Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 11 June 2012
The last thing that H.I. and me said to each other last night was 'let's go away for a few days to somewhere we have never been', and now I am up at 5 in the morning, thinking about it and looking up possible destinations on the interweb.
What with the weather; the fact I don't have much to do right now in the workshop; we are surrounded by building sites and just generally feel as though we are sitting around waiting to die, going off for a few days seems like a good idea.
I have - in the past - tried to book a room in the Druidstone Hotel (somewhere on the South Wales coast) but the woman who runs the place is utterly mad and hostile to boot. Trying to deal with her is like trying to deal with Basil Fawlty on a bad day, so I just gave up.
We did consider the Gower Peninsula last night, and just now I looked it up, finding the above image of an annual general meeting of Pagans there. Not for us I think. I looked at all the self-catering lets, and they just seem so... I don't know... Welsh. I am sure they are great places to stay, but I do like a bit of shabbiness in my hotels, and the pictures I saw look as though you wouldn't dare fart in them. I think some of the terms and conditions specifically forbade farting, in fact. Maybe we'll just drop in on John at Trelawnyd, I'm sure he might have a spare kennel for a couple of nights.
Then - in the chilly light of dawn - I remembered the Landmark Trust. I'm sure the Pineapple has been done to death, but I notice that there are a few rooms to let in a run-down medieval castle on Lundy, and there is only one pub called 'The Tavern'. One would have to assess the balance between how nice it would be to get stuck there in bad weather and how awful it would be to run out of food and drink as a consequence, but it could be worth the risk. Anyone had any experience?
I'm going back to bed, and when I get up again around lunch-time, it would be nice to get a few useful if abusive suggestions from anyone with anything to say about the pros and cons of short breaks in the British Isles - including Wales. Points will be awarded in the following categories: Useful. Interesting. Amusing. Abusive. Downright rude and anti-English.