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Just the two of us   4 comments

A weekend for some quality father and daughter time before she disappears, never to be seen again. She’s heading off to a new country. I think they call it “Teenager”

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

TJS was away with his friends and TBF was away on a “girls” weekend in Snowdonia. I asked TJF if she’d like to go away in the camper or stay at home and play with her friends and I was pleasantly surprised when she chose the former. Back down to the Gower again then, to the same place we visited a month or so back. This time rather than the chill and grey skies at the back-end of winter we were in Spring.

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

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

The blue skies of the photos are helping to lift my very dark mood after yesterday’s election travesty. I won’t go all political as that’s not what my blog is about but let me just quote this from a Facebook post by The Daily Mash – “Voters surrender to their inner bastard”

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

Back to the happy world of the Gower. A glorious day albeit rather windy. We took a walk over the fields and rocky limestone valleys down to Mewslade Bay hoping that this time the tide would be out. It was.

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

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

The beach and the surrounding cliffs are magnificent. In many of those top ten beaches lists you see on the Interweb, the beach at Rhossilli always gets in, likely due to its perfect and long curve of sand (and the fact that you can park nearby). Mewslade Bay never gets a mention and I’ve yet to come across anyone who’s even heard of it. Take a look at these pictures and tell me this isn’t one of the most magnificent combinations of sweeping golden sand and dramatic cliffs you’ve seen.

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

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

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

As the cliffs are limestone the sea and rainwater has eroded them into an amazingly complex series of gullies, caves and towering castles of rock.

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

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

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

This narrow spine of rock is particularly dramatic. I need to approach it from the cliff tops some day and see if I am brave enough to teeter out to its point – probably not.

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

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

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

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

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

We spent a delightful hour just wandering across the sand, soaking up the views. There is nothing better than the combination of colours from sea to sand to cliff to grass to gorse. The wind kept us moving – not a day to spread a rug and laze on the sand although some brave souls did.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We finished the walk by strolling along the green pastures above the cliffs and through the fields back to the camper for lunch

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

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

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

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

We also took a late afternoon stroll on the beach at Port Eynon. About as near to a commercial resort as it gets on the Gower it had a whole lot more people there although no-one braving a swim in the sea.

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

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

The awning gave us perfect shelter from the wind while facing the evening sun and we had the first BBQ of the year – a fine finish to a really lovely day

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

The wind dropped the next day and TJF wanted to go to Worms Head to poke around in the rock pools. The natural causeway teems with life so we set off to walk there along the cliffs. TJF is not much for walking but she seemed to enjoy it. This stretch of coast is relatively flat so the going was easy.

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

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

It gave us the chance to see Mewslade Bay and the equally fine and adjacent Fall Bay from above.

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

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

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

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

The tide was just right so dropped down and scrambled across the causeway to Worms Head.

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

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

The rock pools were a little disappointing, probably too early in the year with water still wintery cold. We did find a few crabs and one very pathetic looking feather star but we enjoyed having a look. The wind seemed chillier today, not conducive to wet hands from poking about in rock pools. I have heard rumours that you can find Lobsters in the rock pools here but we’ve never seen any

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

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

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

We had lunch on the grass overlooking the bay and then headed back

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

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

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

I convinced TJF to extend the walk a little and make a circular and she seemed happy enough. The walk along the cliffs back to Rhossili is plagued with throngs of tourists but if you stick close to the edge you can avoid them. This of course also provides much better views including an aerial view of the many shipwrecks on the beach

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

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

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

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

We cut inland and found a rather splendid and peaceful route across the fields and valleys that took us pretty much back to the campsite.

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

It had been nice spending some time with TBF and we was in good spirits and chatty. Makes a nice change as we do seem to live in different worlds these days. Worth the effort to create and value these special times while I can

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

A Short Trip to Suffolk   7 comments

I’ve never really been to Suffolk other than a few days spent in Lowestoft when I worked for a company based there. We took a trip down that way in late November and paid a visit to Orford down on the coast, a very familiar place even though I’ve never been – it’s my mums maiden name

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

Very nice it was too. We went for a lovely walk from the castle, through the village and along the banks of the River Ore after a hearty breakfast in a local cafe

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

It kind of feels like the coast with all the boats in the estuary but in fact the sea lies a couple of miles over the various spits of land divided from the mainland by meandering rivers that characterise this part of the world. The coast is also home to a myriad of WWII remains when this coast was the last line of defence from a sea-borne invasion. Some of the constructions look like flattened pagaodas and together with bird-life the area looks well worth an explore. Given more time we’d have taken the ferry over and taken a more thorough investigation

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

For now we made do with our short walk.

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

We were in the area for one main reason. You may ask why we went all the way from darkest Herefordshire to Suffolk for a weekend – a good 4-5 hour drive away. We went to pick up our new toy, an OPUS Folding Camper. We spent or first night in it and despite the cold weather we were toasty warm as it has a heater. Run Cottage Campsite was very nice indeed and practically deserted as you’d expect at the end of November!

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

We spent most of the weekend learning how to put it up/down and hitch/unhitch it – with a few minor hassles but it really is cracking piece of kit and we’re really looking forward to Spring when we can start to try it out for real

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

Once I’ve used it a few times I may even post a review – reviews are not really my thing. Still it made a change to have a weekend away somewhere different and see some new places

Posted January 19, 2015 by surfnslide in Other

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