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.
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!
Some of my favourite bits of driftwood.
We collected our favourite pieces on the picnic table in the garden of Barbara House.
And spent a lovely afternoon creating things.
One of the favourite things was this flag, which now flies in our garden.
Here I am flying the flag for blustery February beachcombing family holidays!
While Mr G got busy I arranged my driftwood finds in to letters, which I must nail to a plank now I am home!
Back At Home
We’ve been decorating with some of our finds!
L made this woven piece.
And I made this one, both are now hanging in the house.
Mr G added lots of the driftwood to the pirate play area of our garden.
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.
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!
I will leave with you with the tiger hammock hanging from the ceiling…