One of the reasons we moved was that the new house is nearer to the beaches of the Gower, the UK's first Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty. In addition, we've got four parks and a beach within walking distance.

Cwmdonkin Park, made famous by Dylan Thomas, is the nearest park to the house. You can also take a walk through Brynmill Park with its duck pond, through to Singleton Park, a massive park next to the university and beach. Singleton Park is about a quarter the size of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, but for a city of only 250 thousand residents it's a pretty big park.

The toddler and I walked through Brynmill Park and Singleton Park to the beach today, and back past Victoria Park, another park next to the beach. It's a bit of a steep climb getting back, but manageable. I'm glad this house is starting to feel like home.