Weekend by the Sea, just me, TBF, the kids and the OPUS   4 comments

A few photos from a recent trip to the coast.

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

We stayed down at Pitton Cross, a very pleasant and very friendly site handily placed for the natural attractions at the far western end of the Gower. A short drive from Rhossili Beach but more importantly a most excellent walk over the fields to the coast.

And what a coast. We discovered the stunning beauty of this stretch of the Gower a couple of years back on a warm May afternoon. Rhossili and Worms Head get all the headlines but tucked away round the corner is Mewslade Bay. A sweep of golden sand backed by towering Limestone cliffs sculpted and weathered into natural castles and towers.

The walk down to the beach is along a dry limestone valley reminiscent of Yorkshire it opens out onto some truly spectacular cliffs.

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

Alas today the tide was full in so there was no beach to walk on so we stuck to the narrow paths along the cliffs, that delivered us to precipitous edges and narrow aretes over the sea.

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

It was a cold, grey and blustery day but we were enjoying being out and about again after the winter walking together as a family, which we don’t seem to do as much any more.

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

I noted to TBF that the day when our kids go their separate ways and abandon us to our dotage are getting closer. We spent a good deal of time together as the kids were growing up but it’s starting to dawn on me that there are more of those days behind us than ahead. Even when we are together we are growing apart as they forge their way ahead in life. When they are at home we rarely see them, both tucked away in their bedrooms, one playing Minecraft and the other Skyping her friends. It’s inevitable I guess but it’s still sad nonetheless. Even though this was a pretty grey weekend I was really enjoying just being together as a family. Being cooped up in camper forced a little bit of family time on them and they seemed to enjoy it as much as we did.

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

Well enough melancholy. The other main reason for the weekend was to play with our new toy, the OPUS camper.

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

We are still finding our feet with pitching it and as a fairly new modern design (they are only a couple of years in business) there are a few teething troubles such that at the moment it’s not quite as swift to pitch as we’d like. Practice makes perfect. What is certain is that once up, hooked up and the heater on, it’s spacious, comfortable and cosy. It’s also a major boost for me in that all the camping stuff is in the trailer and I don’t have to spend hours before a trip getting everything ready and cramming it into the boot of the car. After last years southern hemisphere adventures we are staying UK-based this year and have lots of camper trips planned

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

After lunch we took a stroll on Rhossili Beach, it was grey and bleak and cold but I loved it.

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

Just as before it was good to be out.

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

The many shipwrecks that litter the beach were particularly atmospheric in the gloom.

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

On even the greyest dreariest afternoons there is pleasure to be had

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

fall bay, gower, mewslade bay, Rhossili, Rhossili Down, The Beacon, Worms Head, pitton cross, opus camper

We also paid a visit to Llangennith on the Sunday where me and TBF braved the cold sea and towering waves to body board and surf the kayak. It was tremendous fun – no, really, it was! Despite the fact it was the sunniest part of the weekend I took no photos – takes effort and mental energy to get into the sea in March – not much left for anything else.

A short weekend but a good one and successfully proving that with the camper a quick weekend away is more than feasible. More of the same please

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4 responses to “Weekend by the Sea, just me, TBF, the kids and the OPUS

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  1. Blimey – you’re a ray of sunshine! Very sobering thought that, I shall do what I usually do with worrying thoughts – try not to think about it.
    Good to see TJF and TJS meditating together. Or had they entered a catatonic state when they realised that their electronic devices were running low on charge?
    TBH was a bit…impressed is not the right word, shocked? dismayed? astonished?….when she discovered that her fellow funster had been in the sea in March! I can’t see it having a galvanising effect on her however.
    Spectacular scenery that, we really need to get down to see the Gower some time.
    In the promotional video I’m sure the Opus went up in around 30 seconds. You don’t think they’ve painted a rosy picture for some reason? I’m sure practice will do the trick. I still think it looks very comfortable and swish. Do you fancy a swap?

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    • I know, it just occurred to me while we were walking across the fields, all apart with no conversation. Not helped by the fact that TJS and TJF are poles apart in what they like to do. They do tend to shut down when their devices shut down.
      The waves were just too good to miss but it was bloody cold, only stayed in about an hour but well worth it. The original Funster is still the best!
      It’s supposed to take 15 minutes but that’s only to to get the basic shape up. When you add in getting the water pump, gas working, unpacking all the stuff from the cupboards etc, more like an hour. The awning is pretty easy to pitch though, only about 30 mins

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  2. Beautiful coastal shots. I know what you mean about family time. Our kids are 22 and 24. My son (24) s living at home with us right now and my daughter attending university here in Denver. We don’t see her as often as we’d like. They grow up so quickly and there never seems to be enough family time. We are enjoying my son living with us right now – he keeps talking about moving abroad someplace so we know we better enjoy the time we have together now. I hope you continue to enjoy family outings with your kids!

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    • Not quite sure why it was this particular weekend that brought it home that the kids were growing up. It’s really important to the whole family to spend some time together although not helped by the fact my kids don’t really get on with each other!

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