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I would say it’s good to be home, but it’d be a lie. :( I love being by the seaside, even in rainy Wales.

I know some of you are probably bored titless by holiday posts, so I’ve prepared a comment for you to copy and paste. Because parts of it are generated randomly by PHP, all comments will be different and therefore I’ll think you lovingly hung on every word It didn’t actually work because of my crappy weblog system (which will be rewritten) so here (and I’ll just pretend you read everything)..

Hii Jem!

I’m glad you’re home! It wasn’t the same without you.
I’m glad to hear you had a great time, your photos are just amazing!

[insert your name here]

Anyway, let’s go back to Friday. First was the early morning rush-packing because none of us packed earlier and I don’t know why. After getting everything packed into Karl’s Mum’s car we set off… 30-odd miles down the road someone coming the other way starts flashing his lights and doing a ’round-y round’ motion with his finger. After resisting the urge to do a certain other motion with my finger, I listened to Karl debating the sanity of this weird wave-y guy and then came to the conclusion that there was probably a speed camera-wielding maniac police officer further ahead or some dickhead driving too fast in the piss-pouring rain had crashed.

Unfortunately for them it must have been the latter because moments later we were over-taken by a noisy multi-coloured blur which I assume was a speeding police car. We watched lots of people turn around in the road and pulled in to consult a map — deciding to take a back road which, looking back, was probably a stupid idea… we almost had a crash of our own due to a close encounter with another car coming the opposite way on a single-lane road.

Arrive at the caravan after another few hours and unpack. Wrap myself up in a giant orange condom (waterproof poncho) for a quick trip to the beach where I collect a few shells, grab some disgustingly greasy fish and chips from a disgustingly greasy chip shop ‘salesperson’.

wall painting

Saturday was fun, we went to Portmeirion (where the Prisoner TV series was recorded) and that was interesting. The buildings were groovy and we went for a long woodland walk where I was crapped on, and where Robins performed tricks for peanuts. Alright, I lie, they didn’t perform tricks, but the cheeky buggers certainly didn’t hesitate to approach us for them.

Sunday.. we took a trip into Barmouth (oh, yeah, that’s where we stayed) Town and took a picture of “arousal cafe”.

arousal cafe

We popped in to the Centre of Alternative Technology for a bit of “you should recycle more” guilt tripping — funky chicken more walking and a bit of interesting education on clean living and the benefits of solar power/etc. There were some interesting chickens…

After what seemed like a never-ending journey we arrived home to discover that the electricity had been ‘tripped’ while we were gone and the two fridges and the freezer had been off all weekend. What little food was left from before the holiday was ruined, so we had to go emergency shopping.

So now we’re home. I have a new rainbow cup, some paintbrushes that Karl’s Mum bought me and a desire to go and run out into the sea. Not quite possible on the outside of Shrewsbury though.

Jem Turner jem@jemjabella.co.uk +44(0)7521056376

27 comments so far

  1. Jon said:

    Wow, I’m actually using my real name this time! :P It wasn’t the same without you. I’m glad to hear you had a time, your photos are just amazing! – Frosty

  2. Katy said:

    yay, it’s still there! hehe. I especially like how it’s really obvious that they moved the letters after the C fell off CAT is lots of fun, especially if you’re a bit science geeky like me… *refuses to copy/paste :p*

  3. Jess said:

    Hi Jem, it sounds like you had an awesome trip. By the way, your photos are FANTASTIC. =P I was right, your holiday WAS funner than mine (not that I ever got one). I love the seaside as well, but the last time I went was… um… shoot, I can’t remember…

  4. Michelle said:

    Hii Jem! I’m glad you’re home! It wasn’t the same without you. I’m glad to hear you had a great time, your photos are just amazing! Michelle ;) Giant orange condom? xD That chicken creeps me out.

  5. Emily said:

    Yay, I went to Portmeirion as well when I went to Wales. It’s really pretty there, ay? My mum’s friend showed us around. Gotta love a cafe named Arousal (even if it wasn’t on purpose). I think I want to adopt that chicken. And call it Arousal. Hahah. And before I forget, here’s my real comment for you: Hi Jem! I’m glad you’re home! It wasn’t the same without you. I’m glad to hear you had a great time, your photos are just amazing! Emily

  6. Vix said:

    Hii Jem! I’m glad you’re home! It wasn’t the same without you. I’m glad to hear you had a great time, your photos are just amazing! Vixx p.s. Despite the c&p bit, the sentiment is sincere!

  7. Sim said:

    Hi Jem! I’m glad you’re home! It wasn’t the same without you. I’m glad to hear you had a great time, your photos are just amazing! ~Sim P.S. If you want to see some REALLY freaky chickens, try Mountfitchet Castle. Nothing compares and the cockerels also interrupt you.

  8. Aneesah said:

    Er, yes; those are some strange-looking chickens. O_o I suppose the seaside would be okay, minus the hot, glaring sun and sand blowing into your face. That leaves the water and a nice breeze and the feel of sand in between your toes and nice views to take pictures off. I like all that. :)

  9. Manon said:

    It’s so good to have you back… my days just aren’t complete without your wonderful witty comments!! You always manage to make me smile!! It’s just sorry for you that it’s usually when something funny happens TO you! I hope you had a good time through it all!! We really did miss you

  10. Bex said:

    Ahaha, ‘Arousal Cafe’ ! Barmouth’s cool :D I love the seaside too and it seems to be a family tradition to go when it’s raining. I’ve never been to the Centre of Alternative Technology though, and…OMG THE CHICKENS! ARGH! *dies*

  11. Stephanie said:

    Are those the fuzzy chickens? They’re show chickens and are totally fluffy and awesome-like. Their feathers are like fur. My boyfriend’s mother has a whole bunch of them – the chicks are so funny looking ;) I’m glad your trip was nice. I need to email you because… I haven’t in forever. The only time I get to do anything is at school xP I’ve never heard of a alternative technology center, but in Baltimore we had a really cool thing called the Science Center where there were like 2345234634 exhibits on different science-y things, including whole floor on energy technology, so I guess that falls under the entire “let’s recycle!” alternate technology. Of course, I think they were talking more about fuel cell power rather than old coke cans, but whatever… I haven’t heard of an arousal cafe, either, but when I was in Baltimore I did ride past Chubbie’s Cafe which featured a silhouette of a naked girl on the window with “EROTICA” printed in bold, black print under it… Ugh, I really need to email you! Can’t keep leaving such long comments…

  12. Malin said:

    I actually giggled a little when I read ‘Arousal Cafe’, haha. Did you get aroused in there? The chicken looks… weird. It’s probably evil. I hate chickens…

  13. Anna said:

    Hi Jem! I’m glad you’re home! It wasn’t the same without you. I’m glad to hear you had a great time, your photos are just amazing! Anna

  14. Nikki-ann said:

    The delights of North and Mid Wales… Though I have to admit to not running into the FREEZING COLD sea anywhere on the mid/north coast of Wales for quite a few years now! Did you go through Newtown? (You should’ve waved if you did!).

  15. Louisa said:

    Hii Jem! I’m glad you’re home! It wasn’t the same without you. I’m glad to hear you had a great time, your photos are just amazing! XD I can think of MANY people who would want to visit that café. And I think I’d want one of those weird chickens, just so people can tell me how cool it is.

  16. Cissi said:

    Hii Jem! I’m glad you’re home! It wasn’t the same without you. I’m glad to hear you had a great time, your photos are just amazing! :P [No, truly, they are.]

  17. Amanda said:

    Hii Jem! I’m glad you’re home! It wasn’t the same without you. I’m glad to hear you had a great time, your photos are just amazing! Amanda

  18. bliss said:

    Roffling at the Arousal Cafe. Ahh… Gosh, but I just realised that I’m so lazy that I don’t even want to scroll up and copy your pre-made comment. So much for that!

  19. Mia said:

    Hii Jem! I’m glad you’re home! It wasn’t the same without you. I’m glad to hear you had a great time, your photos are just amazing! Mia (*giggles* Oh, and Arousal Cafe? Brilliant!)

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