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The world’s biggest dog show is happening in Birmingham this weekend, and you surely know by now, that we at Coastal Cottages do love all things dogs. Crufts celebrates all things dog related, with an impressive trade show and a number of different competitions, all spread out across four days.

So then, it’s only right we honour Crufts with a very doggy blog this week!

I’m sure many of you reading this love to bring your doggies with you when coming to the coast on your holidays, so I thought what better way than to tell you all about our favourite dog friendly attractions!

Now I feel I should inform you at this point, that I don’t actually have a dog. I have two cats, and no, I’m not one of those who puts a lead on them and takes them out for a walk.

My cats would definitely not be impressed with thi [...]

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Happy Saint David’s Day!

Or rather, Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!

(tad early I know!)

Whenever I think about Saint David’s Day, many happy memories from my childhood emerge. And I imagine many who grew up in Wales will share these memories.  Saint David’s Day in school usually meant a day of celebration, rather than a day of lessons!

School celebrations consisted of:

1) Dressing up – Yes, in the national costume. Boys got off lightly usually in just a rugby shirt, but us girls…we had to wear the full outfit. Black hat, tartan top, checkered apron, black skirt, white knee socks and black shoes.

2) Welsh Cakes – In my primary school, pupils took it in turn each year to make welsh cakes in the hall. [...]

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As you probably know, Saint David is the Patron Saint of Wales. But how much do you actually know about him?

I remember being taught the history and legends of Saint David through school, but I must admit I can’t remember all that much about him now. The only thing that really seems to have stuck in my mind, is the story of the ground rising underneath him.

So what with Saint David’s Day approaching, I thought I’d refresh my memory. And yours!

Often, David is portrayed with a dove on his shoulder

There are a number or varying stories about much of David’s life, and so not all accounts are the same.


It is believed that David was born around the year 550, on a cliff top during a fierce stor [...]

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On Sunday, Celtic Manor in Newport hosted a Wedding Fayre which I was lucky enough to attend as we were exhibiting. Being my very first wedding fair, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

A room full of extravagant cakes and white dresses no doubt.

I accompanied my colleagues Jade and Sue to the Fayre, and not one of us is looking to get married but that didn’t stop us from making the most of the day! Jade’s boyfriend is probably trembling in his boots, she came home with so many business cards! And Sue, well put it this way – she made friends with the business in charge of the baileys fountain (shots of baileys from chocolate cups, who can blame her!).

We couldn’t take our eyes off these cakes!

Can’t decide where to go for your honeymoon? Maybe yo [...]

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The first one of the calendar year, and I bet many of you are struggling to find ideas on how to keep those little ones of yours content. After all, Christmas has only just been and February Half Term can have a habit of being awfully drab. With the cold weather still here in bundles, and the hard frost is still lurking about in the mornings, it’s hard to know what to do with yourself let alone the children!

The cold weather means you still need to wrap up warm and wear your winter coat, but your heart is longs for those long, warm summer’s days. And February isn’t making it any easier on the heart strings, hinting at warmer weather with the days lengthening ever so slightly. It’s noticeable here in the office – last month I was leaving at 5pm under pale moonlight, now I leave at dusk and chase the sunlight on my drive home towards the coast.

And so, the dilemma occurs. [...]

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