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Mothering Sunday…

Often confused with the Mother’s Day celebration in America, which is of entirely different origins, this coming Sunday sees us Brits honour our mothers.

Tradition claims that Mothering Sunday was first established to allow working children a day off from their working lives, and encourage them to visit and spend the day with their families. Way back when, children would leave their families and work as domestic servants instead. The mothering part to the day, it is said, comes from a religious encouragement to visit the church they attended whilst growing up – the church taking on the role of the “mother church” in this instance.

Nowadays, Mothering Sunday is more often known as Mother’s Day, and we Brits celebrate by showering our mothers with affections. Flowers, Sunday lunch, chocolates and champagne are among the [...]

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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.

THE BIRTH

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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