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Do You Live In * $parkling * WALES?

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JemimaFawr Report 24 May 2016 11:35

Bore Da Ffrindiau, 'to!!!:-D :-D :-D <3

I have been on my holidays! :-D

We booked a cheapie holiday through The Sun and had a mid-week break in a Haven Holiday Village called Marton Mere near Blackpool.

The main purpose of the holiday was to visit Holmfirth in Yorkshire where Last Of The Summer Wine was filmed (one of OH's bucket list wishes :-D) and this was the nearest camp on the Sun's list.

I had a mixed time! I had health problems while I was there but otherwise we had a lovely time.
I can thoroughly recommend Marton Mere. It is a smallish camp but we had a wonderful welcome. It was the friendliest camp we have ever stayed in!

We had upgraded to a better caravan, which had heating in the bedrooms and everything needed for a comfortable stay, and it only cost us about £120 for the 4 nights, with entertainment and the pools in the price.
I recommend going through "Holidays in the Sun", you will save a huge amount of money for the same holiday.

The journey was arduous because of my arthritis, disc problems, but I had a lovely experience on the way!
I met my good GR friend **Ann** aka Blod<3 in a service station on the M56.
We had hot drinks and carrot cake and chatted for 2 hours while OH waited in the car! :-D :-D :-D :-D
This was the first time I had met anyone from GR!

The scenery on the journey was beautiful.
We stopped off for our picnic lunch in Mid Wales on our way.
If you would like to follow my hols ;-) :-D click on the links to my keepsafe! :-D

The Mid Wales Picnic Spot views

There was a great restaurant on the camp called The Boathouse. The food was really good with lots of choice and deal offers. Reasonably priced for a holiday place too.
The staff were wonderful. We were befriended by many of them, especially Lisa who's parents were originally from South Wales, and the young manager Anthony.

One evening we had been there. OH was watching footy on the big screens in the bar section. I left a holdall with my camera and a full memory card under my table. One of their staff, a nice young man, came chasing through the camp to find me, with it. I had not realised! :-0

On the last morning, we had a big breakfast there to set us up for the journey. I was sitting there working out our route home, and Lisa came over with drinks on the house for us! :-)

The first night I was very poorly with my health, so we were late for our trip to Holmfirth the next day. Another long journey too. Because of this I wasn't able to go to visit Our FLY which I had been hoping to do!
Nevertheless we had a great time.

We had tea and scones in Sid's Cafe.

Then we visited the museum which is in Compo's house.

edited new link ....

The owner offered us Nora Batty's house to rent if we wanted! We had photos taken of us on her steps! :-D

We stopped of at a Yorkshire Reservoir Viewpoint on the way back to camp.
Breathtaking views from there! Also lots of wild birds, including grouse running about.

We had a carvery meal in a Toby Inn near the camp on the way back.

The next day we took it easy and enjoyed the camp. We had a lovely meal in the Boathouse. OH had a big Gammon Steak, egg and chips and trimmings.
I had a meal deal. The best Fish and Chips I have ever tasted, followed by Apple Crumble and Custard for £10!

In the afternoon I went swimming in the indoor pool and we then went to the amusement arcade and took silly photos of me on horses and on a car ride! :-D
We played the machines and won lots of key rings- the jewellery type you can hang from a handbag or belt!

In the evening we had a drink in the Entertainment room. OH went down first to watch footy. There was a good girl singer, and then Karaoke. Once upon a time, I would have done this! :-D

The following day we went to Blackpool.
It wasn't a great day weather wise, but we enjoyed.

We had a meal in a very posh Wetherspoons. They even had 2 leather chaise longues in the ladies!

We went to The Tower and saw the view from the top through the new Glass Panels and floor.
We scared ourselves silly standing for photos on the glass floor, millions of miles up over the traffic! :-D

Then we had tea and more scones in the Ballroom where Hayley and Roy Cropper danced on Corrie:-)
I filmed a lot of the dancing on my camera. It was lovely, but unfortunately I have never been able to dance even before my gammy hip, so I didn't succumb!
But we did have a photo of us pretending! :-D :-D :-D

The evening was our last evening. OH went down to watch the footy, while I packed.
Later I went down and we watched the singer again, before taking part in the "Races". They had pre-recorded real horse races with their own commentary and daft names! You could put 50p (and £1 on one race) on your choice! I don't normally gamble, but I did succumb to this and we won every race!
:-D :-D :-D :-D

Next day we left for home. We had tried to extend our holiday, but because it was half term there, we were unable to do so, so we were a little sad coming home!

I hope I haven't bored you all!
I posted it for a keepsake of my holiday for myself as much as anything! :-D :-D :-D


JemimaFawr Report 24 May 2016 11:28

Bore Da Ffrindiau :-D :-D :-D <3

I have been on my holidays! :-D

I will tell you all about my holiday in my next post if anyone would like to hear about it!

If not by-pass it! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

I have not been too well. I went to my doctor yesterday and she sent me for more X Rays to see how my arthritis has developed and for blood tests yesterday, and has sent for another MRI Scan appointment too.

Glad to hear your Mum is improving, Shaun.
I know you are struggling at the moment, I hope you are okish :-)

Tec <3

Hope you are all ok or okish too!

~~~~~~~~~~ to Everyone :-) :-) :-)

Love Jem <3


Treehunter Report 16 May 2016 18:41

Hi Shanu and all

Just popping in to say hello alot going on with kids and grand kids.

Not home much.

Got few health problems agian myself but hey oh we still have to go,

Cross stitching group going will i have one of my ladies who takes over the group when i cant be there so no one missers out.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~to you all hope everyone is ok

(((((((HUGS))))))) for those who need them.

Se you again soon i hope.



MagicWales Report 15 May 2016 20:56

Hey~~~Up my lovelies <3

Von, how are you all in Sun City, I bet that swing seat is working overtime now :-) Hope all is going to plan regarding your art exhibition.

Ann, thank you for sharing your Madeira photos there lovely, I expect you are both busy in your lovely garden now :-)

Sugarandspice, hope you are feeling much improved now :-)

Jem, thank you for sharing all your lovely photos of the water park and not forgetting Phil Bennett and Strady Park goal posts, left twirl right twirl and shake it all about :-) I used to rear geese, ducks and turkeys for the Christmas markets and they had loads of bread in there diet.

Linda, I have not got a clue what you are on about ,sending a Welsh Cwtch :-D Thank you for letting us know how Tec is.

Tec, if you are able to look in to the mad-house my friend we are all thinking of you :-)

Barbra, Mersey, Sylvia, Sallie, Bethan, Brenda, Sue, AnnCardiff, Hazel and anyone that pops in, hope you are all managing ok or okish :-)

It's been a lovely sunny weekend here,although the sun dose not suit me I hope you sun lovers have also had a nice sunny weekend.

Mum is still improving bless her and if she continues to improve and don't get another infection she could be back at the nursing home this coming weekend.

I will chat when I can got my hands full at the moment with OH .

Thinking of you all <3

Night Night


Barbra Report 14 May 2016 00:50

Hello Shaun .hope your Dear Mum is comfortable .glad she is improving .you look after yourself (((((Hug))))))) to you & anyone who needs one <3 <3 To all Barbra x


JemimaFawr Report 13 May 2016 22:33

Good to hear Mum is improving Shaun <3

Sorry you are having problems. Thinking of you :-):-) :-)

~~~~~~~~~~ to Everyone <3


MagicWales Report 13 May 2016 20:13

Hello Everyone :-)

Mum is slowly improving but they want to keep her in the hospital instead of sending her back to the nursing home.

Sorry I have not read back yet but have had a few problems here.

~~~~~~ing to you all and hope you are managing ok <3

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Night Night
from the cave :-)


MagicWales Report 11 May 2016 19:19

Hello Everyone <3

Mum is still very poorly in hospital and being monitored round the clock, I have not been in to see her because of this throat and chest infection. My brother rings me every day and keeps me up to date .

Not been able to read back will chat again.
~~~~~ing to you all and hope you are managing ok and being good.

Night Night
shaun <3


SylviaInCanada Report 10 May 2016 17:29

The birds have become accustomed to people feeding them bread ...... so it is going to be difficult.

A wild bird sanctuary near here, actually bans bread from being given to the birds there .......... it's on the migration route, and also a breeding site for all kinds of birds, some rare.

You can buy a small bag of "approved" food at the entry shop ........... mind you, they do charge for entry, so have more control.

The entry fee is an attempt to control access to the breeding sites of the rare birds ............ it means they can block off access to areas if necessary.

The birds also become habituated to the connection between people and bread (junk food as Linda said) ...... that's why Jem had to appease the angry goose. S/he was probably angry because you hadn't given it any food rather than protecting his mate and nest.


LindainHerriotCountry Report 10 May 2016 14:49

Having read about not feeding the ducks and swans bread, we took frozen peas, but they wouldn't eat them. We tried a few times, but they wouldn't have them. I guess birds are like humans and want to eat junk food


JemimaFawr Report 10 May 2016 14:33

Sorry to hear about your Mum, Shaun,
Thinking about you <3

Sorry Sylvia and Everyone,
I didn't know about bread not being good for seabirds. I have looked up the RSPB website, and others, and had advice for an alternative.

Having said that, people are feeding the swans bread everyday, and they seem very healthy and extremely numerous, but I will bear your comment in mind.


LindainHerriotCountry Report 9 May 2016 09:56

Shaun :-| :-| <3 <3

He will understand

edit, just read about your mum, sending you lots of English hugs


Von Report 8 May 2016 21:09

Thinking of you and your Mum
Take care
<3 Von


MagicWales Report 8 May 2016 20:28

Hello Everyone <3

Not had computer on since I last posted folks, not visited Mum for a several days now so been trying to rest between keeping OH occupied .

Mum is going through a tuff time again, she had a blood transfusion friday evening . Brother just rang and they have given Mum another blood transfusion so this is the 3, will know more after the drs have done there rounds tomorrow.

Not read back will tomorrow folks.

~~~~~~ing to you all and hope you are all managing ok <3

night night
from the cave


SylviaInCanada Report 8 May 2016 17:20

Jem ......

you do know that bread is one of the worst things you can give to water fowl, don't you??

We all do it, but it does them no good at all!


Barbra Report 8 May 2016 16:45

Hello Jem will have a look in a bit x hope you are ok . a bit windy here but sun has been out .our day well been to the local tip with garden waste .& now downloading some photos for a cousin .who has been looking for me .i put an article in the St Helens archives & he is interested in family tree .i am so pleased we are in contact as have a lot of memories of Granddad & Grandma & family.s .enjoy the rest of the week end Barbra <3~~~~~~To All (((((Hug))))))) xx


JemimaFawr Report 8 May 2016 16:32

Good Afternoon Everyone :-) :-) :-) <3

So here's the promised Thursday Afternoon Outing, especially for you S&S! :-D

It was a beautiful warm and sunny day, so as we had an excess of bread, and I hate waste, we decided to go to our local Waterpark, which is situated along the Coastal Path and the beach.

You will see why it was fun having this big bag of bread from this photo of me hand-feeding the swans!

First though, I had to bribe my way past an angry goose! :-D

It is a lovely place, with an assortment of waterbirds, ducks and geese of different kinds.There are plenty of areas to walk. In fact you can do a circular walk all around the lake, which we did.

Along the way, we passed the Gorsedd Stones, which is a circle of Druid Stones which are erected for The National Eisteddfod Of Wales.

Shaun in particular will be interested in this ....
Erected at the Waterpark are one of the Goal Posts from the old Stradey Park Rugby Ground, which was demolished in favour of the new Parc Y Scarlets Stadium.

Strategically placed by the posts is an artwork ( I'm not quite sure what else to call it) of Llanelli Legend PHIL BENNETT sidestepping his way past an All Black 7.
This is depicting Llanelli's famous victory over the visiting New Zealand All Blacks in 1972!

This was the game that is told in Max Boyce's famous story ..... 9-3

Hope you are able to view the photos :-)

Love Jem <3


SugarandSpice Report 8 May 2016 11:08

Morning all,

Jem, You sound very bright and breezy. Sound a no win situation regarding the fence but there are times that happens. Nice to have a neighbour like yours concerned about your feelings. OK where is Thursdays tale of having a lovely time out I'm waiting to hear all.

Sylvia, Your poor country is definitely having a hard time of it with these fires. Happy Mother's Day.

Barbra , Enjoy your garden but slowly.

GlossyAnn, Lovely photos as usual the pattern flower beds lare beautiful but wouldn't like trying to keep them like that they must use tiny secateurs to tidy up the plants day by day.

Shaun, Nobody seems to want my stomach bug. I have no idea why. It does seem to be very slowly going. Bronchitis not nice.

Von, Thanks for your kind words about my upset tum. Glad you are feeling better. We are all going down like flies on this thread aren't we.

~~~~~~~~~~~To anyone else looking in. By for now.



JemimaFawr Report 7 May 2016 21:36

Good Evening Everyone :-) :-) :-) <3

News re fence!

Mrs Neighbour came and apologised about the fence, because it upset her that she thought I was upset, love her!
We've been neighbours for 30 years, and never any problems between us.

The issue is really the properties. They are old 1940s Council Houses and building regulations are not what they are now. Their property is on a much higher level than ours, and the fence is near our kitchen window. From their back door they can see right in through to our living room.

They found the smallest panels they could. They are concerned about their Grandchildren falling in. The fence is only about 3 and a half feet her side, but about 6 and a half feet our side, so you can see the problem.

They went to buy much lighter paint our side and so we will put up with it, as it's not their fault really! :-) :-)

Woody Wood Pigeon (the ringed one) is back in our elderflower tree again this year! :-)

Sorry to hear that you have tonsilitis and a chest infection. Hope you will be better soon.
Sorry to hear that your poor Mum has complications now, I hope she will respond to treatment soon. She is a very strong woman <3

Thankyou for relaying news about Tec's health. It's good to hear that he is responding to antibiotics and enjoying his garden :-)
Hope you and yours are well :-)

I have looked at the latest photos on your blog. They are really good as usual. It's great, cos we can share your holiday with you!
The photo of your boys on your avatar is lovely :-)

Glad to hear that your face is nearly back to normal. Enjoy your artwork :-)

Sorry to hear you have a tummy bug. I hope you are better soon :-)

So glad to hear that you are ok. I was worried when I saw the news about the fires in Canada. :-)

Sorry to hear you are suffering with spondylosis. I also have it, aswell as arthritis in various places. It's not nice at all!
Hope it will ease soon :-)

Glad you have had a nice Bank Holiday Weekend, dispite having to work :-)

I had a lovely afternoon out on Thursday. I shall tell you about it tomorrow, hopefully.

~~~~~~~~~~ to friends not mentioned :-) :-) :-)

Love Jem <3


SylviaInCanada Report 6 May 2016 19:55

Hi everyone ........

we're having lovely weather here. Gave in, and now have my summer clothes out of storage .......... don't usually do it this early, but then we don't often get 25C temperatures in April and early May!

The fires in Alberta are terrible, and there are more in northeastern BC that are causing great concern ...... one has just crossed into Alberta, and BC fire fighters will continue to fight it in that province. Firefighters don't usually cross provincial borders unless they have been specifically asked to do so ....... but the Albertans have their hands full with Fort McMurray.

That's not to say that BC fire people are not busy ...... we have so many fires in this province that we couldn't lend people to help out there.

It's bad folks, and likely to get even worse ....................... there are bone dry conditions, and high temperatures, causing high to extreme fire risks in all the provinces west of Ontario, and moderate to high conditions from Ontario east to New Brunswick.

El Nino once again :-(

But don't worry about me ................. we're on the coast in the southern part of BC, nowhere near the extreme danger areas.

There are a few members of GR in BC and Alberta ....... but none, I think, in the danger areas.

Shaun ..... sorry to hear that Mum has given you a "present" .......... it's usually the other way round!!

We buried our friend's ashes with her husband's yesterday afternoon. Just 4 people there, a glorious sunny day, we were very quiet but had a few laughs. Nothing "service-y" about it, as she had forbidden that!

Sunday is Mother's Day over here :-D

Everyone ............. please take care of yourselves xxxx