us and frank cat Fi | 27 May 2009
A long weekend and a full weekend. Saturday was plenty of chores and garden work and a big trip to the tip. Ross was here too.
Sunday saw glorious weather and after watching some of the Chelsea Flower Show on TV I was re-inspired, so had a drive out to the garden centre and bought a few bits. Ross helped me get things planted up and the yard is looking great. Late afternoon after Ross and H had a game of pool at the pub Fiona and Chris arrived and we all had a chili dinner in the garden (H can really cook an ace chili!) and later when it got cooler we came in for another one of H’s testing and teasing quizzes. Chris and I won against Fiona and Ross. A great evening.
I could hardly believe it when Bank Holiday Monday dawned as lovely and sunny as Sunday. Breakfast in the yard in the sun and when C and F had left for their day out us three went to Penrith to see the street festival. It was excellent. There was a 30-foot pig, mechanical Morris Men, flower-pot men, a dishy-as-hell French paper hat maker who had the most heavenly and heart-warming smile, and lots more. Particularly brilliant were the highlight of the day; Castellers de Vilafranca (Catalonia, Spain). 100 performers from Catalonia building ‘human castles’ seven and eight storeys high before your eyes – a never-to-be forgotten spectacle. They called for volunteers and Hector gave it a go. We bumped into friends… Tim, Michelle and little Emma and also Alan and Steph. On the way back to the car H was interviewed for the TV… wonder what station for…..
us and frank cat Fi | 21 May 2009
us and frank cat Fi | 18 May 2009
Chris and Fiona came up Sunday evening and a fun time with them as usual for the pub quiz. Lots of new faces there too. In general it was a low scoring quiz- no-one did well but, although we thought we’d blown it, we were 2nd – by only a couple of points behind first with 114.5.
Excitingly we have hatched a plot to holiday together in 2011, a vila somewhere – the four of us. That’d work really well.
us and frank cat Fi | 16 May 2009
us and frank cat Fi | 14 May 2009
I met this delightful, lithe and gorgeous creature on the way to work this morning. I had stopped to take some pictures of a furrowed field and when I turned around I was face-to-face with this lovely deer. It didn’t run off and we just looked at one another for a minute before another car came along and she hopped into the woodland. What a treat!
us and frank cat Fi | 12 May 2009
Like last year as we drove home from holiday on a Friday I texted the Chris Evans show on Radio 2, and although we somehow (though no idea how) missed it, on iPlayer we found out it’d been played, only 6 mins into the programme. And here it is!
At last! Our annual little May holiday. Hector arranges it all and I LOVE IT! This year it was Gower (Wales), Reynoldston to be precise – and a really nice guest house.
Day one – Sunday. It took 7+ hours to get there, but the drive was nice and lunch near Tewkesbury a good break. Neither of us had been to the Gower before and it felt a little like a different country – well I suppose it is; being Wales and all, but you know what I mean
We spent our first evening at the King Arthur hotel and ate well, outside….even though it was flippin’ freezin’. The folks on the table next to us were having a birthday celebration and enjoyed theemselves as the sun set over the roofs beside them.
Day two – bank holiday Monday. Our hope of lovely weather turned out to be a tad of wishful thinking. It was cold and grey and, whats more, really breezy. A hearty breakfast… We set off unsure where to head, but found ourselves heading over the top of the peninsula and into Llanelli to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Reserve there. I loved it (H wasn’t too enamoured) – some glorious birds and even some flamingos. Then a try out of the waterfront and braving the windy conditions. After a snooze back at the guest house we ate at the Greyhound Inn. Very nice food! We had a wander on the beach…. the decor of the prom is nice but I couldn’t resist fiddling with the image.
Day three – Tuesday. The weather was still not too good, but it wasn’t raining so we headed only a few miles today. First to Port Eynon and a wander along the beach; sticking to the thin strip of firm sand where the sharp jagged rocks begin. It got windier and windier but we wanted to get as far as the ruined old Salt House on the shore. An interesting ruin and one which highlights the lengths previous generations have had to go to to utilise such a basic commodity. After that we drove along some of the narrowest, steepest, most wooded little roads we’ve ever seen to take a look at Oxwich and then parked up at Parkmill to walk up through wild garlic carpeted woodland sprinkled with bluebells and scented like what heaven must smell like. The deciduous woodland was a dreamy, heady-scented, place. After that we found another footpath that took us into Three Cliffs Bay under Pennard Castle high above us. A walk back to the car and a sight of a very old, abandoned in a garage, Humber car, which very aptly for Wales had the registration plate of HUW. I still want to know who owns it and why its so neglected. Before heading back to the guest house we parked up on the cliffs and while He read a paper I walked the paths on the Gorse covered clifftop and looked out over the dark sea, heavy clouds and rolling surf. Dinner tonight is the King Arthur again… I had prawns AGAIN! Love ‘em
Day Four – Wednesday. A little bit of humour failure has sneaked in due to the pretty crummy weather, and He is very gallant and agrees to go with me to see the Welsh Botanical Gardens near Caermarthen. Its a super place, acres of stunning gardens and features. The tropical house and double walled garden are lovely. The huge bio-dome houses a wonderful array of Mediterranean plants and flowers and the bee garden is hypnotic to watch. The real highlight though is the little movie theatre – it encloses you entirely and the film on plants surrounds you on all walls. Stunning. Dinner was The Greyhound again, and yep – I had prawns…..
Day Five – Thursday. Sunshine. AT LAST! Its still windy, but the skies are clear and blue and it dispels all humour-failure! AT LAST a trip to the beach. Rhossilli and a couple of rugs and a long, long, long walk out to meet the surf. Our only company, some distant surfers and a smattering of gulls. When the cloud rolled in we left the beach and took a little detour back to visit Woebly Castle – not really a castle, just a grand 1500′s manor house that is in ruins on a farm on the cliffs above the bay opposite Llanelli. A really nice last treat for our stay on Gower. Dinner was back at King Arthurs. Prawns? Oh yes……
Day Six – Friday. Time to head home. We set off at 9.30 and at first intended to wend a dawdly path back via the Golden Valley and parts of Herefordshire and Shropshire before joining the M6, but cold windy weather made it seem more sensible and tempting to pay a quick visit to Ross on Wye. What a pretty and friendly market town. Lovely.
us and frank cat Fi | 01 May 2009