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The copper mines of Sygun Copper are a must see for anyone visiting the area and are particularly good for children, albeit not very young children and adults alike. As it does rain alot within Wales they are good for an outing out but mostly contained inside in the actual mines, however there is some walking to and from the mines so make sure you have brollies and waterproofs if the day is not so good.
I went on a beautifully sunny day and both myself, family including our daughter aged 8 found it wonderful, as well as our freinds.
The price to gain entry is £8.95 for adults and £6.95 for children however I strongly advise young children not to be taken as this is not an easy walk through. The price is I think fair for a tourist attraction.
Upon entry to the mines themselves you are given hardhats to wear and the walk starts off in a tunnel like area which can be a little daunting. They are cold and so you need to have a coat at least and also wear either trainers or footware with good grip as the floor is uneven and slippery.
The tour itself is not led by anyone and you walk around alone with an audio guide played out. This is very detailed and explanatory of all the workings of the mines and its long lost inhabitants and the history is quite disturbing in parts.
Winding through the mines you continue into areas which are narrow and then up metal and sometimes steep stairwells so again I will state this is not for people who are not able to walk and have a low fitness level and certainly it is not for the disabled. People who have stated it is unsafe I think are being unfair as at the end of the day this is not just a 'tourist attraction' that has been set up, these are actual copper mines steeped in history and are evidently windy, narrow in parts, steep and slippery so caution is advised at all times.
However both myself and our party found them exciting and adventurous and interesting if not very sad in parts as some of the stories were quite horrendous of the conditions the miners had to work in. One of the main wonders of the mines are the stalagtites and stalagmites which are within them, utterly beautiful and when you look into crevices you can find many more and of beautiful structures.
Upon the exit of the mines you are on the side of a hillside basically and a path leads you back down to the main visitor centre albeit this isnt a particularly short walk but a very beautiful one and has views across the hillsides and mountains and waterfalls.
There is a playground, museum and fun activities for children as well as a gift shop and cafe.
For the adventurous minded and people that want to learn about the actual history of the mines.
Beddgelert is a beautiful village in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales and is one of the closest villages to the foot of Mount Snowdon and is therefore popular with tourists and trekkers alike.
It is in the area of Gwynedd and is home to several restaurants, a local village with some shops and a large gelert camping shop which can be a life saver for campers who have forgotton items or simply need items urgently for camping and trekking. The car park here is worth going to itself as it runs next to a beautiful and very fast flowing stream with waterfalls.
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Beddgelert is Gelerts Grave steeped in legend and myth and dating back to the 13th century. It is next to the church within the village and is a beautiful walk to and from along a trundling stream and fields.
The restaurants are limited and we found whilst there that some don't serve food all throughout the day and only for limited hours within the day so be aware of this. However the food we ate there was all beautiful and very well and freshly prepared with local ingredients.
There is a lovely gelleto cafe in the village which has amazing ice cream and desserts.
Guest houses and hotels are rife however to truely experience Snowdonia you cant beat camping and there are campsites based all around Beddgelert which are of an excellent standard with wonderful facilities and also glamping is popular in the area with glamping pods and sheperds huts.
The two other main attractions close to Beddgelert are the copper mines and the large waterfall.
All in all a lovely quaint and traditional village in Snowdonia and a main base to stay when visiting the area.
Snowdonia is the magical wonderland of North Wales and the moment you enter its boundaries you know you have reached an area of such exquisite beauty a peace ultimately surrounds you.
From the journey into North Wales and then into Snowdonia you can be faced with long motorways and city areas and then you drive into high land areas with moss jewelled walls, waterfalls and huge hills. This is the area of the beginning of Snowdonia, however once you delve further into the national park you are confronted with beautiful mountain ranges, low cloud, exquisite scenery and waterfalls falling onto the roadside. It is simply an area of outstanding magical abundance and cannot be beaten.
The whole area of Snowdonia is beautiful. The mountain ranges can all pretty much be climbed, walked and trekked and this is a huge drawing point to Snowdonia with a huge array of mountain activities and outdoor activities.
The area is full of sheep! You have to be careful as you drive down small lanes especially as the sheep can be covering certain areas and this is particularly hazardous at night.
Camping in Snowdonia is a must, albeit is is acutely cold at night however to go to sleep amounsgt mountain ranges and to wake with the giants of the mountains around you is beyond magical.
There are huge lakes where many watersports take place. Be sure to try and explore as much as possible within the national park as it is huge at 823 square miles and holds the largest mountain in Wales at 3560 ft which of course is mount Snowdon.
This is an area so exquisite that if you are to travel anywhere in Britain it should be here, it is like no other place in Britain and is a must for the spiritual, the adventurer and the lover of nature.
The summit cafe at the top of Mount Snowdon is lovely and boasts a range of hot drinks, cold drinks and snacks and of course a very welcome area to sit down and rest after a long trek up the mountain.
Known as Hafod Eyrie it was opened in 2009 and has since catered for thousands of people who have reached the summit after trekking and of course people who have reached the top via the mountain railway which is an exquisite journey lasting 45 minutes.
The mountain railway starts in Llanberis and is quite pricey at approx £25 per person, however if you cant reach the top of the mountain by foot then this is an absolute must and an experience to never be forgotton. The train gradually moves its way up the mountain slowly and each section of scenery blows your mind with beauty and height. As you reach the top you may have the beauty of trundling through the clouds, which is certainly not an everyday occurance when you are on a train! Sometimes in bad weather or particularly windy weather the train will run to the next stop down form the summit, this is purely for safety reasons, the last bit can be walked up to the summit however.
There is one huge downfall with the cafe and that is whilst it is lovely and a god send after a long climb it is only open from late spring to the end of october and hence when you climb the mountain outside of these months be sure for a shock of no warmth when you get to the top and certainly no comfort. Be highly aware of the month you climb and whether it is open or not as there are no vending machines for refreshments so be sure to carry as much food and drink as you can, it could save your life!
Overall the cafe is reasonably priced but certainly not the cheapest cafe to go to but well worth a visit and the views and feeling from the top of snowdon is like no other, it is simply heaven and beyond imagination.
Certainly a must for the bucket list.
Burley is a magical area of the New Forest, in the south coast of England and is steeped in history especially of the Wiccan way and witchcraft.
The area of Burley goes back to prehistoric times and is an area of barrows and a hillfort.
Traditionally Burley is a haunt for tourists and is always a must to go to when visiting the New Forest as it is a tourist trap with several shops, cafes and traditionally english pubs with events going on throughout the year and with local walks and stables this makes it the most popular area of New Forest tourism.
Burley is home to a primary school, a pre school, two excellent pubs and is a residential area also, as well as combining large manor style houses.
Things to do in Burley
Riding Stables - the stables are located just before you enter the main village and are excellent for general hacks from beginners to advanced riders taking riders out onto the open forest and is a great experience for children and adults alike.
The Queens Head and the Burley Inn - both of these pubs are excellent for food and the traditional layout and atmousphere always makes them a welcome place after a long walk. The Queens Head is specifically good at Christmas and serves a beautiful mulled wine in front of a roaring fire. The white buck pub is also slightly out of the village but again is excellent for food and is a great one to go to if you are riding as the horses can be tethered up at this pub.
Throughout the year wagon rides are avaliable which can be found located outside the the queens head pub. These are good fun and trek around the village but are quite expensive and should always be preferably booked.
The cider press has a beautiful cafe which does lovely home cooked breakfasts and also holds days throughout the year where you can see the cider being made through the press.
The walks in and around Burley are lovely with rich baron land, very classical of the New Forest and dense areas of trees and streams.
Overall the main attraction to Burley is the witchcraft history steeped within it. It boasts several shops linked to witchcraft and of course is the home of the late Sybil Leek who was a white witch and walked around with a crow on her shoulder. Witchcraft events still to this day take place within the area and there are several white witches that work within the area, however many people attend to go to the shops and purchase items and to feel the energy of the area which is sometimes not always based on white witchcraft but black also.
The other main domain of witchcraft within Burley is the late Gerald Gardner who was the initiator of modern day Wicca, a religion derived from traditional witchcraft and many of his books can be found in Burley.
Its certainly an area of mystery and suspense and each year on Halloween is a huge event in the Burley calendar with traditional games such as apple bobbing, doughnut catching, pumpkin competitions etc and everyone dresses up and there is a fancy dress parade and competition. This is always a fun day and you never know if youll meet an actual witch there!
Be warned though, Burley is magical and steeped in history but it is not always as quaint as it seems!
I know Bournemouth exceptionally well and yes its a superb place to shop, with a diverse amount of shops, huge amount of large store names and brands and designer boutiques all placed along 7 miles worth of sandy sea line and beauty. However there are places to shop and places to not!!!
Bournemouth town centre - A beautiful and diverse area to shop in. All pedestrianised the main town centre is the place to go for main shopping on all levels. It has two large shopping centres and parades of shops lining the streets from the triangle which hosts more seedy shops such as adult shops however does have a great cafe and a great library also and has rejuvenated in the past few years. The triangle is the gay hub of Bournemouth and hosts gay pride each year.
The centre hosts to all brand names with a huge range of cafes and restaurants to eat in also however the cafe located in the middle of town is incredibly expensive and should be avoided. There are plenty of excellent food places in bournemouth without spending a fortune and if you happen to be in town on a monday then go to the slug and lettuce hosting 50 per cent off food.
Reaching up towards richmond hill there are two excellent burger joints including 7bone and longhorn, both highly recommended and this end hosts more designer shops and alternative outlets.
Christmas in Bournemouth is beautiful with the french market and wonderful food stalls and the german bar hosting, albeit expensive, but beautiful mulled wine.
Boscombe - This is an area to avoid to go shopping especially if you dont know the area! Sadly it has gone downhill each and every year for many years and is a hub to very low social standards and alot of crime as with Springbourne its neighbouring area. The area boasts shops such as primark, poundland and the 99p store but its a dangerous area and not worth shopping there.
Christchurch - A beautiful quaint and pretty area to shop and ponder around in. Plenty of shops including many unique outlets with the harbour and quay to walk along also.
Castlepoint - The main hub for shopping in Bournemouth for large stores, large names and two large supermarkets. This is always extremely busy and popular but doesnt hold the charm that Bournemouth does.
Poole - A good area for shopping with a huge department store, the dolphin centre and many shops parading all the way along poole reaching down to the quay. This is a great place to shop but more so in the summer months.
Breaking Bad, the full series is exquisite and possibly the best TV series I have ever seen. It is however only available on netflix for free or through the dvd.
When I started watching this series until the day I finished I was utterly hooked and as each episode ended I immediately wanted to watch the next as each one left you on a cliffhanger and desperate to know more. As you can imagine it took alot of very late nights for this series to end!
Based upon a family man who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and hence he needs to find a way to make money quickly and alot of it at that! He ultimately becomes involved with drug making and distribution and this in turn becomes industrial and on such a scale that he is selling throughout the world and causing an awful lot of destruction on the way.
There is an acute amount of extensive violence in this series and hence it is not for the faint hearted, but it is just gripping as a story and enticing with each episode. You always need to know what is going to happen next and how it is going to turn out and each episode also leads into completly different dimensions so you never know where it is taking you, making this piece of series a masterpiece in itself.
Love, Loss, Trauma, Death, Violence, Sacrifice, Pain, Suffering and a multitude of relationships make this series what it is and not only does it talk of the love between the family but also a love story between the two dealers who work so closely together they ultimately become part of one another and are unable to work alone. They need one another to move on with each and everyday life.
Whilst violent and really quite disturbing this is a genius peice of tv and is a must watch for anyone who likes series with thrillers and entertainment.
The Vicar of Dibley has to be one of the best tv series that has ever been. With the main character as Dawn French who is the Vicar of the village she brings the whole cast together however each and every one of them is a unique and hillarious character in their own right.
There is nearly always a drama going on in the vicar of dibley and with a melody of love stories, freindships and break ups with continuous events going on within the church the characters are continually getting into mischief and frolics.
This collection dates back to 2007 and has six collections within it including the first and second series and specials.
This set is classic british humour at its best and the cost can surprisingly range for this box set from £44 from ebay going up to £79 on amazon so it is highly advisable to shop around for this set as Im sure it can be found much cheaper.
This would make a perfect christmas present for a fan of this programme or any fan of Dawn French. One thing this programme would work well for is live tv as Mrs Browns boys.
Actors within the series include Gary Walhorn, James Fleet, Emma Chmabers who is absolutely superb playing the not so intelligent alice and Roger Lloyd Pack.
One of the best bits of the programmes is the joke at the end just before the credits run out the vicar and Alive are always seated in the vestry at the church having a cup of tea and share a joke.
I enjoyed watching this film firstly and foremost. Its a relatively short film but captures the essence and structure of the book well, the book of course named 'chocolat' written by Joanne Harris.
I read the book prior to watching the film and whilst the book is incredibly long and detailed I felt the film lacked much of this which was a shame.
It is however a beautiful film and is the story of a mother and her daughter who move to a small village in France and set up a chocolate shop. The shop is beautiful and qauint however it riles the local neighbourhood as she specifically sets up around the time of lent and many of the residents are strict christians hence she doesnt get off to a good start. Chocolate consumption can also be linked to a sin and should not be enjoyed, in their eyes anyway!
However as days and months go on whilst one main character stays vehemently agaisnt the shop many others become attracted to it and of course her and her elegance, and in turn she makes a good business albeit this one character is set to sabotage it in every shape and form.
She battles with these people day in and day out and yet always holds the strength of her dead mother in in some way inspires her spiritually and she also holds the power of some psychic capabilities as her mother did also. She uses these to predict peoples favourite chocolate and whilst it engages many she also makes enemies with these powers. This essence within it however is limited and is only shown through parts of the story.
The story also holds a love story which builds up which is quaint and the battle she faces whilst she befreinds local gypsies. Throughout the book a parallel love story is the relationship between her and her daughter which is acutely strong and unique.
A story of great freindships, great loves for people and passions for work and will entice the most savoury toothed to reach for a bar of chocolate whislt watching it. A tad sad in places but overall whilst it is in no means a match for the book its a good watch and highly recommended.
Being a huge fan of Paulo Cohelo's work it was not difficult to enjoy reading this book, however it has encouraged my journey into the feminine side of spirituality more so and the desire to feel at one with the feminine spirit world and what it can hold for us.
Based upon a girl who is searching for answers and reasons to life through the essence of spirituality and essentially traditional witchcraft, this girl is an essence of love, life and passion for all around her and the world around her and she learns to use this through practice of ritual and spiritual contact.
She goes in search of ritual and spiritual awareness with the use of two teachers one of whom is her soulmate and the other whom is far stricter and teachers her through the use of ritual and practice. Her soulmate recognises her straight away and this causes both instant love and tension, but the experiences they share together are beautiful and unique.
The book goes through bridas journey to become a witch and to be involved with ritualistic magic all based upon the nature and beauty of the world. She learns in stages and gradually visulises and views things through her own eyes and in turn becomes a fully fledged witch through a beautiful ceremony full of love, compassion and excitement.
There is a running love story through this book whilst its main objective is to teach us the essence of feminine life through a magicians eyes and through witchcraft and in turn seeing spirit and working with spirit and natural magic to maintain and energy with the world around us and live in the most holistic and spiritually charged way as possible.
Not only is this book a story but offers us the ideas to move forward with our own interests in magic and witchcraft and hence entices us further to look more deeply into life. It also shows us more so of the beauty of witchcraft rather than the misconception of witchcraft being bad when in fact traditional witchcraft is based on the beauty of nature and the world around us and the spirituality that is involved with this. Sadly there is a huge misconception regarding witchcraft and a huge ignorance, but this book delves into the beauty of it, the feminine power and how the feminine should be enhanced daily.
I really like these cup a soups and Im generally not a fan of cup a soups overall! However these are tasty and have many different flavours and spices and the hot and sour soup is the best, with tangy flavours and a hot kick.
They are suitable for children also and my kids love the fish chowder soup and its an easy snack for them as its simply prepared in a mug with hot water. It doesnt need a lot of stirring and is thin and not thick like some cup a soups.
Ainsley harriet has a range of soups and cous cous and both are good quality in my opinion however be wary of where you buy this product as the prices vary dramatically in different stores. In waitrose you can usually get these soups on a deal for 50p however in Marks and spencers, sainsburys and the coop they can go up to £1.99. So be aware of where you buy them.
The soups come in at east five flavours and range from spicy to mild such as broccolli and stilton.
Easy to open packaging and in cardboard as main packaging which can be recycled.
The dried vegetables within them are crunchy and satisfying and dont go soggy again like some other cup a soups and at only 68 calories they are a great mid day or afternoon snack and are particularly good if you are on the 5.2 diet which only allows 500 calories on the 2 days.
Well worth buying as a snack to keep in the cupboard.
I went to the Bournemouth restaurant of chimichanga in december and it was the last weekend before christmas.
I was a little unsure of going in hence it was practically empty and everywhere else was incredibly busy, however the decor looked great and the menu looked fabulous so myself and my family went in and sat down for lunch.
We received our drinks very quickly and yet after our food order was taken it took 45 minutes for our food to arrive. Once it did arrive I had the wrong order and yet I was not asked if I wanted it changed nor did we have time to have it changed.
The chicken burger that I received was the worst chicken burger Ive ever had. Tasteless and bland with burnt edges. The rice with it was raw and cold.
I complained yet the service charge was not even taken off let alone a discount or free meal,
When I complained on twitter no one responded and it took 4 tweets for them to finally get back to me with no apology on twitter. I then wrote formal complaint and as yet have still not had a reply.
How this restaurant got it so wrong I dont know. There were only three other tables full and yet a restaurant can go a long way to rectify itself if it manages a complaint well. This restaurant has done nothing to say even sorry so we will not be returning again.
I love make up and this is best foundation I have found to date. Its not an expensive range as I find so many really expensive ranges are a waste of money and simply contain quite volatile ingredients which are not environmentally freindly and many are tested on animals. However this foundation is thick enough to rest on the face all day but thin enough to glide on easily and not looked caked in any form.
I love the fact that this foundation lasts all day and actually covers and conceals across the face and glides any blemishes and is a good dermatological foundation so doesnt irritate the skin in any shape or form.
At a price of approx £10 you cant beat this foundation for cove and cost and longevity.
Only a tiny amount is needed to cover the whole face and therefore its worth of money is brilliant as well as you get your moneys worth and it is still a cheap price.
Available in most supermarkets and all good chemist stores.
These tarot cards are beautiful, beautifully illustrated and and hold alot of information within each card. These cards however are not for the novice in tarot reading and learning or teaching cards as they are highly complex and need a lot of resource within the mind to be able to read them well.
I started off with the ryder waite cards which are very simple o use and were made for teaching cards but these cards are ones to get further along the line and they have detailed readings for each one with detailed information.
Thorough readings can be given within these cards and also they seem to be more psychically powerful than others I have noticed. The main box comes with a great book full of detailed interpretation of each card and also a historical resemblance for each one which is rare with tarot cards and usually the cards only come in the cards themselves without the book so this is an extra bonus.
The cards cost about £25 with the book which is expensive but worth every penny for the quality of cards they are.
These noodles are very cheap at approx 11p per packet and they are thin so are excellent for soups and broths and I especially like to use them for thai broths with a mixture of vegetables and spices. They also make a very good quick and simple snack by simply pouring hot water on top of them but they have little nutritional value so always try to add something with them or simply use them as a noodle soup or stock base.
Excellent for hungry children when they return home from school as they are small enough not to fill them completly before dinner.
Flavouring is\always ok within these packets but they are not always very strong and so again add some spice or some extra herbs to add more depth and flavour.
Overall a good base but no nutritional value alone.
Much thinner than super noodles or egg noodles therefore much better to be a base with something.
Can be cooked by water alone, in a pan or in the mircrowave.