Category Archives: West Coast View

The West Coast View section of the blog is all about living and working on the South West Wales coast. As our main business is property, a few property-related posts crop up but in the main, it’s where we share the pain and pleasure of the day-to-day reality of running a business in a rural area.

More Financial Aid for Wales

Welsh flagPicture credit: Carmarthen Journal

Maybe I’m going out on a limb here, but this latest tranche of European financial aid for Wales, to the tune of ¬£2bn, makes me feel a little bit sad.

Back in 2000 there was some excitement when we, as a country, qualified for Objective One funding. Make the most of it, we were told, once it’s gone, it’s gone and that’ll be that.

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After a Stormy Night

The Storm Rages On
5 Feb 2014
The Storm Rages On

The news today is full of storm- and flood-related disasters. Stormy seas have washed away a part of the structure supporting the railway line in Dawlish, and the Somerset levels continue to take the brunt of the flooding. Closer to home, trees have fallen and are blocking roads and there are about 1,300 homes without power.

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West Coast View

Before the Storm
4 Feb 2014
Morning before the Storm

Living where we do on the Welsh coast, we have a rather good view of the sea, and get some rather spectacular sunrises, sunsets and seascapes in general. The trouble is, when you see it every day, and wake up to the view every most mornings, it’s easy to get a bit blas√© and take it for granted. This morning, as the car got doused by yet another storm wave crashing over the sea wall as I drove past the seafront, it came to me that it might be sort of interesting (for me anyway, if not for anyone else) to keep a record of what it’s like to live and work in a remote-ish part of the country, about five minutes’ walk down the hill to the sea.

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