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Day one at the Royal Welsh

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Derek Brockway Derek Brockway | 12:28 UK time, Monday, 18 July 2011

Well here I am again at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd (www.rwas.co.uk), in the mobile BBC Wales office at the showground opposite the cattle ring. I can't believe another year has gone by but it's good to be back, seeing familiar faces, meeting old friends and to chat to people from all around the country.

Derek Brockway blogging in the mobile BBC Wales broom cupboard - opposite the main ring

Blogging in the mobile BBC Wales broom cupboard - opposite the main ring

My first port of call this morning was the Countryside Council for Wales stand.

The Offa's Dyke Path National Trail is celebrating its 40th birthday this year so I went along to say a few words and to cut the Trail's birthday cake! You can't beat a cup of coffee and a slice of cake for breakfast.

I've walked a few sections of the 177 mile path in the past, once around Knighton and in the Clwydian Range up to the Jubilee Tower. More recently I walked from Churchtown to Montgomery Castle for a new series of Weatherman Walking which you can watch in January.

The weather here today in Llanelwedd isn't great with some rain on and off so it's a good job I'm wearing my walking boots.

In Snowdonia over 125mm (5 inches) of rain has fallen on the mountains in the last 72 hours so some rivers are swollen including the River Wye which runs through Builth which was looking very high and very brown earlier. Incidentally, the July average rainfall for Capel Curig is 126mm.

Thankfully, the next few days look drier but not completely dry and a few showers are likely. The sun should break through the clouds at times too and with lighter winds it should feel a shade warmer despite temperatures remaining below average for the time of year.

It's all go here! I'm now off to do some radio now with Jason Mohammad and then prepare for my TV bulletin.


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