Whales in Wales?

8 Sep

Last weekend Mr Sparkles and I went camping in New Quay, Wales.  Mr Sparkles bought me a whale and dolphin watching trip for my Christmas last year so I decided i should really get on and do it before we get to another Christmas! 

New Quay

New Quay

The campsite was booked.  A lovely little place called the Cei Bach Country Club with hot showers, a restaurant and bar!  One loves Glam-ping when she can 😉

We were all booked up for the Saturday but sadly the weather was against us 😦 So we rescheduled for Sunday and went off to pray to the ghost of Michael Fish to stop the wind just a little bit!

So what to do on a Saturday in a slightly windy Wales? Why, go on a steam train of course!  So off we went to Aberystwyth for a 3 hour round trip on the Vale of Rheidol Railway.  It was great fun and the views were amazing!

But even better than the train journey was the discovery of CRAFT, a recycling shop right in the train station in Aberystwyth.  They have absolutely loads of great stuff from old wardrobes to trifle dishes!  After having a small meltdown a few weeks ago about the price of dining chairs we got 4 for £30!  They need the seats recovering but that just means that they will actually match our new dining room perfectly!  I will post more pictures of their transformation later.  If it wasn’t that we only had the Yaris with us we would have come home with A LOT more than just some chairs and a set of tea cups (£4) .  Am now planning a trip back to CRAFT with a very large van 🙂 

After a tiring but fun day we had dinner at the Cambrian Hotel on the outskirts of New Quay.  I recommend the garlic bread pizza!!!!

Sunday morning, woke up jumped out of tent at a hundred miles an hour to study the sea…perfectly calm!  WOO HOO!  WHALES AND DOLPHINS ARE GO!

The boat trip was a 2 hour survey trip with the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre.  The boat, the Sulaire, was just what I had pictured in my head.  But with an added little row of blue & white striped deck chairs! 

View from boat

View from boat

Below is the official report of all that we saw (sadly no whales, but plenty of dolphins):

Sunday 6thSeptember 2009: Boat survey results: 17 Bottlenose Dolphins, 5 Atlantic Grey Seals2 hour start time 10.00 – Weather conditions; sea state 1 to 3; swell light; wind south-westerly to westerly

At quarter past Ten, two adult bottlenose dolphins were sighted travelling in a North easterly direction. At ten to eleven another two bottlenose dolphins one adult and one juvenile were seen travelling in various directions, and taking long dives thought to be foraging at depth.

The same two dolphins were seen ten minutes later Foraging at depth in various directions. The final sightings of the trip was at around half past 11 two adult (one female) Grey Seals were seen in the water.

And here is proof:

Dolphin

Dolphin

And no holiday would be complete with a massive slice of cake!
Strawberry Cake
Strawberry Cake
Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake

We had a really great time and it felt like a proper holiday, I’d definitely go back to New Quay again 🙂
What better reason!

What better reason!

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3 Responses to “Whales in Wales?”

  1. Chy 8 September 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    Sounds fantastic! Glad you and Mr Sparkles were able to make the trip! And inquiring minds want to know just how great that loo was 😉

  2. real estate mutual funds 6 October 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    Hey, I found your blog in a new directory of blogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, anyway cool blog, I bookmarked you. 🙂 🙂

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