Postcard from Wales …

18/07/2014 § 3 Comments

New Quay, Ceredigion


We sat on the rocks and watched dolphins just 20 yards off the beach one evening, as the tide lapped in.

There are 2 beaches in New Quay.  This is Dolau Beach, the smaller of the two where we could walk the dogs.  In fact, every morning I strolled along before 5.30 am – just me and the girls!  One morning we were joined by a lone swimmer who left his towel on the wall and went out for a splash – rather him than me – I dipped my toe in and it was seriously cold!



Harbour Beach with the old lifeboat ramp. At low water you can walk right around the bay for miles on the sand.


The breakwater where crowds gathered every evening to watch the dolphins just yards offshore


One morning, I treated myself to breakfast at the beach cafe whilst Himself caught up with the papers back at the flat.

The gardens above the beach to sit and watch the boats and wildlife.

The gardens above the beach to sit and watch the boats and wildlife.

pretty seaside cottages on steep hills

pretty seaside cottages on steep hills

perfect blues

perfect blues

pretty little pubs and cottages

jolly little pubs and more pretty cottages


New Quay is a busy village even outside the school holidays, with a thriving local community.

Seaside Brights

Seaside Brights

He's about the same size as the little porpoises

Dolphins, dolphins everywhere


Some even came home with us, to remind us of our mini holiday.

We jaunted to Wales to spend a few days with Dad.  We stayed by the sea in New Quay this time, so that we had our own bit of space and could enjoy walks on the beach with the collies.  I’ve visited this village SO many time over the past 40 years but had never appreciated it as much as when we actually stayed there.  It was intriguing, quaint, steep and interesting.  I absolutely loved it.  Walking the girls along the beach every morning, insanely early, was a highlight.  We were blessed with some wonderful weather and high tides so our footsteps in the sand were always the first of the day – I love that!

Every evening crowds seemed to descend on the village to walk along the breakwater and watch the antics of the dolphins just yards offshore as they curled above the calm sea, back and forth across the bay.  It was magical.  One evening we were on the beach with the girls and one surfaced just 20 yards from us off the beach.  It was light until way past 10 pm and on a couple of evenings we could see the sun set, casting its rays on the coast of North Wales, miles away across Cardigan Bay.

If you’ve never visited Wales, then Cardigan Bay has some of the greatest beaches in the UK (in my opinion).  Welsh is still the first language of many of the locals and you’ll hear it spoken every day.  My Welsh language skills are a bit rusty, but I can still follow snippets of conversations overheard in the shops and on the shoreline and I always remember to say Thank You in Welsh “Diolch yn fawr”.

I had a couple of treats – apart from the bronze dolphins that I bought for Himself to remind us of our holiday – there are a couple of brilliant quilting shops locally.  Calico Kate in Lampeter has thousands of bolts of fabric – I had lots of treats in there! Crosspatch patchwork barn is more difficult to locate but worth a visit although opening times revolve around farm activities, quilt shows and the animals.

We’re staying home for a bit now.  So much jaunting in recent weeks – I’m worn out!  It’s hot and humid with terrific lightning storms last night.  I’ve a load of quilts to show you too – it’s difficult to keep them all photographed!

Enjoy the weekend.

Adaliza x

§ 3 Responses to Postcard from Wales …

  • AUNTIE SHAN says:

    WONDERFUL Pics as always!! – Gorgeous Bronzes!


  • Sarah says:

    This is one part of the Welsh coast that I am unfamiliar with. It looks wonderful. i would have loved to have watched the dolphins and walked along the beach early in the morning too. Sarah x


  • adaliza says:

    It was magical and definitely one of the best coastal bays anywhere. Do try to get there sometime, you’d love it.


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