Over Easter, we welcomed the Americans to Cardiff! Mom and Dad arrived by train from Heathrow on the 12th, just at the start of Morgan’s two-week school holiday. After a laid-back Saturday in Cardiff to recover from jetlag, we started our adventures in England…
First stop was Tyntesfield, a National Trust property south of Bristol. We were here last year with Nic and Liz and thought the parents would like it too. It’s a pretty place!
I had to work in Gloucester on Monday so those guys carried on down to Cornwall and I went home… but drove down Monday night after work. The view from the house we rented outside Newquay was awesome….
A highlight for the boys was hiring a red Morgan car for the day — isn’t it cool?
We drove it down to the Lizard and enjoyed a nice lunch overlooking the water before going for a walk around the headland.
The scenery in Cornwall is absolutely beautiful — there’s some really gorgeous coastal views!
We spent another great day down at Watergate Bay where Aled got to go surfing (hurrah!). Morgy played on the beach while I read a book and the parents went for a walk.
And then by chance we got a table at Jamie Oliver’s “Fifteen” restaurant which was really delicious! What luck!
We were super lucky with the weather that week and enjoyed an absolutely perfect day down at Porthcurno, an absolutely stunning beach.
Perhaps the highlight for me was the Minack Theatre which is an open-air theatre overlooking Porthcurno. Most impressive is that it was created by a woman named Rowena Cade over many decades. There are pictures of her in her 80s carrying stones down the hill! What an inspiration! As I mentioned in my Lanzarote post, I am really inspired by these sorts of creations — and in this case even more so because this one was led by a woman.
With our last day in Cornwall we were torn between the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan but opted for the latter. It didn’t disappoint, with beautiful spaces created all over this estate.
I think we also timed it well with some gorgeous flowers in bloom.
We also happened upon an egg competition in the barn area which was a first for me! Look how many eggs there are…!
And then it was back home to Cardiff for Easter and Easter egg hunt — organised by the experts, Gramma and Grampa. It’s funny being on “the parent side” of the holidays.
Easter itself was another perfectly sunny day so we organised a canoe trip down the Wye. It was a fantastic day for it…
…and fun was had by all! I would definitely recommend this activity and it’s really easy to organise. You sign up with a company out of Symonds Yat — they drive you 10 miles up the river, drop you in with a canoe and you just paddle down for a few hours back to where your car is. Great fun!
On Monday, Karen, Anthony, Jack and Joey arrived to add to the fun. Morgy loves hanging out with Jack and Joey and wow — what a lot of energy they have together! By now Joey is 6, Morgan is 5, and Jack is 4 and they are hilarious together. I have no idea how my in-laws managed 5 boys. Three was plenty for me for one week hahaha!
Here we are on some “pedalos” on Roath Park Lake. (Row boats all taken )
On their first full day, we headed up to Dan yr Ogof to see the caves — but poor little Jack got car sick and puked all over my car So the others continued up while we headed back to base.
Here they are at some iron age forts.
Karen, Anthony, Jack and I met them in the afternoon for a ride on the good old Brecon Mountain Railway.
The normal black engine was out for servicing but we still had a nice ride in this red steam engine.
And then the good weather ended — just in time for our tour around Cardiff Castle. Well hey, they had to get a taste of the real Welsh weather at some point right?!
Inside the castle, we visited the war museum section and read some really interesting British viewpoints of the American revolutionary war. This was my favorite quote: “Meanwhile in America they were faced with a less formal style of warfare.” LOL. Just say it: you lost guys!
The boys enjoyed dressing up in old soldier uniforms:
And then it was off to the Cardiff Museum… and after that, up to Castell Coch. I’m telling you — these Americans are not joking around when they visit other countries!
On Thursday I had to go back to work, Mom and Dad flew back to New Jersey. K&A spent a couple of days in Cardiff before heading off to Windsor Castle on their way back to Heathrow.
It was a great visit and really nice to see everyone in Cardiff! Thank you for coming all this way and we hope you had a nice time!! Big hugs Morgans — I miss you!!! XOXOXXO
PS — apologies friends in Cornwall and Devon — there was too much going on to coordinate a visit this time around! Hope to see you again soon in your neck of the woods or ours XOXOXO.
PPS Will blog about Ceri & Ang’s visit in the next post.