Island Tales

When I came to live on this island two and half years ago, we had a dog. It was fun exploring, but sadly she was old and our adventures were limited.

When she died, we were never getting another one. Eight months late, we thad Tilly, also a Yorkshire terrier. This time a puppy as Jodie was a rescue dog, coming to us when  when she was eight.

IMG_2833Tilly is now just over a year old and we venture out to explore every day again. We couldn’t let Jodie off the lead. So it’s a pleasure to see Tilly running in the big open spaces, be it fields, parks or beaches.

What we never foresaw is how we would end up with a second dog. Meggy came to us via a charity, having been rescued from a puppy farm. She was about four, had no name and the most traumatised dog I have ever seen.

When I was a child, Mum and Dad had a King Charles spaniel and sadly she died young. I Screen Shot 2018-11-29 at 10.35.52never imagined I’d have the same type one day. Meggy is wonderful, and great off the lead. She follows me everywhere and gets on well with Tilly, despite Tilly hanging off her ears sometimes!

To watch both dogs running together is a joy I never expected. Did you dogs can smile? Their tongues loll  at one side, and their teeth are on show. There is no mistaking the look of pleasure.. You can see it in this photo of Meggy and I’ve seen the same look on Tilly.

One of the many places we can taken them is Penrhos Coastal Park and Nature Reserve. It sits between the village of Valley and the town of Holyhead. It’s a natural habitat for the red squirrel. As a child, I saw many in our parks but as the years went on the grey squirrel appeared and the red, disappeared.

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I have seen three since I arrived on the island. One ran across the road in front of my car. Then two recently at Penrhos.

There are many paths to follow, some more dense with trees. On the perimeter there are beaches, and even a hill with a seat on the top that gives great views over the sea.

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Some years ago I had a replacement knee and for the first time I could walk unaided. I made it to the top of the hill and was very proud of myself. Sitting down, I was admiring the views when an old lady with a walking stick passed sprightly by. It took the wind out of my sails, and I didn’t feel so clever after all!

One thing I enjoy is how the dogs walk along side me as we venture down the different paths. Tilly is still learning and as other dogs approach, I’m able to keep her back from going to great them. She wants to jump up their legs as if they are all her friends. I don’t want her to do that as not all people are dog lovers. She learns fast and I’m proud that she is such a good girl. Meggy is naturally shy and stays by my side.

Many years ago Penrhos used to be an estate with a big house. The house has long gone but many of the out buildings and dry stoned walls still remain. A lot are in disrepair, which only adds to the charm. The stones and slate used is mined on the island and have been used for building for hundreds of years.

Some buildings have been restored, a roof put on, and a seat inside. A nice place to be amongst the trees to sit and contemplate whilst admiring the different typles foliage, and enjoying the fresh scented air.

IIMG_2585 recently came across this bench and it caught my eye because it had four colourful flowers at each of the legs.

Many of the paths are sign posted and wheelchair friendly, although I’ve never seen a wheelchair there, it also means its fine for prams, and there are plenty of those.

Recently I’ve found a new interest – painted rocks. Facebook has a group called Anglesey Rocks, I’ve mentioned it previously on this blog.

Anyone can paint the rocks and hide them for others to find. Kids and adults love it. The simple making and hiding is a lot of fun. Once the rocks are discovered a picture is posted on the Facebook group. It’s quite thrilling seeing mine posted there and re-hidden for others to find. They don’t just stay on the island. One of mine ended up in Copenhagen. You can see the full article here.

I went twice to Penrhos recently and didn’t find any. It made me smile because people were walking around with cameras, and looking up at  trees trying to spot a red squirrel. Then, there was me, a grandmother, on a bigger quest searching for painted rocks! On my next visit I found two and was so excited. My husband muttered something about – ‘Little things…..’

Once more, I count my blessings. I love my new island life. From living in the big city of Manchester, I always knew I was a country girl at heart. I loved my holidays here and walking through Penrhos with its natural beautify settles my soul. When I would return to real life to the built up city streets, part of me was always left behind. I yearned to be back, to smell the fresh, clean air and feel the sea breeze on my face again.

Now we, hubby, and I, are retired we get do this every day, whenever want.  What could be better?

 

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I even found a naturally made heart on a tree.

Anglesey Rocks

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Just recently I came across a Facebook website called Anglesey Rocks It has over 2K members.

Anglesey Rocks – literally! 🤘🏼 Nowhere has better rocks or coastline than our beautiful Anglesey, so join this fun page for adults and children alike to show your creativity and uniqueness. – Post a picture of any rocks you find. – Say where you found it. – Keep or Re-hide anywhere in the world. – Paint some of your own and hide. Enjoy!

 

As I wandered down the front by the sea at Holyhead in Anglesey. I found a painted rock in the monument. It didn’t have anything written on the back, so I wasn’t sure it was an Anglesey Rock one.

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I posted it on the group and it turned out it was an Anglesey Rock one and they had forgotten to write on the back of it.  It had gone the next day.

A friend of mine paints rocks and some years ago she gave me some and they decorate the front of my bungalow. I even bought a locally crafted one because I love them.

I’d always fancied giving it a go and bought some acrylic pens and varnish. I then collected some stones from the local beach and set to work. I’m not very artistic but I really enjoyed doing these and even though I say so myself, don’t think they have come out too badly. It doesn’t seem to matter anyway, as looking at the photos on the Facebook page there is a mixed bag and its about the fun of finding them.

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The bottom one, I kept for myself. This was one my friend had done for me, but the picture had weathered, so I peeled it off and painted over the top of it. It now adorns the front of my house and I feel quite proud of each time I come in through the front door.

The other two I took to Holyhead and hid – well, they call it hide, but its hidden in plain site really. if

Screen Shot 2018-09-01 at 17.01.56.pngToday when I checked Facebook I found this picture and it was a thrill to see someone enjoying what I loved painting!

The kids seem to love it, but I do too, and I’m nearly old!!

Some of these rocks will travel off the island and I recently saw someone had taken one to Scotland. I would be so pleased if that happened to one of mine.

I have to admit, I went back to where I put one and it had gone, that’s exciting! Then I saw what looked like a stone underneath a rock and thought, I bet that’s it. It will never get found there. So I went to retrieve it, and it wasn’t mine. It was an Anglesey Rocks one, and I was very excited to find it and couldn’t wait to post it on the page.

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I think I’ve have found myself a new hobby!

When the holiday makers leave, it will die down but I shall continue to make some more, both for myself and for Anglesey Rocks. It will be interesting to watch the group to see how far the stones travel.