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Y is for Ynys Barri

imageOn a rainy and blustery Tuesday, just before Christmas we achieved ‘Y’ on our 2014 A-Z #ntfamilychallenge by visiting the spectacular YNYS BARRI. (PLEASE NOTE: there is no place beginning with X with the Index of the National Trust Handbook so we are legitimately able to proceed to Y!!). Ynys Barri is a headland and a rugged coastal outcrop of hard volcanic rocks carved in the last Ice Age, situated along the coastal path between Porthgain and Abereiddi. We certainly made the most of the walk in quite testing, blowy conditions.

imageNot being familiar with the area, we were initially going to approach Ynys Barri by parking at Abereiddi and walking around the headland across the coast path. We parked on the beach in a significant wind and it was really funny even attempting to open our car door! Understandably the beach was pretty deserted, so the boys went down and blew and blustered about! The sign with ‘Y’ on it that the boys have held at each challenge destination got blown rapidly across the car park, with both the boys chasing in hot pursuit!! Our youngest son was (shall we say a little) concerned for our safety at setting off across the path in such a ferocious gale so we came up with plan B and drove to Porthgain to approach Ynys Barri from there.

imageI absolutely tempted fate by saying we have enjoyed lovely weather on each letter so far – setting off from Porthgain it was drizzly but much calmer than at Abereiddi but after about 10 minutes on the cliff top path, the sea mist came in & it turned pretty grim and wet! But it didn’t stop us acknowledging our beautiful the Ynys Barri coastline is – and making a resolution to return in sunnier climes!

It was a pleasure in the pre-Christmas crazy build up to take a day out and get out and about whilst taking a vital penultimate step on the A-Z #ntfamilychallenge!

A is for Avebury

image Yeehah, the A-Z Family Challenge begins on February 16 2014!!!!

A is for AVEBURY.

On the first real sunny day of the year, what a great choice of day and location to start off the Family Challenge.

We had a great time at a monumentally historic and interesting place in British heritage and history. We learnt lots and enjoyed loads. Bring on ‘B’!

Snow on the way?

Wahoo!! Is snow on its way?.. Its always difficult to tell if the weather forecasters are erring on the side of caution (after the infamous ‘Hurricane – what hurricane’ incident) but it does seem like it might happen…

So fun in the snow tomorrow?.. Schools out? Snow boots, hat and gloves at the ready – yes please.