Family Ties

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I am a very proud Englishman. Not the kind of guy who gets a flag tattooed on his arm, but proud anyway.

I’m not 100% English though as my mother was born in a small town called Haverfordwest. Hwlffordd as the Welsh call it. It is located in the county of Pembrokeshire and its about 30 miles from the popular seaside resort of Tenby.

Every year as a kid, we used to make the long car journey, about 7 hours, down to see the large array of uncles, aunties and cousins. When my mum and dad divorced we continued to make the journey by train and even once doing a 12 hour coach journey! Not fun!

After my mums passing and as I got older the visits became less frequent but I’ve always tried to stay connected.
Now I have my own children, I want them to know the family that I grew up with, even if they aren’t on the doorstep.

So last week, I made the same journey I have made all my life and took the family to see the same aunties and uncles I went to see as a child.

BB had a great time being spoiled, as I was, with chocolates and sweets and hugs and kisses. He even played with the very same toy cars that his daddy played with many years ago.

We stayed in a caravan in the coastal town of Fishguard and it was a great little family getaway. Not much of a holiday with all the visits (My Mum was 1 of 14 kids) but its great to see everyone is well including an uncle and aunt who are 90 & 89 respectively!

It’s a long way to travel for only a few days, but hopefully it’s a tradition we can keep going for years to come.

Do you have family in a land far far away that you make the journey to see?

Experimenting with a gallery below, so if this doesn’t work for you, give me a shout.

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As always, thanks for reading.


  1. awww i am so so pleased you had such an amazing time and you got the chance to take your family to visit your other relatives.

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  2. It’s lovely that you’re taking your sons to see all of their relatives – happy to hear it was a fabulous trip.

    The photos look just perfect by the way, your boys are adorable.

    Linking with #MagicMoments

    1. Thanks for the comment.
      I do t have a big family where I live so want him to know there’s other family out there that love him dearly.

  3. You can see here, even from the backs of heads as the kids look into the distance, that these are memories being made, which will stay with them and help them to remember their visit fondly when you talk about your family.

    So glad you had a lovely time!


  4. Just back from eight days in Ruithin in Denbighshire… beautiful… and we had a long drive too (eight hours to London via a few stops)… we have friends there and it is definitely somewhere we intend to visit more… what a glorious part of the world.

    1. Yeah we did our 5.5 hour drive in 8 due to stops. Best thing to so though, breaks it up for you and kids.

  5. Sounds like a great visit ‘home’. I love taking our children to places that are special to us from our childhood. My husband has family in Edinburgh and it’s great to take the children up their to see everyone whenever we can.

    1. Thanks for the comment.
      Think it’s great to take them to see that part of the family especially as it does feel like a bit of a holiday. Bit of a Bonus!

  6. I love the photo gallery. It’s like looking at your family album, which is a treat as I love seeing orther’s special moments. It’s one of the magic things that connects us together. I have family connections with a place 300 miles from my home, but we try to get up there every year to make new memories for our children (and us.)

    1. Thanks for the comment.
      Although from a distance, that part of my family influenced me as a child and I got a great deal of pleasure seeing them with my own children.

      Hopefully we can go again soon.

  7. Getting out to see your family is really important – and it sounds like this was rolled into a great mini break too!

    I’m an English expat living in Holland so we go back to the UK for our holidays – both for our girls to see their grandparents – and for me to get back to normal!

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