Tuesday, 1 September 2015


We're off to the seaside!!  First stop St Asaph cathedral and the shiniest eagle ever
after a great lunch at Jacob's Ladder
and then it was onward to the bright lights of Llandudno
and the regal splendour of the St George on the prom.  No less than the red carpet for us!
and such a happy reunion with the rest of the McNeil clan
 even a peek from the balcony as the midnight hour fell over Llandudno
But despite partying into the early hours, we still managed breakfast at our B&B and an exploration of the streets of Llandudno.  Where we found the wonderful Oriel Mostyn
sensitively modernised and extended by architects Ellis Williams and reopened in 2010
but first it was lunch at the lovely gallery cafe - Caffi Celf
followed by a tour of the great exhibitions and the fabulous building
We loved reading the fascinating history of the Gwynedd Ladies' Art Society, for which the gallery was founded in 1902.  The first gallery in the world built specifically as a home for the presentation of artwork by female artists.  Groundbreaking.
and the exhibition of the history of Llandudno through it's many picture postcards.  This one of an original Codman's Punch and Judy - I well remember the same on the steps of St George's Hall when I was little!
and look at this amazing old card - one of many
Saturday night saw us celebrating with the birthday girl - and what a happy night it was.
all the McNeil girls together . . . . Imagine if Daniel and Jane could have seen us all now, their youngest granddaughter and 4 great granddaughters all together and all back in Wales.
This was the potted history I wrote some time ago - meet the (grand grand) parents
And finally, at midnight again, we said our Saturday night goodbyes and wended our way down the red carpet (in the rain) and onward to the final day of our North Wales holiday.

On Sunday it was a revisit to our childhood holidays in the lovely Corwen.  And you can see some old pictures of us there back in the 60s in this piece I wrote some time ago - The Sunken Church
This was the original railway sign which always heralded our arrival from Liverpool - until Beecham closed down the line that was!  Great to see part of it has reopened again.
and there's now a magnificent statue to Owain Glyndwr - we all remember climbing up to his 'seat' on the hill behind the town on many a happy occasion.
but if was onward to Cynwyd and our lovely friends from those far off blissful holidays
and a feast and a half
. . . friends for ever and always so much love and laughter when we meet up.

A happy happy weekend, full of memories

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