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Pete and Pupils in 'Scary Mode' at Ysgol Saron

Firstly, I must apologise for the delay in updating my blog! After visiting seven wonderful schools in South Wales we immediately headed off to deepest Suffolk and couldn’t get internet or mobile phone signals for much of the week. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! But as they say – ‘Better late than never!’ So here we go…

Every one of the schools we visited in the Abertawe district (Swansea for non-Welsh speaking folk) provided a memorable experience for Kath and I. We began our two-week tour at Mr Schofield’s Bryn Y Mor school – our second visit. We entertained his lovely pupils with our dramatic Bonebreaker presentation. They were more than ‘up for it’ and we signed loads of books the next day. We owe much to Mr Schofield and his wife, Catherine, and his lovely family, for hosting us and looking after us so well. We were even invited to their home for a slap-up Louisiana feast to remind us of our time in New Orleans- and their recent holiday there.

Yet another lovely welcome to South Wales

Further visits that week were to Tirdeunaw, Saron (Mrs Schofield’s school) and Bryniago – all superb visits. A huge thank-you to all pupils and staff for making us so welcome. To add to the wonderful week, we chose to stay at the nearby White Springs Fishery in a luxury log cabin, surrounded by eight fishing lakes. I really felt I was in paradise and took every opportunity to fish in the evenings, catching loads of fish…but feeling more and more exhausted as the week went on. Who said fishing is relaxing? No way! At least not when your float is continually bobbing up and down!

The following week we move to the quaint seaside town of Mumbles – love the name!

A second visit to Log in Fach and another Bonebreaker presentation succeeded in enthusing and entertaining Undeg’s wonderful school! We always feel really at home here and we’re already looking forward to being back again next year! Two new schools followed – Pontybrenin and Llwynderw – both welcome additions to our list of South Wales schools that we intend to keep working with. We introduced our ‘new schools’ to Mokee Joe and this made the whole trip much more enjoyable for us as we offered varying presentations from day to day.

We found our accommodation in Mumbles extremely pleasant – Beach Mount Cottage in Church Lane – a very old property with loads of character. Did I hear a creak on the wooden stairs one night? And I’m sure I caught a glimpse of something in the huge mirror in the sitting room late one evening…and it wasn’t me…or Kath!!

Oh…and I must mention ‘the great ice-cream debate’! After a rigorous survey over the week, Kath and I decided we liked the taste of Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour’s offerings the best, but Verdi’s won over the location and setting. Can’t wait to get back again to see if things have changed. I think another survey might me necessary!



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