North Wales

A Great British Bank Holiday

A Great British Bank Holiday

Take a sky covered in grey clouds, mix with a cool, damp air, throw in a smattering of drizzle and a promise of rain, and what do you get? The perfect ingredients for a Great British Bank Holiday and a trip to the seaside, right? We know how to pick our days for paddling, chasing waves and then letting the salty sea rush over the tops of our wellies, don't we?

'Mama, I'm cold and wet.'

Surprise, surprise!

Minus 3

Minus 3

When it says minus 3, you just know that no matter how many pairs of socks and gloves you don, your fingers and toes are never going to feel warm. But still, when the earth looks as though some magical being has sprinkled glitter all over it, you just have to get outside. The shimmer and sparkle is simply too beautiful to resist. And, you know, it's the season of hot chocolate after all, which is simply the best thing to come home to after a morning spent putting a touch of colour in your cheeks. So, minus 3, do your worse. Because I kind of like you.

The weird and wonderful village of Portmeirion

The weird and wonderful village of Portmeirion

As weird as it is wonderful and as eerie as it is beautiful, the village of Portmeirion is one of the strangest places I've ever visited. I felt as though I'd stumbled on to a film or TV set ... horror, Miss Marple, period drama, I just don't know. Don't get me wrong, we had a brilliant day there, and I wholeheartedly recommend that you go, but, it's a touch odd. It's a folly, a facade, a tourist attraction ... a village that's not really a village but is a village. It's surreal.