Saturday, 17 April 2021

Unlocked and Uplifted

Hello, thank you for calling in.  I have something exciting to share with you: for the first time since 2019 I HAVE BEEN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 






This is the second week of our Easter school holiday and as the covid restrictions were due to relax a bit on Monday the Best Beloved and I planned to take a few day trips but on Tuesday last week, when the Welsh government confirmed that the border would be opened to visitors from outside Wales on Monday 12th April, the Best Beloved suggested we go to Anglesey for a few days.  I got straight onto our favourite glamping site and booked us in for two nights.  

We began the day with breakfast in the park because the cafe was putting out tables and chairs for the first time this year.  To be honest, I was a little disappointed as there was no china or table service so it was basically operating as a takeaway with seating, but the sun was shining, the food was good and my spirits were high at the thought of going to the seaside.  Whoop whoop!  We went back home and I threw a few things into my bag: knickers, woolly socks, gloves, sunglasses, book, map, crochet project, fairy lights...what else does a girl need for a couple of nights away??  We decided to drive the scenic route and enjoy the journey, and it was a treat:  the sky was blue, the mountains were snow-capped and the fields were green and full of lambs, lots and lots of lambs, possibly thousands of lambs.  We arrived on the island at about 2pm and drove straight to Waitrose to buy some provisions - not our usual grocer but we wanted to indulge ourselves after so many months at home.  (This branch of Waitrose used to be a Co-op but Waitrose took it over...after Prince William and Catherine Middleton moved there in 2010!)  We arrived at the glamping site at 3pm, as arranged, and settled in to our pod.

On Tuesday the sun shone again and after a leisurely breakfast of poached eggs and smoked salmon on toast we drove out to Traeth y Gribin where we stayed for the afternoon.  After a walk along the strand line with my head down (seaweed, little dead crabs, cockle shells, limpets and painted top shells) I sat down to watch the light on the water change as clouds drifted across the sky, read my book and watch the birds.  As the tide receded, mudflats were revealed, punctuated by the small rocky ridges which give the beach its name as "gribin" means "serrated ridge", and to my delight, wading birds appeared.  Meanwhile, the Best Beloved went for a longer walk and then took a nap.  It was a perfect afternoon, even though I was wearing my big coat, a scarf, gloves and a hat.  This is exactly what I had been longing to do for months, you can stick me on a beach in almost any weather and I'll be a happy bunny for hours.  That evening we had fish and chips for dinner and watched the sunset through the glass doors of our warm and cosy pod. 

 

We left the pod at 10am the following morning.  The owners allow five hours between each occupancy to enable the pod to be thoroughly cleaned and we were asked to strip the bed and leave the doors and window wide open.  The communal kitchen is closed but a toaster and microwave oven had been added to the pod, which already had a kettle and a fridge, and we took a small, portable camping stove with us.  We were entirely self-contained and I felt very safe.  If you'd like to have a look, click here to see where we stayed.  

Before leaving the island we went to another beach.  Again, the sky was intensely blue and so was the water but it really was too cold to sit out so we sat in the car for an hour or so and enjoyed the view, carefully storing the memory in my mind because I don't know when I'll get to the sea again.


I really needed this break.  I was feeling very low beforehand, almost as flat as a pancake, finding it difficult to drum up enthusiasm or energy for almost anything at all.  This lockdown has significantly depleted my mental reserves but Anglesey air has blown the cobwebs right away and cleared the fog from my brain.  I was sad to leave the island behind but I have brought home with me a spring in my step, a smile on my face and some beautiful memories.  I am ready to face whatever the next few weeks bring. 

See you soon.  Stay safe and take care.

Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x 



17 comments:

  1. Ah that is great Tiggy! A breath of fresh air. Jo x

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    1. Shropshire is beautiful but I need a regular sea fix. x

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  2. How wonderful, what a treat and such fantastic weather too! x

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    1. We were very lucky with the sunshine, it makes everything feel better, doesn't it? x

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  3. Oh how wonderful. And such a beautiful place. Snowden must have looked stunning with its snow caps. Glad you were able to escape and recharge. Flat as a pancake is a perfect way to describe how we all feel although I’m much luckier than most. Hope your trip keeps you buzzing for a little while. B x

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    1. So far I'm still buzzing, Barbara. Yes, Snowdonia was stunning and that's one of the reasons we like Anglesey so much, you can see the mountains and the sea at the same time. x

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  4. It sounds like the short break complete with sea air has done wonders for your wellbeing. It looks beautiful there. X

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    1. It really has done me the world of good, Jules. x

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  5. It all looks so beautiful. I can't wait for a trip to the sea.
    Jean

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    1. Jean, Shropshire is beautiful but it's too far away from the sea! x

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  6. How wonderful to get away for a few days and it sounds a great place to stay. It's good that you now feel uplifted by the visit. Anglesey is so inspiring:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie. It really is a wonderful island, I don't think I'll ever tire of the view of mountains and the beach. x

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  7. Such good news to hear you so rejuvenated. It's surprising how little of the good things we actually need to make us feel better in ourselves. x

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    1. Thanks Jackie, and such simple things as well - blue sky (although frankly, I wouldn't have cared if the sky had been grey), beach and sea. The glamping is just a bonus. x

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