Wednesday, July 29, 2009
We live in a 3 storey house with 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 Living rooms, an office, kitchen, and small store cellar and large workshop / hobby room.
The house has had lots of work done on it over the last few years. All the inside has been decorated.We finished the last room off yesterday. Which was a spare bedroom in a coffee coloured cream, white with a hint of green. This is going to be a reading room come guest room if required.
Penybont Stores is a shadow of its former self. We are proud owners of a beautiful house set in the Welsh countryside. Surrounded by the Tanat Valley Hill. All payed for with no rent to pay draining our resources.
We have really enjoyed fixing this old house up, we have done most of the work ourselves with the help of some very good friends.
Both Aaron and I feel so refreshed with the house looking so well inside and out. We still have lots to do and have many plans for this lovely house in the future.
We have also done lots with the outside including a sheltered Veranda with outer decking and barbecue area, great place to relax on those hot summer days. I wish ????
We have built a stable for our pony Jingle. Jingle also has two paddocks now instead of the down trodden one. We have a car port great for hanging the washing out on these raining days.
The car port also has attached out buildings.
Across the large driveway is a two storey barn. The barn is now a shop down stairs which can be open to the public if required, with a large store room and work shop above. We also have a pig sty which is used as a tack / feed room.
Who knows what we may do to or with this house next.
Penybont Stores in a fantastic house to live in now with its new decor and atmosphere.
Its out with the old and in with the new, with the past for both Aaron and I painted over. There is only one little soul missing our Dan but at times we know he is still here with us, he lets us no in his own little way.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The weather may be bad but that's doesn't stop us. This adventure took us to Erddig a large country house and garden owned by National Trust. We wandered through the yards and listened to the tales that were told.
It was lovely to watch such talented horses and ponies tackling the obstacles. The horse boxes were second homes for there owners with pop out sides, attached portable stables. The Duke Of Edinburgh was also present at the event.The Driving trails are similar to Badminton horse trails the difference is this event the riders are in the carriages driving instead. I have grown up with horse since I was 3 yrs old having 3 wonderful ponies to compete on.
Below are some of the photographs more will be on photobucket and facebook. Also below is a link to the North East Wales British driving Society.
Chester Ghost Tour begins outside the Victorian Gothic Town Hall , pictured below. The story tells of how figures are seen walking through walls inside the building. The building was once the local police station and has the cells below which housed the prisoners. During 1966 Myra Hindly and Ian Brady the moor`s murderer`s where held in the cells whilst they were on trial in the City`s law courts.
Deeper beneath the earth lie the mouldering remains of the Roman legionary fortress`s valetudinariam or Roman hospital. Normal level headed people also say they have felt a presence behind them, only to turn around to find nothing there.
To the right of the picture the old town hall building used to stand. This building burnt down, an old old man in a red cloak is said to be seen running around the pavement`s as if in a panic. On researching back this old man is believed to be the neighbour of the town hall. Record`s show when the original town hall burnt to the ground the old man who lived adjacent ran around frantic that his house would catch fire and burn to the ground as well.
To the right again a little way up Town Hall Square you can just about see the old 17th Century Inn the Coach and Horses. On a summer evening 1988, a sad old man walked in, bought a drink, and sat staring into space. When the barmaid asked if he was okay, he confessed his wife had recently died. He booked a room for the night, left full details,and went for a stroll before bed.
When he failed to return, the landlord called the police.
Officers checked his home in Birkenhead only to learn from neighbours that his wife had died - but eight years previously. And also that the old man had joined her just one week later.
On Saturday 30th August 1997, a married couple shopping in Chester noticed three distraught old women at the Eastgate near to the clock above. One clasped her face, while the second wept into her handkerchief. When the wife asked what was wrong, the third sobbed, " Lady Di`s dead. She`s been killed in a crash with that Dodi bloke." Aghasted the husband asked when it had happened. But, at that, the three old crones seemed to turn away.
Back home there was nothing on the radio or television. The couple were mystified. It was ten hours later that a newsflash announced. News is just coming in that Princess Diana has been involves in a serious car crash in Paris.
This part of Chester is haunted by old Norse like monk. He is said to approach people down the dark alley way known as the Haunted Passage, leading to the River. One story tells of a tale down this narrow alley way which is between high walls and leads directly down to the river. One snowy December night in 1973, a hooded stranger confronted a college lecturer here. he was muttering in an ancient language before moving past. Puzzled, the lecturer turned round. but the monk had vanished. And then he noticed there were no footsteps in the snow?? The language was later believed to be similar to old norse. This ghost was said to have been released when the old tower collapsed with a drawn out rattle on Good Friday 1881. It is said to have released a ghostly monk. The black robed figure is often seen down the Haunted Passage.
Coffin In The Wall
At the top of the hill pictured above is the Old Rectory. On the top floor is a small room that is always ice cold. It`s door slams shut when there`s no one near and there`s not a breath of wind.
Opposite stands St Mary`s church. Three witches are buried in the churchyard after they were burnt at the stake. People say these three witches are the three old crones who tell of death foretold. Story Above. The church is said to also hold the remains of people who were tortured and suffered the horrific deaths of those in medieval time. The deaths were horrific for offenders back in those days many innocent men and women suffered such deaths as drowning, burning at the stake, hanging and pressing in which heavy objects were place on the chest till it caved in crushing the ribs and internal organ.
The tales of Chester and the ghosts are many these are but a few. I hope you have enjoyed them. For more info see above blog Chester Ghost Tours.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Carrying on our walk we went over a ford, then headed to the lift bridge were we turned onto the canal tow path.
Here we came across a familyof swans. They were lovely. We spent some time watching them.
We headed up the path for some time taking in the views. Following the map we headed off across the fields following the public right of way.
Winifred was the beautiful daughter of a powerful nobleman from Flintshire. She had dedicated her life to God, so when a local prince - Caradoc, asked for her hand in marriage, she refused.
After visiting the well we headed back along the lanes before turning back onto the canal tow path`s. It was a lovely walk and we all enjoyed it. Afterwards we stopped at the cafe for a while sipping a nice cup of frothy coffee. The man who owns the cafe and shop is a good friend of Aaron`s godmother Judy. We had a ggod chat whilst Fred drank his water and was then flat our in the camper van.
There are plenty of other places of interest to see on the Maesbury Canal trails which include - Relics of old canal industry, croft`s Mill lift bridge, The Ford at Bridge house, Old Peter`s Mill arm of the canal, The mill pond and weir, and St Winifred`s Well.
Here are some useful links :- www.canalcentral.co.uk