Four years ago, we bought our house in Llandudno.

 

It was February half term. On the Monday afternoon, we viewed the house. Not only was it perfect, it was in the road we had chosen as the one where we would like to live. We arranged to go back and look at it again the following morning.

 

Early on Tuesday, we stood at the corner of the cricket ground, discussing what to do. Move here? Seriously? Pack in our jobs and our old lives and just move here?

 

Yes, living in Llandudno had been a life-long dream for me, but even so....

 

 

 

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Well, it's no secret. We took the chance and moved here.

 

Best thing we ever did. My husband likes to say we went on holiday and bought a house as a souvenir.

 
 

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Precision reversing! The RNLI lifeboat is backed into the boathouse on Lloyd Street. A new boathouse is currently being built on North Shore.
 
  
Donkey rides on the beachFlower clock on the promenade
 
 

When I was a child, this was Happy Valley's outdoor theatre, where a show was presented every afternoon throughout the holiday season. The part under the verandah had a stage. Where the play area is now used to be where the audience's seats were.

 

This photo was taken from Aberdeen Hill - where an unofficial audience used to watch without paying!

Twice a week from May to the end of August, the Town Silver Band plays an evening concert on the promenade.
 
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Llandudno has close links with the Alice in Wonderland Story. Gorgeous wooden statues was placed around the town.

 

Follow the Alice Trail!

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The high tide of Friday January 13th 2017 was spectacular. The sea defence stones that line North Shore are an unpopular eyesore, but they certainly earned their keep that morning.

 

In the picture above, you can see the Grand Hotel. Below, you can see the pier bravely keeping its head above water, followed by pictures of the little bay beside the pier and below Happy Valley, just as you start off on the Marine Drive walk round the Great Orme; and finally a picture of the promenade.

 

 
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January doesn't usually look like that. It's far more likely to look like this...

Or this...

Look at that fabulous blue sky. Yes, this picture really was taken in January.

   
  
 
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I have just looked back through my photos and most of them show North Shore, so I thought I'd better redress the balance and put in some of West Shore.

 

Here is the old toll house at one end of Marine Drive, the road that runs around the Great Orme. You can walk round in either direction, but if you drive, you start at the other end and finish here.

This is the same view from further away. I wanted to share this one because of that amazingly calm sea - not a ripple to be seen. It's surprising how often we get a sea like that here.

There are those same calm waters, looking out across the Conwy Estuary.

 

 

I had to include this picture., as I love daffodils. Public spaces in Llandudno are in bloom all year round, but the daffs are my favourites.
This photo was taken from Haulfre Gardens on the side of the Great Orme, looking towards North Shore. You can see the Little Orme in the distance. And talking of the Little Orme....

 

The Little Orme is said to look like an elephant lying in the sea. Can you see it?