Sunday, 31 January 2016

A Granny Nanny's Typical Day

I have read a lot of Mums and Dads typical day and they are fascinating to read. Every one is so different even though they all do the same things, if that makes sense. So I thought this weeks diary would be our typical day. Bear, Grandad and me.


Grandad is a lark, everyday without fail he gets up before the sun. I am an owl so early mornings are rubbish.

The times I've given below are just like the railways or bus timetables. Not very accurate. Sometimes nothing happens then three turn up.


red sunrise
Early mornings means catching glorious sunrises.

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#MySundayPhoto Number 5

Bear loves water but it's too cold to play outside so I gave him a bowl of water to play with. It wasn't long before he sat in it! I never knew a nappy could hold so much water :-) Oh and yes the floor was soaking wet.


My Sunday Photo. Toddler sat in washing up bowl full of water








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Friday, 29 January 2016

7 Ways to Wow Your Partner On Valentines Day

OK so you only met last week and don't want to go over the top, or you've been married 40 years and done it all. If you are a hopeless romantic then this is for you. Male, female, old or young. 7 top tips to show how much you love them..


picture of a shiny red heart


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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A Cardiff Garden In January

A Cardiff garden in January. I was hoping for pictures of the garden covered in snow, but it didn't happen for us. We did have frost and some glorious sunrises though. I took all the pictures on one frosty January morning about 7.30am.

It's all a bit cold and frosty so grab a cup of hot chocolate or a steaming pot of tea and have a look at my frosty January garden.


Aubretia covered in frost
Aubretia

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Monday, 25 January 2016

More Puddles and Gardening

Well after last week this week has been a bit quieter. Bear has been a bit 'out of sorts'. He's not been ill, just not his usual bubbly self. At playgroup he sat back and didn't join in the songs. He was happier sat with Grandad or me.

toddler looking pensive on adults lap



He is happiest playing outside and although it's been dryer it's also been really cold. Lots of gorgeous sunrises and frosty days. Bear doesn't feel the cold. He just like playing with water and helping Grandad in the garden.

toddler putting hand into a puddle



toddler picking up plant pots with muddy water in



toddler in greenhouse watering plants



On Thursday Bear wouldn't have a morning nap so Grandad took him shopping. They went for milk but came back with a huge truck! I made Bear cheese on toast for his morning snack but just knew he wouldn't want to sit in his highchair to eat it when he had a new toy to play with so I cut it into little bits that I could feed him on the move. I thought I'd try sitting him on a chair at the table, fully expecting him to want to get down straight away but he sat there so good and ate his toast.


toddler sat on chair at table eating toast
I did some with jam too but he left those. Bear doesn't like jam.


toddler sat at table eating


toddler with truck
New tipper truck


toddler palying football in the kitchen
Early morning football




toddler on the phone
Listening to Great Grandad on the answer phone


 What's new with Bear this week?

Nothing specific but understanding loads, gibbering away and saying "Georgie, Georgie, Geordie, Geordie" I think he likes the sound, oh and Grandad repeats it to him so he just says it back.

He's really trying to talk. Before he would point and grunt or make any sort of noise, now he's trying to say the correct word. When he does it it is possible to understand him although the words alone wouldn't make much sense.


Lots of places had some snow this week but not us in Cardiff. I'll leave you with a picture from my kitchen window on a frosty morning this week.


silhouette of a tree against a red, blue and misty sky


Have you had a quiet week? Did you get snow?




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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 30-31 January 2016.
It just takes an hour of looking into the garden and counting the birds you see. Then sending the information back to the RSPB.

Its great fun and helps them understand if any of our native species are in decline or thriving. Children love it too. They can spot the birds and count them.

I found it best to have a bird table with food and to invite birds into my garden before the event. Unfortunately my bird table was taken down when we rearranged the garden and my neighbour has three cats so I have to be careful how I attract birds.

The RSPB will send you a free pack but if you haven't requested one yet it may not reach you in time so it can be down loaded here. By requesting a pack you also get a £5 discount code for their shop.

You can even fill in the form as you watch on a laptop, tablet or phone at rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

Just some of the birds you may see in your garden.

picture of a Blue tit
Blue Tit

picture of a Great tit
Great Tit

picture of a robin
Robin

picture of a Jay
Jay

picture of a blackbird
Blackbird



I'll post what I see next week, but one year I saw nothing! I think the cats were watching too!

Are you going to join in? I'd love to hear how you get on.




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#MySundayPhoto Number 4

It has been very frosty here so I was a little tempted to post a photo of the frost for #MySundayPhoto but Bear sat at the table and ate his toast. He just looked so cute that I had to use that one.









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Saturday, 23 January 2016

How To Make Paper

I love trying new crafts. In fact I'm a great beginner! I'm just not so good at carrying on, there's always something more interesting to do.

I decided that this year I was going to do as many things I could that made me happy. Making things always makes me feel good. I decided my first project was to make paper.

sheets of homemade paper

I watched a couple of videos and read a few articles and off I went. It definitely is a case of practice makes better (nowhere near perfect yet!). It isn't difficult it just needs a few items and practice. Even with the information I had read I still found some parts not so easy and did it my own way. I found that my paper was more like card. I did manage to make one piece very thin but I think, to be honest, to make paper rather than card would take lots of practice.

What You Will Need


Paper  
         
I used shredded paper and junk mail but any will do just tear it into small pieces. Don't use newspaper, it makes a very grey paper.

Liquidiser    

I didn't want to ruin my liquidiser so used a hand held blender. I'm told you can do it with a pestle and mortar but I think it would take ages.

Frame &  Deckle         

Grandad made mine. You just need 2 frames of wood the same size, you can use picture frames. Make sure it fits in your sink or a bowl. Cover one with netting. Pull it as tight as you can and staple. This is the frame.
Leave the other as an empty frame, this is the deckle. I used tulle, the sort you'd use for fancy dress. Anything that will allow the water through and keep the pulp back would work.


2 wooden frames. one empty, deckle. one with mesh.

Rags            

Old towel, cloth whatever you have or lining wallpaper.

Netting          

Enough to cover the frame and a spare piece slightly larger than the paper.

Sponge          

I used an old bath sponge

Food colours

To make different coloured paper

Ladle              

I found this the easiest way to pour the pulp


How To Make Paper



Firstly put the torn/shredded paper into a container and pour warm water on top, enough to cover. Leave to go soggy. You could leave this overnight but half an hour is enough.

shredded paper in a plastic tub

shredded paper in a plastic tub covered in water

Liquidise, start slowly then finish with a blast. It should look like porridge.

shredded paper in a plastic tub blended into pulp with hand blender

If you are going to colour the pulp do that now. I added about a teaspoon of food colouring. It makes a very pale paper.

shredded paper in a plastic tubulp with yellow dye added

Fill the sink half way with water. Lots of people say add the pulp to this but I found it washed the colour from my pulp and made the paper too thin for a novice like me to handle. It's easier with slightly thicker paper.


frame in sink with water running

Gently put the frame into the water but do not totally submerge it. Ladle the pulp into the frame and gently swish it in the water to get an even coating. If you'd like to add glitter or petals then add them now.

pulp in frame with deckle in place

Lift the frame and let the water drain out. Remove the deckle. Cover the pulp with the spare piece of netting. Use a sponge and press the pulp, squeezing out the water. DO NOT RUB! Just press.

deckle removed pulp in a square

Holding onto the netting turn the frame upside down onto a piece of rag. Again use the sponge to press out the water, squeeze the sponge back into the sink.

frame turned over and sponge to soak the water

Gently remove the frame. I found that if it stuck it was because the paper was too thin or I hadn't pressed enough water out. Once one edge is released the rest comes off easily.

netting over paper
I just love the different coloured speckles from the waste paper

Place a piece of cloth or the lining paper on top and turn the whole sandwich over.


lining paper on top
I used lining paper it gave strength to the paper making it easier to turn. Other guides say use cloth


Sponge to remove more water. Remove the netting and leave the paper to dry. Once it has started to dry it will come off the lining paper/cloth easily. You can speed up the drying process in the oven but I was happy to leave it overnight to dry.

hand removing netting from paper


Once it is dry it will not be flat. place heavy weights (books are good for this) on top and leave.

paper in a pile all wavy
The paper looks like papadoms!


You are now the proud owner of handmade paper/card that you can use for all sort of crafts. I'm using mine to make greeting cards. My first will be a Valentine card.


What will you make with yours?










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Monday, 18 January 2016

Turtle Bay Restaurant and Bar Cardiff - Review

On my "Make 2016 The Best Year Ever" lists of things to make me happy one was to eat out. Grandad and I had stopped going out especially as the nights got wetter and colder. It was all too much trouble and being retired, too expensive. So we have decided that we will make the effort and at least once a month we are going to eat out somewhere in Cardiff. I must say once I get my free bus pass in March we may go out more often!

postcard with Turtle Bay written on it and pictures of beaches and happy people

Lots of people on social media had been talking about a new restaurant and bar that had opened in Cardiff city centre - Turtle Bay Restaurant and Bar. They just loved the goat curry and the atmosphere so this was our next destination.

We booked a table for 7pm and were told, nicely, that we had to be finished by eight thirty. This suited us we could always finish our drinks at the bar if necessary. We arrived ten minutes early and when we walked in it was loud and dark. It is quite an atmosphere, Friday night and lots of happy people.

two windows with lights and silhouettes of people

We were shown to our table. A table for four to the side of the bar. I just love having a big table so I do not have to juggle plates and glasses.

2 glasses of wine and a candle with some bottles of sauces


Our waitress introduced herself to us and repeated her name but sadly I didn't get it over the music and really didn't want her to repeat it again. She told us we were just in time for their 2 4 1 cocktails and drinks, so instead of a bottle of wine we had 2 glasses and 2 free! A fabulous start to the evening.

Grandad chose the goat curry with rice and peas. Dumplings came with it and he ordered a side of sweet potato chips with cheese.

picture of curry in a bowl and chips


picture of dumplings in a pot
Dumplings- similar to soft bread stick, really nice.

enamelled dish with chips

I am not very good with chilli, although I do like them I'm a complete wimp if they are hot and lots of the food had scotch bonnet chillies in them. I chose the goat burger with rice and peas. You can choose to have chips, rice and peas or salad with the burger and I presume the other meals too.


burger and bowl of rice on paper on a blue painted board

The food arrived quickly and I remembered to photograph it but I was sat with the light behind me and it was quite dark. The curry came in a contemporary enamelled bowl and the burger on a piece of paper on a board. I know I'm old fashioned but why can't I have a plate? Never mind at least it was on fresh paper.


Grandad enjoyed his curry and loved the rice and peas. My burger was fantastic but it was so hot! There was two different garnishes one green, that was as hot as wasabi and one white with flecks that looked as innocent as mayo but was as hot as anything. It made my tongue go numb. I asked for a fresh roll with nothing on it and very quickly was brought a fresh lightly toasted roll. Now the burger was great, still a bit warm but for a wimp like me perfect. The rice and peas were fantastic.

For dessert I ordered the Lemon and Lime tart with passion fruit sauce. As the picture shows I had chopped a bit off before I took a photo! I didn't eat all the pastry as it was a bit soft and boring but the filling was delicious, they should serve it alone in a small bowl, not on paper on a board (shut up Nanny that's how the do it now!). It was really fresh and light.

lemon and lime tart with sprig of mint and passion fruit sauce on paper on a board

Just before we left I went to the ladies. WOW. Even if you don't want to eat here, you must buy a drink, or two, and visit the ladies. Bright, colourful, quirky!

bright yellow door and fantastic wallpaper of posters of Bob Marley

sinks are tyres and the floor is bright pink with white washed wooden walls

We really enjoyed our meal. the staff are lovely, the atmosphere is party like but for me the food was a little too hot. I'm sure we'll be back, maybe in the summer and have some rum cocktails.

Have you been to Turtle Bay Restaurant and Bar? What did you like best?


Disclaimer- We paid for our own meals and drinks.  The restaurant did not know I would be writing a review. All views are honest and my own.








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