Saturday, 24 November 2012

A Winning Weekend

Home from Wales now enjoyed my week even though it was very wet like everywhere else.

This prize would be amazing for my visits to Wales you can win a  HOT TUB  in time for Christmas here. Now wouldn`t that make a great Christmas pressie

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They will even install it in time for Christmas!

I  will put some competitions from the London papers on my blog this week as I am an avid comper. It`s a great hobby especially when the weather is awful and you just want to stay indoors. I am going to spend this wet weekend entering some competitions.

Theres a great competition here run by Harrods and Mastercard on Twitter or enter on Priceless London website.

Win the chance for your child to open the gates! Find out how with and

This link  has some comps to win a VIP ice skating trip and overnight stay in London. Another is for an iphone5 and another is to win prizes worth over £2,000 with Sony.

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This link has competitions to win theatre tickets and another to win £50 in pizza vouchers.

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Then here you can win everything from Ski-ing to BA flights with the following

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South Bank has lots of new competitions including a competition to count the penquins on its winter guide for a chance to win £1,000 worth of prizes.


This one to win  Afternoon Tea for two people worth £50 end on 30/11 so be quick.

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One of the most informative competition sites is Prizefinder

Link which I am a member of as well as their monthly magazine Compers News.

 I will put a selection of London competitions on my blog each weekend. Hope you win something wonderful.

View of Christmas Market on Southbank from London Eye

I entered the above photo recently into a competition will have to wait and see if its a winner.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Stormy Snowdonia Mountain Range

Snowdonia Mountain Range

Snowdonia Mountain range with peaks hidden in cloud

Snowdonia Mountain

The sun came out for a few hours today so I drove through Betswy-coed and up into the Snowdonia mountain range.  It was wild and windy up there but the views were stunning. The tops of the mountains were hidden in stormy clouds and the shrubs still had their Autumn colours.

Wild and Wonderful it certainly is and I didn`t even get  close to Snowdonia herself as the weather was getting worse. Mountains rescue vehicles were parked in the the place I stopped to take photos and only essential driving was advised. I hoped anyone out walking was safely down from the mountains.

I drove the hour back glad I had made the effort to see such natural splendour. It really is magnificent.

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Castles and Fabulous Walks in Wales

I have been in North Wales now for six days and I thought I would list some of the highs and lows of being here. I am looking after my son and daughter-in-laws home and animals. Donkey, goat, 6 chickens, 4 ducks and 2 large dogs. I get a holiday in Wales and they get the chance to go away for a few days.

The lows:

Firstly I can`t get used to walking the dogs in the evening in the pitch black lanes. Obviously I have a torch but the lack of any street lights is strange.

Keeping my balance on a very muddy field when trying to feed ducks and chickens with a goat attacking the food bucket is fun only once.

Going out on the field to let chickens and ducks back in their runs is another muddy battle.

Then its out on the field with the torch to lock the stable for the night. Mucking out is not much fun either.

Foxes prowl at night hoping for a chicken dinner luckily the chickens and ducks are well protected.

Who would choose to be a farmer, its hard enough with just a few animals. 

I do like to see all the animals running about in the day though and fresh eggs from chickens and ducks is a delight.

The highs:

The stunningly beautiful North Wales with her mountains rolling over the landscape.

My favourite place Conwy with its ancient castle and pretty harbour which is only 15 minutes away. The salt air blowing my face red in the wind and the screeching seagulls trying to pinch my chips. I come here every time I am in Wales.

Clear night skies that make you feel glad you can stare up at them.

When the wind is howling and its raining like today I practice my limited baking ability. The scones I made went to the dogs as they were very heavy, and I do mean very heavy. The blueberry muffins were a success and I am good at making soups so have made a few of those. 

Reading a book in front of a real fire with the dogs curled up at my feet is heaven.

Taking the dogs out I enjoy and there is a lovely three miles walk around the hill here which has some nice views along the way. Wet and muddy walk at the moment though. Denbighshire Moors are amazing and the pretty church known as The Marble Church just down the lanes has a very tall steeple. I call it my gateway to Wales because when I see the steeple I know I am nearly here. 

 I love the Castles and the Walks

Castles in North Wales

 Who can resist the magnificent Snowdonia Mountain Range.

 Snowdonia Walks in North Wales

When I am in Wales I want to live here, when I return South I know I would miss the easy access to London. I come from Liverpool so I am a townie but Wales is wrapping me around its fingers tighter with each visit.

Denbighshire Moors

The Marble Church Denbighshire

Welsh tourist Information link

Conwy Harbour

Conwy Castle

View from lane

Spring Walks

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