Thursday, 26 May 2016

Caerwent Roman Town - A Toddler Explores

Not far from Cardiff is a fabulous Roman Town. It is an archaeologist dream. It has shops, a temple, a Basilica Forum (I don't know either but I think it's like their main town square). So off we went on Tuesday to visit Caerwent Roman Town.

It was a beautiful sunny day and the Roman Town is in a quiet village with a dedicated car park, toilets and picnic tables. It is totally safe for children and Bear loved it. Each area has an information board and map. It is all suitable for buggy's too.

Caerwent Roman Town - A Toddler Explores ruins in squares, low walls
The shops

Caerwent has so much for everyone. The history of the ruins is described on the explanation boards and it is just a great open space for toddlers to have fun. Oh and it's free.

Caerwent Roman Town - A Toddler Explores toddler sitting on roman wall
It has great places to sit....

Toddler amongst ruins
To investigate........

toddler running on walls
To run.......

toddler and man talking amongst the ruins
To discuss....

toddler looking straight at camera
To think....
toddler running towards camera
To run some more....

toddler by ruins pointing
To point.....

Adult with toddler, picking him up to place amongst the ruins
To Pose?...
collage of toddler climbing over low wall
Bear stand still and look at Nanny! No! I'm off......
Roman ruins, low walls
The Temple
Just at the other end of the village are the Roman Town walls. These are so well preserved and run along the roadside and around one side of the village.

Section of Roman Wall

length of Roman wall

Raised mound with wall on the left hand side

Big grassy mound

toddler on top of mound with grass and buttercups

We had spent nearly two hours here and Bear was tired so we didn't follow the walls to the end. We bounced the buggy down some steps and walked along a green lane towards the church. The green lane takes you back to the main road and the memorial but we climbed over a stone stile into the churchyard. We were looking for a Roman  altar and another carved stone. We found them in the Church, just inside the door. There is an explanation board on the wall. 

wooden gate leading to grass path between two hedges
The green lane near the church

church tower
The church bells ring out each hour

roman stone with words carved into it
The Altar
The altar reads;

To the god Mars Ocelus, Aelius Augustinus, optio willingly and deservedly fulfilled his vow.

An optio was a sub-centurion.

Roman stone with words carved into it

The above stone is the base of a statue and it reads;

To Tiberius Claudius Paulinus, once commander of the second Augustan Legion, next proconsul of the province of Gallia Narbonensis, now imperial governor of the province of Lugdunensis; by decree of the council of the community of the state of the Silures.

explanation board
The explanation board in the church

picnic tables and explanation boards
Picnic tables and more explanation boards by the car park
The site is maintained by CADW and entrance is free. It really is worth a visit. Bear loved it and so did we.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

A Cardiff Garden In May

A Cardiff Garden In May Arum Lily
Zantedeschia - Arum Lily

A Cardiff Garden In May is an exciting time. Everything has suddenly become green and the flowers are all coming into bud. We have Clematis and Wisteria and Roses to name but a few. I think Summer is finally on it's way. We have had a major loss though. We have two bay trees in pots that we grew from very small plants and they are now 25+ years old. One has died. We can only think that it drowned during the Spring. It's so sad because it was beautiful and moved from our old house with us. I have protected it from frost, gone out in snow storms to stop it getting too top heavy and snapping. Never mind we still have one in the porch.

So here are a few pictures of what is in my garden this month.

A Cardiff Garden In MayAquilega
Aquilegia - A few aphids are already out and about

blue canterbury bells
Campanula - Canterbury Bells

single purple clematis flower
Clemetis - The President

white edged Euonymus
Euonymus - Silver Queen

purple geranium
Geranium - Ann Folkard

white geranium

yellow iris

lily of the Valley
Lily of The Valley

pale pink Clematis Montana
Clemetis Montana

white Mrs Merrill rose
Rose - Mrs Merrill. The scent of this rose is stunning.

yellow rose

lots of pink flowers. Wigellia

purple and white wisteria
Wisteria - This is from a cutting of the rootstock
white wisteria
Wisteria Alba - I just wish you could smell the fragrence. It fills the garden.

red winged seeds of maple
Maple Seeds

white flowers od snow in summer
Cerastium - Snow in Summer

brown standard Bay Tree in pot
My poor Bay tree

A lot of my plants are cuttings or gifts from friends gardens and so I do not know their full names. I hope your garden is looking beautiful and that the summer is going to be good.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Get Stuck in With Pritt - Review

Get Stuck in With Pritt - Review selection of Pritt Glue and sticks
Left to right Pritt Glue Dots; Pritt coloured glue pink and green; Pritt glue pen

We were asked if we would like some Pritt* products to review. We love making things and Bear just loves sticking things so we said yes straight away. A big box arrived and inside was a bag full of Pritt Sticks and glue. Not just the original sticks but coloured glitter ones and a magic one too.

Get Stuck in With Pritt - Review Pritt glue sticks
Pritt Sticks

We are always out visiting castles so I thought a crown for Bear would be fun. He's only 19 months old so I knew he'd need lots of help so I prepared it the night before. I had bought some foam shapes from Wilko that I thought were stickers and they were still in our craft box waiting for a project. They would be perfect as Jewels for the crown. We were ready to get stuck in with Pritt.

wilko foam shapes
Wilko Foam Shapes

What you will need;

Pritt Glitter Stick (You could use paint, glue and glitter but this is so quick and mess free)
Pritt Original Stick
Pritt Glue Spots
Royal Prince or Princess


1. Cut a length of cardboard long enough to wrap around the little royal head. I cut mine too short so used the Pritt glue pen to stick an extra bit on. Cut  peaks and trough's, this really doesn't have to be perfect. Trace the shape onto paper cut out and using a Pritt original stick glue paper to one side.

collage of cardboard crown template, paper and Pritt glue

2. Rub the Pritt glitter stick along the edges. I had red and yellow and they dry coloured, shiny and glittery. Before they dry get a royal helper to stick the jewels on. My little Prince liked to add a few embellishments of his own and older children could do all this themselves.

toddler sticking foam shapes onto paper crown

toddler using Pritt glitter stick on crown

3. When it's finished just put two Pritt glue spots on the end and wrap around. The glue dots stick immediately and are very strong.

paper crown with two Pritt glue spots on it

We were also given some coloured glue. This is amazing. It dries the same colour and once dry is not tacky at all. We used it to add a few more jewels to our crown.

collage of coloured glue and crown with dot of glue on it

4. Put crown on royal head and look very pleased with yourself!

toddler wearing his crown with big smile

We loved the Pritt sticks. The glitter ones are great, no mess with glitter everywhere and they dry quickly. They also sent a magic stick. It is pale blue so you can see where you have put the glue and it dries clear, what a brilliant idea. All Pritt products are free from any nasty stuff and wash out in cool water so perfect for little hands.

I am lucky to be a Twinkl blogger with a complimentary premium subscription and we use their resources all the time. They have lots of 3D resources and one we have loved recently are their peg leg animals, Pritt sticks and the glue pen are perfect for these.

Twinkl resources flat printed shapes for 3D animals
Twinkl 3D peg leg animals. Just need to cut out, fold and glue.

3d animals with clothes pegs as legs

toddler reaching for animals
Bear loved the animals and enjoyed taking the pegs off.

We have so many projects just waiting to get started and Pritt sticks and glue are safe, mess free and stick things together.

*I was sent the Pritt products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

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