Sunday, 24 September 2017

Short Trip to West Wales (again)

Last weekend we had a jaunt to West Wales again.  On the Saturday we went to Llanelli - my husband's home town - and did a spot of charity shopping in the afternoon with his Mum.  I did make a few purchases, but you'll have to wait for September's purchases post to see.  My mother-in-law did really well, she bought some adorable 1970s Clarks shoes that she got as part of a 'fill a bag for a £1' offer, so they probably only cost about 20p.  In the evening we headed to a party at a friend's house,.  It was a lovely evening catching up and swigging prosecco, apart from the bit where someone dropped a champagne flute on my foot.  Unfortunately my shoes were peep-toes, and so I had a bit of a bruise and some under the skin bleeding.  On the plus side, my toe broke the fall of the champagne flute and it survived!  It wasn't a late night as we had a full-on day planned for the Sunday.  It was my toe hurting in the morning, not my head...

After a big breakfast, we headed to a recording studio in the countryside, where my husband was being filmed as part of a series on Welsh musicians.  I'll share the link when it's published.  The studio is in a couple of outbuildings on a former farm, with pretty views across the fields and a little babbling stream.  It felt rather idyllic.  The sun was blazing hot, and I hadn't packed facial sunscreen so I was a bit worried about burning, whilst at the same time sweltering in a too-thick shirt.  Ah well, it was a fun morning spent with some nice people - relaxing for me as I was mainly just drinking tea - and I got into the spirit of things towards the end, yelling 'Action!' at Chris.

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After the recording session it was back in the car, and driving further West to Laugharne.  It was more work for my husband, performing in a local pub, but he was done by 5pm, so we had the evening to ourselves.  We were last in Laugharne back in April, when we visited Dylan Thomas's former home, the Boat House.  This time, we went for some much-needed food (we'd had no time for lunch!) and then an evening stroll by the estuary before retiring to our hotel room.

Laugharne @porcelinasworld

The final day of our trip was full-on.  I'd booked the day off work so we planned to do a lot to make the most of it.  We packed up the car and left Laugharne, pausing at the estuary to look at the stunning morning view.  The mist was rolling off the estuary and the sun was piercingly bright.

Laugharne @porcelinasworld

Laugharne @porcelinasworld

Laugharne @porcelinasworld

First stop en route, was an early morning visit to the famous Pendine sands, where Malcolm Campbell made a new land speed record back in 1924.  It's a fabulous stretch of 7 miles, I could see why it appealed to the record breakers.

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Above: Pendine sands

Hopping back in the car, we took as much of a coastal route as we could to Colby Woodland Garden, a National Trust site that we must have driven past about twenty times but have never actually been in before.  I was very excited to finally be visiting, and was eager to have a good walk to stretch my legs.  The site has lots of little trails through the woodland, as well as a pretty walled garden.

colby woodland garden @porcelinasworld

colby woodland garden @porcelinasworld

colby woodland garden @porcelinasworld

colby woodland garden @porcelinasworld

colby woodland garden @porcelinasworld

colby woodland garden @porcelinasworld

Moments after these photos were taken, the heaviest downpour came out of nowhere.  We were forced to shelter under a tree, before deciding to make a dash for it.  I was soaked!  My jeans were pasted to my legs, and my poor coat was sodden from holding it above my head as a make-shift umbrella.  It was the second time that day that I had to get changed in the front seat of the car, hoping nobody would walk past as I whipped something off.

Driving with the heaters on to try and dry out, we planned a charity shop whammy then, going to Tenby, Carmarthen, and Ammanford.  Slim pickings at first.  In Tenby in particular there were a lot of holidaymaker cast-offs, but by the end of the day my husband had found a nice pair of Grenson shoes in his size, and I'd found two fabulous 1970s dresses to add to my collection.  Exhausted by the day, it was shower, wine, and bed when we got home.

Tenby @porcelinasworld
Above: the sun came out in Tenby

It seems this trip was a victim of unfortunate packing.  I wore peep-toe shoes to the party, when closed ones would have protected me from the champagne flute.  I wore a thick shirt to the recording studio and gig, and was so hot in the pub that only one song into Chris's set, I had to go and change my top into the only warmer-weather thing I'd brought, a rather nondescript vest top that was purely brought to layer under something else.  Then in Colby Woodland Garden, I had the wrong shoes (nubuck for muddy paths and then a downpour), no umbrella, and jeans which are useless in the rain.  I then couldn't wear the nubuck shoes for charity shopping as they were still drying out, and was forced to wear the boots (that would have been great in the garden) for walking around in, which made my feet ache.

We've got another weekend away coming up so I'll have to start planning some all-weather outfits now so that I don't get caught out quite so much again!  Does anyone else experience such unfortunate packing or is just me?

20 comments:

  1. Well doesn't your husband look dashing in these photos! I think I overpack so much that I do generally have clothes for every occasion... saying that I definitely went overboard on eveningwear for my honeymoon and should have thought about more casual things for wearing down to breakfast! I'd actually forgotten we had breakfast included which didn't help!! xx

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    1. How could you forget you had breakfast?!! Most important meal of the day and all that.

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  2. When the weather is so unpredictable it is impossible to pack correctly.

    How cool that they have a recording studio in the woods!

    I hate walking around soaking wet. We got caught in a down pour when I was in Hong Kong. At least I was wearing sandals. Swishy shoes are not fun.

    Suzanne

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    1. It was a very cool place with the studio, a really idyllic spot in the Welsh countryside. I think my husband has added a 'recording studio in converted barn' to his fantasy house wishlist!

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  3. You are making me quite envious, although I must admit that I've never been to your husband's home town ... I love the estuary at Laugharne, and I've been to Pendeen Sands. It was a very windy day and after we'd walked the length of the beach, picking up shells along the way, we have to head back against the wind, sand blowing in our face. Good memories, though. Colby Woodland Gardens is looking particularly striking this time of year. Thanks for taking me along. xxx

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    1. The town centre in Llanelli is not that exciting really, it suffers from out-of-town-retail-park syndrome. BUT there are lots of charity shops, a nice park, and there is a wonderful place called Llanelly House that occasionally hosts fashion exhibitions and does a good afternoon tea. And of course there's the beach for a windswept walk. So, worth exploring if you have the time some day!

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  4. Haha, you didnt have that much luck with your clothes! I have only been ones in Wales, we went to the South because we stayed in Sommerset. What was it beautiful! All these little waterfalls!

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    1. Wales has no shortage of water for the waterfalls that's for sure!!

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  5. Oh, the sudden rain sounds nasty! Still, better to get rained on than a worse injury from the champagne flute; if it had broken it could have done you a proper injury. (Pete once dropped a knife on his foot and it landed point-first...)

    I don't tend to do unfortunate weather packing, though I tend to wear the same bloke-shoes for everything - I'm sure if I had nicer ones I'd worry about them more.

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  6. Colby Woodland Garden looks absolutely magical as does the beach at Tenby!
    Gah! What a series of wardrobe failures, you'd never have guessed by the photo though! xxx

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    1. The gardens were indeed magical, and we will have to go back on a day with 0% chance of rain :)

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  7. That's a shame about the weather and your outfits, I hate when that happens! Regardless you look beautiful as always and it looks like a beautiful place to visit! I love your coat, the big buttons are so good x

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    1. Big buttons are the best aren't they?

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  8. Oh yes I disaster pack often and this despite me literally packing the kitchen sink when I travel, I still never cease to be amazed that I backpacked for 2 months back in the day!

    I for one am agog for the September purchases, only a week to go.......

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    1. I think it probably has its own hashtag on Instagram, #disasterpacking
      I backpacked once too, how I managed it I don't know. No urge to do it again mind!

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  9. Oh my- you had such bad luck with your packing this time around! I must admit that is one of the reasons I don't enjoy traveling/packing- I am always sure to forget the one thing I need! :(
    And, despite the clothing mishaps, it looks like you had a great time! Colby Woodland Garden looks lovely.

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    1. We did have a great time, I wasn't always in the greatest comfort, but you've just got to roll with it!!

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  10. Ouch! Poor you, I Hope it isn't too painful. I dropped a heavy based glass on my toe once, the pain quite took my breath away.

    Colby Gardens look beautiful! Funny how we can continually drive past places and never go in. Hinton Ampner, we must have driven past dozens of times and Petworth too, they're so close, but we never went in till this year x

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    1. The toe is perfectly fine now, thank you! I think we sometimes have a mental block as to local attractions, with ones further away somehow seeming more appealing?

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