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.

Day out to Tatton Park 

Due to it being a bank holiday weekend, not to mention the one and only nice day we appear to have had this year where I haven’t been in work, it was time to get in the car and join the rest of the country on the motorway. 

The plan was originally to go to Beaumaris, but due to the rest of England having that idea we had to settle for something else. After taking to trip advisor and looking for an outdoors day to make the most of the weather we settled on Tatton Hall/ Park.  

 We purchased the ‘Totally Tatton’ ticket which gave you admission to all attractions, this included a tour around the mansion (stately home), animal farm and also the gardens. 

We decided to start off with the mansion as we were closest too it and the queue didn’t look too long. The house was sectioned off into different routes starting with the ground floor which displayed different rooms such as the main entrance, library, sitting room and music room. After the ground floor we headed upstairs which displayed bedrooms from different periods and a special exhibit about the families who have lived in the house. After the splendour of the residents quarters it was time to visit the basement and cellar where the servants would’ve lived and worked. Each room told a different story and provided a glimps of what life would have been like for both the families and servants that had lived in the house over the course of the past couple of hundred years.  

 After completing the tour of the house we walked down to the farm. Upon entering we were welcomed by red poll cattle, who were surrounded by really excited children pointing and copying the sounds of the cows. 

There were two different routes to take, one which lead to horses stables and workers cottages, one of which was originally the caretakers house. The caretakers house was in a typical state similar if not exactly how the family living there would’ve had it. 

The second route lead to the rest of the farm which contained animals such as sheep, chickens, raindeer, ducks, cows and one of my personal favourites donkeys.

 
The farm also included activities for children to take part in such as milking a fake cow, feeding the animals and visiting the duck pond. All the animals were very friendly and active so if anyone is interested in visiting I can guarantee you won’t be bored.

After leaving the farm it was time to finished off our trip at the gardens, which by the way are huge! There were so many different sights to see so we decided to go and visit the Japanese gardens as it is the latest attraction.  

Unfortunately once we arrived at the garden we realised we had just missed the 3:30 tour, which meant that we weren’t able to enter the garden itself but we could wonder around the outside and look in.

On the way to the garden exit we decided to take the route through the rose garden which contained rose bushes and flowers, along with a wishing pond. Walking past the pond there was a cute castle themed building which I just had to have a photo of! 

 

Take me back to the big city / NYC

   
I love having the Timehop app on my phone, it brings up so many memories from over the past few years that you have either forgotten about or haven’t come across in a while. 

Today’s update has done exactly that, as this time last year I was finally visiting New York with one of my best friends. It was an amazing few days full of excitement; ranging from tourist attractions, eating at lots of different food and even getting lost along the way.

Take me back New York!