Poppy Patchwork

My little bit of this big World

Friday 22 March 2024


 We have been away for a few days, back to Wales, staying locally to hubby's sister and brother, our trip primarily to visit hubby's elder brother after all the worry of his health in Spain, who is now back to brilliant health.
 Husband on one of our walks.
Hubby is from South Wales, his home town of Abertillery is full of coal mining history, almost every family had links to the pits.
In his grammar school years, there was a pit disaster at 6 bells pit,  this is a monument to those who never came home. It's only a few years old, set on the old mine location. 
Towering above everything, hubby is in photo for scale, his family had no loss at the time, hubby's dad would not allow any of his older brothers to work underground. Reading the names in the base is really sobering, I'm from Somerset, so this is all very different for me.
Just because it's pretty.
I love dry stone walls, 
and loved this bench.

We are headed for home today, an easy drive, motorway most of the way. Hubby enjoyed seeing his family, we bumped into loads of his school friends, so many people never left the valleys.  Loads of walking, a couple garden centres, and nice meals out, the weather gods were kind to us.

It's been a restful few days, just what we both needed, I check home and Grace each day, our lovely neighbour comes in to feed her and sits for a while. I have been reading your post but sadly not able to leave comments using my phone.

Now back to home life, family and gardens, hubby purchased me a lovely gift for the garden, photo in next post.


  1. It's good to get away for a short while and catching up with family is a pleasure.

  2. It's good to have a change of scenery, even for a few days. That monument is huge!

  3. Wow, that monument is gigantic. Glad you had a good time Marlene, sounds lovely.

  4. It's nice to have a break away, especially to spend time with family.
    That monument is huge!

    Enjoy your weekend.

    All the best Jan

  5. Catching up with family is always wonderful and going back to where one grew up makes it even better. That monument is huge.

    God bless.

  6. I also love drystone walls. It's good to have a break and change of scenery.

  7. What a nice spring refresh for you. There’s always a strong connection to the place where you grew up.

  8. So glad you had a lovely few days visiting family. I love Wales. It's an incredibly beautiful country.



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