Keeva!!!!

So today’s a BIG day for me… after over 2 years of being without my hound, the infamous Keeva (my Siberian Husky), we’re finally reunited! Today my parents immigrated back to the UK and brought my doggie with them! It’s been a bit of a process, certainly one I’d have been struggling to get through…

You’re a wizard (or a witch)!

Cue Hedwig’s Theme, yes, we went to Hogwarts! We came down last night, staying at the Premier Inn (yes, we do stay with them an awful lot) in Watford, so we’d be really close this morning – there’s parking at the Warner Bros. Studios, so I wanted to make sure we’d get one before it…

Farewell to Caernarfon!

Well, we’re home again, for now. Today we left Caernarfon, yesterday’s trip to Caernarfon castle was a bit of a disappointment – the castle was fine, but the staff were a little on the rude side, not very friendly or helpful – so that’s why there was no post about it. We also slept in…

Choo-choo’s!

Today we were up bright and early… well, early, not so bright. Jumping in the car we then drove down to Portmeiron, for a quick sticky-beak, then back to Porthmadog to find parking for our day’s adventure: the Ffestiniog Railway. We took the ‘red’ line – it’s winter, so the blue is not running right…

3 castles, 2 explorers, 1 bridge

The best thing about travelling in winter, is the sleeping in. We’re tired, it’s been a pretty full-on year, so this holiday is really about getting some rest, seeing some sites and some sights, and generally taking it easy. So because the light levels are much lower than summer, it means I for once can…

Once upon a Christmas break…

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you all! Hope your holidays have been relaxing and joyous, ours certainly have been… other than several bouts of Norovirus. Such fun. Christmas itself was a first for me – my second Christmas in the UK, but the first with my fiancee, so it’s all been rather special. Given…

Days Six and Seven

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside… It’s a famous, or infamous, line from a well known and cherished song, my parents know it, my grandparents used to sing it to me when I was a child (and other songs/rhymes I’ve long since forgotten all the words too), and it’s still true today….

Days Four and Five

After our day of respite we were reenergised and ready to head out once more into the ‘wilds’ of the north of England, also known as Cumbria and North Yorkshire. From Orton we headed southwest to Sedberg and then east along the Wensley Dale – infamous for hardy sheep, cheese, and Wallace & Gromit –…

Days Two and Three

Day two was the beginning of us really taking it easy, once again we arose late, we ate some brunch and talked about where we’d go and what we might do. Given that we were so reticent to leave it’s a wonder we saw anything at all, but eventually we did head off and our…

Day One of Our Northern Adventures

Rising early was not happening, well, it was on the cards, to be up early and walk about the village, take in the sights of village life before returning for breakfast and heading off for a day filled with adventure and exploration. What actually happened though was more along these lines: slept in til mid-morning,…