Saturday, July 7, 2012

Roamy's Welsh Experience!

 In April Roamy had a wonderful time with Jill & Tony in Caerphilly ,South Wales  - Land of Dragons, Castles and Song !  Jill & Tony have a trio of beautiful dogs, too..... Roamy enjoyed being pictured with Daffodils, Wales' National Flower and around Caerphilly Castle ( 2nd biggest in the UK after Windsor where the Queen lives ) and it was built in 1271 .After visiting the castle with us we needed a break and Roamy got to sample Welsh Cakes , delicious cakes made with raisins and served warm off the griddle !

Along with Jill and Tony and our 3 Bearded Collies Roamy head up north to Whitby in Yorkshire...Whitby is where Bram Stoker stayed when he wrote 'Dracula' and the abbey mentioned in the book is still there .We made sure Roamy had Garlic in all his meals to ward off any sharp toothed people ! He also got to sample traditional British Fish and Chips and Mushy peas, finished with Whitby's Famous Fudge ..careful you don't put too much weight on for the trip home Roamy !!! He even got to ride on a steam train too !

Next Roamy got to attend the wedding of Megan & Nick as a very special guest  ! Not all gnomes get to stand next to a Silver Lady on a Rolls Royce or end up as part of the Brides Dress !! Thanks to Megan And Nick for having the wee man along,  he was the perfect guest !

Then it was back home to Wales and Roamy met a lovely little Welsh girl, Myfanwy, who agreed to travel home with Roamy...

Happy Trails Roamy it was wonderful to have you stay ! 

Jill and Tony
Dear Jill and Tony -  what a wonderful, wonderful experience you have given Roamy.. the bride and groom were such good sports as well. THANK YOU!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Roamy visits Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare!

Rushing from the car park, Roamy couldn't wait to view the River Avon first. The thought of a 3.5mile ramble straight after his breakfast of wild mushrooms on toast wasn't Roamy's idea of fun, but Stratford Boat Club and their accompanying river craft was a much better option for his wee sea-legs.

Gower Memorial, Stratford-upon-Avon
This memorial to Shakespeare is situated in Bancroft Gardens in Stratford.

The seated figure of William Shakespeare is flanked by life-size statues of Lady Macbeth, Prince Hal, Hamlet, Henry V, and Falstaff, representing Philosophy, Tragedy, History, & Comedy. The memorial was sponsored by Lord Ronald Sutherland -Gower, who presented it to the town of Stratford in 1888.

Resting on Lady Macbeths hands, Roamy looks a little uneasy with her dour expression .

For a little light relief, our tiny hero visits Falstaff and they certainly got on like 'a house on fire' both sharing stories of lifes adventures.


Alas Poor Roamy....Hamlet contemplates about Yoricks skull along
with a very small, additional cast member .

Royal Shakespeare Company - Theatre

Running to the bridge en route to the theatre, he stops and waits for a quick photo

Inside the gift shop our wee friend loses himself within Shakespeares literary gems

Finding the books a little hard going, Roamy decides to have a bit of fun with toys of William S, Bottom the donkey and his old mate Hamlet

Shakespeares Birthplace
Shakespeare's Birthplace is a restored 16th-century half-timbered house situated in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, where it is believed that William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his childhood years. 

Shakespeare Everywhere
There is no doubt in Roamy's mind as to who used to live in Stratford:

Even a bank

At the end of our exploring we decide it's time to find a tea-room
 and some of Roamy's favourite things - CAKES!

We've absolutely loved spending time with and getting to know Roamy. He's a real little gentleman and we'll all miss him.  Keep following his blog -  the wee chap's off to another country in the British Isles next - Wales

Opposite the main building, Roamy finds a life-ring is the perfect place to take a rest and view the theatre. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Roamys first outing to a Traditional English Pub

We visited The Tame Otter public house which dates back to the early 1800's
and is set alongside the canal between Lichfield and Tamworth in Staffordshire.

After viewing all the local brews and chatting with the barstaff
young Roamy decided upon a thimble-full of the 'Cornish Trawler'
Enjoying the Pub Beer Garden, Roamy makes a new friend in Peter Rabbit

Lichfield Cathedral.
Dating back to 1195 Lichfield Cathedral is the is the only medieval English cathedral with three spires.

The outside of the West front is covered in statues of Norman and Saxon kings,
disciples of Jesus and prophets of the Old Testament.
 Roamy took an instant liking to St Andrew 
 and couldn't wait to get his photo taken against this impressive backdrop
and the streetlamp wrought ironwork gave him an ideal perch to rest a while
whilst taking it all in

Beacon Park. Lichfield
Please read the sign

It seems that Spring may have sprung in England and Roamy takes advantage
 of soaking up a bit of sunshine amongst the Daffodils, Primulas and Tulips

Roamy isn't the only one enjoying the warmth on the cobblestones

The Tudor Tea Rooms. Lichfield
Built when King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon ruled England
 this fabulous Tudor Building is now home to a quaint tea room and chocolate shop

Roamy obviously loving the look of the sugar mice and home-made chocolates

After keeping the shop-owners waiting 23minutes trying to make a choice,
 he finally plumps for a rabbit adorned chocolate lollipop - Delicious!
Keep following for young Roamys next adventure in Shakespeares Stratford-Upon-Avon
before heading off to another part of the UK - Wales.