Holiday, holiday, holiday08:00
We were very blessed to be able to spend last week on holiday with Dus' sister and her family. Dus' aunt and uncle have not long ago bought a house in North Wales and very generously allowed us to stay there for the week. (It was half term holiday here in the UK, plus the Monday was a bank holiday so it would have been impossible for us to find somewhere for all of us to stay for a reasonable price).
North Wales is very important to Dus' family despite being English. Yes Wendy, I said we're ENGLISH (that means we don't have a Welsh accent no matter what you wish to believe).
Dus and his family holidayed there lots and when Dus' mum, Jane passed away on New Year's day 2000, they chose the North Wales coast to place a bench in remembrance. It's a beautiful spot and sees a lot of visiting walkers who enjoy a nice rest at that bench. We almost had to queue to go sit on it. Anyway, I took some holiday snaps for you to see.
I didn't bother taking any pics the two rainy days, better for us all to believe that Wales is hot and sunny, right?
|Dus and I arrived on the Friday evening to glorious sunshine and a sea view from the front of the house, and over the garden.|
|The house was accessed by a track.|
Turned out it was a 3.8 earthquake. You might think 3.8 is a sissy earthquake, but we don't get earthquakes here in the UK much so to us it was all excitement and fear! (Excitement for Dus and I, fear for Dus' sister thinking the kids might be buried under a landslide!)
Apparently the Lleyn peninsular is something of a regular earthquake spot. If you can call one every 30 years regular.
It made me laugh to think of my conversation with Judy about how I don't need stored food/water/torches etc because we never have any sort of natural disasters in the UK.
|The view from Jane's bench.|
|Dus and I on Jane's bench. This is where we got engaged almost 4 years ago.|
|Me and my sister in law. Usually I just call her my sister. She's so cool...look how cool she is!|
|In my family we like to stand in fireplaces for photos. The 2 year old joined me but I cropped him out.|
|The medieval house we went to visit. I went to climb down the ladder from this platform and had a mild freakout. We all laughed about how silly I'd been, just had a moment. :)|
|The medieval house from the outside.|
|Halfway up the mountain behind the house (house to the left of photo out of sight)|
(Some of us whooped when we saw them....ok, that might have been me!)
|Under 18's heart'd out as I don't have permission to flaunt their pictures everywhere.|
It was really incredibly windy at the top, I held onto my specs so that they didn't fly away! Inside the little stone area was nice and sheltered and we enjoyed a nice snack before pootling off down again. (I say pootling, but I was very tired at the end of it!)
In the field next to the house were some horses and one day they came right up to the windows of the conservatory for us to all have a good nosey at them.
I'm sure I'll get some grief here from my South Wales friends but...North Wales is definitely more Welsh than South Wales. Welsh is the primary language spoken in North Wales and all of the road signs are in Welsh first, English second. People speak Welsh first to you then when you speak swap over to English. Here in South Wales, people speak English as the majority and road signs are English first, then Welsh. Dus knew when we were nearly home, south of Builth Wells the signs swapped to English first.
|If Geraint had his way, all road signs would be Welsh first, English second and we'd all have to learn to speak Welsh!|
So that's our week with the in-laws. It was lovely to see them, we get on really well with Dus' sister and her husband and we love spending time with them. If only they didn't live 6 hours from us. We live in the west and they live as far in the east as can be.
The youngest is 2 and can't say Samantha so he calls me Mantila. I imagine Mantila to be a sort of hulk-esque type creature and delight in being Mantila when they're around.
We've still got another 7 (ish) weeks til our schools break up but the weather has turned a corner now and it's definitely spring. This might be the best it gets so we're making the most of it. Are your schools broken up yet?