Monday, 18 August 2008

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with W...

Can you guess?

Wet Wales.


We have just returned from a week spent in Pembrokeshire, South Wales...the wettest week of my life, or so it seems. This year, for the first time in probably the last 10 years, I had the brain-wave of staying in the UK for our summer holiday. I did a fair amount of research and came up with Pembrokeshire - taken in by the stunning scenery and the promise of unspoilt beaches. What I obviously neglected to factor in was day after day of rotten weather. Now don't get me wrong - I did take appropriate clothing and provisions for anything our climate was willing to throw at us, but day after day of grey skies and rain dampens the spirit... Never mind... You live and learn...

Back to the W theme then...

We wore Wetsuits to get up close and personal to the Waves on the beach at Broad Haven, where No2 had his first surfing lesson...



The Weather was Wild...did I mention this before? It would go from scary black skies...



...to the most amazing breakthroughs of sunshine...



Wading in the rock pools at Tenby is obligatory for the male of the species...





Wavy rock formations make you stand in wonder at the power of the earth...



Did I mention the Weather? When it was good, it was Wonderful, as were the beaches - this is Tenby...



The Winding lanes would lead you to rows of tightly packed, colourful houses and shops. This is Solva...



...quaint Welsh cottages surprised us everytime we came round bends in the lanes...





The Walks were bracing, the Wind (which doesn't photograph very well!) was Mother Nature doing what she does best...scaring the living daylights out of you! This is at Martins Haven looking across to the island of Skomer.





Wild heather covered the ground, singing with bees...





Woollen mills were visited...





...the Wool is still woven traditionally, and is the least itchy wool imaginable...






...the Woven Woollen throws in the shop were too much temptation, my credit card could never have recovered...





Would I go back? Yes, despite the rain, it was a lovely, lovely place, with loads to do. I'll post about St Davids and the seal pups we spotted soon...

15 comments:

  1. We decided to stay in the UK this year too. The weather was fab the first week but the second week in Cornwall was a wash out. AND I forgot my walking boots!!! Glad you had a great time, photographs are lovely.

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  2. I stayed in the UK this year and didn't even get to go on holiday! I would even have appreciated Wet and Windy Wales because at least it would have been a break! I suppose its scenery is so lush because there is so much rainfall. It's good to see you back!

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  3. Gorgeous photos--look at those skies!! Glad you had a grand time in spite of unpredictable weather! So much enjoyed seeing about your holiday. Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  4. Hi, We went to N Yorkshire,and there were only 3days of rainy weather so not to bad,but still hot. Love the photos. Julie

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  5. well admittedly the weather this summer has left a lot to be desired but it sounds like you rose above it admirably and had a great time despite it! The pictures are fab! Hope you're all dried out now and settled back at home.

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  6. Wow what great photos, thanks for sharing them with us!
    Vicki

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  7. Wasn't really the greatest Summer for a UK holiday was it? But your photos are enough to lure anyone to Pembrokeshire.

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  8. OOOH look at those lovely throws. Well done for resisting... very restrained. This weather sucks hey? But I'm all for battling on and staying in the UK (although we did get a bit of france this year!).

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  9. Wonderful blog posts to
    Warm the heart.

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  10. sounds like a lovely week, despite the wet - we had awful weather too.....
    I'm impressed you resisted the woolen throws, you could have convinced yourself you needed one to keep you warm because of the weather.

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  11. Wonderful to have you back and such skies! Just remember that soft rain is great for the complexion.

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  12. Welcome back, glad you weren't washed away with all that water! Lovely pics, too. Don't think anywhere's had a dry summer, especially the west and south west!

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  13. I too love Pembrokeshire. Before the children, we used to 'escape' to a beautiful guest house on the harbour front in Tenby called Gwynne House. We used to especially love it in the winter months, putting on our raincoats, hats and gloves and walking along those stunning beaches.
    Did you make it to Narberth at all? If not definately put it on your list for your next visit, beautiful little town with lovely little unique shops.
    Jane. x

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  14. Looks a lot like our time in Devon!

    But I have to say, aren't wetsuits just the most wonderful invention?

    Glad you had a good time despite the weather.

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