Saturday morning I took the train to Cardiff for the day. I like travelling by rail for a bit of a change and I knew I wouldn't need my car when I got there so I could sit back and relax. I met up with Student Daughter and we headed to one of the Victorain Shopping Arcades for brunch in Barkers Tea House. We were not disappointed.
The bay consists of a large freshwater lake created by a barrage where the old Cardiff Docks were situated. Once a busy dockyard exporting Welsh coal it fell into disuse before being regenerated at the turn of the century.
It is now a thriving collection of shops, restaurants, recreational facilities and upmarket housing. Some old buildings remain such as the Norwegian Church where Roald Dahl was christened.
Another building of some note is the Pierhead Building which used to be the headquarters of the Bute Dock company.
It was then time for further refreshments.
Suitably repleted we headed to the Cardiff Millennium Centre to see The National Theatre's War Horse. We had both seen it some years ago but it held up well to a second visit.
It was then time after a quick supper to return home.
On Sunday we had 11 for a family lunch with several more family members in the afternoon. Fortunately I had prepared most of the food earlier in the week. My brother entertained all with his model steam traction engine.
There were rides for young and old.
Plus a bit of competition from a plastic tractor.
A good time was had by all.