Heavy fall of snow in Llandudno today.
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010
Heavy snow arrived in Rhos On Sea late this afternoon. Buses ground to a halt, hence a lot of people waiting in the bus shelter on the left-hand side of the road. Hope they got home ok!
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Start of the Santa Fun Run at Llandudno this morning, in aid of Ty Gobaith Childrens Hospice. 400 Santas & Snowmen (& Snow-women!) ran the one mile from the Cenotaph to Bodafon Fields. The weather was great and everyone enjoyed themselves!
Saturday, 11 December 2010
A shot of the Subway in Conwy, taken using the wide angle lens and laying the camera down on the floor. Nice effect, I think.
A return to Conwy to try my hand at some night photography again. Looking across the Quay towards the Castle from the Town Walls.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
It's something I've mentioned myself in the past, almost one year ago, in fact. Unfortunately, nothing whatsoever has been done to tackle the problem, in spite of representations on the matter by several local people to Cllr Mike Priestley (Cabinet Member for the Environment at Conwy Council).
After several reminders, he has finally responded to Oscar's questions on the subject.
It would appear that the Council did own a Cleaning Machine but it was damaged by a flood at Dolgarrog and had to be written off.
One wonders if an insurance claim was submitted and what happened to the proceeds?
It would also appear that someone at CCBC has told Cllr Priestley that to buy a new machine to remove chewing gum would cost £120,000. No, that's not a typing error, I did say £120,000. Now, I'm not an expert on chewing gum removal, but, by using Google, I was able to find a machine specially designed for removing Chewing gum from Pavements that cost less than £5,000. Here's the link (with the price) so you can see for yourself:
So...what's going on? Is someone at Conwy Council trying to pull the wool over Cllr Priestley's eyes in order to save themselves some work?
Whatever the reason, it's disappointing to see that, one year later, nothing has been done...
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Netherlands (Ziggo Consumers)
Martinique (Mediaserv C)
London (Visit Britain)
Devon (South Devon College)
Caernarfon (Gwynedd County Council)
Aberystwyth (National Library Of Wales)
Czech Republic (Finnish State Computer Centre)
New York, United States (Schlumberger Limited)
Markham, Ontario, Canada (Bishop Graphics Newkirk)
Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States (Comcast Business Communications)
Bangor (University Of Wales)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Switchworks Technologies)
Spain (Prioritytelecom Spain, S.a.)
Milan, Lombardia, Italy (Cohn & Wolfe Srl)
Grafton, Wisconsin, United States (Sbc Internet Services)
Guernsey (Cable & Wireless Guernsey)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (Rogers Cable)
Llandudno (Conwy County Borough Council)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Telekom Malaysia Berhad)
London (British Broadcasting Corporation)
Dhahran, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabian Oil Company)
Anaheim, California, United States (Sbc Internet Services)
Colwyn Bay (Coleg Llandrillo)
San Francisco, California, United States (Comcast Cable)
Budapest, Hungary (Tvnetwork Inc.)
New York, United States (Google)
Salzgitter, Niedersachsen, Germany (Telefonica O2 Germany Gmbh)
Midlothian, Texas, United States (Aisl-11)
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States (Optimum Online)
Nixon, Texas, United States (Awesomenet)
Houston, Texas, United States (Earthlink)
Bentonville, Arkansas, United States (Cox Communications)
Manteca, California, United States (Comcast Cable)
Texarkana, Texas, United States (Windstream Communications)
Zonguldak, Bolu, Turkey (Turk Telekom)
Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States (Toyota Of Richmond)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Nib (national Internet Backbone))
As always, a warm 'thank you' to everyone who visits.
Icicles on the rocks at the side of the Marine Drive, Great Orme, Llandudno.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Coffee Illy, Conwy (Photo Credit)
When walking around Conwy, it's easy to overlook this place, but you'll be missing out on a treat if you do.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
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Monday, 30 August 2010
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Update: The Forum is now up and running again but the posts appear to be several months out of date. Whether the more recent posts can be retrieved or not is in the hands of Kindways.
Monday, 23 August 2010
Make no mistake, this is a landmark site in the resort of Llandudno and the only site of any size on the Promenade that would be suitable for the mixed use, all-weather leisure development that the town really needs (yes, it does rain in Wales occasionally!). The current owner, the ever elusive David Taylor of Worcester, seems to be dreaming of a 10 storey high apartment block on the site, netting him many millions of pounds profit. Sorry, Mr. Taylor, but it's never going to happen!
Unless Mr. Taylor accepts that residential development will never happen and sells the site to a Leisure Developer, then the only way forward is for CCBC/Welsh Assembly Government to carry out a Compulsory Purchase of the site and then pass it on to a Developer in order to recoup their money. As a Compulsory Purchase is carried out at a 'fair value', the price would reflect its current planning status as a leisure site and not some 'pie in the sky' residential site value. Thus, it would be a viable (not to say attractive) site for developers.
In conclusion, Llandudno would gain the all-weather attraction(s) that it desperately needs, jobs would be created for locals, taxes would be generated. for the Government...best of all, a sixteen year old embarrassment to the town removed once and for all!
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Writing this post reminded me of a story in a local guidebook about the Foresters Arms, namely that it was permanently shut down as a result of being the only Pub in Britain to open on the day of Queen Victoria's funeral in 1901. However, this appears to be nothing more than an 'old wives tale', as it stayed open until 1903.
I also remembered that I had taken a photo of a gravestone in the Churchyard at Gyffin, so I dug that out and it read that Elizabeth Williams, of the Foresters Arms, Gyffin, had died in 1899 at the age of 73. Could the Roberts family have taken over the pub then?
Nowadays, the Foresters Arms is a private house. Have a StreetView look at it if you like by clicking here.
Update - November 2010: Here is the Foresters Arms in 2010. The lady in the 2010 photo is the Grand daughter of the Couple in the 1901 photo:
Monday, 9 August 2010
Professor Codman’s Punch and Judy show has been performed on Llandudno pier since 1860 by the Codman family and to this day, creator Richard Codman’s great great grandson, Jason performs the show daily from March to September. Four generations of Codmans have performed the show to Royalty including Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra, King Edward VII and the Prince of Wales, who would later become King George V as well as millions of visitors to North Wales."
Some photos (not taken by myself) of the happy event:
Of course, there is a also a video of their big day available:
Let's hope that the happy Couple have many more years of perfect bliss together....
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Bodlondeb Castle (situated next to the Tram Station on Church Walks) is one of Llandudno's more ornate buildings, being a castellated building built in the Scottish Baronial style. Its interior contains several fine stained glass windows, together with many examples of Italian craftsmanship reflecting the baroque period including a baronial hall, translucent marble pillars and a magnificent staircase together with gothic masonry.
Work started on its construction in 1898 (the site formerly housed the Victoria Gardens) but the story behind its construction is somewhat unusual....
In 1897 , a very wealthy guest at the St. George's Hotel (who wished to remain anonymous) was so taken with the delights of Llandudno that he instructed the Hotel's Manager, Mr. Thomas Davies, to build a residence for him in the town. The guest's only wish was that the finest materials be used in its construction. Mr. Davies was happy to comply with this and, besides engaging the local builders, Jones & Son, also arranged for Italian craftsmen to come over to work on the decorative elements such as the marble columns in the main hallway. The stained glass windows in the main rooms represented the coats of arms of the heads of the fifteen tribes of North Wales.
Main Hallway & Lounge after Restoration in 2006 (Photo Credit)
Mr. Davies was very pleased with the standard of the construction and felt that his client would be too. The day came when the wealthy client returned to Llandudno to view his new residence. The client viewed the exterior of the property, then looked around and asked 'where is the land?' Upon being told that there was no land associated with the property other than a very small garden, he declared that he was no longer interested, turned around and left, never to return!
Local rumour once had it that the wealthy guest was none other than Edward the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII).
The property then remained in the Davies family until 1931, when they sold it to the Methodist Holiday Homes Ltd, who opened it as a Methodist hotel and it remained as such for many years. The Chapel building (now cottages) at the rear of the Bodlondeb Castle, Caer Salem, closed in 1934 and was purchased by the Methodist Holiday Homes to form an annexe to the hotel. During World War II, around 30-40 Civil Servants were billeted in the hotel, although it also managed to remain open for guests. In 1954, a set of modern garages were built and a Games Room was added above the garages in 1967.
Sadly, business began to decline sharply during the early years of the 21st century, with the occupancy rate for the 20 bedrooms falling to 32%. It closed in 2005 after being on the market with a firm of specialist commercial agents for 18 months, but no firm offers approaching the £650,000 asking price were received. It was purchased by Norwest Developments/Beck Homes, who announced plans to restore the building and convert it into 8 luxury apartments. Work started in late 2005 and great care was taken to restore the original features of the building, whilst removing later additions, such as the garages and games room.
Renovation work begins - June 2005 (Photo Credit)
Work on the renovation/conversion was complete by Summer 2006 and the first residents began to move in. I imagine they were somewhat happier with their new residence than that original wealthy hotel guest who refused point blank to accept his new home...
Friday, 23 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
Well, it certainly didn't disappoint. It was obvious that a lot of money had been spent in fitting out and furnishing the premises to a very high standard. Not the largest of cafes inside (probably less than 30 covers) but it also had a large outside dining area. Tides boasts an extensive Menu and lots of Specials on blackboards as well. As you'd expect from Bryn, food and drink was both excellent and the service was both pleasant and efficient. Recommended.
How do I get there? You just turn off the A55 at Llanddulas and take the old main road (A547) heading for Abergele. Once you've passed through the main part of Llanddulas village, you go over a series of traffic calming humps. Take a left turn at the crossroads after these humps and follow the road down under the A55 to arrive outside the front door of Tides. Plenty of free parking across the road from the cafe.
Monday, 12 July 2010
We started out from the car park in the centre of Trefriw, then a very sharp pull up the steep minor road to Llanrhychwyn that tested our leg muscles to the full. Good excuse, therefore, to stop off to have look inside the ancient Church there, then we carried on over the hills heading for Geirionydd, stopping only at the highest point to admire the views over towards Mole Siabod and Snowdon.
Then turning down onto the road that runs along he side of Geirionydd but, just past the lake, turning off onto the footpath that runs down on the path of the old Tramway into the Crafnant Valley, so I could brave the famous plank across the stream and explore the old Klondyke lead mine and processing mill. After a look round and a few photos, it was time to head down the old mine road onto the minor Crafnant Road, which led back straight into Trefriw and a refreshing drink (not to mention a chance to rest weary legs) at Yr Hen Llong pub.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Back in March 1877, plans were announced in the Building News for a Llandudno Gardens & Aquarium, to be built roughly where the Arcadia Theatre used to be (left hand section of what is now VenueCymru on the Promenade).
It's also interesting to speculate as to what would have happened to it if it had been built all those years ago. Possibly a devastating fire in the 1960s or 70s would have finished it off? Maybe it would have limped on into the 1980s with the aquarium being rebranded a SeaLife Centre and the Winter Gardens themselves being used for roller skating or similar, then it would have been demolished in the 1990s after the local Council deemed the structure unsafe...
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