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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Dinas Mawddwy December 8th 2013

Finally we have a home. Suzy who has been our home for the past 5 weeks is now parked up at Teversal caravan club site for two weeks whilst we settle in to our new home and sort out a space to park her. We managed a discount for leaving her there. We would have liked to have left her there over Christmas but apparently the site is full from Christmas Eve until after NewYear. Things became somewhat hectic over the last week. A trip to the solicitors to sign the contracts, finding out that we cannot park a caravan nor a house on wheels in front of the garage. Not that we could have as it is on a slope and is quite short compared to the drive we had in our last home. And ... read more
Portmeirion
Portmeirion
Portmeirion

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Dolgellau August 18th 2013

Friday August 16,2013 Dolgellau(pronounced: Dol-Geth-Lai) We arrived in Porthmadog around 2:25 pm and Sally & I walked the dogs for a bit. Later we sat outside a Fish & Chips-Take Away Shop and had some lunch. Yum! After lunch....Sally and I wondered around the town and looked in some shops. Sally remembers coming here to stay with her grandparents on her mom's side(Jill's parents). Lovely and cute town and we were there for an hour and 15 minutes. It was time to head off to our next town and to catch up with some of Sally's relatives. Sally, The Dogs and I arrive at a really nice town called Dolgellau around 3:30 pm. We met up with cousin Jenny and aunt Eileen who is also 89 years old. We caught up on news in the local ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Dolgellau August 18th 2013

Saturday August 17,2013 (Outskirts of Dolgellau) I awoke to an overcast, drizzly and windy day in North Wales....in the middle of nowhere. Hey.....it's an adventure! Around 9:45/9:50....Sally and I drove out of the cousin's driveway and said "goodbye" to the cows. We headed towards town to do some shopping before meeting up with Jenny and Eileen. Here's the thing...there was some kind of accident that happened in town and a RAF Yellow Rescue Helicopter came and helped a injured person get to the awaiting ambulance. Of course..everyone who had assembled in the parking lot had thought that the pilot would be:Prince William. Alas...no but it was pretty dramatic the way the helicopter had disturbed the trees and then took off to the skies above. We had about 30 minutes of shopping before we would need to ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Dolgellau August 16th 2013

Friday August 16,2013 Northern Wales Blog#12 Part 1 Note:Due to staying the night in the driveway of a relative and on the outskirts of Dolgellau in Northern Wales......there was no Internet or Wi-Fi. I needed to wait! I wrote it down on paper. ******************************************************************************** Anglesey : Awoke to blue skies and sunny skies in the morning at Rosind's house. Many folks in the town of Llangefni know the "Rabbit Lady" as Mrs.Easter. After Breakfast, tea and shower...............Sally and I got the mobile home reorganized again. At around 11:15 am.....said goodbye to Rosalind and her bunnies. Sally and I set off on another adventure in Northern Wales. Sally and I stopped at a rare find in the middle of nowhere. A Science and Stone museum which had been there for 42 years. We both got out of ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Bangor March 4th 2013

Suzy is sulking. She is still standing on our drive waiting for her holidays to start. 50 days and counting.......... .The sun is shining and she wants to start her 2013 adventures. Yesterday we spent time starting to get her ready for the coming season. We began by loading up the front lockers. We checked first that there was a copious selection of sweets to keep us going on our travels. Werthers Toffees, Soft Mints, Chocolate Eclairs and Licquorice Allsorts – Check . Boxes filled with smalls - Check, Boxes full of towels and T-towels- Check . We filled the water tanks with cleaner probably not enough but we used what we had .Taps switched on to run it through. Suzy likes her pipes cleaned. Jelly shoes placed in the wardrobe ready for use in the ... read more
Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle

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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd November 11th 2012

So you’ve bought your new Digital SLR Camera and now you want to get out there and take some great landscape pictures. Well there’s no better place to start than Snowdonia. Here’s a selection of my favorite locations along with a couple of suggestions from guests to our holiday cottages here in North Wales . Cregennen Lakes : Latitude, Longitude: 52.710897, -3.987650 Two beautiful lakes between the Mawddach Estury and the slopes of Cader Idris. Chose a calm day, free of any wind to visit this spot so as to give you the opportunity of capturing the reflections of the surrounding mountains in the water. Y... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd August 14th 2012

If, like me, you’ve been inspired by team GB’s performance in the velodrom during the London Olympics, you might want to consider bringing your bikes along when you next visit North Wales. Here’s a couple of places for you to consider. Coed Y Brennin Probably the best mountain biking centre in the UK. Miles and miles of rugged trails with fantastic names like ‘Beast of Brennin’, ‘Dragons Back’ and ‘Minour Tour’. The trails are colour coded according to difficulty similar to ski slopes. So all abilities can be confident of having a great time. All the trails start and finish from the new eco visitor centre just south of Trawsfynydd on the A470. There’s a nice café there, a well stocked spares shop, bike wash facilities and shower cubicles. Bikes can also be hired from the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd May 30th 2012

A lot of the larger events like Wakestock, The National Eisteddfod and the Royal Welsh Show already get a lot of attention and publicity. But I though it might be nice to promote some of the smaller more local fun days that we’ve enjoyed in the past. Ffair Criccieth, 29th of June. A summer fair has been held in this pretty seaside town for over 100 years. Winding streets lined with market stalls lead you down to the town car park filled with Ferris wheels and candy floss. Cytser are a theatre and production company based here in Snowdonia, North Wales. Every summer they organize some magical open air events in the grounds of Harlech Castle. They range from Shakespearian plays to musical pageants. This year, we’re particularly looking forward to Illyria Theater Company’s production of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Dolgellau May 14th 2012

5 things to do in and around Dolgellau A small and beautiful town, Dolgellau’s story is said to date back to the 11th or early 12th century when it was believed a settlement was created by Cadwgan ap Bleddyn for a town to be created to serve as a ‘serf village’. Later in mid 12th century, Dolgellau was more recognised for its importance when the area was the location of a council of chiefs led by Glyndwr. In the 18th century, the town was recognised for its wool industry, where its output was calculated to be worth 50,000-100,000 annually. More recently, in the 19th century the area experienced decline with the development of wool looms but later, experienced a gold rush with gold being commissioned for the royal family. Today though, Dolgellau’s economy relies on the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Gwynedd » Snowdonia April 30th 2012

It's doubtful that a full Welsh Breakfast is the ideal preparation for a trek up a mountain. None-the-less with this inside us we set off out of Llanberis into the heart of Snowdonia National Park. The landscape looked hugely awe-inspiring. Boulders that had been deposited by the slow moving glaciers more than 12,000 years ago loomed above us, it felt as if we had entered another world, an inhospitable world lacking any life aside sheep. The road meandered around and shortly led us to Pen-y-pass, the starting point for a variety of routes to the Snowdon Summit. It seemed colder, windier and less inviting than previous days. Perhaps the novelty of it all had worn off. We set off up the broad and gently climbing track passing the Gwynant Valley on our left hand side. The ... read more




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