Well, I can’t believe how this month has flown by and that my last post was at the end of February! A fair bit has happened this month, which is my excuse for not writing until now. As a birthday treat for me we went away to South Wales for a long weekend, to visit our favourite spot there – Dunraven Bay. I first found this place when trying to locate a beach close to Cardiff, another favourite destination. I guess there may be closer places to visit from Cardiff, but having found this bay it is now on our list of regular places to visit, which we have done in all seasons and weathers.
Incidentally, Dunraven Bay has been used by BBC Wales most notably for Doctor Who. You can see the bay in these episodes : Army of Ghosts/Doomsday: filmed 16 January 2006 (where the bay was called Bad Wolf Bay and meant to be in Norway for the tenth doctor’s / David Tennant final farewell to Rose Tyler / Billie Piper ) , Journey’s End: filmed 5 March 2008 and The Time Of Angels/Flesh And Stone: filmed 20-21 July 2009 (just in case you were interested). Dunraven Bay would also be my own personal Journey’s End as you will read later.
A strange day today. In the morning I went to my uncle’s funeral. He was a lovely man and even though I didn’t see much of him in later years, I fondly remember frequent visits when I was younger. He was both a gentleman and a gentle man, had a great sense of humour and always had a tale or two to tell. Whenever anyone asked him if he was alright, he would reply, “I’m all left and half of that ay right”. I learnt today that upon joining the army, when asked “Those who can drive, step forward”, he stepped forward and became a driver to move SS prisoners between camps in Europe during the Second World War.
I had a great present this Christmas, a world map where you can scratch off places to which you’ve visited to reveal a different colour. It beats the current map on the office wall where I have flag pins stuck in which periodically drop out. The majority of the map is the original colour with only a few places scratched off to show where we have been over the past five years. It makes me start thinking about where I want to go to next and appreciate just how large the world is and vast the choice of possible destinations. (more…)