Late this afternoon, I had to drive over to Wrexham to drop some Artwork off at Ellsion/Sizzix. I love doing projects for Sizzix as I get to use lots of new schtuff that isn't even on the shelves. As it was nearing rush hour and the fact we were in another country (Wales!), I thought "I know, lets go to Llandudno for tea". Ellie all but spontaneously combusted with excitement because I used the word adventure - such a fantastic word for kids who still believe in the mystery of it all.
But as we headed nearer the town, my thoughts turned to the town where I grew up, in Holyhead. Its just off Anglesey and only 45 minutes past Llandudno. So, like the crazy wild kids that we are we sped past and made our way on an impromptu adventure. If it had have been raining, I think we would have just gone to the local chippy and made hey in the drizzle!
First stop was one of my three favourite beaches on Holy Island - Trearddur Bay. I also got married here; it's always been such a lovely, breezy bay. Today was no exception. And best of all, Ellie was smitten
These blue railing were not here back in my day but their vibrancy and pattern was too delicious to overlook
This is us three taking a breather to admire the view. Eddy LOVES the sea air and beach - his little tail wagged all the while he walked. But obvs not here, he is stood still. Lol.
I then drove over to Holyhead, where I grew up between the age of 11 and 16. Back then, it was a dead end little town with little industry including an Aluminium processing plant, an electrical components company, a ferry port and Fishing. The first two have gone now but the town has expanded and has been modernised on the outer reaches including proper, high street shops (something the town lacked when I was a kid). Road systems have since changed too but the general feel of the town is the same.
I stopped by our old neighbours whom we first met when I was 11. That was a stonking 30 years ago (could cry at that number of years!). Luckily they were in and were so LOVELY to Ellie, I and the poochy. We did a LOT of reminiscing and of course, laughing. It felt so good to see them and recall the good old days.
I also took a picture of our old house. No 5 Coastguard Houses, Prince of Wales Road. My dad, of course, was a coastguard back then and our house was snug and had AMAZING views.
See! I mean, SEA!!
We then drove over to Rhoscolyn, to the White Eagle. This pub has ALWAYS been a fantastic place to eat and drink. It currently welcomes HRH Prince William and Princess Kate on the odd occasion, although they were not there tonight. BUT! They treated Eddy like a prince as they allow dogs into the snug whilst you eat. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT!
They brought him bickies and a bowl of water whilst Ellie and I ate like Queens. Magic!
The path to the beach was dune-ey and rickety fence-ey; a beautiful opportunity for my camera.
Ellie took respite on a cemented style. The light was low which always means her eyes are WIDE open for pictures. She was so at ease tonight; it was like she needed the break rather much like I did.
Just look at her being so cosy in front of the camera. We don't often get that!
She even pointed out this abstract section of the sea wall and said "Oh you will love me under this". And she was right.
On the beach, the boy kept sniffing and then staring inquisitively at his next target in the distance. We were laughing so hard at his little oddity. And between sniffage, I clicked away at his reddish fur parts
The rosette on the top of his leg? My favourite part of his body, next to his silky ears.
A rats eye view of my gigantor poochy!
the kids, staring out to sea
Turning back as we head back to the car, the light so low yet magical
By which point the boy had buggered off, leaving a trail of paw prints, leading into a silhouetted distance
And the last picture of the day with my faithful instagram. Look how blue and wide open Ellie's eyes are. Coupled with her ruby red, rosebud lips..........she is a little beauty, no?
We got home at midnight with the kids sleeping all the way and me listening to Mockingjay on Audio. And here I sit with a cuppa reminiscing about the break that broke the camels back. Yup, I'm back on form and the misery of the weekend put well behind me.
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