We arrived in London just in time to see the All Blacks thump France. We spent the first couple of days reseaching jobs and applying... then we had a couple of interviews at some classic English country pubs. Phew such hard work it was, that when a friend invited us to spend a week in Wales we jumped at the chance. So after seeing the nail biting South Africa game we headed out of London and over towards Wales with Liam and Margot. Day one had us visit Bath on the way to Cardiff. Bath was a cool city, and we did the classic tourist thing by visiting the baths in Bath!
Saw some cool buildings and got a german sausage (when in Bath right!?)
Cardiff (unlike London) was a city very much into the world cup. Even though we visited on a rainy Tuesday, we could see evidence of support throughout the city...
Some art outside the stadium which represented each country... we couldn't read any, obviously not enough street cred... but we tried.
Flags hung around the city and of course the massive rugby ball that they threw into the wall of the Cardiff Castle:
We had a quick walk around the city exploring a park, cardiff castle and then ducking into a childrens museum when the rain started.
We decided we would drive to the coast and have a look for a place to stay out that way. We headed for the Pembrokshire area and found a lovely rugged coast.
We forgot about it being school holidays and turns out this is a pretty popular place so we drove through a few towns before settling in one called Tenby. We found Tenby to be a lovely town and a very pretty part of the coast. Here we looked at the beach and saw a fort which was only accessible at low tide, so when the tide had dropped enough we went out and had a look around. Margot put on a helmet and did her best to look military... and the boys found a hole in the rock.
We also noticed that these strange Welsh didn't bother to move thier boats when the tide went out... in fact the entire (what we thought was a) marina had no water for a good chunk of the day. I guess they go out and come back really quickly or for 6 hours at a time... bit odd we thought, especially the yachts which were left standing with their keels wedged into the sand.
We carried on up the coast from Tenby to a place called Stackpole Quay. Here we found "the best beach in Wales" or so it was signposted! We wandered through someones farm (which is apparently ok over here) to get to the beach and decided to show our sipport for the All Blacks in the upcoming RWC Final vs Auz.
We then carried on up to a place called Aberystwyth where Liam and Margot had a friend working on a ram stud. From here we moved on out to Anglesey Island where we walked around the coast some more. Wales has a lovely coast which you can (if you want) walk the whole way around, its pretty far but we enjoyed the snippets we saw.
This was the day we accepted jobs at the Swan Inn in Swinbrook. We had a few (perhaps too many) wines to celebrate, and the following day was spent returning to London.
We celebrated again on Saturday with the All Blacks winning the rugby world cup! A fantastic game and ever so sweet as always when we beat Australia! We have spent the last couple of days recovering and are now settling in to our new home (The Swan Inn). We hope to stay here for the winter and from there we will see what happens.
As I write this Tim is downstairs practicing his barmaid skills and as of tomorrow I begin my waitress training! Who would've thought. Swinbrook is a tiny town not far from Oxford.. there are about 100 residents in the town and the pub, a church and a cricket ground (priorities). So far we are enjoying the quietness of the country and the beauty of our surroundings. Our pub/home is idyllic and was built in the 16th century!! Amazing.