Thursday, 30 April 2015


This week was a terrific family week. A run of days away from work, free from distractions and noise. We had planned it awhile, the success all down to my older brother and sister in law who just got it all spot on! We had a few days in Criccieth on the Llyn peninsula.

Ma and Pa and we three sons with our sister in law, Anna. And Toby and Quaddy and perfect weather.

Greg and Anna  have visited the house five times before and this was my third visit, but this time it was all of us as a family. We met them there, driving up last Sunday in no hurry at all and in a car full of silliness.

Day 1 was just unloading all the stuff we took (a lot of which poured) and settling in and catching up. Day 2 was action packed with a visit to a rabbit farm which also had chickens, pigs, goats, peacocks, horses, sheep and a donkey. We went to the childhood home of David Lloyd George and took a look into the past. After that we had a quick tea stop and then.....steam train action between Porthmadog and Beddgelert! Slow roast lamb for dinner and lots of wine.

Day three was the fantastic, near endless beach at Black Rock Sands. It is about 2 miles long and you can drive on it too! We walked miles and miles and miles across that day and the week and there was never a moment short of ease, relaxation or just simple togetherness. We also had fish and chips from a fantastic little place just nearby with a brotherly pint ahead of collecting the order.  I could do all that again and again with the Welsh welcome of the village and the endless, simple fooling about.

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