The Keri Caves by Speed Boat. It is all Greek to me 7. Zante 2015.

Keri Caves Zante

It has taken some time , but this is my final post on my recent trip to Zante, Greece. I have already posted-

It is all Greek to me 1 – Zante Dawn

It is all Greek to me 2 – Jump in the Pool

It is all Greek to me 3 – Banana Beach

It is all Greek to me 4 – Pedalos and Planes

It is all Greek to me 5 – Things we saw in the Sea

It is all Greek to me 6 -Things we saw on the Reef

It was a great holiday, as you can see from the posts above, but I have left the best until last Keri Caves.

Kapetanios Bretania

One of the best ways you can see Keri Caves in Zante is by chartering a speedboat. We chartered two, one with a local pilot so we knew where to go, and one piloted by Mark Crimmings from our party (or as the official pilot called him Kapetanios Bretania).

The last journey of Katetanios Bretania

I was on the official pilot’s boat. He knew the caves so well, zooming in and then back throttling so that we stopped inches from the cave walls.

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It was really thrilling and the caves are fantastic.

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The water is so blue against the white rocks.

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We anchored up on a shingle bank and explored those blue bays a bit more. The water is really salty which gives you great buoyancy but makes it difficult to dive deep because of the pressure of that denser water.

DimExcuses Snorkel

Here I am, doing the Nirvana Nevermind cover again…

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…and Sharon giving the thumbs up.

Sharon Keri Caves

We did actually see some fish after we finished messing around.

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A load of the Saddled Seabream we saw in the earlier post. They seem little bothered by us splashing by.

Saddled Seabream

We only had a short dip as there was still a lot to see on our boat trip.

Keri Caves Boat Trip

You can get up really close to the cave walls with these small speed boats.

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Plenty of caves to explore…

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…and sunny sea to sail…

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…nipping in and out of the Keri Caves.

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From the Keri Caves it was then a short speedboat trip to Turtle Island. It even looks like a turtle!

Turtle Island

Once on Turtle Island, landing is a bit of a challenge, but we got there in the end.

Turtle Island Ahoy!

Forget the Caretta Caretta turtles on Turtle Island, it has a floating ice-cream van!

Turtle Island Ice Cream Boat

The obligatory beach selfie.

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Some arty driftwood shots.

Driftwood Turtle Beach

I guess everything bleaches white in this sun eventually.

Bleached white driftwood.

Sightseeing done it was time to return our speedboats to their moorings and wave goodbye to our guide.

Dolphin Speed Boats

What a great way to end the DimExcuses Greek Odyssey with such a fantastic boat trip.  So there it is my final photos from Zante, Greece, basically it was all Greek to me, DimExcuses.

Some like it hot! Gower Chilli Festival 2015.

Gower Chilli Festival

The sun finally came out for the first day of Gower Chilli Festival 2015. This two day event runs 18th & 19th July 2015 at South Gower Sports Club, Scurlage, Gower (SA3 1BA). So what is Gower Chilli Festival?

Chilli Festival

It is a loosely specialist food festival based around chillies and chilli based foods, that incorporates food & craft tents, BBQ completions, a chilli cookoff, gormet food stalls, family activities, bands and a bar. Here is their website.

Cool Heat

It is based in South Gower Sports Ground so includes access to their bar and clubhouse. There was a bit of chaos as the only real ale, the legendary Gower Gold was off on one pump and foaming on the other leading to a queue at the bar. But no one minded in the relaxed atmosphere and there was plenty of food to destract and engage you.

Relaxed Chilli Festival

It is free to park but costs £5 to get in (£8 for both days).

Cool Heat, Gower Chilli Festival

There are sauces to try for every pallet from smokey BBQ, limes and pickles to nuclear tastebud disabling red hot chilli sauces. When there say XXX hot here they mean it!

Estelle's Gower Goodies

So did I get anything? Of course I did, and as this was Gower Chilli Festival, I had to get some Gower sauces. ‘The Gower Scorpion’ and ‘Under Neath The Counter’ from Estelle’s Gower Goodies’ stall pictured above. You can find out all about her sauces at the Estelle’s Gower Goodies’ website here.  I am a little bit nervous about using the ‘Under Neath the Counter’ it looks like a tongue battering firestarter!

Gower Scorpion

Gower Chilli Festival was a relaxing and tastebud tingling day out today, and there is still a second day tomorrow for you to go to, DimExcuses.

Clyne in Bloom, May 2015. #MyGreenSpace

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Yesterday saw the start of the #MyGreenSpace campaign to encourage people to discover great outdoor places. So today Molly and I thought we would help you discover a world class green space, Clyne Gardens in Swansea.

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This is the best time to see the gardens in their full glory, Clyne in Bloom. The #MyGreenSpace campaign is based in Bridgend County Borough and uses their Natural Neighbourhoods website to help you discover green spaces and things to do outdoors. But there is no reason people outside Bridgend (like Molly and I in Swansea) can’t get involved and discover great green spaces and share them using #MyGreenSpace. Just like I am doing here with Clyne in Bloom. Last week I discovered white bluebells and today I was pleased to find there is no shortage of them in Clyne (below) or in their traditional blue (above).

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At the moment Clyne Gardens has spectacular flowering bushes contrasted by wild species in equal bloom like this wild garlic. The aroma is incredible too.

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The colours are so vivid and varied.
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Molly the French Bulldog couldn’t believe all the colours, smells and textures all around her.

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Molly and I visited Clyne in Bloom last year and we especially like the giant rhubarb like Gunnera plants. We visited Clyne in the middle of winter and saw the Gunnera wilted away and rotted down, but I am glad to say our favorite giant rhubarb was back in full bloom in my green space.

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I know it is not related to Rhubarb by the way.

#MyGreenSpace Gunnera

Just don’t tell Molly, who was keeping it calm and keeping casual under the giant rhubarb.

#MyGreenSpace Molly and the Giant Rhubarb

It is quite a magnificent plant.

#MyGreenSpace Gunnera Clyne

Molly was more interested in the flowers.

#MyGreenSpace Molly

And what a range of flowers you can see at Clyne in Bloom.

#MyGreenSpace Clyne Flowers

What better way to get involved with the #MyGreenSpace campaign than discovering the great green space of Clyne Gardens, Swansea? Why not get out and photograph your favorite green spaces and tag them #MyGreenSpace for someone else to discover on social media? Get involved, DimExcuses.

 

Dub be good to me. Volksfest Wales, Carmarthen August 2013.

The start of August saw me attending my second Volkfest, which was also being held for a second year in Carmarthenshire Show Ground.  The weekend camping was a bargain £25 with full show entry.  I arrived Friday night under a cloudy Carmarthen sky but the rain held off long enough for everyone to get their pitches set up.

Carmarthen clouds

When the rain did turn up in the evening, we were all safe and dry watching the bands under the cover of the large events shed.  This was massive and everyone fitted into it no problem.  I made myself at home along with my bulldog buddy Winnie.

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Winnie and I settled back to watch the bands and enjoy our evening, before calling it a night and getting some shut eye ready to be up and at it for the rest of the Volksfest Wales weekend.

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Winnie has been getting upto all sorts of adventures this Summer, and you can follow them at #AdventuresOfWinnie or on my Twitter feed @DimExcuses.  She was sporting her VW bandana especially for the weekend, and taking no nonsense.

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I can assure you now that rumours Winnie and I were at Volksfest Wales 2013 in this massive adventure bus are not true.  It must have been another South Wales celebrity, Dainton from Dirty Sanchez and Kill City Skateboards was spotted at the show but I can confirm this wasn’t his either.

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Next on the agenda Saturday afternoon was to catch with our favourite Carmarthen local band Idiot Box, who played a set out of the hanger to the whole show ground which was now basking in the Welsh Summer Sun.

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As the Sun continued Saturday, so did the fun.  We were in the same field as Rothfink Industries.  They are a crazy VW apparel company with a cruising retro style.

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I can’t even explain the next picture?  Maybe you can get some answers at their website www.rothfink.com.

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As the sunny Saturday at Volksfest Wales moved into the evening we were back at the main stage for more bands and a couple of pints.  After a great night we woke up Sunday to the Welsh weather, but by then nothing could ruin a great VW weekend.

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I will definitely be back next year and DimExcuses so should you.

This weekend’s must do – Swansea Street Feasts. #SuperYum 29/06/13

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I do love getting out on my bike, trundling down Clyne Valley and riding down the Promenade with anything in Swansea Bay easily accessible, from Mumbles to the Marina.  If there is anything I love more than getting out on my bike, it is good food!  So I was really pleased back in April when I heard about the first Swansea Street Feast event.  Organised by ‘Fired Up Feasts’ and held at the 360 watersports centre on the Promenade opposite St. Helens rugby ground, it is Swansea’s first street food festival.

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Street food is about showcasing world flavours and providing customers with top quality food at take away prices.  This event was certainly that with the biggest problem being which food should I buy, because apparently you can’t eat it all.  In the words of Homer Simpson ‘that sounds like a wager’!

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It was amazing sunny back in April and that is when Swansea Bay is at its best.  In the sun combined with the great food and music the atmosphere was great. So great in fact they are doing it again this weekend – Saturday 29th June @ 360 16:00 – 21:00.

Street food

The promoters promise that again this will be an awesome event with a great atmosphere, numerous food stands, live music and covered seating incase of rain.  All weathers, DimExcuses, I like the thinking.

Food sign

Great food vendors include The Munch Box, Samosaco, Fired up Feasts, Taste of Persia, and Streetballs.  Sorry if I left anyone out, please leave your business details in the comments below.

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So what are you waiting for?  Get down 360 Watersport Centre this Saturday and get some tidy street food.  DimExcuses.  Oh and for the real cycle geeks here is my strava cycle route.

Rain doesn’t stop play at Bridgend Bush Waka Festival! Bryngarw Country Park April 2013

Wet puppy, aah bless :)

An unseasonably cold and wet spring saw the launch of Bush Waka, Bridgend’s first bush-craft festival. The event aimed to encourage people to get involved with their environment by exploring the world of bush-craft and traditional wilderness skills. The event was run on a particularly wet Saturday in April, but it was surprising to see how a drop of rain won’t deter families from Bridgend putting on their waterproofs and heading to Bryngarw Country Park to make the most of all the activities, like this tomato seed planting by the Community Foodie project.  Learn more about Community Foodie Here.

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There was a great turn out and Bryngarw Country Park was almost full at lunch time. Even with the rain it was easy to get involved with activities as the stalls were covered and large parachutes were suspended from trees to keep everything dry. Exciting activities included fire-lighting, campfire cooking, shelter building and chainsaw carving.

Parachute Shelter

There was also a falconry display and stalls for local crafts and conservation groups. If you managed to get around all that you could then relax in the central tipi (supplied by Cwm Tawel Yurt Campsite) for some storytelling.

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Swansea Plantasia were on hand for bushtucker trails and animal antics, but with an opportunity to have a giant hissing cockroach crawl on you , for some that was a case of ‘I’m not a celebrity, but get me out of here’!

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It was nice to see so many families doing what DimExcuses is all about, getting out, having fun and enjoying the Welsh countryside, whatever the weather, and sometimes things are more fun in the rain. A great venue, a great event and a great day out, dimexcuses.

When is it on next year?