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February 15, 2015

Why I Love Living in Wales!

Last Sunday, we had a beautiful sunny day. It was a joy to be outside, with some warmth on your face and not have to have a minimum of four layers of clothing on!

We decided to visit a local beach very near to our home.

Aberavon beach is a thirty minute drive away, and is a lovely long beach which we often use in work. With the nice weather, it seemed that everyone else had the same idea! The beach was full of people out splashing in the shallows, or digging for shells and enjoying the sunshine. We had a lovely long walk, enjoying the sunshine, climbing rocks, finding new shells for my daughters collection and making funny shapes in the sand with sticks. As we got back to the car, the day was so nice that we realised it was too nice to go home.

Luckily, about ten minutes away from Aberavon beach, is Porthcawl. This also is an amazing beach, which, in season, is a favourite with surfers and beachcombers alike. This is one of my favourite places as we use Coney beach a lot and, in summer, it turns into a traditional seaside beach, with fair ground rides, donkeys on the beach, ice cream stands and, of course, plenty of places to buy fish and chips.

As the tide was well out, we made our way to the rock pools. One of my daughters’ favourite things to do at the beach, is rockpooling. We scrambled over the rocks, carefully hunted through the seaweed (looking for crabs) and my daughter found lots of caves to explore and climb through.

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I used the opportunity to practice some of my beach training, and we looked for different types of seaweed and animal life that live on the rocks. We photographed dog whelks, limpets, barnacles and anemones. I also showed my daughter how (and why) different seaweed can be found at different levels on the beach. It all depends on how much sea water they need to survive. We looked at toothed wrack, bladder wrack and green seaweed that looks a lot like lettuce! It’s a good way of introducing learning, within a fun and relaxed setting.

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We visited two brilliant beaches in one day. They are beautiful, clean beaches with lots of activities to fill out our day. My little beach combing daughter even managed to sneak in a cone of chips and a hot chocolate !!

I think that’s why I love living in Wales. We are very lucky, as we have everything needed for outdoor adventures. The mountains, the sea and endless forests.

But, I also think that we all have outdoor adventures near to us, we just have to take the time to seek them out. I would love to hear about the Great Outdoors near to you… !!!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

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12 thoughts on “Why I Love Living in Wales!

  1. I’m glad you had such a wonderful trip out. It’s brilliant that you can impart knowledge at the same time.
    The thing is, I love living in Wales too. The question should be What’s not to Love?

    xxx Massive Hugs Kim xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      Isn’t it great to have a bit of sunshine. It was such a lovely way to spend a Sunday.
      Couldn’t agree more about living in Wales, so much to do and see.
      Take care,
      Kim

  2. Linda says:

    A little bit jealous of your beach adventures, as we are land-locked here in the Midwest…Glad to see that you’re able to apply your forest school training in a beach setting as well! Thanks for joining the #outdoorplayparty.

    1. kim says:

      Hi,
      I must admit I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I do love being able to nip to the beach.
      It adds something a little extra if I can share some knowledge with my daughter, she loves marine life and is always keen to learn something new.
      #outdoorplayparty

  3. Mae says:

    Looks so beautiful. I miss the beach. But we still take advantage of the outdoors. This past weekend we camped near a lake.

    1. kim says:

      Its such a lovely beach, we are very lucky to have them so close to us.
      Lucky you being able to camp. We’re counting down the days as its still a bit cold here but we cant wait to start camping again.

  4. Coombe Mill says:

    It looks like you’re surrounded by beautiful beaches, I love exploring the beach in winter. It’s great when you’re in a relaxed setting and you can help teach your kids some information they would normally just brush under the rug and ignore. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    1. kim says:

      Hi,
      We had such a lovely day and the weather helped so much. We really didn’t want to go home.
      I love the beach in winter as well, just some extra layers is all you need to keep the cold at bay.
      Great to be able to link up to Country Kids.

  5. Wales is gorgeous isn’t it. You are very lucky. What a lovely place for your daughter to grow up, with so many outdoor opportunities. Thanks so much for linking up with the Outdoor Play Party. Hope to see you there again from tomorrow 🙂

    1. kim says:

      For an outdoor loving family I feel so lucky to be living in Wales. We have everything needed to have some wonderful outdoor adventures. #outdoorplayparty

  6. Ninjacat says:

    Fabulous the outdoors is great

    1. kim says:

      Thank you. Love being outdoors this time of year.

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