Anglesey for the Jubilee

Our annual short spring break and this year I chose Anglesey. I haven’t been there since I was about 11.
Rosie Posie went to stay with Sally and family (I fully expected to have to pay a ransom for her return!)
Sally took some pics of Rosie snuggled up with their lovely dog Roxy.

Our holiday gallery on Flickr:

Chilly and breezy weather was waiting for us in our destination village of Moelfre. The B&B was wonderful. Hector always chooses so well.
Our first evening was almost a repeat of the ‘trying to get a meal’ situation in Oxfordshire when we were there last year. Eventually we did get a meal and it was so good to relax, eat nice food and look forward to a few more days.
South Stack lighthouse was, eventually, our destination on the first full day. In cold and very conditions I was determined to almost conquer my fear of steep steps and descent the 402 steps down the cliffs to the lighthouse. The birdlife on the cliffs is wonderful. The puffins I had hoped to see weren’t there but so many other nesting sea birds were. The step metal ladder to the bridge that spans the sea to the lighthouse itself were awful. I don’t think I breathed at all on the way down them.
The families of the lighthousemen lived on the tiny island until relatively recently. They kept animals and grew veg. The children would go up and down the steps every day to and from school some miles away. In their day the strong metal bridge didn’t exist and for some they had to be hauled across in a bucket style carrier. I chickened out of going up the spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse but Hector went. The long walk back up the steps was exciting but a bit grim as by then the ryan was very heavy and the wind strong. A little waterfall of cold rainfall was cascading down the steps. The RSPB cafe at the car park was very welcome and we had biccies and cake and a cuppa before getting soggily back into the car. That evening after getting hot showers to try to warm up we went struggled to find a restaurant who we could book with but eventually found one in the nearby village of Benllech. WHAT a find. Right on the sea front and an ordinary cafe by day it opens only 3 evenings a week for dinners. Fabulous food and a really friendly and funny and welcoming host. I loved the food. Outside the high winds were whipping up the sea to a foam and the road was covered in seaweed and detritus blown over it. Hardly like June! The restaurant was the Waters Edge Restaurant (01248 852 005) and I would recommend it to everyone.

On Monday – a Bank Holiday – the weather came good! So, no question….. it was a day for the little beach nearby; Lligwy Bay Rugs, chairs, rucksack, snacks, book, the papers. We were almost alone when we got there and it got busier and busier. The sun shone though it didn’t really get hot. I paddled a bit but it was freezing in the sea. A wander around at low tide through rock pools and seeing the little creatures in them was wonderful. After 5 hours though there were too many people for me to be comfortable and it was so noisy that it ruined it – I know thats my problem but I become uncomfortable when it gets crowded and noisy.
After we got back to the B&B I took a walk on my own along the little road back towards the beach. The views to the sea over to Llandudno were lovely beyond the rolling green fields. I was heading specifically to see a pre-historic burial chamber under a vast slab of limestone and a bit further on a ruined 14th Century chapel on a slight hill overlooking the bay. It was a bit of a cow pat slalom to reach it but worth it. And further on through the field following a footpath I went through a gate past a grove of wildflowers and up steps into woodland of ash and sycamore to the Romano-British iron-age settlement of Din Lligwy. Large limestone walls of buildings – 5 feet thick – standing where they had been for hundreds of years. It had been a thriving but well fortified settlement. Soemone else’s set on Flickr is here
The walk was only a couple of miles there and back but delightful….. just lovely.

A third and last full day on Anglesey depended on the weather really, but we saw on early morning news that a National Trust property quite nearby was having a big party for the Jubilee day, so as were members and it might be fun we went along. The house is Plas Newydd on the Menai Straits. We got settled onto the lawn banking overlooking the straits with our rugs and chairs and, eventually, a Welsh and English flag to get into the spirit of it. A large TV screen displayed the live coverage of the Jubilee events in London. A small regatta of boats floated around on the straits in front of the house. Lots of people were there, some making a big impression in their Union Jack clothes and party hats. I loved it. Later we visited the house itself. A grand but lived in house. The dining room has a vast mural wall painted by Whistler which is astonishing and quirky.
For our last evening meal on holiday we enjoyed fish and chips!

We didn’t get around to visiting Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch though.

And a blog gallery:
Maya Plass tells me that the little creature hiding in a shell in the pictures is a Sand Goby. I KNEW she’d know!

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