I love lurchers and whippets (and Phoebe’s favourites). So gentle! And you both look so at home.


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