David Lloyd George and Llansumdewy.   In a little quiet village on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales  there lies Buried,one of England...

Monday, 2 October 2017

David Lloyd George and Llansumdewy.


  In a little quiet village on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales 
there lies Buried,one of England's Greatest and most famous Prime Ministers, David Lloyd George.

He didn't want to be buried in London or anywhere else but in a favourite place, that he knew and loved as a child .
It is in the village of Llansumdewy , a tiny little place and it was here that as a new widow his mother brought her family, to live with her mother and shoemaker brother, in the late years of the 1800s. It was here also  that  David learned, from his mentor and Uncle,  all the values he was to hold onto in his later political career.
I confess that before our visit here I knew little about his life other than the basics but since then I have read up on him and he is totally fascinating . He definitely liked the ladies and was never short of female company. This probably stems from the fact that his mother and sister did everything for him but he was a kind man by all accounts and very loving Father. The greatest tragedy of his life was when his young daughter of 14 died of a burst appendix. He never really got over this as they were very close.
We had a great weekend in and around the Llyn  Peninsula ,as we celebrated 40 years of marriage , revisiting places we'd not seen for a good few years and new ones too.                                                                                                                                                      
The Grave on the banks of the river

The back garden of the cottage he lived in  growing up with his Uncle


                                         

Abersoch


His statue in Caernarfon 

views from the castle in Caernarfon


In the David Lloyd George museum

The famous castle in Caernarfon

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Beatrix Potters Rainbow

 Sis and I spent 3 days last week
enjoying the quietness of Bowness and Windermere that the Autumn season brings to the Lakes now
the crowds have returned to their home towns and are no doubt on the countdown to the festive season.
What a wonderful Autumn of colour we have  had this year and on our second day we walked from Windermere to Far Sawrey which was the Home of Beatrix Potter for many years .
The woods were lush with the beautiful leaves and mosses ,berries and birds and we only saw a couple of people on our whole afternoon out.
After a well earned lunch, which was delicious, at the Tower Bank arms we emerged to be greeted with one of the most scenic views we have ever witnessed of a rainbow ... a perfect way to leave such a pretty place.











Thursday, 21 January 2016

A New Year...A new start
Lets forget last year ...horrible but bearable with the help of my special friends and my sister and her lovely family. So onwards and upwards as they say !
Kitty the lovely little Tabby cat that turned up in the garden Nov 2014 is a firm member of the family much to Ollie's disgust but our delight. She is so soft and loving and is my companion in the study as I write this .


So we have lots of plans in store this year ,changes being made and places to go and also to  just go with flow, as last year showed us that you haven't got a hell of a clue what's waiting round the corner! Certainly showed me that !

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Donald Campbell and Blue Bird!

The Steam Gondola on Coniston Lake


The lovely new Bluebird cafe at Coniston 

Me with a memorial to Donald

Bronze statue of Donald at the Ruskin Museum in Coniston

The boat that Donald hoped to develop but died before he could do so

A small part of the damaged Bluebird that was recovered from Lake Coniston

They hope to one day display the rebuilt Bluebird here

By the river in Coniston


Me at the Memorial to Donald and the Bluebird Team
After reading Tonia Bern Campbell's  book about the fascinating but turbulent marriage she had to Donald Campbell ,the  Speed King of the 50s and 60s I became very keen to find out more and so dragged Peter off to Coniston .
This of Course is where he died in an attempt to take the water speed record to over the magic 300mph back in 1967 with terrible consequences.The famous Bluebird took off and flipped up and over and sank to the bottom of Coniston.
No Trace was found of Donald and he lay on the bottom of the lake until, finally, he and the remains of the boat were lifted from the deep and murky waters in 2001.
 He is buried in Coniston cemetery.
But it was the story behind the man that really fascinated me and I can only say he was one of lifes risk taking adventurers and I am sure a man who was always looking for that elusive something!
In the 1960s anything to do with Donald made headlines, he was a big star of the day but just like the press do with Richard Branson today they were quick to criticise and mock his attempts. However like his famous father Sir Malcolm Campbell  before ,him he tried to give Great Britain something to be proud off.
It makes for a great , if not poignant, day out as there are many places to visit associated with the Bluebird and you can always end up in the Sun Hotel or the Black Bull pub to warm up, both places were where Donald and the team spent many hours in!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Wildlife in the Lanes











 Coming back from doing the shopping yesterday, I took the route on my bike that bypasses the busy roads and instead used the green lanes the wind around the back of New Longton.
 I was hoping to see wildlife as I had taken my camera and I was not disappointed.
First there were a pair of Buzzards criss-crossing the fields in search of a snack,then a kestrel made an appearance hovering after some prey.
The berries were showing in abundance so there is a good crop for the birds to feed up on before winter.
I spotted a couple of rabbits but they both looked unwell and I fear they have that horrible disease Myxomatosis .The countryside may look lovely but its not all good out there!
Back home the warm sunshine also saw butterflies visiting the garden and settling on the ripe apples.
The flowers are going over but I spotted these pretty violas looking lovely.
The Peacock was from Ruthin Castle grounds where the roam in beautiful seclusion and can be seen putting on a lovely display .




Thursday, 21 August 2014

Roaming around Ruthin!

At Llyn Brenig
 Well it has been a while since I have been on to upload anything to the blog so to make up for it this time its picture loaded!
A couple of weeks ago Sonia joined me at the caravan after Peter left to go back to work and we had a great couple of days exploring the local area.
Our first drive out took us up across the local moors to a Nature Reserve and reservoir where you can go on great walking trails or mountain bike to your hearts content. Unluckily for us though the rain set in and we would have only got soaked so after a nice little lunch in the cosy café overlooking the lake we took a few pictures and decided to head back to Ruthin where we hoped it would be a little drier.
 

 


Sonia outside the Old Court House looking for the Hang mans Gibbet!
 
 Back in Ruthin we found a very old town house that has been restored and is open to the public as are the gardens hidden away at the back. We went to have a look at them at what a hidden gem of a find it was . So peaceful with lovely views of the countryside around. On a wet day we plan to go back and look over the house.








 Views from the old garden

 Pears growing up the garden walls


 Sniffing the flowers

 Bees enjoying the thistles


 This building is on of the oldest in Ruthin with parts dating from Elizabethan times.

 Sonia being chased  by a Hungry Peacock!
me getting damp at Llyn Brenig
igel had had a Spa day when they were on holiday in July up at Ruthin Castle, so she decided to show me over the grounds and we were met by a very hungry Peacock. Sonia quickly dished up a tasty treat of a biscuit she found in her pocket to give him!


 In the grounds we found a few more and one female had a tiny baby .



 Parts of the castle are very old but most of the present day building was built as a family home in the early 1800s and is now a hotel .
We went in and saw the room that housed these stained glass windows.


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