Thursday photo #209

What a week it has been. Isn’t it amazing how a bit of sunshine and a bonus day off work can make everything seem better?

Bank holiday weekend

In our usual disorganised manner, we hadn’t booked anything for the bank holiday weekend until the last minute. But with the weather looking so good, we knew we needed to make the most of the camper van and head to the beach.

We ended up in a gorgeous campsite called Pencarnan Farm near St David’s in Pembrokeshire. My husband and I both spend quite a bit of time in Pembrokeshire before we met, so it’s always a favourite for a getaway. I will be writing a proper review of the campsite, but suffice to say it comes highly recommended.

Our pitch was in a field about five minutes walk from a quiet, secluded beach. Unless you’re staying on the campsite or walking the coastal path, there’s not much to bring you to Porthsele beach. It’s dog friendly, relatively quiet and perfect for swimming, paddling and generally having fun in the sea.

Of course, the girls were happiest with a bucket and spade digging in the sand. Several caves dotted around the beach made for little adventures when we went exploring and a walk along the coastal path to Whitesands was the perfect way to spend a morning.

Open water swimming season and a birthday

I’m still working with XLS nutrition on their weight loss plan. It has been a little harder this week. We ate out and ate well while we were away, so even with two shakes a day I struggled a bit. I also didn’t do quite as much exercise as previous weeks. Despite this, I’ve lost another pound and hope to get on rather better next week.

The exercise I did do was more enjoyable than usual, with the open water swimming season starting up. I swam in a local lake last Thursday, then at the weekend we hired a stand up paddle board for the sea. Needless to say, having never done it before the SUP was hard work. It wasn’t all bad though, when I gave up I managed to get a bit of open water swimming in. Even if Bubbles did rip my wetsuit to shreds when she got a bit tired of swimming and climbed up to sit on my shoulder instead.

It’s Lia’s birthday today, so yesterday was spent juggling work with baking. I’m hoping her cake will be a success, if not it won’t be for lack of trying! We’re lucky that neither of the girls want anything major for their birthdays. We’ve just bought Lia a selection of little things that we’ll wrap up in one big box. They’re all based on pink, sparkly and unicorns – everything she loves. I can’t wait to see her open them.

Our Thursday photo #209

I love this photo of the girls exploring one of the beach caves. It was such an adventure for them, the perfect way to spend a sunny bank holiday.

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7 Comments

  1. May 10, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Happy birthday to Lia! Hope she has a lovely day. It sounds like you found the perfect way to spend the bank holiday.

    • monsterid May 13, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you, she had a brilliant day.
      Nat.x

  2. May 13, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Lia! I wish every weekend was 3 days long, it makes such a difference! Sounds like you had a fun one x

    • monsterid May 13, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      Thank you, she had a lovely day. And yes, bring on more 3 day weekends!
      Nat.x

  3. May 15, 2018 / 5:26 am

    Hi Nat, England is such a beautiful country. Your photos of the views and coastline prove that. It must be so nice to be able to climb into the campervan and see where you end up and fun the sense of exploration must be for the girls… The thought of falling into the cold water would have had me standing on that board, with or without a wetsuit! I hope Lia had a fantastic birthday and her present sounds perfect!

    xx

    • monsterid May 15, 2018 / 1:12 pm

      Thank you Debbie, we are so lucky to live in such a gorgeous part of the country.
      Nat.x

    • monsterid May 22, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you Debbie. The camper van is great fun. I do wish the cold water had been helpful to me standing up but sadly my terrible balance seemed to overpower my fear of getting cold!
      Nat.x

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