Saturday, October 14, 2006

Cold water, the zone and scenes from the cliffs.

We are staying at Preseli Venture, Pembrokeshire for a weekend of outdoor activities celebrating James' 30th birthday. Our adventures for today are coasteering and hiking.

1. I'm scared of jumping into water. I'm not scared of water or heights -- it's the act of stepping off the edge that frightens me. And I really suffer from cold shock when I jump in -- I lose breath control and for a couple of minutes can do nothing but gasp uncontrollably, sucking down whatever air and water get into my nose and mouth. So my first beautiful thing is... every time I jump into water, I know that I am beating the fear; and that the next time I want to jump in, it'll be easier. And also, I always get used to the water, and after the first ducking, I'm in control of my breathing again.

2. Coasteering takes you to places that you are normally not supposed to go. Cliffs, for example; the white water at the bottom of cliffs, and rocks just offshore.

3. Julia -- the American girl that we stole from her group to be our friend -- spots a sign saying 'Access to burial chamber' so we divert from the prescribed walk along the coast path and investigate five stones with an enormous boulder balanced on the top. Other Points of Interest include: some very cuddly-looking black cows; a furry bear caterpiller; seals rolling in the blue water far below us; a shiney black beetle.


  1. Clare:
    Thanks for the link back to the foxglove. We have it here in the states also, but not many people grow it. I've been reading backwards through your blog and following it since I found it a bit back, but hadn't made it that far back yet.

    I've linked Three Beautiful Things, love the concept, try to practice the philosophy, and reccommend it at every chance. Keep your beautiful attitude toward life!


  2. Sounds like you had a great weekend.I put three things on my blog for today, thanks to the reminder to be thankful.

  3. Does sound like a lovely weekend! I'm also employing the idea of 3BT's on my blog...I think you've got something great going here! Thanks for starting keeps me looking out for the good things. :)

  4. It must have been a great weekend for you, as you have described..It is my first time visiting your blog and I thought it was a great idea to record 3 things everyday that gives us pleasure...that helps the better appreciation for the gifts of daily life...

  5. i really like the way you blog,"Every day I want to record three things that have given me pleasure."remember this will make us feel everyday.


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