A strenuous uphill walk from the Mid - Wales town of Machynlleth, nestling in the beautiful countryside of the Dyfi Valley, is a beautiful slate roofed, stone cottage called Bron Yr Aur. This unassuming, remote cottage was made famous in 1970 by two famous rock icons from London, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
There are various songs that can be attributed to this time in Wales, including; Bron Yr Aur, on the Physical Graffiti album, Bron Y Aur Stomp (the name being misspelt on the album cover) from Led Zeppelin III and Over the Hills and Far Away, which is on the Houses of the Holy album.
When I see the picture of the house and the surrounding area I am reminded of just how much I long to retire to a similar location, away from the noise, crowds and concrete of the city, going for long walks in the early morning, breathing fresh air and being surrounded by nature. I would love to retire to a similar old, farmhouse cottage in Wales, either up in the mountains or near the sea.
Recently I went to a region about an hour and a half from Medellin, between the villages of San Felix and Ovejas on the way to the town of San Pedro de los Milagros to visit my daughter who was working on a dairy farm there. The area is cooler than the city due to its higher altitude and the day we went it was foggy, chilly and damp. I was so happy and felt at home walking in the countryside around the farm.
Bron Yr Aur is privately owned and so any Led Zeppelin fans making the pilgrimage up to the house can only see it from a distance. Another place worth visiting in the area of Machynlleth is the RSPB wildlife Reserve at Ynys-hir, a must for anyone interested in birds and nature in general.