Wales – From the mouths of babes

What great travelling companions two 11 year old girls can make…I’d originally thought that my role would entail more ‘grandmothering’ but here we were on a girls road trip, complete with fits of laughter that had tears running down our faces!

Looking out to sea

They indulged me as I walked them through some of the places close to my childhood and my mothers and fathers family too. We visited homes all our great-grand parents, grandparents, parents and family had lived in.

Joined by another dear cousin, Johanna, we walked along the lanes where I’d played as a child.

Fern trio

I’ve already mentioned that we learned about the children in the mines, the Aberfan School Disaster and now we visited the site of the moving memorial to the Senghenydd Disaster and a couple of old churches with ancient graveyards.

Senghenydd mine disaster monument

Senghenydd mine disaster monument

It was about this time that my granddaughters delicately wondered why we were spending so much time on sad things! From the mouths of babes…So it was off to Caerphilly Castle and playing on the mountain in the ferns.

on Caerphilly mountain

Next on our trip came a few days at the seaside with Tenby as our base.

Seagull in Tenby 2

This gave the girls the opportunity to experience a fun, but chilly, day on one of the many beautiful beaches of Wales. Families playing cricket on the sand, having picnics and licking 99’s(vanilla ice cream cones with a flaky chocolate stick!). Then there were the others, like my brave two, enjoying the sea!

Tenby Harbour 2

Can anything be more fun than exploring Manorbier Castle where parts of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was filmed?

Manorbier by the sea

Or looking for aquatic treasures in rock pools on the nearby beach?

Rock pools

Good travelling companions always know how and when to be flexible with agendas!

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36 Responses to Wales – From the mouths of babes

  1. Nancy says:

    The smiles on their faces will be cherished for years to come.

  2. Gallivanta says:

    What a special trip; I am smiling whilst I read your tales.

  3. Sartenada says:

    Your gorgeous photos reveal the beauty of Wales. I love this post and all of Your photos. Thank You.

  4. restlessjo says:

    I recognised Tenby from your lovely header and my own week long visit there when my daughter was small. The weather wasn’t especially kind but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better beach (even in the Algarve!). Eleven year olds aren’t what they used to be, and your two look gorgeous. I’m sorry I’ve been so long in catching up with your adventures. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. pommepal says:

    What lovely companions to travel with. It is very special to see the world through their eyes. I love that you were on a girls road trip all together…

  6. margaret21 says:

    Oh, we loved Manorbier when we visited at the point when my own children were much the age of your granddaughters – a long time ago then! And we still all think that rockpooling is the best bit of a seaside holiday. If your holiday hasn’t yet drawn to a close….. enjoy the last leg

    • We have just returned and the girls are still full of adventure stories. I think more castles and beaches with rock pools might be the only thing we might have wanted more of…

  7. Sue Slaght says:

    Your writing exudes the joy of spending time with these two lovelies. Wonderful photos and I especially like the capture of the seagull coast scene.

    • Thank you – glad I managed to convey what a delight this trip was! You know how sometimes you just see photos compose themselves – that seagull was just waiting for me and the camera.

  8. What delightful grandchildren you have. Beautiful photos. Love the seagull pic. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you – it was a special trip for sure and I know we travelled when they are at a good age too…although you must know from your own that there are no real bad ages!

  9. joannesisco says:

    Reading this post in conjunction with your 2013 post, it sounds like your introduction of Wales to your grandchildren was very successful … for all of you. As you mentioned, it seems we too can learn from the young and their fresh view of the world ๐Ÿ™‚
    Very beautiful pictures – and happy faces!

  10. quilt32 says:

    I don’t believe I’ve ever seen as many beautiful pictures of Wales as you have had in your posts. I would also like to hear more about your childhood in Wales.

  11. Enjoyed and again your photographs are truly lovely.

  12. agnesashe says:

    Lovely photos of your charming granddaughters. They look like they are full of energy. It sounds as though they and the trip re-charged your batteries.

  13. Oh what a wonderful post. I just love the photos … there is something very special about looking for treasures in rock pools! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Lavinia Ross says:

    What a wonderful trip! Yes, nothing like the world as seen through young eyes. Tell us more about the Wales of your youth in some future post?

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