A lifestyle blog written by a Welsh lady living in Wales.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Gorgeous Gower

Sometimes it's great to stop for a moment...

...take in your surroundings

...notice the little details that are so easily missed

...appreciate how awesome nature is

 ...and relax!
:-)

These photos were taken on the Gower coastline, between Pwll Du and Foxhole Bay.

Thank you for reading, Angharad x
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Sunrise and Beautiful Blooms

I thought I'd share with you a couple of things which made me smile recently; a sunrise and some gorgeous wildflowers. It's good to spread a bit of cheerfulness, and I love to share the natural beauty of Wales with you :)

First of all...the sunrise! I must admit that I really dislike getting up in the morning when it's still dark. It feels so unnatural; when the days get shorter and the early mornings get darker I really struggle. It's like my brain still thinks it's the middle of the night and I just want to close my eyes and go back to sleep.

Earlier in the week, I had to get up a little earlier than usual. I pressed snooze a couple of times, which was followed by a mad rush to get ready before hitting the road with a flask of strong coffee.

And then....

then I saw the most beautiful sunrise over Mumbles!

I decided to stop for a moment and I'm really glad that I did. A sunrise is so fleeting, and just for a second it made me forget about the struggle of getting up when it's still dark.
Mumbles Pier
Another of my favourite things about Summer are the beautiful blooms of wildflowers. I recently went for an evening run and I discovered all these wildflowers growing literally 2 minutes away from my front door! They were so lovely that I decided to pop back later in the week to take some photos.
Aren't they lovely? As I was snapping away in the morning sun, one of my neighbours stopped his car and told me that he'd done exactly the same thing; the flowers were so beautiful that he'd stopped to take some photos :) I found it so relaxing to spend 15 minutes or so taking pictures and watching the bumble bees go from one flower to another.


Have a great week! Angharad x
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Friday, 26 August 2016

Favourite Memory From Travelling

What's your favourite memory from travelling? Maybe it was when you visited somewhere that you'd always wanted to go to, or perhaps it was a special occasion with a loved one? Or maybe it was the time that you laughed so much with your friends that you still talk about it years later?

There are so many memories to choose from, but I thought I'd share with you the special and unique experience of our visit to the beautiful village of Santillana del Mar in Northern Spain.
Northern Spain is so beautiful, and Santillana del Mar is a little gem in the Spanish countryside, which certainly surpassed our expectations.
We wandered through the cobbled streets, enjoying the traditional Spanish architecture nestled in the gorgeous green hills. It was so pretty! It's a lovely place to potter along and enjoy a slower pace of life.
After all that walking we treated ourselves to lunch at La Huerta del Indiano, which had a beautiful courtyard setting, complete with a chandelier hanging from one of the trees in the gardens.
The setting was really special, and the food was delicious; especially the creme caramel!
After lunch, we continued to meander along the cobbled alleyways, admiring the pretty stone cottages with their well-tended hanging baskets and terracotta flower pots. It was very hot, so it was a welcome relief to get some shade and cool down.

The dreamy village of Santillana del Mar made us feel like like we'd stepped back in time,which is probably why it's my favourite memory from travelling :)

Thank you for reading, Angharad x

Note: This article was written as my entry into the Jurni Blogger Competition. 
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Mumbles Summer Evening

I recently went for a lovely evening walk along Mumbles in Swansea Bay and it was so beautiful! I enjoyed pausing for a moment to see the reflection of the sun on the water and hear the gentle lap of the waves. It was great to mingle with the holidaymakers and enjoy the simple pleasure of a warm summer's evening and the last hour or so of daylight.
Now that we've had a couple of rainy days and the days are getting shorter, I feel like I've taken summer slightly for granted, so I'm going to try and make sure I take full advantage of the lovely sunny weather and light evenings while they still last. I hope you're having a lovely summer, too!

Thank you for reading, Angharad x
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Caerphilly Mountain

Having lived in Wales all my life, I can't believe that until recently I'd never visited the view point at the top of Caerphilly Mountain, or had any idea that there is an awesome snack bar there that sells burgers, hot dogs and over 22 different flavours of ice cream! Why had no one told me about this? :)

Caerphilly Mountain is about 20 minutes away from Cardiff by car, and it's very accessible. There's no need to bring your hiking gear; just park up and take a leisurely stroll along the mountainside. It's an easy walk, and the views of Cardiff, Caerphilly, and the valleys are great.

 In the distance you can see the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay. The islands lying in the Bristol Channel are Flat Holm (left) and Steep Holm (right).


Bee-autiful!
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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Cocktails at Pier 64


Pier 64 is one of my favourite restaurants in Cardiff. Situated in Penarth Marina, it's a great spot to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. I've been there on a number of occasions, and I've always found it to be consistently excellent.

On this occasion we decided to pop in for an evening drink, and I had the pleasure of sampling one of their cocktails from their extensive drinks list.

One of the things I love about summer is being able to sit outdoors in the evening. Our lovely waitress even brought us some cosy blankets to keep us warm while we enjoyed our drinks on the decking and watched the sun go down over the marina.

I had a Mai Tai and it was the perfect blend of rum, lime, pineapple, orgeat syrup & Cointreau; easy to drink, and yet it had a bit of a kick. I loved how it came in a frosted tankard, which was a very nice touch. It was so nice that I had another!

The restaurant interior is rather luxurious and glam, and the staff make you feel very welcome and relaxed. It's a great place for a special occasion or an informal catch-up, and if you're a meat lover then you may want to sample one of their steaks (they're gorgeous!).

It was the perfect way to spend a summer's evening!

Thank you for reading, Angharad x


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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Beach Moments

There are lots of lovely little moments to experience and savour when you spend an afternoon at the beach; the sights, the sounds, the general feeling of contentment. 

On this occasion, we spent a sunny Sunday afternoon at Pobbles Bay, a secluded beach on the Gower Peninsula that looks like something straight out of an Enid Blyton story. It was great to get away, to switch off, and enjoy good company.
The perfect spot to go for a ride on a clear day; I was pleased that I managed to get a shot of this lady on her beautiful white horse at the top of the sand dunes.
 There were so many beautiful wildflowers and insects; the colours are so varied.
I thought this troupe of little dogs standing to attention on the beach looked so sweet! 
 The tide was coming in very fast, and they didn't seem too fond of the water. I saw a little boy nearby who was frantically building a fort on the beach and scolding his little brother for clumsily stepping on it and educating him that "every grain counts!"
Beautiful greens and yellow wildflowers
The view overlooking Pobbles
Harebells
 I hope these photos help to convey what a beautiful, relaxing and happy afternoon we had.

Thank you for reading! Angharad x
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Monday, 1 August 2016

Sunday Lunch at Machynys Bar & Brasserie


My boyfriend and I recently went for a lovely Sunday lunch at Machynys Bar & Brasserie, located on the first floor of the clubhouse overlooking the Nicklaus golf course and Carmarthenshire Bay.

The restaurant has recently been refurbished, and has an exclusive yet unpretentious feel. I loved the grey colour scheme, comfortable rattan seating and soft lighting. The clever restaurant design really draws you in to the fantastic views, and the staff are so helpful, friendly and accommodating.

The food was fantastic, and on this occasion, we went for 3 courses, which was a real treat!
To start, I had salt & pepper calamari with chilli & lime dressing. The calamari was deliciously light and crispy, and very moreish.
David had a hearty home-made soup of the day with fresh crusty bread. This was nice and warming on a cold and dreary day!
The brasserie also has outdoor seating, with a sundeck which is the perfect spot for alfresco dining when the sun is shining (not on this occasion, sadly!). I could imagine sitting here on a gloriously hot sunny day, enjoying the view of the golf course and the gorgeous Gower coastline in the distance.
For our main courses, I had braised breast of welsh lamb with crushed peas and gravy. The lamb was a bit too fatty for my liking, but the rest of the dish was good. David had roast breast of Pembrokeshire turkey with cranberry and thyme stuffing, which he really enjoyed.

Normally when we eat out, we don't have much room for dessert. But on this occasion, we were so glad that we did...
I had the heavenly Belgian waffle & Nutella. This was so good! Anything with Nutella in it is a winner in my books; I don't know why it's not on more restaurant menus. Lush!
David had Baked Alaska; I haven't seen this dessert on many restaurant menus. It consists of ice cream and cake (chocolate chip in this instance) topped with browned meringue. I remember mum making this in the 1980s, so maybe it's making a comeback? I hope so.
We really enjoyed our lunch; it was a relaxing and friendly place to while away a Sunday afternoon. If you're planning a visit to West Wales then it's well worth a visit to the Machynys Bar & Brasserie.

Thank you for reading! Angharad x
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