Saturday, 15 November 2014

One last time.....

.... for 2014.

Day trip to Wales to close up the caravan for the winter -
and yet another beautiful day
{worth noting that it was miserable and grey at home all day - no blue sky there!}






Sunday, 9 November 2014

Love's Labour's Lost and Won



Weekend trip to Stratford for Al, Megs and I 
{Ben stayed with Gma and Gpa}

We saw the paired productions of Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won
{new title for Much Ado About Nothing}

An inspired concept - the plays were placed around the First World War - 
the set was an amazing recreation of Charlecote House.

The plays were exquisite - full of music and light -
- veyr very funny in their staging, and both with very beautiful and poignant moments
{yes - I was sobbing at the end of Lost}

I've seen both plays before several times - 

Love's Labour's with Ralph Fiennes and Simon Russell Beale back in the 90's

Much Ado has been a favourite since I fell {further} in love with Emma Thompson reciting
 'Sigh no more...' in the Brannagh movie

and honestly, while Tennant's verse was more accomplished, and the Brannagh film is so life affirming, and Ralph Fiennes was oh so very beautiful - 

these current productions are, I think, my favourites.
They have so much heart and I've never before
 cared so much about the {thwarted and successful} lovers.

Days with doubled up performances can be hard going -
but not this time.





 We stopped over at the Waterside Premier Inn,
which was as nice as ever.

The Sunday morning was bright - 
so we left Megs in bed while was had breakfast and a peaceful walk by the river. 






A lovely stop off on the way home to see Gill, Russell and Joyce -
so good to see Gill again.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Remember another 5th of November....



Another Bonfire Night - another walk down to the river 
{along with most of the rest of the town}
for the annual fireworks.

I LOVE EVERYTHING about this night - 
the walk down into West Bank
the sparklers
the fantastic fireworks over the water
and walking back to car, part of the huge, happy and peaceful crowd.

Looking back over the last seven years of fireworks
{though we've been following the same tradition for far longer}
it's so good to see the same images over and over again!

2013  2012  2011 2010  2009  2008  2007




Saturday, 1 November 2014

One last walk for half term

A very windy climb to the top of Deganwy castle -
but it's always worth the view!



Friday, 31 October 2014

A caravan Halloween

We set out our pumpkins on the caravan steps -
{Ben was VERY proud of his design}

We got a few little visitors from the site -
and finished off the rest of the chocolate ourselves 
during family film night.

Ben was happy to wear his Stitch costume from last year -
whilst Meg's rocked her BOO tee shirt!





Thursday, 30 October 2014

Happy Birthday Grandpa!


We met Gma and Gpa at the Pancake House in Rowen for a birthday lunch -

then shared cake back at the caravan. 

HAPPY 76th BIRTHDAY!



Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Glorious


The most perfect autumn day -

a walk by Llyn Ogwen, 
fabulous views of Snowdon
lunch at Beddgelert
and finally meeting up with Gma and Gpa back in Llandudno.