Just a fleeting message this week to say hello and sorry for being rather sporadic recently. Life’s been a bit chaotic and I realised I was pulling myself in a few too many different directions. Last week’s down time was spent properly resting, and catching up with my loved ones.
On the last weekend in September, we decided to take a little trip up to Pembrokeshire in Wales. The days are quickly getting cooler and shorter, and we wanted to squeeze in one more trip before we give in to a winter. Succumbing to months snuggled on the sofa next to the fire. We packed up and set off up to Wales. After sitting in a horrendous traffic jam on the M4 for over an hour, we were starting to wonder whether it was such a good idea after all. We stuck it out, and arrived at our chosen camping spot just after dark. Quickly we set up the tent, and hurried off to a warm pub for some food. We awoke the next day to the gorgeous sunshine, and a crazy beautiful view of the ocean and Pembrokeshire coast line. Snuggled under the duvet, admiring that view, the long, tiring journey was soon forgotten.
After a lazy morning we went exploring. We walked the coast line, watched eager climbers trying to find that perfect line, explored a huge cathedral, saw seals swimming in the ocean and enjoyed a picnic on the edge of the cliffs. We braved the ice-cold sea, and ran into the waves. Charlie says it doesn’t count as ‘swimming’ unless you take at least one stroke. I managed 5 before we ran, giggling, back to our towels. The weather was gorgeous, the sky the bluest and the sea crystal clear. The days away from everything are our best days. I am already counting the days until next spring when we can get away again. For now, autumnal hikes and winter walks will take the lead. The coats have made their way out of the back of the wardrobe, hats are on standby, and our log store is full. Winter, we are ready for you.
But first, a refreshing, green smoothie. The kind of thing you might need on a Monday morning after a weekend filled with one too many Mojito’s. You know the kind.
Pear and Kale Smoothie (v) (gf)
2 large pears
1 large kale leaf – de-stemmed
250ml coconut water
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed powder (optional)
First, remove the core of the pears, removing the seeds.
Scoop half the avocado flesh out of its skin.
Add all the ingredients into a blender, and blend for 30 seconds.
Pour into a glass, over ice if you wish, add get refreshed.