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I work a 10 am-2 pm shift today. I’m on the till closest to the entrance and through the glass I can see the weather changing by the minute — heavy rain, followed by spots of sun, and then more rain. I’ve decided that whatever the weather, I’m heading out once I’ve finished work — first to Kidwelly, and then on to Ferryside. The A48 to Carmarthen is pretty quiet. I figure the vast majority of the nation are watching Wales play Scotland at rugby. I wish them the best, but as I’m not the biggest sports fan I’m happy to take advantage of the relative quiet this brings. The weather is

Posted on February 03, 2018 by Chris in Blog

Another full day off with no plans. I had a late one after a social last night, so don’t rise early. January is nearly over, though it’s still putting up a fight — gifting us with rain and cloud, but the weather forecast says it will clear up after noon. I crack on with a load of odd jobs in the morning, and when the sun actually does come out in the early afternoon, I’m running over the whole ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ routine when it comes to the question of venturing out. I’m thinking of visiting Crychan Forest pretty soon, but with few hours of daylight left today, I figure that’s not

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Chris in Blog

It’s a grey Monday. After a photographically disappointing previous week of foul weather and indecisiveness (including a drive up to Carn Goch hill-fort before deciding that I just couldn’t be bothered that day), around lunchtime, I’m parked up at Pen Arthur forest putting my walking boots on. Compared to some of last week’s low temperatures, it’s a relatively mild 10°c. The forecast says there’s a 1% chance of precipitation and the skies are set to be mostly cloudy with sunny intervals. Aside from not having made any excursions over the last few days, one of the biggest drivers to

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Chris in Blog

I’m cruising northbound along the A40, just past Manordeilo. The music’s loud and I feel good. I round a bend in the road and lo and behold, there’s a tractor ahead of me. He’s doing 30 mph, bouncing around in the cab with what looks to be an unruly child with him. I can't help but think of Lee Evans’ stand up shows at this point. I’m not feeling the whole ‘I’m happy going slower because I can appreciate the scenery’ vibe today. It’s overcast, and I can’t even see the usual peaks of the Carmarthen Fans to the east — they’re shrouded in haze. Thankfully, the A40 is mostly straight along

Posted on January 03, 2018 by Chris in Blog

I’m up at 5.30am. It’s still dark outside and Storm Eleanor is still buffeting my bedroom windows. I check my news and article apps and read for a bit. Maybe heading out to photograph Carreg Cennen isn’t such a good idea this morning — after all, it’s pretty damn windy out. After a while, the wind appears to subside. I realise I’m probably procrastinating. I’m going to go, I’m going to do this! I’m a little stressed when I leave the house. Whilst my pack is loaded with my Nikon DSLR and a selection of lenses, I can’t for the life of me find my Lumix compact camera. I know I had it the

Posted on January 03, 2018 by Chris in Blog

New Year’s Day 2018. For the past few years, I’ve had a tradition of not drinking on New Year’s Eve. It spawned from spending too many New Year’s Days hungover, and I found that I actually preferred being up and about to create a positive start to the new year. However, this New Year’s Eve I decided to drink. Thankfully, I limited myself, and on New Year’s Day 2018, I wake feeling fine, and eager to go on an adventure. I’ve already decided where I’m going to go — The Lliw Reservoirs, near the village of Felindre, Swansea. My bag is already packed, I’ve checked the rain radar, and it

Posted on January 01, 2018 by Chris in Blog

It’s Sunday 10th December, the first of my two consecutive days off from the day job. I lie reading in my bedroom, watching snowflakes flutter down onto the front gardens and carefully manicured lawns in my cul-de-sac. It’s a snow day. Having planned to travel out on both my days off, as the snow turns to sleet, and the sleet turns to rain from gloomy grey skies, I decide not to go out. My ‘should monster’ starts barking, and I feel guilt for a while, but then figure it’s okay not to go out, there will be other days. Browsing the news and Instagram later that day, I see that whilst a

Posted on December 11, 2017 by Chris in Blog

I stop off for a quick walk around Llyn Llech Owain on the way back from Carmarthen. Located on a hilltop above the village of Gorslas, Carmarthenshire, Llyn Llech Owain Country Park is a lake surrounded by peat bog and an expanse of forestry commission woodland. I've been a handful of times before, but as I set off from the car, with a biting cold wind in my face, and seeing patches of hailstones, I realise that I haven't ever visited in the winter. Whilst dedicated paths have been laid around the park, this time of year, several stretches are somewhat waterlogged. When my casual

Posted on December 09, 2017 by Chris in Blog

A change in my work shifts means I now start at 4 pm most days giving me the freedom to get out and enjoy the autumn for a few hours before work. It’s 8 am on a misty November morning. In an hour or so, I’m, going to be walking the trails of Caio Forest, Carmarthenshire for the first time. Ever since first visiting the sprawling Brechfa Forest over a year ago, I’ve felt a desire to diversify, and try some of the lesser-known Welsh forests. Caio forest has been at the top of my list of forests to visit for about a year now. Googling ‘Caio Forest’ returned some pretty underwhelming image

Posted on November 08, 2017 by Chris in Blog