Our Easter holidays are almost over. The kids go back on Monday (I think – better check there isn’t an inset day that I’ve forgotten about) and life will be back to normal for a few weeks. The next big event we have coming up is my brother’s wedding in May. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks my other brother and sister in law will be coming to stay for a weekend, so we have that to look forward to as well, but for the time being, we have a relatively quiet few weeks ahead of us. I’m hoping the weather begins to pick up so we can go out and about.
I thought I’d share a few pictures of what we have done this holiday. There have been no grand days out (too skint and it’s too bloody wet most of the time!) but we’ve managed to get out a few times, and of course, my parents came up for the Easter weekend, which was lovely.
We started off on Tuesday by going to an ice cream parlour in Llandudno. It started off as a bit of a wet and miserable day, but the ice creams and milkshakes (a latte for me!) cheered us up. Alex and Benjamin immediately went for the luminous blue sprinkle cones and ice cream, Harrison opted for a classic mint chocolate chip and I had a chocolate and caramel. They were lush! We then headed over to the beach for a quick walk in between rain showers, and then to Conwy marina to lust over the beautiful (and expensive, I imagine) boats and yachts!
On Thursday, we headed to one of our favourite spots – the Harbour Hub Cafe in Rhyl. We’ve loved going here ever since we came on holiday. It’s a lovely little cafe next to a bike hire shop on the harbour. It’s lovely to sit outside when it’s a nice day, watching the boats in the harbour. The kids get really excited when they see the bridge go up – it really is a scene of spectacular engineering! After milkshakes and gingerbread (the kids) and a latte (me), we headed for a play on the beach. It was actually quite a pleasant day, with it being just about warm enough in the sun for the kids to take their jackets off.
Graham had the day off work on Good Friday. We got in the car with the intention of going to the local B&Q (a couple of miles away) to get some wood to put up a curtain rail. We ended up 50-ish miles away, on Anglesey at Breakwater Country Park, in Holyhead. It’s a really interesting place to explore. We didn’t get there until mid-afternoon, so we didn’t get to see as much as it as we would have liked, but it’s to go on the ‘visit this summer’ list.
My parents came up on Saturday, bringing an awful lot of rain with them! We didn’t do much other than a quick walk on Pensarn beach, but Sunday was generally a much nicer day. We started off with an Easter egg hunt in the park right outside of our house.
We made the most of the break in the rain and headed to where the North Wales dream began for us all, almost eight years ago – Talacre beach. We were on holiday just up the road from there and it was the first beach we visited here. It’s still our favourite now. It’s sandy, there’s a pretty spectacular lighthouse, a bakery, an ice cream shop, a chip shop, a pub and a cafe – what more could you ask for? Sadly, when we got there, it was an extremely high tide, higher than I’ve ever seen it and there was almost no beach for us to go on. We ended up having a drink, a pasty and an ice cream though, and it got us all out of the house for a couple of hours.
On Monday, we woke up to yet more heavy rain. We thought we were going to end up staying in all day, but by mid-afternoon, the rain cleared, so we jumped in the car and headed to the West Shore of Llandudno. I much prefer this side to the more bustling and busy North Shore – it’s a gorgeous sandy beach and much quieter. We went for a walk and found a secluded little spot to let the dogs have a run. Tyson went nuts, playing with Graham and the kids and launching himself in the sand. Tilly is much more reserved, and stood quietly, watching and taking it all in. We then, of course, popped into the cafe for a coffee to warm up!
Yesterday, I met up with one of my best friends, Stacey from Stacey In The Sticks. We’ve been talking online for almost three years now, but it feels like I’ve known her forever. Because of the distance between us, we’d never actually met, but she came here to North Wales on holiday so of course, we met up with our boys. It felt so natural, like we’d met millions of times before, and the kids all got on really well. We met at Talacre beach, where the kids made sand castles and played on the rocks and old lighthouse, and then went and had an ice cream.
So that was our pretty uneventful but nice Easter holidays. It won’t be long until the next ones come around but hopefully, the weather will be a lot better then!