The weather today was gorgeous so we took Benji dog to one of the ( many ) beautiful locations in Wales.
We walked from the beach cafe through the kissing gate
I love this kissing gate with the automatic closing mechanism (stone!)
We then passed the 5th century mini church built into the sand dunes for fishermen. Apparently they used the alter rails to hang their fishing nets many centuries ago
Not far along the sand dunes we reached the river estuary. As it was low tide we walked along the beach and Benji enjoyed a dip in the sea.
All this with the backdrop of Snowdonia National Park. Bliss.
The church is Saint Tanwg’s church
The name of the little village is Llandanwg and lies just beyond Harlech beach and castle. Don’t tell too many folk as I want to keep it between you and me!
Storm Hannah hit the coast here in Cardigan bay rocking the caravan and sending us to sleep ( eventually). We enjoyed a lazy day with an amble along Llanbedrog beach, hunting sea glass, drift wood and the usual detritus following a storm. We settled in with a chick flick and Prosecco.
Tonight we are out to dinner in a lovely coastal restaurant. Nothing better than a girls weekend despite Storm Hannah and Prosecco!
An esplanade or promenade is a long, open, level area, usually next to a river or large body of water, where people may walk. … Esplanade and promenade are sometimes used interchangeably.
Thank you Wikipedia
The large body of water here is Cardigan Bay. One of the best places in Britain to see dolphins and porpoises without getting into a boat. We didn’t spot any today on this blustery, cloudy day. We did walk along the promenade and did a little beach combing. We picked up pebbles to paint later, and drift wood to dry out and await inspiration.
Criccieth castle was built by Edward 1st. The promenade offers the chance to amble from Criccieth castle at one end to Dylan’s Restaurant for coffee,at the other end.
Hubs and I are having a cheeky week in Mayrhofen Austria. We have been multiple times but are still thrilled with the beautiful mountains, valleys and waterfalls. The mountain tops are easily accessible due to the chair lifts
When you reach the end of the lifts the restaurants are fabulous putting our efforts on Snowdon to shame. All the many paths are well labelled with numbers making walking much easier. Your not SUPPOSED to get lost👣
We generally buy a six day mountain pass which enables lift use free buses and train. Not bad value.
Great time out as I hardly ever go away ha ha😎
Last weekend I went away with my girlfriends for our annual Christmas celebration. We generally enjoy a Christmas Eve Buffet on the Friday evening, Christmas Day on the Saturday followed by a Boxing Day Sunday. We have a secret Santa AND a stocking of goodies. How lucky are we? This year we had a beautiful penthouse apartment in Alnmouth Northumberland and we decorated it with our festive stockings and a Christmas tree.
We had great views of the beach and estuary. On “Christmas” day we opened our presents and watched Christmas movies🌲We put the turkey in the oven and went for a long walk along the beach. When we returned the turkey smelled lovely so we watched another Christmas movie. Sometime later I went to put the roast potatoes into the oven and WOAH ! oven cold! Turkey half cooked! Oven broken! Disaster 🌲
Not the turkey!
After a search on line we realised no fast food outlet would deliver pizza etc. We’d all had a drink so driving wasn’t an option and Christmas table already decorated! Finally we walked into the small village of Almouth and one of the only eateries did take out fish and chips. So that was our Christmas dinner complete with Christmas crackers, paper hats and a borrowed bottle of vinegar from the fish restaurant. Merry Yuletide!
A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year (in June and December) as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. Both the solstices and the equinoxes are directly connected with the seasons of the year.
The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction.
Stargazers are hoping to catch the first glimpse of a Strawberry Moon on the same day as the summer solstice for almost 50 years.
A Strawberry Moon is not necessarily pink or red, however.
It is simply a name given to the full moon each June, which coincides with the start of the strawberry season.
But it has not happened on the longest day of the year since 1967 – and astrologers are excited to see the two coincide this year.
The name was coined by Native American tribes who used it as a signal to gather ripening strawberries.
It became known in Europe as the Full Rose Moon, and the Honey Moon.
Yesterday Chester celebrated the Summer Solstice with a parade through the city centre. My youngest Grandson took part with his class from school. He really enjoyed it. Lots of people had made a huge effort from the wonderful to the weird. There were Giants and Dragons, Angels and sunshine. All of this had beautiful Chester architecture and the wonderful cathedral as the backdrop.
May the summer days bring you all blessings in every way.
Hubs and I are still hanging out in Keswick, Cumbria. The weather is absolutely beautiful, we have been so lucky. Tomorrow we need to go home to check out my aging Mum who is not very well. Next week we plan to come back! It would be easier if we moved up here but that’s not possible, therefore we max it out using my Campervan. Happy days.
This part of Cumbria suffered badly in flooding last Winter. There is evidence everywhere of flood damage including many bridges damaged beyond repair. This Is the remains of a foot bridge that we normally use. Many footpaths are temporarily re routed but no one seems to know how long for. This diversion adds about half a mile to our normal walks so it can only be helping me to get fitter!
Today’s walk took us through Bluebell woods and down to the Lake edge of Derwentwater. We then walked along the edge of the lake to Lodore Falls hotel where we picked up the launch back to Keswick. Another fabulous day out.
Whilst we’ve been away I have started another knitting project. Watch this space for more information but it may take some time!
This week we have been in the Lakes,Cumbria. This is actually my fourth week this year, how lucky am I? But I digress. I fully intended to take lots of pictures and blog a lot.Whats happened you may ask? Well the app that I use to transfer my carefully composed, we’ll thought out photographs ( OK snaps! ) has decided to misbehave. I have spent/wasted HOURS trying to get it to work but I’ve now given up. I’ve abandoned hope and will buy one of those things that read the SIM card.
The weather has been amazingly nice, with beautiful sun rises and unforgettable sun sets.
We have walked Benji dog, explored the hills and enjoyed life. We have re watched series four of “The Game of Thrones” and chatted over wine, well more tea than wine! We have planned next weekend in the Yorkshire Dales where, hopefully, I will have a working camera.
I treated myself today ( I do like tea) and we are home tomorrow. So speak soon my dear friends.
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. (John Keats)
There is no greater Autumnal pleasure than a walk down a country lane (me!)
This lane leads away from my cottage and up the hill. This Autumn day it was extra specially gorgeous. The blossom was blowing in the air like confetti. As I walked up the hill I found a bounty of Blackberries not yet eaten by the birds. I picked some and left some for the birds to share.
I was scratched, nettled and happy. My fingers were a delicious shade of purple. Benji dog thought it a good idea to steal some from my box but I rescued enough to make a pot of jam or jelly.
Ive only just learned the difference between jam and jelly! Jam you cook with the sugar until set. Jelly you cook only the berries, strain and then add sugar and cook until set. Both are delectable.