|Brecon Beacons, Photo from telegraph.co.uk|
We had lunch at a little cafe and it was a very British lunch--we shared a pot of tea and I had the most delicious jacket potato ever. Jacket potatoes are a very British thing I haven't really talked about, but unlike in the states, where you eat a baked potato typically with just butter or maybe sour cream, cheese, and bacon bits if you're feeling daring, over here they serve baked (called jacket) potatoes with a vast array of toppings such as baked beans and cheese, coleslaw, tuna salad, and prawns (shrimp). And it's heavenly. After lunch the sun came out for a bit, though it didn't stay out for long, and we did some more wandering. We found the Castle Bookshop, which is in a little courtyard below the ruins of a castle. It's run based on pure good faith, with signs explaining that paperbacks cost 50 pence and hardbacks are £1, directing you to pay in the boxes. I loved it!
After that it started pouring again, so we ran inside for some ice cream at a place called Shepherd's, known for their use of sheep's milk rather than cow's milk in their ice cream. The ice cream was delicious, though neither Josh nor I could taste a difference, but now we can say we've had it! We decided to head out after that around 3pm, finding ourselves a bit bookshopped-out. On our way home we stopped to see Greg and Amber for some cake, Guitar Hero, wine, and more tea, which was the perfect ending to such a wonderful day. We were both wiped out by the time we got home, but it was definitely worth the trip!