JenGog's Guestbook



28th May 2021

Aires...
Did you suggest this to the owner? Sounds like a great idea!
15th May 2021

Holidays
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

hoidays
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

vaccinations
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 .
14th May 2021

Holidays
We have booked a holiday to Iceland for a week in June - its also on the green list!! I'm just glad we didn't book Israel & I reckon all the families and kids will go to the Algarve!! Hoping France and Spain are on a green list by autumn so that we can drive to the house! We'll see!!
15th May 2021

iceland
Good news and a nice trip . Have you got to have the PCR tests before you leave our wonderful shores and the ones to get back Sound interesting . Do you have to have the PCR tests before you leave our wonderful shores . That put us off at the price theyu are charging. What about coming back ? I am getting very confused about having tests to come home and then ones on Day 2. We have cancelled the jUne trip .Cost another £54 I think to move it to September . Looks like Scotland for us /
1st May 2021

Gardens
Ninfa Gardens look amazing! I have just been looking at the photos online!! If you are ever down this way try Dewstow Gardens at Caldicot - they are very different -loads of grottos and glass tunnels and water! The current owners bought the house and then discovered the hidden gardens which had all been filled in!!! I have also just remembered Stourhead as well. I hope you get to France but we havent booked anywhere....yet!! We are waiting to see what Boris says on17th May .......and then we will see! It would be a lot safer if he locked the whole country down and said that we couldnt travel this year - build UK economy up etc. I dont think the tourist industry would be very happy about that so I think we will be allowed to travel through the summer!! Greece, Spain etc are desperate for UK visitors.....
2nd May 2021

gardens
Will have to come back down to South Wales and pick up some of the gardens we have missed . Ninfa is only spoilt by guided tours . We hate them but wanted desperately to see it . Spring is lovely with the wisteria growing over the old town and later the roses come out . Another nice one is La Foce . We drove past that one without realising but went the following year . Italy can do a damn good garden .
30th April 2021

Bodnant Gradens
We were there last week and thought they were wonderful gardens. And we saw the blue gentians as well!! Reminded me of the alps and high mountain passes that we have done ..... Llandudno seems a long time ago now yet it was only last week!! My favourite garden - mmmm....very difficult to decide. Some of the French Chateaus on the Loire or maybe some of the scottish ones on the west coast....but I think my all time favourite is the Italian Garden on the Isla Bella!! Or maybe Exbury when all the azaleas are out!!
1st May 2021

another garden
Just thought of one that really was beautiful - The Generalife in The Alhambra - and Cordoba had some fantastic gardens . Forgot them
1st May 2021

gardens
Sounds like you had a good week away. We like Villandry and have been to Isola Bella too. We followed Monty Dons TV series on the Italian Gardens and managed to get into a few that he visited . Loved the boat trip to Isola Bella . That seems years ago . I think if you saw Ninfa you would be blown away . We do love a good garden . Villa D'este in Rome is lovely . We have seen so many when in Europe its hard to make a decision on what is the best one . Going for the second jab this afternoon . We still dont know what to do about June holiday . We fancy the area around the Aveuron in France Have been looking and drooling . We need a holiday . xx
28th April 2021

Travel plans...
I've read in the news that Europe will be open this summer to everyone who has been vaccinated. We are still planing to fly to Edinburgh on 23 August. I hope you remain optimistic!
29th April 2021

vaccines
Not sure about that one Bob . Europe might re-open but at the moment the PCR tests are the problems . Costs too much for a two week holiday . If they get rid of the testing before you leave and come back then holidays might be a possibility . Sadly we are not optomistic here in the UK . We think that the vaccine passport wont be enough . We will need to prove we are not carrying Covid . I go for my second vaccine on Saturday . Jsut hope that will be enough . At the moment things are not good here
20th April 2021

It is always nice to read about travelers getting together!
There is always so much to share.
21st April 2021

the sheep and the mammoth
You cannot keep the sheep and the mammoth apart for long .
17th April 2021

Holidays
We are on holiday!!! Llandudno!! We have never been here before so its a nice surprise!! Have now booked Portmerion, Bodnant Gardens, Conwy Castle and Abergele. The sun is shining and we are off exploring the Great Orme! (i think the train and cable car is off!!) Not quite the same as Spain but a holiday none the less!!
17th April 2021

Llandudno
Stop it you are making me jealous . I used to work in Llandudno and walk up the Orme or on the pier in my lunchtimes . I like Llandudno and Conwy . Portmeirion is lovely and you cannot fault Bodnant and Conwy castle . We have just been down to Calverhill the other side of Whitchurch to my daughters . That was lovely and our first trip out since release from lockdown . It was lovely walking with her and catching up on gossip . Looks like we might have cancel our Tunnel on the 9th June . I doubt we will be let into France . We are looking to move it again for the fourth time or is it the fifth . September this time fingers crossed . Enjoy the break
30th March 2021

Pleased to see that you finally reconnected with Gabby.
I noted the North Wales Pilgrim Trail marker.
31st March 2021

pilgrims way
Thought you might like it Bob . There was a little box on the gate with the stamp inside ready for passing pilgrims .
29th March 2021

its a mad, mad world
Life seems very boring and hard! Nothing to really look forward to!! Have just learnt that Spain is shutting its borders to UK from 30th March unless you have a good reason for travelling - so I dont think we will get back there anytime soon!! Llandudno it is then!!! lol
30th March 2021

mad mad world
Llandudno is nice though. I used to love going on courses to Colwyn Bay , Llandudno and Bangor . We managed to go out today and headed for Talacre and couldnt park for people . It was heaving . Sorry to hear that you wont be able to get to Spain . I wonder if we ever will get back to normal . Work want me to return to the office but as I am now in Wales it is never going to happen . I am hoping to put my manager off until June and then see what happens next . I dont want to retire but Glenn does not fancy a trip to Chesterfield for me to work every few weeks . Have you had your vaccine yet ? We got our first back in February . We were hopeful of getting away once we had the vaccine .
30th March 2021

mad mad world
Llandudno is nice though. I used to love going on courses to Colwyn Bay , Llandudno and Bangor . We managed to go out today and headed for Talacre and couldnt park for people . It was heaving . Sorry to hear that you wont be able to get to Spain . I wonder if we ever will get back to normal . Work want me to return to the office but as I am now in Wales it is never going to happen . I am hoping to put my manager off until June and then see what happens next . I dont want to retire but Glenn does not fancy a trip to Chesterfield for me to work every few weeks . Have you had your vaccine yet ? We got our first back in February . We were hopeful of getting away once we had the vaccine .
28th March 2021

2nd Homes
My belief is that you can only go to your second homes to get them ready to rent out or sale? I'm not sure the Spanish would be too happy to see us at the moment as they have locked the Andalucia borders - mainly to stop people travelling down from Madrid! It seems crazy that we cannot go across the border yet!! We are all the United Kingdom?? Seems that everyone who has family in Wales can see each other. yet if you have all your family , ie son, daughter, grandchildren, parents, sisters, cousins living in Bristol - you cant see them :-( Fed up with it all now!!! We have a week away in Llandudno booked for mid April - it doesnt feel enough!!!
28th March 2021

its a mad mad world
I find it ironic but the rich will still travel . Not much point renting out when no-one can travel. It really is irritating me . I have been fed up for a long time and getting more and more angry about it all. Agree its mad at the moment . My daughter called round a few weeks ago when they went to a funeral in WRexham . They sneaked over the border from England and called on their way home . First time I have seen her for over a year . You must be really hacked off not being to get to Spain . We have booked the tunnel for June but that will get cancelled for the fourth time . We are keeping busy doing the house up but we really need a holiday . We have tried to find a way to get out in the van but are not prepared to pay some of the high prices for campsites when we dont want the facilities . We have cancelled our four weeks holiday in April - I still have two weeks I can use but cannot see any point going anywhere . The only place that welcomes us in Powys and done it so many times. Life seems very unfair doesnt it ?

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