Saturday, 20 May 2017

Spotlight Saturday

Spotlight on Penny!

Little did I know 26 years ago when I gave birth to a chubby little girl with a shock of jet black hair what a roller coaster of a ride we were going to have with her. 

On Tuesday we celebrated Penny's 26th birthday. It was actually her 2nd celebration as we had a family get together on Sunday at my Mum and Dad's. 

So yes, we celebrated. Celebrated the many obstacles she has had to overcome to get to this point in her life. Celebrated her as a complete person with (a very late diagnosis of) autism and borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety. Celebrated that she is taking control of her life. Celebrated that she has found exercise and healthy living and is making huge strides in her personal fitness, body shape and self-image. 

Celebrated that she found such a great friendship group through her wrestling obsession and that through wrestling she has also managed to incorporate her love of writing by writing articles for the programmes. 
Yes, this is Penny going to hit a wrestler! Photo credit TurningFace
Celebrated her academic success and the fact that she managed to get her BSc despite all the trouble she had at school with being bullied. Celebrated that she is doing so well with her MA. 
Penny with Ben at the front and her cousins behind - the first cousins photo for 5 years!

Yes, we celebrated her life to date and what a wonderful, caring, clever and funny young lady she has grown into. A young lady whom I am proud to call my daughter and my friend. 

Penny is quite happy for me to mention her disabilities and mental health issues - she blogs/Tweets/tumblr about them and gave me permission to talk about them on my blog. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Spotlight Saturday

Spotlight on ……
I am spoilt for choice! Where do I choose from our holiday to put the spotlight on? We went to so many lovely places and did so many lovely things. However the one activity that really was my favourite was our walks to Llanddywdyn Island.  We were living only a 5 minute drive away from Newborough Warren which is a National Nature Reserve and is made up of woodland, mudflats, dunes and beaches and just off the beach is a narrow finger of land which is cut off from the beach at high tide but during low tide is easily get at able. It was a magical place and I loved it! The first time we visited we went early evening as I had heard that the views as the sun sets are fantastic and I was not disappointed. We parked in the car park (which usually costs £4 but the barriers were up!) and took a long walk through the woods down to the beach.
Once we arrived at the beach we could see the island and the lighthouse at the end of it. We strolled through the dunes to reach the beach and then it was a lovely walk with views of Snowdonia to get across the causeway to the island.
The island itself was so peaceful! We ambled along the path and up a slight hill and there before us was the most perfect view of the tumbledown chapel, cross and lighthouse.
A short walk down the other side of the hill brought us to the St Dwynwen’s chapel – built in the 16th century on the ruins of a previous chapel. Through the window was the perfect view of the cross on the hill which was placed there for a celebration of Queen Victoria and just opposite the chapel was a wonderful Celtic cross.
Down from the chapel were a run of 4 cottages where the pilots used to live to guide boats through the Menai strait. On this evening we didn’t walk out to the lighthouse, but just admired it from the bottom of the steps! However we returned later in the week for another walk and actually went up to the lighthouse to look at the views from there – unfortunately you couldn’t get into the lighthouse but it was still fun to walk to.

So yes, this is a magical island which I don’t think I could ever tire of. We visited twice and I could have gone again and again! If you are ever in the area I highly recommend visiting – either for a sunset walk (but watch the tide times you don’t want to get stranded over night!) or during the day. We enjoyed both.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Spotlight Saturday

Spotlight on Anglesey!

Yes, that is where I have spent the last week, with Penny and Hugh. We had a fantastic week and I have got so much to share with you and unsurprisingly quite a few photos!

Today I am just going to share a couple of photos from our holiday as we arrive back home today and I've had to get this blog post written on my iPad which isn't the easiest thing to do!

Our lovely cottage.

Penny showing where we were on the Welsh Highland Railway!
A walk at Newborough out to the lighthouse - our favourite walk - I have loads of photos!
I hope you all had a great Bank Holiday weekend. We certainly did and extended it for the whole week! I'll be back next week with a few more photos and details of our favourite places we visited.