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Welsh Adventure Chapter 4: Driftwood Creations Gallery

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This is the last of my stories about Wales for now, and I am a little sad. But I know there will be more, and that Wales will always have a little place in my heart. It is the home of many childhood holidays, and I am so pleased that my children have had four holidays there now too. Our stay at Barbara House, with Sykes cottages, has definitely occupied a big place in their hearts.

I felt a bit like I had lost a limb when we came home, but my thoughts soon turned to the lovely memories we created. It was a short walk to Llannon beach from Barbara House. It might not be the prettiest of beaches – not like sandy Mwnt beach which I shared last week – at first, arriving at dusk, we were a bit unsure, but over the week we came to love it’s wild rockiness, the driftwood was amazing. The little walk down to it, through fields that are laid out as they would have been in medieval times was a happy ritual I felt the urge to do daily. I could also see the sea from the office of the cottage.

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

On the walk down to the beach we passed the cottage you see above, which completely inspired me. We all wanted to find a buoy after seeing this. We didn’t find a buoy, but over the week we found many treasures and brought them back to Barbara House to play with. Mr G found rope and driftwood galore. He was so completely tied up with his finds!

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

Some of my favourite bits of driftwood.

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

We collected our favourite pieces on the picnic table in the garden of Barbara House.

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

And spent a lovely afternoon creating things.

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

One of the favourite things was this flag, which now flies in our garden.

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

Here I am flying the flag for blustery February beachcombing family holidays!

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

While Mr G got busy I arranged my driftwood finds in to letters, which I must nail to a plank now I am home!

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

Back At Home

We’ve been decorating with some of our finds!

L made this woven piece.

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

And I made this one, both are now hanging in the house.

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

Mr G added lots of the driftwood to the pirate play area of our garden.

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

He also got Mr A banging nails in the wall, so he could hang other things in his bedroom. This is his ‘weapon holder’ I am told.

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

This is a sea monster, also nailed to his bedroom wall. G hates doing homework, and was asked to draw a book character for World Book Day. Instead I suggested he took a photo of this as he had put so much energy into creating it. He added a few lines explaining his friendly sea monster who just wanted friends, and he won a prize. Just goes to show that you can do homework without realising you are even doing it. That’s our favourite homework!

Our Driftwood Projects, Art and Creations

I will leave with you with the tiger hammock hanging from the ceiling…

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As you can see our stay at Barbara House with Sykes Cottages was completely inspirational!  Read more about our other days out at Llanrhystud, Devil’s Bridge and Mwnt Beach.

It was a short walk to Llannon beach from Barbara House our Skyes Cottage place in Cardigan Bay. It might not be the prettiest of beaches - not like sandy Mwnt beach which I also wrote about - at first, arriving at dusk, we were a bit unsure, but over the week we came to love it's wild rockiness, the driftwood was amazing. The little walk down to it, through fields that are laid out as they would have been in medieval times was a happy ritual I felt the urge to do daily. I could also see the sea from the office of the cottage.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Kerry Bratt

    I feel your homework pain Pen. I have a bright, funny, creative boy who believes he is stupid because he doesn’t hit fictitious milestones created by people who have never taught…. Makes my blood boil!!!

    31/03/2016 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Jane Taylor

    Yay! We are off on our Wales Sykes cottage trip today and you have really got me excited about it after reading about your adventures. I love some of the photos in this post. I’m definitely a girl who feels like the pictures tell me as much about your adventures as the words on the page and I love that one of you and the driftwood with the kids in the background.Mind you, that doll’s arm one freaked me out because I thought you’d buried one of the kids under a pile of stones for a minute! Phew! Thankfully not!

    You know, the take home messages and things that ooze out of all of the chapters of your Wales adventure are what a lovely family time it was. Shares experiences, shared adventures, simple pleasures, the great outdoors, bonding! Love it.

    01/04/2016 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com

    I like the way you loved your beach even though it wasn’t as immediately pretty as Mwnt. Beauty is what you make of something….gorgeous post.

    15/04/2016 at 7:36 pm
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