What I did: The Bank Holiday Edition

It’s the afternoon of #FakeMonday as I’m writing this, it’s grey outside and honestly?  I still can’t quite believe just how beautiful the Bank Holiday weekend was.  I can’t remember a Bank Holiday where it didn’t rain on at least one of the days, especially here in Wales, let alone a a whole three days without a single cloud in the sky.  I got my pasty, penne pasta legs out, ate barbecued(/burnt) hot dogs, dipped my feet in the freezing Bristol Channel, resembled a lobster after sitting in the sun for too long and it was bloody brilliant.  Well… except for the sunburn bit – slip, slop, slap everyone, always!

Anyway, I’m sad it’s over, but happy that I did pretty much manage to cram an entire summer into one weekend. 🙂




On Saturday we had a Barbecue in our back garden where we sat out in the sunshine, scoffed hot dogs and got through a handful of these very grown up ice lollies from Aldi which come in loads of different flavours from Gin and Tonic to Peach Bellini – definitely worth stocking up on ready for the next heatwave 😉


I also made these spicy potato chunks which are really easy and go really well with barbecue food.  All you need to do is cut the potatoes into chunks, boil them until tender, drain them and rough them up a bit in a colander, and then spread them out in a baking dish.  Add a knob of butter, some chopped chives and chilli jam (you can find my recipe here) and then bake for about 30 minutes at 180°.  Yum!



On Sunday we took Bungle to Porthkerry Park on the outskirts of Barry which is one of my favourite summery spots.  The main lawn was full of people having picnics and barbecues, and yet there’s so much space there that it never really feels busy.


We took Bungle for a bath in the sea and then went for an ice cream.  When it was time to leave, we packed Bungle into the boot of the car and took off his lead and just as we were shutting the boot he decided that he wasn’t ready to leave, jumped out and went running off on his own.  He went blasting off down the lawn and trampled three picnics while we tried to chase him down and wrangle him.  Oh the shame.



We finished off the weekend with a walk around Bute Park on Monday afternoon, and listened to some pretty hardcore music students practicing with the windows open at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.




Can’t wait for an encore at the end of the month!  Have a lovely weekend guys! ♡

What I did last weekend: Our Anniversary

On Saturday, Sunny and I celebrated 4 years of being hitched!  I feel like I should say that it’s gone quickly, but so much has happened in those four years that it feels like it might as well have been a century.  Anyway, we’re usually quite low-key when it comes to romance, but we did end up doing a few things to celebrate. ♡

We started the day off with a lazy breakfast with cards, and one of my favourite quick and easy weekend breakfasts is egg in the hole with streaky, crispy bacon.  🙂  Then ended up taking Bungle to the beach for the morning since the weather was so nice.  It’s been the soggiest August since I can remember, and yet summer officially stopped by for the bank holiday weekend.  I can’t decide whether I’m happy about the sudden warm weather, or irritated by it (you had your chance summer and you blew it!) – but it least it gave me the chance to take my new Zara top out for a spin when we went out to dinner in the evening.

Top – Zara, Skirt – H&M (old, similar here), Bag – TK Maxx (similar here), Earrings – H&M (out of stock 😦), Shoes – ASOS (old, similar here)

We went to the Custom House for dinner which, in case you’ve never been or heard of it, is literally right on the edge of Cardiff Bay’s barrage.  It’s one of those market-style restaurants where you go up to a kind of butcher’s counter and pick your meat – which is always top quality.  Sunny went for some venison and I went for some posh fish (sea bass) and chips.  Would definitely recommend if you love seafood, and/or are a rampant carnivore 😉

After dinner we went for a quick walk over the barrage and watched the sun set over the Bay, which was lovely… until Sunny got bitten/stung by something lurking near the water.

On the way back Sunny drove me to two McDonald’s drive-ins to track down a strawberry milkshake for afters… and then we got up at 4am to the sound of Bungle barking at the mess he’d made in his bed (doggy diarrhea – great!).  Not the stuff of storybook romances, but definitely of lasting love.  ♡

How was your weekend?