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North Wales meet in pictures

16th Oct i went to my first Fuji meet and met some wonderfull people and Uncle Steve was there to lol

i was looking forward to a great weekend free of stress and arguements unfortuantly that was not the case which will become clear in my blog. Keeping a lid on anger is a must as i dont want to be sued lol

Welsh flag on Caernarfon castle still flying on full mast even thu the french beat them at rugby on the day before

stayed in llandudno on the sat night all was ok untill 7.50 am on the sunday morning. i went out side the room with my friend still in the room. i recieved a text at 8.15 the door wont open oh dear i think so i go back to the room the door pass key is pushed under the door for me to try and open it from the outside. it wont open grrrrrrrrrrr friend and more importantly my camera in the room which in a hour i would have needed.

off to reception for help 3 trips 3 different employees all tried to open the door with a normal key no luck. i am getting mad now did not want too miss breakfast but thoought it be ok to keep steve waiting lol. any way 45 mins later they still cant open the door. What happen next could have been out of fawlty towers. they phone for the handyman who is based in another hotel in the area, he trys with various methods still could not open door. i am at boiling point in broken English the guy tells me he was off to get tools he reappears 20mins later with a crow bar and forces the door open.........i politely explain my anger to the management ask for refund or compensation and was told no and i must speak to the owner. surprise surprise he not on site they wont give me his number and told to ring hotel and he then refuses to speak to me. now i am sure all hotel rooms should be able to open from outside with a key for fire safety. we were latety told we might be charged for the damage to the door so that was a awfull experience to start the day

first photo of the day from the layby where wemet of the menai bridge

Menai Bridge is the official gateway to Anglesey, the island which is one of the prime tourist destinations of North Wales, rivaled only by Snowdonia in terms of its popularity.

This bridge was built by Robert Stephenson, the son of George Stephenson, the famous locomotive engineer. The stone for this bridge was, as with Telford`s bridge, quarried at Penmon. The tubes weighing in at an enormous 1500 tons were fabricated beside the Menai Straits. The bridge was officially opened on the 5th March 1850. Anglesey was at last connected to the rest of the country by rail

small island inbetween the 2 bridges i liked the foreground in this one

from the layby i said to steve about my shoes explaining i might need to change them.......No he says those are fine it got wooded paths like hell did they i was slipping everywhere lol

Four large stone lions were sculpted by John Thomas of Gloucestershire in 1848, and placed two at each entrance to the tubular bridge, making four in total. John Thomas was also the architect who designed the north and south fronts of the House of Commons. The lions are 25 foot long and weigh 80 tons each. The lions are still there,

Spanning the Menai Strait, it was an impressive achievement then and remains so today. It had to be high enough to allow sailing ships 100feet tall to pass underneath. Even modern engineers still consider its construction, with the limited tools of the day, to have been a huge design coup, as was recognized when it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. The Bridge has also been featured by the UK Mint on a £1 coin.

The bridge lends its name to the nearby town, also known by its historic name of Porthaethwy.

saw this on the river bankliked it so i thought i would put it in.
we are now walking along the bank and back to the cars to our next stop

liked the rocks in the foreground in this one and the sky is turning blue and warming up

tried to bring the sky out in this shot of the tubular i bridge it works for me

like the reflections of the sky in the water in this

having had problems with my Raynox lens Steve offered me a master class this photo was taken by steve with my HS20

if i put it in my gallery do u think it mightmake the scroller lol

hoping i got my facts right i think this is
St Tysilio's Church

St Tysilio's Church is to be found on Church Island in the shadow of the Menai Suspension Bridge. It is reached by following the path from the Menai Bridge to the Belgian Promenade, a walkway that was constructed by Flemish refugees during the first World War. The Belgian Promenade joins up with the causeway that connects the island to the mainland. A short and winding path leads under the overhanging branches of a large yew tree to the old oak church door. A plaque above the door states that the church was founded in the 7th Century by St Tysilio, but it seems to be accepted that the present church was built in the 1400's. No one knows who built the present church but it is a lovely little stone building with a grand front door.

view of the menai bridge from the church yard

britiania bridge from the church yard

Modern Stone Circle / Monolith in Anglesey (Sir Ynys Mon)

next to the Menai Bridge and the Menai Straits, on Lon Cei Bont.

my favorite bridge shot we are getting closer to it now

nice blue sky seen thru the arches of the bridge

We are walking up thehill to the bridge now and notice this old cottage

yeahhhhhhhhhhh we reached the bridge where we see this plaque

lucky for us the weather was great and the views spectular

view of the arches and then we leave and go to Caernarfon

Caernarfon castle

Caernarvon is located at the southern end of the Menai Strait between north Wales and Anglesey, 8 miles south west of Bangor. During Edward I's invasions of Wales, this was strategically an excellent place to build a castle; Anglesey was referred to as the garden of Wales, providing agriculturally rich land close to the poorer land on north Wales. The Menai Strait also allowed speedy access between the north Welsh coast and the western coast, and was therefore important for Edward to control for supplying outposts such as Harlech and Aberystwyth.

nice views of the river and the mountains in the background

the swing bridge crosing the river and leading to the castle. we saw a blue flash move very quick under this it was a kingfisher none of us got a photo of it thu

loved this view and deciced to stay another night so booked in to the angelsy pub for the monday night as well

notice theclouds over themountain in this one

this was taken on sepia setting on the HS20

Caernarvon is located at the southern end of the Menai Strait between north Wales and Anglesey, 8 miles south west of Bangor. During Edward I's invasions of Wales, this was strategically an excellent place to build a castle; Anglesey was referred to as the garden of Wales, providing agriculturally rich land close to the poorer land on north Wales. The Menai Strait also allowed speedy access between the north Welsh coast and the western coast, and was therefore important for Edward to control for supplying outposts such as Harlech and Aberystwyth.

2 swans swimming under thebridge

saw this shell in a pool of water on the wall

change of plan for dinner so off to thepub to check the menu and prices and book a table for 7

getting dark now time for a light show this is me doing a orb

2 light domes in front of the castle

dinner time and i am starving off to the pub we go

NOT MY PHOTO
alison took this one but it is the only group photo of us all together .............i am thegood looking one at theend of the table

my first sunsets
watch the changing colours in a 30 min period

pleased with all of the sunsets so i have included them all

THE END

it was a pleasure to meet everyone had a fantastic day and hopefully i will get to another one soon

for those who missed my comic story blog of the day the link is below well worth a look i think lol

http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/blog/138/360964

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 19:30
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 I'm peeping....LOL    Can't wait to see what you've taken in Caernarfon Nigel ..LOL.. My North Wales photoblog already compiled (I was up til 4am this morning doing it...ha ha)and posting tomorrow (Saturday) I'll pop back in a bit. Good luck with posting it Smile

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 19:39
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oiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii alison i gooona send steve round now lol

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 19:42
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 Ha ha .....I was hoping you'd say that. The kettle is on Laughing out loud

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 20:34
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I've peeped as well Nigel - can you send uncle steve round to me as well Wink

gallery http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/gallery/62093 ;

Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitedove7/

still checking on you all every now and again !!!

 

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 20:52
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Nice blog Nigel....thanks for sharing this with us.

Hope you give the hotel whatfor and don't stand for any nonsense !

Well Done.

Jim

'Bokeh' Competition entry:- http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/competition/entry/697372

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 21:14
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Hiyah Nigel

Cracking stuff M8y.  You did a better job than I have so far.  Mine keeps fowling up.!!!

Some cracking photos Nigel, great to meet Sharon as well as yourself and it's not everyone who has a "real" adventure before a Fuji meet  (the caper in the hotel)!!

Thanks Nigel.  I will have to get on and complete mine now.

Must fly,  I have to nip round to Alison's place and Glynis's after that!!!!(if I have the strength that is)

Cheers

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 21:16
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 Steve's just left mine Glynis and is on his way to your house so put the kettle on again Laughing out loud

Brilliant photoblog Nigel. Geoff loved it too. Wonderful photos of a wonderful North Wales meet together. Love the Caernarfon ones especially as that's where we met up with you all. Love the sunsets. Loved the whole Fuji meet experience. Thanks Nigel for compiling and sharing the North Wales meet from your perspective. Look out for mine tomorrow as it is already completed to post now. Thanks again Nigel.(and for the credit for my group shot. Good job I remembered to get one before we said our goodbyes.)  Alison x Smile

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 22:40
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Excellent photos. Pity you had such a bad start to the day.  I suggest you slay the hotel on Trip Advisor. 

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 23:13
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Great blog Nigel, thanks again for the light show and Mike is right - we were all at the same place at the same time but saw things completely differently. say Hi to sharon as well

Don't know what you've done to Steve Alison, but hes not arrived here!!!!

Smile

gallery http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/gallery/62093 ;

Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitedove7/

still checking on you all every now and again !!!

 

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 23:14
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Enjoyed the blog Nigel, you seemed to enjoyed your visit after that disasterous start!

Hope to make a meet myself one day.

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Date Fri, 21/10/2011 - 23:21
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Nice blog Nigel - looks as if everyone had a great time.  Wish I could have been there!

 

Thanks for posting.

Smile

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Date Sat, 22/10/2011 - 07:08
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The sunsets are stunning Nigel. Thanks for sharing your day in North Wales

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Date Sat, 22/10/2011 - 09:08
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Hi Nigel another cracking photoblog I know you had a brilliant time and you certainly know how to post a stunning Blog. Thanks for you phone call I will take all your advice onboard Nigel did you recieve my email I sent the other day as I have been trying to contact Steve but no reply which is odd. Many regards BoB.

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Date Sat, 22/10/2011 - 13:34
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Another great wales blog x ya should have stayed in llandudno longer I no some great places there. I have a blog on my profile x

Great pics thanks for sharing x

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Date Sat, 22/10/2011 - 16:23
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Great photos and narrative pity about your bad start to the day with the hotel I would have told them I was making a complaint to the local council with regard fire safety. But at least your meet was a good 1 in the end. Thank you for sharing.

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Date Mon, 24/10/2011 - 14:08
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Really enjoyable blog Nigel, thanks for sharing.

I'm sorry I had to laugh at the beginning of your blog......I'm just glad these things don't only happen to me lol. But hey, the rest of the day looked amazing so I'm sure your anger was shortlived.

I love your style of blog and there's some real crackers here, well done.

Ali xx

Give a stranger one of your smiles, it might be the only sunshine he see's all day.

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Date Tue, 25/10/2011 - 23:13
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Wonderful Nigel, it does amaze me to see everyones take on the day and how many different versions there are.  

Such a pity you had a terrible start to the day, but agree with Ali, it did sound funny and hope you dont mind me having a giggle!!!

Your sunset shots are to die for they are just stunning. 

Thanks for taking the time to put a blog together, i for one really enjoyed it.

p.s......wish i could have been there!

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Date Thu, 03/11/2011 - 18:42
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Another differing slant on the meet. Some top shots here, Nigel. With each blog I look at I feel a little more sad to have missed out. Kind regards, Jan.

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