...oh yesh, indeedily, I LOVE WALES!!! We are back from our adventures and I have a *ahem* few more piccies to show you... starting with this one. Which is one of the reasons I wanted to go to North Wales. To find my ancestors. My Grandma was born in North Wales and I remember the stories she used to tell me when I was little, I was incredibly lucky to have a Gran that spoilt me utterly with her time - there was no need for toys and presents when I was with her - she spent so much time talking with me, telling me useful stuff and sharing her wealth of knowledge about flora and fauna that to me, that was all I needed. How I wish that I could tell her about our travels but to be honest, I think she already knows. For you see, this strange thing happened.....
We set out bright and early to find Port Dinorwic, this is where she was born. I had, in my minds eye, a picture of what it would look like and I figured that if I could find the chapel where she played organ, I would be able to find a cemetery. Well, off we went into the hills and couldn't find it! The Sat Nav was no help, it wasn't even recognising the place we were looking for. There we were, driving along, I was feeling a bit dejected when I spied a local chap walking along. Never being one for being shy, I hailed him and asked where we needed to be going. He firstly told us that it isn't called Port Dinorwic anymore (hence the Sat Nav being crabby) it is, in fact, called Y Felinheli. Thank you Mr Welsh Man, you have been a great help. Off we went and found Y Felinheli and found a chapel. But. It had no cemetery! Well, at least I had been to where she had grown up, that was good enough. So off we set to the Menai Bridge. And we took a wrong turn out of the village and I saw a sign saying "Cemetery". I got a bit excited and we decided that we would go and have a looksee. Well, I was a smidge downcast when I saw the amount of graves in the cemetery. I decided to give myself 30 minutes to see if I could find anything. I came across a few graves bearing the family name but not theirs. It was about 28 minutes into my quest and I said, out loud, "Grandma, help me please, I want to find them." What happened next has me both slightly spooked and incredibly comforted. Something in my head told me to turn around and ignore the line of graves right in front of me and walk to the next line... and, yes, this is the God's honest truth, there it was. Their grave. I know some might say it is just a mighty coincidence.... but I don't believe it was. In a graveyard with hundreds of graves, only two minutes left to find it... and me asking Gran to help... there it was. I have myself a little emotional here but also very happy to have found such an amazing thing. Also on the grave was an address, so off we went to have a look! I saw the very house my Gran grew up in, like I said... an amazing experience.
The next day dawned ever so bright and early for we were away to the top of Mt Snowdon. Oh yesh, we were off a-hiking. Well, actually, that is a fib, we went on the train up to the summit. We got an "early bird" trip which was a bit of a daft thing to do because overnight, it had snowed up there... oh yesh, snow on Snowdon! The little train chugged its way right up to the top of the mountain, blimey, that train is a strong one because that is one heck of a climb. When we got to the top, this was the spectacular view we were greeted with! Hahahaa, it is typical of a Grim and Hels' Trip that the weather plays up... this time it was the snow and mist...
|The awesome and spectacular view of.... erm.... mist!!!|
After our descent back to terra firma, we went on a little steam train around the lake in Llanberis and I was too excited to see all the woodland that surrounds the lake to take many pics... Grim got this one of me though... I was being a big kid again and slurping a Slush Puppie....
We headed off to Port Meirion in the afternoon... oh wow!! This place is awesome and here are some pics of it.... and also, there's a piccie of a plant that I LOVE! But I don't know what it is... so if any of you know..... please help.
|Check out this little guy, all around the village are statues, hidden away or in plain sight...|
|All is not what you see....|
|Not a real ship at all!|
|What is this plant??? I LOVE it!!!|
|My dream house|
|All the houses/buildings in the village of Portmeirion are painted in beautiful colours|
|yes, even more rocks... they are gorgeous tho...|
|The chessboard from The Prisoner TV show isn't there anymore....|
|how cool is this!!! King Grim! The crown was actually a-top a spire on a fancy building, I just got Grim to stand in the right position.....|
|Topping up on my dragon addiction|
|Lake Gwynedd... this is the most beautiful place|