Sunday, 28 March 2010

Visit to Wales

As it was my Birthday on Friday I treated myself to having a day off work! Because the weather was quite good we decided to have a day in Wales. We ended up on the coast in the town of Conwy, famous for its castle. I haven't been around the castle since I was at school so it brought back quite a few memories. Here's a bit of history for you! The castle was constructed by Edward I between 1283 and 1289 and in the photo above you can see the town of Conwy which is enclosed inside the town walls which are guarded by 22 towers.
The main castle has eight huge towers making it a World Heritage site

The castle towers with the Conwy estuary in the background.

The Welsh flag flying.

A very deep dungeon!

The castle has a very intimidating presence and towers over the little town of Conwy.

Conwy estuary.

A good breezy place to hang the washing!

This tiny house stands on the quayside front and is said to be the smallest house in Britain at just 6 x 10 feet! It has two rooms and was once lived in by a 6 foot fisherman, Robert Jones who was too tall to stand up in the rooms!
Hope you all have a good week.
Susie X

Sunday, 21 March 2010

During the last week...

Hello everyone. What have I been doing? I can’t believe I haven’t posted since 28th February!

So far, March has been quite busy with family celebrations and, because the weather is now much more spring like, I have been getting on with some gardening. Today my brother and I planted a native hedge. I wanted to keep the species native as they are much better at attracting birds and insects. Apparently, you can tell how ancient an English hedge is by counting the number of species growing in it. If you count 100 years for every species you find and then you will know roughly how old the hedge is. We planted hawthorn, holly and berberis.

The hawthorn looks like a load of dead twigs at the moment but later in the spring it should have some very pretty blossom on it like the photo below.

It was the 75th Birthday of my sister-in-law's father on Saturday so we had a little party. First of all we had a very nice meal at the Mytton and Mermaid, a restaurant just outside Shrewsbury and then went back to my sister-in-laws place for cake.

My dinner. Lobster and crab linquini with asparagus went down very well!

Ian about to blow out the candles with the help of Katherine and Rufus. Happy Birthday Ian.

Rufus had a lot of fun with the balloons which we’d brought back from the restaurant.

Last weekend at my place, we had a Mother’s Day tea. I made a lemon cake and covered it in chocolate eggs!

My easter/mother's day cake!

The table set for tea.

I am pleased to see that there are a few more things coming out in the garden now that the weather is getting milder.

These little violets come out before anything else and are so pretty in the borders.

The crocus are also looking really good at the moment but still no daffodils out. They are so late this year.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week.