Wednesday, July 29, 2009


With it raining. Over the last few days Billy, Aaron and I have all been painting.
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

Erddig National Trust Country House July 09

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.
As the rain got heavier we picked up a quiz and entered the large old house. It`s a house you could get lost in if you weren't careful with its many passage ways and dark eerie corners. The house has been restored to high standards. At first you enter the servants quarters were there are large kitchens and a bakery.
Following the guide rope`s you then visit the magnificent bedrooms and entertainment gallery`s and room`s which there are many all decorated to a fine standard. Oil lamps are lite to create the atmosphere and feeling of living there over the years. In the attic there are the servants bedroom`s which are very small and claustrophobic.
The rooms I liked best were the music room and the famous Chinese room.
Outside the house stands in many arches of ground and gardens. We looked around the gardens, coming across lots of ducks. They were very tame and didn't winch at our presence at all.
After our stroll, Aaron, Billy and I headed for the tea room before we left for home.

Welsh National Horse Driving Trials July 09

What a fantastic day out as the Welsh National Horse Driving Trails Came to our area. We went to watch the 3 day driving event. The event involves 3 different events on on each day. Day One - dressage and turnout, Day two - cross country, Day three - skill and precession test.
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 July 09

The Haunted Chester Tour
Haunting`s ghosts poltergeists and terrifying tales.
Dare to be scared ! Discover Chester`s dark side.
Chester : England`s most haunted City .
Do your believe in GHOSTS ? Forty percent of us do, according to a recent poll. More surprisingly 15% claim actual personal experience of ghosts. You can grit your teeth and read some of the tales below of haunted Chester these are but a few with many many more to read about.
Chester is England`s most haunted city. Founded by the Romans as a legionary fortress some 2000 years ago, this ancient settlement has witnessed every high and low of human life - from joy and jubilation to terror, grief and dark despair. These narrow streets, shadowed squares and hidden alleyways have seen revelry and celebration, slaughter, famine, plague and war. In such a truly atmospheric setting, only the staunchest materialist could deny a hos of haunting`s, ghosts and poltergeists from every age of Britain's history.
web site links of interest
I hope you enjoy some of the story`s in the blog below.

Chester Ghost Story`s + Ghostly Hot Spots


An Evil Presence

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.

A Modern Ghost ?

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.

Tales Of The Archway

A few tales were told of the archway above. The middle window was said to have been an old cell. A protestant monk was once held here just for being a protestant. He refused to turn to a catholic. He was tortured and still refused to change his belief`s. He was then taken to the outskirts of the town and brunt alive. To the very end he refused to give in to his belief`s, it was a cold damp day.The wood was very damp and his singed from his toes up meeting a horrible death and a very slow one.

The house next door has renovation work done some 20 years ago. The foundations were pinned on disturbing the foundations the resident`s in the house found things were moving around on there own even large items one of which was virtually impossible to move as it was a huge concrete slap. The residence also said they had seen ghostly aberration's moving through the wall. The wall is adjacent to the arch way?

Poor Sarah

Just through the arch, in Eastgate Street, is the ornate shop front of Thornton`s Chocolates - home to Sarah, Chester`s most active spirit.

In a tale retold in local newspapers since the eighteenth century, Sarah was a young bride jilted at the alter. Sarah hung herself on her wedding day. Today she haunt`s the ship and storeroom above. Yet her shade is never seen. Instead, objects move by themselves and people are pushed on the stairs. Other`s hear footsteps or a woman weeping.

When ritual exorcism in 1972 failed to quieten Sarah, the poltergeist - like happening`s grew. The strangest occurred overnight on Friday 13th February 1998. When staff arrived next morning - Valentine`s Day - they found heart-shaped boxes and love tokens hurled to the floor. It seems Sarah had been offended by these modern day reminders of their long lost love.

A Death Foretold ?

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.

Oldest Haunting

The Roman Watchtower. - Chester`s oldest haunting is of a phantom legionary who paces between here and the nearby amphitheater. Although apparitions typically become fainter over the centuries, this spectre remains so clear that experts can identify him by his armour. He seems to be a Ducurion ( an officer in charge of ten men ) Of the Second Legion Adiutrix, stationed at Chester in the AD 70`s.

He is said to have been lured away from his post whilst his men slept, by a women. Whilst away his men were murdered in there sleep. Upon returning he came across the horrific scene. knowing he would face as punishment a horrible death, his only choice was to take his life, he plunged his sword into him and fell from the top of the tower.

The Newgate Ghost

The Newgate ghost stalked the walls in this part of Chester on dark Victorian nights. When the husband of a terrified woman gave chase he unveiled a baker`s wife beneath a sheet. the naughty woman was cautioned by the police and swore never to go a haunting again.

The Monk

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

Beyond the atmospheric half ruins of St John`s Church. From the path at the far end, if you look up through the skeletal arches, you can clearly see the curious Coffin In The Wall. Written inside it are the ominous words, " DUST TO DUST ". A spectral nun in a bluish habit lurks nearby. Some say she was originally entombed in the 13th - century oak casket to be closer to heaven.

Spectral Cattle

Shipgate Street tells the tale of the spectral cattle. Shipgate Street leads to England`s steepest city street St Mary`s hill.

Centuries ago, the town cowmen kept a herd of dairy cows at the foot of the slope. Their milk was sold daily at Chester High Cross. But one day the cowman died in his sleep and the cows bellowed for their master in vain. Even recently, local have heard the early morning lowing of the phantom cattle.

Old Rectory

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.

Chester The Walled City July 09

On a fairly sunny July day we headed for the medieval old city of Chester. Chester is set on the banks of the River Dee. Parking up we headed for a walk around part of the walls. Walking the walls is a really good experience there lots of history to see. Aaron takes lots of interest in this subject.
Our tour took us to the Grosvenor Museum
( web link ) The museum is in Chester City centre and well worth a visit. Here you can discover Chester through history. Explore Roman life and death, domestic life of the 17th - 20th Centuries, natural history and geology, social history, along with special exhibition`s and events.
We started our visit in with the activity room, Aaron built a roman arch using wooden block. This room is also an exhibition room, with some wonderful displays.
There are many activities to do in this room.
Next we went to the statue of the Roman soldier. Here we picked up the quiz sheet. Aaron had to find certain pieces in the museum and fill in the missing words. He had fun locating each on in all the different rooms we went in. We went in the Newstead Roman gallery and then to the Webster Roman Stones Gallery.
After taking a quick look around the shop we headed for the Period House display. This is a really interesting part of the museum. With life like wax characters behind the glass display There is also a hands on area for the children to see and feel what it was like in period times.
Next we headed up the stairs. Here there are more display`s gallery's including the Ridgeway Silver Gallery and King`s Arms. There is also displays of birds and mammals careful preserved behind glass cases.
There was a display about Chester Racecourse and an art display with some lovely painted pictures of scenes from around Chester.
After leaving the museum we headed for some of the sights around Chester including the famous clock. Next stop we headed for our tea at McDonald`s for a family treat.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Maesbury Marsh Canal Trails - St Winifred`s Well July 09

With the weather improving we decided to head for Maesbury in Shropshire. Maesbury is a pretty village set about 3 miles from Oswestry. We parked up at Canal Central Coffee shop.

With Fred on his lead we set off. Starting our walk from the shop and headed along the trails. We came across some piebald horses in the field. They were really friendly.

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.

Crossing the fields and over the styles we headed for St Winifreds Well.
The Legend Of Saint Winifred

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.
The prince was so enraged by the rejection that he chopped off her head. On the site of the murder a spring developed. ( this is at Holywell Flintshire )
Later Winifred`s remains were taken from Holywell, North wales to Shrewsbury Abbey and on the way they rested at Woolston. Here too a spring developed - this is Saint Winifred`s Well.
The Spring water from the well was reputed to be an excellent cure for sore eyes, wounds and even broken bones .

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 :-

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ice Age 3 Dawn Of The Dinosaurs Orange Wednesday July 09

Orange Wednesday 2 for 1 cinema tickets are great. On yet another wet summer holiday we headed for the town of Wrexham. At the newly built Odean Cinema we watched the film Ice Age 3 Dawn Of The Dinosaurs. It was a lovely film. It gave the three of us a good giggle. Well worth watching for all Ice Age Fans.
Afterwards we headed for Tesco and some mid afternoon lunch. We also did some shopping. On way home Aaron had a hair cut thanks to his Auntie Helen.

The film was about the Herd entering the under world of the dinosaurs. It had a few surprises and new characters. I wont tell you what happens you`ll just have to go watch it.