A couple of weeks ago we went for a late walk and saw bats. Back when we lived in London we used to see them whizzing around at dusk down by the river – they’re really easy to confuse with a small bird and the first time that Sunny saw one he thought it was a demented sparrow 🙂 They’re far more common than you might think!
If you’re in Cardiff and you’d like to go and see bats but you’re not sure where to look, St Fagans are actually running Bat Walks throughout August, and I’ve been told they’re really good 🙂
If you’re not a Welsh speaker then allow me to translate. Fforest Fawr means “Big Forest”. Well, whoever was given the honour of naming the vast woodland that sprawls and stretches out beyond Castell Coch (much like me in bed on a Sunday morning) got it spot on. If anything it’s fawr iawn (very big). You could get lost for hours and hours following the trails zigzagging between the trees, but luckily I love getting lost 🙂
The weather in Cardiff can’t seem to make up its mind right now. Some days the sun rocks up and I get to whip out the sunnies and peep toes (no legs yet though…), and then other days it’s grey and miserable. When the sun does appear though, I grab the camera and head outside to explore. One of my favourite things about living in a new place is the fact that I have absolutely no idea what’s lurking over the fence yet. I’ve seen so many stiles and paths at the side of the road leading off into fields and forests and seeing where they all lead to is going to be fun 🙂
Now that the evenings are getting lighter (yay!) going home doesn’t mean shutting the door for the night. Being able to shove on the wellies and go exploring as the sun is setting and the birds are chattering away is one of my favourite things about summer (and about living far away from London…) 🙂
I officially feel well old when I get to say that I remember what Cardiff Bay used to look like before the barrage (Does anyone remember the giant sausage/squished loo roll which displayed all the Bay regeneration plans? No…? Just me? *sigh*). Nowadays – minus the mud flats, and with a lil’ help from a massive, shining armadillo and the return of a certain time lord – it’s easily Cardiff’s “BAE” (Before Anything Else – ha! See what I did there?) when it comes to where to go on a sunny weekend. 🙂