2009 – Lake Vyrnwy

In 2009, the group ventured into a new region of Wales for a retreat. Lake Vyrnwy. There’s a big reservoir there, because it rains a lot.

Here it is ... Eunant House.

Here it is … Eunant House.

On the rainiest weekend since the Flood, eight Wrekin Writers enjoyed a productive and fun weekend in sylvan surroundings.  Eunant House stands by the Eunant (pronounced Eynant) River, which flows into Lake Vyrnwy, a reservoir dammed 1890-1910 to supply water to Liverpool.  The house is only as old as the lake; the original building was demolished when the dam was built and its remains may be seen on the lake bed during periods of drought.

The lake was several feet above normal, and excess water thundered over the spillways.  The Eunant river was white, as can be seen from the pictures.

The sunny pictures of Lake Vyrnwy and the straining tower were taken at lunchtime on Saturday 20th November, from the balcony of the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, which also dates from 1890.

The Retreaters spared time from their writing to indulge in other pursuits.  Many of them walked in the rain; two went separately round the lake, a distance of 11 – 13 miles.  There was dancing, charades, and a game of Scrabble, which was won by a margin of only 10, though one team had a lead of 100 at one point.  And one Retreater had a facial at the Hotel.

The picture of the ruin is not the result of a weekend’s retreating at Eunant House; it is next year’s venue.

Lake Vrynwy, when it wasn't raining.

Lake Vrynwy, when it wasn’t raining.

The water tower in Lake Vyrnwy

The water tower in Lake Vyrnwy

The reservoir was full, hence the white water flowing over the top.

The reservoir was full, hence the white water flowing over the top.

That's a lot of water.

That’s a lot of water.

More water.

More water.

Even more water ....

Even more water ….

And more water.

And more water.

An evening sunset.

An evening sunset.

The Eunant River in full flow.

The Eunant River in full flow.

White water.

White water.

More white water.

More white water.

Even more white water

Even more white water

Even even more white water.

Even even more white water.

Even even even more white water.

Even even even more white water.

And still it flows.

And still it flows.

Retreating to an evening meal.

Retreating to an evening meal.

Beverley in quiet contemplation.

Beverley in quiet contemplation.

Diane not letting the rain get her down.

Diane not letting the rain get her down.

Darren putting on a brave face.

Darren putting on a brave face.

Fiona showing how much writing she'd done so far.

Fiona showing how much writing she’d done so far.

Bryan struts his stuff.

Bryan struts his stuff.

Sue and Diane watching Bryan strut his stuff.

Sue and Diane watching Bryan strut his stuff.

Beverley, Sue and Diane impressed by capturing the evidence on camera.

Beverley, Sue and Diane impressed by capturing the evidence on camera.

Fiona, Sue, Darren, Bryan and Diane laughing at more photographic evidence.

Fiona, Sue, Darren, Bryan and Diane laughing at more photographic evidence.

There's a lot of love in this group

There’s a lot of love in this group

Evidence of the creation of words on this retreat.

Evidence of the creation of words on this retreat.

Ey up - the fire's alight.

Ey up – the fire’s alight.

Even more love on this retreat.

Even more love on this retreat.

Still raining outside.

Still raining outside.

Which means the waterfalls are in full spate.

Which means the waterfalls are in full spate.

Good weather for lichen

Good weather for lichen

This is not next year's retreat venue!

This is not next year’s retreat venue!

The water keeps flowing.

The water keeps flowing.

Peek a boo!

Peek a boo!

More water.

More water.

Fiona takes a break.

Fiona takes a break.

Darren forgetting he's not in his bedroom.

Darren forgetting he’s not in his bedroom.

Beverley boogie-ing.

Beverley boogie-ing.

Diane dancing

Diane dancing

Suki reading.

Suki reading.

Lounging around.

Lounging around.

Mike lounging around too

Mike lounging around too

Mike and Diane dancing

Mike and Diane dancing

The garden

The garden

The view from the retreat.

The view from the retreat.

Eunant House

Eunant House

Has it stopped raining yet?

Has it stopped raining yet?

Squint hard enough and you can see Lake Vrynwy

Squint hard enough and you can see Lake Vrynwy

Darren waving.

Darren waving.

Bryan needs glasses.

Bryan needs glasses.

Fiona contemplating a drink.

Fiona contemplating a drink.

More dancing

More dancing

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