Last weekend I jumped at the mention of ‘heat wave’ from our good ol’ weather man and booked a quick getaway to the seaside. We booked a lovely little cottage in Llanfarian called Pengraig Cottage, which I would highly recommend. It is located on a farm just a couple of miles from the coast, high up on a hill with stunning views of Wales.
On Saturday, camera in hand we headed out for the day in Aberystwyth. After a little wonder around the castle ruins, I ran for the beach to dip my toes in the sea - you just can’t beat that feeling. A visit to the seaside is pretty damn exciting for a midlands girl, there’s not many places in the UK much further away from the sea than Bromsgrove.
After about an hour taking the perfect blog shot and throwing many pebbles in the sea, we headed to the Clifftop Railway. I went on one similar in Camber Sands and I love these old little carriages chugging up the cliff side. It might not look it but it was such a warm day, just very overcast, making it a real challenge to get the sky to show up in photos. I took lots of photos from the view point at the top of the cliff, and even got introduced to the concept of Frisbee Golf - How is that even a thing? They had the baskets set up on top of the cliff and you could buy frisbees to play with. I’m sure mine would have gone straight over the edge if I had given it a go!
We had a lovely mooch around the town and in lots of little boutique shops. I’ve been on the hunt for some new illustrations for our gallery wall in the studio and I managed to pick up a few from local artists - I’ll share them on Instagram when I’ve got them framed. After a wander around we stumbled upon Wiff Waff, Wales’ first ever ping pong bar - Genius! I wish we'd had one of these when I was at Uni, I can imagine I would have spent a lot of time there. I surprised myself at how good I was at table tennis - Who would have guessed it! I can’t catch a ball to save my life, but I can hit one with a very small bat.
On Sunday, we ventured a little further down the coast to Aberaeron. Much different from Aberystwyth, this little harbour town was one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in the UK. Taking photos of the coast, I turned around and spotted two little houses tucked behind the sea wall perfectly matching Pantone’s Colours of Year for 2016 - I completely geeked out and very excitedly skipped off to get a better look. I’m sure it’s a complete coincidence that they have been painted in baby pink and blue but I’d like to think there’s a very dedicated Pantone lover living there that changes the colour scheme every year… That gives me an idea!
It was a weekend of being introduced to seaside past times, because we then tried our hand at crab fishing - Something I’d never done before. Not sure I’m going to take up fishing, but sitting in the sunshine with a nice cold cider - That I can deal with.