Tag Archives: Beach

Here Be Dragons 2018

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IMG_1491Late last year I bought a place by the sea. I’ve always wanted to be on the coast so job done! It is a caravan located to the left of this picture with views over the beautiful Cardigan Bay and towards the historic Criccieth Castle. I can’t wait to spend time there this spring

“Here be dragons” means dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of a medieval practice of putting illustrations of dragons, sea monsters and other mythological creatures on uncharted areas of maps.

There will be a great deal of exploring to do and much coastal walking. I will take lots of pictures and share them with you. In the mean time here is a friendly Welsh dragon to get you in the mood.

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Seaside Adventure

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On our recent trip to Llanbedrog Benji Dog enjoyed lots of adventures and new experiences.

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He searched for the sea

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But wasn’t sure about the waves.

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He looked for boats but they were all beached

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He went rock climbing and couldn’t get down!

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Happy holidays, see you soon.

Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside!

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We have just returned from a week at my son’s holiday cottage in Llanbedrog, Wales. We went with family and of course Benji dog.

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Gwelfor Holiday Cottage is owned by my eldest son who has worked really hard creating a home from home to let out for short and longer breaks.

The front elevation is having a face lift this week end to brighten it up. Whilst the rear boasts a good size garden with lovely views. Ideal for children and a BBQ!

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The house has been furnished in a modern mid century style and boasts one of the best beaches in Wales within a 5 minute walk. Popular Abersoch is a short drive in the other direction with more stunning beaches and trendy shops.

suspect hope that I will have many more visits to this lovely location.

If you wish to know more take a peak at Facebook : Gwelfor Holiday Cottage, Llanbedrog.

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Early Noel

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Last weekend I went away with my girlfriends for our annual Christmas celebration. We generally enjoy a Christmas Eve Buffet on the Friday evening, Christmas Day on the Saturday followed by a Boxing Day Sunday. We have a secret Santa AND a stocking of goodies. How lucky are we? This year we had a beautiful penthouse apartment in Alnmouth Northumberland and we decorated it with our festive stockings and a Christmas tree.

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We had great views of the beach and estuary. On “Christmas” day we opened our presents and watched Christmas movies🌲We put the turkey in the oven and went for a long walk along the beach. When we returned the turkey smelled lovely so we watched another Christmas movie. Sometime later I went to put the roast potatoes into the oven and WOAH ! oven cold! Turkey half cooked! Oven broken! Disaster 🌲

 

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Not the turkey!

After a search on line we realised no fast food outlet would deliver pizza etc. We’d all had a drink so driving wasn’t an option and Christmas table already decorated! Finally we walked into the small village of Almouth and one of the only eateries did take out fish and chips. So that was our Christmas dinner complete with Christmas crackers, paper hats and a borrowed bottle of vinegar from the fish restaurant. Merry Yuletide!

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A Passion for Travel

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Travel is my passion. Whether it is global cruising, trekking The Himalaya or Sunday walking in Snowdonia. Travel stretches the mind, excites the imagination and feeds the memory banks.

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Damnvan1 is a great way to travel around the UK. We have travelled coast to coast and Lands End to John OGroats. We have manoeuvred over (very) narrow bridges up steep hills, onto ferries and, best of all, along our beautiful coastline.

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We have great plans to travel Globally and continue in Damnvan1 to forests,valleys, mountains and coast. So BRING IT ON!

South Coast Sunshine

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I’ve arrived in Eastbourne which is situated on the South Coast of Eastbourne. Our hotel is situated right on the sea front and our room has the best view!

imageThis was the view from our bedroom window when we woke this morning. Best of all you can hear the surf as it ebbs through the shingle beach-so relaxing! A quintessential British seaside view.

Today we had coffee (and cake!) on the Waterfront harbour. There are some seriously expensive boats ( or is it yachts ?) moored in the harbour. Definitely not you average canal boat!

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Let’s go fly a Kite

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Lets go and fly a kite! Oops maybe not!

I’ve just returned from a trip in Damnvan with Gorgeous Grandson number two. This is my third grandchild that I’ve taken on holiday this Summer and I am now bonded and have done my Granny duty!

I must confess that it has been an absolute delight. I’ve had quality time with each child, travelled around and improved my tan!

This last break was to Abersoch. We pitched just outside the town in a lovely site called Nant-y-Big  www.nantybig.co.uk  This site was a 5 minute stroll from a wonderful beach which was very quiet in comparison to nearby, uber busy, Abersoch. 👣We walked, surfed on a belly board (OK one of us did) 🏊🏻tried to fly a kite and  generally had fun. The sun shone and there wasn’t a lot of wind (hence the no fly kite).

On the Sunday morning we got up early (on holiday?) and visited a local car boot sale. I did find some vintage treasures to add to Nanny Amy’s Vintage Table. I also tried to buy a vintage suitcase but the stall holder refused to sell as he still uses it! I didn’t realise that it wasn’t for sale. Shame it was just what I’m looking for!

When I have recovered from the Granny exhaustion I will get back to crafting, vintiquing, restoring and generally living my super busy life. In the meantime it was good to go away and good to come home to Hubs and Hound 🐕

St Mawes and The Hidden Hut

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The Hidden Hut,St MawesWe travelled to The Roseland Peninsula to stay to St Mawes. Our main reason was to visit The Hidden Hut which we discovered last year. This Beach Cafe is situated alongside the coastal path and is basically a posh shed. Here they make the best food. Simple and tasty. By coincidence The Hidden Hut was featured in The Saturday Telegraph today. I told you that we had good taste!

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When we were here last year Tom Kerridge was being filmed as a guest chef, which was very interesting. We are returning tomorrow for FOOD and I can’t wait!

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The Beach Babe Benji had a wonderful play in the surf and roll in the sand. He can’t wait to go back tomorrow.

Cornish Pasties Everywhere!

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image image imageA Classic Seaside View of St Ives

We travelled down the Cornish Coast to Hayle, near to St Ives. There are HUGE sand dunes between us and the sea, but it is a lovely location. I decided to catch the bus to St Ives. I walked over a mile to the bus stop and all was well. St Ives was busy and pretty. I searched every charity shop (and there were lots) but couldn’t buy many treasures due to a space restriction in Damnvan. I found the bus stop and got onto the correct bus. Explained where I needed to get off But the Driver forgot to tell me where the stop was and stopped in a village I know not where!

Working on the principle that there would be other buses if all else failed I hopped off. Totally lost! I asked a busy lady the way to our camp site and she looked amazed that I intended to walk! She very kindly offered to take me back to the van where I arrived early for my dinner. Life is an adventure. Don’t forget “Adventure before dementia!” not so sure about the dementia!!

Everywhere in St Ives there were Cornish Pasty shops. I began to think that the people of St Ives eat nothing but Cornish Pasties!

WHAT IS A GENUINE CORNISH PASTY?

The mandatory filling ingredients for Cornish pasties are:

– sliced or diced potato
– swede (often referred to as turnip)
– onion
– diced or minced beef
– seasoning to taste, primarily salt and pepper.

No meats other than beef, and no vegetables other than those listed in the mandatory ingredients are to be used in the filling. The meat content must not be less than 12.5% of the whole pasty and vegetable content must not be less than 25%

The listed mandatory filling ingredients must be uncooked at the time of sealing the product.

The above information came from http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk

Bos Castle Walk

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We walked along the Cornish Coastal Path to Bos Castle today. This is the second time that we have walked this path and I was 15 minutes quicker today so fitness must be improving. It is not a particularly difficult path but has some very steep steps to negotiate, so I feel fairly smug with myself.

There’s more to Boscastle than a picturesque natural harbour and village.

The Elizabethan quay sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops and  tea-rooms.

Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust. Venture beyond the picture-postcard harbour and a cliff path takes you to the Willapark headland and an intriguing ex-folly, now used as a Coastwatch lookout.

Nearby walks around Forrabury Stitches offer a rare glimpse at a surviving farmed landscape showing ancient celtic strip fields. If you wander further afield, you’ll discover the half-forgotten churches of Minster and St Juliots – once made famous by Thomas Hardy.

There is a definite lack of craft shops in this area. Indeed there are many titled “craft” but seem to involve Witchcraft, fairies, magic and King Arthur. My idea of “craft” involves yarn, fabric and hand made items (should I say hand crafted?)
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on this note it is for me to say a very smug CHEERS!

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