Weekly Round-Up: #1.1 – North Wales Holiday Edition 

What a wonderful week I have had – have you missed me?! If you didn’t know I went away on holiday to deepest, darkest North Wales last week and was unplugged from the world. No wifi and no data signal which meant I took an unplanned week off from blogging. It was so relaxing being away from everything and I actually enjoyed being unplugged. 

So let’s jump into the sights and experiences of my week in my beloved and beautiful Wales!

My boyfriend and I stayed in the tiny coastal village of Pistyll in the county of Gwynedd on the Llŷn Penisular of North Wales. We both are in love with Wales & this was our first experience of North Wales having previously holidayed in the Cardigan & Carmarthen areas.

This is the view from our patio. We stayed in the converted stone barn to the left which had beautiful views of the rolling hills and the Irish Sea. 

We had some beautiful weather and managed to avoid the rain when we were out and about. We managed to plan our week to have one day out and about driving around and exploring the area and then had a day to recover in the peace of the cottage to allow me time to rest and recoup. Perfect.

Our converted barn cottage was on a farm and each morning we were woken by the donkey and geese!

When we’re having our chill days in the cottage I spent the time reading. I managed to read ‘Billy & Me’ by Giovanna Fletcher which I devoured and I dipped in and out of the ‘Canon 750D for Dummies’ book. I have been very apprehensive about taking my first steps outside of the auto mode of the camera but I am so glad I pushed myself. I managed to capture some stunning sunsets which I am so pleased about! This was a clear sunset taken from the patio of our holiday cottage. Just incredibly awesome. 

Lots of yummy food was eaten during our week away. I also decided to re-introduce some gluten and dairy into my diet…. Which I am now regretting! Dairy does not agree with me but gluten in small amounts seems ok!

We couldn’t go to Wales without trying a Welsh Cake! These were particularly delicious with lashings of Welsh butter. Yummy.

On Wednesday was our three year anniversary so we decided to stop somewhere for a lovely lunch. We were on the Isle of Anglesey at the time, driving around and exploring when we stumbled across The Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr. This was a lovely foodie cafe and restaurant with stunning views over the sea.

For starter I ordered the scallops & roasted pork belly with puréed carrot. This is only the second time I have eaten scallops and they are so so good! I need more scallops in my life. Delicious. 

For main I ordered the pea & samphire gnocchi with charred gem lettuce and cherry tomatoes. I also ordered a side of green vegetables which were green beans and sprouting broccoli. This was complete veggie overload which my body was crying out for. So so good! This was also my first experience of samphire which was absolutely delicious, I loved the sharp salty taste – it complimented the dish perfectly. 

On Monday we drove down to Carmarthen which was around 4 hours away to meet my great friend Pip. It was a gorgeous drive through the Welsh countryside, through the mountains of Snowdonia and along the beautiful coast road. When in Carmarthen we all met for dinner at Pizza Express. I ordered the Salmon Risotto with a side of superfood salad. Delicious.

On the days when I did wear make up I enjoyed recreating this look. I used my new L’Oréal cushion foundation & bronzer and finished with my new Revlon balm stain. Love it. 

View from Anglesey of Caenarfon.

Abaraeron pebble beach.

Sunset over Abaraeron. 

Sandy beach of Pwllheli.

Pwllheli. Can you see the rolling hills of the Cardigan Bay mainland?

We both wanted to visit the Sea Zoo in Anglesey and I was able to get some great photographs. The above photo is of the underside of a ray. I fell in love with the rays. Such a cutie and this photo just makes me smile. 

I think this was a blow fish and it kept following me around the tank. It loved having its photo taken!

Jellyfish.

Starfish.

I had such a wonderfully relaxing week. I love Wales so much and I’m sure I will be back soon. Have you ever visited this area of Wales? I’d love to read and reply to your comments.

This is the stunning sunset from our patio. Just breath taking.
 

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6 responses to “Weekly Round-Up: #1.1 – North Wales Holiday Edition 

  1. Awwh Em what an awesome post – thanks for sharing these! Your holiday looked amazing, and how lovely it is to be ‘unplugged’ for a short while – sometimes I long for that too, it’s amazing how attached we are to technology when it’s available. I remember those yummy welsh cakes too, hope it didn’t flare up your tummy too much though they are irresistible!! 😀 Glad to see you had a great break away, very much deserved lovely lady *hugs* Karen 🙂 XXXXX

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    • Thanks Karen. We did have a lovely relaxing time and I didn’t miss technology as much as I thought I would. Was definitely good to be unplugged for a while. The welsh cakes were so so yummy and they didn’t seem to make me flare too much. I did have quite a bit of dairy and gluten throughout the holiday to indulge and ‘test’ how I reacted and yeah…. The conclusion is I need to cut it out of my diet! Hope you have had a good weekend, take care emxx

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      • Well it certainly sounds like you enjoyed it all (Welsh cakes included hehe) Sure did huni, was very busy with Emma dancing but apart from that there wasn’t too much to grumble about 😀 XXX

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