Tuesday, 31 May 2011

WALES Days 2 & 3: Rain rain go away

Yesterday was a bit of a washout - it rained for most of the day. We'd arranged to meet with some local babywearers but the weather scuppered those plans. 

Thankfully, Mum's three decades of working with children was put to great use and she conjured up some rainy day activities to keep them busy. I even managed a lay-in (I've been feeling poorly) while they 'redecorated' the kitchen... 

One entire wall is covered in A3 pictures like this
... and Mum made yummy lunch (from this recipe) ...

...and then, because it was raining and it was a bank holiday and not much was open and we were pretty desperate to get out of the house and do SOMETHING, we made a trip to the one place My Boy really wanted to visit. 

It's a huge building in Caerphilly where the lad is usually completely mesmerised. It never ceases to put a smile on his face. No, I know what you're thinking, but it's not the ginormous 13th Century Medieval Castle smack-bang in the centre of town, it's .... ASDA!!! Seriously. That is where he always wants to go when he's here. He is not really used to going to supermarkets (we have our groceries delivered and visit the small shops in our village but rarely go to mega stores like this) and it's an adventure for him (me too, if I'm honest!). Could also have something to do with the things Nanna buys for him there. 

By the time we got back, ate a roast chicken dinner and bathed the kids that was pretty much it for yesterday *shrug* (although I did get some crochet done, but more on that tomorrow).

We were SO happy to wake up to sunshine this morning and when Little Miss woke from her nap, headed off to Cwmcarn Forest, planted since 1922 to reclaim waste land. 

It's hard to imagine that a century ago there were barely any trees there at all as it's so lush and green and beautiful (a testament to all that rain). 

The little ones managed a bit of walking, and a modest picnic by the lake, but I think the place would be ideally suited to older children with more stamina as it's pretty steep and hilly. So we mostly kept to the paths and watched the ducks. (My Boy took some great duck photos but the internet connection here is too shoddy to upload them  and it keeps timing out.)

We even had a little bit of blue sky.

There is a stunning 7 mile drive through the forest, but we preferred to be out of the car and into the fresh air, so we left that for another visit. I'm sure this is somewhere we will return to many times in the future. 

Tomorrow is our last full day here and we're hoping for fine weather so we can go to the Castle. Fingers and toes crossed for that.

Before I go, I'd like to share a link to the Guest Post on Soulemama's blog today - Mother Love by Meredith Winn, beautiful words and the final picture actually made me laugh out loud. Enjoy xxx


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