Holidays and escapes from the day to day realities of life always bring out the best in us. Doesn’t really matter where you go as long as you leave your comfort zone and head for different pastures and views to feed your eyes and soothe your soul.
My friend Lis and her family moved down to Tenby in Wales last summer and I was thrilled to be able to visit her last week for a little holiday and catch up in the Welsh sunshine by the sea in the beautiful little town of Tenby.
This is my postcard of Tenby to you…..
There is so much crammed into a small space. But a big space when you consider the size of the golden beaches that stretch for miles on either side of the town. The town itself is perched on a rocky hill with a myriad of tiny roads and alleyways zigzagging in and out of each other.
Flowers are everywhere, each shop, pub and hotel competing with the next one to out-do on the floral front. For a confirmed floraholic like me this was sheer paradise. I loved the colours and the heady smells of the flowers mingling with the cooking smells from the restaurants, it fairly made you long for meal times when you could sit outside in the sunshine with plates of freshly caught seafood and a chilled beer.
The beach is the big draw for Tenby, it stretches for miles. I love beaches, take me to the seaside and I am happy. The sound of waves, the breathing of the sea, it calms me and restores my faith in life itself. When I look back I am always happiest when near the sea and the whole holiday vibe of seaside resorts makes me smile. It takes me back to my years in Greece, makes me feel relaxed and younger (at least at heart).
Of course my friends are there to work as well as enjoying the laid back lifestyle. As I mentioned in my post on monday (Pickled Samphire) they have taken over Tenby fort on St Catherine’s Island, you can read all about the venture here at the Tenby Fort web site. Or check out their brilliant Facebook page TenbyIsland
For me this is an amazing place, a rugged outcrop of rocks with your very own fort on top. Straight out of any Boy’s Own paperback novel. A place for adventure and imaginings. This tiny fortified island has been many things in its long history, from a fortification to a private house, and twice as a zoo!
Now my friends are opening it up to the public again to walk around and learn its history. They have some wonderful plans for the future too, preserving the old building and allowing people into the fort itself where there will be fun for children and music, food and entertainment for all, but very much on a calm and feel good level. Nothing loud and brash here, my friends have vision and a care for the area and the community, I just know they will make a great success of this and bring Tenby Island to many more people.
The views from the island take your breath away. The rugged landscape overflowing with herbs and flowers and the air full of heavenly scents. I want to sit on the sun warmed rocks and just take in the view. Look down on the rocks and imagine pirate stories and smugglers and adventures in my head.
Looking over to the town you see the houses perched on the cliff top. The whole town is painted in soft pastel shades from pinks to blues, yellows, lavender, mint and apricot. Who could not be entranced by such a gentle colourful township.
The harbour with its fishing boats and yachts attracts many to sit awhile and just watch time and boats go by. There are tiny shacks offering boat trips, fishing trips and the fresh catch of the day. We start out day with coffee at Cafe Vista with its wonderful balcony tables and view over the harbour. We finish my visit with a last coffee at sunset just to take in the view once more.
I have to say a huge thanks to my lovely friend Lis and her husband Pete for giving me such a lovely holiday, and thanks also to my tour guide Libby for showing me where all the best ice-creams were and Cyrus and Solo for making me laugh. Love you all guys, you are stars!
So there you have it my friends, just a wee postcard from Tenby in Wales, Great Britain in summer sunshine.