Bunty Goes to Torbay

Torquay 011 Hello I have been on another adventure this time to a place called Torbay. Torbay is made up of lots of little places and I visited some of them.

I stayed in a place called Torquay which is very pretty and has lots of shops, but most of my adventures took place in other places.

I hopped to Paignton and hopped along the beach but it was very windy and very cold, so I didn’t go for a paddle. All the people were talking about how cold it was and one man even told me he had to scrape the icy from his car and he had never done that before and he had lived there 14 years. I didn’t think it was that cold, I don’t think they get bad winters normally. The man asked if I had been to the harbour and when I said I hadn’t he told me which way it was. I am glad he told me as there were lots of big boats to look at, some of them were very posh. When it got dark it looked even prettier, all the shops had lights and there were lights all along the sea front and the pier, I was so excited I hopped very quickly up the pier right to the end and nearly got blown away. I was very tired after my big day so I hopped off to bed.

My next hop was to Brixham where I met Sally, she was pecking the bits of fish and chips from the floor by the harbour, she too told me how cold it was and how hard it had been to find food, because the ground was so hard and not many visitors came in the winter so there wasn’t as much food dropped onto the floor. I told her my people left food out for the birds, squirrels and hedgehogs at home, she should come and live in our garden. She laughed and said she would miss the sea. I then went to Smugglers and Pirates which was fun even though I did get a little bit scared. First I had to walk through a door into a room where the reverend was projected onto a wall he told me I was going to be a smuggler and I had to look out for the big gold coins and count them up. Then I went into a room with a fire and found one of the gold coins, over the fire was a picture of a ship and it came to life, then Anna told me all about her husband Jack who was a smuggler, then the picture on the wall came to life and it was Jack he told me we had to be quick because the customs men were coming and I had to hide in the secret tunnel. I found some more coins there. Then I hopped a little further along and found the wreck of the Neptune, Jacks ship. Jack told me how he went smuggling and the ship got caught in a storm and how Anna and all the other woman in the village had to burn everything they had to guide the men in the water home. I think they must have been very brave even though they were very naughty people, smuggling is naughty. I then hopped into another room this was a church and the reverend asked how many coins I had found, I had found eight. I was really happy when he said I had found them all. I was a bit hungry so I went for a snack in a place called Breakwater, I sat up stairs so that I could see the sea, the nice lady who brought me my carrot told me that in the summer the seals come to play just under the windows, but there weren’t any seals on the day I went because it was too cold.

 

For my next adventure I hopped onto the coastal train to Exeter, this was very exciting the train runs right by the side of the sea last year the sea washed some of the rail lines away and the people had to work very hard to make it all better. I am glad they did because I had a lovely ride on the train. When I got into Exeter I hopped the city wall, it’s not as pretty as Chester and there’s not so much wall either but it was still a nice hop. I then came to the Cathedral, oooh it is very big and very very pretty. It has lots of lovely carvings inside and a door with a hole cut in the bottom which was cut in there between 1598 and 1621 so that the bishop’s cat could get in to catch the mice. There is also the Bishops throne which is 56 feet tall. I couldn’t see the top. It was a long hop around the wall and the cathedral, so I hopped back onto the train to go for a nap.

My next adventure was in Dawlish the home of the Black swan, I didn’t understand what that meant, I thought swans were white, I had only ever met white swans before. In the middle of the street in Dawlish there is a river that runs to the sea, it’s very pretty. People have built a little garden around it so you can walk along and there are little lights too, it must look very pretty when it is dark. I hopped up the side of the river until I came to a bridge, in the middle of the river just by the bridge was a little island and there in the middle was a black swan sitting on a nest, another black swan was picking bits of twigs out off the water. I asked him what he was doing and he told me he was looking for soft twigs for the nest. Just then his wife swam over and told me that soon she would be laying eggs and having her babies and she wanted the nest to be nice and warm for them. I told them I hoped they had lots of babies and that they were well behaved then I went to look at the sea, it was very windy and I got very cold so I decided to go to Dartmouth. Someone had told me I could get a ferry over the sea, I thought that would be fun, so I hopped onto that.

Darmouth has a big park but it was much to cold and it had started to rain to have a look around it, so I hopped to the fort. There’s not a lot left of the fort but it was still fun to have a look through the windows straight down into the sea.

Before I came home I went to Tiegnmouth for one last look at the sea and I am very glad that I did, it was crashing over the wall, it looked very frightening but lots of fun too.

Then it was time to stop my adventure, so I came home.

my photos

Keep hopping

love
Bunty

Torbay info

Paignton info

Brixham info

Smugglers and Pirates info

Train info

Exeter info

Exeter Cathedral

Dawlish info

Dartmouth info

Tiegnmouth info

Leave a comment »

Bunty Goes to Beddgelert

beddgelert 042 Hello, I have been on another adventure this time to a place called Beddgelert which is in North Wales. I stayed in the forest in the Snowdonia national Park, it’s not a park with swings and things like that, it is a very big piece of land and all the towns and mountains and forest are all special and are looked after to make sure they are not spoilt. To get there I had to go through the mountains  they were very big and all covered with snow, they looked very pretty and cold.
I had my people mommy and daddy’s walking book but I didn’t do any of the walks because it rained and rained I thought I would be wash away and the wind blew and blew very hard. I didn’t know what to do with my time and then I met Sid the squirrel. I told him I had my book and he said he didn’t think it would be a good idea for my little legs as a lot of the paths were washed away and muddy and he thought the gales would blow me away too. I didn’t understand what gale was, so Sid told me that is what a very strong wind was all.So this holiday I learnt that the hard winds were called gales. Sid told me of some nice places to visit and then apologized that he couldn’t stay and chat longer because he had to get back to finding food to store for the winter.

 

I hopped to lots of places with funny names but I didn’t take a lot of pictures or stay very long in some of them because the gales and rain were just too hard for my little legs.

I hopped to Ffestiniog which has a lovely little railway station but I didn’t see any steam trains it also as an harbor with lots of boats, then I had a hop to Bangor. Bangor has a very long pier and big pretty gates which had Christmas lights on them. It made them look all sparkly against the dark sky. Even though it was windy and raining a little bit, I wanted to go on the pier.  I thought I would be OK if I  hop just a little way but I hopped all the way to the end, it was very windy and sometimes I hopped and sometimes I hopped very quickly because the naughty wind pushed me along. All the wind made me very tired so I hopped back to the caravan for a nap.

 

My next hop was to Upper Harlech, it has lots of pretty houses and little streets and a big castle, I like castles, so I hopped to take a look. The nice man in the kiosk told me not to go onto the battlements and too take care if I hopped around the outside of the castle because of the strong winds. It was really windy, I nearly lost my hat! It isn’t a full castle, it’s a ruin but you can still see where the rooms were and I had a little hop around them and found the dinosaur eggs. They are not really dinosaur eggs, they are big balls of stone that the soldiers threw at the people they were fighting with.

 

Every night before I went to bed I hopped to Black Rock Sands and watched the sea and the pretty clouds, sometimes there were dogs on the beach running up and down playing with their balls and sticks. They told me they liked the beach because it was very big and they could run wherever they wanted.

 

Soon it was time to hop home and even though I didn’t get to see a lot I still had a lovely holiday.

 

Keep Hopping

love

Bunty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos

Beddgelert info

snowdonia info

Ffestiniog info

Harlech castle

Black Rock Sands

Bangor info

Leave a comment »

Bunty Goes to Dorset

Weymouth 039 Hello I have been on another adventure this time to Weymouth, which is by the sea.

I didn’t really know what to do or see and then I meet Tom-Tom the cat. He lived in the village but spent most of his time on the campsite, he asked if he could spend the week sleeping in my awning, I told him he could and he told me about some very nice places to go to.

I first went for a little hop along the Lagoon, I couldn’t hop all the way round because it is very very big and it would have taken all of my holiday, so I just hopped a little way around to the boats and the jetty which the naughty storms have broken. There were lot’s of storms while I was there too, all of them in the nighttime, there was a great big thunder and lighting storm which kept me awake nearly all night, then another night lots and lots of rain and hail, then a very big wind which made the caravan rock, just like being on a boat. I thought I was going to fly away.

My next hop was to a place called Portland Bill. It was very exciting there, there is a great big light house and the waves are so big and come crashing over the rocks, I hopped as near to the edge as I could and got all wet. I thought it would be nice to do the hop around the point and it was. I saw the Obelisk and Pulpit Rock which used to be an arch, but the sea and storms have washed a lot of it away. There are also some Quarrymens’ shelters. The hop then goes up a big hill to the lookout station, and through some fields with horses and donkeys in. They didn’t want to chat as the storm had kept them awake all night too and they were very tired. Then the hop goes back to the coast path where there are lot’s of bits of cranes and thing left from the mining. The quarrymen used to cut big lumps of rock from cliffs so that people could build things. I liked Portland Bill so much I went back in the dark to see the lighthouse all lit up.

 

On another hop I went to see some of the seaside towns, I liked Lyme Regis, Bowleaze, and West Bay, the cliff in West bay was in a detective series that my people mommy and daddy used to watch on TV. It is very very big and very pretty, it looks all orange and red. Weymouth was nice too, there were lots of shops selling seaside things and arcades to play in. I did what was called the Georgian Trail but I got a bit confused. The map said to follow the red feet on the floor, but they had all gone so I just had to hop back and forth until I found all the places. I hopped along the beach and had a ride in the Sealife Tower, which goes up in the air I though I would be scared and that my tummy would go all funny, but it’s not scary at all and my tummy didn’t mind at all.  I had look at the sand sculptures, the people who make these are very clever, my sand castle don’t stand up but they can make great big statues out of sand. Then I met a big black bird, he told me his name was Gerr Off, well that’s what people called him when he tried to share their chips, then he laugh and said it was a joke. His name was Jack and he lived by the seaside and liked to hop up and down the front because there were always nice people who would feed him chips and ice-cream cone or bits of doughnut.

On another hop I went to see the White Horse of Osmington Hills, there are lot’s of stories about how and why it is there, I think whoever did it must have been very clever and worked very hard. Then I hopped onto Sandsfoot castle, it’s a ruin now but it still looks nice. You can hop inside it because some nice people who are called friends of Sandsfoot Castle have put boards in it, and there’s a little garden with a pond too. Although there weren’t any flowers to look at because it’s autumn now.

On another hop I went to play in Tout Quarry, it was OK to play in here it’s a special one. You mustn’t go and play in any Quarry because they can be very dangerous, but this one had been made safe. It had lots of big rocks and little pathway to hop around, and lot’s of sculptures and engravings to find, it was a real adventure. I climb rocks and big steps and went on to the coastal path to find more sculptures and pictures in the rocks and sat in the big stone chair.

All this hopping made me very tired so I thought it was time to come home and tell you all about it.
I have had to start another blog page for my new photos because I have filled up the old one, I am a very lucky bunny to have all these adventures.

My Photos

 

Keep Hopping

Love Bunty

portland bill info

Lyme Regis info

Bowleaze cove info

West bay info

Weymouth info

Sealife Tower info

White horse info

Sandsfoot Castle

Tout Quarry info

 

You can leave me your words.

Leave a comment »

Bunty goes to the Breacon beacons

Brecon Beacons 019 Hello, I have been on another adventure. I have been back to the Breacon Beacons to do some more waterfall hops.
Just outside where  the caravan was parked was  a little river so after I had unpacked my carrots I went for a hop across the stones. There an’t any fish in this river because its not really deep enough but some of the stones were very slippy but I didn’t fall in. I found some blackberries along the bank to have for my supper they were very nice.

On my first full day I thought it would be nice to hop along to see Neath Abbey, it is very old and all fallen down now, some of it had fences around it because the rain had made it unsafe, but that didn’t matter it was still very pretty. People called monks used to live in it a very very long time a ago and then it was sold to very rich people who turned it into their home. Then it was used as a place to smelt copper,  it has been a lot of things.  I learnt that smelt means to melt it,  I like to learn new things.
I then hopped to Port Talbot where I saw a big whale! He wasn’t real, he was made from concrete, and all the people children can play on him. Then it was time to see a waterfall, but this was an easy one to see. It was in a National trust museum called Aberdulais Falls Trail. The falls used to run a big waterwheel which helped to run the tin mine that used to be here, lots of people worked here. Some of them were only little children, I don’t think it would have been very nice. There are still bits of the old buildings and lots of things to read and look at, there’s even a little film to watch. I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t hop right up to the waterfall like I have all the others.

 

 

My little paws hurt, so I went home for carrots and a nap.

 

The next day I hopped to do the Dinas Rock and Sgydau Sychrdy Falls and then the Powder Trail, all these are very close together. So I didn’t have to hop far to do them all, although it did take me a long time to find the start of the Sgydau Sychrdy trail because it wasn’t sign posted and the map wasn’t very good. When I had finished my hop I saw two other people looking at the map and looking very confused, so I went and asked them if they were looking for the trail to Sgydau Sychrdy and when they said yes I showed them where the trail started. They told me I was very kind. Dinas Rock is very big I could only just see the top, people climb up and down it, I think they must be very brave. The hop to Sgydau Sychrdy was easy and the falls were tucked away at the side of the rocks, but they were still very loud. The powder trail can be hopped two ways, the easy way is straight up the river and back again and the hard way is to go over the top of the big rock and down the steep steep other side. It was very steep. I was very tired so I went for a nap after I had looked at the full moon, my people mommy told me to lookout for the moon because it was called the harvest moon and not only was it a full moon but it was a supermoon too.

The next day I hopped to Melincourt falls, this fall is 80 foot tall and it is very very pretty, I stayed there for quite a long time because it was so pretty. Then for my last hop I hopped the Henrhyd falls and Nant Llech trail, this was a hard hop for my little legs, lots of hills and slippy paths. I hopped and hopped through the pretty trees until I came to the water falls, they are all very pretty, I only saw the last one from the bridge because when I was going to go down the slop Banjo the dogs came running up the path, saying ‘it wasn’t right he always had a little play in this part of the river everyday, it was his part of the river’. When I asked him why his people daddy wouldn’t let him play he said it was because his people daddy had told him there were people ‘skinny dipping’ in there. I didn’t understand what he meant and when he told me I thought they must be very brave people to want to swim in the very cold water with no clothes on.

Then it was time to come home and tell everyone about my adventure

Photos

Beacons info

Neath Abbey info

Port Talbot info

Aberdulais info

Dinas/Sgydau/powder trail info

Melincourt info

Henrhyd info

Keep hopping
Love
Bunty

Leave a comment »

Bunty goes back to Pembridge

Pembridge 047 Hello,

I have been on another adventure this time I went back to Pembridge and stayed on the same site as last time.

I found Daisy Duck to say hello and we had a nice long chat, I told her all about the exciting things I have been doing and she told me about all the nice people that had been staying on the site.  She asked me what I was going to do on this trip and when I told her I wasn’t sure she told me about two very old church’s and a nice garden with something called follies in it. She also told me that the swans on the river had had babies.

 

I first hopped to Weobley to see the remains of the castle, all that is left in a big lump of earth covered with grass, I had a little hop around and then hopped to Sarnesfield to take a  hop around St. Mary’s church. It is very pretty and has a monument right by the gate, when I went inside the man who had been winding the clock  asked me to shut the door when I had finished because the birds fly in and can’t get out again. He also told me about a Robin who is in the church every morning, he sit on the chair by the door and fly’s out when the door is opened,  no one knows how he gets in. He must be a very clever Robin.

Then I hopped on to St. Jame’s in Kinnersley.  This is a very old church and has pretty paintings on the walls and ceilings, there are lots of monuments too. They are very old and some of them are falling apart, I think that is a shame, because once they are gone no one will be able to see them again.

After all that hopping I was tired so I went  for a nap.

 

The next day I hopped to Westonbury Mill Water gardens. I still wasn’t sure what  follies were I just hoped they weren’t scary.  I first had to hop over a little bridge made out of wood then a little way along a path and there was the first of the follies. A big tower with gargoyles on two of the sides, gargoyles are funny heads carved out of stone and were used to drain the water from roofs in olden times. On the side of the tower were little buckets and at the bottom a water wheel. The wheel turned and the little buckets when round and round, when they were at the top they empty the water into a big dish, then every now and then the gargoyles would shoot out water from their mouths.  It was very exciting trying to guess when it would happen again. Then I hopped over another little bridge and took a look at the other side of the tower, there was a little doorway and a seat and a very pretty picture painted on the wall, there was also a little hole in the roof and I could see a dove in her nest.

I then hopped around something called the Bowl Bed which was a little garden full of  very  pretty flowers, then I saw the next folly, a little house. It was called the Bottle Grotto and it was made out of bottles, I hopped inside and it made me feel all happy inside. The light was coming through all the coloured glass and reflecting in the little pool. I thought it was beautiful, I could have stayed there all day but there were lots of other things to see.

I hopped past the duck pond but I didn’t see any ducks and up to the African Summer House. It was nice and cool in there so I had a little rest before I hopped to the Wild Flower Meadow, there weren’t many flowers out but the bees and butterflies were still very busy. I hopped all the way around until I came to The Mound, this was another folly,  it had been made out of all the rubbish from the garden and had a little path going up it. I hopped right to the top and back down again, it was hard work.

Then I had to hop over another bridge and came to the Boulder Garden. Lots of very big plants and right in the middle a fountain made of boulders, it made a lovely splashing sound. I then hopped through lot’s of pretty trees until I came to another little bridge, this one was all blue and called the Monet bridge. I was very surprise when I got to the other side, there were chickens. They told me they had the run of the garden and liked to eat all the bugs from under the plants, I think it must be lovely to live in such an exciting garden.

I then hopped a little bit more and saw a lot of people standing and looking up. I hopped over and introduced myself to a dog who told me her name was Sandy. When I asked her what was going on Sandy told me everyone was waiting for the cuckoo clock and this was the last folly. The clock is run by water and we had to wait for the water to fill up some cans and then to move some wheels and other things I didn’t really understand and then the cuckoo popped out of a door at the top of the building and said CUCKOO CUCKOO. It made me and Sandy laugh. The last thing I looked at was the bog garden, that had very big plants in too.

I was very tired, so I went for a nap. Now I know that a folly is a building that has no real uses, but they are fun.

 

I went for a little hop around Leominster which is a very old market town. The road are little and twisty and you have to hop down little alleys to find the different shops. Some of the buildings have lovely paintings on the sides of them, because it was a Sunday the shops weren’t open so it didn’t take long to look around so  I hopped back to Pembridge and had a little hop along the river. I found a little hop along a track called The Village Green Conservation Area. I hopped along the little boardwalk path and looked at all the trees and read all the information boards, then I hopped of the boardwalk and around the path right to the end, where there was a little chair, so I had a little rest, then I watched the little fishes swimming in the river, this river is called Arrow.

I decided to see if I could see the new baby swans, so I crossed the road, remembering to look both ways first. You have to be careful when you are crossing roads. I looked over the bridge and there they were enjoying the sunshine, so I went down to have a chat. I told the mommy swan that my name was Bunty and that I thought her babies were very pretty and she told me her name was Misty and she and their daddy who was name Cloud were very proud of them. Just then Cloud started to hiss very loudly. Misty told me not to worry, cloud was just warning the dog who had run up to the edge of the river not to come to close, sometimes dogs chase the babies and scare them. Misty told me that Cloud is not to keen on children who run around screaming either, but he doesn’t mind if they are quiet and he likes them even more if they bring bread for them to eat, just as long as they don’t get too close to the babies. I hopped over to the shop and brought some bread for the babies, then say good-bye. I was very hungry and I wanted a carrot so I went back to the caravan.

Keep Hopping
Love Bunty

 

my photos

Weobley castle info

St. Mary’s info

St. James info

Westonbury Mill water garden info

Leominster info

the village green conservation area info

Leave a comment »

Bunty Goes to Arley Arboretum

Arley Arboretum 003Hello, I have been on another adventure this time to a place called Arley Arboretum. I paid my money to a nice man in a little shed and he gave me a map and showed me all the places on it that I might like. I started my hop on the Blue walk and hopped through very pretty trees, some of them were so big I could only just see the tops of them, they are hundreds of years old. That’s very old. There were also lot’s of very bright flowers all different colours and the bees were very busy. I asked one what they were doing and he told me they were busy collecting all the nectar to take back to the hive to make honey. I hopped a little further and came to the maze, I though it would be fun to go inside, I wasn’t scared of getting lost because I have been in mazes before, they are a lot of fun. I hopped round and round and found the middle, where there was a little fort to play on. I noticed on my hop there were little fairies hidden in the trees, I must have looked puzzled because a little boy told me it was a game children had to play. The children had a book with questions and puzzles in and they have to find all the fairies in the gardens, then they get a certificate. I then hopped along the Grove Coppice walk and up to take a look at the miniature arboretum. It’s not finished yet but I think it will be very nice when it is. After another hop I came to the Italian garden, it was so pretty, there were lots of red flowers and trees cut into shapes, a gardener told me this was called topiary and took a long time to learn to do. I might try to cut one of our trees into a shape. In the garden there was a big fountain, it looked lovely. A notice by the side of the fountain said that every few hours the main jets came on, it was a long time until the next big jet so I went on the red walk. The red walk was just as pretty as the blue walk but this time I had to find the well. I nearly missed it because it was hidden under some over growth. You have to creep under the over hanging growth and look though the gate, the gate is to stop visitors from falling it because it is very deep. I hopped and hopped until I came to the Peace Garden, it was very quiet and then I spotted some cages, when I hopped over two chickens came running over to me, they told me their names were Hattie and Cherry and it had been very quiet and they were bored so I stopped to chat. They told me that sometimes there were lots of children that stopped to talk to them but for some reason they hadn’t seen any on that day. I then heard a noise and Hattie told me to hurry because the noise was the fountain, I hopped very quickly back to the Italian garden to watch the fountain, it was wonderful. The water was shooting up so high into the sky and when the wind caught it, it sprayed all over me, I thought that was very funny.
My little paws had started to hurt, so I hopped home for a carrot and a nap.

Keep Hopping
Love Bunty

My Photos

Arley arboretum info

Leave a comment »

Bunty Goes on the Ferryman Trail

upper arley 004Hello,
I have been on another adventure, this time to a place called Upper Arley where I hopped the Ferryman Trail. It wasn’t a long hop only 4 miles. I started my hop in Eymore wood and hopped through the wood all the way to Arley Arboretum. I didn’t think I would have time to look around so I hopped through the grounds. I think I will go back on another day to look at the gardens. I then hopped to Arley church, I didn’t go in because people were in there and I didn’t want to interrupt. After a little hop down a road I came to Upper Arley and the old ferry crossing. Before the big bridge was built the only way you could cross the river was by ferry. The ferry was like a little raft and you walked onto it, paid a man and he pulled the ferry across. That sounds like so much fun. I hopped over the big bridge to take a look at the station, I was surprised to see it was their 1940’s day. A lot of the people were dressed up as soldiers and the steam trains were running. I then hopped back across the bridge to get back onto the trail, this part was along the river all the way to Trimpley Reservoir where the ducks were playing in the water. I stopped for a chat and told them about my hop. They told me they sometimes fly over to the station but they liked it in the reservoir the best. They asked me which was I was going and I told them, they asked if I was tired. I told them no and they said that was good because the hill was very steep, but first I had to cross the railway line. It’s like crossing the road you have to listen and look and hop quickly and sensibly across. I hopped across the line and then I heard the sound, I knew there was a train coming, so I waited well out of the way and as it came racing past I could feel the wind. It was very exciting. Then I had the long hop up the steep steep hill, my little paws and legs hurt so much that I decided it was time to go home for a nap.
 

 
My photos
 

 

Keep Hopping Love Bunty

Upper Arley info

Arley Arbortum info
church info

Leave a comment »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.