The utter heartbreak of seeing my village destroyed by flooding

Like so many others on Sunday, I woke up after a restless sleep – the wind was howling, and rain battered the house. I didn’t know that at the bottom of my housing estate that there was devastation. As I scrolled through social media, I could see that homes and businesses were underwater in Taffs Well, Pontypridd and further up into The Valleys, all along the River Taff.

Children's play park submerged
With Garth mountain in the background, this view is usually of a green space with a children’s playground and the bowling green behind it.

Get involved! You do make a difference

This is a bit of an unusual post for me to write, I thought long and hard about whether it was right for me to do so. Last week the Cardiff Blogger community were upset by the loss of 21-year-old Bethan James. This is not only my way of paying my respects to her and her family but a way of showing you that all of your interactions make an impact on those you meet.

Bethan Be Kind
Credit: Instagram: @bethanamy98 Be kind 💕

Are wet-led pubs back on the rise?

The British are known for many things, and pubs are certainly one of them.  Pubs used to be where you would stop on the way home from work to have ‘a quick one’ or a refreshment break or friendly catch-up on the weekend. I am not sure when the change took place, but for too long pubs have become food-led establishments. Have the tides turned, and are wet-led pubs back on the rise?

The Wharf
Left to right, Jason, Rhys and myself behind the bar at the now-demolished The Wharf, in Cardiff Bay