I can’t believe it’s already time to review 2022. Once again it’s gone so quickly. The big event in our lives this year was Ceri and Lexy’s wonderful wedding in June. I think of the year in two parts- before and after the wedding. I felt like we haven’t done so much this year but looking back we have been to more places than I thought. I’d love to go further afield next year though!
Take a look at snapshots of our past year, 2022:
Looking through our photos from January 2022, we made the most of being able to go out again after a wild winter. We took Toby on lots of walks down the Meads and we walked and dipped down Gelliswick lots. We planned our Sunday days out based around where Caitlyn was playing football so we visited Dylan Thomas Boathouse in Laugharne, The Bleeding Yew Tree in Nevern, Manor Park and Fishguard Fort. Lots of blog posts waiting to be written…
In February we protested once again to save our local hospital, Withybush Hospital. We caught beautiful sunsets at The Rath. First, Danny was working lots at Folly Farm so we went there lots, particularly in half term as I was driving him there anyway and we had season passes. This meant we also spent time in the nearby area- Kilgetty and Saundersfoot. We also went to Llys -y -Fran again. Toby enjoyed his walks again too. Mum and I enjoyed watching Carwyn at the Torch Theatre.
In March we celebrated St David’s Day and again there were lots of Folly Farm visits and football trips. We went a couple of times to Merlin’s Bridge park as it has football and ball games for us to play with Caitlyn, while Rebecca would rollerskate. Mum and I attended a sneak peek at the new hotel in Milford Haven. We also had days out in Pembroke, Haverfordwest and an evening in Dale. Rebecca took part in “Our House” show at school. Behind the scenes, we were trying on bridesmaid dresses and preparing for Ceri and Lexy’s wedding.
April was Easter. We did a couple of Easter Trails at Mums, Milford Marina, Folly Farm and Oriel y Parc. We also visited St Davids. Danny went to Cardiff for the weekend for the suit fitting for the wedding as he was a Groomsman. We also visited the Nature Trail at Folly Farm and Rebecca started working there. I’m proud of how hard she has worked this year at school, work, volunteering and other commitments. The girls got new glasses, in Haverfordwest.
We walked The Rath, Neyland Marina and Gelliswick Woods. We also protested against the downgrading of Withybush Hospital again. Ceri had the first of her “Hen parties” – a mini “Home Hen”. We went to Colby Woodland Gardens, Llys y Fran and manor Park again. I went to Newport for a Wedding make-up trial with Ceri and finished her Wedding Welcome Sign. I also got to visit Ceri’s “new” local pub for a meal. In April we also celebrated Jo, Dave and Danny’s birthdays.
In May we were getting very close to the wedding! We went to Neyland Marina and Manor Park again. Then it was time for Ceri’s amazing Hen Do in Aberdare. It was such a special weekend with lovely women, one of the highlights of the year. We also took part in some Jubilee events at Vincent Davies and saw the Jubilee Yarn Bombing in Haverfordwest. We went to the cinema, did last-minute shopping for the wedding and had our nails done ready for the wedding with the lovely Bride to Be, Ceri.
So, the main event in June was of course my little sister Ceri’s wedding to Lexy which was the most special day. I have so many photos and videos to sort from that time. After the wedding, we stayed an extra night so we could have fun in the hotel pool etc so it felt like a mini family holiday too.
In June we also went to Freshwater East in memory of Sid and then to West Angle to spread his ashes (we love you boy xxx). We also went to Neyland. Caitlyn played lots of football and football festivals. We went to the cinema. We stayed at the new Ty Hotel Milford Waterfront and went for a day in Saundersfoot.
July was a busy month. Izzy had sports day and was very brave entering a talent show with a Magician’s act. We went to a few events at our local libraries. I want to try and go once a month this year and not just during the summer holidays. It was also our town carnival and we had a family BBQ. We went for lunch at The Georges- which was lovely. Our town, Milford Haven, held its first Pride event- it’s slowly catching up. We visited Neyland, Haverfordwest, Carew Castle, Kilgetty and Pembroke. I took the girls to London, where we saw Life of Pi, Room on the Broom, and Wicked and went to the Kaleidoscope Festival where we saw The Happy Mondays. It was an amazing weekend!
Oh dear, I’m so tempted to share too many photos now. I’ve deleted lots as the post kept crashing. In August, the girls went away to a Girl Guiding Camp. They had lots of fun and I’m so glad Izzy went as she’s not keen on going away without us- but of course, she had her sisters with her for company. This meant they were away for my birthday. After dropping them off, I went to Gingers for a vegan breakfast brunch, then to the Sunflower Field at Steynton Farm.
An idyllic sunny day was spent at Broad Haven South beach. We also went to Westfield Pill, Neyland again, and had a lovely evening at Broad Haven North beach and a great day out at Oakwood Theme Park. Goodwick was another place we visited. We went to Freshwater West and saw Dobby’s Grave. Rebecca and Cerys went to stay in Newport with Ceri and Lexy, and then Caitlyn and Isabelle had their turn. This meant we got to travel a bit further and went to St Fagans and Botanic Gardens for the day. We also went to Barry Island this month.
Sadly, on sth September 2022, the Queen died. This was such sad news, even though we were lucky to have her for a long time.
The girls attended a memorial service with Guides. We also signed a book of remembrance and there were memorials all over town.
Also in September, the girls returned to school, we went to Withybush Woods, and it was Caitlyn’s birthday, so we went bowling. The girls went to the Warner Bros Studio Tour with Guides and Caitlyn went to a number of international football matches in Cardiff. Mum and I went to Saundersfoot for lunch and antique shopping. Mum, Jo and I went for a meal at Martha’s Vineyard and drinks at Ty Hotel Milford Waterfront.
October was Blogtober so I had my favourite month for blogging. I loved blogging personal posts every day and taking the time to read and comment on other people’s blogs. I definitely plan to do more of that this year, once the kids go back to school. It was Rebecca’s birthday so we had a few celebrations and she was spoilt by the Brownies she volunteers at. We also celebrated Granny’s birthday. We went on the Broad Haven Board Walk, Neyland walk and to the pumpkin patch at Stsynton Farm. It was Halloween so we had fun dressing up and seeing family. Mum and I went to see Of Mice and Men at the Torch Theatre. Mum, Jo and I went for a day out in Cardiff and lunch at Ask Italian, which was lovely. We went to our favourite bookshop, Victoria Bookshop.
In November, it was Bonfire Night, so we had fun down Milford Marina. It was also mum’s birthday so we had a lovely afternoon tea. We extended Halloween celebrations slightly as we still had to watch the new Hocus Pocus film- which we loved! As always we kept to our Neyland walks. We took part in Children in Need. An Inset day gave us the chance to go to Carmarthen to see the new Matilda the Musical Movie. We went to lunch at Gingers and started Christmas shopping at Hectors.
December was mainly filled with Christmas activities. We still took time to go for a walk at The Rath and Gelliswick. Down Milford Waterfront, we took part in the festivities, including a Christmas Trail, the town lantern parade and turning on of the Christmas lights. We went to carol concerts and the Torch Theatre’s wonderful pantomime, Sleeping Beauty for Isabelle’s birthday.
Milford Haven Round Table took Santa on his annual Tour of Milford Haven. Thankfully, although we missed him at our house we managed to see him at Nanny’s house.
We went to Xmas at Bute Park to see the Light Trail. We also had an amazing Christmas stay at Bluestone. On Christmas Eve we went to the crib service and had a wonderful family Christmas. Just before the New Year, we went to Go-Karting with football and had a meal at the Lost Coins then it was time to celebrate the New Year!
So those were our 2022 adventures, now to plan our 2023 ones…
We hope you had a lovely year- what was your favourite adventure in 2022? What are you most looking forward to in 2023?