Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas 2007 in Pembrokeshire, Wales

In an attempt to escape from the commercialised hectic modern Christmas we rented a cottage near the Druidstone Inn on the rugged Pembrokshire coast... and got a bit more of a historic experience than we anticipated. It was damp and cold and we only had a coal burning antique Rayburn stove for heat! So we arranged our days and nights around feeding the fire and learned strategies for using paper, kindling, soft "house" coal and hard anthracite coal to master the beast! Here's Billy, our fire Master, at work, next to the rack of wet running kit that never really dried out.

But we did enjoy ourselves - knitting, playing scrabble, hearts and valiantly running in the rain. Nick fit right in with the hearty locals, running in a t-shirt and shorts in sleeting rain, while Ali and I opted for full winter gear.

We had two dark but dry days, one when we walked around St David's point, along dramatic volcanic cliffs spotting seals and sea birds.

And on Christmas day, the skys cleared and Ali and I had a spectacular run around the Marloes penninsula meeting Nick and Billy taking photos at the beach. Ali held my ipod Nano while Nelly and I had a run...and dropped it in a tidepool!

One very dead Nano... oh well. But I'll never be able to log the 25 miles I ran on the PDIP Nike+ challenge!!!
It was a memorable trip and the shared adversity made us laugh together and find simpler ways to amuse ourselves without the telly and computers. And we did learn how to knit gloves!


Petraruns said...

You sound like you had a great time! I'm most impressed with your ability to knit gloves though - wow. I never get beyond dolls' scarves... Happy new year and happy training!

MarathonChris said...

Sounds like you had a great time!!! I love getting away from the hustle and bustle during the holiday!!

Happy New Years!

Nigel, Staffordshire said...

Sounds like a great Xmas !!!

Have a great New Year.


P.O.M. said...

That looks amazing. It's been a while since i've been on your blog -sorry about that.