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! ♡

Dog Days

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!)






“Without Women it’s not possible the revolution (sic)”


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. 🙂

Have a great week everyone!

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!

The Red Arrow No Show

In Iceland there’s a popular saying spouted by locals; “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”.  Well, the same could be said for Welsh weather right now, although when we hate the weather here we’re more likely to say, “Oh, it’ll come nice, now, in a bit…”

Someone should have let the Red Arrows in on this.  Last Sunday Sunny and I drove down to Barry Island to see them in action over Whitmore Bay (to celebrate the Transport Festival).  Problem was, the weather was doing it’s typical trick of “Here, have some grey skies and hair fluffing drizzle…psych!”  Ten minutes before they were supposed to appear, along came the rain… and ten minutes after they cancelled, along came the sun.  *sigh*



After the Red Arrows cancelled and the rain left us uncomfortably moist, we ducked into my fave Bay 5 for a hot drink 🙂
Nothing is more annoying than drizzle, am I right my bespectacled friends?

When the sun came out we went to have a look at all the classic cars parked up on the front.


Since the weather had improved we walked over the cliffs and down to Jackson Bay.


I dipped my feet in the Bristol Channel – freeeeeeeeeeeezing!  But still, a beach is a beach 🙂