Alphabet Dating Final Installment W, X, Y, Z

This is the final installment of our Alphabet Dating series. We wanted to give you all some ideas of different places to go and things to do with your other half. We are big believers in making sure you keep the spark alive and keep going out and experiencing adventures as a couple. Lets hope that these ones will inspire you to do something a little different. 

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W – White Water Rafting

When I was little I grew up in South Africa and we did a family trip white water rafting. It was one of the best and funniest holidays that we had. It is actually one of those memories that still comes up round the dinner table after a couple of glasses of wine. The fact my sister and my mum actually broke their canoe is one of the funniest parts!

So why not try something with a little bit of adrenaline! There is a brilliant course along the River Dee where you will exprience the thrills and spills of a Grade 2/3 course. Are you brave enough?

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X – Xylography

The dictionary’s definition of Xylography is the art of engraving on wood or of printing from woodblocks. We Welsh have one of the most amazing and unique tokens of showing love, our beautiful love spoons. Have you ever thought about making one? I have a friend whose husband sent a present to her bride on the morning of their wedding. He had spent two months carving his own love spoon! I was so impressed! She was a lucky girl!

There is an amazing course that you can take a woodcarving and love spoon class that you can book into in Port Talbot. Why not spend an afternoon together making something that you can keep forever. Our very own Anna, got her husband, Richie one for their 5th Anniversary!

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Y – Ynys Llanddwyn

This is a magical place. We have all heard about Welsh Valentines Day and the stories come from here, the remains of St Dwynwens castle. She became known as the patron saint of lovers and pilgrimages were made to her holy well on the island. It was said that the faithfulness of a lover could be divined through the movements of some eels that lived in the well. This was done by the woman first scattering breadcrumbs on the surface, then laying her handkerchief on the surface. If the eel disturbed it then her lover would be faithful. It is a beautiful place to visit and they have an amazing variety of nesting sea birds.

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Z- Zip Wires!

A few years ago I decided to conqueror my fear of heights and go do an areal obstacle course. I’m not going to lie. It was scary! I honestly s**t myself most of the way through. I managed to complete it and the last thing is was a long zip wire to the ground. It was amazing and I thought that it would cure my fear. I can categorically say, it was a thrilling experience and I am so proud of myself doing it but there is no way that I am in any way cured of my fear! Are you and your other half brave? In Snowdonia there is the longest zip line in Europe. Ever wondered what it like to soar 500 feet in the air at 100mph? The speed will be incredible!

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I hope you have loved this series as much as we loved writing it. Now, go forth and date, and make sure you send us any photos if you try any of them! 

Alphabet Dating N, O, P, Q, R

When we got married, my husband and I knew we didn’t want to stop dating and after I heard about Alphabet Dating, I knew that this was for us. I suggest that you get creative. Not every date that you go on needs to cost the earth. Some of my favourite ones that I have done have actually been free. Remember this is a way to step out of your comfort zone, do things that you might not normally do. But most of all enjoy spending time together. 0540

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Alphabet Dating N, O, P, Q, R


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National Botanic Gardens of Wales

My husband loves our little garden. most of the plants that we have in it are edible. He has a total love for all the gardening shows and he can lose a whole weekend weeding, digging and watering our plants.

The beautiful National Botanic Garden of Wales, near Llanarthne in Camarthenshire, is a 568-acre parkland. It is a perfect place for us. When we got engaged we were in Cornwall and we had gone to the Eden Project. Its historic and futuristic buildings are breathtaking, The horticultural displays, flower meadows, the lakes and walks are out of this world and you can just get lost there.national botanicalPhoto Credit: National Botanic Garden

The Garden’s centrepiece is the Great Glasshouse designed by world-famous architects Norman Foster and Partners Inside the amazing tilted glass dome is a Mediterranean landscape dominated by a six-metre deep ravine. Rock terraces and sheer faces are cut by streams and waterfalls. A lake provides a humid habitat at the foot of the chasm. Visitors are able to experience the aftermath of an Australian bush fire, pause in a Spanish olive grove or wander through collections of fuschias from Chile.

There’s something for everyone at the Garden of Wales, from the peaceful surroundings of the Japanese Garden, its stream, tea house and cherry trees to the surround-sound experience of Theatre Botanica with its specially commissioned film celebrating the world of plants. There are lakeside walks and prairie walks, an opportunity to see the development of the unique Double Walled Garden and be some of the first to see the shoots that will become the Woods of the World in years to come. I think you will agree with me that it is a beautiful place to spend the day. med gardenPhoto Credit: National Botanic Garden


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Ogmore By Sea

Ogmore-by-Sea is one of the prettiest beaches that I have ever set foot on. It stretches for what seems like forever. It is part of the Glamorgan Coastal Path so it is a great spot for walkers. Starting at Merthyr Mawr, you’re also just a small bridge and short walk away from the stunning ruins of the Norman Ogmore Castle and its 52 stepping-stones across the Ogmore river.  Locals believe that the stones were laid for a girl who lived in the castle and used the stones to meet her lover across the river.  Continue walking along the river making sure you keep away from the sheep. (They scare me.) One you make it to the beach time to start the fun part. The rocks exposed along the stretch of coast near Ogmore-by-Sea were laid down between 340 and 195 million years ago. The oldest rocks are hard, grey limestones that make up the Carboniferous Limestone.These were laid down in a warm, shallow, subtropical sea and are rich in fossils, especially corals, crinoids and brachiopods. So why not take some time to do a fossil hunt. Southern Down beach also has a wealth of fossils so if you want to extend the walk you can continue on to there. My favourite part of this date is after the long walk you can unpack a yummy picnic, settle down with a glass of bubbly watch the sun set.Ogmore_on_sea_maria_farrelly_05Ogmore_on_sea_Maria_Farrelly_03

Images Courtesy of Maria Farrelly 


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Penderyn Whisky Tour

This tour was not up my street but my husband on the other hand really wanted to go. It has a brilliant history about a group of friends who back in the early 1990’s drank in a small pub and chatted about establishing the first whisky distillery in Wales in over a century. They dreamt of creating a whisky as pure and precious as Welsh gold, represented today by Penderyn’s ‘gold seam’.barman-pouring-happy (1)Photo Credit: Welsh Whisky

The friends chose the historic village of Penderyn on the southern tip of the Brecon Beacons, because of the site’s own supply of fresh natural spring water. They also had a unique copper single-pot still designed by Dr David Faraday, a relative of the great 19th century scientist Michael Faraday.

Penderyn Distillery opened its doors to visitors in June 2008 with the launch of its new purpose designed and built Visitor Centre. The distillery is the only one in Wales and the first to legally distil whisky spirit in the country for more than 100 years.  Take a journey through the history of single malt whisky making in Wales, and understand the distilling process at first hand.visitor-centre-barrel-endsPhoto Credit: Welsh Whisky


 Q

Quad Biking in Glasfyrn Parc

Though I myself have never actually been quad biking our lovely creator Maria has. While four months pregnant she decided to go with her work on a team building exercise. She hadn’t yet informed anyone at her job that she was pregnant and being the determined soul that she is, she set out to win! She was doing really well overtaking left, right and centre. Everyone started waving at her and trying to call her over. She thought it was because they were sore losers. That was until she got flagged down by the owner to inform her she was dragging half a tree underneath her quad bike!

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 R

Roman Legion Museum

My husband and I love history. Being South African I am still learning about British history and my husband is a complete history buff. He has a way to help me understand which I thank him for.  I didn’t realise that Wales was the furthest outpost of the Roman Empire. In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. Caerleon was one of only three permanent fortresses in Roman Britain. The museum lies inside what remains of the fortress. The ruins include the most complete amphitheater in Britain and the only remains of a Roman Legionary barracks on view anywhere in Europe.roman-gardenPhoto Credit: Museum Wales

There is also the most beautiful Roman Gardens. The Romans were one of the first people to use gardens for decorative purposes, they were considered outdoor rooms – an extension of the house – just like many of our gardens today. The perfect place to entertain guests, relax and unwind. Today, the museum still use gardening and horticultural techniques which the Romans established 2,000 years ago, from turning soil in the autumn and mixing compost, to hoeing beds and sowing seeds in spring. My husband will love this. We aren’t at the letter R yet so this is in the bank for when we do.

This is also a perfect place to go on a family date as at weekends and school holidays, children can step back in time in a full-sized barrack room, try on replica armour and experience the life of a Roman soldier.

Did I mention that this is free entry.WNS_Caerleon_Re-enactment_06Photo Credit: Museum Wales


 

Alphabet Dating: E, F, G, H, I

Today our lovely Charlie gives us some insight into alphabet dating.  Mark and Charlie married a few years ago and have a new little bundle of joy on his or her way in just 15 weeks.  

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Charlies BumpImage by Mark Robert Magness

So I think they will be cramming in these dates before life changes for the better, and they have to arrange babysitters before they can leave the house!  Over to you Charlie…….

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Alphabet Dating: E, F, G, H, I

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Explore Elan Valley

One of the places I remember from my childhood is the Elan Valley in Powys, Mid Wales. Elan is a beautiful unspoilt area filled with reservoirs, dams and wildlife.

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It has also been awarded International Dark Sky Park status which means what you can see from the park at night is truly incredible.

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They have accommodation on site if you aren’t local to the area and it is the perfect place for people who love walking, cycling and exploring the outdoors.

F

Find the Fairy Glen Falls

Go for a picnic in the beautiful Fairy Glen, Betws Y Coed North Wales. A lovely walk, you can visit the Fairy Glen for a nominal fee of 50p which goes towards the upkeep of the paths (beware though, some are a little treacherous!), once in the Glen you can have a picnic in this magical little area of beauty.

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Go out to sea with Gower Coast Adventures

Take a boat trip around Mumbles, Oxwich and Worms Head with Gower Coast Adventures. Explore the Gower coastline, dramatic cliffs, look out for sea birds, dolphins and porpoises before heading back to shore for some fish and chips!

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Horseriding at Nolton Haven

Visit Nolton Stables in Pembrokeshire to go horseriding on beautiful beaches such as Newgale, Broad Haven (out of high season) and Druidstone Haven. A fun and romantic way to spend a day!

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I

Enjoy Ice-Cream Ingenuity at Science Cream

Science Cream in Cardiff is Wales’ first Liquid Nitrogen ice cream parlour.

“The Science Cream experience is a sensory overload – as those who have visited our Castle Arcade home will attest to – with the spectacular smoke, sweet smells and most importantly the incredible taste”

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The ice cream is made right in front of you and with new flavours being cooked up every week you’ll have to keep going back. According to Buzzfeed they have ice cream you must try before you die!

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Charlie these sound amazing – I am especially loving the idea of that ice cream!  What do you think cwtchers? Let us know if you visit any of these places for a date, I know I will be xx