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Aberystwyth promenade
Aberystwyth promenade by Helen in Wales
Aberystwyth promenade, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.


I did a quick dash to Aber this morning to do a few things that required me going to a Big Place (relatively speaking!). I took a moment to walk through to look at the prom. Considering the horrendous storms, it didn't look too bad, though having said that, most of the damage is down the other end, so it's probably deceptive. There was a digger working on something and lots of warning tape.

Anyway, I managed to bank a cheque for my father. I don't know how he chose the bank he uses, but the nearest branch to me is in Aberystwyth, which is 1 hour's drive from my home. I'd been putting off going, but it was a large cheque, the money from the bank accounts of his that we closed due to them being a total pain in the neck, and I didn't want it turning into a pumpkin (our phrase for anything that expires or becomes invalid due to some time restriction). However, as well as the flying visit to the bank, I also managed to buy a new sweater in Monsoon, so I have another item of clothing smart enough to wear for work. I am planning on making 2014 the Year of the Sweater, but it will take time to sort out patterns and yarn and actually crochet something, so I gave in and bought one.

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nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: January 27th, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a lovely view. From a distance, I can't tell that anything happened.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 27th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was expecting more signs of devastation, but either it all looked worse than it was or they've done a good job on the clear up.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: January 28th, 2014 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
They've had a massive clean-up. Lots of volunteers & so forth. I imagine if you get up close & check out the infrastructure it's still pretty grim.

And this is a bit worrying:
From: cmcmck Date: January 27th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use that phrase too, but I turn into a pumpkin if I stay up too late not being good at late nights! :o)

Has the 's' word been mentioned over your way yet? It seems to be heading ours from the west.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 28th, 2014 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I've just checked the forecast for the week ahead and there is the possibility of s___ on Friday night. I don't think it's going to be cold enough for it to stick down here in town, though the mountains will probably get a white cap.
elsewhereangel From: elsewhereangel Date: January 27th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I plan to adopt the term "pumpkin" immediately.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 28th, 2014 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! It's a useful shorthand. :)

I see from the comment above that cmcmck uses it in a similar, though not identical way.
From: arkessian Date: January 27th, 2014 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Being horribly practical, and it may no longer be an issue... but is his bank one of those that allows cheque deposits via a Post Office? For me, it's incalculably easier to walk 5 minutes to the Post Office(or drive on a bad day) than drive 20 minutes, find a parking space and walk 10 minutes, and queue for who knows how long in the bank (by which point my back has reduced me to tears).

I need to have a supply of special envelopes at hand, but they can be ordered by phone and delivered by post.

I keep looking in pictures for the hotel I usually (twice) have stayed at on the sea front, but so far it looks untouched. It'll be a while before I get back there again to do research at the LLGC (sick cat duties, would you believe?) but I do hope to get back there at some point in the next five years!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 28th, 2014 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think my Dad's bank is one of those that you can use the Post Office to deposit cheques, but fortunately banking cheques doesn't need to be done very often. Almost everything can now be done via direct transfers, direct debits etc, but just occasionally a cheque turns up and needs paying in.

I'm sure the hotel where you stayed will be fine. It's the end of the prom near Constitution Hill (where the cliff railway starts) that always takes a battering in bad weather. I'm not sure whether Alexandra Hall (or Alex as we used to call it) is inhabited now. It's the last building at the very end. For a while in the 90s they were talking about demolishing it because the pounding from the sea had weakened the foundations. Even when G and I were students in Aber, Alex always had storm shutters up ever winter to protect the ground floor windows.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: January 27th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
It looks like a very atmospheric photo. Or is that just a normal day in Aberystwyth?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 28th, 2014 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
That's actually pretty normal for a dreary winter day in Aber. The weather is always mild on the Mid-Wales coast; it almost never snows there and if anything it's brighter and drier down there than it is here. Right now I am heartily sick of rain and dark grey skies. :(
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