Bat Walk

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!




Nana-nana-nana-nana…!  I can’t take credit for the bat-snaps.  After ten minutes of trying to capture one flitting around overhead (they’re so fast!) I shoved the camera at Sunny and went off in a strop.  He had far more luck (and patience!) than I had! 🙂

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 🙂

Fforest Fawr

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 🙂

We followed the (lower) Red Trail from the car park which took us along a muddy path between ferns and past toadstools.  The red trail swings around past caves and old mines eventually and then on to the statue walk.









Deep in the forest we began to smell the scent of smoke; of wood burning.  When we spotted a sign to the Forest Tea Room pointing away from the path, we decided to follow it.



We stopped in for a cup of tea and some soup and sat outside in a spot where the sun was creeping through the trees.  🙂




Over the Fence

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 🙂

The hills are alive!  With the sound of… *ahem*



Lighter

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…) 🙂




Cardiff “BAE”

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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. 🙂

Cardiff's

Cardiff's
We parked up in Penarth Heights and walked down past the Custom House and across the Barrage. It was cold and windy, but beautiful.

Cardiff's

Cardiff's
Hey there Penarth Pier 🙂

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Cardiff's
The prettiest building in South Wales – what d’you reckon?

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Cardiff's
A mug of hot chocolate and warm Welsh Cakes fresh from Fabulous Welsh Cakes = pitstop with a view 🙂