Although it is the largest town in Powys, Newtown is quite small, about 13,000 inhabitants, but this number is increased on market days when a large number of people come in from the countryside to shop and also to socialize. The coffee shops were pretty full of people chatting and the pub at lunchtime was also doing a good trade.
The town is nestled on the banks of the River Severn which has clear water, is quite shallow but fairly fast flowing. The rolling mid-Wales green hills, which surround the town, are dotted with sheep and patches of woodland. A parliament of rooks was making a lot of noise in the trees down by the river. The market did not appear to be exceptional although there was a good choice of foodstuffs and consumer items.
|While photographing this interesting building with trees growing out of it we were treated to the delicious smells from a hot bap stand which was selling the usual range of fillings as well as Welsh lamb burgers with or without mint sauce
|These two paintings are artists impressions of how Newtown would have looked in Robert Owen's day
The evening light in the Dingle Gardens brought out the colors of the rhododendrons this evening.