Always seeking adventures……
These are delicious mussels from a food foraging day out, freshly picked from the rocks around Oxwich Bay in the Gower. Then prepared by my husband, and served in a creamy sauce with a side salad and crusty bread.
To start at the beginning, I’ve been little quiet recently. There are a lot of personal issues that I’m currently dealing with, which will become more apparent in future posts! Watch this space !!! Blogging is hard, to have to find the space, the free-time and the energy to post…….. but that’s another story.
Ummmm, perhaps you might also have noticed a …. blog facelift! A different look, but the same outdoor passion and adventures!
I’m going through a pretty miserable time, at the moment, and to say my mood is quite low is a bit of an understatement. I’m feeling very down in the dumps and finding it hard to be up-beat and positive. But, what happened today made me understand how spending time in the outdoors can change all of that.
The weather, at the moment, is horrendous. It’s very difficult (in my work) to deliver our usual trips. The rivers are flooded, it’s very cold, biking is too wet, and so we are finding that the only activities that we can deliver are walks. Luckily, as we are based in Wales, we have the most amazing places to visit. Today, we chose the Gower. This is one of my most favourite places to visit, as I have such wonderful memories both as a child, and with my work, but also as a parent. We’ve walked, camped, gone coasteering, and food foraging, we’ve surfed…. the list is endless.
Back to today. We jumped out of our mini bus with full winter kit on, ready for the wind and the rain. We headed along the Welsh coastal path towards Three Cliffs Bay. Being sheltered in a forest, we were very lucky to stay largely dry and, as we stepped onto open ground, I was surprised when the rain stopped and we were met with blue skies!
It was had to be a sign that it was going to be a good day.
As I came out of the forest, I saw the cliffs in front of me and I let out a huge sigh. I instantly felt relaxed, as it was so nice. Two of my young people and I just stopped, stood, and enjoyed the moment.
My beautiful view
It really was an instant hit of relaxation. After spending some time enjoying the view, we headed over to the ruins of Pennard Castle. The castle ruins are perched on the edge of the valley and show a stunning view, looking towards Three Cliffs Bay.
We spent some time exploring the ruins, talking about the history of the castle and what it might have been like to live there. It was great to hear our group of inner city young people getting into the stories, and appreciating their new surroundings.
After exploring the castle ruins, we headed towards the stunning view of the cliffs. The wind started to get stronger, but it was amazing to be outside, and not stuck in a small office feeling very sorry for myself. The scenery was stunning, and our group just loved being outside.
Who wouldn’t be happy seeing these views. It absolutely made my day. After lots of picture-taking, we found a little area that was sheltered from the wind, and had our lunch. We washed it down with some hot chocolate from our flasks. A hearty lunch with a beautiful view.
After lunch, we strolled back along the path, swapping stories and talking through our problems, wishing that the day wouldn’t end.
I started the day felling the lowest of the low, not wanting to interact or talk with anyone. But, after a bit of effort, it turned into the most amazing day. Getting outdoors, and being blown around by the wind, I felt so different.
OK, my problems were still waiting for me when I got home but, for a day, I forgot them.
The interaction with the young people in the group, speaking of future plans, what our dream jobs would be, but, most of all, our dream, hopes and desires, kept me grounded, in touch with the real, immediate issues of life, but also in tune with the incredible, vibrant stimulus around me.
Some days, it’s great to be outdoors!!