day 7 was a failure in many respects as we didn’t achieve anything we hoped for !
it turned out (according to these chaps) that some had whizzed by a few hours earlier, but dolphin sitings are very rare round here.
then we went in search of a nearby geocache on a hill overlooking the lighthouse, but once again failed
jane tried to move a mountain and kezia had a lie down
even the cows had been packed away in to little black and white bags
caldey island is a monkery just a few miles away from tenby. we got absolutely soaked on the boat ride across, but the weather was (mostly) ok once we were there.
a life in the day of a monk
inside it was covered in pieces of paper with prayer requests. someone had even popped their’s behind jesus’s back on the cross, no doubt trying to bump it up the holy order (pun intended)
here’s the post office
i was deliberately steered away from the chocolate factory (although i’ve had a few chocolate cakes i’m still off chocolate bars)
ultimately though it was a very peaceful island containing a dozen or so people devoted to serving God through prayer.
read more about it here
once we got back from caldey island we popped over to enjoy some rare evening sun and had luxury (expensive) fish and chips by the quay at saundersfoot
i walked 20km on thursday and at one point nearly crashed in to lenny
henry (his fault, i was walking along minding my own business [as much
as i ever do with camera in hand] and he was talking on the phone and
suddenly turned round in to my path
silent world is a bonkers aquarium in tenby and well worth a visit
it’s in a funny little old church and despite its small size contains loads of slightly worn looking exhibits. actually, it was only the tanks which looked aged. the animals looked fine.
if you don’t know about little people then shame on you ! i think it’s fantastic. and i just happened to be in london yesterday on the evening of the solo show launch. unfortunately i didn’t rsvp and it looked really busy and i had my big camera back pack so didn’t go in.
but this on sunday looks fab (although i don’t think we’re going to be able to make it)
i went photoing whilst the girls played on the beach. i arrived back just in time for a massive rain shower which completely soaked everything. amazing it was. but before we abandoned the beach the girls demanded a photo in their boat
you can see the little tent where i hide when on the beach above to avoid the sand.
kezia, esther and jane all hit the ropes on day 4 at the heatherton tree tops trail.
it was my job to catch the action from the safety (and dampness) of the floor. the three shots above are of them whizzing down the death slide thingy at the end
i was very impressed by everyone’s progress through what looked (to my untrained eye) quite a challenging course (hence the name i guess)
kezia was only just tall enough to do the course (although she did need
poking with a stick from the ground at one point as she couldn’t reach
the nextswinging rope !)
seeing this photo reminded me it was sunny as they went through the training before the rain storms arrived for the day
i’d like a sign like this for my desk at work, with an arrow i could use to point to the level of trickiness of the task in hand
remember to lean in to the wind
it’s a shame more places don’t go for the crazy wall colours which only seems to happen at the seaside. perhaps inspired by the plastic buckets and spades they see go by every day
and this is the (old?) lifeboat launch thingybob. we found out on our last day that they do their practising on a tuesday evening so that would have been a good time to have gone to watch something happen. but we didn’t.
i spotted a lot of use of the word ‘famous’ by the seaside. i suspect it might be used in place of the word ‘only’
whilst jane and i huddled together in our warm hoodies, raincoats and boots, our girls threw off their shoes, and threw on their swimming costumes to shiver in the sea.
only in britain would you find people wearing skimpy sunbathing clothes alongside those more suitably dressed for winter wind and rain
pembroke08 day 2 was a windy day. we went to stackpole quay and walked round to the magical barafundle beach.