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!
Way back in December (bloody hell, that seems like a really long time ago!) I posted some pictures from a Boxing Day walk along the beach in Barry – and how the whole of South Wales and its dog (literally) had turned up to do exactly the same thing. One of the reasons we love heading to Barry Island is because it’s the best place to go cute dog spotting. We’d walk across the beach, stop for chips and watch the dogs running across the sand and talk about some distant future where we’d have our own dog.
Well, last week we finally joined the Barrybados Dog Squad and took our very real ball of fluff for his first trip to the beach 🙂
Honestly, the first few weeks of puppy parent-hood were really tough. We knew it was going to hard, but nothing prepared us for just how hard. He wasn’t officially allowed outside on proper walks until last week, which pretty much meant a month’s worth of house arrest for all of us. A month of being trapped in one room with a monster ball of fur zooming around the kitchen table, eating anything and everything, ripping up puppy pads, chewing on toes (puppy teeth, man… yeouch!), and acting like an alarm clock at 5.30am. I couldn’t wait to go outside again, and our release date just so happened to fall right at the start of the Easter holidays.
The toughest part of being outside – aside from the fact that he wants to eat everything – is that he wants to be friends with everyone. He’ll charge across roads, across beaches and fields just to say hello to that little girl he noticed playing with a ball, that lady jogging, or that bloke cleaning his car. He’s shaping up to be the world’s friendliest dog 🙂
Dogs are allowed on the beach on Barry Island until May 1st – so get down there while you still can!
It’s tough when you live hundreds of miles away from your Mum. Back when I lived in London I’d rarely get to see my Mum at all let alone on Mother’s Day, unless one of us decided to brave either the trains or the cruel mistress that be the M25 – and if not, then a stuttery facetime call would just have to do. Nowadays I’m lucky enough to have my Mum less than twenty minutes down the road, and this year – since we have an actual bed in our spare room – Sunny’s Mum could come spend Mother’s Day with us too! To celebrate our lovely mothers, we all crammed into the kitchen for tea, puppy cuddles and plenty of cake 🙂
Are you sick of the puppy pictures yet? Duh, of course you’re not – just look at his cute face! 😉
I made chocolate brownies and this massive four layer ombre cake with a raspberry drizzle – which I frosted in my pyjamas at 6am when Bungle woke me up (Which was actually 5am until I realised that the bloody clocks had gone forward. Will I ever get my Sunday lie-in again???).
I was also kindly sent a few of these Lurvill’s Delight drinks to try – a long lost Welsh soda that’s been recently resurrected and is back on the shelves in and around Cardiff. It was originally created back in 1896 in the Rhondda valley by a couple of brothers who used the profits they made from the drink to pay for 150 coal miners and their families to sail across the pond and start a new life in America. But in 1910 there was a dock leaf shortage, and since it was one of the drink’s main ingredients, production sadly came to sudden halt. If you’re a fan of summery, botanical drinks like elderflower then you’ll love it – it’s not too fizzy, not too sweet (the main ingredients are rhubarb, dock leaf and juniper berry) and I can imagine plonking a pitcher of the stuff on the barbecue dinner table with some chopped apples floating around in it 🙂
How did you spend Mother’s Day this year? 🙂
It’s Pancake Day tomorrow (or Shrove Tuesday if you’re old school), but I’m sure I didn’t need to tell you that! I know some people take it really seriously and use it as a day to binge on whatever they’re giving up for lent, but Sunny and I just use it as an excuse for great big Pancake Par-tay. But come on, as if we needed an excuse! Sometimes it just needs to be a Saturday morning. 🙂
We usually make the fluffy American/Scotch pancakes (nice and easy to flip in the pan!) and then plonk a load of different toppings and sauces on the table.
Fluffy American-Style Pancakes
- 150ml milk
- 130g plain flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- a bit of butter to grease the pan
- Put all the ingredients in a jug and whisk until nice and smooth.
- Heat up a frying pan (medium heat) and grease with butter.
- Pour a little batter into the pan and let it settle. When the top of the pancake starts to bubble – flip it!
- What you serve them with is down to you. Throw some blueberries into the batter, a lump of peanut butter, sugar strands, walnuts… the possibilities are endless!
How do you like your pancakes?