Sunday, 21 August 2016

Prom

After a couple of days of very wet and windy weather I was hoping it would stay nice for today's prom day. We arrived early and there was no sign of any stalls having been set up so we assumed the event had been postponed or cancelled. I asked the lady at the window of the takeaway cafe if she knew anything about it and she told me it was being held at the other end of the promenade this year.

We entered the event's site from the very far end of the promenade and first things first was to have a quick look around a brand new caravan for sale. We both agreed that if we were going to own one it would be a new one, it was so much nicer than the one we had stayed in last year, a supposedly dog-friendly caravan but unfortunately was rather sub-standard.


Walking towards the stalls I turned around to see a sheep being walked on a lead. Annie was totally unfazed by it but it's not something you see every day, not even in Wales. The lady in the next photo who was stroking it told me it's name was Horlicks, as in the drink, I've no idea why, I didn't ask :)


Further along was the ring for the animal rescue's dog show and our good friend Sue gave us a big hug each and asked if we would be entering Annie into the show. As there was an hour to wait for the show to start we decided not to wait and said our goodbyes.

There was a stall for the castle's preservation trust which if you remember we went to the castle's open day  last week. They were holding a tombola on the stall,  Martyn bought a ticket  for a pound and won himself a very nice history book. In fact, if he had been able to choose any prize on the stall it would have been that book.


Moving on there was a stall with snakes in plastic boxes but I didn't linger for long there. 



Finally, there was a speed wood carving event about to take place. It was announced that following the half hour display there would be an auction of the pieces, the highest bidder would win. There were some carvings which had already been made which we assumed were for sale and as I quite liked a couple of the wooden houses, Martyn asked how much they were. They were very reasonably priced and as not needing a mortgage I decided to buy one outright :)


It was rather bulky to take back to the car but worth it as it now sits proudly in my mole garden :)



Thursday, 18 August 2016

Walks

The weather was too nice to waste time indoors at home yesterday so we went for a drive to Betws-y-Coed.  It's a very popular tourist destination and although very busy we were able to find a handy parking space just as someone vacated one.

First things first was to take Annie for a walk, through the village green, over the Pont-y-Pair bridge (the bridge of the cauldron) and I noticed that there was new signage for the different walks since the last time I visited. No prizes for guessing that we take the easiest red route, suitable for all abilities and suitable for the disabled, I have to say I have never attempted any of the other walks. The red walk runs alongside the river, is very beautiful and I have always loved this woodland walk.




Unfortunately we had a scary moment as an off lead border collie came running speedily towards us and Martyn had to hold out his walking stick across it's path to stop it in it's tracks. Annie tried to lunge at it but it had sense to turn tail and head back to it's owners who then very sensibly put it back on it's lead. No harm was done and the owner and dog passed us without further incident and no words were spoken.

We then headed back to have a meal and it was nice that all the tables were shaded from the bright midday sun.


Annie was quite content to lie under the table on the tiled area and perfectly happy to be fed her favourite food,  roast chicken :)

It was too hot to be wandering into the shops so we headed back to the car eating a cheeky ice lolly :)

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Castle

We've had a very enjoyable weekend and meeting with blogging friend Eunice otherwise known as  Tigermouse and her two little terriers Sophie and Poppie. Eunice is a keen camper and having previously camped just about five miles away from us here, a campsite set in the grounds of the castle estate, Eunice arranged to visit again for the castle's open weekend,  visit some more places of interest and meet with myself, Martyn and Annie.

We'd arranged that Eunice should call at our home on the Saturday for a coffee and chat on her way to the campsite. Eunice then followed our car in her van to the park so that Sophie and Poppie could stretch their legs and get to know Annie. We pulled up in the car park and were greeted with some rugby players in training :)


After a nice walk through the park we returned home and Eunice went to set up her tent and visit the castle's open day. Martyn and I had already decided that we would go to the open day the following day on the Sunday.

The open days at the castle are arranged by the Preservation Trust founded by Mark who is a friend of a friend of mine. The Trust works hard alongside the castle owners to conserve and preserve the castle. My good friend and her two sisters, all friends of Mark are keen volunteers for the Trust.

Sunday arrived and we were met at the campsite and castle's car park by Eunice who took us to the entrance and enquired about the minibus that was available to take disabled visitors the mile long trek to the castle. They were happy to allow myself and Annie on the minibus too :)


There's a lovely sea view from the castle walls. There were stalls and activities and guided tours, but what I found most interesting was the Trust's restored tower, the fire having been lit for the first time in a century, earlier this year. It was extremely hot in the tower on Sunday!


These are the formal gardens, the work having been started only recently, recreating the grounds as they would have been in 1914, the last time it was a private garden.


We went to the field to see the medieval encampment and I had a good chat with my friend and her sister who were manning the tea stall.


Unfortunately I had already taken a tumble on the uneven ground and quite a few people rushed to help me to my feet am now sporting a large bruise as a memento of the day.


It had otherwise been a lovely day and on returning home I phoned Eunice and asked if she would like to meet the following morning before she set off for home so we could give the dogs  a run on the beach and  have a coffee at the takeaway cafe, and she agreed that would be nice.


So here we are, myself and Annie, Eunice with Sophie and Poppie. It really is lovely to meet up with blogging friends.


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Greedy

I went to pick up my new glasses yesterday. I've had reaction lenses this time, they change from clear to dark and back again, and the assistant made them dark for me before I left the shop which was handy as it was quite a bright day.  Unfortunately having worn my new glasses for a couple of hours I found the fit wasn't quite right as they slipped down my nose a little, so on the way home I called into the same branch in the next town to get them adjusted. I'm still getting used to the new look, although I Facetimed family who said yes, they suit me and Martyn says he likes the new look. I don't do selfies, so no photos sorry!

We went for a bite to eat before we set off for home. I sat opposite the window and I watched a seagull greedily eating a free meal. By the time I'd rummaged around in my bag for my camera, taken it out of it's case the seagull had almost finished his hearty meal. Why do people leave so much food? When I order a meal out I usually eat up as I hate waste. I admit there was one time I ordered a goat's cheese and red onion tartlet and discovered I really don't like goat's cheese so I did leave that.

Back to the seagull, he greedily ate from the first plate and when he'd finished he stood on that plate to eat from the second. Must have seemed like a banquet to him!


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Competition

Carol has asked if my very kind readers would vote for a young girl called Molly, yes really she's called Molly and she's only ten years old. She has just cycled 800 miles with her Dad from Stoke to the islands of Scotland to raise money for Greyhound Gap. If she wins the competition the prize will be £10,000 for the greyhound rescue charity. 

Here's a link to Molly's page, read her short story and there's a button to vote, you only need an email address. Thanks in advance to you all.

http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/competitions/charity/entries/mollys-challenge-e3173/


Monday, 8 August 2016

Loss

We've just taken some flowers and a card to a good friend and neighbour who lost her little dog on Thursday. What is particularly sad is our friend was widowed only two years ago and her little dog was a much loved companion to her and her late husband and now our friend finds herself all alone. She read us some of the lovely messages and poems she had received and I don't mind admitting we all had tears in our eyes.

When our friend's little dog became ill she borrowed a buggy to put the little dog in so she could still take her out for a walk. My last memory is stroking the little dog gently on the head and in return she gave my hand a little lick, it's as though we were saying goodbye.

Today I've been reminded of how hard it is to say goodbye to our four legged friends who become so much a part of the family. I took comfort from this poem after my Amber passed away,  it is printed on an Edwardian postcard and I framed it and put it on my wall.


I also have a special message for our daughter-in-law Yuko, whose dear little dog Hana died on Wednesday. Yuko had to leave her behind in Japan to be cared for by her mother when she moved to London to be with Barry following their marriage. Yuko, I know you weren't with Hana to say goodbye but I know she will always have a special place in your heart. Hana was loved very much by you, by Barry and your family. We feel honoured that you shared your photos and videos of Hana with us.




Thursday, 4 August 2016

Wellies



If you don't mind growing old disgracefully like me, love a bargain and need a new pair of wellington boots, then head down to your nearest DIY store.Yesterday, my local store had lots of ladies wellies for £2 a pair! Even better, I used my over-sixties card and saved a further 20 pence. I bought a size bigger than I usually wear and even if they only last a week I'll have had my £1.80 worth :)