Friday, 12 August 2011


Croeso i Gymru

Welcome To Wales

Wales, the land of castles, a practically unpronounceable language and horizontal rain !!
As unusual as it sounds to those outside the United Kingdom, we don't speak just English here. We may be United in land mass, but England, Ireland Scotland and Wales still like to keep a little of their own independence, no more so than the Welsh, who over the past few years have fought to increase the use of their native language. To the point that all signs in Wales are now in English and Welsh. They also seem to hang on to their own weather system. Where else can you sit on a beach in the sun one day and get drenched by rain for the rest of your holiday ?

The reason for this post ? We have just taken a short break in Wales (2 nights/3 days camping) The eldest 2 children are away at a church activity (EFY) all week, so Mrs RJR and took a pair of 2 man tents, our youngest and her friend and set of in search of fun.

On the first day around Porthmadog and Criccieth the sun shone and we got to spend time on the beach and walking around the two towns.

Ruth and Sariah

But as the night drew in the weather got worse and it didn't really stop raining for the rest of the time we were there. To be fair we didn't really expect much better. As a child on Holiday in Wales in frequently rained, I assumed everyone wore waterproof coats when away till I was about 10 !

Not to be put off we carried on having fun !! Including a trip on a narrow gauge railway that once hauled slate from the mountains down to the sea. And a drive up through mountain passes.

Taking pictures and Video clips as we went.

To finish here is one of Wales most famous comedians...Mocking Wales in front of Prince Charles (The Prince of Wales)


mybabyjohn/Delores said...

He is so good and he got a chuckle out of old "ears" as well. You were in Wales? Were you close to Trelawnyd? Just think, you could have dropped in on John the Dogs.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you had a good time despite the rain. And I visited Wales once many, many years ago. You're right - tough language!

Eliza Wynn said...

Wales is beautiful, and so is the language! I was there many years ago and would love go back someday.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi RJR .. great photos .. fun to see - the kids had some good run arounds and Mrs JR was able to catch up on a brief sit down in the sun.

Presumably it was the Orme Peninsula where the slate mine is .. looks an interesting tour .. cheers Hilary

Cathy said...

It looks like it was a nice mini-vacation, even if it was a bit damp. The comedian was a riot.

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