Monday, August 31, 2009

Llanfechain Show August Bank Holiday

Llanfechain Show

Army Tanks North Norfolk Aug 09

Muckleburgh Collection Norfolk

Hillside Animal Sanctuary Norfolk Aug 09

Pictures from Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary

Seal Trip North Sea Blakeney Point Norfolk Aug 09

What can I say about this trip FANTASTIC.
Out in the North Sea watching Seals in their natural environment.
Above are some photographs more can be seen on the on line photographs.

Blickling Hall Nr Norwich Norfolk Aug 09

Whist away we also visited Blickling Hall. This is a very pleasant property tastefully decorated. Being a National Trust property you are not allowed to use a camera inside. This house is well worth a visit if in the area. It is a very relaxing hall. It is set just outside the village of Blickling Hall Nr Norwich.
For more info visit

Redwings Horse Sanctuary Aug 09

During our time in Norfolk we were lucky enough to visit Redwings Horse Sanctuary. The visitor centre in the Norfolk area is at Caldecott Hall in Fritton. Redwings have rescued many horses over the past 25 yrs. Previously we have adopted Samson the little grey above which came to the centre after having Strangled a few years previous.
The centre was lovely to walk around we had a lovely time wandering the acres of land. Some of the stories are heartbreaking to read and had us nearly in tears.
Redwings also has an adventure playground and lovely western style cafe. The site is also free to enter. Well worth a visit.

Great Yarmouth Norfolk Aug 09

Great Yarmouth on a windy day. The beach was lovely, we walked around the town centre and visited the piers and the wind farm. The horse`s pulling the carriage taxi`s were nice to watch.

North Walsham Norfolk Surprise Party Aug 09

Last week took us on holiday to Norfolk. Staying in North Walsham town.
We headed up there for a surprise party for my Uncle Ron. He was 65 yrs old.
We partied the night away with our family. Aaron had lots of attention from his little cousin Lilly. It was a lovely evening the rest of of time away can be seen on the blogs above.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Southport Shopping Trip August 09

Meeting up on a warm clammy day on the sea front, with Billy`s mum, sister and Dylan, we all firstly had a spot of lunch.
Next we headed into Southport town centre for a shopping trip. We all bought some really nice things. We stopped for a cup of tea half way through in a cafe.
After finishing our shopping it was time to head to Billy`s mums house for our tea before leaving for home.
Southport was a another great day out and a great place do do some shopping.
Shame these people totally let Aaron down completely by blaming Aaron for Dylan's jealous tantrums and the nervous breakdown of a 48 yr old man. Very sad indeed. Yet again we met Bully`s and deceitful people who blame a child for there own faults and not being able to cope with everyday life.
Good riddance to bad rubbish. Aaron will always be NO 1 in my life.

Chilled Out Weekend With Family & Friends August 09

The weekend offered us a chilled out time with friends and family. We had a house full at the weekend, as our friends came to Wales from Liverpool. We all firstly had an afternoon walk around the local countryside.
On Saturday evening we all went out for a meal at the Highway Man in Oswestry. This public house offers great meals at good prices. Nana and Aaron came along too, Aaron surprised me by polishing off a huge plate of Tikka Curry and Rice. He also had toffee apple wedges and syrup for afters.
Nana decided to come home as she wanted to watch the Saturday night programs. All then boys and I all went on to the Sun Hotel in Llanstanffriad. Here we all settled down to play pool. Gaynor my friend had joined us by this time.
We all played games of pool. Aaron did very well and had many games against most of us. The boys teach him well. Everyone thinks Aaron is an excellent player for his 10 yrs. He can set the balls up himself, knows the rules and can play with little help from his peeress.
The Sun Inn is a very family orientated pub which welcomes children into the fold. It also shows Aaron you don't have to get drunk to have a nice night out which many young men do these days. It shows Aaron its a good place to have a social life and play mini tournaments with your friends.
As it got near 10pm it was time for Aaron to head home for bed. We all came back home. Aaron stayed with his Nana whilst we went to our local across the road. The Penybont Inn, here we had a couple of drinks and chatted to out neighbours and friends.
As time went on we all headed for the short walk home, as it was up early and out for the morning as everyone was keen to visit the car boots.
Sunday the boys came around the car boots before settling down to lunch and an afternoon watching the football on sky. Most of them spend the afternoon snoring which gave both Aaron and I a laugh.
Soon it was time for them to leave and head back to Liverpool for work the next day. It was a lovely weekend which we all really enjoyed.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Chester Zoo Aug 09

What a fabulous day out we had at Chester Zoo. We have visited the zoo many times over the years. Both Daniel and Aaron visited the zoo at least once a year since the they were born. We have many photographs of the good times Daniel had at the zoo. He used to go around mainly on his bicycle. The zoo is one of our favourite places. Chester is a charity so the entrance money helps the animals around the zoo. Nana came with us also and had a great time.

After visits to the elephants, monkeys and bat cave. We stopped for a packed lunch we had made before leaving home.
Next we headed around the paddocks. We visited the spectacled Bear, Tapia, Zebra`s, Oryx, Ostriches, Przewalski`s Horse and the Rhino. ( pictured below )

This was a beautiful site a black rhino with her baby.

The Meerkats were a lot of fun to watch. Very cute and funny.

After a stop at the cafe for an ice cream, we headed over the elephant bridge. Looking at the animals on the way. The huge Condor caught our eye, we watched him for a while.
Next stop was the Butterfly Journey. This is a new attraction. It was fantastic up and close to many species of butterfly and moths. We spent a lot of time in here looking at these beautiful creatures. One landed on Nana`s head. We took some wonderful photographs.

Heading on our journey around the zoo. Next was the tropical house. Here we studied reptiles, spiders and crocodiles. Moving on we visited the Giraffes and the Okapi ( one of our favourite creature )
Next was the Chimpazees, red ape, gibbons and orang-utans.

We also visited the aquarium, otter`s and flamingo. We were also looking enough to witness the Penguin feed. The whole place was swamped with 100`s of seagull also keen for a fill of fresh fish. We also visited the sealions. Next stop was the ark restaurant, here we had some dinner and a well earned drink. Aaron also had a play in the play ground and we also caught a glimpse of the African tribal display.
Moving on we decided to visit the big cats. First the tigers and the lion`s. Next we headed to Spirit of the Jaguar, Here we got a close up view of the Jaguar`s and the black Puma. We also enjoyed watching the ant colony doing there hard work. This is a fascinating display.

Aaron also had a great time with the interactive displays around the zoo. Below pretending to be a large tortoise.

Heading on we watched the camels, Onagers and the New Cheetah display. Next we headed over the Bats Bridge.
We stopped off for a while to watch the greater horned Rhino and the Deer. The deer were lovely elegant creature. Nana really enjoyed watching these.

Before heading home Aaron had a go on the Monkey bars and went all the way across. Well done not bad for our own little monkey. We all had a great day at the zoo. Nana also now has a new lease of life with her scooter as you can see she really enjoyed herself today not bad for a lady nearly 80 yrs old.
For more photographs please visit our on line photographs link opposite this visit to Chester zoo is under summer hols 2009. There are also other Chester zoo photo`s on the photo site from previous visits to the zoo. Some more photographs are also on facebook.
To visit Chester Zoo`s web site please click on the link below :-