WEATHERING THE STORM
February and March 2014 saw some of the worst weather on record, with much of the UK battered by high winds and flooding in a series of storms.
North Wales was no exception with Portmeirion suffering a battering the like of which had not been seen for many years, with high winds and flooding both threatening the buildings and woodland.
The Unmutual Website is delighted to say that structurally the village came through unharmed, but sadly the woodland saw nearly 100 trees lost to the high winds (with several large trees on the drive leading to the village also felled by hurrican force gales).
White Horses cottage (below) also did not escape, and was flooded by over a metre of water, leading to new flood defences being built on the path which runs to the lighthouse and also a complete refurbishment of the interior of the cottage.
Also in the news at Portmeirion is the news that the Golden Dragon Bookshop (underneath Neptune Suite) has now moved across the way to what was formerly the Cadwalladers Ice Cream parlour, with the old bookshop becoming a "Angel Ices", Portmeirion's own manufactured and dispensed ice cream store.
Other additions in the village in recent months also include a new plaque on the Hercules statue celebrating the summer of 2013. Click HERE for more photos and information.
With thanks to Al Jones and Helen Weathers for this news item. Images (c) Al Jones and Kiki Abgral.