Two weeks’ worth of pictures this week covering most of H’s Easter holidays from school. But the holidays started with me going away for the weekend to Wales with my parents and my brother, leaving H behind in Birmingham. Friday morning saw us heading down to South Wales with a nice lunch time stop off in Abergavenny, before heading on to Tredegar. After dropping off my parents at the B&B, I headed off to Merthyr Tydfil to meet up with a friend for coffee. In the evening my brother took us over into the Brecon Beacons for a meal at a pretty village pub in Llangynidr right by the canal. After our meal we went for a stroll along the canal before heading back to Tredegar. My parents then wanted to try out a pub for an evening drink (somewhere we’d previously been for a meal), but it was so lacking in atmosphere that we only managed the one drink there. My parents went off to bed whilst my brother and I headed off to the local spit and sawdust pub, which is much more fun and we kind of feel like regulars, even though we only go a couple of times a year.
After visiting a relative in the morning we set off to Brecon to make the most of the glorious weather. We had another stroll along the canal (same canal, different spot) and visited the cathedral. In the evening we went to see another relative perform in the Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir. The choir was wonderful as always and they had a great young local singer appearing too. I wasn’t so keen on the supposed star turn, Mike Doyle, he had a great voice, but he mostly did comedy and it got a bit wearing.
On Sunday we had lunch with relatives planned, but in the morning we took advantage of the nice weather to visit Bedwellty Park in Tredegar. Whenever we go, we always end up taking a look at the big lump of coal that was cut especially for a big exhibition and it’s been preserved in the park ever since.
On Monday H and I went to Wolverhampton with some friends to visit the museum and art gallery’s Brick Wonders exhibition which features one of H’s favourite things: Lego. Obviously we wouldn’t pass up the chance to get a pic of H dressing up as a Lego minifigure. Tuesday saw us getting some down time and packing for our trip to Scotland.
Wednesday morning saw H and I start our trek up the M6. Thankfully on the way up there, it’s the first bit of the journey that is the worst and once we got past Manchester, the traffic started to thin out. One highlight of that first part of the trip was seeing Jeremy Irons at a service station with his dog. Sadly H didn’t really get that the man was a famous actor, as I couldn’t name a film he’d been in that H had seen. On a previous trip to Scotland with a much younger H, I saw Hugh Laurie at Waverley Station and had had no one to share the story with until I reached my sister. By mid afternoon though, we’d arrived and it was lovely to be visiting my sister in her home for the first time in about 5 years (she’s spent much of that time in Australia and only came back last year).
Thursday saw us heading off to visit New Lanark which is a wonderful world heritage site. It’s a village built around a cotton mill, which was owned and run by an enlightened industrialist: Robert Owen. There’s lots to see and we had fun exploring.
On Friday we visited another nearby town: Biggar. There we had fun in the Biggar Museum and the children loved playing with the telephone switchboard and speaking to each other on the phones.
Tuesday meant I had to do that long drive back. It was dull and boring, but thankfully without major delay. In the evening I went to a Hotter Shoes event in Solihull – What do you think of my new ankle boots? I love the colour.
Wednesday was a quiet day and I really needed a chance to rest and to catch up with things at home. Thursday evening I went to Cucina Rustica for a blogger’s food and wine tasting evening. Friday was a trip to the park with friends and now we are starting to think about H going back to school.