Month: May 2019

A Camping Trip

My brother in law was running in Snowdonia National Park the other weekend so a few family members got together there for some camping. It’s been about three years since Gav and I pitched the tent! Time flies…..

We stayed near Bala and visited the freshwater lake, supposedly the oldest in the world! And saw a steam train.

And went for a slow walk down a country lane my the niece and her niece. (Aka my great niece. Blows my mind saying that every time!)

She’s a cheeky one.

Some rain and some sun. And some lovely light.

Found the most amazing ice cream parlour. It’s worth the 3 hour drive to have another one.

And after all that we were mighty tired….

What I’ve been Reading 2019 – Victory Disc and The Hard Way

If you’ve been reading here a while you’ll know that I take part in Ali Edwards One Little Word class. For the creative prompt in March she suggested we commit to practice something everyday for the month. I’ve done this prompt before with varied success. Although not directly linked to my word Heart I decided to ‘practice’ reading everyday. Generally I do read everyday but I have a very bad habit of surfing the internet before sleep rather than reading and I wanted to see if I could cultivate a habit of reading every evening before lights out.

I’m happy to report that I was successful only missing three evenings in the month and two of those were before I had decided to do the reading thing as the practice.

The reason I mention all this here is that I discovered (re-discovered?) something about my reading habits. I may have said this before but I’m going to state it again.

I like to read what I like to read!

I don’t like to read books I’m told I should read. Let me clarify. Many of the folk I follow on Instagram or  blogs I read talk about books. Mostly they recommend books that are out of my comfort zone. They could be literary fiction, which I have read in the past but sometimes is simply above my head. They could be the book of the hour, you know, the one everybody is reading. These books may be well written, interesting stories but often containing some hardship and trauma. I know, I know, you can’t have a story without tension and drama. But I choose to spend my leisure time being generally happy not pulled apart by a story.

So I have decided to stick to my comfort zone for a while and see if I manage to read more. I’m still going to try and read all on my pile it just may take a bit longer!

Since my last reading post I have joined the nameless Vinyl Detective again for his third outing. These are fun easy reads that I just like and I’m looking forward to his fourth.

And naturally I have gone back for more Jack!

Set mainly in NYC this was another good one, if you like murder and mayhem…….

Oh and for full disclosure I picked up another book recently from my pile called Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead but I couldn’t get on with it. I was a few chapters in when I decided there was nothing likeable about any of the characters so back to the charity shop it went. (Mary-Lou that was the one you were interested in! You may enjoy but it wasn’t for me).

Anyway we will see what this new (old?) idea brings…….

Layout Share – Cafe Perfection

You would think that after all this time I’d run out of stories about our 2017 USA trip……. But no there’s more! Ha, ha.

Cafe Perfection

Here’s the story –

Gav does a great job on the research front when we are about to go on a road trip. He found Panera Bread and we ‘pinned’ a few to our map. He struck lunchtime gold with this one. First it was so cool in there compared to outside and second the choices were wonderful, overwhelming wonderful. But that was okay. Those 4 went in on our first stop but I sneaked in the side door for the ‘air’. So delish. And we stopped again on the way to Disney. A fav for sure. 

Although I really like this page, especially that group of embelishments on the left the story is a bit meh! I think I was in a rush to write is out. Always a mistake. I’ve waited 18 months to make the page and then don’t get the story right….

Here is what I should have written.

We were on our way to New Orleans the day after the Eclipse. It was oh so hot. We’d only driven about an hour and came to the first area Gav had marked on the map. There was a Target and a place we’d never been before called Panera Bread. The car park was busy. I was grouchy. I sent the four of them inside and said just get me whatever.

After about five minutes I decided I couldn’t sit in the hot car any longer and got out to see what they were up to. I peered in through the window to find them all stood, transfixed, staring up at a big board full of food options. It was funny to see them all stunned by the array of choices. I noticed there was a side door and I sneaked in there and just mooched about waiting for them. It was so gloriously cool. The place was buzzing. People coming and going or sat chatting and eating. It seemed like an age but at last they appeared piled high with drinks, salads and sandwiches. We were on our way again at last. We ate as we drove and were all impressed by the food. Well done Gav for finding this one and lucky us there was one on the way to Disney too.

Maybe I’ll add a smaller page with this printed on. But I do feel better for getting the full story down.

Photo a Day – Week Three and Four

And some more……

Blueberries. Yum.

No words……

Garden greens.

More…… plus my shadow.

In a tight ball.

Construction going on…

Breakfast on a Sunday.

Work hard little Ladybird.

Couldn’t resist those paws….

Self sown Cerinthie. Mother nature has it all sorted.

A trip to the seaside with my sister and niece. And a stop at our favourite ice-cream parlour. I didn’t try to get her in the background. It made the shot so much better for that accidental capture.

Although it looks like it was a nice week weather wise it was still chilly, hence the hat!

That Cerinthie, along with some wallflowers made it into a vase.

He was helping with a bit of weeding………

And there we go.

Layout Share – Remember

Back with another 2017 USA trip story.


Here’s the story –

I want to remember this place. I want to remember the heat, that Gav and I headed straight for into the shade on the steps. I want to remember that pool didn’t have water in it last time we were here. I want to remember the crowds and the buzzing of it all. I want to remember the reason for this amazing memorial how Americans celebrate their history. I’ll always remember.

Something I have learned from Ali Edwards is using the prompt ‘I want to remember….’ as a jumping off point for story telling. I loved that my niece was taking photos of us on the steps while I was taking photos of them. That in itself is a story but I decided to focus more on the feelings of this place. We have been here three times now and I simply love this memorial. Glad it features in this album.