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Do You Live In * $parkling * WALES?

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JemimaFawr Report 28 Sep 2016 21:34

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

Damp and slightly misty but a bit humid today in South West Wales :-)

Superbaby came to see us today<3 bringing his Mum and Dad with him :-D :-D
He wasn't feeling so Superbabyish at first though, cos he'd just been for his jabs :-( :-( :-(

Ann, Inara is growing so much too, hope she and her two cousins are doing well :-)

Shaun, one of my Pembrokeshire 3x Great Grandfathers could have dealt with your Gwaddod .... he was a Gwaddotwr ;-) :-D :-D :-D

Hope you will have a great time in Cyprus, Linda :-)
Does Pat know you're out there?

JAAAAAANE ....... Come and tell us all about your Pembrokeshire holiday :-)
I hope she heard me... I shouted loudly! :-D

~~~~~~~ to S&S :-) Von :-) Gwyn :-)Sylvia :-)AnnC :-) Sallie:-) Barbra :-) Brenda :-) Hazel :-) Bethan :-) Mersey :-) and All who look in on the Welsh Thread :-) :-) :-)

Love Jem <3

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 28 Sep 2016 21:13

Linda, It's a lovely time of year to visit Cyprus.
Not so fiercely hot as in the summer months.
I hope you have wonderful time.

We have had another lovely day of warm sunshine here in the far south east.
I've recorded an episode of Coast this evening and will enjoy 'visiting' the part of the south Wales coast, which featured so much in my childhood.


LindainHerriotCountry Report 28 Sep 2016 18:56

I don't think they do rock in Cyprus Shuan, just Greek delight

We got here not long before dinner, so haven't had much time to look around yet. I shall reserve judgement until tomorrow


MagicWales Report 28 Sep 2016 16:26

Hello Everyone :-)

It was hop picking weather this morning when I took OH to town, misty, nippy and sun trying to peep through but it went somewhere else been dark, dank and cool all day.

Ann hope you are having a great time, I bet you cannot wait to get home, all that sunshine is not good for you “no place like home “:-)

Jem there are plenty of wood-pigs here also gwaddads and brochs, the buggers :-(

Von is there anymore strange vegetation or fungi popping up overnight with you :-)

Hope you are all Ok or Okish, Good or Goodish, Tidy or Tidyish :-)
But most of all being good like me <3


MagicWales Report 27 Sep 2016 19:47

Hello Everyone :-) and a big welcome to Jane and Gwyn how lovely to see fresh names hope you pop back and join in with the chat.

I have been taking it easy and a little sitting as possible so not put computer on until now, will read back and chat again got pms to open.

Linda I hope you have done the dusting before you go to Cyprus, you just have a lovely time and don't forget my rock :-)

~~~~~~~~ing to you all and hope you are okay and being good like me :-) <3


LindainHerriotCountry Report 26 Sep 2016 22:57

I am glad that you had such a good trip Jem. I too love walking in the places my ancestors did.

It is so chilly here, but I am off to Cyprus on Wednesday for a couple of weeks where it is still nicely hot. I wont need to do any dusting in the hotel, or at least I hope not


AnninGlos Report 26 Sep 2016 20:28

Lovely to see Gwyn and Jane on the eelsh thread breathing new life into it. Do come back.


JemimaFawr Report 26 Sep 2016 19:50

Thankyou Jane and Gwyn :-) :-)
It was a fantastic experience.

I did think of you Gwyn while I was there.
If I hadn't had such a full agenda, I would have asked if you would have liked to meet up. :-)

How lovely to see you both on the Welsh thread. Please come back and join in :-) :-) :-)

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 26 Sep 2016 18:46

Hello all,

What a great account of your holiday Jem, all so very local to me and I'm glad you were able to find so many links to your ancestors.
It's quite something to stand in an old village church and imagine one's relatives walking in with a young baby for baptism or as you say to repeat their marriage vows.

I did think of you when the weather was so good at the beginning of your stay in Kent.

Glad to know that it was such a successful holiday for you.


Jane Report 26 Sep 2016 17:25

Hi Jem
I have just read your lovely account of your trip to Kent and have seen your wonderful photos.What beautiful Churches.Especially St Augustine.I love the old Font i which so many of your ancestors were baptised.


JemimaFawr Report 26 Sep 2016 16:50

Hi Everyone :-) :-) :-) <3

It's a dark, wet, windy and miserable day, here in South West Wales today!
So I've been busy adding information to my notes on my tree.

I'm glad that you all enjoyed my holiday diary :-)
Yes Shaun, we had glorious weather for most of our holiday. A bit hot- 30o! My only regret is that I didn't manage to find time to go swimming in the sea in Dymchurch!

Glad you are having a good time Ann:-)

S&S, It's really frustrating when you have written loads to post and then it all goes! :-(
You have some really interesting trips lined up to look forward to too :-)
We are hoping to stay in Pembrokeshire sometime in the Spring.

Hey Shaun / Von
Do you know what we call a woodlouse in Wales? Mochyn y coed (Wood Pig) :-D

~~~~~~~~~ to Everyone :-) :-) :-)
Love Jem <3


AnninGlos Report 26 Sep 2016 15:48

Shaun yes ok in very sunny and warm Tenerife. Home Friday. :-(

Jem loved reading your tome you had a great holiday and a productive one.

Yvonne it is so frustrating when that happens. To get the best free WiFi here we have use one of the bars or restaurants, life is hard, this session made me consume a round of sandwiches and two Sangrias. (Happy hour 9am to 5pm. :-D :-D


SugarandSpice Report 26 Sep 2016 11:23

Morning all,

Can't stop as things to do. Washing and housework. Yes, I know it's good for me and keeps me fit running up and down stairs and such like!

Shaun, Of course I am being good . I hope things will be a little easier for you and OH this week.

Jem, What a brilliant idea finding somewhere you really like and re-booking within days of coming home. I like it.

To everyone else~~~~~~~~~~bye.


MagicWales Report 25 Sep 2016 20:05

Hello Everyone,

Lot cooler had to get gansey out of cupboard this morning long johns next:-0

Thank you for your comments regarding Mums funeral yes it was a fitting tribute to a lovely Lady.

Von, I like your Hydrangea. Woodlice will also eat fungi.

Linda how is the light dusting coming on? Yes it is difficult with OH and her illness but we will get round it.

Sugar and spice, hope you are all behaving like me. OHs illness is so odd on times, She used to put the bins out Monday mornings but for the last 2 and half years it’s been collected on Fridays but OH still wants to put the bin out for Mondays very frustrating for her.

Barbra lovely to see you. Yes we all have many memories and photos galore to look back on.

Hazel, it’s lovely to see you post. You sound very busy as usual.

Jem, what a lovely time you have had, I printed your post off and read while lay-down. Hope the weather was kind for you to explore, thank you for the lovely photos and history. I could live in the Old School House, I bet there are some lovely beams in there. “ WILD MUSHROOMS “ where’s mine.

Sallie I hope you are improving and also Alun.

Bethan, are you still in New York, cannot think what you said and how long you were going for.

Mersey how are you doing, loads of mushrooms about this year on the mountain, got several in workshop hanging from cotton drying for bottling.

Ann, hope you are all ok in sunny Glos.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ing to Sue,AnnCardiff,Sylvia,Brenda and anyone that pops into the madhouse.

Night Night and take care all <3


JemimaFawr Report 25 Sep 2016 15:34

Update! ;-) :-D :-D

Booked again for next year ... 1 week in a gold caravan .... Had a big discount for booking early - before 7 days after this years holiday departure lapsed! :-D :-D


SugarandSpice Report 25 Sep 2016 13:53

Afternoon all,

I had done a response to Jem when the internet dropped out so all I had written was lost.

Jem, Starting again but much shorter this time. Loved the tome and photos.
Yes, to the Glam. fair. Like you cemetery's are on the list. As is finding where the ancestors lived in Glam. and Mon.
Home after the fair then off to Pembrokeshire a few weeks later, this holiday was my daughter's idea. Will spend time doing the same as when in Glam. though not all Want to have some relaxing time as well.

Shaun, Hope you are trying to relax as much as you can.

Bye for now ~~~~~to everyone.


JemimaFawr Report 25 Sep 2016 00:17

Well ..... You were warned that it's a TOME! :-D :-D :-D :-D


Day 1:
The Journey and the Park:
We had quite a good journey, with only one hold up on the motorway due to an accident.

We found the holiday park quite easily, on the Hythe Road near Dymchurch.
We had a few problems, however, when we got there. I had upgraded to a silver caravan, but we were given a filthy bronze caravan. After a few arguments, we were given a Gold caravan for no extra charge.

It is only a smallish park, but as we were only going to be using it as a base we were not concerned about that.We were not charged for the entertainment pass as it was the end of season, so we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the entertainment, particularly by the Entertainment Team all of whom were fantastic singers.

Day 2:
Our first Family History visit was to Dymchurch.
We went to St Peter and Paul Church where the War Memorial is.
My Gran’s sister and her husband, Ada and Alfred Austen, are commemorated on it.
They were killed when their bungalow on the seafront took a direct hit by a Luftwaffe bomb in August 1940.

Sadly, headstones in this part of Kent have not stood the test of time due to the soft Kentish sandstone they were made from, and most are now unreadable.

Next, we paid a surprise visit :-D :-D to my extremely surprised 2nd Cousin, who lives in Dymchurch. I “met” H through GR. Her Granddad and my Gran were brother and sister, and siblings to Ada mentioned above.
She immediately gave me a great big hug and a big glass of Rose Wine. I met her youngest son and his family. She invited me back the next day.

Day 3:
OH and I enjoyed our visit to my very welcoming cousin.
We met her husband and neighbour, and all of us sat under her weeping willow drinking wine!! and chatting about family history.
As she had never been to see our family history places, I invited her to join us, and she accepted.

Day 4:
We picked H up and headed for NEWCHURCH.
This was where my Gran, and H's Granddad, were born and lived. I was very pleased to learn that “New Rents” where they lived according to the 1901/ 1911 Census’ was still there.
So we drove there and to a farm that H visited as a child where our G.Uncle and his wife lived.


I was thrilled to find that the Parish Marriage Records were on display at St Peter and St Paul Newchurch.

Here I found many family marriage records, including my Gran’s first marriage and My G.Grandmother’s 2nd marriage among many others.

Our next port of call was St Augustine in BROOKLAND.
Here I felt very emotional as Brookland is steeped in my family history.

I was thrilled to see the ancient baptism font where generations of my family were christened. Historians believe that it was pilfered from France during the 100 years war!

We then had a delicious lunch and a glass of wine, in the next door pub, The Royal Oak.

After lunch, we looked around the churchyard, where I knew my ancestors were buried, and although the majority of the headstones were unreadable, we found either our 4th or 5th G.Grandparents (both have same names) grave.

We did not have time to look in the cemetery next to the churchyard as H had to be back for a delivery. So I enjoyed another glass of delicious Rose under her willow before going back to the park.

DAY 5:
This was the only day it properly rained, so we took the opportunity to rest in the morning and go swimming in the pool in the afternoon.
More great entertainment in the evening as the team did songs from the musicals- Grease. Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, Hairspray etc.

DAY 6:
Another wonderful day in the company of my lovely 2nd Cousin.
First we went to HAMSTREETand ORLESTONE, where our Wood / Austen families originated. St Mary’s Church also played a big role in my ancestors lives. Unfortunately it was locked, but we did walk around the grounds.

We then went to BRENZETT and it’s church- St Eanswith.
Here my 2x G.Grandparents married, as did my 4x G.Grandparents.
It’s a really emotional feeling standing where direct ancestors made their marriage vows.

After Brenzett, we went to the place that to me felt awe-inspiring! FAIRFIELD.
This is where my Ancestors started out before ending up in nearby Brookland.
The village no longer exists but the historic church, where another set of my 4x Great Grandparents married, is still there in a deserted spot in a marsh, surrounded by sheep and cattle.

The interior is very striking. It has booths all painted white with black trim.

DAY 7:
OH and I decided to go back to Newchurch for a second look, as I was so excited the first time that I forgot to take some of the photos I'd planned to take.
I took photos of a very pretty little house which was the old school,

and another house, which used to be the local public house called the Black Bull (The daughter of the landlord married my Great Uncle) and also photographed lots of beautiful scenery.

Then it was back to Brookland for another look and a search of the cemetery. I had a list of burials from a Kent Online Genealogy Website, so I knew exactly which family members were here.Again, a very emotional experience!

DAY 8:
We delayed the journey home.
We had a look around the novelty shops and arcade.
Then we had a great lunch in an early 18th Century pub- The Ocean Inn in Dymchurch.

I had chicken, wild mushrooms and Madeira pie, chips and peas. OH had the Steak and Kidney pie. I was too full for a slice of the delicious looking homemade lemon meringue pie!

Romney Marsh is famous for smuggling in times gone by. This pub had drawings, notices and memorabilia displayed on the walls, which was comical and very interesting. There was also an impressive bird feeding station in the garden.

We then took a long farewell walk on Dymchurch’s Seafront.
The tide was full in to the wall. I enjoyed a chocolate icecream.

Then we left for home. :-(


JemimaFawr Report 24 Sep 2016 22:47

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

It's back to rain and wind here in the south west, but hey, we can't complain after a lovely early September :-)

Shaun :-)
Your Mum's Service was very lovely <3
What beautiful songs and your poem was very special. I'm sure it gave great comfort to your young G. Nephews and Nieces as well as the rest of your family.
I'm sorry about M not remembering. It must be extremely distressing for you at times.
Thinking of you at this very difficult time, and hoping that you are finding strength from the wonderful relationship you shared with your dear Mum, which you will treasure forever. xxx

Ann :-)
Enjoy Tenerife :-)
I was thinking of you when we passed the sign for Westonbirt on the M4 :-D
I've just looked at your blog! The boys are really growing up, aren't they? :-)

Von :-)
I bet that swing of yours got a lot of use during the late summer sunshine :-)
It was very hot in SE England last week, wasn't it! :-D

S&S :-)
Glad you found loads on FMP. These £1 month deals are great! :-)
I bet you are looking forward to your FH trip to Merthyr :-)

Sylvia :-)
I'm pleased to see that you have decided to stay with us for another year at least :-)

Linda :-)
I hope you and yours are well in Yorkshire :-)

Barbra :-)
I hope you and yours in Scotland are doing ok:-)

Hazel :-)
It's good to see you posting :-)
I'm sorry to hear about your Arron.
My youngest Grandson, aged 3, has severe Autism. He has just started in a special needs school.

Sallie :-)
Thinking of you and Alun, and hoping you are both doing ok and coping:-)

~~~~~~~~ to everyone looking in on the Welsh Thread :-) :-) Love Jem

***** I will post the diary and photos of my brilliant Family History Kent Holiday next.
It's a tome btw, so skip it if you want ;-) ;-) ;-) :-D :-D :-D :-D


Treehunter Report 24 Sep 2016 10:58

Hi Shaun

Sorry to hear about your mum thinking of you and your family.

I have weekend to myself first in weeks.

But next 2 weekends be at Teri place.

Nice and sunny here today which is nice. Hope everyone has the same

Will pop in when i can.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~to everyone


MagicWales Report 23 Sep 2016 20:13

Hello everyone :-)

I have been trying to catch up with some rest.

Wishing you all a good weekend.

Take care <3