Saundersfoot / Tenby: Day 6…

The main target for the day was Monkstone Beach, just to the south of where we were staying in Saundersfoot.

We drove as far as we could but had to park and walk a few hundred meters to the coast with a fairly steep decent to the beach.

What a beach we discovered there. Incredible sand, rock formations, scenery, and virtually deserted. Lots of rock pools to look in and water engineering! I diverted a flow of water running down the beach to the sea around a rock formation and down another channel – next time i’ll take it further along the beach. : )

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Saundersfoot / Tenby: Day 5…

Wow – Tenby’s Castle beach at low tide! Awesome sight.

Miles of clean yellow sand against a rocky and urban backdrop. Caves, forts, caste remains, sand dunes and shallow waters.

We descended the steep steps set into the cliff and walked around to Castle Beach from the end of South Beach. Not many people out but the sun was : )

The new Tenby lifeboat station was great to see as was the Grand Designs previous lifeboat station which has been converted into a house, complete with private mooring. I can completely see why the owner decided to do this.

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Saundersfoot / Tenby: Day 3…

A breezy and sunny day at the beach – water guns, spades, wet suits, buckets and sand castles!

Lots of digging, paddling and general beach fun. The Goskar Rock is an awesome sight and had to be climbed! Fairly easy on the way up but not so easy coming down. Great view from up there though and a good view of the patterns I made in the sand.

The mini-spade we had bought the day before came in very useful here. The view of Tenby from the beach was amazing and the changing light through the day, as well as the changing effect of the tides, created a stunning setting.

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Saundersfoot / Tenby: Day 1…

The last holiday of the year, to Tenby (SW Wales). The house in Saundersfoot had all the mod cons, including Blu-Ray internet TV! A short drive to the beach and great to be by the coat again.

Some patterns in the sand and health & safety sign meets tagging!

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Cornwall camping: day 5…

As starts to the day go, this wasn’t the best!

Packing up all our stuff into a very compact car while it was raining and getting stuck in the mud on the way out of the field – how does that sound? Being pulled out of the mud by a cool tractor was good and the boys loved that bit.

The idea for the last day in Cornwall was to pack up early and drive straight to St. Austell and the Eden Project, for as long as we could get there. After the first shower, it was clear skies and some sunshine which was fine for Eden, which has exhibits and landscaping & attractions both inside biospheres and outside in the surrounding landscape.

Since Claire and I went about 7 years ago during its first year open, it has changed a lot – grown up in many ways, with more facilities, bigger exhibits and lots more parking! It’s essentially an ecological and horticultural theme park, with the huge tropical biomes being the main attraction.

The boys loved it there and we saw all their favourite fruits – apples, bananas, mangoes and lots of cool play areas both inside and out, including an amazing bamboo and metal house on stilts in the main tropical biome. We made it to the top of the biome even though it was very very hot and humid inside.

Highly recommend it and was managed to get back home safely, through some more torrential rain on the motorways!

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Cornwall camping: day 4…

Another wet day followed the very wet night, which followed the very sunny day… the Cornish weather wasn’t making its mind up!

But, we had an ace up our sleeves, in the form of Falmouth Maritime Museum, which we hoped would be something which would get us out of the rain for most of the day. It ended up being a really good visit with great exhibitions, graphics, architecture and food. Everyone had a good time and the Seahawk Helicopter was particularly impressive.

At this point we had pretty much decided to cut the camping trip short by a day and head back home tomorrow as we had run out of indoor and dry entertainment!

Eden Project here we come!

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Cornwall camping: day 3…

Glorious sunshine for the whole day and just what Cornwall is all about. If it hadn’t been for this day, the whole experience could have gone in a different direction to what it did and we made the most of the break in the rain.

We managed to get to three beaches and touring around was a real pleasure. The first port of call was Lizard Point, the most southerly point of main land England and a very rugged coast line. A good beach and some very nice textures and constructions.

Back up north and two beaches on the way home, one good (Polurrian Bay), the last one very good (I will remember the name soon!). A great cream tea at the cafe overlooking the beach and the sun held out.

But…that night, the tent was literally battered by rain and wind. I’ve never experienced anything like it – being so close to the elements but being completely warm and dry inside the tent. : )

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Cornwall camping: day 2…

A very wet first full day camping. There was no way we were going to let some rain stop us going to the beach, so we headed down there in full water-proofs! The mud picture is the entrance to the field where we got stuck the day before!

The metal and plastic spades we bought from a well-known supermarket with an orange logo (Mr Sainsburys – you know who you are) turned out to be highly flimsy and one was broken after 30 minutes beach digging.

It was fun running around and generally being at the beach though but after a while we headed back towards the camp site, via an indoor soft-play centre, just to stay out of the rain!

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Cornwall camping: day 1…

After a 4 hour drive in a very full car, SW down to Cornwall, a very misty and over-cast evening, which followed a rainy day.

The lights of the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose (RNAS), where the Seahawk sea rescue helicopters take off and land.

We did get the tent up, but we did also get stuck in the mud trying to get into the field! Always nice to achieve balance : )

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Thistledown camping…

Another camping trip, this time with the KPs to Thistledown.

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Thistledown camping…

Camping during the hottest days of the year so far…

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Camping in cold weather…

As we say to our boys, there are only two more ‘sleeps’ till we go on our first camping trip of the year! Lots of packing to do but the idea is to go fairly light, mainly so we don’t have to shift so much stuff when we get to the site and also we’re limited by the size of our Citroen C1! We’re only going for the weekend so no need to go crazy.

http://www.touring-gear.com/products/Campfire-Grill.html

Anyway, the weather here has gone from being cold and very wet, for the past 4 weeks, to clear skies and sunny since yesterday. This is very good news for camping but when I first saved the draft of this post, the last thing I was thinking about was dealing with heat, more about how to deal with the cold.

Following along those chilly lines, we did some research into cold weather camping, just to make sure we were all nice and warm at night – there’s nothing worse than bad sleep when camping to tire you out, especially having been running around after the kids all day!

http://www.chiff.com/a/camping-sleep-warm.htm

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Legoland adventure…!

On Friday we went to the amazing Land of Lego, also known as Legoland!

This was an early birthday present for Jamie’s 5th birthday at the end of October, and we went with Claire’s parents. Claire’s Dad kindly drove us all over there and we got them their tickets – but not the lunch!!

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So, i’ve been wanting to go to Legoland since I found out about it, so I was really looking forward to it (as were the little kids!). It took about 1.5 hours to get there and we got there a bit after 10, which is when it opens. We got actually into Legoland at about 11, but overall there weren’t huge numbers of people – but there was some kind of Inset Day for local schools which pushed up the numbers.

Everyone was really excited by it all and there were lots of cool introduction things before the main rides, like slides, playground equipment and large lego models to look at. Also a great view over the park from the entrance area, with a view of Windsor Castle and the big wheel.

We went to the model village first (Miniland), which was amazing. Lots of recreated countries, with landmarks from different places, like the Houses of Parliament, or the space shuttle launch area. They had the Angel of the North, complete with Newcastle fans at the base and Jamie liked the little camp site. The boys were just staring at this for ages. We could easily have spent a couple of hours there. It was all very neat and tidy, with miniature plants and hidden things.

We went on the JCB diggers, cars, self-drive boats, merry-go-round (carousel), remote control trucks, submarine ride, safari ride and the large playground area. Jamie also loved the water park area (Waterworks), where there were water cannons.

The lunch was also great – glad I wasn’t paying for this bit! At one point, the screen on the till read £41.00!! Then there was a discount taken off for a Merlin Pass which we didn’t even have. Claire’s Dad nearly had a heart attack!

We didn’t even have time for the Kingdom of the Pharaohs, Knights’ Kingdom or Land of the Vikings! You could easily get 2 full days out of the park and we’re certainly going back there, probably with a stay in a local hotel.

Overall a very good day out and I was impressed with the quality and variety in there. It only cost us £30 for 4 adults and 2 kids (with Claire’s amazing voucher collecting), which was a really good deal.

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Thistledown camping…

Our first camping trip of the year! We had a great few days camping with our friends the MK’s and their kids. We’ve been to the site once before and that was also really good so there was no hesitation in going back. We’ll probably go back there this year as we’ve found another area of the site and we’ve also explored the valley further.

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There’s a National Trust area at the bottom of the valley, around Woodchester Mansion and lots of amazing walks and trails to explore. We all went on what we thought was a kid-friendly walk down the valley through the woods, which turned into a massive hike! It was great though, but dd involve a fair bit of boy-carrying! We found lots of cool features and future walks, including a great boat and boat house and some amazing woodland. One thing that struck me about the conifer plantation we walked through was how little biodiversity there was and the lack of sunlight. It was almost barren, apart from the trees and some ferns on the ground.

The weather was really good and we had some good camp fires in the evenings. The nights were cold and the second night sleeping I had a t-shirt, two long-sleeve shirts, a cotton button up shirt, fleece and cardigan! Also a hat. Slept really well though! It was great just sitting around the camp fire and there were some potentially big decisions made!

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