Sunday, September 01, 2019

Wales

I was a bit confused in the last post, not having remembered that we were back in Wales to get from Liverpool to Holyhead where we caught the ferry to Dublin.

We stopped to see the 13th century Conwy Castle and there is a very impressive bridge to to cross Conwy River.

 





It was a very pleasant little seaside town with much history of course.



What is this red thing?


The sign explains.


The interior had more space than we thought it would. It has a fireplace with a stove, a sitting area and a bedroom. No sign of a bathroom though, nor anywhere for a dishwasher to fit.




This was the day we saw the Welsh railway station with the ever so long name. I bet John Gray of Wales could wrap his lips around it.


Ah, big sea. Must be the Irish Sea.


I think this was our departure point from Holyhead as we set forth by ferry to Dublin.


I think the ferry trip was about two and a half hours. The wind was strong and freezing, and it rained. Only fools and me with my camera were on deck.



I think Dublin looked nice. Mostly we had stayed near the centre of towns but not this time. We were some distance out but in a rather nice hotel.


Is there a United Kingdom competition for the best flower baskets? We just loved seeing them. They would cook at home with with our hot summer days.





Yes, not a bad room at all. We have two nights here.


Still unsafe showers but quite attractive unsafe showers in an attractive bathroom.

34 comments:

  1. Some clever terminology in this post - I smiled at only fools and me with my camera - and am sure John Gray could wrap his lips around that station name.
    Loved the flower baskets too. And yes, they would be a sad and sorry sight very quickly here.

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    1. EC, actually even the fools stayed down below. I think we could keep baskets going with daily watering, but when I think about 43 degree days, maybe not.

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  2. Conwy is 20 minutes away from Trelawnyd
    I could have met u x

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    1. John, I really did not know we would be there in advance, let alone check the distance from you village. Nor did we have much time there. It is a damn shame, all the same. Third time for me where I could have met a blogmate and did not. When we are next in Wales or you are next in Australia.....

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  3. I love the flower baskets back home. Loads of rain so never need watering. Did you stay in that tiny red slice of a place?

    And ah Dublin.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, Canada does do the flower baskets pretty well too, as we remember. Did you not read the place had no dishwasher? Of course we didn't stay there. Yes, Dublin for you. I will work extra hard on that post.

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  4. New Hampshire is fortunate. SO many of our neighborhoods have lovely homes with flower boxes. I've always wanted to do it here, but never quite got around to it.
    Your hotel looks quite nice.
    How was the food? Wine?

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    1. Maribeth, here the flowers are mostly in beds, but that has become disappointingly rare. Food, nothing to rave about. Wine, very expensive but ok quality. Beer and spirits were cheaper.

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  5. I understand some of my ancestors came from Wales. Thanks for sharing.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Really Dora? You have a mixed heritage like me.

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  6. Those hanging flower baskets look truly magnificent, my friends who were in the UK recently said they were in almost every town and village.

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    1. Cheryl, we did see them everywhere but some places really went all out. I expect it is a huge commercial operation.

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  7. I'm always confused...and even more confused when I'm not confused :)

    Good post, Andrew...have yourself a great week ahead.

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    1. Lee, disingenuous as usual, but thank you.

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  8. I've not been to Ireland. Your hotel room (with the unsafe shower) looks pleasantly old fashioned.

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    1. Cro, to be honest, every country we visited seemed the same, just with different accents. Repro furniture but quite a nice place to stay for two nights.

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  9. I like the hotel room. Is that in Dublin? The flower baskets are fabulous and the fairy light strings on the old storehouse must look lovely when they are lit.

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    1. River, yes, that was the Dublin hotel room........I think. I really don't know how you would go about creating such stunning flower baskets. I expect it is mass production. I think the fairy lights would have looked great too, but as sun sets so late there in July, we didn't see them.

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    2. The flowers do look lovely, they brighten up the street..(From Ayr)

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    3. Google Maps, ok, you are not yet north of Townsville. Having fun?

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  10. Wales must be fun! I lived in England for a couple of years and saw a lot of Scotland and Ireland. But never Wales.

    The Merchants Arch showed that front gardens don't have to be huge... plants can look lovely and colourful in a small space. But if there is no space at all, the flower baskets are a great idea.

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    1. Hels, but what has happened here where we never see planting of annuals, at homes or in public gardens.

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  11. Inspiring me to go to Ireland, it is on my short list. My great-grandmother was born in Swansea on the south coast of Wales. We visited there about 15 years ago.

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    1. Apart from being full of lovely Irish people, it is not so different to the rest of the UK. We were not in Wales long enough to engage. Good that you visited Swansea. We have our own Swansea and it is rather nice.

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  12. That Smallest House is so cool - I'd have happily visited that, too.

    Flower baskets are big here. In mid-summer they need daily, sometimes twice-daily watering, and still get stressed from the heat at times. And we are not nearly as hot as you are there. They are made up by the greenhouse businesses, or you can make your own.

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    1. Jenny, we did see some good ones in Canada but not as lush and kind of overdone as in GB. I've seen commercial operators in London watering the baskets.

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  13. Wales does have more than its fair share of rain so great for flower displays. Your hotels are looking good despite your unsafe bathrooms.

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    1. Marie, we were there so briefly and it did not rain, except when on the ferry to Dublin. It was the most stylish hotel room we had, but perhaps not the best.

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  14. Did get a wee bit claustrophobic thinking about sleeping in the smallest house in Great Britain 😊 Europe is so fascinating I think for we Aussies because of the history.. have I missed something along the way, I'm intrigued as to why the shower was unsafe ✨

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    1. Grace, no not at all claustrophobic. Apparently the lavvy and bathing facilities were communal. No handles in shower baths. The bath bases were narrow so you couldn't spread you legs to balance yourself. Huge high steps to into the bath. All were not safe, every hotel. This one, towards the end of the post, http://highriser.blogspot.com/2019/08/london-hotel.html

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  15. The room you stayed in looks very pleasant. As for that tiny house, sometimes I think I'd like less space. But it rains here so much, might be confining. And where oh where would I put the cats. I dream of travelling one day and I'd live to see Ireland and Scotland. Now i"m off to travel via google maps.

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    1. Strayer, comunal cat living. Free to roam in a confined space. They would like that. My dear, have you ever thought of a lottery ticket?

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  16. That is some castle. Reminds me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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    1. Called a castle but more like a wall around a town.

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