Friday, 20 May 2022

Exploring :: North Wales #2 … Trefor & Nant Gwrthyrn

Hi there everyone 😃

It was Saturday, the first full day of our week’s break with mum on the Llyn Peninsular. The weather forecast was great and we spent the day exploring a short stretch of the coast not too far from where we were staying.

We started off at the beach at Trefor, somewhere we’d never been to before. Although the skies were blue and there was plenty of sunshine it was windier than it looked and the car door was near whipped out of Martin’s hand as he opened it … good job we weren’t parked too close to the car next to us.

It was a beautiful spot … nothing there other than the natural beauty of the coast … 



… and a small pier …

Did I say it was deceptively windy?


From Trefor we decided to head to Nant Gwrthyrn … one of our favourite spots in the area. We particularly love the drive down, though it was sad to see so many of the old majestic trees on the way down had succumbed to the latest storms.

There is plenty of parking at the bottom … thank goodness … as it’s not somewhere we would ever be able to walk to. It really is worth a visit … the views are spectacular …
We started off with a walk round the old chapel, where you can find out more about the people who used to live and work in the old quarry, along with a bit of local legend …

At some point we will get to walk down to the beach but that was not for today …

After lunch sat outside of the café taking in the view we had a bit of a closer look at the old quarrymen’s cottages …


… before heading back to The Crossing where we whiled away an hour or so watching the birds feeding. We could have watched for hours … and in fact we did over the course of the week. We saw all sorts … woodpeckers, jays, nuthatches, robins, chaffinches, blue and great tits to name a few …

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Monday, 16 May 2022

Exploring :: North Wales #1 … Betws-y-Coed

Hi there everyone 😃

Back in March we had fabulous break in North Wales with mum. It was our rearranged trip from the same time last year and we stayed in the loveliest of cottages, well off the beaten track, not far from Pwllheli.

We decided to make the most of our journey there with a pitstop at Betws-y-Coed for a look at The Fairy Glen, which we had missed seeing on our last visit to the area.

It was a glorious day and we had a lovely walk down to the Glen. Finally it was really starting to feel like spring with blue skies and sunshine …
… fluffy lambs …
... and some very dangly catkins …
It really was a lovely walk through the countryside to The Fairy Glen …
Mum and Martin didn’t fancy the walk right down to the bottom …the steps were pretty steep and hard going, but you know me … I couldn’t miss the photo opportunity …
Once down it was a fair slog back up and a breather was definitely needed when I got back up to the top …
From The Fairy Glen we headed into the village for a bit of a wander. We parked at the back of the station on the side of the road and made our way through the station and over the bridge. I love the station … the views from the bridge are stunning … especially in the sunshine …
From here we had a bit of a mooch round a few shops before finding a table in the sunshine for a coffee …
Rested and refreshed there was a bit more mooching and a wander up to the bridge across the river for a look at the waterfall …

… before heading back through the station to continue our journey west ...


It was a lovely drive and we weren’t disappointed when we arrived at The Crossing. It was at the top of a bumpy lane and looked like something out of a fairy tale. We couldn’t wait to get inside and have a look …

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Lodge Life

Hi there everyone 😀

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that our latest break was in North Wales and I do have loads to share with you about our trip … but before I do I have some totally unplanned and unexpected news … we have bought a holiday lodge.

It’s something we’ve been thinking about on and off for years but have never really been able to settle on the ideal location … as there are so many places that we like for so many different reasons … so we’d kind of stopped thinking about the idea, even though I’ve always imagined owning somewhere near the sea.

We had such a lovely time in North Wales, and not for the first time, that the location all of a sudden became obvious to us and when we got home Martin started looking on Google maps for smallish parks at the top of the Llyn Peninsular, which seemed like the perfect location ... Snowdon to the East, the Llyn to the West, Anglesey to the North and Portmerion to the south. Surrounded by mountains, beaches, small villages, castles and steam railways … what more could we ask for.

Within the space of a month we’d made the decision, found a park, visited, signed on the dotted line and done lots of shopping ...

We have visited this weekend to take ownership and couldn’t be happier with our decision. Even though we had a very busy weekend moving everything in and learning how everything worked it was soooooo relaxing.

The car was loaded to the gunnels …
We had a really good journey … it’s a fair way, but such a lovely drive …
The weather was glorious and we couldn’t resist stopping at Criccieth for a quick look at the sea …
… before having our second look round our new home from home …

We didn’t do anything too exciting over the weekend but got to grips with the kitchen and got to use the new Portmerion crockery, which I just love …
We had a rainy day and it was lovely and cosy just sitting watching the rain ...
It was our Wedding Anniversary whilst we were away and we spent it at the roadside laundry …
We had a far nicer trip than usual to Asda to pick up a few bits and pieces ...
In amongst all of the shopping, unpacking and organising we did manage one quick trip back to Criccieth for an ice cream by the sea …

Whilst it was a pretty busy few days it was still very relaxing, we can’t wait to go back again … with a far shorter list of jobs.

Before we can go back though we have a week booked in Kent with mum and the weather is looking very promising indeed …

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