A bayview window

Weymouth – a beautiful seaside resort based on the south coast of England. It has beautiful blue waters and lots of great sites to see. I went to Weymouth when I was 13 and today at the age of 32 – I returned. 

I remembered alot of it quite well. When I was 13 years old me and my family stayed in a house overlooking the harbour right on the busy pedestrian street with people passing by. It was one of the of amazing old houses I had ever stayed in. It had three floors and had big rooms. The ground floor was a sitting room with books in it and a chair to gaze outwards and was a relaxation room and the kitchen at the back of the house. The stairs divided the sitting room and kitchen. Out the back yard was this house I dont know how to describe it but I will say a building with a washing machine downstairs and upstairs two more beds. It was like a mini apartment. It excited me being there. It was a fascinating old house and the house gave me freedom to roam and enjoy being within its walls. It held magic within to me. 

On the first floor was the lounge with a bay window. Here was where you watched television and could see out over the amazing harbour. Every now and then the harbour bridge would open to allow bigger boats to pass. I used to love sitting in the bay window watching this take place. This was one of my most favourite exciting places and I could of sat there all day by choice especially when the sun shone. The warmth of sun and the exclusion of wind can be an immense feeling. I can still hear the bells ringing to alert people to the bridge opening and the sounds of boats passing up and down the harbour. At night you could see the bridge and town all lit up and I can remember the lights on the fishing boats as they headed up the harbour to the sea. 

This bayview window was one of my most favourite places to be. It enchanted me as the view was amazing and unique even though it only looked out over a harbour. I remember sitting there in the early morning watching the world and time pass me by on its way through life. The hustle and bustle of people walking and talking. The sounds of fishermen emptying containers from their boats and throwing ropes back and two from shore to boat finishing their mornings work. I was high up overlooking life. I must of sat there every morning for five days. The fresh scenary can be immense on the eyes and mind. In that bayview window I felt safe as I was higher than the rest of life. I felt unnoticed and protected there as I viewed the world. Had anyone else noticed the boy in the first floor window as they went about their daily rituals? 

The seaside has a magical feeling to it. The sounds and smells of sea water and sea food. The sounds of the seagulls and the waves not so far away. The English seaside has a magical feeling to it. Its a place which has its own unique beauty and atmosphere.  

Opposite the lounge was the room where I slept. For some strange reason it scared me sleeping there. I think its because I was young and slept alone on that floor as my brother and mum and dad slept on the top floor in the rooms above. It was also a very old house probably once belonging many moons ago to fishermen perhaps who would of lived in the local area for work. 

This was one of my most favourite holidays I have been on I can remember the smells and sounds and atmosphere. This also was probably one of the last holidays if not the last holiday we went on as a family before my brother joined the army.  Looking back it was a magical time and a time when I was care free with no worries or bills. Life was magical and a beautiful time. Sadly at the time no one realizes the magic of youth and freedom. 

Today I returned to the harbour 19 years later. I gazed up from the street below at the house and the bay view window where I once sat quite frequently all them years ago. All the memories came flowing back of being there. I began to wonder how many other childhoods had been played out in that house on holidays by the sea? How many people had sat in that bay window since I left over the last 19 years? Was it sentimental or hold the same memories to anyone else as it did to me? 
As I stood on the street I looked up at the window where once I sat and gazed outwards. Now I gazed upwards at the same bayview window from all them years ago. Time had passed by and now I was part of the view my 13 year old eyes had seen. 

Nothing much had changed of my memory of the place time had preserved the area well. I could remember it all well. Only I had had aged it seemed in the time that had passed along forward. Would Weymouth remain like this forever long after me and all the people on streets around me had gone and their lives passed by over the years. Do the strangers on the street remember Weymouth the same way I do? 

Memories are marvellous things especially when they are memories of youth and childhood. They are more priceless and remembered more fondly. This is one of my most favourite places I have ever been and sentimental place I have. 

Sadly with our lives so busy we seem to forget memories and moments and places as we are smothered in the present and dont find time to look back at past glorious days. But I wonder how many other people have memories they haven’t unlocked for many years? How many other people have tales to tell of such simple yet wonderful moments in their lives long since forgotten? I am sure many people have wonderful tales to tell of holidays and memories long ago. 
The memory is of 19 years ago and time shall pass by and keep counting the years. Where did all them years go and why so quick? But I was once there as a child and that fact shall remain forever and although time shall pass by and the years pass quick, I shall wonder whether anyone ever knew I had ever been there in that bayview window? perhaps not but perhaps when I die and if I get a chance to revisit the places I once loved…. From time to time I shall be found as a spirit in the bay view window….gazing out in my 13 year old form…

Here is for beautiful memories we all possess. May we treasure them forever for what they truly are…..Wonderful

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Anglesey

The isle of Anglesey hangs off the coast of North west Wales and is a beautiful place. It has been kept the same for 100s of years and the big corporations as of yet have not managed to take over Anglesey.  Here is where Prince William and Kate Middleton lived for a short while on the other side of the island near Treaddur bay.  

There is very little here.  Old derelict farmhouses and cottages and beautiful seaside beaches and coasts.  Despite it being oldy worldy and dominated by fields it is a fantastic place!  The coastal walks and the beaches are amazing and beautiful.  This is not a place of modern hotels such as travel lodges and holiday inns.  Anglesey is mainly a cottage holiday and a caravan holiday.  There are some old amazing cottages to rent out for a few days. If you had a motorhome you can park overlooking the sea. Imagine waking up to that every morning! 

Heading around the island on the way through there are various parking points where you can overlook the sea and in the distance the mountains.  There are many small coves to walk along and enjoy the views.  They are usually relatively quiet and relaxing.  At times you can see seals or other creatures such as dolphins if you are lucky.  

At Penmon further along the Menai straits there is an old derelict priory and a church.  This is a quiet unknown place but beautiful. I once went into the church and it was such a great atmosphere. Candles burned and flickered and there was a lovely smell. The sun shone through the big stain glass window at the front. It was amazing.  The church was a church from years gone by and still used by the locals and was so peaceful.  This is one of the first times I had been in a church and enjoyed it. There was no one in due to it being a saturday and it was quiet and peaceful and the smell of incense hung in the air.  I can see why people are connected with religious buildings as here was God in all his glory and here was peace. 

Outside in the gardens there is a small lovely walk and at the end of the path is an old wishing well and a rose growing next to the well.  There is usually one rose placed above the well by a groundskeeper and although quiet and isolated it is very romantic.  There is talk of a ghost of a nun who used to spend her time there and wanders the area. The area is beautiful,  mysterious and romantic. Behind the priory is an old cemetry.  Numerous people who have tributes there were lost at sea.  

Going further up paying the toll there is a lighthouse at the top.  It is a fascinating coastal spot.  There is a lovely cafe where you can sit outside and overlook the lighthouse.  It has such a maritime feeling to the place.  The lighthouse rings on the hour and adds to a fantastic atmosphere. Penmon overlooks Puffin Island just off the coast. If you go last thing at night the light is spinning on the lighthouse.  It is just like a childrens adventure book such as the famous five. Absolutely fantastic location. 

Further down the road is the small seaside town of Beaumaris.  Beaumaris is on the banks of the Menai straits and has a Pier where you can look over the Menai Bridge. It has an amazing feel to it. There’s a few nice shops in the town and cafes to eat.  There is a tea shop which remains here which you dont see much of now on mainland Britain.  As I entered I was hit with a smell of tea and scones which sent me back to childhood.  

Beaumaris is steeped in history and as you enter the town you will see a castle turret and upon entering the town Beaumaris castle dominates.  The castle is a fantastic walk round the grounds and you can walk on the walls with great views.  The castle is still as good as intact and is huge!  It is well worth a visit.  

Another favourite place in Anglesey is the Menai straits.  As you drive down a road which runs along side the straits you get a beautiful view.  It was here recently that a tropical turtle was found all the way from Mexico washed up. Amazingly he washed up right outside the Anglesey sea zoo!  The water is beautiful to see and is a lovely blue colour you see rarely in the UK. Going over the Menai straits is Menai bridge. This is a unique looking bridge and is lit up at night looking amazing.  

The sea zoo is also worth a visit as this has a unique feel to it unlike most zoos I have been in as most aquariums to me are the same but I enjoyed the Anglesey sea zoo.  Was very….British.  All the creatures I think within it are found in British waters.  

If your lucky enough to be there at night and the moon is big and bright you shall witness beauty.  The moon hangs still in the sky and there is peace and tranquility.  The tide moves slow and the moon reflects off the Menai straits.  This is natural beauty!  

There is so much to see and do for such a small quiet place.  Benllech beach is very popular during the summer months and it is a fantasic location with a huge beach.  Even during winter it is nice when people mainly go dog walking etc but the atmosphere is the same.  The island feeling never goes away. 

Lligwy beach is popular amongst tourists and a fantastic sun place during the summer.  The view is nice and it is a lovely walk at early evening.  

My favourite place in Anglesey has to be point Lynas.  This is a hidden secret paradise.  A small beach cove with beautiful water and not busy often.  Here on the cliffs is amazing views over the cove.  It is a wonder of the UK and not to be missed!  On a sunny day you can see a long distance out to sea.  There is a bench upon the cliffs to sit and just enjoy the amazing view in peace. As you stand upon the cliff top overlooking the cove you might be lucky to experience the gentle breeze blowing through the trees and hedges and hear the whisper in the wind and feel magic in the air. Upon the cliffs at the top is the old lighthouse which adds to the atmosphere.  A real paradise! 

Anglesey really is a paradise and despite its ancient ways and not been changed I think this is part of the charm and an escapism from the modern world.  This is a place for everyone in the world to enjoy!  Whether a walker or a fisherman or a bather you will find your dream in Anglesey.  It is a glimpse into a Great Britain from times gone by.  

My personal opinion is that I hope this place never changes and remains like this secret gem for the rest of my life! 

Rating: 4/5