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I’ve had a good week this week, a slow start trying to catch up on competition entries and adding things to the ever expanding list for the big trip!! Two weeks and counting…

Wednesday was our busiest day, we went to Cardiff to stroll around the centre, Hubby went to the big CD shop as usual, I went for a coffee.  CD shops bore me rigid!!
We also had our first visit to Red Hot Buffet as a #redhottastemaker – you can read about it here if you wish.
We were going to follow the meal with a trip to the cinema but I forgot to take my Orange mobile with us – yes I have 2 mobiles.. the Orange one is a cheap £10 one and used for Orange Wednesdays.  So we had to return home to get the phone and go to the Cinema in Newport. We went to see Elysium and wasn’t overly impressed.

red hot buffet

The Red Hot Experience

Some readers may know that there is a new road being constructed between M4 Junction 23a and follows the old Llanwern Steelworks road down to Newport. They’ve been constructing for 18 months and it should have opened in April. When we came back from Cardiff and turned off on J23a (our junction) I noticed that the cones were gone, I checked the roadsign on Main Road and the bit that covered the word ‘Newport’ had been cleared off. The road was open!! It takes about 2 miles off the journey to our best friends house and about a mile off the journey to the cinema. Plus it’s a nicer road than the M4 to the Coldra and then along the Ringland Industrial road with all it’s roundabouts!

I’m sure the road will get busy when word spreads that it’s open but for now it’s locals and those that know!!

About a week ago I was emailed to say I had won an iPod Touch in the Butlins Making Memories competition.  The iPod came on Thursday with a hand written note. A lovely touch I thought. Oh and you can read my entry here – if you wish.

Ended the week with a visit to our best friends as we’ve not seen them for a couple of months due to working shift clashes. We came back with some toys for Ashley that Kev’s sister had passed to him for us. How very kind of her 🙂 Can’t wait to see his face tomorrow!

Toys, Letter, New Road

Toys, Letter, New Road

Oh yes and while putting his new CDs away he swapped the CDs in the car and we’ve been listening to Sterophonics – Graffiti on the Train which is bliddy excellent and also Crowded House Greatest – forgot how many good tunes they had. Drove him up the wall as I sing along with them all..HA HA>>

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Childhood Family Holiday Memories

I grew up in an extended family home.  There was Nan, Mum, my Mums 3 brothers, then there was my sister, my 2 brothers and me.

My Dad left when my sister was a baby. This meant Mum had to work to be able to provide the basics for us. I didn’t realise then how hard it must have been to provide for 4 children.  We only ever had sweets on a Saturday for a treat, Sundays were baking days and everyone was expected to their share of chores.

Holidays were rare, I can only remember three where we actually stayed away from home. Porthcawl in a caravan, Butlins Clacton and Minehead Butlins.  I only have 2 pictures from those days, one of us 4 kids with Mum and Nan at Clacton  and one of just me and Mum at Minehead.

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Me and my Mum

I have some good memories from the holiday at Minehead.

  • Journeys on the Monorail. This was quite new and seemed very modern and futuristic for the late 60’s!
  • Watching some men trying to drink a full ‘yard of ale’!
  • The funfair rides. The traditional Horses and there was one that went round and round then went up and around. My Nan loved it and eventually persuaded me to go on it.
  • Splashing in the fountain. The fountain was made up of tiers and we used to climb up and sit on them.
  • The boating lake.
  • The Red Coats – they were always trying to persuade you to join in with games. They made sure everyone of all ages were having a good time.

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