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    Travel Diary: Little Parts of Wales

    Nearly a month after going to Wales, I’ve finally got the last lot of photos to share… You may have seen some of these on my instagram but you know, always nice to reminisce about travels right? Might only be Wales, but it was so pretty. Would rather look at these than think about freezing cold Manchester! You can see my New Quay and Old Millers Cottage travel diaries using their respective links! Warning… photo heavy ;)

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Colourful Buildings and Cardigan Castle

    My favourite thing about seaside towns is that they are generally super colourful. The buildings are either pretty pastels or brights, and everything just looks so cute. Cardigan, New Quay, St Dogmaels are exactly that. I just couldn’t get enough of the colourful buildings and the little independent shops. Booksellers, sweet shops, candle makers, bakers… Little old pubs, cafes, and the one chip shop and Chinese takeaway. (Good – but not as good as home!)

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Cardigan Castle isn’t really a castle any more… Only the wall really stands, and the manor house shown below is the main exhibition area. Renovated to make it safe for visitors, the house still holds a lot of the original features inside. Really interesting to see! I don’t really have any photos from inside as they all came out awful. Just look at that vegetable garden though! The vegetables were huge. My dad has decided that we’re going to grow our own next year… We’ll see how that goes.

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Beach Running

    One of my favourite things to do whilst on holiday is run. There’s nothing better than setting out alone and just seeing where your legs take you. We’d already walked down to the beach before I did the first run so I knew it was less than a mile. Easy. Seriously though, there’s nothing better. Luckily I had a bit of sun to run in too! The beach was fairly deserted in the early morning, just myself, a couple running and some dog walkers. I’m really not a fan of sand, yet I really love beaches. There’s just something about them that draws me in. I know, I know, I look a mess. I woke up like that… Oh and this beach was called Poppit Sands. Could it sound even cuter?!

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    And that pretty much sums up my visit to Wales!

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    Travel Diary: New Quay and Dolphin (or lack of) Spotting

    New Quay- not to be confused with Newquay, Cornwall – is a gorgeous little seaside town in Wales. We’d been to New Quay a few years previously, so it was nice to get back and feel familiar with the place.

    Travel Diary: New Quay, Wales and Dolphin (or lack of) Spotting | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    The first thing you notice with New Quay is the hills. I’m not sure how far out New Quay goes, but this little area by the harbour is very compact. The hills are huge, and the roads are narrow. No pavements means people are walking on the road, and with cars parked up on the sides it looked tricky to navigate. I’m sure glad I wasn’t driving! We parked up at the top of the hills and walked down, heading into the hustle and bustle of a touristy seaside town.

    Plenty of touristy shops had their doors open with buckets, sunglasses, swim floats and the like available for those caught short as well as cute trinkets and seaside related keepsakes. It’s all too tempting to just spend, spend, spend in these kinds of shops. Most often I’ll come home with various postcards and prints but I was good this time and saved some money…

    The boat tours are what makes New Quay so popular with tourists, with many offering either dolphin spotting tours or fishing experiences. It’s kind of a given that you have to go on a dolphin spotting tour whilst in New Quay… I mean, why else would you be there?! Well we did it, and it was a lovely little boat trip. Sadly we didn’t see any dolphins but we did see a seal pup. Yep, it’s the white blob near the rocks on the photo below. The two guys doing the tour gave us information about the area and the animals we could see (or not see as in the case of the dolphins…) including the nesting birds. Something nice to do anyway. They do make it clear that these dolphins are wild animals, and obviously unpredictable. Maybe third time lucky for us eh?

    After that, we ate and had the best chippy chips ever. So, so good. Disappointing to not have gravy (because it wasn’t vegetarian friendly) but they were still good nevertheless. Time for dessert! We’d passed a couple of ice cream shops on the way down and knew exactly where we were heading next. I’d originally had my eyes on the butterscotch and honeycomb ice cream (doesn’t that sound heavenly?!) but then I spotted cinnamon toffee waffle and well that was it. I can’t resist anything cinnamon flavoured. It was as good as it sounds.

    On this day we had 26 degree sunshine, so didn’t hang about for long. Instead we made the journey back to Cardigan Bay and made ourselves at home in the swimming pool. It was outside but with a glass covering that was opened up a little to let some sunshine in. Definitely a good way to end the afternoon!

    Travel Diary: New Quay, Wales and Dolphin (or lack of) Spotting | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: New Quay, Wales and Dolphin (or lack of) Spotting | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: New Quay, Wales and Dolphin (or lack of) Spotting | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: New Quay, Wales and Dolphin (or lack of) Spotting | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: New Quay, Wales and Dolphin (or lack of) Spotting | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: New Quay, Wales and Dolphin (or lack of) Spotting | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: New Quay, Wales and Dolphin (or lack of) Spotting | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Ever seen any dolphins in the wild?

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    Travel Diary: Old Millers Cottage, Cardigan Bay

    Last week my family and I spent a relaxing five days in Sunny (for the most part…) Wales. Cardigan Bay to be exact – and yes, it is as cute as it sounds! We had our own little cottage and garden, and it was absolutely gorgeous, so here’s a little look at the place itself.

    Travel Diary: Old Millers Cottage, Cardigan Bay | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    We stayed on the Cardigan Bay Holiday Park, and had the Old Millers Cottage for the duration. It was hidden away behind a gate that made you feel like Mary Lennox finding the Secret Garden, even more so when you entered and were greeted by the sight above. Plants growing on a building is supposed to be really bad for the brickwork, but why oh why does it look so good?! I was already in love, just from seeing the outside of this cottage.

    Tall trees surrounding the grounds of the cottage kept it well hidden and secluded, perfect for that quiet break away. The only sounds to be heard included the gentle running water of the stream passing through the garden and the high chirps of all the birds in the trees. If you went into the garden in the early hours of the morning, you’d likely get a glimpse of the family of robins who must have been nesting within close proximity to the cottage. The bravest being the young robin – still with a touch of baby speckled feathers on its head. A Wagtail was spotted dashing across the stream, and Swifts circled overhead one night. Dozens just flying and swooping. Birdsong was something to be heard throughout the day though the chorus at dusk was the loudest, going on for what seemed like hours. It was so relaxing to just be sitting in the hot tub and listening to all the different voices and calls.

    We had a barbecue, we played games, we watched good tv (and bad tv!) and just enjoyed being a family. It has been so long since just the five of us had a break together. Quiz nights are way more entertaining after a drink, and even more so when the kids (my younger brother may be 20, and my older sister 30, but we are still kids at heart!) beat the parents… Then playing a modern style Frustration, and getting beat in both games by each parent. Having a go at mastermind – a game of logic – and my dad being surprised at how little goes it took each of us. Makes a difference when you’re not 10 any more!

    On a clear night, we sat in awe looking at the night sky. Finding the big dipper (or the plough), and wondering if the three bright stars we could see together were actually Orion’s Belt. My dad and I both saw a shooting star, and that was it. We had our chairs on the grass and were sat with aching necks gazing above to see if more appeared. I saw one more, my sister saw two. If you’ve never sat out to watch stars, you really should. It’s something that my sister, dad and I have done a lot actually. Once you’ve seen one shooting star you get greedy. You just want that one more. Just five more minutes. It’s addictive.

    I could have just stayed in this cottage and garden all week without moving, and I would have been happy. We did venture out however, and I’ll share more photos from our trip in different posts. For now, here’s a little look at the magic we experienced in Old Millers Cottage. The photos pretty much speak for themselves.

    Travel Diary: Old Millers Cottage, Cardigan Bay | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: Old Millers Cottage, Cardigan Bay | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: Old Millers Cottage, Cardigan Bay | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: Old Millers Cottage, Cardigan Bay | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: Old Millers Cottage, Cardigan Bay | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: Old Millers Cottage, Cardigan Bay | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: Old Millers Cottage, Cardigan Bay | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Travel Diary: Old Millers Cottage, Cardigan Bay | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Have you experienced anywhere like this? I’d love to see blog posts!

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    My Week in Wales – Part 4

    On our last full day, we just decided to have a look around the little village that we were staying in. I have to say, there wasn’t much! The nearest coast to us was pretty, but as you can see it is a little bare! This was close to a caravan holiday site, so there may have been more on the coast in that area!

    Walking down into the village we came across a ford, and this bridge led us into a little housing estate that also have a school!

    The lone shop in the village!

    imageOn our way back to the lodge, we managed to get a glimpse of a rabbit darting into the bushes on our side! It was pretty big! Sadly no photo…

    Once we had got back, we had a BBQ and just relaxed for the rest of the day! We also made a new friend… this cat was very friendly, and actually came into our lodge. We had the doors open because it was so hot!

    It kept following my brother around which was pretty funny – despite us having a cat, he’s not really a cat person! Actually, we were relaxing in the hot tub later that night, and the cat appeared, running down the hill with something in it’s mouth.

    Yep, it had caught a mouse! Poor thing! It was desperately trying to show the mouse off to us!

    And here are some photos of the lodge! It really was beautiful!

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    Morning stretches.

    Whilst in Wales, I managed to do yoga every morning. I woke up around 8am, and had done some yoga in the morning sun by 9am! And at that time, everyone was just waking up and making their way downstairs! It was lovely and relaxing being in the sunshine and it being early morning and quiet! I really do need to do it more! Sadly, the rain and storms have appeared!

    How do you stick to doing yoga regularly?! I just can’t seem to get it!

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    My Week in Wales – Part 3

    imageAfter visiting Aberystwyth, we headed over to Bwlch Nant yr Arian to see the Red Kites being fed.

    Red Kites are medium to large sized birds of prey – their wingspan is around 2 metres! A defining feature to look out for, when they are flying, is the forked tail. Female Kites are quite a bit smaller than the males, however their colouring is similar.

    Red Kites had been labelled as Vermin, and the 16th Century brought ‘Vermin Acts’, requiring Red Kites to be exterminated. They were very nearly made extinct! Thankfully, Red Kite numbers are increasing again, and in Wales there are now over 600 breeding pairs.

    The Red Kites at this feeding are mostly local to that area, and are fed daily. It is thought that some travel around 10 miles to get to the feeding. As we are currently in BST, the feeding took place at 3pm. We arrived at around 2pm, and saw a couple of Red Kites flying in the area. As 3pm drew closer, more Kites appeared. At 2:55pm, loads of Red Kites just suddenly appeared over the trees in the area. I had mentioned that there would be hundreds of birds, but my dad didn’t quite believe me… Well, he was pretty shocked when they all appeared! It really was a great sight!

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    My Week in Wales – Part 2

    On the Wednesday morning, we visited Aberystwyth. I have to say, it wasn’t what I was expecting! I thought it would be prettier, like New Quay was! We didn’t stay long, just an hour to look around the castle ruins.

    My parents being silly! I swear they ran to this like little kids!

    After Aberystwyth, we went to see the Red Kites being fed. I’m going to do that in another post later tonight as there’s just so many photos already!

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