Friday photo hunt – unexpected

It’s photo hunt time again and Kate has really posed a challenge with this week’s topic. At first I didn’t think I’d be able to do it as I couldn’t think if anything to fit with ‘unexpected’ but some serious thinking time and a trawl through the archives came up with five photos which could be suitable. I’ve used a couple of them on the blog before but I know there are now other readers which won’t have seen them or know the stories behind them so here goes.
Back in the summer of 1997 I experienced my first ever camping trip, a weekend on Anglesey with my then partner. He had often told me about a particular camp site he used to go to on fishing trips with his brother before he met me and as my birthday that year fell on a weekend I asked him to take me there; he did warn me that the site was very basic and there was nothing there, but I didn’t care, I was looking forward to the adventure. The site consisted of a few sloping fields separated by hedges and as we drove along the top to pick a nice spot the view of the nearby bay suddenly opened up in front of us; it was so unexpected that all I could say at the time was “Wow!” That unexpected view and the weekend itself was the start of my love of Anglesey and I’ve camped at the same site regularly over the years since then – you can read the full story of how I came to love Anglesey here.
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The unexpected view that started it all
Staying on Anglesey for the second photo and one day back in June 2016 I was walking along a section of the Anglesey Coastal Path near Lligwy beach. The path was quite narrow in places with a thicket of trees along one side and as I approached a bend I heard a rustling sound. At first I thought someone was coming from the opposite direction but no-one appeared, however I heard the sound again and there, down a narrow gulley a few feet below me, was a young Fresian cow looking up at me through the strands of a wire fence. It seemed a very strange place for a cow to be in but just after I took the photo it turned round and ambled off through the trees.
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An unexpected cow in a ditch
Close to home now and in October 2016 I was pet sitting for a family on holiday, looking after their dog Maisie. She was a lovely dog and an easy one to deal with but she had a habit of wandering about from side to side when I was walking her on the lead. One particular early morning, and for no reason at all, she just unexpectedly stopped dead in front of me and I fell right over her, sprawling full length on the rough tarmac pavement. I didn’t come off lightly either; I banged my left knee which soon started to swell and I scraped the skin off the palms of both hands, with the right one bleeding like a stuck pig. It took three days for the swelling in my knee to go down and several more before my right hand healed – and following my unexpected trip I took to walking Maisie on an extended lead so I wouldn’t fall over her again.
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Maisie, the cause of my unexpected fall
My 2018 Easter camping break at a site in North Wales was blighted almost from the start by grey skies and plenty of rain, culminating in the mother of all disasters on the Easter Monday. That weekend was the first outing for my brand new 4-berth tent though I’d decided before I left home that I would sleep in the van, a decision that I was later to be very thankful for. I’d pitched the tent on the nearside of the van and on the next pitch, at the other side of  the tent, was a 4-berth touring caravan; when I woke on the Monday morning and looked across the van I could see the side of that caravan through a gap in the van curtains. That was strange, I hadn’t been able to see the caravan before because my tent was between it and me – except this time it wasn’t. An unexpected snow shower during the night had landed on the tent and frozen, with the weight making the tent collapse. Two of the three poles had snapped and the end where I would have been sleeping, if I’d been in there, was completely flattened – thank goodness the dogs and I had been in the van otherwise the tent would have come down on top of the three of us.
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The result of an unexpected overnight snow shower
Back to Anglesey now, and one day during a camping break in May 2015 I went to explore the woodland at Penrhos Coastal Park. Although I’d been to the coastal park several times before I’d never walked through the woodland and as I wandered along random paths I discovered various old stone walls, monuments and follies which were once part of an original country estate from centuries ago. Most of the woodland was very green with ferns and different types of foliage growing under the trees and along the paths but as I rounded a corner I came across the unexpected and delightful surprise of a small clump of pretty pink flowers nestling in the undergrowth, the only ones I saw in the whole of the woodland.
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Unexpected pink flowers among a sea of green foliage
Well that’s just about it from me, I hope everyone likes my choices – time to make a brew now and hop over to Kate’s blog to see what interesting things others have come up with this week.

22 thoughts on “Friday photo hunt – unexpected

  1. Considering you didn’t think you could come up with a photo or two and stories – you very ‘unexpectedly’ came up with loads! Nice one Eunice – some really good tales (and tails thanks to Maisie and that weaving back and forward is a border collie ‘thing’ – Moss does it too) We’ve stayed on Anglesey a few times, never to camp, but with a friend who has an apartment near the castle in Beaumaris – that campsite is definitely a wow with that view 🙂

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    1. The camp site has seen some improvements over the years but it’s still only a couple of steps above basic and that part of the site and the view never changes. I love Anglesey and have been there so many times (apart from last year) that I think of it as my second home 🙂

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  2. I don’t think the ‘weaving’ is just a collie thing – all of my dogs have done it. I’m sure it is a case of “oh, it smells best over that side! No, it smells best the other side, NO, it smells more interesting that side” for the whole walk!

    Love your first photo – such a ‘wow’ moment and I remember you talking about that campsite. Yesterday we were having the “should we book some campsites in advance or wait” conversation . . .

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    1. I’d love to book something for this year myself Jayne, especially up your neck of the woods as I really missed going to that farm camp site last year, but I’m not even risking it until I know for certain that we are allowed to travel and that the sites I want to stay at will be open.

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  3. I remember you blogging about that unexpected fall of snow and your lucky escape. I was surprised at the time as living not too far away we hadn’t had any snow here. That is a lovely view in your first photo and I can fully understand why you love Anglesey so much. Maisie is lovely and I’m sure you forgave her for causing your unexpected fall.

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    1. Of course I forgave Maisie, she didn’t mean to trip me up. It’s a good job you don’t live on Anglesey yourself, you’d find yourself with a permanent house guest camping in your garden 🙂 🙂

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  4. Wow to the view. Great stories, certainly of an unexpected nature. The cyclamens look wonderful but I’m glad the young cow was not trapped.

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    1. The view certainly was a ‘Wow’ and the best thing is it never changes 🙂 I thought at first the cow was stuck but it turned round and ambled off to its friends in a nearby field so it must have been okay.

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  5. Your memories of Anglesey have reminded me of one of my very first camping trips, which was also on Anglesey in a tiny two man tent. I can’t say it was the same site but we arrived in the dark and had to pitch in pitch black which was interesting. I have been back more recently but stayed in a very comfortable holiday cottage. It is a beautiful island. Thanks for sharing your tales 😃

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  6. Lovely ‘unexpected’ pictures and stories. We too love Anglesey though not camping, stayed in a holiday cottage. I felt for you, reading about your fall. Not only does it seem to hurt more than you remember when you graze your palms but you also feel an idiot, at least I do. We were staying in a caravan park in Capetown many years ago. We had a small caravan but with an extra large tent with ‘Addarooms’ for bedrooms. We went out one day only to return to find our tent down and all folded up with our possessions neatly stacked. Apparently one of the Cape’s famous South Easters had been blowing and completely turned our tent upside down and some very kind fellow caravanners had rescued it and our belongings.

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    1. I was lucky that when I tripped over Maisie it was a very early mid October morning and still quite dark, also I was in a very quiet area so there was no-one around to see me 🙂 It was very kind and helpful of the other caravanners who rescued your tent and belongings, I’ve found over my years of solo camping that most campers and caravanners are willing to help if someone has a problem 🙂

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    1. I certainly was lucky not to be in the tent when it collapsed. Fortunately it suffered no more than two broken poles which were replaced by a local camping store when I got back home 🙂

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    1. Someone once said that if I’d been in the tent when it snowed I would have realised it was going to collapse but it happened during the night when I would have been asleep so I would have known nothing about it until it fell in on top of us – sleeping in the van was certainly a lucky escape 🙂

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  7. The camp site isn’t to everyone’s taste but it’s cheap and cheerful and suits me, and even though some improvements have been made over the years that lovely view still stays the same – and I love it as much now as I did when I first saw it 24 years ago 🙂

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  8. I love that top photo & a tent coming in on of top of you can be both annoying & ever so funny, when it is done by someone you know tripping over your tent pegs after a few drinks at the pub. He thought he’d fix it for us, but we sent him on his way and did it ourselves. Love the dog & cyclamen.
    Take care & hugs.

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  9. I suppose a tent collapsing on top of you can be funny in the right circumstances but if I’d been in mine when it happened it wouldn’t have been funny at all so I’m glad I was in the van. I had to crawl into mine to drag out everything that was in there, the snow had turned to rain by then and I got absolutely soaked. With no chance of drying the tent out before I went home it was packed away wet and didn’t see light of day again until June, though fortunately it hadn’t suffered from being wet and there was no mould or anything anywhere – I’d had the two broken poles replaced so effectively it was good as new 🙂

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