5 April 2017

Holiday

We are off on holiday on Friday. Monte Carlo? The isles of Greece perhaps? A cruise along the Nile?Disneyland? No my friends - none of these. We are heading to a windswept island off the north coast of Wales - Anglesey or in Welsh Ynys Mon.

We decided to rent an inland property which was once the gatehouse of a small country estate now owned by a former high ranking naval officer. Living in a city with thousands of fellow citizens in close proximity I decided to go for a very peaceful and remote place, paying a bit extra for the sheer quality of the accommodation.

It sits off a one track lane in the middle of nowhere with a little stream running through the garden. It is possible that we'll end up complaining about the dawn chorus, the rooks, the howling foxes, the snuffling badgers, the wind in the trees and long to get back to the peace of city life - distant sirens, the hum of traffic and faraway trains rattling towards Chesterfield or Rotherham. But I don't think so.
Fairy Glen
The weekend weather forecast is very promising. We don't pick up the key until 4pm on Friday so we may make a detour to Fairy Glen near Betws y Coed. We have two original paintings of this scenic place but have never been there. It is somewhere I have wanted to visit for the past thirty years.

When ensconced in our country gatehouse, the advertised wi-fi may be unreliable so blogging could prove difficult but I shall try so that you can also partake in our vacation - albeit vicariously.

38 comments:

  1. Will you be visiting Trelawnyd?

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    1. What for? Didn't you realise that "Going Gently" is actually a longterm writing project by the University of Bangor's Creative and Professional Writing department. The character "John Gray" is fictional. Over the past eleven years some 300 students have contributed to the blog, creating the clever illusion of a fifty something male nurse living the life of Riley in a quaint Welsh village with a pack of dogs and a grumpy egghead husband. It's all a clever illusion Bob!

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    2. YP, of course! I meant Trelawnyd in the metaphorical sense, just as if you were visiting Scotland I would ask "How are things in Glocca Mora? Is that little brook still leaping there?" And so forth.

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    3. Oops! Make that Ireland instead of Scotland! I must have blacked out temporarily. You

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    4. Please forgive the extraneous You although You Yourself are never extraneous.

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  2. He passes a few miles north of us on the a55 ...when you get to caerwys turnoff wave YP XXX

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    1. See reply to Rhymes With Vague above.

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  3. That sounds wonderful! I hope you have a great time and are able to post updates for us.

    Enjoy!

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    1. There's a spare bedroom which you and Gregg are welcome to use. Just come on over y'all!

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  4. I hope it is everything you wish for and more. It is certainly a beautiful spot from the pictures. Bon voyage! Take lots of photographs!

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    1. I will take lots of photos Jenny. I am especially interested in the fact that there are many ancient sites on the island.

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  5. Sounds great. I look forward to your posts.

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    1. What? Fence posts? I will hammer a few into the ground with my sledge hammer.

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  6. I doubt you'd have much, if anything at all, to complain about, Yorkie. That looks and sounds like an absolutely wonderful little get-away. It would suit me down to the ground. Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend....I'm sure you will love your time spent ther. :)

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    1. We are going for six days Lee. Hopefully we will not be bothered by neighbours.

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    2. Oops! Sorry...I misunderstood - you mentioning the weekend weather gave me the wrong impression.

      Six days...so much better. That should be just great. :)

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  7. That looks perfect. I can imagine you enjoying your early morning cuppa on that balcony. Look forward to seeing your photographs. Don't forget to wave to JG.

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    1. Wave to JG? See my reply to the first comment.

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  8. It looks the most perfect place YP - you'll have a wonderful time. It would suit me down to the ground too, as long as they allow dogs !
    Don't forget to take your paints.

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    1. For a moment I thought you said pants CG! I prefer to go commando myself.

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    2. I wouldn't be so bold !!

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  9. Have a wonderful weekend YP. That place looks great.

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    1. I hope the reality meets the expectation Libby.

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  10. Sounds wonderful. I remember spending a country weekend with a friend who had a first floor apartment in the heart of NY and the first morning he came down complaining that the frogs had kept him up all night. So much for the peace of nature.
    Enjoy. Peter

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    1. I'll have to get some earplugs before I go. Especially in the springtime, Nature is so damned noisy!

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  11. I envy you your delicious adventure. Can I come?

    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

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    1. You can stay in the spare bedroom Anna. We can pretend we are Mormons.

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  12. Have a great trip! I was just looking at Anglesey on a map the other night and wondering what was there -- so I'll be watching your posts to find out.

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    1. I will be your Paul Theroux.

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  13. Enjoy your time away, and I hope your knee will allow you to explore more than just your immediate surroundings.
    It looks really nice!
    O.K. and I have a week off in May and vaguely know where we want to go (Lago Maggiore) but haven't booked anything yet.

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    1. Thanks. Will you be driving down there or flying?

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  14. Have a wonderful time! It looks gorgeous

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    1. Bye-bye Kylie! We are off in half an hour.

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  15. An idyllic get-away....

    Alphie

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    1. That's what the description said too.

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  16. Enjoy your break. My getaway to Stratford upon Avon did me the power of good.

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    1. Make not your thoughts your prison. No, dear Queen...

      - Shakespeare in "Antony and Cleopatra"

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