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  • Day69

    Mewslade Bay

    September 17, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    An early start to get down onto Mewslade bay as the tide is goes out, so that I can find a nice quiet, sheltered spot on the far side of the beach, which will get cut off by the incoming tide later in the day. The beach was nice and quiet and I spent several hours chilling out before having to retreat back across the beach. I went in the sea mid afternoon, it was alot colder than at Rhossilli. It was rough at times but otherwise ok. I was surprised the beach ramained as quiet as it did, its been alot busier here on my recent visits. One lady told me she didnt like it because it was to busy! Good job she wasnt here earlier in the season.Read more

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  • Day68

    Rhossilli Beach

    September 16, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Another lovely sunny morning on Gower or so I thought!
    As its busier now, than in the middle of the summer I decided to go down onto Rhossilli beach today, as there is plenty of space so distancing shouldn't be an issue. As I drove out towards Reynoldston I could see sea mist out towards Port Eynon and Rhossilli. I decided to continue as the whole coastline appeared to be affect. When I first arrived at Rhossilli it was impossible to see the sea or beach due to the mist. Here we go again!
    I decided to eat lunch in the car and see if it cleared. It did start to improve and I could see there were people on the beach. Oh what the heck, I decided to wander down and see what it was like. Its surprising how chilly it goes when everything is shrouded in mist. I walked along the beach and settled myself at the back of the beach below the old vicarage which is part way up the downs. The weather was totally bizarre, the back of the beach beneath the downs was a really warm sun trap I lay and sunbathed all afternoon with mist coming and going around me. I think it was lifting above me as it went up and over the downs therefore leaving the back of the beach in the sun. At 5pm I ventured into the sea, which was pretty rough with one big wave after another rolling in. The lack of time between the waves made it exhausting to be in the sea. Its actually the first time I have ever swum in the sea at Rhossilli beach. The water was really warm, the warmest sea I have been in all season.
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  • Day67

    Pwdulli or Maybe Not!

    September 15, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    As the weather is set to cool down a bit after today, I drove to Southgate to walk down to Pwdulli for a swim. Pwdulli is so beautiful on a sunny day. As I arrived in Southgate it stated to rain and did so for 2 hours! That wasn't forecast! When things started to improve I decided to go for a walk to check out a new housing development which is going up near the school. I walked up through the village, past the golf course and through the existing housing estate to see whats going on. I was surprised to find the existing estate looks like a council estate. I dont think it is, but it is very different to the actual village, where the very expensive houses are. I have to say I wasnt impressed with the area or development. I then continued out across the dunes to Pennard castle and back round Southgate. By 5pm the sunshine was lovely and I was wishing I was at Pwdulli, but not for long. Suddenly I became aware of sea mist rolling it and we were quickly shrouded in it. Within minutes it went from warm sunshine to foggy and poor visibility.Read more

  • Day66

    Summer has finally arrived on Gower

    September 14, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    As today is forecast to be glorious I set off for a swim at Torbay (Great Tor). Parking was a nightmare, there were cars everywhere. Fortunately when I arrived on the beach it was quieter than I expected. Most people must have walked down onto 3 Cliffs bay. The sea was absolutely lovely, not to cold, a bit choppy with the occasional bigger wave. As the tide was coming in, it wasnt long before I had to retreat up the beach. It was getting busier and I had to pitch the beach tent right at the back of the beach. I spent the afternoon chiiling our and swimming. As the beach got smaller due to the incoming tide the number of people increased. The busiest I have seen it. It got to the point where although I had 20ft or more between myself and others I was starting to feel it was just to busy for me to relax properly.Read more

  • Day65

    Hunts Bay and Pwdulli Head

    September 13, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    After doing the front of the van I set off for Southgate. It was extremely busy when I got there, I popped in to say hello and good bye to Karen. I probably wont see her again this year. I decided that as it was so busy I would walk down to Hunts bay which is on route to Pwdulli and only visited by locals. I have only been there once before, when I had Holly in the stroller, I recall it being very hard work pushing her back up the hill.
    Once there I didn't like the look off the path down onto the rocks. It is the 13th after all so I decided to give it a miss and potter around enjoying the peace. From Hunts bay I walked up onto Pwdullu head to enjoy the views.
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  • Day64

    Great Tor (Torbay)

    September 12, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Another early start today, to do some more van cleaning before I go to the beach.
    I managed to get the last side of the van cleaned and waxed before the sun got to hot to do it. Only the front roof section to do now! The van looks fab, like its in a showroom. I am very impressed with the new product.
    As it was a lovely day I set off for the beach around lunchtime. Its fairly quiet on site, which lulled me into a false sense of security. I was surprised by just how busy the lanes were. As I drove past Nicholaston farm campsite I could see the camping field was full. I am so lucky Kennexstone decided not to open to tents. It would have been so busy on site this year. I was on Great Tor before high tide. Another surprise it was a very low, high tide. Normally high tide cuts Great Tor off from Oxwich and Crawley. Not today it was at least 50 ft from cutting the beach off. I needn't have worried about the incoming tide soaking my belongings! I was quickly in the sea, gosh it seemed cold. It was lovely once I got used to it. It seemed ages since I have been in the sea, which obviously it isnt. The sea was lovely just a little choppy and most of the time I had the sea to myself. The beach stayed fairly quiet all day although I could see that Crawley and Oxwich were pretty busy. I spent the afternoon lying in the sun relaxing.
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  • Day63

    Fall Bay

    September 11, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    I was up early today to get some more jobs done before a trip out. I managed to get one side of the van cleaned and part of the other side done but drizzle stopped me finishing it.
    This afternoon the weather totally changed, time to head out. High tide was around lunchtime today so mid afternoon I headed to Rhossilli to walk to Fall bay which I should be able to access as the tide goes out. At least that was the plan, the low tide was in fact a very high low tide, as the water hardly went out all afternoon I didnt make it onto the beach. Its strange as I have never had a problem crossing the rocks before as the tide goes out. Yes, it was going out I double checked as I was starting to question it. Never mind its beautiful to look at and I was happy pottering around on the rocks, looking in rock pools. It turned into another lovely afternoon/evening. I didnt see a soul all the time I was down on the rocks.Read more

  • Day62

    The count down has begun

    September 10, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Time for a reality check!
    The season will soon be over and I need to start getting my end of season jobs done. First job is to clean and wax the outside of the van. I have a new product this year called Grease Lightning waterless wash and wax. I started with the front but only to just above the windows. I will need to get the steps out another day to reach the roof. Great product, definitely not a quick job and alot of elbow grease required but its much better than the equivalent products I have used in previous years. I actually ended up doing the front and back of the van. I am well impressed, the van is looking really good. I also had the shears out and cut all the long grass from around the awning. By mid afternoon I was shattered. Late afternoon I drove to Llanmadoc and walked down through Whitford holiday park onto Broughton beach. I was there until early evening by which time it was getting nippy and the light was fading.
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  • Day61

    Chilling out today

    September 9, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Marc left for home mid morning. I am feeling pretty tired so have decided to have a lazy day on site. Sods law Marc has gone and the sun is out. It actually turned into a really lovely afternoon. I lay outside the van sunbathing all afternoon.Read more

  • Day60

    Wet day on Gower

    September 8, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Oh no, another very wet day on Gower. We lazed around this morning before cooking brunch. The weather did improve a bit this afternoon so we went to Port Eynon. As is was wet and mid week with the kids back at school we actually managed to park in the village. We wandered along the beach to Horton and went up to look at the houses where John lives. I havent seen John to speak to this year, I saw him in his car one day. So I know he is still around.
    In the evening I cooked us a quick tea telling Marc he had to finish his tub of ice cream off as I didnt want to eat it. Surprise surprise, it taste like a snickers bar which I dont like at the best of times.
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