- A Change of Plan -


Our original plan was that we would walk up Pen y Fan (the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park). However, Phil was still recovering from a hernia operation and I had come down with a very bad cold which escalated to needing antibiotics. So, our plan had to change. We put our walk onto the back burner for the next time, instead, opting to take a drive through the National Park instead.

Blessed with blue skies and sunshine, but still a bit on the chilly side, it was a wonderful drive through the countryside dotted with small idyllic towns and rolling hills. The remnants of autumn lingering on the trees, made for a wonderful palette of contrasting colours.

- A Roman Bath -


Today we visited Bath and the Roman Baths. I have to say it… the Roman Baths were a little bit disappointing for me. I think the reason for this, is that I had romanticised it all in my head and on arrival it didn’t quite live up to expectation. I had expected the water to be crystal clear and that I might be able to dip my hand into the warm waters, where once Romans bathed and languished.

However, Bath is a beautiful town. We took ourselves out for a nice lunch and strolled the streets taking in the ambience of a town getting ready for Christmas.


- Stonehenge baby! -


I was so excited to visit Stonehenge today. Having grown up seeing images and being caught up in the mystery and magic of the place... today was the day that I had been waiting for.  

As we crossed over into England the weather took a turn and we found ourselves driving through the countryside in very grey wet conditions. As the temperature dropped to -2 degrees, we faced sleety snow. This soon passed and upon arrival at Stonehenge we were merely inundated with steady rain. It was very much worth the rain and cold.

I would have liked to have spent more time there but it was just too wet, cold and gloomy. 

 P.S. I am wearing one of the beanies from Alison Tod Couture Millner, the fabulous hat store In Abergavenny I visited twice! £35 and totally worth it! Thanks to Phil’s mum for the awesome purchase. I love it!

- West of Wales -


An overnight adventure to West Wales.
I think Phil and I had a small communication breakdown about what I wanted to see during our visit. I had grand ideas of idyllic coastal towns and craggy rocky cliffs, showcasing the raw beauty of the welsh coastline. Don’t get me wrong, West Wales has all of that and much more...! I just didn’t get to see as much of it as I would have liked. As it turns out the sun sets super early in winter time. So by about 3.30pm we were already starting to lose the light.

We still had a lovely time. We had lunch in Fishguard in a little rustic pub, where you could bring your dog inside. We explored a “castle” in Cardigan. We then found the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and followed some very narrow lanes to arrive upon a most stunning coastline. It was extraordinary! Very windy and getting dark, we wandered for a short while, before retreating back to the car for our final destination for the night - Tenby. Whilst in Tenby, we went out for a fantastic meal at The Stables. If ever in the area, I recommend eating there.

I can’t wait til we go back to Wales, so that we can really explore beautiful West Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coastal path.

- Australians LOVE Old Buildings -


During the planning phase of our trip, I had mentioned to Phil that I was keen on seeing old castles and ruins from the past.  Phil’s friend claimed that “Australians love old sh!t” when he mentioned the itinerary to them. I’m not sure if that is actually the case, but I do have an interest in old castles and ruins. There is something almost mythical about them.

Our first castle, one of many old sites to come, was Cardiff Castle. It was a most beautiful castle with lots of lovely detail, and they still kept the art of falconry alive. We also saw squirrels! Yes, I am excited by squirrels… cute furry little grey critters frolicking around in the autumn leaves hunting out nuts.