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Unfortunately I broke my neck at the end of February. This means that I am now wearing what is perversely called a “halo”, basically a metal structure screwed into my head to keep everything stable. Unfortunately I also suffered some nerve damage and still don’t have full feeling in my fingers or toes.

Things are improving slowly, but I am not expecting the Halo to be removed until the end of August. After that it will take some time for me to build up muscles etc again so I may not be out and about much until next winter.

In the meantime I have moved from north Wales and back to my native Yorkshire, so I hope to be taking photos of the north York moors and Yorkshire dales when I am finally up and about again.

Take care everyone, and have a good summer.


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Gwledd Conwy Feast

The Conwy feast is an annual event which takes place over 2 days every October. This year the entrance fee was £4 and this gave entry to all the tents, the castle and the RSPB reserve.

The quayside is lined with tents and stalls, and there are stalls in the High street as well as other tents around the town.

If you like food and drink, and you haven’t been to Conwy feast, look out for next years, it’s a great day out.

As I walked over the bridge there was a lovely sight…..


A lovely start to the day.

……  and there was no flood. It was actually a very pleasant day.

From the bridge I could see the tents and stalls lining the old quayside.


Tents along the quayside.


The stalls were kept busy.





Caught in a quiet moment.











Had to try these, and they were delicious.





The tents were all busy.












If you like German sausages, this is the stall for you.






I liked this stall.










It’s not all stalls though, there are regular demonstrations taking place.


Demonstrations took place regularly.






One of the demonstations.









The busy quayside.











It’s worth leaving the quayside and having a wander around the town. There are stalls and demonstrations scattered around.


A vegetable stall in the High street.





The High street was busy.









And it’s not all about prepared or preparing food either………..


These Saddlebacks needed a siesta.



Welsh black cattle.



Welsh mountain sheep










And lets not forget the drinks……..


A good place to round off the day.





Lots of different ales to try.












Entertainment in the Real Ale tent.

There is entertainment all around the town too.

But now it’s time to head off home after a most enjoyable day. I’m going to eat my pies and wash them down with local ale.








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On Tuesday (29th September 2009) I learned that I had won the Visit Wales Blog Award.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone at Visit Wales, the judges and all of you who take the time to visit my blog. THANK YOU.

I started my blog in July 2008. I had visited blogs, but had no idea how to start one, so it took some fiddling around to even get it started. Originally it was to have a record of places I visited and what I saw, but after a few weeks I noticed that people were actually visiting. I didn’t want it to look too amateurish, so gradually I started to improve it. I think it is now much better than when I first started. I hope you agree, but any suggestions on how to make improvements are always welcome.

North Wales is a great place to live and to visit. There are so many places to see, so many different land and seascapes. From towering cliffs to golden beaches; lush valleys to craggy mountains; castles and ancient burial sites; lovely villages and vibrant towns. If you have been putting off visiting Wales don’t put it off for too long, you don’t know what you are missing.

I am delighted that so many people seem to enjoy my blog. All the walks I have posted about I have actually walked. If you think you won’t be able to do them I can assure you, you will. I have emphysema and my average walking speed is 1 mph, slower if there are long or steep ascents. There have been a few occasions when I didn’t think I would be able to finish a walk, but I always manage to, even though a 3 hour walk may take me 7 or 8 hours. Visit Wales, and get out of your car, stretch your legs and look around. The smells, the sounds, the peace and quiet are wonderful.

Finally I would like to say congratulations to all those people who were nominated for the Visit Wales Blog Award, too many to mention here. Congratulations too to the other blogs short listed. It’s a varied list, a great advertisement for Wales. Here are the other short listed blogs:







And the Visit Wales site is here: http://www.visitwales.co.uk/

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It is 1 year and 2 days since I started my blog. Originally I started it as a diary/journal but I found that a few people were visiting it.
It gradually attracted more visitors, and today has reached the 5,000 visitors.

To everyone who has visited I would like to say a big thank you.

Any comments would be really useful, and I have now added a poll, please use it and leave comments so that I have an idea of what everyone wants/expects.

Thank you very much for visiting my blog.

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The Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza is held over the 3 days of the May Bank Holiday.


It’s a great family day out, especially when the weather is as good as it was on the Saturday this year.


A parade is held each day with bands, Victorian dress, traction engines and vintage transport. The whole of the main shopping street is closed off (asare many of the streets off), for fairground rides, stalls and entertainment.


I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.


One of the marching bands.

One of the marching bands.



This is just one of the bands, there are a number of others, including one from Llandudnos’ twin town in France.





Parade 2, 2 May 09






Parade 4, 2 May 09




 There are lots of wonderful Victorian costumes to be seen.



Parade 5, 2 May 09





Traction engine 2, 2 May 09





Traction engine 4, 2 May 09





Traction engine 6, 2 May 09




Vintage 1, 2 May 09






Vintage 2, 2 May 09






Vintage 3, 2 May 09






Vintage 6, 2 May 09




Vintage 8, 2 May 09





Vintage 9, 2 May 09






Crowds on the promenade.

Crowds on the promenade.


On the promenade

On the promenade









Fun for all the family.

Fun for all the family.






Fairground 3, 2 May 09






All the fun of the fair along the main shopping street.

All the fun of the fair along the main shopping street.







Crowds along the main street with the Great Orme in the background, and a wonderful blue sky.



The Ghurkas still need our support.

The Ghurkas still need our support.





Don’t forget that the Ghurkas still need our support, the battle isn’t won yet.

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The mountain rescue teams serving Snowdonia have had a busy time since Christmas. Warnings have been issued urging people to stay away from the mountains in bad weather. Only experienced and well-equiped climbers should be climbing whilst the weather is so bad.

It was reported over the Christmas period that people had been going up the mountains wearing fleece jackets and trainers. What is wrong with these people? Don’t they realise that the mountain rescue teams risk their own lives every time the have to turn out for these stupid “climbers”?

On Sunday, yet again rescuers had to turn out. This time they had to abseil 500 feet in the dark to rescue an injured climber and his two companions. The climbers were on a mountain face 1000 feet high, with no helmets and just one head torch. 41 rescuers were involved.

People should stay away from the mountains unless they are experienced climbers and are well equiped. Lets hope the message gets through soon.





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A Big hat-tip (with a flourish) to Valleys Mam for the following from her blog:

The following is taken from the London Times obituary column…… Interesting and sadly accurate.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: 
Knowing when to come in out of the rain; 
Why the early bird gets the worm; 
Life isn’t always fair, and; 
Maybe it was my fault. 

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). 
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. 
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. 
He declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. 
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense really took a beating when it became law that you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault if you tried to. 

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a man failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. He spilled a little in his lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. 

Common Sense was predeceased by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason. 

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; 
I Know My Rights 
I Want It Now 
Someone Else Is To Blame 
I’m A Victim 
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

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