Last December we decided we'd like all our grandchildren to experience the magic of Abersoch and hopefully they would in turn have magical holiday memories. which they might then pass on to their children in years to come. I looked online and found a fabulous house for rent, right in the village, which was big enough for us, our two sons and their families. I checked with the boys that the dates were OK with them then went ahead and booked the house for a week. You can see photos of the interior of the house here, it was fabulous and had everything we needed and more.
We set off on Friday 3rd June for the 3 hour drive to Wales, followed by youngest son and his two boys. Eldest son had set off an hour before taking a different route, saying he'd see us at the house. The weather was just beautiful, sunny and hot and we were hoping it would stay that way for the seven days we were there.
before getting fish and chips to take back to the house for tea, which we ate sitting around the huge table on the decking in the evening sunshine.
Saturday was gloriously hot and sunny, so we took the buckets and spades, other beach games and a picnic down to the beautiful beach, where we all had a wonderful time.
After a great day on the beach we went back to the house to shower off the sand and had a lovely meal, eaten alfresco again, then popped down to the pub for a drink before bedtime whilst the children played together on the climbing frame there.
Dan's partner, Fi, had been unable to come with us as she had to work and take care of their three dogs, and unfortunately Ali had to go home on Sunday evening because she had to go back to work on Monday too, Nick drove her home and returned to Abersoch later that evening.
Monday dawned sunny again, so we took the children to Abersoch's main beach to explore and enjoy an icecream.
On Tuesday we drove to Caernarfon, which is 24 miles from Abersoch, to visit the magnificent Caernarfon Castle, which was built by Edward I in 1283 and is still in excellent repair. Caernarfon Castle is where the investiture of the Prince of Wales took place in 1969. Most of the turrets are still accessible and proved to be a great source of excitement for the children.
On Wednesday the children collected shells on the beach to make collages and explored the rock pools with their fishing nets. Here's a few photographs showing their handiwork with the shells.
On Thursday we drove over to Pwllheli, which is the capital of the Llyn Peninsula and just seven miles from Abersoch, so that the children could get souvenirs for themselves and gifts for their mothers. Later in the afternoon they went for one last scout on the beach before coming back for a bath. Most evenings we spent playing snap and various games in the lounge with the children before they went to bed tired out and happy.
All too soon it was Friday morning and time for us to leave lovely Abersoch for the drive home. The weather was very kind to us. Some mornings were overcast but by the time we were all ready to go out the clouds had cleared and the sun was out, though sometimes there was a chilly wind it didn't deter us or the children from enjoying our time in Abersoch.
Each morning, whilst the children were having breakfast and getting dressed, MWM walked down to the little shop to get the daily paper and sit a while on the harbour,
looking out to sea, enjoying the peace and tranquility.
Each day a little Robin hopped around us looking for a few crumbs, so on the last morning we took him some and he almost ate them out of my hand.
MWM and I hope that all the grandchildren will remember their week in Abersoch and maybe in years to come take their children there. Apart from the names of the shops Abersoch hasn't changed at all in 30 years and I hope it will be just the same if they eventually all go back. Ah, sweet memories.
If you want to read our Dan's account of the holiday go to his blog