Friday, 12 September 2014

Tredegar and the Absent Keycode

Hi Folks,

Well we had a lovely few days away. We enjoyed it so much that we managed to convince ourselves that we should stay a day longer than intended.  The weather was wall to wall sunshine so who could blame us for making the most of it.  We had packed enough clothes so why not....

When we go away I try to plan ahead and take enough food with us for breakfast each morning plus the means of making a sandwich or something for lunch. The list can be:

Cereal, milk, bread for sandwiches and toast, eggs, a couple of tins of baked beans, salad, fruit and a packet of biscuits. I grated about half a 400g block of cheddar (on offer at £2 for 400g in Morrisons) into an airtight box and it made us sandwiches for one lunch and cheese on toast for another, and there was just enough for a sandwich each on the return journey. We do budget for one meal per day out as a treat though.

Our first stop was a visit to Tredegar House which is a lovely National Trust property in Newport, Gwent.  We parked up at the campsite in the grounds and happily spent the whole afternoon there treating ourselves to a tasty lunchtime bowl of soup in the NT coffee shop.  £3.95 each for piping hot onion and leek soup with crusty roll and butter, too good to resist.  Well, we were on holiday after all....

This is the beautiful Orangery at Tredegar House 

It overlooks a beautiful garden in the corner of which we found this artwork. The tulip shape is made entirely out of small seashells set onto a bed of sand which gives the orange colour in contrast to the white of the shells....stunning. All four corners had one of these; two tulip ones and two Prince of Wales Feathers, I think.

We really didn't expect to come across a Dalek in the stable block, but there he was!  Apparently, lots of filming takes place at Tredegar including Dr Who!

When we got back to the campsite the wardens had closed the office and we were ready to settle down for the evening with a shower, a meal and some TV.  It was then that we realised there were locks on the doors of the shower blocks/loos and we didn't have the keycode!!! Crumbs!  Luckily, a kind co-camper gave us the code after showing him our barrier key so all was well.  That'll teach us to be too eager to go off somewhere :-/

More of our hols tomorrow if you can bear it...

Thanks for popping in x