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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!

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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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Hooray for a Snow Day!

So, I have to talk about it …. the snow. All we’d heard on weather reports all week was how we were all going to be snowed in and to be prepared. But, the night before seemed that the show of snow was not possible. My husband didn’t think it was cold enough, Mum kept looking up at the sky and saying that no snow was coming…. because normally the sky is full of it!?! And even during that week, we travelled for over an hour from Cardiff and ended up in Brecon to take children sledging, because we didn’t think the snow would materialise.

But how wrong could we be…..

At 6 o’clock we woke up to a very snowy Cardiff. Overnight, while we slept soundly in our beds, a huge wintery transformation had occurred. Everything was completely covered in snow.  The extra special treat was that it was my daughters 7th birthday, too. A birthday and a snow day; how amazing.

After jumping up and down on my bed and running around the house at full speed, my daughter threw on as many clothes as she could find and threw herself out in the snow. It was joyful to see how happy she was with just a simple change in the weather.

With school cancelled, we organised the family troops to find a new sledge (I was amazed to find huge stacks available in ‘Go Outdoors’) and we hurried to find the very nearest hill.

We spent hours running up and down the hill, throwing snowballs and making snow angels. Also, you get to talk to more new people in your community, because the rush of getting to work, doing the school run and a myriad of other things that have to be done, all stopped because of the snow.

It was such a lovely way to spend the day. I think it’s the fact that not having to do a  hundred things in one day, just like every other day, is kind of forced upon you. You have no choice but to forget your long list of errands and, therfore,  just enjoy the time you get to spend with your family. That’s why our family loves, values and needs a snow day evrery once in a while.

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