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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool October 8th 2014

Alex had a week off work and he wanted to go to Glasgow and see Martha!. I don't blame him, she's a delight. We stopped off halfway for a look round Lancaster, then tootled up the M6 on Thursday afternoon. We had great fun with Sophie and Tom, and also my cousin Chris was there for a couple of days, so we were able to introduce her to geocaching. Then Sophie and Tom went off for a day and a night to Oban, and Alex and I were left in charge of Martha. We were ok, except not very good at working out how to strap up the car seat or the buggy - in fact we were very slow and pretty thick! Martha will tell you.......... We left yesterday morning and spent a couple of ... read more
cousin Chris and me
And Martha came too
Eric and alex

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool September 26th 2014

Alex and I decided a trip to a Shropshire high point was in order this morning, so we got up early and left home for a pleasant ride along lanes to the Stiperstones, a high ridge of rough stones, with lots of rocky outcrops. One of these is called the Devil's chair, to which he returns when its misty. Luckily the sky was clear for our visit. Local schoolchildren had provided information boards along the way, drawing attention to various plants and animals, and the way the heather is being managed: one board had a lovely drawing of "what we think the devil may look like". Just in case we met him up there! Excellent views all round, and some caches as well.... read more
rocky outcrop
under the trig point

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool September 24th 2014

This weekend was a busy one. Mum and Dad celebrated 67 years of marriage on Saturday. They had lots of cards and flowers, and the chef at the Rhallt baked a lovely cake. Then on Sunday we played a rounders match against the next village - Llangyniew v. Dolanog. All good fun, the vicar (who is vicar to both parishes) was ref and first aider, there was a van with barrels of cider - just like the Archers - and the sun shone while Alex took photos. it ended in a draw, and sausage and chips in the pub!... read more
cake and cava
some other residents shared the cake
cake cutting

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool September 18th 2014

and does a spot of babysitting, and playing and generally enjoying herself! Just look........ read more
woodland walk
not many escaped!

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool September 6th 2014

Today we held our 2nd annual village show. it was exhausting but great fun. There are all sorts of craft/flower/cookery classes which we don't take too seriously as a panel of children does the judging - to be fair they are pretty good. Except they never rate Alex's photos, as they tend to go for the "ahhh" factor. Then there's tea and cakes, followed by all sorts of jollity as you'll see.... read more
an animal made of rubbish
herb garden in a boot
I had my face painted

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool September 4th 2014

The warm sunshine continues, and as Alex had a rare day off, we decided to go top the seaside. There were a couple of caches that had been on the list for a while, one of which needed to be looked for at low tide as its in the middle of the estuary! We had a lovely walk, over the bridge to Barmouth for lunch, then we jumped on a little ferry boat to get across the river, and headed back to the car. A round walk of about 7 miles I should think. The dog has taken to her bed already!... read more
absolutely beautiful
on the top
the wotsit and me

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool August 18th 2014

Just returned from 5 days in Glasgow, which also included a day in Edinburgh while the festival is on - so it was very busy. Sophie and Tom made me feel very welcome, and although I managed to fuse the kitchen whilst de-frosting the freezer, they still fed me! Tom was busy directing an opera, which is going to the festival, so Sophie and I were left holding that gorgeous baby! Now she understands such a lot,. and runs about busily, she keeps you on your toes. And it was lovely. Martha can't say Granny (or Grandma) so we are both called "gr"... read more
helping Sophie choose shoes
street art

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool August 10th 2014

Birthdays seem to come around rather more quickly these days, and sure enough mine was here before I knew it. I took Mum to Tesco's in the morning, to buy a little cake each, which we took to the pub to eat with our coffee. In the afternoon we had a community "tea in the garden" afternoon at Lynda and David's house, which is an ideal way to spend you birthday - lots of people you want to see are there and you aren't in charge! Then in the evening we got a takeaway curry and took to Dad's house, but although I took the camera I forgot to get any pictures of that bit. I was so full from all the cake that I could hardly eat the curry, but it all went down in ... read more
in Lynda's garden
lots of cakes
admiring the garden

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool August 7th 2014

I headed south to Somerset to visit my school friend Hilary this week. She took me to a nature reserve in a peat bog - though the posh write up is "the largest mire in the south west". Of course it was lovely, with lost of pools and birds and hides. Then one day we visited the old fashioned seaside town of Clevedon. Actually on the Severn estuary, with views across to south wales, rather than actual sea. But with the smell of seaweed and the sound of waves - and the ice cream shop............ read more
along the coast path
we can use the timer!

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Welshpool July 27th 2014

Alex and I joined Mum and Dad at the Rhallt for cake and fizz this afternoon - sadly Alex had to work in the morning. A good time was had by all. And this evening Ineke and Lynda will call round to drink to the birthday boy (any excuse!)... read more
a grandmotherly kiss
a drum set?
opening the cards

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