Wild Family Fun

Tales of living, working and enjoying life in the outdoors


365 Project Week 4

We’re into week 4 of the 365 project and I’m really enjoying capturing a photograph a day. So what’s been happening this week…..

18: My daughter’s 9th birthday and after a busy weekend of celebrations we really needed a day enjoying the lovely weather. A lovely walk to Three Cliffs Bay in the Gower, finished off with a Sunday roast.

19: The building I work in, famously known as stores has no heating. When you go inside you put your coats and hats on. Monday morning and my gorgeous and very warming lunch was cheesy beans on toast, white bread as well. Delicious.

20: In work we challenged our group to build and protect an egg. A variety of materials we given to them to protect their egg, and then my colleague stood on top of our mini bus and dropped their precious egg from a height. Scrambled egg all round once the egg had hit the deck!

21: A wonderful night at St Davids Hall in Cardiff for the Duke of Edinburgh presentations. Young people who had gained their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards came together to celebrate their achievements. It was lovely to be a part off.

22: As part of my daughter’s birthday present, she wanted her bedroom made over into something a little more grown up. My daughter had a slight obsession with sharks and I was overjoyed that we found a brilliant shark duvet set for her new room.

23: A busy week so Friday night was sofa night. PJ’s on, popcorn, a film and snuggles together.

24: Duke of Edinburgh season has started and Saturday and Sunday were our first days our walking. We went along the coastal path along Nash Point, it’s a beautiful walk and a great start to the year.

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Not Letting Winter Get in the Way

Recently, BritMums ran a photography project, (via Twitter and Instagram), to get families outdoors and enjoying themselves even though it’s Winter time.

The challenge was to take a photo a day, adding the hashtag Hibernot. This is a great word, as the weather currently really can put even the hardened outdoor lovers off from venturing outside.

I loved sharing my photographs on Instagram, and it was really worth the effort and meeting the challenge to push ourselves to make the effort, and get outside every day. It also showed me that you really can enjoy the outdoors in all and any weather, to a greater or lesser extent.

It really isn’t hard work. We made sure that we were wrapped up warm, we had a good set of waterproofs and (of course) a flask full of hot soup to keep the cold at bay!

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So, just because the Winter’s here, we shouldn’t hide away. Let’s try to embrace the challenge of Hibernot!

 Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall



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A New Year “To Do” List

I’m not very good with New Year resolutions, and never understand the whole “dieting, no drinking”, et al, that people try to start on this one day. However, I do like the idea of goals and challenges. It’s a good way of trying out new things and having some brilliant adventures. So, as an outdoor-loving family, we’ve come up with a list of goals that we’d like to achieve this year!

1: Explore Wales. I’m so lucky to live in Wales, as we have some of the most wonderful beaches and forests. We want to discover new places this year, and I also want to share areas I visit in work, by taking my family.

2: Learn outdoor crafts. I’m currently taking part in a willow weaving course and I’m loving every moment. I made a variety of Christmas decorations and a cute little basket. I’ve booked myself onto more courses to improve my skills. It’s great learning and developing new skills. However, my house is slowly filling up with my creations!

3: Grow and cook our own foods. When the weather gets a little better, we really want to take the time to grow and cook our own foods. My husband is an amazing chef, so we have the knowledge to create wonderful dishes. It also teaches my daughter where foods come from, and also encourages us as a family to eat healthily.

4: Take my daughter kayaking on rivers. Her kayaking is improving so well, now, that she is desperate to experience paddling on open moving water. We had a very brief experience, last year, and she was fine (though I was slightly nervous). My husband really wants to join us, so it’ll be a great excuse for a family adventure.

5: Improve my map reading skills. I’m starting to feel that I’m not pushing myself with my map and navigation skills. A colleague is trying to encourage me to go walking on my own, and get confidence in navigating for myself without safety blanket of having other people around. Strangely, I keep avoiding this one!

6: Camp more. We love camping so much, as a family and, as no major holidays have been planned this year, we’ll be doing more camping in new areas throughout Wales. We’re even buying a new tent, so it’ll have to be used more than a few times, this year!

There are a few other things that I want to do for myself. Like everyone, I suppose, I’d like to get a bit healthier. I’m not a big fan of diets to lose lots of weight, but would like to start a yoga class, or swim more. However, I do have a huge challenge that I’ll be aiming to achieve, this year.

Climbing Ben Nevis.

It came out during a conversation with my boss a few months ago and, rather than rolling around laughing on the floor, he said “You’ll be fine doing that”. So, it stuck in my head for a few days, and then I mentioned it to my husband. He said, “Brilliant, when do you want to do it? Let’s start planning”.

That’s how it started. So, later on, during the summer this year, I’ll be climbing Ben Nevis with a good friend of mine and, of course, my wonderful adventure-loving daughter, who said I’m not allowed to do the walk without her.

That’s our little New Year “to do” list of adventurous, fun-filled challenges and goals for the coming year.

I’m going to try to complete my list, and the other really great thing is that I get to share all my adventures on here!

A Very Lucky Day in Work

I wanted to share an experience that I recently had in work.

My job involves providing adventurous activities for children and young people throughout the Cardiff area. Many of the children I work with sadly don’t have the opportunity to get outside of the city, and aren’t able to experience different environments. For me, outdoor fun, adventures and play is a very valuable and important part of childhood, so I’ve seen and been a part of some wonderful activities and experiences with the children I work with.

Especially this week…..

On Tuesday, I had a very exciting text saying there was snow in Brecon, and that we were going to take a group on the hunt for snow. I didn’t think that we’d see much, as Cardiff was very wet and nothing had settled in the night like the weatherman had promised.

I was very wrong…..

As we drove along the road to take us to Brecon, the view was white. Everything was covered in snow. Not just a dusting, it was thick, thick snow!

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Our first view from our mini bus

We parked opposite the Storey Arms outdoor centre, and the group got on their waterproofs, hats and gloves and everyone ran as quickly as they could to the nearby hill.

We all took turns in sledging, (thank you to my husband for my shiny new sledge!), and all you could hear were the screams and laughter from the group,(oh, and the staff!).

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I think the staff were having more fun….

However, the best and my most favourite part of the day was when a staff member explained to me that one of the new boys in our group was rarely allowed outside to play. This was a very new experience for him. We found out that, at the age of eleven, it was the first time he’d ever built a snowman. So, we just sat and watched him enjoying the snow, throwing snowballs and launching himself down the hill. Just behaving like an eleven year old should, having fun. He was simply playing. I was so grateful that I was able to share and experience this day with him. It’s such a positive element to my job and really does cancel out any of those other “rubbish” days.

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I wish I was allowed to share some photographs with you of the boys in the group, because everyone is so happy and it makes me smile when I look at them. Everyone has the biggest and best smiles on their faces, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.

It was a really happy day, and a very special outdoor adventure for me!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall



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365 Project Week 3

Week three of the 365 project. A very busy weekend with snow, indoor surfing and of course my daughters birthday celebrations….

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11: A Sunday bike ride, our first epic mountain bike as my daughter called it! A very cold day but it was really worth it, we had a great day biking.

12: A quick selfie waiting for my daughters kayak club to start. Normally I hate selfies {and photographs of me} but I love this one of me and my beautiful daughter.

13: I took part in a willow weaving course on Tuesday.  It was fantastic, and I learnt how to make baskets. It was so relaxing and I didn’t want it to end.

14: Snow day!! This was taken in Brecon just in front of Storey Arms. A brilliant day of sledging, snowball fights and hot chicken soup to warm our hands.

15: Thursday I was training to be able to teach indoor surfing at Cardiff’s White Water Centre. A full day where I had to learn how to spin, move left and right without hitting anyone, kneeling, perform tricks and the hardest one was having to stand up on a paddle board. I did it for about a minute and got very excited and fell not very gracefully to the floor.

16: It’s my daughter’s birthday weekend and she started her celebrations with a sleepover with some friends. A long night for Mum and Dad but lots of fun with cocktails {non-alcoholic of course!} and laughter and giggles long into the night.

17: A quick peek at the birthday cake. A wonderful friend makes the most amazing cakes, last year was the Tardis and this year my daughter will be having this scary but brilliant shark cake! I can’t wait for her to see it.

 

 

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My Sunday Photo

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This may seem like an odd choice for My Sunday Photo, but I thought I’d give it a go.

Strangely, this is one of my favourite roads to travel on. It’s a road in Brecon, which goes through the most wonderful landscape. It’s the one and only road, so there are no houses, buildings and traffic lights. I normally see plenty of sheep and wild horses and, this week, I think we spotted a Kite circling in the clear blue sky.

A simple road in Brecon, but I love it. It’s peaceful and the views are breathtaking.

 I think we need to remember more of these little simple things in life.

365 Project Week 2

Here are my photographs of my second week in the 365 challenge

First week back to work after a lovely Christmas break, lots of lovely walks but as its January all the layers were on!

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4: A walk to the local shops is never just a five-minute walk with my daughter. We live near some lovely woods and have a little duck pond near our house so we always end up having a quick detour for an explore.

5: My first day back in work and every month we have to go through all our equipment {there is a lot!} and do the necessary health and safety checks. It’s the not so exciting part of my job.

6: Tuesdays are always Duke of Edinburgh evenings. This week we were getting ready for our first day walk which is coming up soon. Route cards at the ready!

7: A beautiful day of navigation in week. It was very, very cold but the views were amazing.I even captured a little rainbow in the distance.

8: This is normally the cave entrance at Porth yr Ogaf in Brecon. However after all the heavy rain fall through the evening, nobody was caving that day.

9: An afternoon to a local Forest to have an explore on Friday afternoon. A definite day for the Kelly Kettle for hot drinks to keep the cold away.

10: My daughter still enjoying her Christmas presents. A quiet time of colouring her new school bag in. A very clever present.

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I’ve wanted to join in with the 365 project for a while and thought as it was a new start to the year what better way of keeping up with my blog and also it will a lovely memory of what we have achieved at the end of the year when we finish!

1: A lovely winter walk on Penarth Pier on New Years Day. A great place for a blow through and a hot cup of tea from the little cafe on the pier.

2: Our house is still full of Christmas goodies so we decided to have a morning of baking. Now our house is full of cookies and cakes!

3: A wonderful Saturday evening with friends. A good old-fashioned games night, and I decided I should never go to Vegas as I was down to just five chips by the fourth round. It was lucky we weren’t playing for real money!

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