A walk in the wild, a cheeky duck, a picnic at a lake and a Welsh Italian. Carry on reading to discover what we got up to on day three of our stay at Bluestone Wales.
On day three we all went our separate ways. Spencer and I decided to ditch the pushchair and use the KangaWrap so that we could go on an adventure! With Aria safely tucked in under my bright new raincoat from Primark we headed to Camp Smokey to start our adventure.
Camp Smokey was a hub of excitement. There were people chilling and drinking beer while waiting for their freshly cooked barbecue food. It smelt amazing and killed me to carry on walking, but we had a picnic with us and had already made plans to finish our walk at the lake with said picnic so on we went.
We watched people swinging from trees and having a great time, I was secretly very grateful to have Aria strapped to me and therefore an excuse not to get involved, I'm not the biggest fan of heights! It did look like a lot of fun and something that I was I had the guts to do.
Once away from the buzz of Camp Smokey we explored the woods and discovered some of the most beautiful, peaceful places.
We stumbled across these intriguing wig wams and signs which we assume are part of the 'Into The Wild' bookable activity.
Following all of this walking we were all a bit tired and hungry so stopped off at the lake for our picnic. Aria was the first to be fed, who could deny that face?
When we eventually got around to eating our bagels the cheekiest ducks came so close to us that we thought they were going to steal them, thankfully a load of children appeared just after I took this photo and the ducks were more interested in them which meant that we could relax and eat our food without the fear of a duck stealing it from us!
After the picnic we headed off to the lodge for a couple of hours, with a bakery stop in between of course, that day I had an orange shot in my mocha which was amazing.
While back at the lodge and reunited with my cardigan (the strangest thing happened, I lost my plain old cream cardigan while we were out walking, my parents later went out for a walk, they didn't know that I had lost my cardigan but my mam found one on the floor and was convinced that it belonged to me, she picked it up and it smelt like baby which convinced her further, and, as luck would have it, it was mine!) we convinced my parents to look after Aria that evening so that Spencer and I could go out. We were both itching to eat at the Oak Tree Restaurant. The Oak Tree Restaurant is an Italian inspired restaurant that uses all Welsh ingredients.
Spencer had Salmon from the specials board, I had the brown crab risotto and pan fried cod with tomato sauce and kale. We both chose the pudding from the specials board which was a chocolate fondant cake, roasted hazelnuts, glazed banana and vanilla ice cream, it was pretty amazing.
As well as serving high quality, delicious food the restaurant had a lovely atmosphere, the staff were very polite and formal but the atmosphere remained relaxed.
Other Bluestone posts - a review of our accommodation, what we got up to on day one, what we got up to on day two, what we got up to on day four and a summary of our stay at Bluestone.