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

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Autumn

There's so much to love about Autumn...cosy nights in, hot drinks, bonfires, candles, long chilly walks, the leaves changing colour, a new wardrobe of weather appropriate clothing...I could go on! Autumn makes me feel nostalgic, and the drop in temperature is a gentle reminder that Christmas isn't too far away. I thought I'd share with you a few things that I've been enjoying this Autumn...
There's nothing better than a long beach walk on a cool, crisp day. David and I recently visited Pobbles Bay in Gower and it was absolutely gorgeous. Whenever we go to the beach, I always say that we should do this more often, so hopefully there will be a lot more visits to the beach coming up! It's so lovely to get away from it all and enjoy the natural beauty of Wales.
I also visited Henrhyd Falls, the highest waterfall in South Wales. Henrhyd Falls was actually used as the bat cave in The Dark Knight Rises (random fact!). It's a relatively easy walk from the car park, and you can even go behind the waterfall. I brought my camera with me, hoping to get lots of lovely photos, however, we only managed to get a couple of quick snaps on the iPhone before the heavens opened, and we made a hasty retreat, completely soaked through! Next time we'll check the weather forecast :-)
Dinefwr is a beautiful nature reserve in Llandeilo. It has a historic house and 18th century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park. We went on a lovely long walk through the woodland and fields, and enjoyed a cream tea in Newton House. We saw lots of deer, and we will definitely be going back there for another visit.
And finally...it's starting to get rather chilly, especially in the mornings, so I've started making porridge for breakfast to warm me up. My current favourite is to make it with a spoonful of Nutella mixed in, with a side of mixed berries and flaked almonds!

What are your favourite things about Autumn?
 
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Monday, 17 October 2016

Perast, Montenegro



The Beautiful country of Montenegro is within very easy reach when staying in Dubrovnik in Croatia. The drive from Dubrovnik to the coastal village of Perast took us on an enjoyable scenic route around Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor.  

Many visitors opt for a car ferry to avoid the coastal road, but it was such a memorable experience on our day trip to Montenegro. We’d heard that the drive was pretty, but we didn’t expect it to be so impressive, with its soaring mountain peaks which plunge into the vast stillness of the deep, tranquil waters.



The Bay of Kotor is the largest bay in the Adriatic Sea, and Europe’s southernmost fjord. From the Adriatic Sea, a channel opens into an expansive inlet, and on the north side is a narrow passage called the Verige Strait, which leads into Perast.

Perast is a relaxed pedestrian-friendly village dotted with beautiful white washed buildings with terracotta roof tiles. It's something straight out of a fairy tale!

We enjoyed some lunch at the waters edge, watching the ships go by as the sun glistened on the water stretching out in front of us. It was a great place to relax and de-stress!

 We also watched this cat wait for his supper to be caught!


Two islands sit just offshore; one is natural with tall evergreens surrounding a monastery (and is prohibited to visitors), and the other is man-made with a Catholic Church, constructed in 1632.
Perast was so tranquil and picturesque. Along the water's edge there were plenty of fishing boats and small beaches where we saw people swimming, sun-bathing and enjoying the relaxed pace of life. It's one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited :)
Thank you for reading! Angharad x
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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Croatia


During our recent trip to Croatia, my boyfriend and I thought we'd try Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding together. After a quick search online we came across paddlesurfcroatia.com  and we discovered that a SUP tour on BaΔ‡ina Lakes had excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and was less than 2 hours' drive from where we were staying in Dubrovnik, so we booked it up over the phone.

I'd never tried SUP before, so I was a little nervous. I'm a confident swimmer but trying something like this was a bit out of my comfort zone. My boyfriend had done SUP several times before, and I was secretly hoping that I wouldn't be completely useless at it!

We arrived at the lakes at 10.00am, ready for our 3 hour tour. Our excellent instructor Ivan provided us both with wetsuits and gave us a brief lesson, before we ventured out on to the water. He even put one of our iPhones in a waterproof case so he could take photos of us on our tour of the lakes.

Ivan was exceptionally friendly and very patient with me as we started off. I was initially too nervous to stand up on the board, so for the first hour or so I was quite happy to sit on the board and paddle along, enjoying the natural beauty of the lakes.
At one point during the tour we stopped off on the shore for a break of delicious fruit and water. It was lovely to hear Ivan's stories, take in the beautiful scenery, and give our arms a rest (SUP is a great workout, especially for your arms!). After the break I decided to be brave (!) and have another go at standing up on the SUP...
Tah dah! :-D
I did it! Amazingly, I didn't fall in. I have no idea how I managed it. My boyfriend told me that he fell in at least 5 times when he first tried it, which made me feel a bit better. I was really glad that I gave it a go :-)



Ivan was very reassuring and an excellent instructor. We would definitely recommend the trip to those who have never done paddle boarding before; the lake surface was very smooth and easy to learn on. It was hot and sunny, and David jumped in the water a couple of times to cool off. I didn't feel confident enough to do this, but I'd imagine it to be very refreshing under the midday sun.

The tour itself was an absolute delight; we have been to many beautiful places, but the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful mountains, as well as the lake itself, really was exceptional. We saw tiny fish jumping up from the water, amazing dragonflies, butterflies and waterlily pads. We were only sad that we didn't have time to go again before we flew home.
If you are having any doubts about taking this tour...don't! It was the best thing we did in Croatia, and we had a wonderful time here in this beautiful country.

Thank you for reading! Angharad x
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