Sun, sea and (lots of) wind!

Paul, Stella and I just got back from a week in Anglesey which we spent with Jayne, Paul, Ella, Hannah and Josh.
 
We stayed in a cottage called Rhos-Y-Pant (www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g186442-d7104614-Rhos_Y_Pant_Cottage_stunning_sea_views_sleeps_8-Anglesey_North_Wales_Wales.html) near to Church Bay on the north of the island.  The weather was kind to us with a bit of rain one morning, lots of wind but it was generally warm and sunny.  We entertained ourselves with ice cream, trips out, walks along the coast and afternoons at the beach.
 
In my usual post holiday blog style, I’ve created a list of my favourite things about the holiday.
 
Overall favourite thing – the views from the conservatory of the cottage.  The sea was all around us and there were two lighthouses in view.  We could see the sunset from our vantage point.
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Most fascinating place – the copper mines at Parys mountain (http://www.copperkingdom.co.uk/parys-mountain/).  Exploring it was like visiting another world.  There was a clearly marked walk that took you all the way around the mine which was great for dogs and kids alike.
 
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Best game – the pool table in the cottage kept all of us entertained for hours.  The final game of the holiday was a Paul-off on our last night.  Everyone was very excited to see this close game unfold.  (My) Paul won in the end but only by one ball.  Our standard improved over the week.
 
Best beach – Bellech beach.  It was clean, long, wide and had a nice big dog friendly bit that wasn’t too far from the ice cream hut.
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Biggest coincidence – that Harriet and her family were staying on the island when we were there too.  We managed to meet up and spend an afternoon together at the beach.
 
Best ice cream – on Harriet’s recommendation, we went to the Red Boat Cafe (http://redboatgelato.com) in Beaumaris.  I had lemon and ginger cheesecake and easter cream egg flavoured ice cream in a big waffle cone.
 
Funniest thing – getting Charlie the cockapoo to pose for a picture while sitting at the kitchen table.
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Best walk – around the coast near to our cottage to get better views of the lighthouse and to see the old chimney kiln.
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Best light – the evening light falling on the garden at the cottage.
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Most unusual road block – when we were nearing the end of a circular coastal walk, we found a farmer herding his cows right down the path we wanted to walk on.  Thinking it not the best idea to walk through them with 3 kids and 3 dogs in tow, we waited for a while to see if they would shift out of the way.  We finally made a decision to go off-path rejoining it a bit further down.
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Best meal – Fish and chips from Y Wygyr Fish and Chip Shop in Cemeas.  I knew when we arrived and the queue was out the door that it was going to be good.   It didn’t disappoint – it was worth the wait.
 
Best purchase – a new blanket (https://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk/green-waterproof-random-rug/p4328) from the shop at the National Trust property of Plas Newyd.  I do love a good national trust blanket.
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Biggest disappointment – due to timings, we didn’t get a chance to see the lighthouse on Llanddwyn island.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanddwyn_Island_Lighthouse)  Oh well – it gives us an excuse to go back another time.
 
It’s funny when you go away on holidays and then it ends and you don’t see everyone all day every day.  I always become quite attached and I’m missing everyone now.  It’s always nice to get back home and into your own bed though. 😉