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Well just in time for December snow has come to Snowdonia’s Peaks to help get us into the Christmas spirit. Gaby is laying on a few Christmas specials for you to enjoy so why not come in & explore some new taste experiences. She has two turkey special options as well as Mince Tarts & Pies in addition to her normal wide range of Cakes & Puddings. Our Christmas tree is ready to be put up, this should be done today if we can stop Paul talking about Nepal & slipping his crampons back on. Dorina is putting the finishing
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Well where do I begin? Having got back 2 weeks ago this update is a little later than planned but in truth it has taken me a while to adjust back to reality. First of all I’ll start with Dorina who has been great through it all by understanding that I needed to make the trip & being so supportive in the lead up, during & since my return. She even doesn’t appear to have got bored by the 875 photo’s that I took (I’ll try to post a few on our web-site gallery over the next day or so).
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Hi Again, Well I think I’m there now & if I’m not I don’t care I’ve done enough to deserve to be! Yesterday went well despite some initial frustrations trying to complete links within my facebook & just giving but thanks to Gaby for her perseverance despite my rising temperature. Final training session was a dash up Siabod yesterday afternoon in brightening skies. Descent was a bit slippery so trotted down carefully, no need to risk an injury at this late stage, legs felt great & foot injury has finally gone so really pleased. Thanks to Julie, Mike & Rob
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A quick thank you to John & Marian of ‘Chasing the Light’ for using our cafe to display their excellent Black & White Prints of Snowdonia’s under atmospheric light. Really enjoyed having them on display as part of The Snowdonia Arts Festival & hope to build on this relationship with a potential Himalayan theme once Paul returns from Nepal. John having been out there already will no doubt have some amazing photo’s to share.
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This is just a quick blog to let you know the link to my Just Giving Web-site as I try to use my Trek as a chance to raise enough money to donate a wheelchair to my chosen charity CLIC Sargent who support children diagnosed with cancer throughout their often long treatment. The link is http://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Hodges1
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Only two days to go, thank god I can’t keep running around with last minute pannicks for much longer. My mind is clearly elsewhere, today alone I forgot the keys to my office in Blaenau & at a Porthmadog cash machine left the cash in the wall as I walked away with just my card, then heard a guy shouting after me as I approached two women who were thinking I must have mugged him only for me to turn round & see him waving my £100 in my face! The moral to this story is follow me to a
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Well whilst Paul’s focus has understandibly been turning to his trip to Nepal we are still building on the foundations we have made since opening for business in March 2012, this is in more ways than Gaby continuing to add to her range of cakes. Last Sunday we had 9 cakes on offer at the start of the day & by end of play were down to just two slices left (Paul thought about telling Gaby to try harder next time but even he has learnt to bite his tongue once in a while). Our major news is the addition
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Not a bad day having gone up & down Snowdon via the Pyg Track in 2 Hrs 20 Mins despite the weather to maintain fitness & within 5 minutes of returning to the cafe a Manager from Plas y Brenin called in to ask us to advertise the fact that Kenton Cool is giving a lecture at Plas y Brenin tomorrow evening between 17:30 & 18:30. O.K. so I’m not actually going to Everest but I won’t be far from it so the timing is just great. Free to attend & will be held in the Main Lecture Room.
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The hardest hurdle looks to be overcome as yesterday I did a trial packing of the bags to see if the bags could cope with all of the kit I’ve bought & would they be within the weight limit. Initially it was good & bad news with the bags coping but coming in at 34 Kg, that was 4Kg over the limit. Hard decisions followed, out went half my mini mars bars, a bag of Jelly Babies, a base layer, large towel swapped with a small one (well I won’t be washing much), deodorant (now have to rely on Merino
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Well despite the weather forcing a change of plan halfway through Fraser’s & my trip to Glen Shiel preceded by a lot of hobbling & limping in the aftermath of the Half Marathon things are still firmly on track for Sunday’s flight out. I was elated with my performance in The Royal Parks Half Marathon a week ago. The signs were good initially after a late 5 mile & surprisingly fast training run two days before the start on roads. However come race day my calfs were really tight & hearting prior to the off so my confidence was slowly
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Just a quick note to thank our friends Julie, Rob & Michael who stepped in at short notice & without hesitation to help Gaby & Alison in the cafe last weekend. With Dorina & Paul ‘relaxing’ down in London their help was essential to get us through a very busy weekend & we really can’t thank you enough!
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In August I attended a 5 Day ML Training Course held by Rob Johnson here in North Wales. I can only say that it made a massive impact on me & my way of appreciating the environment I so often find myself in & my awareness of those around me. Prior to the course my only significant experience had been a day out on the slopes of Snowdon when Jim Langley of Natures Work had invited me to join a small party he was taking out on a Sunday. That had been the day after a fell race & culminated
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4 Blogs in 4 days, how did you get me to do that Nick? Was in mind control? Seriously though thanks to both you & Sarah for spending time with me last week explaining how the system works etc. & indeed to all involved at e-blueprint from your relaxed ethos which helped me get enthused by the whole process through to design work & mechanics of both visiting the site & maintaining it. An excellent job, well done & at competitive rates for such quality work. One point to make a note off is that Steve Peake’s photography/video for me
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After almost a year on the discussion table I was relieved & elated to finally book this ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ with KE Adventures. My special thanks to Neal Maxwell who first put the idea in my head at a low point in my divorce prceedings last December, as well as the cafe of course it has been a key part in my moving forward. Also my gratitude is extended to Fraser McKay who despite his normal hectic schedule (you should see what this 60+ guy gets up to) has agreed to accompany me, his company is going to put
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We have been delighted to receive a number of great messages from customers be they related to Gaby’s food, Dorina’s ‘Best in the Area’ Coffees, Our friendly & ambient atmosphere or Our Walks, to be fair Gaby’s cakes do seem to be dominating these. As we have begun to establish ourselves we are thrilled with the repeat customers we are seeing & hope we can maintain & build on this further. We are trying to improve our facilities as we go with initial improvements including New picnic tables & umbrellas (these were intended to protect you from the sun &
Latest News
Well it may not have been a great summer weather wise but in fact & contrary to popular belief we have had a surpisingly good number of days where being on the Hills has not resulted in an obligatory drenching. So here is a quick update of some of the things I’ve been up to, hope they make interesting reading & spur you on. June kicked off with the Welsh 1,000m race, it’s a bit longer than 1,000m as those in the know will know. I introduced to it the previous year by my mate Fraser who can be relied upon
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Those of you who know me will understand that like many people my age I have been through a few really difficult things in life but have had enough ups to help get me through. The breakdown of my marriage though has been something that I cannot describe & will not fully recover from, this may sound too heavy for a blog, my apologies I am new to them & am starting it this way simply to show you how the outdoors has been my saviour & encouraged me to embrace a new life that becomes more thrilling & adventurous
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Hi there, if you are reading this we can only say thank you for visiting our web-site which went live in July It is just the latest in a number of new adventures we have been on this year. From Paul’s first experience of catering, Dorina’s & my (Gaby) first experience of Managing a business & many of firsts that are too numerous to list & bore you with here. What we can say is that we are enjoying these experiences & hope that those who have tried out our café have enjoyed & appreciated what we are trying to
Latest News
Well just in time for December snow has come to Snowdonia’s Peaks to help get us into the Christmas spirit. Gaby is laying on a few Christmas specials for you to enjoy so why not come in & explore some new taste experiences. She has two turkey special options as well as Mince Tarts & Pies in addition to her normal wide range of Cakes & Puddings. Our Christmas tree is ready to be put up, this should be done today if we can stop Paul talking about Nepal & slipping his crampons back on. Dorina is putting the finishing
Latest News
Well where do I begin? Having got back 2 weeks ago this update is a little later than planned but in truth it has taken me a while to adjust back to reality. First of all I’ll start with Dorina who has been great through it all by understanding that I needed to make the trip & being so supportive in the lead up, during & since my return. She even doesn’t appear to have got bored by the 875 photo’s that I took (I’ll try to post a few on our web-site gallery over the next day or so).
Latest News
Hi Again, Well I think I’m there now & if I’m not I don’t care I’ve done enough to deserve to be! Yesterday went well despite some initial frustrations trying to complete links within my facebook & just giving but thanks to Gaby for her perseverance despite my rising temperature. Final training session was a dash up Siabod yesterday afternoon in brightening skies. Descent was a bit slippery so trotted down carefully, no need to risk an injury at this late stage, legs felt great & foot injury has finally gone so really pleased. Thanks to Julie, Mike & Rob
Latest News
A quick thank you to John & Marian of ‘Chasing the Light’ for using our cafe to display their excellent Black & White Prints of Snowdonia’s under atmospheric light. Really enjoyed having them on display as part of The Snowdonia Arts Festival & hope to build on this relationship with a potential Himalayan theme once Paul returns from Nepal. John having been out there already will no doubt have some amazing photo’s to share.
Latest News
This is just a quick blog to let you know the link to my Just Giving Web-site as I try to use my Trek as a chance to raise enough money to donate a wheelchair to my chosen charity CLIC Sargent who support children diagnosed with cancer throughout their often long treatment. The link is http://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Hodges1
Latest News
Only two days to go, thank god I can’t keep running around with last minute pannicks for much longer. My mind is clearly elsewhere, today alone I forgot the keys to my office in Blaenau & at a Porthmadog cash machine left the cash in the wall as I walked away with just my card, then heard a guy shouting after me as I approached two women who were thinking I must have mugged him only for me to turn round & see him waving my £100 in my face! The moral to this story is follow me to a
Latest News
Well whilst Paul’s focus has understandibly been turning to his trip to Nepal we are still building on the foundations we have made since opening for business in March 2012, this is in more ways than Gaby continuing to add to her range of cakes. Last Sunday we had 9 cakes on offer at the start of the day & by end of play were down to just two slices left (Paul thought about telling Gaby to try harder next time but even he has learnt to bite his tongue once in a while). Our major news is the addition
Latest News
Not a bad day having gone up & down Snowdon via the Pyg Track in 2 Hrs 20 Mins despite the weather to maintain fitness & within 5 minutes of returning to the cafe a Manager from Plas y Brenin called in to ask us to advertise the fact that Kenton Cool is giving a lecture at Plas y Brenin tomorrow evening between 17:30 & 18:30. O.K. so I’m not actually going to Everest but I won’t be far from it so the timing is just great. Free to attend & will be held in the Main Lecture Room.
Latest News
The hardest hurdle looks to be overcome as yesterday I did a trial packing of the bags to see if the bags could cope with all of the kit I’ve bought & would they be within the weight limit. Initially it was good & bad news with the bags coping but coming in at 34 Kg, that was 4Kg over the limit. Hard decisions followed, out went half my mini mars bars, a bag of Jelly Babies, a base layer, large towel swapped with a small one (well I won’t be washing much), deodorant (now have to rely on Merino
Latest News
Well despite the weather forcing a change of plan halfway through Fraser’s & my trip to Glen Shiel preceded by a lot of hobbling & limping in the aftermath of the Half Marathon things are still firmly on track for Sunday’s flight out. I was elated with my performance in The Royal Parks Half Marathon a week ago. The signs were good initially after a late 5 mile & surprisingly fast training run two days before the start on roads. However come race day my calfs were really tight & hearting prior to the off so my confidence was slowly
Latest News
Just a quick note to thank our friends Julie, Rob & Michael who stepped in at short notice & without hesitation to help Gaby & Alison in the cafe last weekend. With Dorina & Paul ‘relaxing’ down in London their help was essential to get us through a very busy weekend & we really can’t thank you enough!
Latest News
In August I attended a 5 Day ML Training Course held by Rob Johnson here in North Wales. I can only say that it made a massive impact on me & my way of appreciating the environment I so often find myself in & my awareness of those around me. Prior to the course my only significant experience had been a day out on the slopes of Snowdon when Jim Langley of Natures Work had invited me to join a small party he was taking out on a Sunday. That had been the day after a fell race & culminated
Latest News
4 Blogs in 4 days, how did you get me to do that Nick? Was in mind control? Seriously though thanks to both you & Sarah for spending time with me last week explaining how the system works etc. & indeed to all involved at e-blueprint from your relaxed ethos which helped me get enthused by the whole process through to design work & mechanics of both visiting the site & maintaining it. An excellent job, well done & at competitive rates for such quality work. One point to make a note off is that Steve Peake’s photography/video for me
Latest News
After almost a year on the discussion table I was relieved & elated to finally book this ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ with KE Adventures. My special thanks to Neal Maxwell who first put the idea in my head at a low point in my divorce prceedings last December, as well as the cafe of course it has been a key part in my moving forward. Also my gratitude is extended to Fraser McKay who despite his normal hectic schedule (you should see what this 60+ guy gets up to) has agreed to accompany me, his company is going to put
Latest News
We have been delighted to receive a number of great messages from customers be they related to Gaby’s food, Dorina’s ‘Best in the Area’ Coffees, Our friendly & ambient atmosphere or Our Walks, to be fair Gaby’s cakes do seem to be dominating these. As we have begun to establish ourselves we are thrilled with the repeat customers we are seeing & hope we can maintain & build on this further. We are trying to improve our facilities as we go with initial improvements including New picnic tables & umbrellas (these were intended to protect you from the sun &
Latest News
Well it may not have been a great summer weather wise but in fact & contrary to popular belief we have had a surpisingly good number of days where being on the Hills has not resulted in an obligatory drenching. So here is a quick update of some of the things I’ve been up to, hope they make interesting reading & spur you on. June kicked off with the Welsh 1,000m race, it’s a bit longer than 1,000m as those in the know will know. I introduced to it the previous year by my mate Fraser who can be relied upon
Latest News
Those of you who know me will understand that like many people my age I have been through a few really difficult things in life but have had enough ups to help get me through. The breakdown of my marriage though has been something that I cannot describe & will not fully recover from, this may sound too heavy for a blog, my apologies I am new to them & am starting it this way simply to show you how the outdoors has been my saviour & encouraged me to embrace a new life that becomes more thrilling & adventurous
Walks
Hi there, if you are reading this we can only say thank you for visiting our web-site which went live in July It is just the latest in a number of new adventures we have been on this year. From Paul’s first experience of catering, Dorina’s & my (Gaby) first experience of Managing a business & many of firsts that are too numerous to list & bore you with here. What we can say is that we are enjoying these experiences & hope that those who have tried out our café have enjoyed & appreciated what we are trying to
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