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Homemade Camembert

I shouldn’t really be surprised as Anna is usually quite good at such things. But, I am a little surprised at just how good her homemade camembert is. It’s not that I didn’t have faith in her cheese-making abilities, nor did I doubt the expert tuition she had on her River Cottage HQ Cheesemaking Course. What...

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Updating the Borth & Ynyslas Weather Station

I’ve been running a weather station here in Ynyslas for a number of years now. I initially installed the weather station in 2005 at the request of a number of kite-surfers and windsurfers from the Midlands. They all used to make regular trips to the coast here but sometimes their trips would be wasted as...

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SUP Surfing in December

It seems that no matter what the weather there is always something to do here in Mid West Wales. After a week of wind and plenty of windsurfing, the wind has dropped and I headed out on my bike. I missed a surf session whilst on my bike, but since then the surf has continued to...

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Cross Biking in the Hills of Mid West Wales

I like to do my best to fill the time between Christmas and New Year with activities and this year the weather seems to have been helping. Yesterday was cloudy and cold but dry at least. After checking the surf which was good I had to choose between surfing, cross biking, surf-skiing or something else....

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I do Worry about our Friends Sometimes

Thought I’d share a Christmas present label that had us intrigued. As you can imagine we had been wondering what this could be for a while. All was revealed on Christmas Day when we opened this. Maybe I don’t have such a dirty mind after all – It looks like a loaf of bread to me! If...

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Boxing Day Windsurf with Mast Mount for GoPro

My Christmas Day windsurf wasn’t great as I had too small a sail Boxing day was perfect though. I managed to get out and give my new Mast Mount for a GoPro camera a trial in perfect conditions. It was a glorious day with wall to wall sunshine and a decent 25-30 knot WNW wind blowing. The...

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Christmas Day in The Cole Household

That was a lovely Christmas Day in the Cole household. The highlight being that we managed to successfully pull of the installation of a ground-level trampoline in the front garden and keep it a secret. Morgan was suitably impressed, surprised and delighted. Christmas Day Christmas Eve was the usual story with Morgan not being able...

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Installing a Ground Level Trampoline

If there’s one thing Morgan had wanted for Christmas it was a trampoline. You know the sort, the big blue ugly things that everyone seems to have rusting away in their gardens. He’s been wanting one for ages and we had always categorically said no. We had loads of reason why not as well. They’re ugly. I didn’t...

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Giant Stollen Baking for Christmas

I had quite a bit of marzipan left over after baking and decorating our Christmas cake this year. That’s nothing unusual as I did have more than 1kg of the delicious yellow almond paste and with only one cake to cover this year I didn’t use it all. The leftover marzipan would usually sit there, gradually...

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Braving Storm Barbara – Windsurfing and Biking

What a day that was! There has been very little wind for what seems like ages. Very little apart from the mad, short-lived and very destructive squall that we had back in November. The forecast for the run up to Christmas was looking good wind-wise though so I was chomping at the bit and ready to...

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Triple Treasure Hunting in Aberystwyth

Morgan and I tried some Triple Treasure Hunting in Aberystwyth on Tuesday. Triple Treasure Hunting Our Triple Treasure Hunting included Geocaching Pokémon Hunting Searching for Isaac Sweet Shop tokens Isaac Sweet Shop Tokens Isaac’s, the locally run sweet shop in Aberystwyth have hidden a whole load of tokens around town for the 12 days of...

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Christmas Cross – Welsh Cyclo-cross League Final

After a Christmas gathering in Bristol, we packed up on Sunday morning and headed off in the mist and murk across the bridge to Wales. Our destination was Caerphilly Mountain for the final round of the Welsh Cyclo-cross league. I had my usual excuses – my knees were sore, I hadn’t been training and I’d eaten...

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