Well, my favourite time of the year is here. Autumn is rearing its head, the garden's ripe and full of spiders and the light gets a bit more characterful. Elis is back in school, a new school in fact, so no more daily trips to Tenby. More importantly, I'm starting to get back into the work, so that means I've had time to quickly sort some of the best images from our recent holiday in St Davids.
Mrs Dio and I have been making the odd trip down to the area over the years, but this year with Emi being young and us not wanting to spend ages travelling with her, we decided to take our Summer holiday there. It's less than an hour drive from here (and the first time I've taken my holiday in the same county I live in) but it feels a world away. It was a lovely break, really refreshing and enjoyable.
We stayed in a holiday cottage that has a double life. The rest of the year it's Wales' most westerly Bed and Breakfast. However, for the Summer months the owner takes it easy and moves to the little house at the end of the garden, and lets the whole building out for a holiday cottage. Amber Cottage made for a lovely place to stay, full of character and interest, just a quick 5 minute walk from the centre of St Davids. Initially it was a bit strange taking over a whole B'n'B for the week, but once you got used to it you can relax and enjoy the lovely views and garden with thinking you have to be up for breakfast at 7 and not feel weird about being in the proprietor's private sitting room and kitchen.
I'm giving the place a big plug as it really was special. The owner Kila was on hand for any problems, and was kind enough to let us have tomatoes from her garden, and on one occasion gave us a fresh loaf she'd baked herself. I can't recommend staying there highly enough, it really is delightful.
The first lot of photos I have from there are shot from Amber Cottage. The sunsets were lovely and here's a couple I shot, as well as the glow of the magic hour from the front of the house. Monet would approve of the field and the light on it, and Edward Hopper wouldn't be far behind in admiring the lone farmhouse either.
With Elis in tow, we visited Whitesands. I remember going there years ago, but had forgotten how beautiful a beach it is. It's massive and has amazing views of the islands around that end of the peninsula and overlooked by the craggy Carn Llidi mountain.
Elis gave body boarding a go, and believe it or not, the next day I ended up buying myself a cheap wetsuit (and Elis) and going back to give it a try. It was superb, but we were let down by the cheap boards we had. We will give it another go down here soon, but I will get us both proper body boards that don't bend when you jump on them. The waves were pretty big to. Here's some shots from the beach and surrounding area.
Of course, you can't visit St Davids the smallest city in the UK without visiting its famed wonky cathedral. Elis has been learning about St David in school, so he was keen to visit. I always enjoy going for a wander there as well, there's lots of great photo opportunities, as well as a number of interesting wooden misericords, grotesques, gargoyles and well worn tomb statues to enjoy. Here's some of my favourites from St Davids Cathedral. At the end, something I missed last time I was at the cathedral, a casket hidden away in a niche that supposedly holds some of the saint's bones.
Keeping things St David focused, we also took a trip out to see the remains of the old St Non's chapel, as well as take a quick look inside the new one. St Non was the mother of St David, who bore him on the cliff tops in a thunderstorm at the site of the chapel. There's also a miraculous well there that can 'cure' ailments. There's a little catholic shrine there now. Keep an eye out for the spider at home in the Virgin Mary's little alcove.
Back to the slog now though, lots to get through, lots to do and gasp, Christmas is just around the corner. Does it ever end? Not at the moment...
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