Happy campers – part two

There was lots to do where we stayed in Gatehouse of Fleet, near Castle Douglas. Although it was tricky finding things that we could take the dog to as well. Everywhere we went there were signs for castles, but we didn’t visit any as to certain members of our family, that would be a fate worse than death! We did find a perfect place for the older kids though and it was just a twenty minute drive.


This place was brilliant. You could book the kids in to a workshop where they learn how to make their own chocolate. I thought it was great value. For £14.00 each they got their own apron and hairnet, they made a big slab of chocolate, a chocolate animal in a reusable mould and a marvellous creation with marshmallows. All to take home with them. 


There was also a huge indoor soft play area and a massive outdoor play area with a dinosaur that was about 30ft high. Sadly, Jude had fallen asleep in the car so he missed out. We waited in the car while the kids were in chocolate heaven, but luckily I’d brought my yarn along.


It looks like an advertisement for Cath Kidston doesn’t it? This project is very mobile so it’s really easy to just do a little bit as and when I can. On the way back to the site, we stopped to say hello to some cows. 


I’ve never seen so many cows than in Scotland. Every field was full of them, and sheep. There were animals everywhere. The campsite was surrounded by rabbits. It was like a scene straight out of Watership Down. It was lovely but the poor things were so scared that they ran off if you got within 20 metres. So no photographs, although I did try my hardest.

The next day we took the kids to a local activity centre. There were some very brave souls there trying some very scary things. Ours stuck to grass sledging, lots safer!


While they were busy I took Jude to the huge sandpit to play. He thought this was the best thing ever and didn’t want to leave.

The following day we planned a lovely day  in the Scottish mountains. Otters Pool had been recommended to us by a friend. On the drive up there my hubby kept pulling over for me to take photos. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking.


We passed Loch Dee just further on from here.


After a bit of an unplanned detour down a never ending dirt track through the wilderness, we found Otters Pool. We sat and ate our picnic lunch with the water to one side of us and woodland to the other. It was such a beautiful place, so peaceful.


Flip flops on and towels at the ready, we headed into the water for a paddle with the best view ever.


The scenery was just stunning. It’s like you’re in a whole other world just for a short while. Everyone had such a nice time. Real good, honest, wholesome family time. 


Pepper loved it too, she’s always enjoyed a paddle. I spotted these toadstools in amongst the trees and just had to take a picture. They looked so magical, like they’re from an enchanted forest or fairy glen.


We were nearing the end of our holiday and I’d say it was a very successful one. Many happy memories made. Although we all love going abroad on holiday and living in a bit of luxury, there’s something really special about holidaying closer to home and closer to nature. We have some absolutely beautiful places in the UK that we often overlook. Especially on our doorstep. Perhaps we all need to pretend we’re tourists in our own towns occasionally and go see all the lovely places around us.  

As for my holiday crochet, I’m pretty pleased with what I achieved.


I wasn’t expecting to get this far. I’m looking forward to showing you the finished product cos I haven’t been able to put this down since we got home.

Vicki xx

Happy campers – part one

For this years camping holiday, we decided to try somewhere new that none of us had tried before. We usually go to Wales which is lovely, but for a change, we chose Scotland. It was a little bit further afield but it was a whole new adventure for us. After losing our lovely dog Amber just the week before, we couldn’t bear to put Pepper into kennels as planned. She’s really missing her sister and would’ve been so sad and lonely on her own. The campsite is dog friendly so we squished her in the footwell of the car along with our ever growing collection of camping gear.


We don’t travel light when it comes to camping. We like to have quite a few little   gadgets to make life that bit easier. Things like electric hook-up, a fridge, kettle, toaster and fan heater. Not quite glamping but not too far off!

The weather was awful when we set off. I was driving along the motorway gripping onto the steering wheel so hard my knuckles were white. We stopped half way to change drivers and the weather was still grey but improving. By the time we reached the campsite it was all blue skies and sunshine. Perfect conditions for pitching a tent.


It was a lovely location, we pitched right at the far end of the field so we didn’t have people walking past us constantly. The site was surprisingly quiet, I kept wondering what the catch was. We discovered what it was on the first night. The main road runs alongside the field and at nighttime, just as soon as your head hits your inflatable pillow, about a thousand lorries it seemed, come thundering past heading for the docks. We’d seen comments about road noise on the reviews before we booked, but had kind of hoped they were exaggerating. Sadly they weren’t. It was quite loud but you kind of got used to it. That was really the only negative though. It was a very carefree site, you pitched up where you liked and were just left to get on with your holiday with no interference. 

The first evening, we treated ourselves to fish & chips from an award winning chippy in nearby Castle Douglas. It was really yummy and the sweet girl who served us insisted on buying Pepper a sausage out of her own money. She’d been off her food for a bit but she managed to woof it down with no trouble. The next morning, we awoke to rain and grey skies which had been forecast for the majority of our stay. I’d packed for the chilly weather too. We spent the day in the tent mostly being lazy campers. Which gave me the perfect excuse to crack out my camping crochet. I’d dithered over what to bring with me. I didn’t want to bring too many balls of yarn so that ruled out my blooming flower cushion. I’m loving the colours in it so much though that I decided to make a second cushion to go with it. I picked just 6 of the colours to bring. 


These looked better than I’d imagined, and quick to do too. A perfect holiday project.

The following morning, we awoke to glorious sunshine. This was our view from the tent…


I couldn’t resist pulling my wellies on with my pyjamas and going for a little wander.


There was an abundance of blackberry bushes around so I decided to pick my own breakfast.

 
Lovely! We went for a little explore around the site later on. It’s a very well kept site. Just a five minute walk from our field you’ll find the entertainment areas. There’s a bar, bistro, swimming pool, gym and of course arcades. They were a hit with the big kids. Well actually Jude loved it there too, he discovered the 2p machines and demanded a constant supply of ‘pennies’. While they were all in the arcades, I sneaked off to take a few photos of the beautiful coastline that we were lucky enough to call home for a few days.



The sunsets here were pretty amazing too.

There’s something about being close to natural beauty that leaves you feeling very calm and content with the world. Sights like this were not made by any man, they’ve always been there and always will. Nothing can ever spoil it. It’s very good for the soul to take a few moments every now and again to appreciate these little things in life.

Another thing I appreciate in life is being cooked for. Camping cooking usually falls to the hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed having a break from having to prepare the meals. He’s also an excellent cook so win win! My job was to lay the table and in true Vicki style, I gathered some pretty flowers from the hedgerows to dress it.

I think I’ll leave it there for part one.  Back in a couple of days with the second half. Xxx


Family time 

We had one full day left of our trip and I’d planned to take my mum, nan and sister-in-law out for afternoon tea. All ladies lunching. It was a nice little tea rooms in a place called Sandhurst, just down the road from my nans.


My nan is a lovely lady and doing good for her 91 years. She’s getting a bit frail these days which is expected but still sad. Earlier this year she gave up her allotment which she’s had ever since I can remember. Her passion has always been gardening and growing her own produce. 


She lit up whenever I used to ask how her allotments were doing. At one point a few years back she had 3 plots on the go! Anyway, she reluctantly decided that she could no longer manage it. It was a huge deal for her.

We had a lovely time there, the food was great and the service excellent. 

I do wish I could sometimes transport myself down there to pop in for a quick cuppa and a chat. I know she gets a bit lonely and can’t get out as much as she used to. I can at least make an effort to call her more.

The next morning we got up early and went to Hythe for a boot fair. We don’t get many round our way. Jude did very well, tons of trains and cars for about 20p each. 


There was a vintage fair on here too, some gorgeous things. A lovely cast iron chair which would have been perfect for our garden by the water feature but it was very pricey. We found a couple of great records though.


We walked past the canal into the high street to the shops. This one was lovely, we added to our record collection again!


We stopped off for an early lunch in here.


Well, that was us done, time to pack up and get back on the road. We weren’t looking forward to the journey but after the dreaded M25 it wasn’t too bad. It was sad to say goodbye, the time always flies by so quickly. It was however, lovely to get back to our home, and our beds. And some crafting……

Vicki xx

Rye ❤️

Our trip down south would not be complete without a day in Rye, East Sussex. It’s a very special place to us. It’s where the hubby and I used to go for a rare child free day out when we first started dating, we had some lovely times here. We loved the place so much that we chose to get married there. 

First stop was to the little old fashioned sweet shop on the high street for a quarter of chocolate nibbles and peppermint creams. It’s like the law that we have to come here every time. The shopkeeper is usually very chatty with a story about Paul McCartney to tell. Not this time though, maybe he was all talked out.

Just along the High St and up the hill is Simon the Pieman’s. It’s often full when we come but today we were lucky and got a table.

We’ve been here in the winter before and it’s so cosy with the open fire burning.

Rye has an awful lot of history, I’m not going to bore you with it now but Google it if you’re interested. After lunch we walked just up the hill about 30 yards to the church. It’s beautiful inside. You can go up the tower and take in the view but we’ll do that another time when we’re without a buggy.

Just around the back of the church you’ll find Rye Castle and the gun gardens.


We had a lot of our wedding pictures taken here. 

Walking around Rye can be a little challenging depending on your choice of footwear. It’s worth it though as the cobbled streets are so pretty and full of character.

Some of the houses are a bit quirky , look at this one…


It’s the house with two front doors! There’s another road where a couple of the doors are numbered 44 and 44 1/2!


It’s the little things like that, that make this town so charming.

East Sussex is relatively flat but Rye is perched up on a hill and has wonderful views.


I think it looks a bit like a model village here. Down by the harbour there are some gorgeous antique shops.


I could pootle around these shops for hours if a certain little person wasn’t around. They’re crammed full of some really unusual pieces. The only person who came away with anything though was the above mentioned little person.


He found a little vintage London bus with Carnaby Street on funnily enough. It kept him busy for hours.

Back up the hill towards the town, we found a national trust property. It’s called Lamb House and was the home of authors Henry James and E.F.Benson.


There were only 3 rooms open which were  nice, but it was the walled garden I was really looking forward to seeing. It didn’t disappoint.

You can have a nice cream tea sat under the trees, how lovely would that be? It was a very typical English country garden, so pretty.

Just a few minutes walk back into the town and we stopped into Grammar School Records.


It’s been there for donkeys years. It’s a proper old fashioned shop full to the rafters with vinyl records. We’ve recently purchased a record player so can now start our own little record collection.

Directly opposite is The George In Rye. It’s the most beautiful, elegant, Boutique hotel I’ve ever seen.


On the first floor there is a Georgian ballroom which is where we said our wedding vows and danced the night away.


So, six years on, we paid the garden a little visit for a drink in the sunshine.


The weather was pretty much as it was on our wedding day, just gorgeous.

All in all, a perfect day. I do believe a little piece of my heart will always be here in Rye ❤️

London baby!

Apologies for the absence, we’ve had a few lovely days away visiting my family down in Kent. After a 7 hour journey down there we were exhausted. I had planned this visit down to the very last minute. I figured that if I did that, we wouldn’t waste time dithering about what to do and there wouldn’t be any disagreements. I wanted to make the most of every moment. It actually worked out well. The following morning, we got up early and jumped on the 9.04 train to London. Jude was rather excited as he has a huge train obsession. After about 20 minutes the novelty wore off though. It turns out he much prefers playing with them to travelling on one.  Our plan once reaching the city, was to hit the natural history museum first, that plan got scuppered by ridiculous queues to get in. The science museum just behind however had no queue whatsoever. We spent a while in there then made our way to Piccadilly Circus.


There just happened to be the Cath Kidston flagship store there, so I thought it’d be rude not to. It was amazing although I didn’t have time to look properly. I did make a couple of purchases though, from the sale rail of course! After that we decided to go for some lunch. There’s a great place we always end up in Soho called Bodeans.

They do the best pulled pork burgers I’ve ever tasted. Very reasonably priced too considering it’s London.

 

After lunch we went to some comic book shops for our eldest then found ourselves near Covent Garden. It’s been years since I’ve walked through there, I forgot how nice it is.


The weather was looking a bit grim by this stage but we carried on regardless. Up to Carnaby Street next.


There were some nice shops here but the one I really wanted was Liberty of London. 


I’d never been before and I fell in love. It was so much more than I was expecting. I felt like I really shouldn’t be taking photos in there but I couldn’t resist. Everywhere I turned I was wowed. It’s a beautiful building inside and out. They had these amazing chandeliers hanging through the centre. 


I only really looked on a couple of the floors as time was tight and kids were getting bored. I’d love to come back sometime and do an adult only day, it’d be a whole different experience.

Here’s a few yummy images from inside that I swooned over.


Isn’t it just amazing? Did you spot the fabric and all that yarn? I’d love to get my hands on some of that.

Next stop was Oxford street for the boys to visit the sport shops. We were all getting very tired now, we’d walked for miles. We grabbed a box of Krispy Creme doughnuts and sat in Trafalgar Square to eat them. It was my first ever Krispy Creme so I thought it should be a special moment.


We were ready to drop so got on the train to head back. It was a great day but also nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Everything is so busy in London, it does feel like you can’t stop, breathe and enjoy it. I certainly couldn’t work or live there but nice for just a day.

Egyptian sun

 

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for my absence, we’ve been away to Sharm El Sheik in Egypt grabbing some gorgeous sunshine. I had planned on scheduling a couple of blog posts to come out while we were away, but I was just so busy I never got the chance. I’ve missed being in blog land. It’s only been about two weeks but feels like forever. Anyway, I’m back now so let’s crack on.

The day we went had to be the longest day ever. We left our house about 5.30am and didn’t arrive to our hotel till about 6.30pm. We were exhausted after traveling all day, especially with Baby J. Our hotel was huge! You could easily have got lost. We went for a bit of a wander round on our first night to try and get our bearings. It looked beautiful all lit up in blue and green.

   
    
   
On our fourth night, there was a tropical storm which was amazing to watch. It did cause some chaos in the hotel as they’re really not used to this kind of weather. The power went for a short while and it did flood some parts of the main buildings. We were right by the beach so you could see how choppy the sea was.

   
 

I’d considered taking some crochet with me but really didn’t have the space in my case and also remembering back to our camping trip in August I knew I wouldn’t really get the chance with the little man. I did however take with me an early birthday present from my mum-in-law, a colouring book I’d been wanting for ages. I still didn’t manage to get much time for this either but did try to squeeze in 20 minutes here and there. It’s so relaxing and therapeutic. Have any of you taken up this latest craze too?

  

Toddlers are hard work, but toddlers on holiday in a hot country are really, really hard work. He was constantly whinging, not eating, not a happy bubba at all. The heat clearly got to him and every time we went into the restaurant to eat he’d play up big style. We ended up taking it in turns eating while the other would walk around with him. The waiters adored him even though he’d hide his face every time they spoke to him. It was like my lovely little boy had stayed at home and I’d brought some other child on holiday. Trying to keep him entertained throughout the day was exhausting. There was no chance of lying on a sunbed and chilling. It was a case of following him around and stopping him running into the pool and going through other people’s bags etc.  There were lots of activities going on in and around the pool like yoga, morning stretches, salsa dancing and Zumba.

  
I’d have loved to have been able to get involved in a few. I did manage to do one water aerobics which was fun.

  
Before lunch everyday I had to walk him round to get him off to sleep. The hotel wasn’t very baby friendly, there were steps and hills everywhere so my daily walks really followed the same route. About half way through our holiday, he’d been so difficult that morning that by the time it came for his walk, I was feeling so down, I ended up having a little cry just to let it all out. Of course I made sure there was no-one else around, and sunglasses hide a multitude of sins. Thank goodness for the portable DVD player, & Toy Story.

  
There is a silver lining though, on these walks, I did manage to take some nice photos.

   

    

    
    

            

I promised myself I wouldn’t bombard you with too many photos….oops! Sorry, I know I can get carried away. 

Right at the very edge of the hotels  grounds, there is a disused area that was obviously once a shower area. It’s gated off but I managed to get a picture. The colours just wowed me, the vivid pink of the flowers against the Mediterranean blue are just gorgeous.

 
Just along from this I took these, the image      just shouted out to me.
   
   
We didn’t really leave the hotel for the whole ten days, it was all inclusive so we had everything we needed. We did do one excursion though, a shopping trip to Soho Square. It only opens in the evenings and it was amazing. It was a real experience. It was really luxurious and I wish we could have spent more time there. There were lots of outdoor bars and restaurants.

   
   
All very cool. There were some fab shops there too, all designer gear ( not real as they have no licensing laws) but still excellent quality and even better prices. There was entertainment too….

  
We should have something like this here in the UK, it would go down a storm.

  
We spent most of our time around this pool, in the same spot every day.

   
    
    
 
It was nice to go in and cool off when the sun got too hot.

It was my birthday while we were away, hallowe’en to be precise.

  
We celebrated in the evening by booking in to the Indian restaurant on the rooftop of the hotel, it was by far the best meal all holiday.

 

Just as we were preparing to pack our suitcases, we heard the devastating news about the Russian aeroplane that had left our airport the day before, possibly containing guests that had stayed in our hotel as it was largely Russians there. At the time we’d heard it was likely to be a mechanical fault. Little did we know that there appears to more sinister forces at work. Such a terrible event and the news made our journey home extremely nerve wrecking. I’m so thankful we’re home safe and sound.

So….

Things I missed while on holiday…

A decent drink. The tea and coffee were not nice. The wine was undrinkable.

My cooking! I’m no Nigella but it did highlight that I’m very particular about my food.

My lovely house.

Doing my thing, crochet, crafting, blogging.

Having a few hours of toddler free chill time in the evenings.

My little boy being his usual self.

Things I didn’t miss….

TV. Surprisingly I didn’t miss it one bit. I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with TV. I love watching favourite shows or films but hate that it takes over and draws us in. We end up in front of it every night.

Housework.

Social media. I usually spend too much time on Facebook but apart from a few minutes a day, I wasn’t interested.

Things I miss about holiday…

Blue skies and sunshine.

Having someone make my bed.

My husband being with us.

Things I don’t miss about holiday…

Mosquitoes thinking we are an all inclusive buffet.

Having to doll myself up every night. I do feel better when I make time to do it at home but struggle to find the time for non-essential stuff like that.

Really rude foreigners (other holiday makers) jumping the queues and being generally awful to the hotel staff.

That strange child that was with us.

  
It was a lovely holiday,  but you know what?

There’s no place like home xxx

The unidentified blanket 

If you’ve been reading my blog for a little while, you’ll remember that I took some crochet on holiday with me in the summer when we went camping in Wales. I needed something easy to do that didn’t require carrying loads of yarn around. My stepdaughter picked out some pink and purple sparkly yarn months ago for me to make her a blanket. I’ve really been struggling with the design for it. I tried one idea a while back but it just wasn’t going to work so I ended up undoing it. Just before we went away I decided I’d keep it really simple and just do a load of granny squares in the two colours.

  
Well since we came back, I hadn’t touched it, had no interest in it. But after I’d finished my happy blanket, I needed to be crocheting something. I know I still have my flower blanket which I haven’t picked up since I last blogged about it back in July, but I need to concentrate quite hard on that. I just wanted something quick and easy. I have another blanket planned for my hubby’s nan for Christmas, but I had to order some new yarn for that. Watch this space….

I looked at what I had already made and needed just one more purple square to complete the centre of the blanket.

   

The photos don’t really show the glitter very well but it’s quite nice.  I think the fact that there’s only the two colours may well have contributed to my difficulties in finding a design. You really need more colours I think.

These are the squares laid out.

  
Ahead of me lay the dreaded task of joining the squares, urgh…

   
   
That was a whole evening of solitude work in my dining room. I do enjoy the peace and quiet of the dining room, especially when I remember to put some good music on. It’s surprising how music can make you feel. I have a very varied taste in music so it very much depends on my mood as to what I listen to.

  
Once I’d joined them all, I did a round of treble crochet clusters all around then thought, what now? I had no clue! This blanket has no plan, no future, no identity. I didn’t want it to all be the same all the way around so I did a full row of treble crochet.

  
It took AGES!! I was kind of stuck what to do next. So I just ended up doing the same again in pink, which didn’t take anywhere near as long as the previous round. And that’s where I’ve left it for now. I will pick it back up again soon, when I have some clue what to do with it next.

If anyone has any inspiration for me, please get in touch! Xxx

Tales from Wales: part three

So, our last full day is upon us, and it’s beautiful and sunny, yay! We’re all a little sunburnt after yesterday afternoons surprise weather but today we’re armed with factor 30 so bring it on! A nice day out is planned to a coastal animal park in Cardigan, just over an hour away. Everywhere you go in Wales is via little country roads and through pretty picturesque villages. It made a nice drive to our destination. Once we got there, we paid and made our way to see the animals. The location was just gorgeous.

   
 
Lots of wildflowers around, they make such an impact en masse. The animals were very friendly, I couldn’t really get many good photos of them but there were cows, chickens, emu, goats, llamas, kune kune pigs (especially cute), sheep, Shetland ponies, a donkey and seals (wild in the sea).   

    
   
As you follow the trail around the animals, it leads you right along the edge of the country looking over to cardigan island. It was so breathtakingly beautiful, I couldn’t stop taking photos. Luckily for you, I’ve condensed them right down and picked the best of the bunch!

   
    
    
   
This spot here was where we saw the seals. We saw one just chilling as if he was lying on his back being carried along by the rapids in centre parcs! He didn’t stay around for long and no one else got to see him so we were really lucky. We stopped here and ate our picnic, a yummy selection from the delicatessen at morrisons. After we were stuffed full, we took a slow walk back towards the beginning. There was a fantastic park here for the kids..

  
Baby J loved the slide, in fact he pretty much owned it for the duration of our stay.

  
  
We stopped here for a drink in the cafe, I was really impressed with their facilities. They had a huge building containing the reception/gift shop, a large cafe seating area and exceptionally clean toilets. In one corner was a fenced off area with giant building blocks, there was also a ride on tractor and giant connect 4. To the side of this was a table set up full of wooden puzzles and educational magazines, and around the room was racks with children’s books. It was so well thought out, I’d highly recommend it. There’s actually camping available on the site, which includes unlimited free entry to the park which is amazing. Perhaps a future holiday destination ?? We finished the perfect day with fish and chips eaten from the paper looking out to sea, then back to the tent to start packing up.

Next morning, we woke early to get ready to leave. It was another lovely day, and on my way to the toilet blocks, there was some low cloud hovering, at what seemed like eye-level. 

   
   
We got ourselves sorted without any delays and by ten, we were saying farewell to our temporary home. We’d had a really nice time, definitely got the camping bug again. We wouldn’t come back to this campsite again, we’ve been to lots nicer in the past, but the location was beautiful.

We stopped off half way at Bala lake for a bite to eat.

  
  
Wales is such a beautiful place to visit. I always imagine if you were to look at it from above, it would look like a huge patchwork blanket made out of the most lush, green shades, bordered by a frilly blue sea. We are so incredibly lucky to have this so close to us, we will be back there soon I’m sure.

  

Tales from Wales: part two

  
I did lots and lots of walking while we were in Wales. This was largely to try and get Baby J to sleep. Not being at home in our usual routine really threw his sleep out the window. There was a coastal walk leading right from our campsite, so one morning I decided to give it a go.

  
I love to explore new areas, especially when they’re in a beautiful setting like this.  In an ideal world I’d have just kept going but pushing a buggy uphill, over rough terrain and on the edge of a very steep cliff edge put a stop to that. In fact within a few minutes of being rocked about and up and down, he was asleep! I’d got far enough to see the most stunning heather.

   
 
It was quite a drop down there, but I couldn’t resist getting a picture. 

Later that day we all ventured into the local town of Aberystwyth. It’s a lovely little place with some gorgeous architecture. Lots of windy little streets full of colourful painted buildings. There are plenty of independent shops too which I always like to see. The men and kids went to the arcades so I decided to have a stroll along the front.

   
   
It’s funny how memories come flooding back when you visit somewhere you’ve been years before. We visited all these same places six years ago and nothing much has really changed.

   
    
    
    
 
On the Thursday morning, the weather was horrendous. The rain was hammering down on the tent. We were running out of indoor, rainy day things to do. We’d already been to the indoor pool twice. We pottered about in the tent for a while, then by late morning the weather had changed completely into the most glorious sunshine! Very bizarre indeed. The boys headed over to the field to play some football and I popped baby J in his buggy and went for a “get him to sleep walkies “. I came to the entrance of a long, long path that leads to Aberystwyth. I thought, how many times can I walk around and around the campsite? I decided to just walk a little way up the path to get him to sleep and see where it lead. 

  
Every time I got a bit further, I said to myself, I’ll just go up to the next bend. Curiosity was getting the better of me, I just kept going and going. It turned into the most wonderful walk. Baby J had drifted off to dreamland and although I was huffing and puffing pushing him uphill, I was loving every minute. I stopped regularly for breath and of course photos! It was the most picturesque view, I felt like I was on the edge of a Mediterranean island. The sun was beating down and glistening on the sea.

  
Finally, I reached the very top of the cliff. The view was breathtaking.

   
 I stopped for a few moments to take in the scenery and soak up all that blue sea. I was amazed to know I’d walked that far. I could see the pier in Aberystwyth where we’d just been. I was also aware that the others would soon be wondering where I’d got to, so I started to make my way back to the campsite. The walk back was far quicker than the way there. I’d worked up quite an appetite and was craving Pringles and dip & a nice glass of wine in the sun. And that’s exactly what I had when I reached the tent . It was so nice, what a difference the weather can make. I sat and actually got my yarn out, something I didn’t get much opportunity to do.

  
Back with part 3 soon xxx

Tales from Wales: part one

Last week, we packed up the car, squeezed ourselves in like sardines and headed off to Aberystwyth in Wales for our camping trip. We hadn’t been camping for four whole years! I’m not sure why it’d been that long but we were all very excited. We were going with friends too which was really nice. After about a three hour journey, with a stop off for a travel sickness incident , we arrived. It was a lovely spot, right on the coast.

  
It was open to the elements though and putting up tents in gale force winds was quite a task!

  
We got there eventually and were very grateful for no rain too. So, here’s our home for the next week…

  
Yes, I made bunting for the tent! A little sad/extreme/weird I know, but I like it!

I took a wander later to get a few photos…

   
    
 
It really is a beautiful place, I do love being by the sea & close to nature.  Just breathing deep and filling my lungs with that fresh sea air, it’s so relaxing and all your cares just drift away.

After a terrible first nights sleep, we awoke and had the best cooked breakfast, courtesy of the hubby. Just what was needed to set us up for a dreary day. The weather forecast had said our first and last day would be warm & sunny, but the rest would be chilly & rainy. We piled into the cars and set off for a lovely butterfly house not too far away. It’s in a very scenic location, right by a massive lake and overlooked by a huge hillside of vegetation. We were lucky enough to be there just as a steam train chuffed along the hillside. We went on that very train six years ago and it was an amazing journey which takes you to the devils waterfalls.

The butterfly house was so warm & humid, it was hard to stay in there for long. We saw some stunning butterflies from all over the world. It’s hard to get good photos as they’re constantly moving but here’s just a couple I managed.

   
 
We finished off the evening with mugs of hot chocolate and marshmallows, and a game of monopoly. 

 It’s rather nice being all cosy in your tent and hearing the rain lashing down.

I’ll leave it there for now, but I’ll be back soon with part two. Thanks for stopping by ❤️