Camping in Wonderful Wales

We spent a lovely 10 nights camping in Wales this summer. The weather was perfect and we consumed our days on the beach and swimming in the sea.

All packed up and ready to go


Days 1-3 Llyn Peninsula

Camped at Llanbedrog curgan farm , lovely site, clean toilets, freezers to use and 5-10 walk to the beach. Great location to explore the Llyn Peninsula.


Llanbedrog beach


Pwllheli beach 10 minutes drive away. Pwllheli also has some lovely shops and places to buy nice produce.


Will on the beer run on Ty Coch beach which is on the other side of the Llyn peninsula around 20 minutes drive from Llanbedrog. It has been voted in the top ten beach bars in the whole world so worth a visit if you are in the area. Note to get to this beach you need to walk either through the golf course nearby or along the neighbouring beach.


Picnic – bread, cheese, pickle, crisps  and welsh cakes.


Day 4-6 Aberaeron

About 2-3 hours further down the west coast is this lovely little fishing town with brightly coloured houses. Stopped of at Aberystwyth on the way for a drink and some fish and chips. Ruby cooled down with some doggy ice cream a pub was selling.


The campsite we stayed at in Aberaeron was called camping on the farm. Big site well run just wished there was more toilets and showers. Did get very busy in the mornings and was unable to wash my hands after using the toilet due to the amount of people using up and queuing to use the only 3 sinks to have a wash and brush their teeth. Good job I came prepared with my alcohol hand gel. Lovely location nice walk along the beach to the town and what a sunset from our tent.





There is also a gorgeous National Trust property 10 minutes drive away. It is an example of John Nash’s early work and sat within a working organic farm. A real gem.






Wills birthday breakfast and tipple



Day 7-10 The Gower

Due to the weather forecast predicting further glorious sunshine and neither of us back in work until the following week we decided to continue our tour of Wales and drive another 1.5-2hrs south to The Gower. We stopped in Swansea on the way which I must say is super friendly. Living in Liverpool for the last 12 years and seeing how it has developed, Swansea reminded me of Liverpool 10 years ago with its rough around the edges bulidings and city centre but with all the charm and atmosphere that money cant buy. Amazing food market which I unfortunately didn’t take a picture of but will be engrained in my memory forever.

In The Gower we stayed at the campsite Nicholaston Farm. We had mixed feelings about this place. It didnt help that it was the first week of the kids summer holidays and it was jammed packed in the tent fields. Upon arrival we were told not to camp on the right where the electric hook ups where but other than that there was no organisation as to positioning of tents. We found a nice spot and went to the beach to return to 2 huge tents pitched up on either side of us with nowhere to park our car. Now im a happy camper and like to make friends with my fellow tent neighbour but this was a little too close for comfort. It wasnt really their fault as there was nowhere to go and we did feed this back to the owners and we did end up moving in the end when an electric hook up pitch came available. It was a lot of hassle and we probably not go there again. Great for families in groups though as can spread out and isnt restricted for groups like in other campsites. But I would be worried if a fire broke out with tents being so close together!!

So here are some of the amazing beaches and scenery of the gower. It is really a spectualer place that everyone should visit. The beaches we visited all require some form of hike or walk to so not great for people with restricted mobility.






Camping Cuisine



We also visited the Mumbles we didnt bump into Catherine Zeta Jones but did stuff our faces again!


And thats about it packed up and headed home


The dreaded unpacking


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A new way of hosting images

Here’s just a quick post to try out a move of hosting our images on Flickr instead of directly on this site – our monthly bandwidth has been getting bashed with users and uncompressed images to boot! Here’s the embed code taken from one of my images in Flickr: I went to the image in Flickr, clicked the Share button at bottom right of the image, chose HTML for the embed code, and Medium 640×429. Clicking on the image should take you to the image on Flickr.

It’s of the Milky Way as seen over the Grand Canyon July 2014. Will


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Holiday in Lebanon – Jounieh & Byblos (sept’13)

If you are looking for an alternative getaway to the usual European package holiday then Lebanon has that Mediterranean escape vibe with a Middle Eastern twist. It has a wonderful climate, tasty food and breathtaking scenery. We were fortunate enough to be invited to attend our friends wedding and jumped at the chance to be there. We had week to fit in sightseeing, relaxation, a hen & stag do and most importantly a wedding. This is part of what is wonderful about Lebanon. It is roughly the size of Greater Manchester so you are really not far from the main attractions. We are all aware of the civil war that devastated the country and many lives from (1975-1990) and subsequent conflicts and fragility ever since, and even when we were there. However, not once did we ever feel unsafe or at risk. I think that is mainly down to the well natured, resilient temperament, enjoying life attitude of the Lebanese people we met whilst we were there! So here are some pictures, info and recommendations of what we did in Lebanon. Note we flew into Beirut but chose not to stay and sightsee there, as we wanted to explore the coast and due to having wedding commitments didn’t have the time. Always worth saving something back, so a future trip is essential. So after a relatively easy trip 7 hours including change in Paris flying Air France (£400 return) we landed in Beirut. 15km drive north we checked in to our hotel in Jounieh. Jounieh is a charming little town with lots of cafes, restaurants, pubs and boutiques. We stayed at Queens Land Hotel. Basic, clean and friendly staff for around £50 per night inc breakfast and 5 mins walk to the 1st attraction that was on our must do list. The Teleferique up to the Harrisaa mountain where Our Lady of Lebanon towers over the bay. I would recommend going at sunset as you have wonderful views of the sun going down over the bay. IMG_5016 IMG_5041 IMG_5043 IMG_5052 Another must see when you are in Lebanon is the Jeita Grottos, 20km north of Beirut and 10 km from Jounieh. You are not aloud to take cameras into the caves but visit these website to get a glimse of the jaw dropping limestone caves. If you only do 1 thing in Lebanon this has to be this!! IMG_5079 So after 2 nights in Jounieh we headed a further 18 km to Byblos where the rest of the wedding party were staying. We all stayed in Aleph Boutique Hotel. Individual themed rooms, lovely comfortable beds, modern bathroom, friendly attentive staff and 5 mins walk to the beach, cafes, bars and restaurants. IMG_5089 IMG_5092 IMG_5222 The city of Byblos dates back to Neolithic times and any archaeology/history enthusiasts will love walking around The Crusader Castle. IMG_5493 IMG_5518 IMG_5509 Byblos provided a wonderful mix for everyone in the wedding party. The brides family from the UK of all ages had chance to do things that suited everyone. If its chilling on the beach or going to a beach club or enjoying the more traditional side of Byblos on the fishing harbour and walking around the souks, there really is something for everyone. Some excellent restaurants we ate at were Feniqia & Bab El-Mina. Both great value for money but there is penalty of places to try with a great variety of Lebanese, Middle Eastern, European and Mediterranean cuisine. IMG_5095 IMG_5103 IMG_5234 For a 7 day trip in Lebanon I would recommend maybe to do 2-3 night exploring Beirut then go straight to Byblos for 4-5 nights for a more beachy holiday vibe. Stopping off at the Teleferique in Jounieh then on to the Grottos for a fews hours or you could arrange a day trip out there once you get to Byblos. Lebanon really does have a great mix of everything you could possibly want in a holiday. Oozing with culture, history, amazing food, nightlife, beaches, walks and most importantly really welcoming friendly people. IMG_5374 IMG_5399 IMG_5462 IMG_5463 Overall our trip to Lebanon was possibly one of the best experiences of our lives and can not wait to go back to explore more of this fascinating country.

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Back to Blogging

Ok so we have been so busy the last year and not had chance to update the blog with all the stuff we have been upto. We’ve had holidays/essays to write/food to eat/dogs to walk etc etc but will get to uploading our pictures of places we’ve been and seen. Also, Will has been buying lots of camera/telescope equipment so stay tuned for detailed reviews/pics if you into that kind of thing.

Here is a little taste of things to come…..


Lebanon – byblos




Pwllheli Beach

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Our wedding video

It’s taken a year to get round to this but we now have a final version of our wedding video (at least as good as it will get). Here is is:

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Review of Trixie wicker dog basket

We got this through eBay but were pretty unimpressed by how it fixed to our bike, certainly not wanting to put our little yorkie Ruby at risk with! So back it goes. See the flaws in this video. I think we’re going to try a Topeak basket from Evans cycles next


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Video review of St Mary’s Holiday Park in Prestatyn, North Wales

Just a short(ish) video review we took of this great campsite a couple of miles out of Prestatyn. Giving a bit of a guided tour and description of the facilities. Also giving some ideas on a couple of places/things to do locally on foot with directions. I had some things to say at the end so I used a bit of footage of our Yorkie Ruby enjoying the large dog walking field.

This is a great campsite. Mix of touring caravans, motorhomes and tents. Very friendly (including for well behaved dogs), well laid out, clean, but not too mega formal. Walking distance from the sea and dunes where there is tons of wildlife, but also backed up by easy access into the countryside. I only hinted at it, but we rode our bikes one day from the campsite to Prestatyn and then took the Prestatyn to Dyserth Way ( which is a disused railway line that they converted to a cycle path between the two towns. Great route up into the hills to Dyserth which has a great pub and an impressive waterfall. Even if you don’t have bikes you can walk it.

We’d also highly recommend a tour around Prestatyn town for lots of individual shops, a wealth of charity shops, but also this new shopping area they built also in centre of town which is pretty good (including Next, M&S (food too), Next, River Island, Tesco etc. free parking.

It took about an hour from Liverpool via Runcorn. I hope you enjoy – We want to move there!


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Review of Plumen pendant set

We have been changing the lighting in our communal rooms from the tacky Ikea halogens (which bulbs seemed to go continuously) to light fittings that take standard bulbs (read: energy efficiency drive). We could have gone with your standard pendant set from b&q such as this but instead opted for a fashionable Plumen pendant set. I was not impressed I’m afraid as can be seen in this video:

Worth knowing:

  • No instructions included
  • No inside to the ceiling rose so a very unsatisfactory quality of fitting – you will either have a gap between rose and ceiling or be in fear of it falling down with your valuable glass lamp shade
  • The wire is far from the fabric wire as advertised – it’s a black plastic wire with faux fish net covering.
  • Instead make your own set for peanuts out of black wire, a black lamp holder and painted black ceiling rose, or look around for something higher quality like this remade 1940’s bakerlite set


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Putting up an Ikea Pax Tonnes wardrobe on uneven floorboards

We made this short video which explains how we finally managed to put up our new Pax Tonnes wardrobe despite our wonky uneven floorboards. This wardrobe is great at what it does to keep all of our clothes together and organised rather than strewn across the floor. It’s got the space and organisation options we required. As our house is quite old (1900’s red brick terrace, high ceilings, wooden floorboards) we were worried that anything that resembled ‘fitted wardrobe’ would not suit, but the Pax Tonnes with glass doors and asian inspired cherry blossom design fits in very well, does not do away with the heritage of the house but instead just is.

But construction must surely be easier in a new build with level flooring. Our floor must have sunk slightly, as the joists and floorboards aren’t level any more. Not noticably so, but when putting up each of the components of the wardrobe (four individual cupboards screwed together) I noticed up to an inch difference in height. And for the rail and door system to fit/work they must be completely in line. Hence I packed each cupboard using varying amounts of ply to obtain an equal height. It took more than one effort.

Here’s the video:

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Kindle Fire review & comparison with Kindle 3

In this video we took a look at the Kindle Fire mini tablet device. This was from a viewpoint of which we have been using the Kindle 3 ebook reader for a number of years now, so it was interesting to compare and contrast both models. What is apparent is that these two devices serve two very different purposes and both are good at what they do.

If you want to get this device predominantly to read ebooks (like the ones you get from the Amazon Store then you still absolutely cannot go wrong with an ‘e-ink’ device such as the original Kindles (i.e. Kindle 3). The screen is much nicer on the eyes as it does not require a backlight which could otherwise be tiring to look at – but it’s only monochromatic which means good for black and white text and pictures. The battery life is astounding, probably about a month with reading every day. And it’s simple and easy to use. Works with the Amazon store, plus easy to email books to it (for example free books from Project Gutenburg). It does have a simple (albeit slow) web browser, can play mp3s through it’s onboard speakers, and does things like text-to-speech.

On the otherhand if you want something a bit more exciting, above and beyond just than consuming ebooks, then the Kindle Fire is your fella. This does it all: ebooks, movies, videos, music, newspapers, comics, the web. It is definitely a veritable iPad killer, the screen is more than adequate, media playback is good, the browser fully equipped, and it’s about a third of the price. Out of the box the Kindle Fire comes with a month free trial of LoveFilm which has a massive collection of videos to watch, which stream through your wifi connection (normally £5/month). There are also free trials for newspaper subscriptions. We thought that for reading ebooks however, the screen would feel too bright to use at length, also it was quite a hefty weight. Plus the battery will last you about 4-6 hours so get ready to charge everyday (or will it become just another piece of kit that is too much hassle to keep remembering to charge and you eventually top using regularly?)

So in conclusion:

Kindle Fire

  • Great for rich-media consumption
  • Make sure you factor in £5/month for the LoveFilm subscription (worth it if you go for the Fire)
  • Make sure you’ve got wifi in the places that you intend to use LoveFilm

Kindle 3

  • The superior ebook reader
  • Light and confortable screen to use
  • Simple menu system (screen reader for great accessibility)
  • Battery life is great
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