Next box to be ticked was Mesa Verde. To be honest tho' we hadn't heard of it.....it was only when visiting one of the Welcome Centers that it was mentioned.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 6
Friday September 26th
We were up bright and early as today was the day we were treating ourselves big time! The rain had stopped but it was very misty and murky. We drove to Porthmadog to catch a train on the The Welsh Highland Railway.http://www.festrail.co.uk/ The train was called Welsh Pony. We had booked into a First Class carriage!
Christmas cards! Love 'em or hate em the seasonal flurry is with us. Soon it will have developed into a full blown blizzard and the annual game of trying to find extra space to display all those expressions of seasonal good wishes from people we only ever hear from at Christmas will be underway.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 5
Thursday September 25th
Poor weather greeted us this morning. Raining and windy and couldn't see very much out of our kitchen window due to mist. So we
caught the train to Barmouth. A pleasant forty minute journey passing through countryside and coastal scenery. Because the weather was not photo inducing, I didn't take any from the train windows!
Our USA Road Trip - 4500 Miles Taking In The Grand Canyon, Durango, Colorado, Route 66 And Much Much! More! Part 1
I have been friends with Janice for about 30 years!!! We met at Hampton Park Playgroup. My eldest is now 35 .......the youngest 32......and Janice's two boys are of a similar age. From the playgroup our friendship carried on to Hampton Dene Primary School.....through to Bishops School. We then lost touch (as you do) as the boys went on to Sixth Form/Tech college and varying universities.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 4
WEDNESDAY Sept 24th
Today we drove to Snowdonia. The weather was dry, but there was sign of the sun when we left. Another very scenic route along mountain roads.
Kettle Chips - Much More Than Your Average Crisp - Stilton, Salsa, Mesquite, Cheshire Cheese And Many Other Delicious Flavours!
There are crisps and there are special crisps. These are very special crisps, they are even called chips!
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 3
Tuesday September 23rd
Today was to be a long drive around The Lleyn Peninsula. We were up early, the weather was not looking promising, dark clouds and the sun was not planning on showing its' face.
Last week I said I would write about Corsica and Palma de Mallorca.
We continued on our journey aboard the M/V Sovereign of Pullmantur Cruise Company, and went ashore at Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, and the island's largest city.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 2
MONDAY Sept 22nd
Today was an exciting one, for Derek and I were going to meet fellow Opaschatters, Dorothy Roberts and her husband Ken!
Gift cards can be really popular to receive. The recipient can buy whatever suits him or her from the stores associated with the gift card scheme or on line where the list is endless. You don't have to end up receiving some awful cd you know will never be listened to or a scarf that will never be worn.Instead, you choose what you want when you want to!
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 1
September 21st 2014. A four hour drive, no motorways, just winding A roads, villages, small towns, sheep, lots and lots of sheep.
I recently saw a fashion article in Woman's Weekly about winter boots to fit problem feet. I was especially interested in some boots with an Elastane 'front', which stretch to fit. They're a well thought-through problem solver and they look great too.
In an earlier post for Oapschat I described how, for me, life really did begin at 55 when I realised my dream of becoming a published author. I could not have succeeded without the help and support of my three best friends –Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Mags Cullingford. Together, in July 2012, we formed The New Romantics 4 and chose as our theme song: SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES and went on to become indie authors.
Of all the things I expected to experience on a visit to Monaco, going to a jumble sale was definitely not on the list.
If houses had fingertips the famous hanging houses (Las Casas Colgados) at Cuenca would be they. The houses are the only buildings left standing of the type which would have been common in the city many years ago. built above the Huecar river gorge.
These are traditional small cakes that are crisp on the outside and gorgeously gooey on the inside.
On January 14th 2010, one week shy of my 60th birthday, I crawled out of bed at five in the morning, to be ready for work at seven. Drinking the first cuppa while checking the news on the web, I felt a pain in my chest. Not surprising. I was a heavy smoker. Then it spread to my left arm, and I made the connection immediately.
Here is a lovely poem to remind us of balmy autumn days.
Don't Be Sad
Think not that I am happy in this parting we must share,
Although I'm not sad going don't think that I don't care,
I am back from my Mediterranean cruise and thought this week and next week I'd tell you about some of the highlights. We embarked at Valencia, Spain, which is about an hour from my home, but the journey took us about two hours by the time we stopped at various pick up points along the way.
As we get older, our feet become wider and shoes that were once comfy can pinch. I'm always looking for good solutions to this very common problem, and I do think shoes should look good and be versatile, wherever possible.
Ginger - In Its Many Forms Is Delicious - The Wonderful Aid To Digestion, Nausea, Travel Sickness And Much More!
I have been a fan of ginger for years and eat Gin Gins every day. My favourite ones are the original ones in the green box!
Hello! A couple of people have been asking how the situation is here now, so I thought I would write another 'update'! If you are bored, please turn off now! This is quite long! It has been almost 3 years and 3 months on since 2:46pm March 11th, 2011 since that date was engraved in everyone's mind here! Although it is now off the international news, the news over here still covers the aftermath a fair bit.
I am a model! Well ok, I'm not really, but I am modelling two products for Damart in my own home!
Gardening - The Joy of Planting, Including Clematis, Calistemen And Ferns. Not Forgetting Watching Birds Feed.
First of all before I start my article I must say that any link between me and a gardener is pure fiction.
When I mentioned a holiday in Romania, I faced incredulity and dark mutterings of "has she lost it?" A friend and I toured during the second half of July, our choice influenced by its hot and sunny location. We wanted to see as much as possible so, before departure, we pre- hired a car and driver cum guide. This was inexpensive and a boon.
As Winter draws near, food consumed changes in most households.
This year was my third RNA Conference. My first was many years ago, when I crept in apologetically as a new writer, only to be astonished at how welcoming and supportive everyone was. My second was two years ago, when I was speaking as a published author about my first book for Honno Press, 'Eden's Garden', which was a lovely experience, sharing my excitement at the journey I'd taken since that first conference.
It's billed as the place to see when you visit Paphos and during our one-week stay there, my wife and I decided to give it a go.
We arrived in Japan at 9am 19th March. This was about 9th or 10th visit to Japan and the 4th visiting at this time of year. Our daughter lives in Japan with her Japanese husband Nobu and our 2 granddaughters. They have had their own English school for 14 years. It is a favourite time of year as the cherry blossom season starts and is celebrated throughout Japan. The weather is still a bit cold but beginning to get warmer during the day but remains cold at night. They live a couple of hours north east of Tokyo & the area is somewhat like Hereford, rural with many farms around.
Photo courtesy of Will McCarthy Music Productions
Over the years I have seen Ralph Mctell perform many times and each time, there always seems to be a new selection of wonderful guitars.
I was awakened this morning just before five – not by those occasionally rude word soldiers barking orders, but by a gentler muse whispering in my ear. Nevertheless, before too long, words like licorice allsorts, vacuum cleaners and old age began battering my brain. My head became a frantically busy thoroughfare in rush hour, until I metaphorically raised my hand like a traffic cop. STOP! I cried. Re-assembling the words in some sort of sane order, I had my piece for today. The licorice allsorts will have to await another time!
Copyright Warner Brothers
The fifties were coming to an end and music was really starting to take off on all levels.
Finding ex pat groups to join was a priority when I landed in Hong Kong in 1998. These were to be my saviours when a one year contract expanded, on more then one occasion, to eventually become almost ten years.
Photo courtesy of Will McCarthy Music Promotions
I asked Ralph Mctell when did he realise that he wanted to be a full time musician and he told me that you just don't dare believe it can happen.
Somehow, the effects of austerity always seem to hit people hardest in their grocery baskets. Lots of people are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet and for many, a joint of meat has become a distant memory or an occasional treat rather than a daily staple.
Copyright Transatlantic Records
On 14th October 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my all time favourite singer songwriters, poet and author Ralph McTell.
When my son, James, turned seventeen he wanted a motorbike. So my husband and I bought him a second-hand one. Without a qualm between us. It didn't occur to me to worry about my son riding on two wheels.
So there we were in the P & O waiting room in Southampton. I had dreamt about going on a cruise since I was a little girl.
Photo courtesy of Galloway Gazette
In August this year Cosyfeet announced the winners of this year's Cosyfeet Community Award and I can announce that Priory Knit Wits were the lucky recipients of £500!
Carmarthen is the oldest continuously inhabited town in Wales, pre-dating the Romans in 2 AD. Only the street layout and amphitheatre betray its Roman past. It's also Merlin's alleged birthplace. Carmarthen in Welsh is Caerfyrddin. Caer meaning fort and Fyrddin is the mutation of Myrddin – Merlin's Welsh name. He clearly started a trend for celebrities naming their offspring after their birthplace.
Something a little different today for you to read about!
The first introductory 'Whistle Stop Tour' of Italy's most famous cities almost scrambled my brains.
50 intrepid members of the U3A (University of the Third Age) participated in this exciting white water rafting experience. We set off at 8 am on the 6th June, 2014. The day was overcast but by the time we arrived at about 10.30 am it was hot and sunny.
Holidaying in Talsarnau - One Of North Wales Hidden Beauty Spots - Beaches, Mountains, Walks and Much More. Day 7
Saturday September 27th
This was to our last full day in North Wales. The rain was lashing down. The sheep and cattle in the fields near to our cottage looked bedraggled and sad. Did they know we were soon to be leaving?
"I was twelve in 1944 and had returned briefly from evacuation to be with Mum just before she had my third brother. Dear little Royce Kenneth was born in a London hospital and they kept Mum in for two weeks."