I can't believe that it was just 2 weeks ago that we were sitting outside the caravan having an evening drink and talking about our lovely afternoon in Highgrove House gardens. But just before I say a little about that, I must tell you a little about the earlier part of the day. We had arrived near Tetbury the night before so choose to spend a couple of hours there before Highgrove. I really like Tetbury although I've not been that often but my Father's family came from there so there's something special about it for me. I was absolutely delighted to find when we had parked the car we were at The Chipping.
and after we had enough time to wander around Tetbury going down to the old station and back up Chipping Steps
Then it was time to go to Highgrove.We had a lovely tour round the gardens but if any of you have been you'll know that you are not allowed to take photographs and there were certainly many CCTV cameras around to check you weren't doing that. The visit was a gift from David's brother and wife to us for our 60th birthdays along with a cream tea there and our caravan site fees - what a lovely present. The cream tea was just what was needed after a 2 hour walk around and very enjoyable.
We left the Cotswolds the next day to go to Porthcawl to visit my lovely Aunty Dorothy (my Dad's sister). Before we went to see her we had a long walk on the beach at Rest Bay and into town and round the harbour.
How gorgeous is that? There were so many likenesses to the Gironde in France and as you can see the sun was shining, oh why had I not put in a swimsuit?
A little crocheting was in order when we got back along with a G&T
The following day we woke to more blue skies and sunshine so went to Port Eynon which again was lovely.
and from there to Worm Head where we walked along the cliff path to get to it, looking down at Rhossili Beach on the way.
Another lovely day. Our last day we choose to go to Whiteford beach, a 2 mile long sandy beach backed with sand dunes and with the Whiteford lighthouse at the end of it.
That ended our trip to the Gower but not the end of our holiday as we were off to a site near Barry where we could not only go down to Barry Island but also have a city day in Cardiff. We still had sun when we arrived so after a quick lunch we went down to Barry Island.
and of course you can't go there without visiting 'Nessa's slots' and 'Marco's cafe' made famous by Gavin and Stacey
We decided to take the car up to the far end of the bay and walk along the cliffs - what a different view you get
We loved the houses, old and new up there
We soon came to the centre via some of the arcades
and the castle
We visited my favourite kitchen shop where they had this display just inside the door. How I wish someone would give me £1,000 to spend in there!!
That was our last day in Wales and we had another engagement to go to this time in Bradford on Avon. We were staying at Merkins farm, a brilliant little caravan and camping site with a busy cafe on site.
I came across it as I was reading Kate's blog from Just Pootling. A wonderful find, and in fact Kate had called in as she was passing and we just missed her having popped out to get some wine, but there on the step were flowers, how lovely was that?
The reason we had gone there was not only to see our lovely friends the Angels and Jan (do you remember then from Cornwall) but it was a good mid way place between Cornwall and Yorkshire for the children to surprise David for his 60th birthday. I've never told so many white lies and hidden so much stuff in the caravan. Elanor (Mrs Angel) was in on it as was Jan her Mum, and so between us we had managed to keep David at the van on the Saturday morning whilst the children congregated at the local pub and then drove onto the site together to surprise him.
David's face was a picture when he first saw Charlotte's car and then Becky and Tom's. Unfortunately Jonathan had had his tonsils out earlier in the week and was just not up to being with us.
Becky had a gift for Charlotte
Once back it was all hands on deck to get ready for the party in the evening
and then more surprises for David as unexpected guests turned up. We fed and watered 15 in all.
and here are the birthday boys, as not only was it David's 60th but also Paul (Mr Angel) was having a significant birthday in a few days time.
What a truely wonderful night.
Then the clearing up the next morning - we certainly contributed to a very full bottle re-cycling bin on the site!
All too soon it was time for them to go home to Yorkshire and Cornwall but we have a weekend full of memories and lots of photographs of the holiday to remember it by.