Escape – word of the week

Cave on Newgale beach

Well that’s it. We’re calling it a wrap. Two of the teens are back at school and the summer is as good as over. Even the weather has turned overcast and drizzly, as if to cut short any fancy thoughts of extending the summer. Time to move on. Time to source the last bits she needs and pack up the other Teen’s belongings as she makes her escape up North to Uni, for the autumn.

Pembrokeshire

Not that we let the summer slip away quietly. We grabbed a few days to make our own brief escape to West Wales, this week. I love Pembrokeshire. I have memories of childhood holidays, visiting aged relations and playing on the Tenby beaches. More recently, we’ve headed over there as a family to explore the area too. It is beautiful and so much to discover. I honestly think I could spend the rest of my life just exploring it.

Escape to the Pembrokeshire coast

We stayed in a cottage near Newgale, within walking distance of the beach. Perfect for our stay. Soon after we arrived, a couple turned up expecting to stay in the cottage too. Turned out they’d muddled up the dates and had booked it for a couple of months time. They’d driven 7 hours to get there. I hope they found a place to stay. 

Newgale beach is about 2 miles long, so it’s easy to find a spot on your own. At low tide, there were rock pools and caves to explore and high tide we swam. Hero the hound ran like the wind across the sand, without passers-by distracting him.

Dragon’s lair.

The caves were fun. My vivid imagination went wild. I swear you can see the rows of teeth in the dragon’s open, snarling mouth and the nostrils just beside Eldest Teen’s head. Hang on. Are they walking on the beastie’s claws?

We even spotted a pair of choughs on the cliffs, with their beautiful red bills. I could have spent all day looking at the rock pools.  We saw a Sea Hare and different sea anemones, which I’ve never seen before. I’ll write a separate post with photos.

Wave jumping on Newgale beach
Wave jumping. Paddle boarders in the distance.

Also saw the fin of a shark in the distance, while everyone was swimming. I took a photo and we can see that it’s not a dolphin.Seafood platter

Seafood platter

Every holiday, I have to fit in at least one sea food platter, whether it’s at a restaurant or a take away. This time, we went back to an old favourite in Solva. You have to phone early in the morning and pick up in the afternoon. One of those places that’s tucked away and you have to know about. They’ve changed the platter to include a lobster bisque, which was so yummy.

Mr TTC opts out. He’s not a sea food fan, despite growing up on the coast, which I relentlessly tease him about. So he had steak, but the rest of the family have inherited my selkie blood and adore seafood.

Baby cardigan

Family

This time round, we were able to visit family. My niece and her husband have moved into the area, so we popped in to see them and their new baby. I dropped off presents, including a couple of cardigans. One made by me and the other by my sister, which has a bit of a story. It was lovely to see their new home and walk around the fields, listening to their plans.

Pentre ifan

Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber

Afterwards, we headed for the coast again and stopped off at Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber. We do love a prehistoric site. It’s down to the skeleton now, but would have had drystone walls and earth piled up on it, in the day. Amazing to think we were seeing it as its builders saw it and not the people who buried their dead in it.

Father and son skimming stones.
Father and son skimming stones.

Home

Back to reality now. Struck by how few people wear masks in our area, compared to Wales where admittedly it’s still mandatory. It seemed to change while we were away. The contrast was stark.

We had our first in-school meeting for what seems an absolute age. Felt odd sitting in the hall again among other parents. Middle Teen has started her A Level course and Youngest his GCSE course. I have my fingers firmly crossed that the next two years go without a hitch.

Anyone else dreaming of their next escape? I am.

Joining in with lovely Anne’s word of the week linky. What’s your word?

 

Word of the Week linky

13 thoughts on “Escape – word of the week

  • Friday 10 September, 2021 at 5:54 pm
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    Your little break away sounds fabulous! I always admire when people go on holiday and fit so much in! All the best to the girls and boy in their education this year. I’ve been saying the same thing about mask-wearing here in Birmingham too. It seems like people were only wearing it because the government said so, not because there was a serious pandemic!

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    • Monday 13 September, 2021 at 9:19 am
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      We did have a good time. The change in behaviour when we got back was remarkable. It is weird. Seems people were following the government rather than the pandemic. I respect personal choice, but I was surprised at how many. Especially in the school hall.

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  • Friday 10 September, 2021 at 9:39 pm
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    It does feel like summer is over, even with the mini heatwave.
    It sounds like you had a great break away. The beach sounds fantastic and the caves do look like a lot of fun and how lovely for you to visit family. x

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    • Monday 13 September, 2021 at 9:17 am
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      We may be too soon. Sounds like we could have another period of warm weather coming up. The caves were fun.

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  • Saturday 11 September, 2021 at 10:45 am
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    Looks like you had a wonderful time in Wales. I’ve never been to Pembrokeshire but it looks absolutely beautiful from your photos. What a nightmare for that poor couple who got their dates mixed up. I hope they found somewhere to stay too. Newgale beach looks like such an interesting place to explore – the cave is stunning and I can totally see the dragon’s teeth too. That seafood platter looks very yummy. Hope your younger teens are settling in well back at school and good luck to your eldest with starting uni. #WotW

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    • Monday 13 September, 2021 at 9:16 am
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      The open mouth of teeth caught my eye, then I noticed the rest. Pembrokeshire is beautiful and worth a visit.

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  • Saturday 11 September, 2021 at 12:09 pm
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    Ooh your break looks lovely. Never been to Pembrokeshire – is that the burial site that Michael Ball visited in his programme about Wales? I might be wrong… I can see the dragin teeth too!

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    • Monday 13 September, 2021 at 9:14 am
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      I’m not sure. Afraid I’ve not watched the programme, but definitely worth a visit.

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  • Saturday 11 September, 2021 at 12:14 pm
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    I used to love our holidays in Pembrokeshire, we have some VHS videos somewhere….. Such a lovely place. Unfortunately, my current husband isn’t a fan of wales, although he did enjoy taking me to Aberystwyth a couple of years ago, he loved driving through the Elan Valley. I’m glad you managed some last minute holiday fun. I hope your children settle well into school and uni.

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    • Monday 13 September, 2021 at 9:13 am
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      Pembrokeshire is beautiful. Maybe you’ll be able to win him over.

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      • Monday 13 September, 2021 at 9:14 am
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        Oh I liked your original spelling. Put me in mind of a grinning dragon. A whole sub-species.

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  • Tuesday 14 September, 2021 at 2:33 pm
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    It sounds like you had a lovely little getaway. Good luck to your teen who goes off to uni soon! #MMBC

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