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Aberystwyth - is anybody out there?

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Hello!

I've just moved back to the area and have realised that I really don't know many people any more. I'd love to meet up for coffee sometime. Are there any Aber mumsnetters out there?

smile

I'm nowhere near but went to university there and love the place. Hope you hear from some other MNetters soon!

Damnit, only just seen this! Thanks jammy.

I'll remain the permanent optimist regardless smile

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Assume you've tried your Local site? I know my local one is somewhat quiet but a meet-up (the first in some time I think) is just getting organised. You might have better luck there.

I have, there're a couple of people an hour or so away, but so far no joy any nearer. It seems to be a mumsnetter desert around here smile

I think the only thing left then is to post something controversial in AIBU and see if anyone comes out of the woodwork.

I like your thinking. A kind of "am AIBU to think that Aberystwyth is full of the most vile people in the UK?!"

Followed by a later post of "now I have your attention, is anyone about for a cuppa?"

It could work... But would they still want to meet me? grin

TwllBach Mon 22-Apr-13 17:09:35

<waves from Anglesey>

Not quite Aberystwyth but not bad!

Twllbach! Helo! At least you're in the right country. I'm getting closer smile

Bump on the off chance smile

<peers around the room at the eery quiet>

<tumbleweed drifts by>

siilk Thu 16-May-13 19:24:30

Just saw this. Was in Aber at the weekendsmile I am about 45 minutes away. But I am in the same county.

Hello siilk smile. 45 minutes is practically next door around here!

I was beginning to think there was no one anywhere near. Are you north or south?

MabliD Fri 17-May-13 19:03:35

I was in Aberystwyth Arts Centre today feeding DD pom bears and froot shoot in an effort to uncover mumsnetters via their cats bum faces, alas, no success.

Hello. I live 45 minutes away too, work in Aber though!

Mab! Damnit! If I'd seen you with Pom bears I may have tested you by leaving a shopping list nearby smile

MabliD Fri 17-May-13 19:32:31

Maybe we need the mumsnet scarves to identify each other? Like carnations but more M&S chic?

Of course we don't have an M&S so may have to substitute Matalan... wink

I like your thinking smile there's got to be a matalan equivalent.

We need a code.

So are you from round these parts originally?

MabliD Fri 17-May-13 20:11:08

No, I came to uni here, met and eventually married a local and now he won't let me leave! Been here 9 years now. As you've just returned are you Aber born and bred? Have you been gone long?

Have spent a very long winter bemoaning Aberystwyth and its 'end-of-the-world-ness' but then the sun came out today and I fell back in love with the place. It has that effect on people I think!

siilk Fri 17-May-13 21:34:34

Trust me Aber is not the end of the world - where I am is!!!!! I am south. Based around Lampeter. We go to Aber or Carmarthen for the town lifesmile maybe a secret hand wiggle!! I am so not from round here.

I am an original Aberite, but I've spent 12 years traipsing around England. The pace of life around here is so lovely and slow (I haven't been back long enough to get frustrated by it yet!)

It's main issue is that it's bloody miles from everywhere. But that's part of its charm I suppose.

My other half was working down Lampeter way until recently, he doesn't miss the daily commute.

I know a fair few locals who've trapped unwitting students grin

MabliD Fri 17-May-13 22:02:44

Haha ok now what are the chances here? I live between Lampeter and Aberaeron, so your husband's commute probably meant we passed each other! And there's a fair chance if I sent up a smoke signal siilk would see it!

I spent 45 minutes each way on the number 40 today just to get DD's feet measured (and hunt mners at the arts centre), so Aberystwyth is definitely the closest thing to civilisation. Carmarthen now has a Frankie and Bennies and a Harvester though, it is truly the land of golden promise.

It's a wonderful place to raise kids though, the 'bubble' is so serene. Sitting on south beach having a coffee and an ice cream from the hut cannot be beaten. grin

Oh Mab you're making me feel all homely. With the lack of summer last year it felt like I never got a chance to do all the beachy things.

What about Aberaeron and its honey ice creams?

You'll definitely have passed him at some point smile

MabliD Fri 17-May-13 22:33:35

Oooooh yes. The kiwi ones are my favourites! The last one I had, I held in one hand while trying to fold the buggy and the lovely ice cream fell on the floor with a plop. I was properly distressed! DH laughed at me the git.

Chips from the Celtic are the best in the world too. Fact.

Impressive juggling.

I always have to go for the biggest one and then race to eat it before it eats my arm.

Good times.

They do a really nice pimms in there too.

I do like the art centre's cakes though...

Great, now I'm hungry grin

AllBellyandBoobs Fri 17-May-13 22:49:30

Ah, you're making me nostalgic. Not from Aberystwyth but I studied there and loved the place. I had to go to a dentist in Aberaeron when my wisdom teeth were giving me trouble as he was the nearest one that would see me. I also have fond memories of Lampeter as I bought my first car from a farmer there, he had pigs roaming all over the place

MabliD Fri 17-May-13 22:53:33

So the concensus is that there are 3 mners within 20 miles of Aberystwyth. .. and they are really, really hungry.

Sounds like the tagline to a horror movie; I approve .

Next time I take DD to the park I shall look for the people with naice ice creams grin

siilk Sun 19-May-13 09:59:34

Nice sunny day. Hmm I think ice cream in Aberaeon might be the order of the day!!

Siilk that sounds too lovely.

I'm sure I wrote a post yesterday but it seems to have vanished. Very much an agreement on the hunger consensus and briefly mentioning my own uneventful trip to the art's centre yesterday.

Any hoo... I am sitting here very shamefaced as despite normally slathering myself in factor 30 all day, today I was a plonker and have a very deserved all over sunburn.

angry <--- this is me

MabliD Mon 20-May-13 21:36:18

I feel your pain, I managed to burn just a stripe on my forehead. Painful, and fetching! We spent nice sunny day in Lampeter, I def missed naice ice creams though.

I will admit that today and Saturday at work I was trying to spot mn giveaways on all my customers! You are either v well disguised, shop elsewhere or mnetters are not as easy to spot as we have been led to believe grin

siilk Mon 20-May-13 22:59:01

Yes I must agree that it was lovely
And sunny In Lampeter. We ended up spending the day in the garden with ice cream from co-op! Pity about today was not nice. Hoping for nicer tomorrow!
I still think we need a secret handshakesmilesmile

Ooh Mabli I'm going to be giving all retail people suspicious looks from now on, and occasionally lament loudly about the lack of Naice ham for sale around here grin

The secret handshake may need to be a secret nod or wave. So if I wave at someone using only my little finger on my left hand, a mn'er would know that the required response would be a cat's bum face and an offed of a Pom beat. It's infallible.

MabliD Wed 22-May-13 19:45:46

I'm going to do that everytime I suspect possible mnness from now on. Can pass off as nervous twitch when necessary!

About 6 months ago a lady did ask if we sold pom bears. I was v suspicious. Care to admit to anything YouKnow? wink

siilk Fri 24-May-13 21:16:35

Well mil found pom bears in Lampeter co-op!!! When I saw the kids eating them I was too busy laughing!!

SoMuchToBits Fri 24-May-13 21:18:02

My sis lives in Aber, and I will be there for a week in July (with my ds)...

Mabli I wish it had been me smile <tries to work out where Mabli works so she can torture her with subtle MN references>

Must go on a Pom bear hunt and keep them with me at all times.

Somuch, hopefully there'll be a summer this year and ice creams on the prom will feature!

SoMuchToBits Fri 24-May-13 22:54:22

I'm sure we will be at the Hut at some point, eating either ice creams or baguettes! smile

MabliD Thu 30-May-13 21:51:05

So I shouted v loudly "There are no Pom Bears!" in the Arts Centre today, ate a disgustingly large ice cream at the Hut AND wore a scarf, but I saw no funny waves or cats bum faces! Foe shame, for shame wink

YouKnowOfTheCrunch Thu 30-May-13 22:07:52

Damnit! I was at work (signing all my emails off with a hmm face

MabliD Thu 30-May-13 22:17:09

You are forgiven then grin. Town was heaving with tourist types, you were probably better off at work!

Only just noticed this thread is still going, and there you are talking about the UK's tastiest ice cream - I spent a summer as a waitress at The Hive and lived with a group of friends just back from the beach.

Nice spot of nostalgia smile

It might even have been the No.40 I would catch up to Aberystwyth to do my dissertation lab work.

Hi

I am back and forth between Aber and France.

I have a soon to be 3 year old DD and she gets lonely as we don't know any other small kids in aber and won't put her in nursery this time because it seems silly in the middle of summer. Should be around from mid July til the end of august. Anyone like to meet up?

I tend to hover between the blue creek cafe and the upper limit, though now it's summer the hut will be top of my list. Will try and invest in the requisite pom bears. smile

YouKnowOfTheCrunch Sun 30-Jun-13 19:44:14

Jammy you'll have to come back for an ice cream smile

Altered I should be around, give me a shout when you know when you'll be here and maybe we could arrange a mini-meet.

Sorry for the delay in reply.

Startail Sun 30-Jun-13 19:54:30

In infants I wrote in my 'News book' about eating Orange ice cream in Aberystwyth.

In later years my dad dragged me sailing there.

Sadly I am now 99 miles and 2.5 hours away (according to google who is wearing rose coloured spectacles) 3 hours more like.

YouKnowOfTheCrunch Mon 01-Jul-13 07:35:43

Startail then you're practically next door. There is an Aber rule that everywhere is either 2 and a half hours away or four hours. Nothing in between. It's a strange place. I think that's why time runs slower here smile

puddleduck1980 Fri 16-Aug-13 07:24:22

Hi there, I haven't read every single post in this thread so I could be out of date but getting the gist that you have found very few mummies in the Aber area. Well now, I am from the area and despite nomadic inclinations for a decade, am now back. Been kiving in Cwmystwyth (which, trust me, really is nowhere on the way to nowhere, albeit very beautiful!). On the cusp of moving to Aberaeron this weekend though - which is only half an hour away from Aberystwyth.. I have a lively 14month old laddy and we're always up for meeting new mummies and tots...

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