A life less complicated

Having reached a crossroads in my life I am choosing to step off the treadmill that is my busy life and take time out to travel.  On October 5th 2017 I set off with my Springer Poppy in our motorhome (subsequently swapped for a caravan) ‘freedombird’ initially to explore the remote beauty of the UK coastline and then – well let’s see……

For our earlier adventures in Cornwall from October 5th 2017 to February 10th 2018 click here Cornish times

Hello sunshine, Hello beach….

What a beaut of a day, just sun and more sun all day. All half plans (I only make half ones so they are easily changed or abandoned!) relegated to another day and off we went to the beach instead.

This beach is so beautiful and on a day like today we could be anywhere in the world. We soon found another driftwood teepee to make our base for the day.

This beach is a driftwood collectors dream and I fear if I don’t take some with me I may regret it, also if you are into razor shells and large (4 or 5 inches) clam like ones then this too is the place for you as they litter the beach as the tide recedes.

Today there is quite a stiff breeze running along the beach, enough to keep you cool, so we did no more than go for a paddle in the warm shallows and then Poppydog kept herself busy, digging holes or chasing the ball, while I sort of relaxed in the sun – what a hectic life we have!

We made the most of day, before heading back through the woodland to site.

Two thoughts of the day:

A big marquee has gone up on part of the open ground at the centre of the park – great place for a concert?

Might wander up the hill to see the sunset tonight!

Poppydog does it again…

Hooray – the sun is back in town! Still a bit breezy and some cloud around but hey, we’re not complaining! Little bit breezy for a day on the beach, so we contented ourselves with a lovely walk around the park. Within minutes of being let off the lead she had found a lovely orange puddle to wallow in and now quite closely resembles a fox!

Does she care? Not a jot, I’ve no doubt it served its purpose of cooling her down! So now we have to take a detour and find a pond for her to clean up in as that is the one thing missing in this beautiful park, a lovely fresh water stream for such eventualities. Still we found a pond.

Adorned with water lilies in full flower, it was a pretty oasis nestled in amongst the woodland and you would struggle to find it by chance (thank you Mr OS). From there on in Poppydog was back on the lead to preserve the marginally cleaner, albeit much wetter version as we headed back to enjoy the evening sunshine on site.

Two thoughts of the day:

Met a lovely lady who has been motorhoming solo for 40 years (not full timing like myself but getting away 4 or 5 times a year for 3 or 4 weeks at a time) who is picking up a corgi puppy tomorrow – looking forward to meeting the pup !

Just realised it is midsummer’s day – it just seems so wrong for the nights to start drawing in yet!

A walk along the front at Llanelli….

A mizzly start again! But it cleared up by lunch time and even though the sky looked pretty ominous at times, it stayed dry all afternoon with the odd little glimpse of sun! We parked up at Sandy Water Park, a big Nature Reserve running alongside the sea from Llanelli to Burry Port and set off past the huge pond, in the direction of Llanelli.

Past the rugby posts which have been moved here from Stradley Park, home to Llanelli Rugby Club, where they were in use from 1872 – 2008 and saw 4605 games!

And on to Llanelli beach, not the prettiest, but with a nice thoughtful walkway along the top and no sign of any amusements!

As the tide went out the sand turned to mud, so you probably wouldn’t want to come here for a swim! After a play in the beach, we retraced our steps and continued along the walkway towards Burry Port.

Far enough to get a glimpse of Tywyn Bach beach and see that mud would be a major factor here too.

As the tide recedes, the sandbanks in the estuary become more pronounced, along with the arrival of a couple of fishermen harvesting (?) cockles and some pretty heavy black clouds over the Gower Peninsula on the other side of the river.

Not breathtaking, but a nice enough stroll.

Two thoughts of the day:

Those fishermen must know the precise amount of time they have to get vehicles on and off the sandbank.

The view across the estuary was like a colour card for Dulux paint, all shades of grey – quite impressive and not done any justice by the photo.

Lazy day playing Football….

Fraid it was another mizzly day for us, but as any of you dog owners will know, a little bit of mizzle won’t do you any harm! Still we didn’t venture too far, having found a football in the long grass, beside what looks to be a casual football (no markings) pitch this morning- it was set to entertain us for the day!

Not sure how long it will last, but for the moment Poppydog is happily entertained pushing it around the field (actually trying to get her teeth into it but it is too big), occasionally letting me have a kick – hey it’s ok I’m really not that bothered 😕!

Or lying guarding it in the long grass whilst she gets her breath back!

Otherwise it was a sit indoors and read day – ideal !

Two thoughts of the day:

Don’t mind the football when they put on something like Vera to watch on the other side!

Gosh the site is busy with arrivals today – is it a bank holiday?

A damp day to just wander through the park at Pembrey…

A bit of a damp and mizzly day today so we decided to just stay put and enjoy what we have around us. For our afternoon walk we set off in a different direction to explore the bottom left (as you face the sea) hand corner of the park – where the kites were flying yesterday. Well on the way we found a whole area obviously dedicated to horse cross country with a random display of jumps and a nice lot of high grass – Poppydog heaven.

Off the lead she was soon tearing around the field, jumping over some of the smaller jumps and chasing low flying House Martins (I think or they could be Swallows) who I’m sure enjoy the chase as they keep coming back for more! It was quite entertaining so I took the opportunity to just sit and watch!

This park really does have everything, in the background of the above photo is the dry ski slope, with a couple of toboggan runs along side, behind us was a 9 hole pitch and putt, there is a riding stable, a miniature railway as well as archery, clay pigeon shooting and of course all the water sports on the beach. There must have been some form of competition or get together for kite karting (or whatever it is called) this weekend as there were loads of them all camped out in a section of the park. Well worth a visit if ever in the area.

I love grasses – the way they flex and move in the breeze and the soft whispering sound they make!

Two thoughts of the day:

I wonder how Poppydog would cope if I took up cycling? Would she be occupied enough to just keep up, would she still just wander off or if kept on the lead- would it end badly?

Purchased a microwave egg poacher the other day and it wasn’t particularly successful yesterday as they were way to underdone on the given timings and then I over did them! Will try again!