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Friday, August 12, 2005

Cardigan Food Festival

The past few days have been 'lazy' days, we haven't really done much of anything apart from chill out as much as possible..LOL

Yesterday we walked into town for the Cardigan Food Festival. It's not a fantastic day out, but at least it gets us out of the house for a couple of hours.

The festival is held down by the riverside. There are various food stalls with Welsh 'tasters'. Of course, the prices are extortionate for the foods and crafts, so most people just wander around tasting everything until they're full up.. hahaha

I took a few pics, some from up on the castle wall, some of the festival itself and some of the parade. Kelsey took part in the parade this year and she really had a blast.


This is Kelsey in her hand-made villagers costume for the parade. The costumes were made on the riverside by everybody who was taking part in the parade.


Kelsey had to help carry the eel. There was a button she had to keep pressing to make it open and close it's mouth and she ended up getting a blister on her finger from it hahahaha


This is the veiw of River Teifi from the east wall of the castle. It's a gorgeous view, just a shame that it was a bit cloudy so you don't get to see how beautiful it really can look.


This is the huge fisherman from the parade. He's enormous! And always fun to see, unless you're a little kid, then he's just plain scary ;~)



This picture shows what you can see of Cardigan Bay from the west wall of the castle. The beach is all the way over on the other end of the picture. The stalls you see were full of Welsh food and crafts.

Anna


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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

By The Riverside

Today was a good day. Kelsey, Kyle and me took 2 of the dogs, Taz and Missy, for a nice long walk for a couple of hours. We walked up to St. Dogmaels from Cardigan to go look at the old abbey ruins. It's always been one of our favourite places. I was kicking myself because I'd forgotten to take my digital camera with me.

After hanging out at the abbey for a while, we walked through the woodlands to get to the river that flows from there back through to Cardigan. Kelsey then piped up "MUM! I just remembered, the phone you bought me yesterday has a camera on it! We can take pictures with that!" No sooner was it said than done, and here are 2 of the pics we took:





They turned out pretty good considering we'd never tried to take pics with a mobile phone before, don't you think?

We did take a few more, but I was in a rush, so this is all you get to see for now ;~)

We spent a good few hours out walking in the sunshine today, so as you can tell we are definitely making the most of the summer weather this year :~)

Anna

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A First Time For Everything

This week is totally different to any week I've known for the past 5 years. Chris AND Courtney have gone to stay with their nan for the whole week. I have never been away from Courtney for that length of time before, and it's a bit scary. After all, she's my "baby".. lol. There's no doubt in my mind that she'll be absolutely fine, and she's probably grateful for the break away from our own little madhouse hehehe.

While we've been having a little bit of peace here at home, Kyle, Kelsey and me have been taking the time to enjoy each others company. Today we went to the cinema to watch Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Johnny Depp plays a pretty good part, and the kids really enjoyed the film. Me? I had a hard time keeping myself awake through the whole thing ;~)

This evening we went to a chinese restaurant for a meal. Kyle scoffed his face as much as he could and really enjoyed it. Unbelievably, he actually SAT at the table, and even used his knife and fork.

Today was a total first for Kyle, and a great big milestone for us. We've never been able to take him to either the cinema nor restaurants before without having to get up and leave. Today we did both, and we all had a fabulous time. As they say, there's a first time for everything ;~)

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