This past week has been bliss, complete and utter bliss. This is the first full week I’ve had off all year and I didn’t quite realise just how much I needed the break. Believe me 6 days in the back and beyond of Wales was exactly what I needed. Apart from catching up on a lot of sleep and relaxation time the week went a little bit like this.
Sunday – The morning after the wedding, I was feeling particularly tired and not because of too much partying – I actually felt ill for the wedding celebrations so ended up leaving early – 11pm I think. So disappointing but I was feeling so ill. After a hotel breakfast of brioche and cereal we set off on the road trip from Frome to Mid Wales – Tywyn to be exact. We got settled into our apartment with it’s sea view, I went for a run and we finished of the evening with roast chicken and the first of many games nights.
Monday – I love holiday lie ins and waking up to a sea view and seagulls is so amazing. Today we took a quick drive along the coast to Morfa Mawddach station where we parked the cars and walked along the Llwfybr Arfordir Cymru or Wales Coastal Path to the pretty seaside town of Barmouth. We walked past fields and then along the beach before crossing the Mawddach estuary on a wooden train and pedestrian bridge. We explored the town and stopped for lunch before making our way home. Then it was time for more reading another run (this is what happens when I go on holiday with my Dad!) followed by a dinner of left over salad bits. And more games of course!
On the walk
Close up of the bridge
Me in my favourite chair while my Dad works!
Tuesday – We headed to the nearby steam railway – Tallylynn Railway – which just happened to be in our little village. It’s the world’s first preserved railway and it travels north through the mountains. We settled ourselves into an old wooden carriage and set off. Our first stop was Dolgoch where we wandered up to and around Dolgoch falls. We then hopped back onto the train to Abergynolwyn station where we found the perfect picnic bench to tuck into our lunchtime picnic before heading back down the mountain. The rest of the day passed with reading, games, cards and another run before we enjoyed fish and chips from the local restaurant – let’s be honest it had to happen, it is a holiday after all.
me on the train
Fifibean at Dolgoch Falls
The littlest sister reading in my favourite chair
Wednesday – This was the only day of rain on our holiday to we decide to go for a drive north along the coast. We passed through a couple of towns; Dolggelau and Porthmadog, but didn’t fancy stopping anywhere until we got to Criceth where we found a gorgeous little cafe restaurant where the food was delicious. From jacket potatoes to lasagna and sausages and mash to cake, all the dishes were delicious. After returning home the evening followed along the same vein as every other – run, dinner and games!
Thursday – The morning was spent on the beach, before lunch, a film and then arcade games. I love the 2p machines and could spend hours there. I must investigate somewhere to have fun with these in London. There was no run today – I was feeling lazy and my Dad was busy doing work so wasn’t about to drag me out there!
Friday – This was Snowdon day. We’d booked our tickets for the Snowdon Mountain Railway for later in the week, the plan was to have a picnic at the base of the mountain before getting on the train at our 2:30 alloted stop. We stopped part way up the mountain for a wander along a cute stream, before getting to the train station with a couple of hours to spare. However it turned out that it was too windy for the train to make the full ascent to the peak of Snowdon. Instead we could only go 5/8 of the way up to Rocky Valley or we could get a refund. As this was our last day in Wales we decide to still go on the train, but we were able to switch our train time to 1pm instead. Which meant we had 10 mins to wolf down some of our picnic – mainly delicious chicken tikka slices for the Tywyn bakery before boarding the train. It took us 30 minutes to get to Rocky Valley and then we spent 20 minutes enjoying the view. The train is brilliant and a great way of seeing the mountain, although i’m definitely going to go back and walk up to the top one day. After this and the 90 minute drive back to the flat we were all exhausted but we manage to get mostly packed up before enjoying our final night in Wales – again with the games and family time. I finally managed to win a game of The Great British Train Game – yippee = best. night. ever!
Road trip to Snowdon
Walking along the river
My train companions
Favourite family game
Saturday – an early early start to set off on the journey home. It took us 5 hours to get home. We did stop for coffee and lunch just south of Birmingham and it was utter bliss to have ‘real’ coffee again. Saturday afternoon was spent unpacking and washing. Fun things like that – the downside of holidays I think!
Sunday – A long lie in thanks to being back in my own bed.Then there was a bit of a shop, a run and flat organisation – the kitchen has never looked so good!
An evening run on the Common
After such an amazing week it’s a bit depressing having to go back to work tomorrow. Don’t worry though as i’m already counting down until the next holidays. I’m off to Leeds next weekend and then Portugal in September. Another depressing thought is that the Mothership and youngest sister are heading to Australia this week which I am unbelievably jealous of. I half wondering whether i’d fit in Becca’s suitcase…It’s worth a try right?!