Saturday, 29 April 2017


On Wednesday down at the harbour I saw a group of people erecting what looked like an electric fence to the inside of an existing wooden fence. I asked one of the workers what it as for and he told me it was to protect rare breeding birds.

The following day I was able to take some photos of the completed fence and sure enough the inner fence is electrified and notices placed all around the outer fence warning to keep dogs under close control.

The original fenced area has been extended and it's there that the electric fencing is exposed and this area is cordoned off with just a blue rope. It really concerned me that some dogs may get harmed. Obviously dogs can't read the signs so it's up to their owners to keep them under control.

It's only since looking online that I discovered a number of areas along our coastline have been protected like this for a number of years. Our coast is home to Britain's rarest seabirds and it's only right that they can breed undisturbed. The earliest article I could find is here and the article goes on to say that the fences are electrified at night so I'm hoping that it's the same for this electric fence but I'm certainly not going to test it out! Hopefully dog owners will keep their dogs well away in the daytime too.

The tide has been in each morning for the last few days and I've walked Annie down here now on lead and as you can see, these young fishermen were taking full advantage of the high tide. (The exposed electric fenced area is just to the left in the photo below). I hope the sea birds have a successful breeding season before they return to west Africa in September.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

It's oh so cold

It turned really cold yesterday afternoon and is still bitterly cold and windy today. The arctic blast brought snow to the mountains and as always I like to take my own photograph from our dunes path. This cold weather is expected to last until the weekend, what a contrast from the beautiful warm sunshine we enjoyed just three weeks ago on our holiday in Snowdonia.

It's not often we see any ships on the sea here but today I was fortunate enough to spot this ship which carries aircraft wings made in Broughton on it's way to France. The photo is the best I could manage with my small point and shoot camera on full zoom with very cold hands :)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Turning a blind eye

Following on from yesterday's post about rabbits in the dunes,  I then got myself ready,  took Annie down to the harbour and I was lucky enough to spot one and photograph it. Annie was totally oblivious  and was actually looking the other way :)

I'm not certain if the man with the bag for life was collecting pebbles or not, but did you know that taking shingle from the beach was illegal, I've just thrown in a random fact there :)  Anyway, as blogging friend Eunice is looking forward to taking her two little terriers Sophie and Poppie on this boardwalk when she visits later this year, I hope it will be low tide as it was yesterday. As you can see in this photo, where the river flows into the sea there is a vast area of beach for the dogs to run around and dip there paws in the water if they want to. Just added a link to the tide tables for you here Eunice, so you can plan ahead nearer the time :)

Friday, 21 April 2017

Running out of steam

I took this photo yesterday just so you can get an idea of how the boardwalk splits up in two directions but meets up again near the end of the walk, and of course I always need to sneak in an Annie photo too :)

I sometimes meet these two dogs and their owner on our walk here. The brown dog knows I usually have a bag of treats in my pocket and she always jumps up at me to get first dibs, her pal the mottled black and white dog is much more reserved and Annie quite likes both of these dogs.

The other day they came hurtling through the dunes chasing a rabbit, I was willing the rabbit to run, run, run and it did. It went under the boardwalk for it's safety and stayed there. What did Annie do? Absolutely nothing :) We were up on the slightly higher level and  I wasn't quick enough to capture a photo of the rabbit but the two dogs were on high alert should it emerge again :(  For once brown dog wasn't interested in my treats and hopefully the rabbit lived to see another day.

Yesterday afternoon I had to wait in for the gas engineer to come and do the annual service of our boiler. It's over twenty years old now and it was fingers crossed that it survived another winter, which it did. The engineer said it is only working at 70% capacity now and if it fails the parts are no longer available. We've turned off the central heating but I find it is still quite cold at nighttime even when it's quite warm during the day. We've owned three houses having upsized when the children were growing up and downsized after they'd flown the nest and we've had to replace the boilers in both of our other homes so it's a bit of a dilemma as what to do about  this one. After much deliberation we've decided for now at least to do an Annie and that's do nothing :)

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Molly by the sea

Daughter, son-in-law and Molly won't be joining us for our Easter Sunday meal today, they arrived yesterday morning instead. That is what Annie thought about Molly turning up at her house again. Molly came in, walked right past us, straight into the kitchen and ate Annie's food, just like Eric used to do :)

Daughter came bearing gifts as she knows we don't buy Easter eggs, daughter was making sure we had some chocolate for Easter and I'm sure Annie is going to enjoy her doggy chocolate bar :)

So we took the dogs down to the beach and they had a great time, Molly even had some off lead time and she was really good considering her recall isn't too good which is why she needs her long line training lead. Having treats in my handbag often helped too :)

 We stopped at the promenade cafe and had a welcome cup of coffee and toast.

Do you like Molly's new collar? Daughter had it handmade especially for Molly and certainly reflects daughter's wacky sense of humour :) Please do checkout her friend's website here at 
I urge you to read MaggieMoo's about me page, it made me cry :(

After our walk we returned home and watched  the live stream of April the giraffe just minutes after she had given birth. I have to be honest I had no idea about April until daughter told me about the impending birth being an internet sensation and it was rather good timing on our part to be able to watch mother and calf live on television (we have a smart TV) and watch the young calf getting to his feet on wobbly legs. Oh yes, it's a boy :)

So our family set off  home after tea and phoned later to say they made good time as the traffic on the road wasn't too bad late evening.

Our Easter Sunday will be a nice meal at home for just the two of us and we will watch the Grand Prix live on TV later this afternoon. We may partake in one or two of those creme eggs :)

I hope you enjoy your Easter celebrations too.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter weekend

I have recently taken six bags full of books to a local charity donations centre. Not carrier-bag size  bags but proper recycling bags full. It was definitely time to have a clear out, my house was full of books. They were very grateful for the donation and one of the staff came to the car to help carry them inside. Hopefully the books will make them some much needed funds.

I've always liked books, hardback books and paperback books, fiction and nonfiction and will admit that some books I'd not  even read all the way through. I'm completely addicted to books. One collection of books I will not part with though and that is these.

Yesterday I bought myself yet another book and so this is what I'm currently reading.

 I think this will be a good read to dip in and out of.

While I was in town I met a Molly lookalike called Dan. His owner was taking a rest on a town centre bench. He told me that Dan was so lazy he would like to be pushed in the wheelchair if he could :)

Today and a different town centre, a reminder that it's Good Friday today and I listened for a while to the Easter message.

I think daughter, son-in-law and Molly will be vising this weekend. We don't buy Easter eggs but will partake in just a small amount of chocolate. I have a turkey breast crown to cook with all the trimmings and hopefully we will enjoy a nice Sunday lunch with a bottle of wine.

 I wish you all a very Happy Easter.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

R.I.P. Ninja cat

I'm very sad today. 

I took these photos back in October 2014 of a neighbourhood cat I have always called Ninja cat. He was quite a character and would torment Annie. He would lurk in the bushes, jump out at her, follow us home and sit on our garden wall until we let Annie into our back garden to see him off. I'm sure when he jumped off that wall he was laughing at us.

I was walking past his home today when his owner came to tell me that Annie was safe to pass her house now as Freddie (his real name) won't be bothering her anymore. I was shocked to learn that last week some callous bastard (I make no apologies for my language) had set his dog on to him late one night and Freddie was so badly injured he had to be put to sleep. What makes it worse is that Freddie was the first pet of our neighbour's eleven year old son. Freddie was only seven years old.

The incident happened on the street, a few doors away from our neighbour's home and the matter has been reported to the police. It seems that the police have someone on their radar for doing this crime as it's happened before. Apparently he goes 'lamping' late at night. Unfortunately they don't have the actual proof that it was him.

I can only weep. Bloody thug. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Six away days

This is the best clean-up sign I have ever seen, unfortunately Annie is not as well trained and I have to clean up after her myself :)

This will be my final holiday post but will be photo heavy! Saturday was our first full day of six in the lodge / caravan, yes I know they call them lodges but we've stayed in lodges before and this was  more like a caravan, albeit a luxury caravan and we were very warm and comfortable. Where was I, oh yes,  Saturday morning it rained hard and thankfully this was the only rain of the holiday, the remaining days were warm and we enjoyed glorious sunshine. After the rain had stopped we went into the town and had lunch in front of a huge, large screen television and the pub erupted into a loud cheer when Liverpool scored their first goal of the match. We're not football fans but enjoyed the food and atmosphere :)

On  Sunday, we discovered that a short distance away from the lodges, there was a turning off the main road that led to the Bala  steam railway "station' although this was the point where the train turns around and not the main station, and so I decided I would check out if the train was running this week which it was, so a ride on the steam train was on my agenda for another day. Then there was a second turning from the road where we discovered a small, free car park which turned out to be at the start of a footpath which runs alongside the north side of the lake. The lake was to our left and fields of sheep to our right.

The walk was plenty long enough for us, we even stopped at a couple of wooden benches facing the lake and that's where husband stopped to rest and Annie discovered what turned out to be the cucumber snake. You can just see her scrambling over the rocks to get back to her Dad after being warned not to pick it up :)

The path ends nicely at a boatyard car park complete with toilets and cafe and a lovely lakeside view.
We just managed to order toasted bacon sandwiches and coffee and claim a seat in the cafe before a load of bikers arrived and the cafe became packed both inside and outside.

On Monday we visited Barmouth and although we've been here many times before, it was nice to be able to take Annie on the beach.

 I've posted a photo of this cafe before on a previous blog, the sign always makes me smile and they are never going to adjust that 'C' :) Not somewhere I really want to eat if you know what I mean :)

The following day we caught the steam train from Bala and just about managed to have time for coffee and a scone  in the station tea-room at the end of the four and a half mile train ride, then it was time for the return journey. Annie  had bought her own ticket for £1 and that made her entitled to her own seat on the train :)

On Wednesday we decided to go to Llangollen having enjoyed a riverside walk there on a previous visit. We had a pleasant stroll by the canal this time and it was fascinating to see what I think is a disused lock gate.

I've never seen a taxidermy studio before and wanted to look through the window although the studio itself was closed. I don't know how I feel about stuffed animals :(

We had a look around a mill shop before lunch and I really wanted to buy one of these mushrooms for my mole garden at home but didn't want to carry one around the town so we'll have to schedule another visit another time :)

We discovered a lovely dog-friendly bistro right next to the river and the food and coffee were inexpensive, extremely tasty, the service was excellent and we had the best riverside view ever.

 On our last complete day we went on a lakeside walk to the cafe again which unfortunately was closed. We tried the door and the owner opened up for us. We had quite a wait for our coffee but had a lovely long chat with the owner who is a lovely man and he certainly made us laugh. Annie found herself a stick by the lake so she was happy and I can honestly say this holiday was really enjoyable and I can't wait to do it all again :)