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Babymoon in Wales

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Babymoon in Wales

So this year’s summer holiday and our last holiday together before our little baby boy arrives, we are staying in the UK. So I booked us a 5* apartment in Saundersfoot in Wales using Holiday Cottages. I wanted to go to Saundersfoot as I had heard good things about it and nearby Tenby. This holiday diary is a long one about food, history and relaxing in Wales. So I understand if you skip ahead to look at the pictures!

So we set off on what we thought was a 4 hour drive but it ended up being pretty much a 6 hour drive. We stopped a couple of times on the way and got stuck behind every kind of slow vehicle there was going; army trucks, lorries, old biddy drivers, tractors etc. But it was a gorgeous drive through the valleys. We arrived at the St Brides Spa Hotel 5:30ish to pick up our keys for the apartment owned by St Brides. The apartment is lovely and we were so happy with it. It is a one bedroom with an open plan kitchen/dining/living room, with a balcony. It has a huge king-size bed and a view to the sea!

After we had settled in and unpacked (I actually do love to unpack!) We wandered down to Saundersfoot town to look around. It was so sunny and warm. The beach is beautiful and it has loads of little shops, pubs and restaurants. We had some delicious fish and chips at The Marina nothing like freshly caught fish deep fried in beef dripping. Such a lovely first evening on our babymoon.

Day 1 was a rainy and colder day (boo!) So we drove 5 minutes up the road to Tenby. Tenby is a Victorian holiday retreat and is a walled town with lots of little shops and colourful houses on the cliffs. The beach and harbour are beautiful and it has a castle ruin and some Museums. We wandered round the town looking at the castle and exploring the history of the place stopping at The Mooring for lunch. We each had our first Welsh Rarebit for lunch which is a cheese and mystard concoction similsr to a Croque Monsieur and I also had the pinkest hot chocolate. After lunch we drove down the coast stopping at Manorbier and Freshwater East. Each has it’s own gorgeous little beach and Manorbier has a huge castle that looks pretty intact. It is privately owned but was unfortunately shut the day we visited.

After a long nap for me, it’s hard work being on holiday, we wandered into Saundersfoot and had dinner at a local Seafood restaurant, The Stone Crab, the food was amazing and freshly caught that day! I had calamari and Fruits de Mer linguine with monkfish, salmon, cod and prawns, and he had devilled mackerel and a whole turbot. It was another perfect if cloudy evening.

Day 2 we had such a lazy morning. With us both having such stressful jobs and busy lives when we can we like to do nothing and this is what we did. We ate breakfast and chilled in our apartment. In the afternoon we went and sat on the Beach in Saundersfoot and had a picnic. It was cloudy but warm and a lovely place to be as it’s so sandy and the sea was calm. My husband actually went into the sea and swam but it is far too cold for me so I made do with paddling.

After a few hours snoozing, reading and eating ice cream on the Beach we had a wander. There is a coastal path that follows all of the coast in Pembrokeshire so we set off from Saundersfoot and walked to the next town Wisemans Bridge, following the path. For the walk you had to go through the cliffs into a tunnel and you come out the other side to a more rocky beach with rock pools. It’s lovely just to be together, walking and talking and putting the world to rights. That night it was sunny so we sat out on our balcony reading and enjoying the sun and made dinner at home. Such a lovely and peaceful day I’m very happy and calm here.

Day 3 today we drove to St Davids it’s the smallest city in the UK and to be honest doesn’t really feel like a city. We wandered round the huge St Davids Cathedral and had lunch actually at the Tourist Information Centre (because we’re cool and it was actually really nice). After lunch we discovered that you could walk along the coastal path out of St Davids to a little shrine for St Non, St David’s mother, which is still Catholic. I do like a chapel. The walk was beautiful right over the top overflow Caerfai Bay which is gorgeous and a clear blue in the sunshine. The walk was a little tough but I enjoyed it so much. The chapel itself was lovely and peaceful and I lit and candle in there. The ruined chapel is still there where St Non is supposed to have given birth to St David in a storm. After St Davids we stopped at an absolutely gorgeous beach we’d discovered on the way Newgale Sands for a while to make the most of the sunshine. It was a beautiful sunny day.

Day 4 today after another lazy morning eating chocolate croissants in bed (I could get used to this) we drove to Pembroke. Pembroke is home to provably the main castle in Pembrokeshire, aptly named Pembroke Castle. This castle is stocked full of history and their main famous part is that Henry VII was born there it’s a great place to take kids for the day. It’s a big castle and you can climb up the walls and see for miles. There is a huge round tower to climb up too. My husband loved it. We had a picnic by the river next to the castle and a little wander round Pembroke itself which has some lovely little shops. It was a very lovely and warm afternoon together. That evening we went down to the beach front in Saundersfoot for dinner at Beachside BBQ which serves bbq meat and fish and has a really chilled out atmosphere.

Day 5 today we went castle hunting. My husband loves castles and the history around each one. So today we went to Narbeth, Llandhaw and Wiston castle. The thing with these castles is they are all very ruined but free to go in. Narbeth is a little market town with great shops and cafes and the castle is at the bottom of the town overlooking the valley. Llandhaw is a Bishops Palace that has been left to ruin in a tiny hamlet it would have been absolutely huge and grand in its day. There were some people there Ghost hunting but I ain’t afraid of no ghost. Wiston is a traditional Motte and Bailey castle with just the Motte left and the outline of the Bailey shown in the ditches. It was a rainy day today but perfect weather for Castle hunting. We also visited a local manor house called Scolton Manor and had lunch in their café I wasn’t that keen on the manor house it is set up like it would have been in Victorian times when it was lived in by the Higgon family but it was very quiet and we didn’t stay very long. I’m sure its great in the main tourist season. After our hunting I was very tired so we came back to the apartment and had a chilled evening watching movies and eating spaghetti.

Day 6 our last day! I don’t want this holiday to end. On our last day my husband had been reading about all the beaches in Pembrokeshire. It apparently has the best beach in the UK, Barafundle Bay. It was another sunny morning so we drove down. This is a National Trust beach and is part of a place called Stackpole which has a little town and a quay. It has lots of parking and facilities. There is a walk up to it but this is over another coastal path that my husband loves and it wasn’t strenuous, once over the crest of the hill and you look down the beach is there and it’s beautiful. Truly beautiful and worth the visit. We sat on this beautiful beach in the sun all day just talking and reading and sleeping it was a perfect day to end the holiday. There were a few instances when the rain suddenly poured down whilst it was sunny but that’s a peril of being at the coast and were very funny. We had a quick brew at the National Trust cafe before we set off home again. For our last night we went back to the Stone Crab. I know We went earlier in the week but it’s so good there we didn’t fancy anywhere else. I had a huge bowl of mussels followed by a seafood paella and he had calimari followed by a mega surf and turf of a steak with half a lobster. Delicious. What I loved about this restaurant is it’s tiny and full the whole time and that there is one chef who changes the menu everyday to suit the catch of the day. We loved it the best seafood. Now however it’s back to reality and home to Mossley.

I have had a great Babymoon holiday with my husband. It’s been wonderful to get away just us two and spend loads of time together talking, exploring, laughing and relaxing. It’s been wonderful to be pregnant as well and be able to plan together what we will do when the baby comes. I can’t recommend this part of Wales enough and I know we will be back with our little boy one day.

My Cure for Stress 

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I am on holiday for 2 weeks. Yay and hooray for me! I have had the most horrific stressful last 2 weeks at work resulting in a migraine last week that I couldn’t shift. It is so so so busy at work every day that I am coming home exhausted and grumpy and with the heat and dirt of the city it has not been kind to my face or mind.

My issue is skin as dry as the Sahara. I went through a very stressful time in my life 2 years ago which resulted in me leaving my job for pastures new. The consequences of not dealing with the stress properly and hiding it from my husband, friends and family is that my body now tells tales on me to the world so everyone knows when I am stressed. I break out in eczema on my neck, eyelids, under eye area, forehead, hairline at the back of my neck, fingers, wrists, elbows and knees. It’s like an eczema had shoulders knees and toes song with a cruel side and the urge to scratch makes it all worse.

I woke up Saturday morning and looked in the mirror and it was sad. I am tired so my face is tired. I am one of those people who cannot hide my emotions or my health problems from my face so I look tired. I had purple eye circles, my sore dry skin, cruel awkward spots at the same time (how?), greasy hair and I looked just so ‘dull’ not holiday ready at all. So to start my holiday in the right frame of mind/face it was time to sort it out. I decided to take bare all selfies to show how I go about becoming me again when this happens so I can conquer the world or just leave my house…

So here is my bare face without my contacts so my huge glasses and with all my poor sore skin.

Step 1 is to break out a Lush facemask what else? Luckily the day before I had brought Lush back 5 pots so I got me a free Brazened Honey Fresh Face mask. This one is exfoliating and full of honey and spices and fruit. It would probably make a nice cake but it is excellent at waking up tired skin and as it is exfoliating it took off a lot of my dull horrid dead skin and left my face clean and refreshed. It’s also very yellow which is a happy colour.

Next I jumped in the shower for a long time. I washed my hair using my Brilliant Brunette shampoo but with my Coco Loco conditioner as I have very dry hair from all the heat and because my skin is dry my hair wanted to join in. I did all the usual stuff you do in the shower making an effort to exfoliate my skin and shave my legs as this immediately makes me feel more together. After getting out the shower I cleansed my skin with my beloved Ultrabland because this can only help the dryness and I did my usual skin care routine as recorded on this earlier post: Current Skincare Routine.

Once out of the shower you guessed I needed moisture. I needed full E45 everywhere, full face moisturiser and E45 Lotion on my face and neck as well as my skin was so so uncomfortably tight. Once this has all soaked in and I hadnt scrached for 10 minutes only then could I start my makeup.

I didn’t want to put too much on as my skin was so sore and it was another hot day. With eczema on the face as well it can make makeup cake on the dry patches and you suddenly look very old so no powder today. Ah the power of brows to make a face look finished! I used a tinted moisturiser and my Porefessional Makeup to create a nice base and to make me look healthy and alive lots of blusher, bronzer and highlighter. I did a very simple eye look with my usual cat eye liner and Mascara and brows galore as I am sparse up there

Once my hair was dried and styled I was a human again and my sore skin was soothed for now. The sad fact is that my face will only last 3-4 hours like this before I have to reapply creams and lotions. The only cure is to calm down and not get stressed. (Yeah right!)

Tadah! It’s like magic. Without products and makeup I would have hidden myself away behind the curtain literally licking my wounds. As sad and probably pathetic that is I cannot change that about myself. I need makeup and I need products that make me feel good to leave the house and I needed to spend this extra time on the first day of my holiday to feel just like myself again. A day spent with my husband wandering around the garden centre in the sun, eating ice cream and knitting in the garden followed by a BBQ with my funny parents was just what I needed.

Stress is part of everyday life and it effects everyone. I am unlucky that mine is shown physically but it also acts as a reminder that I need to slow down and focus on the positives for a while. Making myself feel better with my lotions and potions is just the first thing I do but the main cure for stress is spending some time in peace doing what you enjoy. Spending time with my family is the best cure for my stress as well as knitting and even speaking with a friend on the phone, reading a book or taking a strill in the sunshine. It all helps. Stress is a killer but it won’t get me.

Corfu- Greek Paradise

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Corfu- Greek Paradise

I am sad today as I am back home and its the one of the last days of my 2 week summer holiday! But I can’t be too sad as I had such a beautiful and amazing week in Corfu!

We flew with Jet2 to Corfu and stayed in La Riviera Apartments on Barbati Beach. I say on the Beach because it was literally a 1 minute walk to the beach. We decided to go self catering as me and my husband are quite private people when we are away and I didn’t want to go to a big Hotel full of other tourists. The apartments are perfect with our own bathroom, bedroom, kitchen/living room and a balcony with the perfect sea view! For meals we made our own but we also went to the local tavernas and sampled proper Greek food like moussaka, Stifado, souvlaki, of course calamari but most improbably baklava which is my absolute favourite now.  The restaurants are all cut into the cliff and so have beautiful views of their own. It’s so nice to go out for meals in the warmth.

Sunset View from the apartment

View from the restaurant

We wanted to relax completely so we spent the first 2 days on the Beach. And I am sad to say that in the 36°-37° heat I did burn a little which but I also got a pretty nice tan! The Beach was a pebbly beach and the water was so unbelievably warm and clear it was beautiful to swim and relax in.

Our beach camp

Sausage legs

On our third day we caught the bus into Corfu Town. The town is interesting as it has a lot of tiny streets and higgledy piggledy buildings. We had lunch and went exploring through the old streets. Ending up at the fort which is quite pivotal on Corfu’s history of being invaded and controlled by other countries. We climbed all the way to the top but boy it was so hot we couldn’t stand to stay under the sun like that so had to retreat for ice cream!

Corfu town

Fort

Our favourite day was Saturday. We had watched all week as people hired out little boats from Emilos Boats and disappeared round the coast. I was dying to see round the Ben of the coast do we hired one. He gave us a good deal on a speed boat and we set off after my husband had a 5 minute lesson in driving a boat! It was scary first setting off and we were afraid to go too near the beach in case the propellor got damaged which Emilio did warn us of 3 times before we set off. But the absolute freedom and joy of sailing round the coast was just amazing. We found this little cove near Agni in Corfu dropped anchor and spent the afternoon swimming and messing about in boats. It was a brilliant day I won’t forget. 

Captain

Sun bathing on our boat

Jumping into the water

Off on an adventure

The only downside to our holiday was leaving. I wish we had had more time to be there and just be together. As it is so nice to be without ph0nes, Internet and television and just get  a break together.  Barbati is a beautiful place and I would recommend everyone to go if you are after a small piece of paradise.

Last night:(

Lovely hubby and me