Articles in Category : Lifestyle & Leisure

The St Lawrence River and The Thousand Islands

Liz recently visited Canada with her partner Gareth for a relaxing holiday.

Liz wanted to explore the river and its surrounds while Gareth spent his time carp fishing.  The islands rise out of the water between the Canada-U.S. border of the Saint Lawrence River as it flows from Lake Ontario. Covering a

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D’Arcy’s Snapshot of South America

Local businessman Robin D’Arcy MD of Bay Estate and Letting Agents escaped the life of property agent last year and began a month long South American adventure. Here he shares his journey with us.

The Russian writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once said,“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” I adopted this as my mantra for a long-planned, month long trip

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Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths – Addiction!

This month Chris Griffiths confesses to the addiction that has shaped his life – surfing.

Addiction “My name is Chris Griffiths and I am a surf addict”. I have come to the conclusion that this statement must be true. I have been a surfer for over 35 years. It has cost me several jobs, thousands

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Going Wild on Gower

Spring time heralds the arrival of Ramson in abundance on Gower. Also known as Wild Garlic it has many culinary uses and in this feature Andrew Price of 'Dryad Bushcraft' and Tatiana bento of the 'Marmalade Cookery School' venture into the wild and then the kitchen.

If our recent Wilderness Gourmet Adventures are anything to go by, spring has well and truly sprung, and nothing tells me that the good times are back than the sight of Ramsons growing like a lush green carpet in the

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Father Andrew Pearce looks at the pursuit of happiness in his article this month. As usual he will get you thinking!

‘Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence’. So wrote Aristotle in perhaps his best-known philosophical work, the Nicomachean Ethics, in the fourth century BC. Whether or not you agree with

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Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths – A change of plan!

Mislaying his passport leads Chris to an unexpected destination

Robert Burns wrote “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley” such were Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths plans for a winter holiday. A Change of Plan! February is classically a quiet time for surf shops. Cold weather and

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Llangenith super session

Well, this winter so far has been the warmest since records began - or so the nice weatherman on the telly told me recently. 

Well, this winter so far has been the warmest since records began – or so the nice weatherman on the telly told me recently. This is due to a constant procession of low pressure systems winding their way in from the

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Petra Rediscovered

Last month, Liz Barry journeyed to Jordan and spent some time discovering the ancient city of Petra where as recently as the 1980s the Bedouin lived in caves, carved from the sandstone cliffs.

Last month, Liz Barry journeyed to Jordan and spent some time discovering the ancient city of Petra.  I received a text from her which read “weather hot and sunny – Petra fabulous and the Bedouin men gorgeous”. She quickly sent

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Liz Barry visits… Bryher

What are the odds of meeting someone on holiday who has a connection with home? Liz Barry experienced this situation on a visit to the Scilly Isle of Bryher earlier this year.

Bryher is the smallest of the five inhabited islands of Scilly. It is noted for its unspoilt natural beauty, its maram grass-edged sand dunes and transparent turquoise blue water. One side of the island is very wild with waves that

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The Boy’s Trip

This month Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths goes North on a boy’s trip away – a real father and son break where they all have a ball!

One of the best things about being a parent is sharing the things you do with your kids. So, when my good friend Rob and I were organising a surf trip earlier in the summer we decided to take our

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Liz Barry visits Kinsale

Liz Barry visited the town of Kinsale in the Republic of Ireland and discovered some of the great things going on in October.

Kinsale is a waterfront town on the lower reaches of the Bandon River in West Cork. In 1992 it was twinned with Mumbles. They have much in common as both share seafaring histories and traditions. Kinsale is only a 30

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Liz Barry Visits The Scily Isles

A short plane journey from mainland UK, a leisurely ferry crossing or for the more adventurous a helicopter flight, will transport you to a different time and place where life is slower, skies seems endless and the sea shimmers across deserted white sandy beaches.

There is no foreign currency to figure out or a strange new dialect to master. Where have I landed you may ask?  On the Isles of Scilly, a destination I had long been inquisitive about and was finally going to

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Meet Greg Healey – Everest Climber

In April I got a call from a gentleman who asked if I would be interested in a story about his son Greg Healey. He was on Mount Everest and hoped to reach the summit on or around May 26th...

In April I got a call from a gentleman who asked if I would be interested in a story about his son Greg Healey. He was on Mount Everest and hoped to reach the summit on or around May 26th.

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Liz Barry Visits Cork

This month Liz Barry explores the city of Cork and discovers just how easy it is to pop across the Irish Sea and experience the craic.

After many years absence from the local coastline the Swansea to Cork ferry now managed by Fastnet Line has entered its second year of operation. The MV Julia offers a comfortable, stress free way to travel across the Irish Sea.

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Santorini

Liz Barry is never happier than when she is travelling with her camera – here she visits the Greek Island of Santorini – I defy anyone not to be envious! Santorini -Tremors, tourists, tavernas

One of the most spectacular Greek islands is Santorini, which is the only inhabited volcanic crater in the world. White-washed houses and blue-domed churches shimmer in the sunlight. The terraced villages look like tiers of a wedding cake as they

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Springtime in Paris

“I love Paris in the Spring time.” So goes the Cole Porter song and I have to agree! We recently spent a couple of days taking in the sights of France’s capital city and enjoyed the whole tourist experience.

“I love Paris in the Spring time.” So goes the Cole Porter song and I have to agree! We recently spent a couple of days taking in the sights of France’s capital city and enjoyed the whole tourist experience. Our

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Buffalo Bill Comes to Town!

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show Comes to Town! Tuesday 14th July 1903

At two o’clock on the morning of Tuesday 14th July 1903 a long black-painted train steamed into the Burrows Sidings at Swansea’s East Dock Station. Already a thousand people had gathered in the darkness to witness the arrival. The train

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