I’ve had a busy and exciting week.
You may already know that our youngest son is getting married in Australia in September and this week I’ve booked the flights. I’ve also booked accommodation on the Goldcoast for a couple of days before the wedding and a day after. Our plan then is to head down to Sydney and return to Brisbane for a couple of days to see son and wife before heading home.
We’ve learned our lesson with driving to Gatwick and having to drive back after a long flight.. this one is more than twice the flight time we’ve done in the past so there’s no way we’d drive back. We are going up on the train and staying overnight and also staying overnight on the return leg. The Premier Inn at Gatwick North was full but I managed to get a good deal at the Hilton on the South terminal.
The Aussie tourist visas are done so all we have to do now is decide what we want to see. I’ve got my old Travel Mags out and tagged pages with post-its.
Some more exciting news! I have been selected – with other bloggers – to take part in the Red Hot Buffet Tastemaker programme for the next year. I’m very excited and pleased that I was chosen. I’ll be doing reviews so watch out for them!
Hubby applied for voluntary redundancy and has been accepted – the deal was more than we expected, not a fortune by any shake of any stick but will at least cover what he takes home per month at the moment. I’m still not sure if it’s a good or bad thing but we have to take into account that he’s 59 next year and always planned on retiring at 60 anyway. One good thing is that I can enter holiday competitions and not worry about whether he has enough holiday hours to cover it!!!
Today – Sunday – we’ve had Ashley and planned to go to Dyffryn Gardens with the National Trust voucher I have. But plans went awry when we missed the turn off for Culverhouse Cross and we ended up at Cardiff Bay. I usually like this area but today I was disappointed. It’s just full of restaurants and bars. The main plaza has been filled with a Summer Beach but a lot of this area is filled with fairground rides and stalls. It just seems set up for people to make a quick buck.
Ashley had a bit of run around and found a big puddle near the tall fountain..that was it, he was in there! Shoes soaking wet..
We made our way back to the car and planned to go the Beefeater near Newport as I have a 30% off voucher. When we got there they couldn’t take food orders as the computer system was down. We headed off to another local pub and there was a 45 minute wait for food at that one! Do they have any idea what it’s like keeping a 2 and half year old occupied for 45 minutes without upsetting other customers?? Ah well off home then..beans on toast!!
They did a Summer Beach in Bristol a few years ago just off Redcliffe Way where ‘The Matthew’ used to be docked. It was lovely just a few stalls selling snacks and drinks, a big music stage and best of all a beach. Entrance was free, we used to go there for lunch whenever it was dry, take our own food and drink and sit in the deckchairs and put our feet in the sand. BLISS!!
Not many pictures this week. I took some on my mobile and thought they had auto transfered to Dropbox like they usually do and I deleted them before checking..they weren’t there. An update to the app meant I had to log in again and I hadn’t.. BUM!!
Plane trails in the setting sun.
Hanging baskets on a house in the village. They are like this every year – although normally a bit more colourful.
Cardiff Bay – Classic cars, Ash cwtching Winne, and being rescued from the puddle!
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