Following on from yesterday’s post on the the crazy surfers in Langland Bay here’s a good video of some action in from March 2008. Langland is probably one of the easily reachable surfing beaches from Swansea.
I got some good action shots using a long lens.
This guy was quite a way out and I took the picture hand-held so it’s a bit unsharp but the you can see the fear on the guy’s face! Much better than I can do though!
Click on the photo for a better view.
Over the Christmas holiday period we had a trip to Pennard on the Gower. We walked across the Pennard Golf Course to the ruins of Pennard Castle. The ruins date from the 13th century.
If you fancy the walk to the castle then park in Linkside Drive (marked on this map). Park near the village shop.
As you walk across the golf course and the sand dunes then you get a great view across to the headland at Oxwich.
Last weekend we went to the Wales GB rally.
It was a brilliant day for it as the two photos show. It was cold (- 3°C) but without any clouds at all, so it was gloriously sunny.
The village of Sigginstone (or Sigingstone) near Cowbridge is famous for two things – the Victoria Inn pub and the Llandow Plane Crash.
On Sunday March 12th 1950 an Avro Tudor V was returning from Dublin with 78 rugby supporters on board. The previous day Wales had won the coverted Triple Crown in Belfast. 75 passengers and all 5 crew were killed.
After several days of grey and gloom there was an amazing sunset in Cardiff Bay tonight – a gradual change from blue to black in the sky colour, but most amazing of all was that two planets were easily visible.
In the photo you can see Venus to the lower right (almost in the centre of the frame) and Jupiter above and to the left. Venus is currently about 1.09AU (astronomical units) away – that’s about 101,321,918 miles! Jupiter is about 5.66AU away – that’s about 526,130,324 miles!!
A classic from the BBC News site today. The sign pictured left was erected in Swansea. The Welsh translation translates back as “I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated.”
A classic copy and paste error. 🙂
See the original BBC article here for full details. Photo copyright BBC.
Strangely enough we found ourselves going across the Severn again this week and decided to cross on the original Severn Bridge. The photo on the left shows the 2nd Severn Crossing in the distance. The old bridge is being maintained again, as has been common over the last 30 years or so. Luckily the new bridge means that the old bridge is pretty quiet these days.
Today was a great day for Wales in Cardiff Bay – the return of the Wales Olympic gold medal winners Nicole Cooke, Tom James and Geraint Thomas and silver medal winner David Davies.
I must admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for Nicole Cooke since she comes from close to where I live. She’s from Wick in the Vale of Glamorgan. The welcoming crowd in Cardiff Bay today seemed to agree – the biggest cheer was saved for Nicole though the organisers had arranged for her to be presented to the crowd last of all.
We had a quick run down to Llantwit Major beach last night. It was probably one of the best evenings that we have had for quite a while, and the evening light was amazing.
The beach was quite quiet which was surprising considering that it was the start of the holiday weekend. There were a 3 or 4 camper vans parked up in the valley leading to the beach, and just a few cars and that was it.
You can buy prints online from her site – http://www.maristerlingphotography.com/
Something for my photography to aspire to!
I was looking for somewhere local for my special girl’s birthday last Sunday. A friend suggested “Illtud’s 216” in Llantwit Major. Of course I knew it, but had never been. For me it was famous as where Pugsley went after leaving the well known Plough and Harrow in nearby Marcross. I quickly discovered that Pugsley had sold up and the place was now owned and run by Georg and Einar Fuchs. Georg had previously been executive chef in the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay.