I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in mid-Wales and it was absolutely FANTASTIC!
I’ve been fishing, crabbing and wildlife spotting, ate ice cream and fish & chips, played tennis and frisbee and even had a dip in the FREEZIN’ cold sea.We stayed near Llangrannog in a lovely cottage at Penlon Farm, where the owner Gari allowed me to roam freely round the farm and even feed a baby lamb by hand – despite being small it really pulled on the bottle. There’s Jazz the sheepdog, horses Tommy & Freddy, a turkey, sheep and chickens. It’s a great place to explore, I’d love to live there.
Cwmtydu has a rocky beach with a river that changes with the tide and I love it there. If I lived near there I’d go after school everyday – it’s just a brilliant place. My Mum bet me £5 to swim for 10 seconds in the icy water; I’m always up for a challenge !
Later in the week we cooked tea over a real fire using driftwood off the beach and I enjoyed a campfire Forest School favourite, ‘S’more’
My 3 favourite places to visit
- Ocean Lab Sea Trust at Goodwick, usually has an aquarium, but as the ranger told me they haven’t got any funding at the moment and they have had to close it. This makes me very angry with the Government, so I donated my £5 winning to help them out. I was really lucky to be shown a (possible) meteorite rock – it’s yet to be tested by an expert – but I was told all about terms like carboniferous, ignatius and ionised rock – fascinating stuff
- Dyfi Osprey Project near Machynlleth is a 360 observatory looking out over marshes/wetlands. It’s a holiday favourite for us, as everything about it is fantastic. Monty and Glesni are the resident ospreys there, but recently a new osprey is in town, Blue 24 and when she’s around it all kicks off !! We also spotted a barn owl and I’ve never seen one before, so I was over the moon. If you visit their website they livestream all the osprey activity, it makes better viewing than Coronation St !
- Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran is just the best place ever for wildlife spotting, there’s loads of bird hides and we always have an amazing time when we visit. The weather was great and the café is one of my Mum’s favourite; we had lunch in the shadow of an enormous willow badger.
Best wildlife spotting of the holiday
I saw LOADS of wildlife, but here’s my top ten (I’ll put a gallery of wildlife spottings on my facebook page)
- In at number one, Barn Owl – we spotted this ghostly white shadow, gliding softly over the fields at the Dyfi Osprey Project
- Badger – near where we stayed, we saw a silhouette trotting along, until it got a sniff of me and legged it!
- Ospreys – are gigantic birds; we spotted 3 soaring over the marshes
- Tawny Owl – we heard it first and then saw it fly over us into a tree
- Great Crested Newt – hundreds of them (which is great) near the Welsh Wildlife visitor centre
- Linnets – spotted these beauties at Strumble Head
- Gannets – flying over the sea again at Strumble Head
- Choughs – are a big black bird with a curved red beak, only found in specific places
- Peacock Butterfly – very colourful insect spotted at Welsh Wildlife Centre
- Wheatear – spotted this small bird on the coastal walk to Llangrannog
Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m mad about fish & chips; I had them twice from a chippy in New Quay – they were scrummy. Had a delicious hot chocolate too!
I’ve got another week off school and am looking forward to visiting RHS Garden Harlow Carr, doing a bit of gardening (I’ve planted these spuds today) and I’ve got big plans to make my own Doctor Who/Harry Potter film.
What a great Easter holiday it’s been so far.