Tuesday, 25 August 2015


 On holiday we went climbing/ walking in the mountains.  We had amazing weather to climb both of the mountains that we wanted to .  (Views climbing up towards the summit of Snowdon)

The views from the top were amazing.

Looking back up after climbing to the summit.

Mountain number 2.  Again good weather and amazing views.  It is not always like this in Wales.

Little one likes to climb.

We did also go to the beach.  Skimming stones lesson.  Not sure we really got the idea.  Most of the stones that were thrown went high in the air.

And we did some castle visiting and walked on the town walls.

And visited waterfalls.

We had a fabulous time in North Wales and squeezed a lot in in a week.  The weather was mixed - the week started off sunny and warm but we also had rain but it wasn't such that it stopped us doing what we wanted to do.

Now back home thoughts have started to turn towards the new school term starting and with all that entails.  The buying of school uniform and shoes.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Shaun the Sheep Hunting

Last summer we hunted for Gromit around the city of Bristol, this year we have been looking for Shaun the Sheep.  Each one has been sponsored by a company and decorated by various artists.  They are all great.  The advantage this year is that they have broken it into several trails, so we have been doing one trail a week.   Sometimes they are easy to find, sometimes hard.  Yesterday we decided to do the ones that are near the waterfront in Bristol and do it the other way round from lots of others.

We rounded off our hunt with a lovely coffee (for me) and cake and juice for J at the Arnolfini cafe. it is so long since I have been there.  What a lovely cafe.  Need to look in the shop for longer but J does not really do shopping so once he goes back to school I think I shall visit again.                            

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Summer Holidays

Summer holidays - a time to slow down and do things we don't normally have time to do.   We have been for lots of walks with the dog in the fields to throw his frisbee.  So far the weather has been a bit mixed with showers but also sunshine as well.

We still have several things to look forward to camping trips (this weekend) with family and holiday to North Wales.

Last night we had one very excited little boy when the combine harvester and the bailer were in the fields behind our house. Of course, we had to go out and watch them working.  And then this morning we got up to find that there was a tractor with a bale fork putting the bales onto a trailer to take to the barns where they store them until needed.   Oh the joys of having the countryside on our door step.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Roll on the holidays, we are all tired and tempers are frayed especially at bed time.  Little one is struggling and really just wants to stay at home rather than be going to school.  Four more weeks left! But 4 weeks of unsettled days at school with things being out of the usual routine, visits to new class, new teacher and also mixing up of the 2 classes.  (Very unsettling for a child who loves routine, stability and knowing what is happening)  So looking forward to not having to get up early for six whole weeks and to spend lots of time outside whatever the weather.  Camping weekends are planned, a week's holiday booked and even camping in the garden.  I think lots of unstructured play in the garden as well and trips to the park.  And lots of time together.

Can't wait !!!!!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Summer at last?

Quite a few times this year it has seemed like summer and then all of a sudden the weather has changed.  This week has been so nice weather-wise.  It has been warmer, even warm enough not to have to wear a cardigan or sweater.

It has also been a busy week with Sports day at school (for little one) and various trips/walks around the local area with those that I work with at school.  Thankfully the weather has been kind to us and we have had fun.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The year in books

I have been thinking for ages that it is a while since I talked about the book I am reading at the moment.  I have been joining Laura from http://circleofpinetrees.com/ over on twitter to talk about what we are reading, like to read, used to read. etc.  It is a great place to pick up ideas of what to read next.  I seem to add to my want to read list every time we talk (once a month - the last Monday of the month).

This month or should I say half month as I have only just started it I have been reading 'All the light we cannot see' by Anthony Doerr.  It is set in France and Germany around the time of the second world war and the two main characters are a blind girl who lives in France with her father who is a locksmith and musuem curator and a boy who lives in a childrens home in Germany with his sister and is of interest to the Nazis when they realise he is good with electronics and radios.  Their paths collide in occupied France and the book goes on from here but I don't want to say too much to spoil the story for those that want to read it.  It is not the usual war story but is very well written.  Maybe I will write another post once I have finished the book.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Bank Holiday weekend

Is the weather going to be kind to us?

I have an extra day off school and Joshua too.  He so needs it,  he has been so grumpy lately and can't explain why.  It may just be tiredness.  He is fine at weekends but during the week is a nightmare to put to bed what ever the time.  I don't know if he is just tired or just wants more of my attention and finds the way to do it by being naughty at bedtime.   It is so hard, it never used to be like this.  He used to be such an easy going child.  I think he spends time in school being good that when he gets home it is hard to keep it up and he just has to let it go.