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In North Wales... [May. 27th, 2009|07:43 pm]
Douglas Spencer
We've arrived at Plas-Tirion, where there's a little bit of signal.

As I type, this handset guesses ahead, suggesting words that I might be typing based on what I've typed in the past. In an email to Julia, I typed the phrase "fresh cream cakes". I'd got as far as "crea" and the handset suggested "creationism", which might indicate that I've typed "fresh creationism" more often than "fresh cream" -- on this handset, at least.

[User Picture]From: frostfox
2009-05-27 10:11 pm (UTC)
Have fun.
If you find yourself in Bedgellert, go to Glasyn Ices, best ice cream in Wales.

If you want to do Portmeirion, go to Castell Deudraeth for lunch (it's a gastro pub menu but the sea food is the best) and you get free entry to Portmeirion, otherwise it's £7 a head. Grounds are open until 7.30pm.

Blue China Cafe in Criccieth is on the seafront and has fab Bara Brith and tea.

The little bakery in the tin hut at Aberdaron does the best Welsh Cakes and lovely bread and pies. The cafe on the left of the bridge at Aberdaron has great local fresh crab caught by the owner's husband.

Y Beuno's a big pub in Clynnog Fawr on the north of the Llyn also serves good seafood. Just of the main road. And go visit St Beuno's Church opposite the pub.

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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-05-28 04:48 pm (UTC)
Anglesey today, Portmeirion tomorrow. Big thanks for the tip re Castell Deudraeth, that'll be very handy. Nos da.
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[User Picture]From: frostfox
2009-05-28 05:24 pm (UTC)
Enjoy Portmeirion, weather is set fair, the beach near the lighthouse is good for sunny days, the woods for when it rains.
If David (short, Welsh, smiley, will call julia_winolj 'Princess') is on the gate, tell him Sue in the Purple Car sends her love. He thinks I'm Mrs Weddell, but then, he thinks maeve_the_red is as well and clare_nce too. He's easily confused! And terribly sweet.

FF (not jealous, not in the slightest)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-05-28 09:27 pm (UTC)
> will call julia_winolj 'Princess'

Ah, I'm here with the other Julia, my mother.
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[User Picture]From: frostfox
2009-05-28 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, he might call her Princess too. You will know David if you meet him, he's always on the gate and he's just lovely.

If your Mum is tired after walking round the grounds, the Hotel (at the bottom of the hill) will happily summon a minibus to get her back to the car, they are very good like that.

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[User Picture]From: julia_winolj
2009-05-29 09:21 am (UTC)
Wish I was with them after all your yummy recommendations! But I allow the other Julia a burst of pure holiday Doug time each year, which she very much enjoys. Gosh, with all those brownie points I think I've enough to form a Sixer at least.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-06-01 02:21 pm (UTC)
Resuts so far:

Castell Deudraeth booked up for lunches until past 2pm owing to a wedding being hosted, hence no free entry. But also hence, everyone was getting in on the student/pensioner price, so that was okay.

In Blue China at the moment, under new management. Jacket spuds good; mother says tea very good also. Completely failed to choose bara brith.

Unyielding sunshine throughout, which makes no sense for a west-coast holiday.

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[User Picture]From: frostfox
2009-06-01 02:27 pm (UTC)
Getting in for half price is good!

Blue China started out as the picturesque little cottage at the end and has gradually expanded to the whole row. And they do a storming cuppa. Criccieth is a lovely little place, we stay at Caerwylan, the only big hotel on the seafront, not cheap but a view to die for.

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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2009-05-28 07:47 pm (UTC)
When I used to "Dear M" as in "Dear Mr Smith", MS Word would suggest "Dear Mom and Dad". I ask you, how likely was that?

fresh creationism = intelligent design?
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