Where we live.
In old South Wales, a pair of grandparents used to live in this farmhouse - at Pendoylan
In New South Wales, "Pendoylan" is a somewhat different style of house.
The original village of Pendoylan sits in a shallow valley in the middle of the Vale of Glamorgan in "old" South Wales. It is surrounded by farmland and small woods, whilst the Brecon Beacons form a backdrop of Welsh mountains
Our house "Pendoylan" sits on the edge of a small township, nestled in a fold on the Eastern edge of the New South Wales tablelands. Just 2 kilometres away is the edge of a sheer escarpment which plunges to the coastal plain of Eastern New South Wales. We are at 2,500 feet, which is like being on the top of the Brecon Beacons!
About 50 kilometres to the West of us, the land rises to the summits of the Great Dividing Range, which is the backbone of Eastern Australia - in our area they reach heights of nearly 5,000 feet (the third highest place in the whole 2000 km range)
Our part of the NSW tablelands has some of Australia's finest arable and pastoral farmland (rich basaltic soils) - and also the greatest concentration of National Parks in the country. These include the deepest gorges and the highest waterfalls.