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Or as some down this end of the world may say, Penblwydd Hapus.

Of course, I’m talking about Dylan Thomas. Referred to by many as one of the true literary greats, Dylan has become a true icon of Welsh history. Born on the 27th October, this Monday saw the celebration of 100 years to the day since his birth in 1914. Events have been taking place all across the world to commemorate his memory, with a special centenary festival taking place in Swansea.

Although Dylan was born in Swansea and spent much of his time writing in London where he stayed with his sister, there is a little town in Pembrokeshire which also held a special place in Dylan’s heart – Laugharne. It was at the Boathouse in Laugharne where Dylan and his wife Caitlin set their roots with their first family home. With a small writing shed set above the house on a cliff-top, it proved to be the most picturesque setting for a Welsh writer to spend the last four years of his life. And you can certainly understand [...]

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As you leave the house this Half Term, you’ll be surrounded by pumpkins, skulls and fake cobwebs. Seeing Frankenstein, Count Dracula or a Wicked Witch will be part and parcel of this school holiday, with sour sweets, gummy teeth and maybe even some chewy bats making an appearance in your child’s diet and that ever popular Michael Jackson song will no doubt be heard at some point during the week. It’s the one week during the year where it is acceptable to prank people with the sole purpose of frightening them.

As fun as Halloween may be, personally I’m more concerned with making plans for the next event on the calendar – Bonfire Night. Not one for trick or treating, watching a bonfire and a fireworks display is definitely much more my kind of thing. The mere mention of Bonfire Night immediately conjures up childhood memories of going along with my parents and older brother to see the local village display.

We would walk over to the village hall, thick winter coat [...]

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- L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Yes, it’s that time of year where “Where has the time gone?” and “Before you know it, it will be Christmas” are becoming frequent phrases in everyday conversation. The children have been back in school so long that their shiny new school shoes are no longer shiny but instead are already faded and scuffed.  We have waved goodbye to long summer evenings and throngs of tourists, and autumn has made a grand entrance complete with thunder and lightning.

Over the summer, I have enjoyed barbeques on the beach until the late evening and the constant warm weather has provided me with the perfect excuse to have ice cream after ice cream. However I find myself now welcoming autumn (and winter!) with open arms. I cannot wait to embrace the seasons of thick scarves, woolly jumpers and winter boots. Yes, summer is great for exploring our sandy beaches and sampling the occasional seaside beer garden, but for me it’s all about the cosy [...]

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I do breathe a huge sigh of relief when the restrictions are lifted off the beaches for dogs. Sometimes finding an accessible beach for my little one as well as being welcome to dogs during the busy Summer months can be a little tiresome.

Admittedly I am a huge fan of the Autumn/Winter months, as much as I love the lively buzz visitors bring during the Summer I am totally softened by the fresh, nippy air of the colder months (even though it has been toasty right through September).

Not having to give a second thought to where the dog is or isn’t allowed is just so refreshing, you also seem to get like minded dog lovers gracing the beaches throughout the Autumn/Winter, more than any other time of the year. Our gorgeous Pembrokeshire beaches make the best places to be to enjoy fresh air, have your toddler roam free and your dog charge across the sand as he pleases.

Most members of our team are dog owners and live in different parts of the County, so between us [...]

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The Retreat in Lamphey is a wonderful place for your family to set up a home for your holiday in Pembrokshire and less than two miles from a picturesque beach.

There is currently late availability at The Retreat for this coming Friday 4th July, with a 20% discount off the full week price.

Sleeping six in three bedrooms and accepting a pet, this really is a place where your family can feel comfortable and at ease. It is a tastefully decorated detached bungalow, with a lovely patio and lawn to the rear of the property accessible by french doors.

There are a selection of pubs and restaurants within walking distance, the Lamphey Hall Hotel has become very popular for it’s lovely cooked meals; as well as the village shop and bakery both in easy reach too.

So, if you are looking for a welcome retreat this weekend, please contact a member of our team for the late availability.

 

 

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