On Saturday morning we headed out to Glan-rhyd woods for a wilderness/bushcraft experience. It was a very hot day and we could have done with using the first open air swimming pool in Wales had it been in a fit state.
The woods are on the old estate of Arthur Gilbertson, a wealthy local industrialist, and have lots of interesting features as well as being a source of peace and tranquillity. Until we all arrived. Then it was camouflage, cooking and den-building.
At base camp the leader of BeeWild Conservation and Education explained the purpose of camouflage in nature before his intrepid team set off to be hidden.
Some of us even managed to fit in a bit of whittling to prepare sticks for cooking marshmallows.
The den at an early stage.
Climbing trees wasn't meant to be part of the adventure but some of us see a tree and have to climb it.
After a picnic lunch in the woods it was back to our house for much fun in the pool before the barbecue. Toby decided he'd have a go at this camouflage lark too.
Today, our actual anniversary, we went to Port Eynon to play on the beach. We built castles and hearts, paddled and rock-pooled. We caught a fish, a shrimp, a large crab and a small crab. We also found a dead shark i.e. dogfish. My attempt to get the grandchildren to help me fill in a heart shape with stones was less successful than I might have hoped i.e. other things proved more interesting leaving me to collect most of the stones.
If you look very carefully you may be able to make out the 40 in the centre.
It finished with fish and chips on the beach and ice cream before we set off for home. A pretty good way to celebrate a special anniversary I think.
Tomorrow we set off for France for the re-creation of our honeymoon. No idea if we'll have wi-fi but I'm sure I'll be popping up every now and again.