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Posts all about what we get up to as a ‘down-shifted’ family living a ‘Simple Life of Luxury’ in West Wales. From family gatherings to family days out and much more.


A Quiet New Year in a Smart House

Well, we’re 10 days into 2022 and I’ve yet to write a blog post. New Years is usually quiet for us, but this is ridiculous! There just hasn’t really been anything exciting happening. New Year The New year was a quiet one for us. Anna and I went for a stroll around Furnace a couple...



We had our usual fairly quiet Christmas here this year. No early morning wake up calls from Morgan to see if Santa had been. Now that he’s a grumpy teenager it was quite the opposite in fact. We finally managed to get him out of bed at around 10am. The weather reflected the grumpy teenager...

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St Fagans and The Great House

We’ve just got back from a nice weekend away in South Wales. As usual at this time of year we try to combine my birthday, my Mums birthday, my brothers birthday and a Christmas get together into one visit. We usually meet the whole family either in Bristol or somewhere nearby. Covid precautions once again...

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Is Clotting the Problem?

I’ve been wondering about clotting recently. First some background for context. As you may know, I was super-fit, super healthy and the last person on Earth that anyone expected to have any heart issues. Despite that I had a major heart attack earlier this year and have been recovering since. As is often the case,...


A Home Defib

Defibs in Borth and Ynyslas Borth and Ynyslas doesn’t have many publicly available defibrillators really. The nearest one to us is at the Visitor Centre in the dunes. There is now another in Ynyslas at the Cambrian Coast Caravan park. This one is available to the public if needed but is really for the caravan...

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Anniversary Party

We’ve just got back from a quick trip to Bristol for my parents 51st Wedding Anniversary. Detours on the way to Bristol We had a few errands to run as well whilst away from West Wales First of these was a stop off near Llandeilo to collect some syrup to feed our bees. We’d missed...

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Dyfi Osprey Project

Sunday was a fairly non-descript day here. Cloudy, kind of grey with a gentle breeze and mild temperatures. A 5km PB I started the day with a 5km run. Building on my post heart attack 5km PB last week I started it at slightly better pace today and just kept it up. Last weeks ‘PB’...


Birthday Cake

It wouldn’t be a birthday with cake!! We also had a lovely meal at y Ffarmers in Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn last night too. Anna had plenty of chocolate as presents too. Other than that it was a fairly relaxed affair without too much excitement. Although, getting Morgan to join us for a meal out was quite exciting...


A Family Visit and a New Car

It’s been a while since we’ve seen any family – other than a flying visit from my parents a week or so after my heart attack. Lockdown and various Covid restrictions have been the main reason for this. We did see some of them this weekend though. My parents and my sister Trudi came to...