Monday, 7 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2013 will be a year of happiness and health, success and fun for you all (and me too! :)).

Christmas and New Year were difficult without Mr Prue; that's not to say I didn't enjoy some of it, but there were times which I'd like to press the delete key on.

However, life goes on, and I want to share my idea for 2013 with you.

Mr Prue and I used to go on 'expeditions' - day trips in the UK to somewhere we'd never been before, a little bit further away than we would normally travel. This was always interesting, and at the beginning of 2012 I had an idea from a calendar someone gave us.

The picture for each month on the calendar was a travel poster from the 1920's and 1930's - the Art Deco sort which I love. Each month showed a different holiday destination in the UK, so I suggested we went to whichever place it showed - one trip every month. Mr Prue thought that was a good idea but sadly he became too unwell for us to put our plan into action.

I bought another calendar with similar pictures for this year, again of travel posters from the 20's and 30's click here for similar pictures... so as I stood looking at an advert for Barmouth,done in bold colours, I thought, why not go there this month?

Times change and it's not so easy to get from one place to another by train, and it's a lot more costly than it was eighty or ninety years ago! Going by train would be fun though, so I checked up on prices. Even with cheap fares, it still costs the same as it does to go by car - and I like driving, and a car gives a bit more freedom - after all, Barmouth could have changed considerably, and being there all day in winter might not be so good. So car it is. Just in case Barmouth seems worth an extra day's exploration, I'll take an overnight bag.

So, watch this space for details of balmy Barmouth on the mid-Welsh coast.

What sort of places do you like visiting for the day?


  1. Happy new year Prue! Your expeditions sound amazing, and a positive way to start 2013! Hope all is well at Hidcote.

    1. Hiya Bertie! I'll be putting up more details of my expedition this weekend so watch this space :)

      Hidcote was fine just before Christmas - losses were not as great as expected earlier in the year. I'll be going in next week for a SIT meeting, and also to start a small project making a 'skills register' of volunteers.

      Hope all is well at Kew. I must pay a visit to Kew this year!

      Have fun Bertie!

  2. Those posters are gorgeous! I hope your trip is wonderful and I'm looking forward to reading about it. :)

  3. Glad you liked the posters Kirsten. The trip was good and I need to make time to write about it with a few pictures.