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Weekend in London!!!!!!!

In the city!!!!!!!πŸ’…πŸΌπŸ˜ŽπŸŒƒ

sunny 15 °C

On Saturday morning we were all up very early catching the 5:47 am train from Cardiff to London Paddigton, On the train journey Em and I were sitting together and Carter, Mum and Dacu were sitting together. We all ate a mixture of danishes, Bacon rolls and Grapes!!! Our train arrived at about 8 am!! We figured out what we were doing and hopped on one of the big bus tours around London. We stayed on the bus until we got over the tower bridge, Here are some photos of the bus tour.90_IMG_6901.jpg90_IMG_6933.jpg90_IMG_6898.jpgIMG_6929.jpg90_IMG_6935.jpgIMG_6906.jpgFrom there we walked to the Tower of London and had a tour from one of the beefeaters who lived there!!!! ( To become a beefeater you had to serve 22 years in one of the three forces ( for your first eighteen you couldn't make a single mistake, you also had to get a speacil type of medal which they all had on their clothing ). He was really funny and he told us lots of information in only an hour. The history of the tower is really disgusting and lots of people died.After the tour we went and saw he raven which are believed to protect the Crown Jewels πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ’πŸ’ and the white tower( In the Tower of London there are three towers the white tower, The inner tower and the outer tower. After the ravens we went to see THE CROWN JEWELS!!!!!!!!!!!πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’ You couldn't take any pictures of them but they were in a big container which had 4 tone doors on the entrance and the exit.😾 My favourite jewels were Queen Victorias her's were small but heavely blinged. The was lots of information about the corination and what was used for different things like the plates and bowls on the table or the jugs of water πŸ’¦. There were heaps of golden staffs and the different swords that showed what rank you were and if you could sit in the good seats or not.
Here Are Some Photos from the Tower of London.90_IMG_6928.jpg This means Elizabeth the Second Regalier 90_IMG_6922.jpg90_IMG_6927.jpg90_IMG_6923.jpg
After we had finished the tour we grabbed some lunch at a Wagamama restaurant. Everybody loved it and said that if they could go again they would!!!!!!

Posted by Smithys 10:45 Archived in Wales Tagged bridges trains #love_england!!!!!! #love_the_tower_of_london!!!!!! Comments (0)

Travel to Cardiff and a 5th place.

Long drive down the M4 .

Today Emily ran in the llaneli school athletics and came 5t in the 1500 m !!!!!!!!!πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
Today we also drove to Cardiff on ourway London.
The M4 was really busy and there were heaps of traffic jams.
Once we got to Cardiff we walked around town for a bit and the went in to Wotherspoon's for dinner.
It was really nice and would definitely recommended it because even though it was really busy we got our food about fifteen minutes after we ordered.
Then we got back in the car and came out to Nia and Phil's.
Tommorow we are catching a very early train to London!!!!☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️
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Lucy

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Last Two Weeks

Fun and Excitment in Wales!!!!!!

During the last 2 weeks [we have been very busy and have had lots of fun.
Monday 8th: We had a traditional welsh meal Faggots and Peas for dinner.
Tuesday 9th: Was extremely sunny so Mum and Dacu decided to go to Tenby for the day and really enjoyed it. They took lots of photos and got us a few sweets!!!! There was also a big black truck that tried to turn round on the corner of our road and failed so it had to back about 3 kms.
Wednesday 10th: Dacu had a ride on Spencer's helicopter he went up to the beach in llanelli across to Stradey Castle and up to Trimsaran- race track then down to Towy Valley over Camarthen to Ferryside and Llansteffan. Over to Cynthia's cousins house and then down to Kidwelly and back to Pembrey.
Thursday 11th: Mum got her new bank card that she can use!!! She is very happy about that.
Friday 12th: Mum and Dacu went grave hunting and found where some of our relations are buried.
Saturday 13th: Megan and Nia arrived in Pwll at about 9:45 and we had organize to get the kayak and BBQ out of the garage and go down to the Oxwich bay but we couldn't get the garage to open so we decided to leave without the kayak and just hire one there but we had completely forgotten about the BBQ. On the way i was talking to Megan and I remember that we hadn't got the BBQ so we pulled in to TESCO's and grabbed the last 2 on the shelf!!! And carried on our way. When we got to the beach we chose a spot that was sheltered a little bit from the wind so we could set up the BBQ
IMG_6815.jpgIMG_6786.jpgIMG_6785.jpg90_IMG_6789.jpg90_IMG_6819.jpgMegan took us to buy a ball that we could play with and we ended up playing volleyball on the beach. IMG_6794.jpgWe hired a kayak and kayaked for a little bit Carter,Emily and I went in the water and then went under it was frezzing cold.We had burgers and hot dogs for tea and then went to Rossili Beach
( One of the Top 10 Beaches in the World !!) IMG_6825.jpgAnd walked out to worms head and down to the beach.
On the way home we saw wild horses/cattle on the Gower. They were so close to the road!!! When we got home we had pulled pork and veges.
Saturday 14th : We walked through Stradey Woods and took lots of photos and emily collected some flowers in a bouquet and put them in a vase.
After Nia and Megan left us kids watched the BFG. Had Dinner and went to bed.
Monday 15th : Mum's first day at work and she is very excited to be earning money!!!
Tuesday 16th : Today was Emily's first bus ride to school and it means a very early start for us 7:00!!!

Lucy!!!

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Wetlands

On Sunday after Kidwelly Castle we went to the Welsh National Wetland Centre.

overcast 12 °C

To get to the Wetlands Centre you had to follow the brown duck signs. When we got there the first thing we noticed was a bright pink plastic flamingo poking it's head over the fence surrounding the Centre. A plaque on the door notified us that David Attenborough had officially opened the Wetland Centre. We only had two hours so we paid our entrance fees and bypassed the Information Centre. Through the doors and out into the Welsh sunshine. There were birds everywhere. The first ones that we saw were mallard ducks, which are very common in most parts of the world. We looked at the map and decided to do half of the grounds and come back another time and do the rest when we had more time. We walked around and saw so many birds that we lost count.
Some of the birds we saw were: mallards, mandarin ducks, barnacle geese, white-fronted geese, Canadian geese, ruddy-headed geese, red-breasted geese, tufted ducks, white-headed ducks, blue-beaked ducks, shelducks, eiders, puna teals, teals of every kind, black-necked swans, black swans, mute swans, whooping swans, Bewick's swans and the eternally cute bufflehead ducks.
There was a playground, and tubs of feed you could feed the ducks with, and lots of activities for kids. The best birds there by far were the flamingos. There were heaps of flamingos, and a special house equipped with heat lamps for them to rest in. The water had to be kept really salty, and the flamingos kept squabbling and fighting for the best patch of water, or ground, or sunlight. They were really noisy and really, really pink!

Hi to everyone in Nz, photos to follow!
Emily

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Scarlets Game!!

Passionate about rugby NZ and Wales!!!

On Saturday night we were guests of friends of ours (Spencer and Owain Davies - AMCANU) at the game between the Llanelli Scarlets and the Swansea Ospreys. We were treated to a meal before the game and Emily and I ate sooooo much! (3 desserts - everything in Wales is so sweet and yummy) There was a great atmosphere at the game with an almost full stadium expecting a Scarlets victory. My great grandfather Emrys had previously played for the Llanelli Scarlets in 1935 when they had played the All Blacks - he scored a try against them that day but the All Blacks still won. There are so many people interested in the Lions tour! There was lots of singing at the game - all of it in Welsh and they have a theme song 'Sospan Fach' which translated into English is a song about a saucepan!!!! There was some great rugby and some players from New Zealand Johnny McNichol in the Scarlets from the Crusaders and Keron Fonotia in the Ospreys from the Makos! It was a great time and the Welsh love their rugby as much as the kiwis, lots of shouting at the referee, lots of jumping up and down and lots of yelling!

Back to school today for the last of the national tests, sunny and warm days here, hope its not getting too cold in NZ.

TTYL
Lucy

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