Bonfire night// Fireworks 

 
Better late than never!

Every year hundreds of locals from both sides of the Runcorn bridge gather to watch the fireworks and this year was no different. 

Being from Runcorn we don’t really have high expectations for things, but the fireworks are one thing we do get right, and this year was no exception. The fireworks were even better than last years and were definitely worth the wait in the cold.

Same time next year? 

Being a blue // Everton

 I’m a blue!

For years I have supported Everton and have spent the last few years being a season ticket holder sitting in the lower gwladys. Being an Everton supporter at times can be tough, but you won’t find many clubs that have fans that are that vocal. From the ongoing chants, to the boo’s toward the opposition, you will always have something to keep you entertained. The people you sit with end up your best mates for just over 90 minutes and if you ever want to complain about a controversial issue that is obviously not your player’s faults, you will have over a dozen people who will back you up and agree.
It may not always be fun, but it is most definitely an experience.   

The “not a mile walk” up Moel fammau 

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What I learnt from walking up Moel fammau.

  1. It’s most definitely not a mile like the website says, it’s  way further 
  2. It’s steeper than it looks 
  3. You need appropriate footware 
  4. There are multiple walking routes so go back down the same way you came up (you will get lost)
  5. It isn’t uncommon that some of the routes look empty and like a scene from the walking dead- minus the walkers (when we were there atleast)
  6. The views are amazing 

We finally took the plunge and decided to walk up Moel fammau. The weather looked dry, meaning it hopefully shouldn’t rain and it wouldn’t be too hot.

After parking up, putting our jackets on and deciding on our route we started the “Mile walk”. Once we had been walking for about ten minutes we stopped to take a few photos, like the one below.

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We carried on with the walk but realise how unprofessional we looked due me me wearing a pair of boots and Garry wearing a pair of vans. 

The route continued to change direction quite a few times so after half an hour of walking we saw the path go right and automatically assumed we were near the top… We could not have been more wrong. At this point we had only reached the bottom of what I would describe as a hill!

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This point seemed to be about only half way, meaning, in principle we had to get to the top. 

We powered on through and after one rest, cursing and a mini run when we were a few feet from the top we finally made it! 

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The next challenge was the walk down. 
After thinking our route up was rather steep we though it would be a good idea to use a different one on the way down. This was picked because 1) it was going in the right direction to the car and 2)because other people were using it. What could go wrong? In our case everything! This route was way steeper than the one on the way up and to make it worse it was covered in small stones which made you slide, some may say it was our inappropriate footware, others would say it was just bad look. Yet again, we found ourself at the bottom of another hill but this time with two paths going in different directions. we selected the path that went right as it was the direction where the car was. 

It hit a point where we had been walking for a while and had seen no other people, it felt like a scene from the walking dead before a heard of walkers would attack. We continued walking In the same direction and eventually bumped into and man and his dog so this reassured us that there was a way out somewhere. 

Gladly we were right! Half an hour later, with a few drops of rain we finally made it back to the car and decided to never go back! 

Things I have learnt from Boating on the broads 

So, a group of us decided to rent a boat for a week and go around the Norfork Broads and we have ended up with this! I know right, cool! 

  

After driving around for the past two days we have already learnt a few important tips. 

  • When mooring (parking for an evening) make sure you do it between 4-5pm otherwise you won’t find a spot.
  • If you have a boat higher than seven meters make sure you read the hand book for tide times as you may not fit under certain bridges. 
  • Listen the the guy teaching you how to tie all the different types of knots, you will need to know them!
  • Even if the weather is good take jackets as you will be cold when on top of the boat. 
  • Open a window in each bedroom at night otherwise condensation will collect on the ceiling and fall on your face while you are sleeping! Trust me this happens. 
  • Follow the speed limits as there is a £1,000 fine (luckily we haven’t been fined, just something useful to know).
  • If your boyfriend is tall like mine make sure you have first dibs on bedrooms as beds aren’t that big. 
  • Stop and connect your water cable daily as you don’t want to run out of water.
  • Make sure someone has a general idea on how to read a map!

Most importantly, make sure you have enough alcohol! 

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My return to Barmouth 

For the past few months I have been going on and on about a place in ‘Wales’ I had once visited, but could never seem to fine after deciding I wanted to revisit. I explained to my boyfriend what the location was like and what shops were based there but every time we search I just couldn’t find it.

After a long discussion one morning we took to google (again) to try and find the location, for the final time. I mentioned how me and my friend had previously gotten a train into Porthmadog from the unknown location, so we start by looking at the different train routes that went to Porthmadog. Luckily for us this wasn’t major stopping point for many trains so it only had one route which made things a lot easier. We both started googling images of each town that came up on this route and low and behold I finally found my ‘place in Wales’, it was a small town known as Barmouth. 
After the success of finally finding Barmouth we obviously had to take a trip there that day so I could make my long overdue return! 
We set off from my boyfriend’s house in Flint midmorning and arrived in time to witness sun shining down on the local beech (unfortunately the image below doesn’t show that).

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We started off walking along the sea front and stopped off at Knickerbockers for ice cream. The shop is pretty hard to miss as it’s bright pink. There are so many different flavours of ice cream which all look incredible, so it really was a struggle to pick (I would recommend the coconut and cookie cream, it was by far the best).
We continued walking around the town and ended up in the local arcade, which obviously meant we had to have half an hour playing on the 2p machines. I can gladly say we won three keyring that we will probably never use and a packet of haribo that didn’t last long, so all in all a major success.
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After the excitement of winning we continued our walked round the rest of the town, which lead to me talking my boyfriend’s ear off, as he had the pleasure of me giving him a running commentary about all the shops and what I had done while there on my last visit, luckily he found it funny and laughed. Before heading home we made our final visit to the local fudge shop Fudgeridoo (which smell amazing by the way!), the fudge they sell is perfect and they have so many different flavours to choose from, so you will be umming and arring for quite a while.