Monday 30 May 2016

Bear Moves Home

This week has been so busy. Bear has moved home. Like all house moves it has been really stressful for Mummy and Daddy. Me too, we don't stop worrying about our children just because they are adults. Bear I think has known something was happening. He has been good as gold but has slowly lost his appetite. It's always the first thing to happen if he's poorly too.

Bear put on his own shoes Lol

Sunday 29 May 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 22

#MySundayPhoto Number 22 toddler looking at stream
Bear playing Pooh Sticks

“. . . what I like doing best is Nothing.""How do you do Nothing?" asked Pooh, after he had wondered for a long time."Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, What are you going to do, Christopher Robin, and you say, Oh, nothing, and then you go and do it.” ― A.A. MilneThe House at Pooh Corner

 We went to St Fagans and did "Nothing". Have a great Sunday and do "Nothing" too.


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.

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.

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.

Monday 23 May 2016

Gardens and Grottoes

This week has been mostly gardens and grottoes, with lots of fun and fairies. The weather forecast was awful for the whole week so we didn't make any plans just decided to wing it. Monday we went to the garden centre to get some plants for our front garden and stopped on the way home for a quick play in the park. We were lucky that we had a few hours of sunshine.

Gardens and Grottoes toddler on play equipment. A turtle on a spring
Bouncy turtle..


Sunday 22 May 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 21

#MySundayPhoto Number 21 toddler crouched in the dark just back lit by a light bulb

#MySundayPhoto Number 21 is of Bear at Dewstow gardens and grottoes. It's a fabulous place near Caldicot full of pools, fairies and tunnels. The tunnels were dark with some light from holes in the roof to the outside and an occasional lights near the ground. The tunnels were short so not a problem of getting lost or stuck in the dark and Bear loved them.


Saturday 21 May 2016

Baker Days Letterbox Cake- Review

It's not often that I get a tweet asking if I'd like a cake* to review! Also one that would fit through my letterbox so I do not have to stay in waiting for it. Of course I said yes straight away and went to Baker Days website to choose my cake.

What a fantastic choice! I decided on a Vanilla Sponge Father's Day Letterbox Cake for Grandad. But which one? After much indecision I chose one I could add a photograph and personalise.

Bakers Day Letterbox Cake- Review cake with the worlds best grandad Happy fathers day lots of love Bear xxx
Baker Days Letterbox Cake

My Baker Days Letterbox Cake arrived very quickly and it would have easily fitted through my letterbox but my postman, being a very helpful man, knocked on my door and handed it to me.

Friday 20 May 2016

Fairies and Grottoes at Dewstow - A Toddler Explores

Toddler in stream and text over saying Fairies and Grottoes at Dewstow - A Toddler Explores

The weather forecast had been awful all week. We had made no plans to go out anywhere. I even checked again before I went to bed on Wednesday night and rain was forecast all day.


Monday 16 May 2016

Knights, Nights, Nice.

Knights, nights, nice. Much easier to write than say. I was taught not to use the word nice. That it was lazy and showed a lack of imagination, that I should look for another word. I was also taught that alliteration was a good writing style. So nice stays.

Knights, Nights, Nice. toddler smelling wisteria
Wisteria. Smells very nice.

So what did Bear do this week? The week started off cold and wet, all plans to go out and about were firmly put to one side, Bear was also really struggling with teething. It was making him grumpy and short tempered so we thought we'd stay close to home so he could nap at the proper time.

toddler in garden in the rain
Even in the rain we have to get into the garden

toddler eating with yoghurt on face
Mmm Pizza and yoghurt, nice.
On Thursday the sun came out and the weather forecast promised us a lovely day, so we packed the car with everything we would need for a day out and went to Chepstow Castle. You can see lots more photo's and read about our visit on my post Chepstow Castle - A Toddler Explores.

We were lucky to meet two knights, both as unreal as each other. By the time we arrived home it was really hot so I quickly put some water in Bears water table and he played all afternoon in the garden. He just loved it.

toddler talking to man dressed as a medieval knight
Bear is not convinced that all the dragons are dead

toddler looking at a wicker knight on horseback
Another Knight

toddler in vest playing with water in the shade
Bear having fun in the sun

On Saturday we babysat while Bears Mummy and Daddy went to the Admiral Summer party. Bear was a perfect guest, going to bed and sleeping through the night. He was up at 6.30 and after he had eaten his breakfast he ate mine. We then annoyed all the neighbours by going into the garden at 7.30 and making a racket.

toddler in pyjamas climbing stairs
Night, night.

photo of screen of baby monitor of baby asleep in cot
I wonder what's wrong with the rest of the cot?

toddler eating toast
Nanny's toast is very nice

toddler in garden in sunshine
Shhh! The neighbours are still sleeping

What's new with Bear this week?

Teething. He's got his big back molars coming through and they are really causing him pain. It makes him very grumpy and short tempered.

No! Ahh the toddler word, he's just started to use it. He's been refusing to do things but now he knows No!

Orange. Bear is learning his colours and knows orange.

Don't do that! Another phrase he's learnt Lol

Floppy body. If he doesn't want to do it he just goes all floppy and it's almost impossible to pick him up. Clever Bear.

Nodding. He has just started to nod. Any one who knows the way Greeks say no, its an upwards rather than a downwards nod. Well that's how Bear nods too.

Colouring. One day it was raining and I gave Bear his felts and a colouring book. "Colour the frogs" I suggested, and he did. I expected the page to be scribbled all over but no, he coloured each frog separately.

This is really Bear's diary but I had some good news too. I had to have a cone biopsy a while ago and then went back to have another smear to check it had all been successful. The letter arrived on Saturday to say I was clear :-) Great news. 

Ladies if you are hesitating or just can't be bothered to get your smear done then read this account from Bears Mummy. It's the reason Bear only has one Nanny. 

excerpt from typed letter saying smear and tests are clear


Sunday 15 May 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 20

#MySundayPhoto number 20 toddler playing in water

#MySundayPhoto number 20 is of Bear playing with a fish slice in a plant tray full of cold rain water under a make shift tent made from a sheet and a few pegs.

Why did I choose this? It was because he looks so happy and content and I had just spent ages getting his tuff tray out and filling it and his water table with lovely, warm, clean water under the shade of my very pink umbrella. Toddlers! Gotta love 'em.

tuff tray and water table with clean water and no toddler in sight

bright pink sun shade


Friday 13 May 2016

Chepstow Castle - A Toddler Explores

Chepstow Castle - A Toddler Explores written across picture of toddler at castle entrance

Chepstow Castle - A Toddler Explores

After days of rain we had the promise of a dry, sunny day so off we went to Chepstow Castle. Only a few miles from our home in Cardiff and another excuse to use our CADW membership.


Monday 9 May 2016

Seaside, Lambs and Bubbles

The weather changed this week and the sun shone so we got outside. Bear is still teething but his cold has gone so he's a lot happier. Our week was all about the seaside, lambs and bubbles.

We started the week at Tintern. We'd heard that you could see baby lambs at Tintern Vineyard so went there first and then to the Abbey.
Don't forget to click on the links to see more photo's and read more about our days out.

Seaside, Lambs and Bubbles toddler by wooden fence with label. All you can read is Blue Texel
Bear looking for the baby lambs


7 Easy Ways To Amuse A Toddler in The Garden - #kidsinthegarden

Looking for something to entertain your toddler? Here's 7 easy ways to amuse a toddler in the garden. They can be done even when the weather isn't perfect.

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."
                                                          Old Saying
Toddlers love to be outdoors and when it's sunny and warm it's a doddle but what can you do regardless of the weather? Here's a few tips that will enthral your toddler and may even give you a few minutes break.


Sunday 8 May 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 19

#MySundayPhoto Number 19 is of Bears footprints in the sand. We went to Barry Island on Thursday, the sand had been raked and it was so soft to walk on. I love the way the footprints sometimes look sunken and sometimes raised.

When you look what do you see? Sunken or raised?


Friday 6 May 2016

Sea And Sand - Barry Island

The sun was shining, the weather forecast was good, we'd had breakfast and were raring to go.
Go where? You ask. We want some sea and sand - Barry Island here we come.

We are very lucky living in Cardiff as we have so many fantastic beaches to visit. We decided on the closest, Barry Island. It may be all fish and chips and home to Gavin and Stacey but it has the most amazing beach and everything you need close to hand. Well, everything except the sea. It was miles away!

Sea And Sand - Barry Island Toddler on beach, sea long way away
The sea is a long, long way. The first wet bit is just the sun on the wet sand.


Tuesday 3 May 2016

Tintern Abbey And Baby Lambs

We decided to go to Tintern today to see Tintern Abbey and baby lambs. Just a little bit further along the road from the Abbey is Tintern Parva Vineyard. For a couple of weeks in the Spring they bring some lambs, with their mums, inside for people to see up close. It costs £1 for adults and 50p for children with all proceeds going to charity.

Tintern Abbey And Baby Lambs.Close up of toddler and sheep in background
Bear looking very pleased at being so close


Monday 2 May 2016

Bluebells and Macaroni Cheese

Bluebells and Macaroni Cheese were a small part of our week. We didn't go far because Bear has been poorly with a cough and cold again. I know toddlers get between 8 and 12 colds a year but we have now had enough! If your little one is suffering too why not check out my old post on how to care for your toddler when they have a cold?

The weather forecast for the week wasn't good either. Arctic winds and rain or snow, so we didn't make any plans to go out. We stayed close to home.

Monday morning was beautiful. The sun was shining even if the wind was bitter so we thought we would join the Cardiff commuters and head out early to see our local bluebell wood. We were really lucky, all the traffic was heading the other way.

Bluebells and Macaroni Cheese. Toddler walking amongst bluebells
Bear amongst the bluebells


Sunday 1 May 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 18

#MySundayPhoto Number 18 is of Bear amongst the bluebells. The weather had changed with an Arctic wind blowing and more bad weather forecast. We faced the early morning commuter traffic and arrived at the bluebell wood with the sun low in the sky. A few dog walkers were out but other than that we had the woods to ourselves.

Bear is modelling like a true professional, laughing at his Grandad and not showing how cold he was. We jumped back in the warm car and got home before the hail and sleet started.

Lot's more photo's on my post Bear Amongst The Bluebells.

Have you had the chance to get to a bluebell wood this year? Aren't they the most fabulous, fleeting scene?

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