Thursday 29 September 2016

A Cardiff Garden in September

Well we didn't get much of a summer in Cardiff this year and now it's officially over. The autumn brings with it warm days and cold nights. Lots of plants are still flowering and many are just starting to turn glorious colours. September is a time of fruits and produce, but not in this garden this year! A cold wet spring and summer have not given us the bountiful fruits of last year. 

picture of pink gladioli


Wednesday 28 September 2016

Study At Home With NCC Online - Update

Three weeks ago I was given the opportunity to Study At Home With NCC Online. I am now half way through the Genealogy Diploma Course* I chose and thought I would give a quick update on how I am getting on.

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Do We Really Get Our Intelligence From Our Mothers?


On social media last week were headlines declaring that we get our intelligence from our mothers. How true is this and do we really get our intelligence from our mothers?

Monday 26 September 2016

Coughs,Colds and Cakes


Our weekly round-up is mostly about cakes. It's always a favourite subject of mine except this week Bear has had a cough and cold, so it's coughs, colds and cakes.


Sunday 25 September 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 39


#MySundayPhoto Number 39 is Bear being measured. Well not being measured really. He would not stand against the wall and was much more interested in the label on my box. 

His room in our house still has lots of my things in it. It was my craft room before Bear was born. I had put a height measure sticker on the wall and thought it would be fun to measure Bear. He thought it would be more fun to pull the label off the box. I think he's about 90 cm tall.


Friday 23 September 2016

The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan and Friends

Cakes yummy lets get first in the queue!

I love cake! It was a great excuse to get together with some blogging frinds and have a good catch-up and cake too! What could be better? We met up in aid of Macmillan Cancer to support their fantastic fund raising event The World's Biggest Coffee Morning on September 30th.


A Guide To DNA testing for Family Research


Would you like to have your DNA tested but not sure where to start? A guide to DNA testing for family research will describe the different tests, who they are best for and what you will learn from each. 

DNA and family history are a popular way to learn more about your roots. Those of us interested in family history would really love to know exactly where we came from. That's one of the reasons we do the research. We would all love to be related to someone famous or to royalty. A Russian great grandmother sends thoughts of being a descendant of the Tsars or maybe we have a surname that leads us back to the Vikings.

Thursday 22 September 2016

How to Make Cup Cakes With A Toddler

Bear loves Hey Duggee. We love Hey Duggee and thought it would be a good idea to earn our cake making badge. I mean how difficult would it be with a toddler who has a mind of his own? It's actually easy, peasy although very, very messy. Once you have accepted that it will be messy then it is great fun too.

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Steinbeck And Shaw Cardiff - A Review


Steinbeck and Shaw* Cardiff is a bar and club located right in the heart of Cardiff City Centre on Greyfriars Road. It's website promises 

"a first class and personal service direct to your private table" 

so when I was invited, along with four other South Wales bloggers to try their new menu, we jumped at the chance. 

Monday 19 September 2016

An Indian Summer


This is my favourite photo of the week. I did get totally drenched but we really did laugh. It was about 8am and the sun was out and it was so warm. We just had to play in the sun. It looks like we are going to have an Indian Summer.

Sunday 18 September 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 38


#MySundayPhoto Number 38  was taken at Ogmore Beach last week. We arrived very early and had the beach to ourselves. Mist and fog hung over the sea and the tide was still going out.

Saturday 17 September 2016

City Of The Unexpected - Cardiff Celebrates Roald Dahl

City Of The Unexpected - Cardiff Celebrates Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff 100 years ago and to celebrate Cardiff put on a spectacular event, City Of The Unexpected - Cardiff Celebrates Roald Dahl. The details were kept quiet and no-one knew what to expect. We just had to go into the city centre to find out. Unfortunately 35,000 other people thought they'd go too. The buses were overflowing and the traffic at a standstill. The events run late so children were stood in the heat crying and bored. When it did start we couldn't see because of the crowds.

Despite all this we actually really enjoyed it. We had no children or dogs with us. What is it with dog lovers that they bring their dogs into the city centre, amongst huge crowds on a boiling hot day?

We found calm and peace in some pubs and chilled. We did lots of people watching and got stuck in some horrendous crowds too. Thank goodness we didn't have children is all we kept saying as we sipped our ice cold lager in the blistering heat.

So for those of you who didn't go or did go and saw nothing here's my gallery of what we captured.

Crowds in St Mary Street waiting for something to happen. Some had been here an hour or more


Friday 16 September 2016

Cwm Carn Forest - A Toddler Explores


Anyone who grew up in South Wales would know Cwm Carn Forest but we all knew it as Cwm Carn Forest Drive. A road around the mountains through the forest. Then a deadly disease hit the Larch trees and many had to be felled. The Drive became a walk, through beautiful woodlands and along a sculpture trail. Sadly this has now gone too and cars are restricted to the car park and only hikers and mountain bikes get to explore the bare mountain top. We hadn't researched this when we decided to take Bear for our Cwm Carn Forest - A Toddler Explores post and had hoped to walk the sculpture trail. Bear was also having a bad week with teething but the start look promising and Bear happily posed in front of the way marker sign.

Wednesday 14 September 2016

How to personalise and embed google maps to your blog


If you have seen websites with interactive Google maps on them and wondered how they do it, then this is the post for you. I will show you step by step how to personalise and embed google maps to your blog. I have struggled in the past to do this but now I have worked it all out and it is so easy. I am on Blogger, making the map will work with all platforms including WordPress just the embedding will be different.

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Bute Park ~ Pontcanna Fields - A Toddler Explores


We are very lucky living in Cardiff we have so many green spaces that are open to the public and have a variety of landscapes.

Bute Park is a stretch of parkland from Cardiff Castle in the city centre out towards Llandaff. The Taff Trail cycle route and the River Taff run through it.

Monday 12 September 2016

Tantrums To Smiles

Bear with the most adorable smile and wearing an appropriate hoody

Tantrums to smiles! That really does sum up this week. There will be no photos of Bears tantrums for lots of reasons, mostly that I never think to take a photo when he's having one I just think "How do I stop this!" and because this is a happy place.
Suffice to say that this week has been so very hard. I really thought that Bear must have something wrong, like an earache or sore throat but a visit to the doctors gave him the all clear. We are guessing that it is the terrible twos and teething.


Sunday 11 September 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 37

#MySundayPhoto Number 37 was taken in Cwm Carn Forest. It's not a very good photo as I was just taking a quick snap of the direction board for my write up later.

As I lifted my phone to take the shot Bear ran into the picture and posed. I just love his cheeky grin and it did make me wonder if this is unique to bloggers or do all toddlers do this?

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Friday 9 September 2016

How To Get A Reply On Genealogy Forums and Message Boards

You may be wondering How To Get A Reply On Genealogy Forums and Message Boards is going to help you with your family research. You may also have no idea what a forum or message board is. I will explain what they are and why they are so important in family research. I will show you how to find them and more importantly how to get others to reply and help you with your research.

Wednesday 7 September 2016

How to Avoid Baby Name Regret


Many children start school for the first time this week. Will they be the child with the funny name or one of the many Amelia's or Oliver's? When you call their name in the playground will you wince or beam with pride? Mumsnet conducted a survey and it seems that 1 in 5 parents regret their choice of baby's name. There are those that wait until the baby is born to decide and those that have always known what names they wanted and have the clothes and nursery ready and personalised. If you are about to have a baby and really do not want to make a mistake then read on and I will show you how to avoid baby name regret.

Tuesday 6 September 2016

Study At Home with NCC Online


I love learning new things and when I was asked if I would like to Study At Home with NCC Online* I jumped at the chance. There is such a huge choice of courses to study, either online or on paper and all are fully supported by a tutor.

Monday 5 September 2016

Familiar Faces and Places


Our round-up this week is Familiar Faces and Places. We go back to places we love and for Grandad and me a visit home to see family and friends.

Sunday 4 September 2016

#MySundayPhoto Number 36


#MySundayPhoto Number 36 is of Bear playing in the grounds of the magnificent Dyffryn House in the Vale of Glamorgan. We are frequent visitors to this gem which is managed by the National Trust. They have so many volunteers that the grounds are just beautiful.

We have visited the house but only without Bear. The house doesn't open until 12 midday and we like to go early and get back home for Bear's afternoon nap. Maybe in the winter when it's a bit cold Bear will do a tour of the house.

Friday 2 September 2016

The Black Sheep Of The Family - Thomas Aldridge Sturley

The Black Sheep Of The Family - Thomas Aldridge Sturley was my 3rd great grandfather and it was his fault that I became involved with researching my family tree.

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