Boxing Day Walkies

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!

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 🙂









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 🙂