Welcome to the High Summer issue of Whitchurch and Llandaff Living.
We have been lucky to enjoy some truly fantastic weather and hot summer days that are perhaps reminiscent of childhood summers. To mark the summer holidays, we spoke to some local children about what they like to do – so if you are stuck for ideas, check out their handy guide. As a kid, we can perhaps all remember the feeling of adventure that came from spending time outdoors on a sunny day. We have put together a collection of creative DIY ideas to transform your garden into an adventure playground that your kids (and their friends) will love.
For more ideas on how to spend time over the holidays, we also compiled an itinerary based on spending 12 hours in (mostly) North Cardiff, taking in some of the beauty right here on our doorsteps. It’s true that we don’t always appreciate the place that we live, so rather than looking further afield, why not spend a day right here enjoying the various locations that we have suggested? We would love to hear what you thought of your day out!
Talking of adventure, Kelvin Hayes has recently returned to Cardiff after years travelling the world. He recounts his experience of coming back ‘home’, the changes he sees and the challenges of readjusting to a different culture. Seeing Cardiff through his eyes is an interesting read and insight into how much our city has changed over recent years.
Another global traveller we spoke to came in the form of Alan Wilkins, a former Glamorgan cricketer and international broadcaster. He has also recently moved back to Cardiff after years travelling and working across the globe. He shares his story of how his childhood in North Cardiff shaped his sporting career and what he has learnt from a life of sport.
Jim Taverner, a local resident shares his memories of working with his father in the Tongwynlais quarries back in the 50s and 60s. His story is bound to resonate with some locals who also shared similar experiences or who had family members who were also ‘quarrymen’.
Kevin Revell switches his attention this issue to growing summer fruits and gives us advice on which varieties he advises, along with all the top tips on growing an abundant and delicious harvest to enjoy throughout the summer and beyond.
So, make yourself a refreshing summer tonic from our mouthwatering recipes and settle down to enjoy the stories and features this issue has to offer.
Have a wonderful summer.
Danielle and Patric