Mum, Dad and I headed off to Anglesey, an island off the North Welsh coast, for a week recently. A thoughtfully equipped bungalow, nestling above a beautiful bay, gave us a cosy foundation and we had a grand week ‘sploring.

We were on the east coast of the island and the peace there is unique. Friends from North Wales came to visit and we also visited friends who live there (lucky souls). No SatNav in the car was a gift, because with much laughter and lots of ‘How about going left, or right?’ at different junctions, gave our ‘sploring a magical touch.

Dad got to rip it up on his scooter on various promenades and he went steam train riding with a buddy. Mum, a friend and I discovered a wonderful knitting shop in a tiny fishing village, where it’s possible we covered her takings for the day. We had ice creams, yummy meals and a memorable lunch by a lake in the middle of nowhere. Mum and I went beach combing, collecting treasures for my creations. Farms, bays, a lighthouse, little islands, estuaries full of yachts and boats and happy pausing places for coffee and hot chocolate were discovered along the way.

We had time together creating heart memories and that is the greatest gift. ❤ Our 'sploring added a different dimension to it all! ❤

65 Responses to “‘Sploring…..”

  1. 1 Nancy November 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    How fabulous! Treasure these moments! Thanks for sharing your parents with us!

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  2. 3 Eric Alagan October 22, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Dear Jane,
    What delightful new memories you are creating.
    Happy for you 🙂
    Luv and hugz,

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  3. 5 valeriedavies October 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Dearest Jane, what a lovely, loving simple beautiful time it sounds… I can only imagine the joy of such a time altogether, and you made me feel quite envious. Simple loving time spent with the people you love is so precious… it’ll have to be the next life for me… XXXXXXX

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    • 6 Jane Sturgeon October 15, 2018 at 7:21 am

      Hello lovely Valerie, I hope this means your internet is fixed? There is a deep and calm energy on Anglesey. I’ve never felt anything like it. My Dad found it way too quiet, yet I loved it. Maybe it’s being deep in nature that creates that and I sense you may have that in your forest. Wrapping you both in much love. Xxx ❤


  4. 7 Shoumik Pinto October 12, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful Blog!❤
    These beautiful pictures and the memories you make are your tickets to the past. For they can take you back in time. Always keep smiling and keep your family and loved one’s happy. 😊
    Wishing you and your family the Best of Happiness!❤

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  5. 9 bitaboutbritain October 9, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Wonderful! Anglesey’s been on the ‘must visit’ list for years – so much history – not least the poor old Druids who got beaten up by the Romans in their sacred groves (I think?). Anyway – lovely post!

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    • 10 Jane Sturgeon October 9, 2018 at 10:24 am

      I think you would both enjoy it Mike. It has an energy and a depth I have not felt anywhere else. I could live there quite happily. We were on the East side of the island, at Benllech and explored from there. I will read up on the history, because you have piqued my curiosity about the Druids. Thank you, for your kind words.

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  6. 11 jackie verrall October 4, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    It looks like you had a super time. How lucky you are to still have your parents with you and I bet they are thankful to have a great daughter taking them out and about. I think old fashioned bucket and space ( and ice cream ) holidays are the best. And just in time before the weather turned…

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  7. 15 da-AL September 23, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    beautiful post underscored by your lovely smiles 🙂

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  8. 17 Francina September 23, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you for tagging me along on what sounds like a wonderful get away with your parents , to such a beautiful place you described. I am Happy for you , lovely Jane, that you all together had such an enjoyable time, Thank you for sharing. love and hugs from across the creek xoxo .

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    • 18 Jane Sturgeon September 24, 2018 at 7:47 am

      Thank you, lovely Francina. I feel you would love the island, especially the East coast. Beaumaris, with it’s unfinished castle and the oldest house in the UK built in 1400, is a delight. Hugs and much love flowing across The Creek to you. xXx ❤


  9. 19 Clare Pooley September 23, 2018 at 12:49 am

    I would love to visit Anglesey! So much history and beauty on one small island. I am pleased you have all brought special memories back home with you. The photos look super. Doesn’t your Mum look like you! Take care, my special friend. Love and hugs xx<3 ❤ xx

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  10. 24 frederick anderson September 22, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Jane, it really sounds as though you had a wonderful time, despite placing yourself so dangerously close to the Irish! Please don’t mention ice-cream, though – I’m on a diet for heaven’s sake! Now have another great week, and hugs to start it away!

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    • 25 Jane Sturgeon September 22, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Fred, you are priceless. Anglesey looks so much like Southern Ireland with the little stone walls and rolling gentle hills dotted with farms. I could live there. No mention of anything else, as if!! Hugest hugs and I hope your week is a good one. xXx

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  11. 26 Elizabeth Melton Parsons September 19, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Oh, Jane, I just adore this post. Sounds like you and your mom and pop had a fantastic time out together. Love the photo too. ❤ ❤

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  12. 28 ianscyberspace September 19, 2018 at 4:04 am

    What a delightful holiday to have with your Mum and Dad. I’m so happy for you. 🙂

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  13. 30 Sue Dreamwalker September 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Wonderful you got to have some quality time together. It’s a great place. And smiled at you discription of your Dad ripping it up on his scooter 😁. Glad you found a good knitting shop. I treated myself to some new wool today And already made a start on a cardigan for myself. When the bug bites you need to scratch it. 😀Have a great week. And lovely photos 💖

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  14. 34 smzang September 18, 2018 at 1:07 am


    I love that title, and I would have loved to have been right there with you, “Sploring.
    Reading your words makes me feel as if I were sharing that time.
    Thank you!


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  15. 36 Maire September 17, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Jane, sounds like a wonderful time. So pleased you are able to holiday with your Mum and Dad. Such a precious gift. xxx

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  16. 38 dgkaye September 17, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Aw, what a beautiful escape Jane. Making more memories together is what’s it’s all about and I”m sure your parents were equally thrilled to spend the time with you too. Love that – ‘sploring! ❤ Happy hugs to you. ❤ xoxo

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    • 39 Jane Sturgeon September 18, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Thanks, my lovely. I used to help care for a friend’s twin girls, who were four at the time. I would collect them from nursery and we would go ‘sploring together, till their brother was ready to be collected from school. I’ve just remembered their favourite place was a garden centre that had fish in ponds and chickens pottering about. A beloved dolls house and toys were scattered on the rug in the café. We loved that place. ❤ hugs and much ❤ flowing to you, xXx ❤

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  17. 42 Baydreamer September 17, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    What a wonderful trip, Jane, and beautiful memories made, too. It also sounds like a lovely place to ‘splore, as I’ve never been there. You are so fortunate to still have time with your parents. Mine have both passed and I miss them so much, but I often drift back to those times when they were very present in my life. Now they stay warm and secure in my heart. 🙂 Sending love and hugs…💕🌷

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  18. 45 Jane Stansfeld September 17, 2018 at 1:59 am

    I am now the parent enjoying good times with my children and grandchildren, You describe happy times as we have and always wish for others

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  19. 54 Provincial Woman September 16, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    A beautiful part of the world for a memorable getaway and nothing compares to the company of parents ❤

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  20. 56 ShimonZ September 16, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    What nice trip to have with your parents. I am reminded now and then of vacations taken with my parents when they were old, and they are very good memories, though now that I’m old myself, I realize that at times I put them through the wringer (especially my father) without meaning to. There are so many things we take or granted when we’re in the middle of life, that are quite difficult for old folks. But it sounds like you guys did it just right, and there was much fun. xx

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  21. 58 Al September 16, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Sounds like a lovely and relaxing getaway. How nice to spend such quality time with your folks. To me, wind-swept seascapes have such an ethereal effect on the soul.

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  22. 60 davidprosser September 16, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Hope you waved as you went past.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  23. 63 pensitivity101 September 16, 2018 at 9:06 am

    We spent a night on a campsite on Anglesey in 2007. It was truly awful as trying to put the tent up. Hubby nearly took off and we had to put storm ropes on the inside as well as out.
    We’d pitched by some haystacks thinking we’d have some shelter, but all night Maggie kept vigil with gentle growls to keep the rats away!! We were up, showered, fed and packed by 6am, and she slept in the car for almost 16 hours.
    Glad you had a good time though. Our circumstances were house hunting, not leisure. We found two houses of interest, but one had a power transformer in the back garden and the other had no planning permission for their roof conversion, accessible by a ladder rather than proper stairs.

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