Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Weekend in Wales

Well, we had a lovely weekend in Wales and here are the pictures to tell the story.  My maternal grandmother was a Welsh woman and very proud of it. Her name was Sarah Jane Jones, you can’t get any more Welsh than that can you?DSC_2158 This absolutely beautiful church, just 5 minutes walk away from my sister in law’s home, is known as the “Marble Church”. Built in 1856 it’s one of the best known churches in Wales.  DSC_2171_edited-1 William and I outside the main door to the church.DSC_2164 The doors are always open and it’s well worth a visit. DSC_2161 Here’s William looking at the numerous war graves in the cemetery.  We were curious to know the story behind these Canadian war graves so I looked it up on the Net, here’s what I found on the church website:-

Immediately to the west of the church is Kinmel Park, which was a military camp used by Canadian troops during the First World War. The churchyard contains the graves of numerous victims of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19 in the camp. On 4-5th March 1919 a riot occurred in the camp when the ship allocated to return the troops to Canada was diverted to carry food supplies to Russia, and five Canadian soldiers were killed in the disturbances and subsequently buried in St Margaret's Churchyard; a common story is that they were executed for mutiny, but this has been denied by the Canadian Department of National Defence. DSC_2176 Two minutes away from the church are these quaint Alm’s cottages.  Very chocolate box pretty, wouldn’t you agree? DSC_2178 copy This is Kinmel Bay, a lovely long and wide beach.  Just 5 minutes away in the car it looked perfect for a vigorous walk on a windy day.  Maybe next time we go we’ll do that.

To be continued…


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