JenGog's Guestbook

12th July 2021

Llandudno and Fires
We went to Llandudno for the first time, for a week in the Spring! and loved it!! So much to do around there! Snowdon, Bodnant Gardens, Anglesey, Conwy Castle, Great Orme - it was great!! We went for electric fire in the end as they were most enviromentally friendly - we would have to have a gas pipe put in for a gas fire and wood burners are hard work!! We use the gas central heating most of the time but the flame is ok on the electric fire - we put it on occasionally and it functions well - a bit noisy though! Hope this helps!
5th July 2021

My mask of choice is cloth...
less itchy nose. But I prefer none. We have reached that point in the US where hardly anyone wears a mask...probably only those who refuse the vaccination or those who are "virtue signalling." This last year has introduced so many vile words to our vocabulary. I like how Singapore is treating Covid...just like any other virus.
5th July 2021

I must have a collection of them - black ones, green ones Khaki , flowered ones . And I never remember to take them out with me. I think its the same here Bob. I prefer none but wear one out of curtesy to others even though I hate them. We are still all wearing them but once Boris opens up everything and we return to normal I guess it will a choice and most people wont bother with them. School bubbles are being scrapped from July 19th and social distancing scrapped . My feeling is get on with it . I have lost nearly 18 months of life and I whatever Covid holds I need to get on with it . My manager at work lost his father to Covid earlier this year . He was only 55 . My manager used the words "Life will never be the same " . We just have to change with it .
28th June 2021

I spent ages choosing a climbing rose! I ended up with A Shropshire Lad, a pink climbing, thornless rose with a wonderful scent, only grows 8ft tall with blooms all the way up!! I have a clematis. The President climbing though it!!! Really pleased with it - except when the blooms drop and leave petals everywhere!!! lol
29th June 2021

Saw A Shropshire Lad . Might be one I get next . It was lovely seeing them in bloom Gave me a better idea of that I wanted . Your falling petals make me think of the Magnolia at the bottom of the garden . Massive tree , lovely when its out but what a job picking the petals up . Still we enjoy it whilst its out . Is Iceland still going ahead ? x
27th June 2021

Scotland trip...
I was just notified by United Airlines that they have cancelled all flights fro the USA to Edinburgh for the foreseeable future. Our trip to Scotland is delayed for another year. I am so disappointed. Half the fun of taking a trip is the planning and anticipation. But anticipation with the possibility that the trip might not happen is depressing. Now to figure out plan B...or is C.
27th June 2021

your trip
I was sorry but not surprised that the trip was cancelled by the Airline. Things are not good for travellers here or in Europe . We have quarentine here for incomers from Amber and Red countries and I think at the moment the USA is amber . I just wish things would open up . We are due to go for a month in September but know that I will be cancelling it again. It is mad that we have had the two vaccines . We know how to keep safe yet cases are rising . The Delta variant is growing here rather alarmingly and they say there is now a Delta Plus variant . Life is never going to be the same . I wonder if we will ever get to travel normally again . I was just talking to my neighbour who goes to relatives in Spain and has not seen them for 18 months . It feels a mad world Bob . Agree with you I love the planning but somehow the joy has been taken out of that for us . I wonder what your Plan B is . We have just said that Plan B for us might be a week on the south coast and take in Stonehenge and Winchester .
27th June 2021

Rosslyn Chapel
Hi Jen. Sylvia and I were there in 2001. We went on a bus tour from Edinburgh. The chapel was undergoing renovation when we were there but there were few people so we could wander around at our leisure. It was snowing heavily at the time and the rest of the tour - to the local distilleries - was cancelled :(. I don't think we would go back but it was interesting.
27th June 2021

Hi both Having read the books I was interested to go and my other half really fancied it . I dont know what it was about the place - I hate not taking photographs. We do hate crowds and guided tours . It just left us rather cold . Bit like the Sistine Chapel - we must be heathens . I have not been to Edinburgh for many years and woudl like to go back . I must admit the Kelpies and the Wheel reallly interested me. We are due to go to somewhere on the continent in the van - not sure where in September but not sure that will happen . Thanks for reading the blog . I do rant and rave sometimes . Made some good friends through Travelblog .
20th June 2021

We are hopefully going to Iceland for just one week - in England you get a Certificate of Vaccination online, in Wales you have to apply for a paper copy which can take up to 10 days!!! We havent received it yet, but have had PCR tests and our Vaccination cards!! Apparently Iceland require proof of vaccines!! Anyway, fingers crossed!! I will keep a blog.... I have picture of weird signs, postboxes, ice-cream vans - I think I have put most of them on the blog now...not sure!! Im sure that you will get away soon....its quite stressful trying to get abroad though!
19th June 2021

Post Box!
I think we saw one of those Post Boxes on pour travels to Bournemouth recently! They really are quite lovely!! Knee replacement didnt happen last Wednesday as I scraped my knee and surgeon said a risk of infection!!! So now we are hoping to go to Iceland on Tues! Enjoy your travels in Scotland! I am quite envious of your campervan!!
19th June 2021

Hi - Once I saw one they were like buses . Saw another one in Jedburgh . I just love post boxes . Mind you I like all sorts of odd things . Oh no - what a shame the operation was put off but better to be safe than sorry . Feel envious of Iceland . Always fancied it but never made it there . How long are you going for ? We have got back home now . Did what we wanted to and then Glenn wanted to get home and get the floor up in the last bedroom . I am itching to get away again . Hope the trip goes well . Looking forward to hearing all about it . .
18th June 2021

It is grand being able to read about someone who is out exploring. It gives all of us hope.
19th June 2021

out and about
It is not very good here . There is talk of a third wave and the Delta variant is spreading at an alarming rate . Hopefully the AZ vaccine will work against it . We cannot travel abroad so Cumbria and Scotland it was . We are all wearing masks and sanitising our hands all the time. We can visit National Trust properties etc but everything has to be booked in advance and only limited numbers allowed in. All opening here due a week ago has been postponed for another four weeks . Fed up of Covid now . How is it with you ?
11th June 2021

Why are there restrictions...
such as testing and quaranteens for those who have been vaccinated? It doesn't sound like the UK is following the science. However, it sounds like you are having a gorgeous spring.
12th June 2021

I think the problem here is that they are following the science and the cases are rising and are as high as last February . Hospital admissions gone up but not so many deaths . I guess that is because the young are catching and spreading it . It is the Indian variant that is causing the problem . the R rate is over 1 which means we are highly unlkely to open up at the end of June . Keeping an eye on Scotland as we had planned to go there , Some parts of the central belt are under lockdown conditions again . We are going a little lower but who knows what this week will bring . It is lovely weather here and just wish we could travel . I am sure we are not alone but not sure that other countries give out as much information as we seem to give .
28th May 2021

My cousin has her barge moored here!! I think she has moved from the marina to just outside on the canal now!! We have had to cancel our trip to Iceland as it coincided with my replacement knee op on 23rd june! Quite gutted really but it will be good to get one of my knees done! Will have to make do with weekends away in the UK for now!
29th May 2021

Chirk and knees
Its a lovely spot and really handy for the Pontcysyllte accy and walks . It would make a lovely aire . Sorry to hear that the trip has had to be cancelled . I am sure you were looking forward to it . What a shame the op is the same time . I hope they dont cancel at last minute or you will be even more gutted . Fancy Iceland myself . Remember years ago they did day trips to Iceland from Liverpool airport . Always fancied it . The only thing I think of when I think of Iceland is being stuck in Venice when the volcano erupted and our journey home across Europe . What an adventure that was . Venice to Manchester by train to Milan , train to Paris , taxi to Calais , ferry to Dover , lunatic pretend taxi driver to London , train to Manchester and taxi back to the airport to pick the car up . 36 hours on the road . Boy did we need a bath by the end of it ? Hope all goes well with the knee op , Great though to get it done . Gabby the motorhome is back on our drive today . What a lovely feeling to see her out of the kitchen window . Missed her
28th May 2021

Did you suggest this to the owner? Sounds like a great idea!
29th May 2021

There is a new organisation been set up here called CAMPra . It has just got charitable status and is dedicated to getting aires in the UK. I am going to send the company the standard letter mentioning setting up aires . We really struggle here because of gypsies who camp up and cannot be moved on for weeks on end . Its a bit political as we are tarred with the same brush . Campsite owners also object to aires as they say they will lose business if we can park up as we do in other countries . Campsites though are set up for caravanners with their car as the sites are too far from anywhere so useless for us travelling souls who want to be on the road . . Got Gabby home today . Drive completed and our girl is now on the drive . Its a lovely feeling to have her home
15th May 2021

Not sure about PCR tests!!! Think we have to have one to get back to the uk......will check it out nearer the time, as things seem to change quite quickly!! We have both had our two vaccinations each and also have antibodies as we did a test for a research programme that we are on!! Have a weekend in Plymouth and also Buckatree Hall Hotel, telford who are doing a good deal - both before Iceland! I think its a case of ' Make hay while the sun Shines'!!! lol
17th May 2021

Feel envious . Wish we could get away . Waiting this week for the plasterer and the guy doing the drive . Both let us down again . They keep messing holidays up as they say they are coming so we stay in and then they dont even tell us that they are not coming . Got a door coming next week so that ruins next week . We looked at France for two weeks in June but they want PCR tests at the moment to go there so its not really workable . Looking at going up to Hartlepool and Hexham areas and then up into the borders of Scotland in June for two weeks . Depends on what jobs are sorted out here . Wish we had never bought the house in a way . It is tying us down . Still wanted to get back to Wales . I used to work in Telford now and again . Feel very trapped at the moment . We need to sort something out but dont know what yet . Went to my daughters Saturday She has a bungalow that she rents out and it was nice to go over and see it . Haircut this morning and a swim . So things are getting back to normal in a small way .
14th May 2021

Travel plans...
We no longer have to wear masks indoor or outdoors so things look to be returning to normal. It took awhile for our politicians to realize that people were not going to get vaccinated if there was no end in sight. We just returned from a 2 week trip to our Northeast. I wish the politicians would agree that once a person has been vaccinated then they are free to travel between countries.
15th May 2021

Agree I wish we could just have a covid passport and be done with it . They are talking of a third wave with the Indian variant causing problems here at the moment . Numbers are rising particularly in the North West . Some talk of having a vaccination against the Indian variant but not sure if that will happen . It is still a mess here .

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