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Monday, July 20, 2015

Family Weekend

Two weeks ago Vanessa moved to Cardiff to start her work placement which is part of her Maths degree. She'll be there for a year. Before she left we were away and before that she was away, so we didn't get to spend any time with her before she left. So although she's only been in Cardiff for two weeks, she decided to come home for a weekend and spend some time with us.

On Saturday we were lucky and had a beautiful sunny summer day. We had to go to Plymouth to collect Simon's new glasses and afterwards we headed to the re-developed Royal William Yard. Plymouth is a big Royal Navy city. There are Navy stuff dotted all over the city. The Royal William Yard was no longer in use and had become derelict but contains a lot of historic naval buildings and has a prime water front location and has recently been re-developed. There are apartments, restaurants and a few shops there and they're still working on re-developing parts of the area.

We walked around and looked at the boats in the river. There are beautiful views across the River Tamar to Cornwall and the Mount Edgecumbe estate. You can also see Devonport Dock Yard up river.

And there are views out towards Plymouth Sound and the English Channel.

We headed home via the Torpoint Ferry to take across the River Tamar. Normally we cross at the Tamar Bridge a bit further up river but taking the ferry is fun from time to time.

We had a quiet afternoon at home and went out for a pub meal with friends in the evening.

On Sunday the weather wasn't quite so good but we headed to the nearby seaside town of Fowey. Fowey is a beautiful town with old buildings and a good selection of upmarket shops selling lots of beautiful things. I was tempted by so many bags, stationery and pottery items but I was good and didn't buy anything.

Above is the view from Fowey across the river to Polruan. One of our favourite places in Fowey is the Old Grammar School Gardens. This is a small landscaped garden and it's very peaceful to sit there and enjoy the river views.

In the afternoon I cooked a roast dinner and while dinner was cooking I enjoyed knitting on a new design using Lace Ball and watching Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility while the girls took the dog for a walk.

These two photos were taken by Vanessa when they took Sam for a walk. The girls have arguments like most sisters but most of the time they get on really well and enjoy spending time with each other. I'm so proud of both of them. They've grown up to be beautiful, intelligent, responsible young adults.

How was your weekend?

1 comment:

WildflowerWool said...

I love the yellow and white combination of the lace project. Sounds like a lovely family weekend.