Taking a few days off…

Isn’t this weather amazing? Can’t think how many times over the last few days I’ve heard conversations along the line of ‘if the weather was always like this why would you need to go abroad…’ – how true. During the spring as it was so wet I was beginning to wonder whether perhaps heading to Europe for the winter was perhaps a good idea, now I’m not so sure.

This was January…IMG_1124.JPG



And April…..img_2481

And now….

Can we really complain?

As it has been so warm, neither Poppydog or I fancied getting in the car to chase beaches, so we have contented ourselves with walks through the woods, time on the beach and in Poppydogs case – dunks in the pond. Happy Days.

Two thoughts of the day:

The pine trees overhead are creaking and groaning in this heat – it’s like there is a party of squirrels up there gnawing away on the cones!

Oh someone is frying onions – might just have to pop round!!

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?