29 May 2014

May 2014 three weeks away on holiday

HOLIDAYS 2014

We have been away for nearly three weeks, we have travelled over 1200 miles to the New Forest, Isle of Wight and Wales.  Now we are home again and I for one am pleased to be back to my old routine. It was nice getting away, but so nice to come  home to my own bed.


The New Forest
was stunning, we stayed in a lovely old hotel    www.forestpark-hotel.co.uk    It was totaly dog friendly, even dog treats in the room. Our room was overlooking the huge gardens it was perfect for me, as the door opened right onto the lovely grounds .





We had some great walks in the New Forest and there are lots of ponies running wild and even wild cattle roaming free in the village.  The area is lovely and there are loads of great places to visit.

Our hotel food was pretty good and I got loads of treats in the restaurant.





The Isle of Wight

Next we set off to the Isle of Wight, crossing the Solent in a ferry which was very good as I was able to watch out of the window and relax in the lounge with all the other dogs and people.









We stayed in a pretty village called Godshill, its near the centre of the island, and the cottage we were booked into was very good.  We had a lovely conservatory to sit in and watch all the rabbits playing in the fields.

There was lots to do here, we wanted to visit the beaches and try to find some dinosaur remains, and of course play in the sea. But mostly we wanted to meet Dads cousin Katy who he had never met before but had written to lots of times. 

We went out for a meal with her in a lovely restaurant overlooking the water, and you could see all the way to England.




 Katy, Dad, Mum and Me



 Miniature Village at Godshill





















THE SEA SIDE 

















LOTS OF THATCHED COTTAGES, very pretty island








The needles, we had to climb a long steep hill to take these photos, but the views where stunning.
Well worth the climb.



WALES
After a week on the island we headed off back across the Solent on the ferry, silly me left my collar in the cottage but anyway, I now have a nice shiny new one.

Deri in South Wales, part of the Brecon Beacons was lovely.  We stayed in a fabulous cottage just outside the village up a very steep hill.  The owners Wayne and Julie were very friendly and the local people would chat all day and tell us all about the area.  The man over the road had a few horses but his favourite was so friendly he would leave her roaming around outside she was such a lovely horse.

But we weren't right at the top, we walked to the top of the hill every day for exercise and to look at the lovely views. It was so peaceful and relaxing there and we had some good weather to go with it all.

www.caerphillycottage.co.uk/location/index.html  Gwern Ty Isaaf Cottage Deri

































 The Brecon mountain railway was fun, a nice steam 
train trip up the hills with stunning views.







 Caerphilly Castle with its ruined and leaning tower, don't know how it stays up.


The Lord and his Hound


It was at this castle that a man and lady asked to be photographed with me, the lady thought I was lovely and so I posed for her with her arm round me, she was quite nice as well


Unfortunately it had to come to an end, we were very sorry to leave Wales and particularly the lovely people of Deri.   We hope we can come back again soon.

www.caerphillycottage.co.uk/location/index.html  Gwern Ty Isaaf Cottage Deri