Monday 27 April 2015

This Weekend at the Duckpond

We have mostly been...

Travelling - to Barry and Barry Island for a mini 'happy 8th wedding anniversary' weekend break with the sole intention of doing our own Gavin and Stacey location tour!

Barry Island

Enjoying - the refurbished Penarth Pier. Last time we visited it was still looking a bit derelict but it looks mighty fine now.

Penarth Pier

Penarth Pier

Walking - the trail that leads from the motorway services on the England side of the M48 across the old Severn Bridge. If you want you can walk across the whole length of it but we weren't that crazy and just did up to where the chains start.

View from Severn Bridge

Riding - on the 109 year old Newport Transporter Bridge - a magnificent structure!

Newport Transporter Bridge

Feeding - some squirrels in Barry Island. A lady had a supply of peanuts and was dishing them out to 7 or 8 very tame squirrels and passed the nuts around so we could have a go.

Feeding the squirrels in Barry Island

Filling - ourselves up with the all-you-can-eat breakfast from Toby Carvery. Luckily (or unluckily depending on your viewpoint) there was one next door to our Travelodge and their potato and cheese hash is very delicious indeed.

Toby Carvery breakfast

Exploring - Chepstow, somewhere neither of us had visited before and nabbing a few geocaches along the way.

Chepstow flowers


Laughing - at Russell Howard's show in Bath's Theatre Royal on Sunday night. It was a benefit gig for a local boy and featured Russell, Wil Hodgson (who we've seen a few times before), Sean McLoughlin, Steve Hall and James Dowdeswell. When the tickets went on sale I spotted the tweet from the Theatre Royal 26 seconds after it was posted and logged on straight away - meaning that we bagged front row of the dress circle!

Russell Howard at Bath's Theatre Royal

Russell Howard at Bath's Theatre Royal

Booking - some more tickets, a pair of them for Caro Emerald's show at Bristol's Colston Hall in December (my birthday present!) and some for us, my parents and my brother to see Bill Bailey in May next year who is (for some bizarre reason) playing Trowbridge in Wiltshire - a fairly average sized market town!

What did you get up to at the weekend?


  1. Argh this looks like so much fun! I love old bridges and piers, and I really want to visit Barry! :)

  2. I haven't visited a good pier in ages, I do like the look of that one! Nice and quite, just how I like the world :)


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