Rainbow Run

Our Saturday shenanigans this week involved the beach, bacon, Barry Island and a lot of bright paint 🙂  We took Bungle down to Jackson Bay for his first swim and then stumbled on the Ty Hafan Rainbow Run when we walked around the corner to Whitmore Bay.  I’m so gutted I missed out – I saw the posters for it last year and told myself I’d definitely do it next time and then totally forgot about it!  Next year, eh?









I went down onto the beach to take a few pictures of the runners getting painted, then shuffled off to our favourite, Bay 5 Coffee for a hot chocolate and a bacon sandwich 🙂


How was your weekend?

Porthkerry Park

The weekend before last, we decided to take Bungle on a late night trip in the car for a cheeky KFC (for us not him, he’d just finished his Kibble, Tuna and Egg dinner).  He had his head out of the window the whole way there, through the drive through and back home, and seemed to be loving it… right up until Sunny caught a glimpse in the wing mirror of him throwing up down the side of the car (and probably onto the one behind…).  We didn’t really know how bad it was until we parked up, got out and surveyed the car’s brand new kibble, tuna and egg pebble-dashed back end.  So yeah, Bungle’s allowed out and about now, but taking him in the car is risky.  But, on Sunday the weather was so lovely that we decided to risk it  for a biscuit and drive him to Porthkerry Park in Barry.  🙂




I never realised how massive a place it is.  Tucked off a residential street; the park sprawls right down to the beach with walks splintering off through fields, across streams and into the woods.  It’s made for dogs (and people who love dog watching 🙂 ).  The perfect place to spend a Sunday with a picnic or a barbecue – and there’s so much space there that you’ll never feel cramped out.



We stopped in the cafe for lunch (which is totally dog-friendly) and Bungle made friends with Max the pug…

…And then snogged down a cup of dog friendly frozen yoghurt.

And he managed to keep it down on the drive back.  Phew!

Coity Castle

On one of those muddled, hazy days between Christmas and New Year – when you’ve forgotten your own name let alone what day it is – Sunny dragged me from my preferred spot on the sofa snoozing off Christmas to take me Coity Castle.

It’s a strange place; perched on the side of a hill in one of the suburbs of Bridgend, it’s surrounded by houses and so the crumbling battlements and towers stick out like a sore thumb. Honestly, I had no idea the place even existed – and since my medieval history is a bit pants I had no idea what I was looking at until I got home and fired up Google.  Originally built during the Norman Conquest of Wales by Sir Payn “the Demon” de Turberville – one of the legendary Twelve Knights of Glamorgan – the castle was actually still standing all the way up until the 17th century when it was finally abandoned.  (I’m sure once my Dad’s read this he’ll give me a whole essay full of Welsh History to add, but those are the bare bones of the story anyway)

You can walk across the old moat and around the ruins, peer through archways and start up stone staircases that lead to nowhere.  This time of year it’s eerily quiet except for the odd crow call – perfect for a spooky winter stroll.  🙂









I feel like I need to make a trip to all the other castles of the Twelve Knights of Glamorgan now – you know, complete the set! 

Boxing Day Walkies

I had originally been planning to velcro myself to the sofa on Boxing Day with a tub of roses balancing on my food baby, but after spending Christmas Day with my head in the oven stressing over turkey that I needed to get out!  It was frosty but fine, so we rounded up the troops and went for our usual walk from Jackson Bay to Barry Island beach.  It’s a favourite ours for spotting cute dogs and on Boxing Day there were plenty – it seemed like everyone was out for walkies!

For breakfast I mashed together all the left over Christmas veg, mixed it with fried bacon and onion and made Bubble and Squeak.  Kind of like a massive hash brown. 🙂




We skimmed stones in Jackson Bay and then walked over the cliffs to Whitmore Bay.  There were so many dogs out walking the beach – I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many in one place before!  They were all so excited to be out making friends and skittering across the sand chasing each other into the waves that they completely ignored us humans.  It was so much fun watching them race around 🙂


Had a cwtch with this little guy 🙂



Then we came home and ate the ham I’d prepared before we left – yum!

Christmas Shopping in Cowbridge

Just a few snaps from my trip to Cowbridge Christmas Shopping last week.  It’s looking a little like something out of A Christmas Carol right now with all the old buildings bathed in winter sunshine and the doorways decked out with festive evergreen garlands.  All that’s missing is the snow… but I’m not holding my breath for that!  🙂



I stopped in at No.39 and as usual wanted to buy EVERYTHING.  Top of the list were the Paddywax Library Candles – particularly the Mark Twain tobacco scented one, and the Charles Dickens one for Christmas 🙂


We stopped in at The Penny Farthing for tea; it’s always so cosy in there.

Christmas is creeping closer!  We’ll be slogging around in our Christmas pjs on Christmas Eve before we know it, and then it’ll all be over again for another year.  Sob sob.