I have been meaning to show you photos from our trip to Wales for ages, so apologies for my delay.
During the summer holidays, the girls and I accompanied my parents to visit my family in South Wales. My parents go twice a year to see them, but this is the first time I have been back in eleven years. How bad is that! My family have been up to see us a few times, but I have been very slack at visiting them.
My family live in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. The picture below shows part of the valley.
South Wales is one of the most beautiful places to visit. During our whirlwind tour, my uncle took us out to admire the scenery. We had a picnic lunch by this beautiful lake. I wish I had got the names of these places, but we travelled around at such a pace I forgot to ask.
The house below painted orange was the house where my mother was born. This is the first time I have ever seen it and it seemed surreal stepping back in time. My mother lived there with her brother, parents and grandparents. In those days, the whole extended family lived together. My grandfather was a coal miner, as were the rest of the men in the family. Unfortunately my grandfather passed away when my mother was young, so I never got to meet him.
The picture below is of my uncle and all the children. My uncle has never grown up and the kids absolutely adore him. Whilst near a river full of barges, he spent most of his time jumping on and off the decks with the kids, pretending the barges belonged to him.
I love the picture below. It is rather breathtaking. I would love to have a house overlooking this, where my writing desk faced onto the water.
As you can from the picture below, we did an awful lot of hill climbing. I thought I would have an asthma attack at the top, but luckily I didn't.
My wacky welsh family. That' s my mum in the blue. My dad is not in it as he was taking the photo.
The building below was the last coal pit to close in South Wales. I believe it has been turned into a museum now. A lot of the land where the pits were has now been replanted, so that all you see now is lush green hills.