Now that we have a long weekend I’m hoping to be able to catch up with those jobs that have been put off in the mayhem that was March. One of these is to get the blog up to date of course!
To start off with here are a few photos from our trip to Anglesey. We set off on the Sunday and drove the familiar route to North Wales through driving wind and rain. Fortunately by the time we got to the site things were looking up, and we had a lovely clear evening.
The campsite was a three minute walk from Church Bay and was one of those small sites that we love. It had no hard standing which was a bit of a worry as the ground was quite soft but it seemed to stand up quite well. The location was fantastic which made up for the fact that the site was rather basic. It’s the only small site we’ve been to that didn’t supply toilet paper! There were no hot taps in the toilets and the showers were rather off putting (I didn’t bother!) According to Mr Stoatie they were rather cold. There were also a lot of notices that started ‘Don’t ..’ and hardly any of the usual friendly ones with information and things to do.
All was just about forgiven when we saw the beach, there was just one slipway down to the cove which meant the dogs could run around to their hearts content. We went down everyday and there were never more than four of us on the beach at any one time, sometimes we had it all to ourselves.
The weather the second day was rain and extremely strong winds which meant we didn’t do much besides drive to Holyhead to find a supermarket (for toilet rolls!) We spent a lot of time reading in the van which I enjoyed. This trip we’d invested in a day tent to store boxes, folding chairs etc, when we’re camped anywhere for few days, to save packing and unpacking the van. The idea is to park the van’s side door against one of the two open sides and use it as an extra room. It did work quite well, although I had to block off the gaps between the van and the tent walls. The only problem was we had to continually adjust the guys in the wind and it had an annoying habit of moving into the van so we couldn’t get the door open. I think this may be solved by more pegs!
In the evening the weather cleared up completely and it was back down on the beach :)
This whitewashed stone was on the far side of the cove. I’d love to know the story behind it.
The following day dawned sunny and clear which meant Mr Stoatie could go on his planned bike ride. I’m getting a bit fed up of the bike being shoved between the seats every time we go out and I’m trying to persuade him to buy a rack. Charlie ended up covered in oil yet again this trip and whenever I needed to get in the back I had to get out in the pouring rain to use the side door. Oh well, at least we could put it in the tent when we were on site. While he was gone the dogs and I had a meander round the village of Swtan. The parish church is called St Ruthladd and was founded in the 900’s. Ruthladd was a daughter of the Earl of Leinster. It’s mostly a Victorian restoration now. I particularly like the mounting steps against the wall – there are two, one large and one very small. The village also has a ruined windmill and a couple of tea shops – unfortunately closed!
We could see this old Welsh longhouse in the gardens behind the van. It dates from the sixteenth century. On the way back I walked round with the dogs to see when it was open. The lady said it wasn’t until Easter but I was welcome to take a look round, the dogs too! Apparently it was lived in until the 1960’s when the roof collapsed, it was restored by the villagers and furnished as if it were the late 1800s. The living room had a sort of bunk bed arrangement and a tiny parlour, with the original earth floor. It reminded me very much of the black houses we saw on Skye. It’s also very similar to my friend’s house over Caernarvon way. I was really lucky to walk round at just the right time!
The weather forecast for the next day was more driving rain and so we decided to pack up and head home a day early. We spent a lovely afternoon over at our friend’s house before heading back so it wasn’t a complete wash out!