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. 🙂
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!
I had originally been planning to velcro myself to the sofa on Boxing Day with a tub of roses balancing on my food baby, but after spending Christmas Day with my head in the oven stressing over turkey that I needed to get out! It was frosty but fine, so we rounded up the troops and went for our usual walk from Jackson Bay to Barry Island beach. It’s a favourite ours for spotting cute dogs and on Boxing Day there were plenty – it seemed like everyone was out for walkies!
For breakfast I mashed together all the left over Christmas veg, mixed it with fried bacon and onion and made Bubble and Squeak. Kind of like a massive hash brown. 🙂
We skimmed stones in Jackson Bay and then walked over the cliffs to Whitmore Bay. There were so many dogs out walking the beach – I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many in one place before! They were all so excited to be out making friends and skittering across the sand chasing each other into the waves that they completely ignored us humans. It was so much fun watching them race around 🙂
Had a cwtch with this little guy 🙂
Then we came home and ate the ham I’d prepared before we left – yum!