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Pegman – A Wales by Any Other Name

May 14, 2018 28 comments

Here is my post for What Pegman Saw. This week Pegman is in Gwynedd, Wales. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve contributed 😦

The photo I chose is of the Cross Foxes Inn where I stayed a few years ago on a little holiday. My story is more inspired by Wales than in Wales, and I’ve popped a couple of photos at the end which I took while I was there.

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“At last week’s product meeting we tasked Barry to give us all his view on the market in Wales. Barry?”

“Thank you Alyssa. Ahem. Whales. Monsters of the sea. Grand, majestic…”

“Uh, Barry…”

“… blubber for oil, bone for corsets…”

“Barry, stop! Not only are you horribly out of date but we need your product evaluation for Wales, not whales. Next week?”

“Okay, sorry.”

Next week…

“Okay folks, sorry about last week. Barry, if you will?”

“Thank you. Ahem. Wails. Screams. Screeches. The banshee’s call of dooooom. A weapon of awesome power, to monetise as we see fit…”

“BARRY! Wales. The country.”

“Oh, shit. Sorry everyone. Next week, I promise. A fully comprehensive breakdown of product opportunities in Wales. The country.”

Next week…

“Wales. Damn pretty. Hills, rivers, forests. Nothing we can sell them. They have it all. Luvvvvly.”

“Barry? You’re right. And you’re fired.”


Waterfall in Wales

A waterfall in Coed y Brenin forest park, Wales

Coed y Brenin

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Wales Holiday – The Final Chapter

June 29, 2013 8 comments

After my trip to Dolwyddelan Castle and Bodnant Garden, I decided to try some walking. I’m quite keen on forests and whatnot so I headed off to Coed y Brenin, a forest park owned by the Welsh division of the Forestry Commission.

It wasn’t far, though it took a while by the time I’d made my way through the roadworks. At breakfast (bacon and tomato omelette) I’d joked with the waiter that I’d brought three coats with me just in case, but I hadn’t needed my wet weather one. Obviously that put the jinx on the weather and down came the rain. Fortunately, it settled down to a light drizzle as the day progressed.

Anyway, on with the pictures!

Coed y Brenin

I noticed as I walked round that the landscape is very similar to parts of the Highlands in Scotland, even down to the thistle!

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My Wales Holiday Part 2 – Bodnant Garden

June 28, 2013 15 comments

Welcome back to my little Wales mini-break! In the first part I visited Dolwyddelan Castle. That was actually an unscheduled stop – I saw a sign marked “Castle”, hit the brakes and swung into the car park (rather too fast considering the cattle grid just inside the entrance).

I then continued northwards to my planned destination – a National Trust property called Bodnant Garden. A bit pricey, but since I’m a National Trust member, I got in for free!

It was a lovely day and the place was packed – I was in the overflow overflow car park I think.

Bodnant Garden

I had trouble picking just a few pictures, so there are quite a few here!

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Two Days in Wales

June 27, 2013 21 comments

I don’t usually prattle on about my largely uninteresting life, but since I just had a holiday (my first in five years!) in Wales I thought I’d share some pictures.

Well, I say a holiday. Two full days is more of a mini-break, I guess, but I lost two days on the road (it’s a six and a half hour drive).

Here’s where I went:

North Wales

Map courtesy of Google Maps

The area to the north of the arrow is Snowdonia – mountains, forests and whatnot.

The trip up was fine apart from some panic around Birmingham. So many motorways branching off. Why is it that when you’re desperately looking for a turn off, all the road signs are obscured by lorries? Still, I didn’t get lost even once, and when you’re on your own with no navigator, and especially if you’re me, that’s quite a feat!

After arriving in a lovely little Bar/Grill/Restaurant/Hotel (six rooms!) I booked a table for dinner. Quality food! Grilled brie in breadcrumbs for starter followed by a massive home-made burger with onion rings, a mushroom so big it should have had some sort of faerie creature sitting on it and home-made chips (with the skins on!). For my US friends, that’s chips as in “French fries”, or is it “Freedom fries”? In the UK, the term “French fries” is reserved for those rubbish chips you get in fast-food places like MacDonald’s.

So, enough rambling, on with the pictures! I don’t want this post to get too long, so today I’ll show you some pictures I took at Dolwyddelan Castle.

Dolwyddelan Castle

Set on a hilltop (as many good/effective castles are!) it commands a dominant position over the surrounding countryside.

Dolwyddelan Castle

It was manned by Welsh soldiers – at that time Wales consisted of several kingdoms and there was also the threat of Norman/Anglo-Saxon invasion from England.

Dolwyddelan Castle

After visiting the castle, I continued to Bodnant Gardens, a National Trust property to the north. I’ll post some of those pictures later!

Sharing My World 06-02-2023

February 12, 2023 16 comments

Here is my post for Share Your World, hosted by Di.

What kind of vacations did you have as a child?
We visited my Gran who lived in the north of Scotland. We visited lots of places and played golf on the local courses, and did that every year I can remember.

Have any of those remained favourites now that you’re an adult?
Gran is gone now but north Scotland remains a favourite place. It’s a long way away though. I hope to visit again one day but 750 miles is a long drive now that I’m older.

What has been your best vacation ever?
I haven’t been on that many holidays. I had a nice 3 days in Wales a few years ago. I like going to quiet places with nice scenery.

Do you prefer resorts where there are no kids allowed?
There’s a time and place for children – always, in a sound-proof room heh heh 😉

No, seriously, a “no kids allowed” resort sounds like swapping the happy laughter of children for the drunken revellings of 20-somethings…

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Sharing My World 16-01-2023

January 22, 2023 17 comments

Here is my post for Share Your World, hosted by Di.

What is the most comfortable vehicle you have even ridden in or driven?
Blimey, that’s a lot of vehicles! I guess I’ll go with my most comfortable car, which was a 2012 Ford Fiesta. I drove all the way to north Wales and barely even felt it (about 250-300 miles maybe). The Fiestas I’ve had since are ST models (sports) so they’re not as comfortable due to the hardened sports suspension.

What is the most uncomfortable vehicle you have even ridden in or driven?
Crumbs, there’s that word “ever” again! Generally, as I go back over the years they get more uncomfortable. I couldn’t pick out just one, though. Of course there were also fairly uncomfortable pushbikes as well in the mix.

Have you ever ridden a horse (or a donkey at the seaside)?
No, I have never ridden anything non-mechanical. I guess it would be fun to try just once.

If you could have one of these as a pet, which would it be and why? Black panther, cheetah, leopard, lynx.
I’d like a lynx, they look quite cool. I expect before long it would rip my throat out and snack on my liver, though. Which would be a bit of a downer.

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Sharing My World 2018 Week 1

January 7, 2018 25 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


What one word describes you best?

It’s a crazy world.

What is set as the background on your computer?
A scene from Golitha Falls in Cornwall.

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been too?
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (part of the UK but different countries).

Germany, Republic of Ireland (living and working).

France, Switzerland, The Netherlands (work trips/looking around).

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
I don’t know. Life just happens. Days come and days go. Time marches on. And all that.

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Sharing My World 2017 Week 37

September 10, 2017 31 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


What colour do you feel most comfortable wearing?
Dark blue. And black. So I can sneak around without being noticed. Like a ninja. But without the sword-waving.

What is your favourite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

Andrex Puppies

The Lads.

List at least five favourite flowers or plants.
Five? I’m not sure I know the names of five. I like heather and lavender. These blue ones in my back garden are nice. I expect they’re bluebells because they’re blue and they look like bells. But they might not be.

These are nice too. There’s at least two different types of flowers here, so that makes five!

Favourite Flowers

Some of these might be my favourite flowers (taken at Bodnant Gardens, North Wales)

What inspired you this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
Oh boy, this again. Am I the only person who just goes through life, day to day, without getting particularly inspired? I blame fifty hours at work and then being very tired after all that.

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Sharing My World 2017 Week 23

June 4, 2017 21 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?
I guess it would be some of the London landmarks. The tower with Big Ben in, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the like. It was many years ago, though, pre-camera phones and digital cameras and I don’t have any photos.

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?
I prefer little holidays here and there. I have two weeks off coming up but I’ll just take one day as it comes and have little days out.

What is your favourite National or State Park?
We don’t really have state parks (not least because we don’t have states). We do have areas owned by English Heritage (a charity), The National Trust/The National Trust of Scotland (a charity) and The Forestry Commission (which would be the closest to America’s “National Parks” I guess).

Area-wise, North Wales, North and especially North-East Scotland and Cumbria are lovely. Also Dartmoor in Devon and, of course, Cornwall 🙂

Here’s a photo I took a couple of years ago in Dartmoor.


And here’s North Wales.

Waterfall in Wales

A waterfall in Coed y Brenin forest park, Wales

What is your fantasy vacation?
Have I mentioned before visiting the Hobbits in New Zealand? And there’s lots more to see there too!

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Sharing My World 2016 Week 31

August 7, 2016 36 comments

Here is my weekly post for Cee’s Share Your World.


What is your favourite part of the town/city you live in.  And what Country do you live in?
I live in Cornwall, a county in England, which is part of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), which is part of the United Kingdom (GB and Northern Ireland).

I live in a very small village. I don’t really know my favourite part. My little house, maybe?

Would you rather wear clown shoes every day or a clown wig every day?
No. No clown anythings for me thank you very much.

If I had to and it was every day it would have to be the hot itchy wig. How could I drive to work wearing clown shoes?

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?
Over, of course! The majority of people are “over” people. Also, although it was never explicitly mentioned, I refer you to Seth Wheeler’s original toilet roll holder patent. “Over”, thank you very much.

Picture via, but since it's a patent I'm assuming it's public domain

Picture via, but since it’s a patent I’m assuming it’s public domain

What do you do to make a living or during the day?  If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying?
I work in IT as a “System Architect“. I basically combine hardware, software, databases and so on to create a working system. I was doing the job for a year or so before it was made official a couple of weeks ago and I got the title 🙂

Exciting, no?

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