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Wales Coast Path – Dinas Island to Cemaes Head

Coast Path Vital Stats Dinas Island to Cemaes Head Distance: 17.31 miles Elevation Gain Today: 1031m Highest Elevation: 174m Time: 5:39:05 Av. Pace: 19:36 mins/mile Calories: 2173 Totals to Date Total Distance: 1066.30 miles Total Time: 209:31:34 Total Elevation Gain: 34574m Total Calories: 103640 Distance to go: 41 miles After a decent night at camp,...


Wales Coast Path – Pwll Deri to Dinas Island

Coast Path Vital Stats Pwll Deri to Dinas Island Distance: 20.68 miles Elevation Gain Today: 1149m Highest Elevation: 141m Time: 6:45:12 Av. Pace: 19:36 mins/mile Calories: 2273 Totals to Date Total Distance: 1048.99 miles Total Time: 203:52:29 Total Elevation Gain: 33543m Total Calories: 101467 Distance to go: 58 miles After aborting my Coast Path run...

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Out and About with my Parents

My parents picked a nice week to come to Wales. After a few days in glorious sunshine in a caravan at Poppit Sands they arrived on Friday for a quick visit here. The weather continued to impress. Friday evening was spent at Brynrodyn Caravan Site in ‘The View’, overlooking Borth at its best whilst a...


An Early Swarm

After a very cold and wet start to Spring things warmed up enough for me to inspect the bees a couple of times. The first inspection was mainly to put the queen excluders back on and see what was happening. I knew there were bees in both hives but the queen excluders had been removed...


A Golf Course BBQ Chef

Morgan has been keeping in touch all the way from Canada and he seems to be having fun. His job at the ski resort has ended now that the winter is over and he has managed to get a summer job as a BBQ chef at a golf course. Typically, he was living in just...


Not Camping in The Cambrian Mountains

With the weather looking good I decided to head off for a hike and wild camp on Sunday. The plan was to bag a few summits that I hadn’t been to before, find a nice little camp spot miles from anywhere and camp out for the night. I’d then walk up a couple of other...

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Pottery Progression

Week 4 at pottery (week 3 for me) and we’ve progressed to the potters wheel! I was expecting a complete mess, lots of wasted clay and much hilarity as we grappled with it. So, after a quick demo we sat at the wheels, slapped some clay onto them and got our hands dirty. Controlling the...

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Pottery Adventures: Catching Up and Winging It

I had to play catch-up at pottery this week and relied on Anna for instruction and details on what they did last week. Anna of course had plans of her own and was busy doing her own thing so I was kind of winging-it. My creations were a slab-built pot thing – looks as though...

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An Impromptu Adventure in the Welsh Wilderness

Starting off on Dylife Mountain Road, I soaked up the views from Foel Fadian. Camping by Llyn Bugeilyn after a day of lakes and peaks, misty nights and frosty mornings added to the adventure. It was a wild weekend to remember in the heart of Wales!


Needs and Need Nots on the West Highland Way

Seeing as I wrote a packing list for the West Highland Way I thought it would make sense to review it now that I’m back. What were the ‘needs’ and what were the ‘need nots’? Was there anything I could have left at home to save some weight, and was there anything I wish I...