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Plas Brondanw tower folly

The tower in the grounds of Plas Brondanw, the family home of Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis, the creator and architect  of the village of Portmeirion (of 60's TV series 'The Prisoner' fame) in North Wales. While In Wales my Skoda Yeti 4x4 developed an intermittent rattle, today I summoned VW group assistance and a mechanic came out and removed the front near-side brake caliper to free a trapped stone, unfortunately he cross-threaded the caliper retaining bolts when reassembling, so now the car has to be recovered and fixed by my dealer as it can't now be driven - I'm not a very happy bunny.

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Bummer John - I am soo sorry you've encountered such troubles. Vehicles can be a blessing and a drag... But I love this shot- that stonework is most impressive!
John Prior: Thanks Elizabeth, yes indeed, it is a pity when one encounters the unprofessional.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Sep 2011, 06:37
First you fall and now your car goes lame! What's the world coming to, John!!!

In the meantime, your images sing!
John Prior: Thanks a lot Ginnie
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Sep 2011, 07:39
This must be a fascinating place John: I remember the series very well. Hard luck about the Yeti
John Prior: Thanks Chris, It is, still in the hands of the family in a lovely location.
A wonderful picture John, and I am sorry to hear about your car problem. Hope things get better soon.
John Prior: Thanks Frances, so do I.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2011, 11:31
Great sky, good foreground light, a bit of history and a yeti disappearing on the back of a low loader. Interesting place North Wales.
John Prior: Thanks Les, the light really did pick the tower out against the dark sky, As for the other matter I hope Skoda assistance can redeem themselves, things didn't start well this morning when they sent the wrong recovery vehicle for a 4x4. I have been very pleased with the quality of the car.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2011, 11:37
Beautiful composition John, great sky and the sun really shows the detail on the stone.
I feel really stranded if my car goes on the wonk! smile
John Prior: Thanks Linda, yes indeed, I really look after my cars, and get really annoyed when something happens through others carelessness. I shall seek compensation from Skoda, I think a future free service or two is in order.
The tower really fits in well in that wild landscape John. Sorry about the car. We've had our share of dodgy moments or all out disasters but on our last trip it kindly waited until we got home before blowing the radiator.
John Prior: Thanks Janet, Mine got me home despite sometimes alarming noises, It is amazing how much noise at times a small stone can create, all would have been fine if I had not been sent a ham fisted mechanic by Skoda assistance.
  • crash
  • New Jersey & NYC
  • 21 Sep 2011, 12:54
sorry to hear about the car, but dang, what a wonderful castle!
Fine shot John, and a great sky. I suppose the only consolation with the car is that at least you got home and it didn't happen while you were in Wales.
John Prior: Thanks Brian, A new shinny hire car has just been delivered, I'm always a bit nervous of driving hire cars though, even in theory this should not cost me anything.
  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2011, 14:43
great photo. I love places like this (or I would if I got to go to them!)
John Prior: Thank you Debb, a nice folly in the landscape is hard to beat.
It is hard to have much confidence in many garages! On a lighter note I like the picture and really must go to Portmeirion again one day. I went there in a working capacity some years ago and have always wanted to go back and take Ange with me
John Prior: Thanks Bill, I don't really trust any of them, I always make them agree the condition of the car before I leave it, having had a dent in the past that was then denied.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 21 Sep 2011, 16:10
I like this composition with the dark broody mountain way off in the distance.
John Prior: Just needed a few hobbits smile
The stonework and the sky go together so perfectly, I'm not sure which one complementing which
John Prior: Thank you Sheila
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 21 Sep 2011, 19:19
mind boggling to think of each stone being gathered and carefully stacked so very log ago. amazing light with that ominous sky. (sorry to hear about your car)
John Prior: Thanks a lot Sherri, Clough Williams-Ellis and his wife Susan, were both great individuals and very creative.
Really beautiful withthe contrast, and under this cloudy sky!
Have a nice day.

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