When I lived in London, I lived in a flat overlooking the Thames near Dartford Bridge (believe me, not as glamorous as it sounds – although it did mean that when I sang along to London Calling by the Clash I could actually mean the words “I live by the river!” Which I thought was stupidly cool). Anyway,even though I loved watching the ships going up and down the Thames while I was doing the washing up, in winter – when the London fog arrived – it was a pain. We’d be woken up in the middle of the night by the fog horn warning ships off the mud. A sporadic – but annoyingly predictable – double honk every thirty seconds or so.
Anyway, when we went for a walk along the cliffs at Nash Point and came face to face with the fog horn it brought all those memories back. Lucky for everyone sleeping nearby (the cottages around the lighthouse are available to rent), the fog horn isn’t in use anymore – and only sounds for tourists on the first Saturday and third Sunday of every month. The Lighthouse itself at Trwyn yr As – or Nash Point – was actually the last manned lighthouse in Wales, but is still used to warn ships away from Nash Sands.
It’s a lovely place for a cup of coffee (there’s a small cafe opposite the car park) and a short walk over the cliffs, or – if you’re up for it – a long walk to Llantwit Major along the coast. 🙂
After last year’s visit to Isle of Fire I had high expectations for this year’s event (it’s definitely become one of those must-see things on my Around Cardiff Calendar), and honestly? I was a little unsure when we did our usual walk over the cliffs from Jackson Bay and found the promenade completely empty – as last year that seemed to be where all the fire sculptures and entertainment was. This year it had all been moved up onto the gardens and around the old band stand, and even though the fire sculptures were just as cool as last year it wasn’t quite as magical. The entertainment though, as always, was fantastic!
We went hoping to see the light drummers from last year but this year’s headline act was Mr Wilson’s Second Liners – an ecclectic New Orleans Jazz Band dressed like Sergeant Pepper who played all the old 90s Club Classics like Rhythm is Dancer. They were awesome, and definitely sax-ed up this Isle of Fire. 😉
Did you see this year’s Isle of Fire? What did you think?
Dog-ja-vu! I know. How many times is she going to blog about Barry Island and Jackson’s Bay? Honestly? Ten times more, at least. It’s one of favourite places to spend a sunny afternoon, and it’s definitely becoming one of Bungle’s favourite spots too. 🙂
If you’re up for a walk, park up above Jackson’s Bay and walk around the cliffs to Whitmore Bay (Barry Island) – but make sure you don’t go at high tide!
(*Also, don’t miss a trip down to the beach this weekend (22nd July – 23rd July) because Isle of Fire is returning!)
After our walk, we stopped in at K9 Plus 1 for lunch – a Dog themed and Dog friendly cafe on the promenade on Barry Island (right next to the funfair). With beds, bowls of water and a little bowl of chopped sausages, Bungle absolutely loved it…
…But still fancied a bit of my banana milkshake. 🙂
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 🙂
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!