Friday, 25 October 2019

Rocking Your World Friday - 43rd of 2019

Good morning lovely people, tis Friday time for 

So as promised, here are the last couple of days we had in Wales two weeks ago which I didn't cover in my post last week, as suspected the positivity of having a relaxing week away really has proved most beneficial. 

So we had a day in Llandudno, the weather forecast wasn't great but we had plans to visit the Mostyn gallery. 

The exterior is a very beautiful old decorative (architecturally speaking) building, the interior has been completely revamped and includes lots of modern styling with concrete made to look like wood

From upstairs it looked like this 

We enjoyed walking around the artwork 30 pieces selected out of 750 entries from all around the world, the winning artist doing a mixture of handweaving and sculpture 

And her other piece

There was lots of variety of artwork from small delicate paintings

To delicate watercolours (I loved this one which was called 'Kiss')

This one was from a set and was definitely haunting in design 

this was my favourite one

Up close the faces were amusing, this one in particular seemed to speak to me! 

Overall we had several wonderful hours wandering, we enjoyed their beautiful coffee, shop, had another wander around the exhibition, cast our viewers vote and set off back into Llandudno.

We went past the White Rabbit statue part of the Alice in Wonderland trail.

The sky was a little menacing, but the pier is so lovely 

We also saw the Mad-Hatter sculpture 

We enjoyed the view back to Llandudno from the end of the pier, despite it being a rather windy day 

On our final day we head to Caernarfon Castle 

It still isn't one of my favourite castles, possibly because it's hard work to make your way through the town to get to it, but it does have a significant piece of Welsh history attached to it and is known for having the highest population of Welsh speakers of any town in Wales.  

The slate dias in the centre is where Prince Charles was made Prince of Wales way back when. 

I spotted this stunning heart shaped lock whilst we wandering the inside of the castle

There were a couple of amazing pieces of artwork in the castle, used to provide information about its history, this was the first one 

and just for scale, this is hubby stood next to it

the second one filled the room, it was almost like a star book or Christmas pop up book and again told a story,

Overall I enjoyed the artwork and the visit and I'm glad we returned

On the last night back where we were stopping we were treated to the most beautiful sunset

and woke to beautiful blue skies the following day 

Which meant an easy journey home. 

This week, we've been busy.  We painted the hall stairs and landing on Saturday (no small feat), but we did it and it looks so much better. 

And on Sunday I went to the local craft shop and did a Christmas craft class with my Mum 

We had a fabulous day making all things Christmas and came home with a project and 4 beautiful Christmas cards as well as being covered in glitter! 

I enjoyed making a mini book using the same beautiful papers as we'd used on Sunday as a Christmas gift for someone (not sure who at the moment). 

I also have had a busy but productive week at work. 

The large tree outside next to the canal has definitely switched to autumn mode. 

Although I did have one tiny glitch at work, I was printing some funding documents guidelines off and my printer decided that it only wanted to print some of the letters

Amusing but not very helpful if I'm honest.  Thankfully I managed to reprint with all the necessary letters in place, making it much easier to read! 

And that my lovely people brings us back to today, I hope you've had a good one, if you fancy joining in pop back and link up and we can come and visit. 

Friday, 18 October 2019

Rocking Your World Friday - 42nd of 2019

Good morning lovely people tis Friday time for 

So last week saw me and hubby toddle off for our first holiday on our own for 19 years.

We didn't really clock that fact until we were there. 

We just wanted a break and that is what we got.  

We stopped in a beautiful place called Deganwy, just the opposite side of the bay to Conwy, in an apartment with the most amazing picture window!

Now as I've got so many photos, I'm going to split them up and do half this week and half next week as the whole week was so utterly positive, I'm definitely enjoying the post holiday reminiscing if that makes sense, so my cup runneth over (for quite some time all being well). 

Despite the weather forecast (which said we were going to get very wet all week).  We literally dodged all the rain, by either finding somewhere without rain, finding the forecasters got it wrong or being inside! 

So first grateful is for incompetent forecasting - hurray! 

The first full day we went the furthest from where we were staying to the place known as Portmeirion, made very famous in the 60's by a TV show called the Prisoner apparently (I don't remember as I was a 70's child, but hubby does).  It is an Italianate styled village in the north of Wales

As you can see we found blue skies that day

It is the most extraordinary place to walk around

And almost looks like a model village from high up! 

We've been several times over the years and have fond memories of said 19 year old at the age of about 3 sitting on the pool edge at Portmeirion. I was amazed at how many memories it stirred up! 

Hubby managed to get this shot of me, wearing my brand new rain jacket - which is absolutely perfect, roomy and slightly longer length than I'm used to! 

We walked down to the waters edge and looked back towards the town

Back home that night we enjoyed this view out of the picture window! 

The following day the forecast was much worse, so we headed to Penrhyn Castle, a Victorian Gothic delight and was the castle that we visited when we joined the National Trust! 

I knew Lisca would enjoy seeing the giant door as we share a love of doorways!  It was beautifully carved! 

Inside there was a myriad of stunning architecture, ornate plasterwork and beautiful glass windows

Believe it or not this was the base of a lamp - how cute are they! 

Outside you can see the remnants of the red vine that grows over the castle

The sun came out after our tour of the castle, so we made the most of it and had a walk around the gardens, finding this little hut undergoing renovations in the bog garden. 

Outside once again, the history is interesting and was part of one of the longest strikes in the UK back between 1900 and 1903, the people of Bethesda (a local town), where the owner of Penrhyn's Castle mine was went on strike for three years.  It literally changed the fortunes of so many there as over 2000 miners moved away from the area due to the strike.  The local community recently attempted to reconcile with the castle as many locals will still not visit the castle because of the strike!

Back at the apartment, this was our evening view. 

The following morning we woke to this

Thankfully the rain disappeared and we headed to National Trust's Bodnant Gardens, given the dry day we had, we loved walking around this beautiful garden. 

Finding little vistas and view points and the odd bench to just sit and enjoy the surroundings to re-charge our batteries! 

The Poem is the Mausoleum within the grounds, it isn't open to the public, but the building from the outside is beautiful in its woodland setting! 

The more formal gardens were also a delight to sit and enjoy, despite the fact the ornamental grasses had gone a little crazy at the end of the season! 

Back at the apartment, this is Dave the Seagull, he would come tapping at the window for food whenever we opened the balcony blind!  Sometimes bringing his baby with him, whom we named Dave Ja Vu! 

The evening photo! 

The third day we had in Conwy, only a 5 minute drive from where we were staying.  We enjoyed Conwy Castle (always one of my favourites). 

Including the wall walk around the top

The King's Head Sculpture inside the royal apartment area of the ruined castle

Another work of art inside a tower

And the evening sky that night! 

I've loads more to share but will save those for next week. 

So other highlights were James Arthur concert on Tuesday evening, which was absolutely spectacular! 

Having a lovely crafty day at home with my Mum on Thursday (as I'd taken a day's TOIL).  Although she got a lot more done than me, but we managed to finish off some mini books she'd started.

Getting the house spic and span (yes I know that means I cleaned but it feels so lovely at the moment). 

And finally date night with hubby seeing a Midsummer Night's Dream - NT Live absolutely stunning, I would go and see it again tonight if I could.  This particular take on the play unlike any other we've ever see, the laughter was face aching and it's still making me smile this morning. 

I hope you've had a beautiful and blessed week with some positive moments, silver linings to count your blessings. 

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