Week 30 #Project365 – 2014

This is a dual post for #365 and #Countrykids

We didn’t do much at the start of the week.  Just pottering about in the garden and the house.

Monday – Started on a summer selection from Hotel Chocolate – review to be done next few days. – So far very nice!

Tuesday – #Countrykids We had Ashley for the day and took him to Greenmeadow Community Farm.  We used to take our boys there when they were younger. We had a lovely few hours  there. As we went in there were bags of food for the animals so we bought some for the chickens, rabbits and goats.
Our first stop was the Cwtch Corner where Ashley got to cuddle a small chicken, he didn’t like it very much! We went on to feed some chickens and rabbits which he liked better as the animals were enclosed.
Next up was watching a cow being milked, followed by a short tractor ride. When we got off the tractor we walked through the main barn to look at the cows, pigs and goats. Ashley loved looking at them but didn’t like having food put in his open hand to feed them.. although he doesn’t say much he knew how to say ‘ they bite me’!
We then went down to the picnic area to have our lunch, making sure we all thoroughly washed our hands first!.  After lunch we walked around the bottom pens where there were pigs and sheep. Then back up to see the Dragon, the water gathers in it’s mouth and tips open to splash you a little. (this used to be an open area where kids could get wet but the H&S police have arrived now!!)

Ashley was a pleasure to take, he’s so calm now and prepared to still still while things are going on.

Soosie wales, Greenmeadow Community Farm

Greenmeadow Community Farm


Wednesday – Orange Wednesday – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We hadn’t planned on watching it but the previous film – Rise of the Planet of the Apes had been on TV earlier in the week and we watched that thinking if it was good we’d go to see Dawn.  Must admit it was really good and Andy Serkis is phenomenal as Caesar.

Thursday – Pottering about the house – Hubby’s idea of watering the garden – sitting on his sunbed and aiming the water – he makes me laugh!!

Friday – Hooray the new window panel arrived. For those that don’t know – they made a unit that bore no resemblance to the original so they took the old one away and used the glazing bars inside it to make a new unit.  Only took 2 weeks!!

Saturday – Nothing going on – sitting here doing this post and baking in the heat!

soosie wales, Above – One last one of Ashley with his lovely grin, Orange Wednesday, Watering the garden, Chocolate!


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Week 19 #Project365 – 2014

A rather busy week for us, trips out, cooking, cinema and looking after Grandson.

Sunday – A trip to the Wetlands for a long walk. It amazes me that you can turn one way and see the Severn Estuary with boats sailing by and you can turn 180 degrees and see Uskmouth Power station and pylons.

The Bull Rush sculpture is in the car park and although we’ve been here several times I’d never noticed it before.  After our walk we drove the few miles to Goldcliff and sat on the sea wall to eat our lunch. It’s the closest thing we have to a beach in Newport!!

After our jaunt to the Wetlands I made some Spare Ribs for tea (dinner).


newport wetlands, goldcliffe seawall

Monday – A day trip to Roath Park with Oldest Son and Grandson – I’ve linked up our exploits with Coombe Mill’s #Countrykids

Tuesday – a day of rest!

Wednesday – Orange Wednesday this week was Bad Neighbours – a rude, crude reasonably funny film about a couple whose neighbours are a fraternity of lewd, drunken yobs. It all gets a bit messy and rather silly. It was ok…to be honest the trailer was quite good as I don’t mind a bit of mindless stupid humour but the film itself just goes on and on. There wasn’t enough ‘belly’  laughs or LOL moments.

Also on Wednesday we had Ashley from late afternoon and he stayed overnight with us as Mummy and Daddy went out for their anniversary. He was no trouble at all, off to bed at 7am and we didn’t hear a peep out of him until he ambled into our bedroom for a cuddle at nearly 7am the next morning.
He’s a greedy boy at breakfast, devouring porridge followed by toast and some dried prunes – he loves them.

Thursday – Quick shopping trip for some fresh food and a few bottles of alcoholic Dandelion & Burdock – who knew this existed?? No neither did I until I saw it on Olivers Madhouse Instagram feed. Oh and it’s bloody lush..

Friday – Looking after Ashley again until it was time for nursery, he scoffed a ham sandwich, half a scone, a banana and half an apple for his lunch. Then washed it all down with some warm milk (he doesn’t do cold drinks at all)

Saturday – a quick visit to the MIL and back home to catch up with blogging!

steak, orange Wednesday, drink, food,

From top:

  • Spare ribs – RECIPE
  • yummy steak last Saturday evening- Tomato and Pepper Sauce RECIPE
  • cinema
  • balance bike fun at Roath Park
  • lush alcohol – hic!,
  • Healthy appetite / greedy boy!


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Bank Holiday outing #Countrykids

Who can resist going out on Bank Holiday when the forecast is dry?  Yes, you’ll have the traffic to contend with and trouble parking but it’s usually worth it!

So as it was forecast dry we invited my son and grandson to a trip to Roath Park in Cardiff. (DIL was working!) I made up a picnic to take with us and we headed off with the balance bike, picnic, teddy, toy cat and ball in tow! We found a parking spot and headed to the park.

We’ve been to Roath Park many times, it’s great for everyone, gardens, greenery, paths, kids playground and the lake with all it’s wildlife.

Ashley rode his balance bike, he’s still very slow on it so please don’t all shout that he should be wearing a helmet… I know.. Daddy is getting him one!!

We took some stale bread to feed to the ducks, geese and swans. Ashley held some out for the swans but when they came near he dropped it.

We headed over to the playground, it was very busy, Hubby took Ashley up to the big slide and he insisted on going down head first! At the bottom he shouted ‘again’ so his daddy took him back up. He also liked bouncing on the jiggly see-saw – well until he saw his bike! He climbed on and we were off again!

roath park

We found a nice spot and a bench to have our lunch then headed off to a bit of lawn to have a kick about but Ashley was having none of it. Now that he can control the bike on his own there was no getting him off.

We had a lovely few hours at the park – sunshine and fresh air!

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Out and about – Country Kids

I’m so glad the weather has been better this week. It meant we could get out and about and take a good look at our local area. We’ve been really lucky compared with some other areas, we’ve had no flooding although the water ways around here have been rather full. Thank goodness they dredged the main Reen last year!

The week started on Sunday with Grandson Ashley with us for the day. We went for a long walk – Ashley in the buggy for some of the time as his little legs wouldn’t cope with the 3-4 mile walk we planned.
Hubby had been out the previous day on his bicycle and saw a big tree that had come down blocking one of the lanes. We decided to head off that way to take a look.  It was lovely seeing some of the animals in the fields – one big strong horse, a couple with their raincoats on and some sheep sheltering in a barn. There is quite a lot of new growth in the hedgerows now too.
There is one lane that is one way so we let Ashley run off ahead as any vehicles would have been behind us and it’s pretty quiet there too. He loved puddle jumping and generally having a good time!
When we got to the fallen tree it had already been sawn up and removed and the only evidence – other than sawdust – was the fresh cut end of the trunk.

horses, walking, countryside

The week has ended with us looking after Ashley again today. After we did the weekly shop we headed over to the local park. Ashley loves having a good climb over the kiddie tower and for once the slide was dry enough to use!  The park is just behind one of the local schools and someone had tied a long piece of rope to the chain-link fencing.  Ashley thought it was great fun to wiggle the rope and he screeched laughing.
When we got back home we got his balance bike out, he’s only been on it twice and is still not sure about it – hopefully the more often we get it out the more he’ll get used to it. We also got his plane out, he had a quick blast up and down the drive but ended up sat in front of it spinning the propeller!
The last picture is of him running away after trying to get him on the bike again!

balance bike, countryside

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#Project365 week 29 day 5 – Building

Today we were looking after our Grandson again and had planned on taking him to Dyffryn House near Cardiff but to be honest the weather has been so hot we just didn’t fancy walking around in the heat. So the plans changed it was a toss up between Roath Park in Cardiff – lovely big lake which always seems to produce a breeze, good play area for Ashley and leisurely walks. The other choice for the day was the Forest of Dean, good for car rides and walks along shady paths.  We decided to go to Roath Park as there would be more for Ashley to take part in.

Since our last visit the childrens play area has been updated and Ashley loved playing on the adventure tower that resembled a boat. There is one part where you have to walk down a slope with little bars on it (like the flat steps you get when you go on a ship). He wasn’t very keen but after seeing another little boy do it, he walked down on his own. He gave himself a big clap!  The slope led down to the ship wheel – that’s one of his favourite things, he stood there for ages spinning it!
After the playground we took a walk around the lake – it’s a full mile all the way around. Lots of the birds, ducks, geese and swans walk in front of you they are so used to humans – they come right up close to you. Ashley couldn’t get enough of them, trying to lure them in for a tap on the head!

We had to stop several times for a cool down – the temperature was close to 28 degrees (82F ) Ashley had a little run ahead and loved having a cold drink. His confidence is building all the time. (oh see what I did there!! )

Ashley building in confidence!

Ashley building in confidence!

The photos below:

  • The lake, it really is big and has lots of wildlife around it. Wouldn’t you like to live overlooking it?
  • A Canada Goose that managed to get away from Ashley!
  • The wind was blowing the seed heads from one of the trees. I changed the settings several times on the camera to try to capture them.
  • A cheeky robin bobbed along while we were sitting under a shady tree while Ashley was having a nap. That really is how close it came!
The lake and wildlife

The lake and wildlife

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#Project365 week 27 day 6 – Wetlands

I was looking after grandson Ashley again today and as the weather is so good at the moment I decided to go to the Newport Wetlands. The site is run by the RSPB and is on the edge of Newport overlooking the Severn Estuary.

Although it’s been there for years I’ve never visited before today, even though it’s almost on my doorstep! They have a good visitor centre with a cafe and shop. You walk through and follow different paths around the reserve. The ‘meet and greet’ man suggested a good one that would be suitable for us as Ashley is still in a buggy for most of the time.

You can also join the Wales Coast Path from here. Do you fancy a walk along the 870 mile coast of Wales?

Newport Wetlands Centre

Newport Wetlands Centre

Pictures above – Severn Estuary, East Usk lighthouse, one of the lakes, a Coot, The Coast Path,  wing sculpture.

We spent an hour walking around the paths trying to spot some birds and also took a look at the lighthouse and estuary. I took Ashley out of the buggy so he could have a walk about, he loved watching the grasses swaying in the breeze and we also took a look at some Coots and ducks on the lakes. He also liked scuffing along as the fine gravel was making a good sound!

We made our way to the play area but it was full of bigger children and the smaller kiddies play area was cordoned off for refurbishment. So we headed off to the picnic area for lunch – a home made picnic and cold drinks.

Ashley enjoying the sunshine

Ashley enjoying the sunshine

Pictures above: Running ahead, picnic time, scuffing his shoes.

I’m sure we’ll be visiting again.

So go on tell me..what’s on your doorstep that you’ve not visited?

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