- Environmental Education and Wildlife
- Sled Dog Racing
- Community Farms and Small Holdings
- Camper Van Adventures
- Sailing Adventures
- Shetland Islands
- Cumbria and the Lake District
- Republic of Ireland
- Northern Ireland
- South West
- South East
- Channel Islands
- East Anglia
- North West
- North East
- South Wales
- Mid Wales
- North Wales and Anglesey
- Scottish Highlands and Islands
- Mainland Scotland
About Me & Mine
Mami (Nik), Dadi (Rhod) and Maelon Dafydd (7.5 months) are a young family living in South Wales, destined for outdoor adventures after Mami and Dadi met kayaking after Rhod saved Nik on a local river.
Favourite place in the world:
The Glamorgan Coast. Within a 20 minute drive we have seven beaches - perfect on a windy day eating soggy chips (and icecream in all weathers). Oh, and it's a tie with Western Canada.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
We are an outdoor family - whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, kitesurfing, beach walks (with icecream!!), motor boating, walking.... we have been known to surf, ski, windsurf and snowboard...!! There isn't much we don't try at least once! We also like camping, caravanning and bushcraft.
What to do on a rainy Saturday? Hmmmm, our initial idea was rained off, so Dadi (the driver) headed to Mumbles, Swansea for some traditional Welsh fish n chips in the rain. As we headed West, the clouds cleared and it even brightened up a bit. Mumbles is lovely - miles and miles (and miles) of a bike/walking path along the beach and you can even go as far as walk or bike to Swansea city centre.
We spent Bank Holiday Monday on a typical South Wales family day out - at St Fagan's National History Museum, just off the M4 near Cardiff. It's great as it is free entry with a nominal car parking charge (usually about £3.50 for the whole entire day!). There is lots to do at St Fagans, especially on a Bank Holiday and this visit was no exception.
Four adults, two children and a baby. By about 10am we'd worked out that this equals LOTS of stuff to take to the beach. Sun shelter, kayak, paddles, swim gear, spare swim gear, towels, bodyboards, spare towels..... well, you get the point. The Daddies got together and decided that the clever thing to do was to transport everything from the car to the beach ON the kayak (well, they did buy one with wheels on, good job Daddies).
This morning we went to an allotment owned by one of Mami's friends. It was amazing – it’s a large plot and I met ducks and chickens and saw how they had planted vegetables. They had made a pond for the ducks from a sandpit just like the one I want. Some broody hens had little chicks as well! Perfect, in time for Easter. Some were born on the Royal Wedding day - I suggested they were called Will and Kate.
Another sunny blog from South Wales this week as a warm April day saw us get together with the Bridgend Countryside Volunteers team for an Animal Tracks and Trails event at Bedford Park, a 40-acre site where under the expert guidance of Dr Gareth Parry from Swansea University, we learnt how to recognise animal droppings, tracks and trails.
The sun is shining and the sea is blue. Ok so it is March but we are used to this in Wales so off we trek down to Porthcawl for a walk along the prom, chips for lunch and Maelon's first experience of building sandcastles (essential purchase of a blue castle bucket and spade - £2.50, even out of season).