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17th July 2019
What a beautiful castle Raglan is

Raglan Castle
Your castle pics warm my soul Jennifer. Another to add to TB's "Palaces & Castles" thread in the Photography Forum. Check 'em out. Makes me wonder what I'm missing out by not visiting Europe at all yet. We are off in six weeks on another trip of a lifetime...where there will be palaces & castles...but yet again Europe is not on our radar...so European castles will have to wait.
18th July 2019
What a beautiful castle Raglan is

you have to visit
Wales has the more castles than anywhere else in Europe apparently . You could spend weeks going round them all. Where are you off to next ?
12th July 2019

waspi
my mum still volunteers at her local school (as she has done for 45 years) and she is 85years!!! I need a job really but have told Im unemployable!!! This is because I havent worked for 12 years!! But then if I get a job, I am taking a young persons job?..........However!! We have just booked a cruise from Palma to Malaga in November........We will go to Spain in Oct prob (avoid all the brexit nonsense!!) sp should fit in travels quite well!
13th July 2019

too old
Ah you need a work coach like me . 35 years of working with customers on sickness benefit and lone parents . I could sell ice to the eskimoes. I would never tell anyone they were unemployable - think of all those transferrable skills . You are definately not doing the young out of work - most of the young we see dont want work . They want a life on the dole . Looking forward to hearing about the cruise. Not been on one since I was at school - educational one in 1966. It was fun apart from the Bay of Biscay in October !!!! You will have a fabulous time x
12th July 2019

tv
i am not sure!! it was on itv - for welsh tv.....I think it was last year sometime...im really not sure!! whoever it was, was doing a 1/2 hr programme on Waspi...
13th July 2019

tv
we still watch BBC Wales up here and S4C . Never got into the habit of watching Yorkshire rubbish . Means nothing . Prefer to hear what is going on in the Senedd
12th July 2019

RaglanCastle
mmmm...one place we would really love to visit - even more so now!!
12th July 2019

Raglan
It was lovely honestly one of the prettiest we have been in . You should go. We get our monies worth out of CADW. I spend all my working day trying to persuade people to go back into work , to retrain or upskill . Sell the benefits of volunteering all the time. Once a work coach always a work coach . Glenn is 72 and I am 67 so he wants me to retire so we can spend more time in the van. My head says it makes sense but my heart says something different. I dont feel 67 and working does keep my mind active . He has never enjoyed his retirement . He finished when he was 64 as his job was heavy. He was a kitchen fitter. I will finish if we go back home although a few months ago I was offered a transfer to Wrexham so that job might still be available . We have just booked the ferry for the end of September this morning . Making the holiday feel real. Got about 18 days off at Xmas so am dropping hints about France for Xmas :) x
11th July 2019

WASPI
I found out when I was 58yrs I had to wait until I was 66 years old! And I had given up full time work when I was 52 and just did 6 months contract work, the 6 mths off to be with Chris who was already retired! Im now deemed unemployable as I can not get work references and my computer skills are out of date!! I have had to sell my house in Bristol and down sized to Newport! And I have been on TV!!! My claim to fame!! lol. All my hopes are with the JR. x
12th July 2019

TV
what was the TV programme ? I am most curious.
10th July 2019

Wales
St Fagans sounds good! We keep meaning to go but never seem to get round to it! This blog has now inspired me!!! x
10th July 2019

WASPI
Dont start me on that one!! Another year and two months until I'm 66 years and get my State Pension!! Unless we win the Judicial Review!! x
11th July 2019

Working
I am a WASPI too and was disgusted to be told that at 58 I was going to have to wait until I was 61 years and 10 months to get my pension. Not as bad as many women but I still lost 19K over that time. I carried on working and am the oldest work coach in our area and probably in Derbyshire . I get annoyed at being over 67 and having to listen to sick people and lazy sods telling me they cannot work . I hope the judicial review goes the right way. I would get a few holidays if I got the money back . I get annoyed too that because I have a relatively small civil service pension my state pension is reduced. Makes me wonder why I have worked all these years. Having said that I still feel too young to pack work in . x
9th July 2019

Blog address
www.mytb,org/jackieandchris2011, Funny how you enjoy travelling close to home!! We do too!!!
10th July 2019

blog
Thanks for the blog details - Will have another look at it . To be honest I dont care where I go as long as I dont have to work :)
9th July 2019

Just remind me
Hi Jackie can you give me your blog details again . I thought you were on Travel Blog but lost your details
8th July 2019

Sicily
We drove down to Sicily in the Campervan so might be worth seeing if our blog is the route you will use. From memory, we went from Genoa to Sardinia and then from Calgari to Palermo....Your night sounded fun with the Boy Racers! I think thats why I sleep better in a campsite!! Although, the Welsh Campsites were always expensive!
9th July 2019

Sicily
Hi Jackie - Think I read yours a while ago but need to revisit it. Not sure which way to go round clockwise or anti clockwise. I once read one way is better than the other . But cant remember where I read it. Got a plan - down to the bottom , over to Sicily and on the way back over to greece via Bari. Your part of the world - yes - we had a quick look at houses in Welshpool and oddly it is the same distance from my daughters house to Welshpool as it would be if we moved back to Rhuthun. Got to sell the house first !!!!!! We could have stayed on Brecon car parks on the Promenade had we known . We were always a bit cautious of free camping but somehow after 7 years we dont care any more . Brecon Camping and Motorhome site was too regimented for us . Stayed at Erw Lon near Llandovery and also Monmouth camping which was quite nice . Back home now . Work tomorrow .
31st May 2019
A modern Christ

One of the many depictions of Christ
This is an incredibly evocative presentation...hard not to be drawn in to contemplate.
1st June 2019
A modern Christ

christ
I am not religious Dave but I found it quite compelling.My other half never even noticed it .
26th May 2019

Weather...
Again, I'm sorry that your vacation to the sunny south was once again ruined by bad weather. I think that this weather system affected pretty much all of Europe. My first week in England was sunny, but cold. When I needed nice weather on my Old Way pilgrimage it rained two out of three days.
28th May 2019

weather
Hello Bob - the weather has been awful everywhere . You are right about that. It is still pretty mixed here today . Still it could be worse
23rd May 2019

Vienna
Is Graz very far from Vienna. Thinking of doing a city break for Chris' birthday in Dec...could we take in Graz as well?
25th May 2019

Graz
Couple of hours by motorhome. Think there might be a train from Vienna to Graz - if he likes military armour then you need to go to the armoury. If you do go its hidden inside the tourist information centre. Imposing building with statues on the wall . Quite well hidden - it took us ages to find it . The watchtower is quite interesting.

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