173 – Christmas 2013 Back In the UK

I always look forward to our visits back to the UK.  I love living in Italy but sometimes I do find myself feeling a little homesick and especially missing close family and longstanding friends.  This Christmas Kay, a special friend of ours, very kindly invited us to stay with her at her home in Barry in South Wales.

Barry Island South Wales UK

Kay and Paul

Barry Island on a cold but bright December’s day …..

Winters Day Barry Island South Wales UK

Beach at Barry Island South Wales UK

Barry has once again become a popular destination, having gained notarity from the BBC’s very successful comedy series “Gavin and Stacey” – much of which was filmed in and around Barry and Barry Island.  It’s a tale of love between an “Essex boy” and a “Welsh girl”.  If you haven’t seen it I’d highly recommend it – it’s absolutely hilarious !!!  Nowadays you can even go on an organised tour of the area to visit many of the locations where the series was filmed, such as Marco’s Cafe.

Marco's Cafe Barry Island South Wales UK

Marco's Cafe Barry Island South Wales UK

Marco's Cafe Barry Island South Wales UK

Marco's Cafe Barry Island South Wales UK

Marco's Cafe Barry Island South Wales UK

Recently Barry has taken on a new nickname, that of “Barrybados” !!! 

Here’s Paul sporting his new Barrybados T-shirt.

Barrybados TShirt  Barry Island South Wales UK

We did a fair few miles driving around the UK during our visit.  First we drove to Bristol to visit Paul’s father.


We then travelled down to Poole to visit Paul’s brother and family to meet the latest little “twiglet” on our Shapcott family tree – little Annabel.

Congratulations to Tim and Clare !!!


Then up to North Wales to visit Emma and our youngest grandson Aneurin, who was allowed to open his present just before Christmas.




We then drove back down to South Wales with Aneurin, who was able to spend a couple of days over Christmas with his daddy.




Thanks to Kay for putting on a lovely Christmas lunch.  Kay and Paul worked well together in the kitchen.




Ummmm – I think that perhaps Kay had one too many Prosecco’s !!!


Then Boxing Day we went to Chepstow to visit Vicki and our older two Grandsons, Jamie and Tom.  I managed to snap a photo of our three grandsons all together.


Jamie, Tom and their crazy but loveable dog “Bob”…..





Then to Swindon where we had organised a gathering of our Italian family who now live in the UK (with family roots in Atina)







After all that travelling around we felt that we could do with holiday !!!

But we loved every minute of it.

A big thank you to Kay in “Barrybados” for inviting us to stay and putting up with us over Christmas and New Year.

All photos by me © Louise Shapcott


Tre Cancelle Farmhouse Apartments Near Sperlonga Beaches and Historic Itri, South Lazio, Italy

121 – A New Little Star is Born

The highlight of our trip back to the UK was to meet,

get to know and have cuddles with

our new little grandson,”Little Prince” Aneurin

who was born to Ben and Emma in November 2010


and to catch up with our other two very special grandsons …..

Jamie (9)

Tommy (7)

 We love you all dearly   xxx

It was also a delight to catch with all the branches of our family, including the Shapcotts, the Welsh Davies clan and the Anglo/Italian’s with family roots in Atina, Italy.

During our two month stay in the UK we also managed to visit and many dear friends on our travels around the UK.

Thank you all for your kind hospitality !!!