here we are in february!

by grace on February 4, 2016

so, spring is right around the corner…my personal goal is to try t get all my photos and videos of our trip LAST AUGUST up before it has been a year.  possible?  maybe.  i’m doing my best, but life seems to be getting in the way quite a bit, not so much time to sit down at the computer.

and today is busy again, because tomorrow i’m headed for NYC!  Bev’s daughter lives there, and bev and i are going to visit.  tomorrow mom and i take the train to chicago to visit my aunt sandy who had some major surgery, and after a night there, i fly out of midway airport on saturday.  bev’s daughter, erin, has a good friend who is the lead in aladdin – she’s jasmin!  i’m fairly confident  we’ll get to go see the show, which  should be exciting.

bev asked me what else i’d like to do, but somehow i haven’t had time to even look for new and different NYC things.  i want to go to the metropolitan museum of art because i just want to sit and look at the impressionist paintings, and bev has never been there, so i want to show her all the stained glass and the other beautiful things.  well, not all of them, because you can’t see all the stuff in a day because you just get museum-numb after a while.

i’m confident that i’ll have some time to think about other ideas today, besides the one million things i need to accomplish.  and yet here i sit…

here’s sadie, looking darling in her striped coat.

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and this is one of my favorite photos of her.  such long legs!

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we celebrated my neighbor bernice’s birthday on january 12th – i made lasagne and cupcakes.  here are my cupcakes formerly known as “irish car bomb cupcakes,” until the creator of the recipe decided that was politically incorrect, so now they’re called “irish whisky and beer cupcakes.”  they’re sinfully decadent, they take some time to make, and i wanted them to look fancy with the sprinkles and all.

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we all look a little drunk here, but i think it’s just sugar overload.

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but here’s proof of my continuing early alzheimer’s creeping up on me…i left a bunch of cupcakes with bernice and took a half dozen home and put them in the freezer.  they were in a huge container so i took one out and put it in the fridge, and my intent was to put the rest of them in a smaller container and back into the freezer.

they have disappeared.  no, i didn’t eat them in the middle of the night, i’m pretty sure nobody came in a swiped them…but i have absolutely no memory of actually putting them back in the freezer, and they’re not there – i checked many times, amy came over and checked, everybody looked in the freezer.

i assume that someday i’ll find them, old and very moldy and sad.

here’s lester being cute, to help me get over the angst of the lost cupcakes.

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we made it to solva, yaaaay for that!  we made pretty good time, and next time i swear i WILL NOT WORRY SO MUCH about not making it!  in the description of the hotel in solva, it said that there was a good restaurant there, and we should make a reservation if we wanted to dine there.  so i called ahead, and the only opening was early in the evening – maybe at 5:00?  of course we’d be famished by then, but then i spent too much time worrying about getting there in time gfor dinner.  at some point i decided it didn’t matter if we made it in time because there had to be more than one restaurant in town.

solva was hopping with lots of vacationers.

our b&b, The Cambrian Inn, was quite lovely and old but also refurbished and modern.  the best of both worlds. the guy behind the bar at the restaurant led us up, up, up many stairs to the top floor.  our suite took up the entire floor!  it was the exact opposite of the Clock House in Marloes.  the windows were funny – there was that window in the ceiling, and it was a little stuffy in the room but luckily kevin figured out how to open the window.

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the only other window was that teeny one facing the street.  you had to crouch down to look out!  it looked like the place had very recently been turned into guest room.

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and here’s our whole other empty room, where we could have held a party if we’d known anybody to invite.

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the bathroom was huge and pretty fancy.

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i was so happy to be there!

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we hurried to get cleaned up, and went down to dinner.

and of course it wasn’t all it was advertised to be.  it wasn’t bad, but because it was so very early, the place was filled with great big families with many very very loud children.  i remember that the bread was very good – i got some cockles for an appetizer because i wanted to try them.  you were supposed to spear them with toothpicks and add vinegar.  they were a little bit rubbery.

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a cockle is a kind of clam, i just learned.

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kevin had a delicious pie – chicken?  beef?  with a basket of delicious fries.  i decided to have a bevy of apptizers for my main course, including very rare beef and a salad.  but the beef came with lots of salad, so i had a ridiculous amount of greens.  dang greens.

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we didn’t stay for dessert because of the loudness of the place, and were glad to stroll around the town.  it’s a very popular tourist destination.

 

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so many cars!

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after our saunter, we decided to go back to the hotel for dessert.

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hmm, why no sticky toffee pudding?  i don’t think they had any.  instead, a delicious rhubarb thing with fabulous ice cream, plus port for me and whiskey for kevin.  at this point the restaurant was really packed and hoppin’, but luckily we found a comfy couch near the bar area and sat there enjoying our food and drinks.  many people were all milling around waiting for a table, and we were most pleased tat we could just walk up to our lovely room!

one more day of the official pembrokeshire path hike to come…

ok then,

mrs. h.

 

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we were a little tired after our hike across the sands at newgale sands, and the path ahead of us went up, up, up.

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when we got to the top, the view was, of course, beautful.

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and then down, on the conveniently-placed stone steps.  what if it’d been raining?  i wouldn’t have been fun at all.

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here’s a style, to keep animals from wandering too far.  there weren’t a lot of them on the path.

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a study of cows.

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and wild horses!

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this is one of my favorite pictures.  they were wild, but not shy.

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as we got closer to solva, it started to rain!  well, it was really only sprinkling, but we hurried to put on our rain gear.  this is the hill we climbed down, then over the rocks and up…did we cross that little wooden bridge?  i hope i took a video of this, because i just can’t remember.  i feel that we didn’t.  the rain quickly stopped, whew.

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the little forest on the path close to solva.

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there’s the town up ahead.  what if you lived there, you could walk these paths all the time.

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solva harbor!

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a final bit of woods before getting to town.

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it wasn’t far to our b&b, and we were happy to get there.  it didn’t take so long, really, and i felt a great sense of accomplishment, making it 11 miles.

ok then,

mrs. thursday hughes.

 

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that last set of photos took us from a little before seven in the morning up to…about 10:30.  yes, picture-taking took up a big portion of our hike.

here’s the next three hours, all the way up to lunchtime.

this was a lotta steps to climb.

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another beautiful day!

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so basically the path is constantly eroding, so somebody must be constantly rushing up and down it, checking and repairing.  but we never saw anybody doing that.

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this is definitely a photo i’m going to have to print and hang somewhere on our extremely limited wall space.

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as i recall, this was one of the most challenging hikes up while in wales.  so many of the steeper grades had conveniently places steps, but not here.

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down below is Newgale Sands, a two-mile beach that we could either walk down to, or we could take the high path up above.  we decided to head for the water.

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this part of the climb was the most arduous.  i think this is where we saw a few people coming down – i would have felt a little scared climbing down this uneven path, and these people were really out of shape, not dressed for hiking at all, and i think they had a small child with them.  i don’t know how far down they got, and then it really would have been a challenge for them to get back up.

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i felt a real sense of accomplishment reaching the top.

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lots of sheep out in the field.

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we could see the people lining the beach down below.

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now why didn’t we get up close to the guy to see his painting?  i’m sure he’d have been happy to talk to us!  see that big pile of rocks behind him?  that’s what you had to climb over if you came to the beach, then everybody had those striped wind shields set up because the weather was bracing and the wind pretty strong. going to the beach in wales isn’t for the faint of heart.

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we saw plenty of cute dogs – i’m pretty sure i got some video footage, too.

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we clamored over the rocks to the street behind, where there were a few restaurants, but we didn’t have any desire to sit down and have a meal.  instead, we used the public bathrooms and headed past the little town.  kevin needed to eat, so we sat down on the path and had delicious cheese sandwiches and a truly juicy and delightful peach that we’d bought in Broad Haven.

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and on we marched…

ok then,

mrs. saturday morning hughes.

 

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Saturday, August 15th – 11 miles from Little Haven to Solva!

January 22, 2016

that’s a lotta miles!  well, not so many for experienced hikers, but a lot for us. we woke up early on saturday morning, before 7 a.m., and it was another beautiful day.  here’s the view from our window. breakfast was fresh everything, so delicious. because we were up so early, we were the only ones […]

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snow snow snow!

January 20, 2016

four and a half inches last night.  i’m trying not to think about it, because i don’t have to leave the house til after nine.  hopefully the roads will be fine and dandy by then. kevin is out snowblowing.  a very good fella. meanwhile…this is just a week and a half ago, when it was […]

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CONGRATULATIONS, JIM, DISC-GOLFER EXTRAORDINAIRE!!

January 16, 2016

last friday, january 8th, jim’s picture was in the paper on the front page of the city/state section, above the fold!  it was a great photo, and jim said the photographer, Dave Spencer, followed him and his buddies around seven holes as they played disc golf. jim is a fantastic disc-golfer, and i’d like to go […]

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Video from Friday, August 14th – a baby seal! a guy parasailing!

January 15, 2016

here’s a video of our second day of hiking.  watching the video just now, i saw how close i was able to zoom in on the baby seal way down on the rocks, as he made his way out to the water.  there’s also some pretty good footage of a guy parasailing; once again, i […]

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happy friday morning to you!

January 15, 2016

although it’s so dark outside still that it’s not the most cheerful of days… but so far the winter hasn’t been so terrible. almost no snow, and only a few bitterly cold days. it was fairly warm on monday, and i went down to the dock where the birds were making all kinds of cool […]

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the evening of Friday, August, 14th, on the Pembrokeshire Path

January 14, 2016

we arrived at Little Haven at around three in the afternoon, and were pretty sure we knew where our b&b was, but once we actually got into town we couldn’t quite find it.  so we wandered around a bit, finally climbing a steep hill to arrive at the Pendyffryn Guesthouse. The owner wasn’t home, because they […]

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