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A weekend of adventures

I want to start this post by saying a huge thank you to all of you for your support in my entry for the loblography challenge.  It's not over yet, so if you feel that way inclined please do click 'like' on my previous post, as it ends at midnight tomorrow night.  It might sound defeatist, but I have accepted that it is unlikely I will win now as a couple of the other bloggers have very much overtaken me, but I have so enjoyed being involved that it's all been worth it.  I have been really touched by how lovely people have been and the support I've had and it's things like this that really make blogging worth it.  It blows my mind that people I have never met can be so lovely to me and so kind and supportive - so - thank you! I got my last film back today and it has my favourite snap so far on it - Pancake hamster peeking over her cage....


I have a lot of other things to tell you about so I hope you're in for the long haul! I'm afraid as well that, if you weren't already all 'photography-ed out' from my previous posts that I have a few more snaps to share as we had a very picturesque weekend.

On Friday we set off for North Wales to go to a wedding in Criccieth.  Although we set off at two o' clock in the afternoon, the traffic on the roads and our need to stop for both lunch and dinner meant that we didn't arrive in Criccieth until nearly 10 o' clock at night.  To make matters worse, for the last stretch of the journey the sat nav took us up a mountain pass in Snowdonia that was a single track road with some pretty dramatic drops on either side; it was a nerve-racking drive (with fog, and lashing down with rain) and in the pitch black I had visions of us going through a fence and never being seen again!

The next morning we had an explore around Criccieth and were chuffed to find out (never having heard anything about the town before) that it was absolutely lovely; we walked along the beach and the sea wall and I took lots of snaps before heading back to the hotel to get ready for the wedding.  Here are two I took that morning;



The wedding was absolutely lovely, and, feeling slightly tender from all the wine that flowed the night before, the next day we headed towards Stratford Upon Avon, where we were staying for one night before heading home today.  We went back via the same mountain pass - a lot less hairy in the daylight.  Some of the views were absolutely breathtaking so I stopped off for a few photos.



The hotel we stayed in in Criccieth was pretty dismal and the walls were so thin that I hardly had any sleep for the two night stay so we were keeping our fingers crossed that our hotel in Stratford would be more homely. After the seven hours of driving in two days, a vague hangover and so much lost sleep we decided that our Sunday night would be spent in watching TV and ordering room service. And wow, it didn't disappoint! This is the hotel; surrounded by lakes and beautiful grounds...


Because it was such a grim day and there weren't that many guests they upgraded our room and it was amazing. Our room was absolutely huge, with views over the grounds, a four poster bed, and the most amazing bathroom! The bathroom had heated floor tiles, a huge wet room and a giant bath!


This was the view from our room; 

We headed into Stratford-Upon-Avon the next day, but frustratingly it was raining and absolutely freezing cold, so after a wander around we ducked into an Italian restaurant for lunch and a hot chocolate! Thanks to Maria for recommending the restaurant, and to Sarah for remembering it! 


All in all we had a really lovely weekend - I hope you've enjoyed my photos! Writing about the loblography challenge, and the new followers it has gained me and support I have been given has really inspired me to work harder with my blog, I have lots of new ideas and am really motivated to continue to make my blog what is hopefully a good read!

22 comments

  1. Aww Pancake is so cute! The drive up that track road sounds terrifying! I remember driving up a two lane country road in thick fog and that was scary enough. :/ The hotel looks lovely too xx

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  2. Looks fabulous. Especially love your photos of the beach in Wales!

    I'm a new reader but I really enjoy your blog :)

    Amy
    Narrowboat Lucky Duck
    www.nbluckyduck.blogspot.com

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  3. Pancake looks like a really tiny bear! I hope you throw her a party on pancake day.

    I'm super jealous of your trip to Stratford, I went a few years ago on a school trip and absolutely loved it. Me and my friends have been planning to return every summer since but are yet to manage it. The hotel is absolutely gorgeous, but we're looking at staying at the premier inn when we eventually make it haha.

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  4. The room looks so gorgeous! The views of wales are absolutely amazing. Makes me want to go now! x

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  5. Wooow, your photographs are so amazing, what kind of camera do you use? Those landscapes are making me crave the countryside! I love that photo of your little hamster too, soo cute! :D
    Glad you had a lovely weekend! That room you stayed in looks well swanky! :D
    xxx

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  6. Is that hotel in stratford? I was looking at wedding venues around that area and never came across that!

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  7. I live near Stratford (well, used to) and never made the most of it. I think a day trip over the summer is a must. Lovely photos x

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  8. Aww, Pancake is too cute!
    I used to have that hamster cage for my hamster.
    (RIP Amilio!)

    These photos are lovely.
    PS. I love Rise Against. They are epic live.

    Ayeisha
    x

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  9. Pancake is so cute! Your photo makes me miss my little hamster though, I have a photo almost exactly the same!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27317337@N04/4838035406/in/set-72157609725885568/

    Your photos look lovely and you were so lucky to get your room upgraded :)
    xx

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  10. that hamster is too cute for words!

    You've got a brilliant blog, I'm following!

    Would love you to enter my amazing giveaway!

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    xx

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  11. Aww, Pancake is just the cutest ever!

    Love the upgraded room as well!

    xxx
    Vikki

    http://stylometre.blogspot.com

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  12. that photo of pancake is adorable! love your pictures, they're beautiful xx

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  13. WOW - that hotel looks resplendint. I fancy a get away. Mum's promised a spa day so I'm looking at all these crazy castles and day dreaming of roaming the grounds like a 19th century Austen heroine. You proper look like you had a jolly time you lucky thing xx

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  14. That view and your weekend look lovely.

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  15. Hello Pancake, long time no see!
    xx

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  16. The Pancake photo rules. All of the photos are lovely. Making me wish I was there.

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  17. I think I just died from the cuteness of the first photo!

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  18. Your weekend sounds like it was so lovely! Those pictures are beautiful. :)

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  19. Sounds like you had a great weekend :) Love your photos too, especially the one of your hamster!! aww xx

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  20. I'm glad you liked it! I was anxious after Sarah recommended me :)

    Maria xxx

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