Author: Alan Cole


A Christmas Eve Run and Walk

I had hoped to go for a nice hill walk on Christmas Eve. Nothing too extreme, probably just a walk up Cadair Idris. The icy temperatures and strong winds would have made it fairly exciting at those elevations. Unfortunately lockdown meant that we weren’t allowed to travel and were supposed to be staying at home....


Fun Little Waves

Some fun little waves at Ynyslas today. Nothing too extreme, just a nice mellow wave-riding session. There was even a brief appearance of some sunshine – sort of!


Our Christmas Cakes

Anna said it would be nice to se all of our Christmas cakes that we have made, so here they are. Click to enlarge. Which is your favourite?


A Santa Christmas Cake

We have only five days to go, and a son who is slightly less enthusiastic about cake decorating than he used to be. A simple, not too time consuming design was therefore the order of the day for this years Christmas Cake. To be fair, I think that’s actually the secret to success when it...


A Benefit of being 50!

There aren’t many plus sides to having reached the BIG 5-0. There is however one that I had been waiting for. Today I got confirmation of the fact in the post. To lay the foundations of the story, many years ago when I was a student I had to take out a student loan. Nothing...


World Map Completed

As promised, here’s a photo of the 3D Woden World Map now that I’ve completed it. There are a few more airplanes and boats that I could add but I think I’ll leave it as it is so that it doesn’t get too busy. It complements the Weather Clock perfectly in our hall.

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Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights are up. It may be pretty dark and dreary out side but the Christmas lights always add some sparkle. We’ve gone with a similar layout to usual. We have moved the tree across a little so that it can be seen through the windows better. I think there might be an extra...

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3D Wooden World Map

Most of my birthday surprises this year ended up on the wall in the Hall. One of them was an ‘Enjoy the Wood” 3D wooden World Map from my siblings. 3D Wooden World Map Installation After clearing a space on the walls in the hall by moving a painting into the living room I started...

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Wide Skies and Tall Clouds

There are some nice big Cumulonimbus clouds out there today. Blue skies in between the downpours and a brisk breeze, but quite mild for December. I picked a sunny interlude for a stroll down to the postbox and then back along the beach. The sunny interlude did mean that there were big clouds all around....

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Queenswood Arboretum

Having not been out anywhere for about 9 months, there was quite a bit of excitement at the weekend. We haven’t seen any family at all this year, but that would change. The occasional phone call or Facetime call has been the only interactions we’ve had. Family Meet Ups Usually we would have been to...