Bungle goes to the Beach

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!

Barry Island Firework Fiesta

I haven’t been to a proper Bonfire Night in years.  To be completely honest, I’m not the biggest fan of fireworks (I mean I like them, but they’re loud and I’m terrified of getting hit in the face by one, okay?) and when the 5th of November swings around I can usually be found in the warmth slobbing on the sofa in my comfiest pajamas hugging a hot drink and whinging that all that banging outside is interrupting whatever I’m trying to watch on telly.  This year though, when Sunny suggested we actually do something for a change, we broke up with boring and spent Bonfire Night on Barry Island watching the Firework Fiesta.  It was such a colourful (but cold!) night, especially with all the funfair lights 🙂

The fireworks were all set off from the headland so everyone had a great view whether they were on the beach, on the promenade or tucked away in one of the beach huts.  The lights reflected off of the water and it was such a clear night even the moon joined in!









Isle of Fire

I love those long summer days when you spend the day whole day out in the sun and then stay out long after it sets.  Saturday was one of those days – definitely my favourite so far this summer.  In the evening we went down to Barry Island to see the return of Isle of Fire; the promenade was transformed with fire sculptures – including a giant, flaming cauldron (very sospan fawr) – lit torches, music and entertainment.  🙂

We started the evening off at Jackson Bay with a sunset picnic.

We drank Cider (Kiwi and Lime Cider is a new discovery; when Sunny told me about it I thought it sounded completely rank, but it’s actually really, really nice – light and refreshing and almost too easy to drink…)

…we dipped our toes in the sea (brrrrrrrrrrr!)...

…and Cath and I finally tried out the ‘Go’ part of Pokemon Go and got to see what all the fuss is about 🙂  We trotted around the beach trying to get it to work and eventually I found a Magikarp flopping around right there on the beach.  It’s cute, not sure if I’m that into it yet… I’m sure I’ll start gushing and walking into street lamps with everyone else if I come across a Snorlax though…


As the sun was setting we walked around to Whitmore Bay to see the Isle of Fire already ablaze.

The best bit of the whole night by a long way were the drummers.  Dressed in a bizarre space age pierrot-esque getup and Kiss facepaint, they appeared out of nowhere on the promenade with their light drums and percussion and were a brilliant surprise 🙂