Rockpooling, Duck Racing and Pond Dipping – Visit Wales Part 2
Our weekend in Wales was too good to fit into one post so here is Visit Wales Part 2! You’d think we wouldn’t be able to top horse riding and tobogganing wouldn’t you; that Day 2 would be a damp squib? Oh no, dear reader – we had the time of our lives!
Day Two started on the beach again but this time we meandered down from our hotel in Saundersfoot to Wiseman’s Bridge and to the best rock pooling beach we have found EVER.
If you don’t have a Rocky Shore Name Trail from the Field Studies Council – get one, they are brilliant, we’ve had ours for years and it is invaluable when you need to identify something on the beach (they do lots of identification charts, I can’t recommend them highly enough) – we found mussels, anemones, winkles, weeds, barnacles and more!
They were pretty pleased!
It was a brittle star according to our identification card and it was a first for us, we’d never found one of these before! Moments after I took this photo, we found another one!
Next stop was Colby Woodland Gardens, deep in the Pembrokeshire countryside and approached by tree tunnel lanes bursting with bluebells. It is a garden where children can run free and where they are encouraged to explore, build, create and play – I am totally in love with it.
We visited the walled garden and wandered with ducks, the summer-house and marvelled at the trompe l’oeil (that door, that view and that key are all painted!) and the shed to plant some broad beans to bring home!
We went pond dipping and I realised that, while I had done it with Boy 1 and 2, I had never done it with Bonus Boy and Our Girl, another first time experience in Wales!
We raced ducks, built dams, swung on rope swings, built dens and generally had a very good time! I rather liked that Our Girl’s duck went a bit teenage and refused to come out from under this bridge during one of our races – I put it down to the Mohican it was sporting! We poked it out with a stick and jollied it along – much as we do with our teen children
We had a busy, happy outdoorsy day.
When we wandered along to the cafe for lunch we found Tina Cunningham and her Wild Art, she taught the children how to make wreath bases using cornus sanguinea cut from Colby Gardens. If you are nearby this bank holiday weekend (3/4/5 May 2014) pop into Colby for the Story of Wood festival for Woodcraft and Wild Art – Wood Turners, Wood , Sculpture, Wood Carving, Driftwood Art, plant a tree and more, Tina will be there!
Goodness, we packed a lot in to one weekend but I’m not finished yet – I still need to tell you about Castles and Dylan Thomas! Come back soon for the final installment of our Visit Wales experience!
Our activities were provided by Visit Wales for the purposes of this article, all opinions are our own and a jolly good time we had too!
Read Our Welsh Adventures Part 1 Here!
More About Colby Woodland Gardens
More Things To Do In Wonderful Wales!