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  1. Bluestone Travels soon!

    October 10, 2019 by rachy

    In a few weeks we’re off to Bluestone Wales again for a few days and I can’t wait. It’s the best place in the world for our family. We have tried holidays abroad and in the UK and there’s only one place that we have found that really suits us. LT is just so happy and comfy there and that just makes a massive difference to us. His autism isn’t ever an issue when we’re there as the staff will try to accommodate him/us in all ways possible, from them warning us where the sounds, effects and people will come from during the dinner shows to sitting and talking to him, on end, about which ever topic he is currently waxing lyrical on. 

    We have gotten our packing down to an art…. sort of abstract and messy! Every time we go, we pack too much and have an awesome game of car tetris before we go. I always try not to pack so much but it’s rare that we don’t use the stuff we bring. It’s like having home away from home with the right level of comfort. 


    One thing I like about going to Bluestone is that even though there is wifi, we don’t use it much. For a family of gamers and an adult who uses social media far too much, the basic wifi gives a good break from screen time and social stuff. Which is great, I have a love hate relationship with social media, it’s like car crash telly, you can’t look away but you know you should. The break I get from it there gives me a wonderful mental health break.


    Since starting home schooling we’ve done learning in many different way. This time Bluestone is going to be an educational holiday. We’ve booked in lots of activities for LT to do, mostly Christmas themed ones. We love the dinner and shows they put on and since they built the new Seren Dome we are going to get to enjoy a show there too this time. We’ve got a golf cart booked too which is always fun. We will be taking some of our school things with us and will be looking at some nature studies things too while we’re there, down in the woods etc. There’s also awesome things down there in different areas that have bug hotels, plus an enormous lake with lots of ducks who, given the chance will come into your lodge. Then, there’s the squirrels. They are amazing. They will come right up to you, especially if you’ve got some healthy snacks for them! (Which I double checked was ok to do!)


    We get a whole lot more exercise when we go there too, we walk for miles through the woods and around the grounds. We swim most days, since people staying at Bluestone get sole use of the Blue Lagoon pool from something like 9:30-12:00 before the public can come in, and we take the time to play outdoor games like Boule and badminton. Last time there was a wonderful breeze so we flew a kite behind our lodge several times which was fantastic.


    I think one of the best past of Bluestone is the staff. From booking to enquiries to the ladies and gents working within the grounds doing one of the many MANY jobs, everyone is so lovely. Nothing is too much trouble and the people who talk to you are never anything but professional, lovely and kind. 


    All in all, we can’t wait to go. And Bluestone do something mean, when it gets to 6 weeks before they start messaging you saying “Plan your stay!” Dude! I’ve had my stay planned since day one. If I had my way we would already be packed. And in the coming weeks I am going to get SO bouncy. Poor WT has a lot to deal with on the journey there too because the closer we get and the more signs we see the bouncier and more excited I become…. oh and LT is excited too of course. hehe. 


    So, we’re off on our hols in the not too distant future. And we are very ready for it!

    (This is not a sponsored post, we  just love it there!)

    Ohhh Ohhh! And! If you sign up for their news letter they will let you know when their “early bird” special happens, where you can get 20% off your 3/4 night stays. Plus they show you all sorts of interesting things on their face book page! Go check them out if you want a relaxing, exciting, wonderful holiday. (They do couples hols and family ones, plus they have a spa!!!)

  2. A full month?!

    October 5, 2019 by rachy

    We are not beyond a month into our home school journey. It’s been eye opening. And for the most part in a good way. LT and I are enjoying our topics that we work on together and he’s enjoying the freedom home school gives him.  We are gradually getting into a good rhythm with home school and it’s refreshing.


    So far we have had day trips, shopping trips where he’s had a clip board to note down costs of things, we’ve read books, coloured, crafted and generally tried our hands at a lot of things.

    The difference in LT is amazing. His anxiety is WAY low and it’s wonderful.


    I haven’t really got a big HS update for you. There’s been no miraculous thing happened. It’s just going well. One thing we have noticed is that LT’s handwriting is improving which is fantastic.


    We’ve got a lot of hosp and docs apts at the moment for LT. Some physio ones and some others. Were he in school that would just mean he was out of action and absent for the day. But not with HS!


    Randomly I signed up for a Savvy Circle test for a Flash mop. And I got in! So we shall see how sparkly and nice my floors are in the coming weeks!

  3. Interesting Title

    September 11, 2019 by rachy

    Day two of HS! Still haven’t lost our rag with each other. Two days is a long time sometimes. But today has been another good day. LT wasn’t very well this morning and had he still been in mainstream school still he would have either not gone in and been sent home or gone in and not had a productive day at all, or worse I could have kept him off and we would have both had a not very good day. Where as because we are at home, we are able to work but at a slower pace, and if he needs to take a break or rest we can. 

    So today we did a lot of work on number and letter formation and looked at multiplying with decimal points. I love how clever he can be and how quickly he can pick things up. It gives me a thrill when I ask him a question and I don’t expect an answer or at least not the correct one only to find that he knows and is able to explain it to me in detail. It’s great! What could have been a very unproductive day turned into a relaxed day of learning. In the afternoon we started our book, one of my faves that I read when I was in year 5 of the juniors (Which is where LT would be if he were in mainstream now.) The book is “Carrie’s War” written by Nina Bawden. And the copy we are reading is one I bought at the summer fayre at my J&I school many years ago for 50p. It’s last stamp from the school library was from 1980. It’s a lovely version of the book with a deep red cover and slightly yellowed pages. It brings back such lovely memories for me. 


    Carrie’s war is the story of a mother going back to Wales decades after having been an evacuee sent there during WW2. It tells of her life and adventures and is full of heart felt relationships and mystery. I honestly just love this one. So this is the book we will be reading “in class.” LT enjoyed the first chapter an answered some questions in his writing book about it afterwards, and I even managed to tie it in with one of his fave chars from another book, Paddington the Bear, who of course was given a “Please look after this bear” tag when he was sent to London.  I look forward to more chapters with him.


    Day three. Today is “Stitch and Bitch” day. I made a deal with LT that if he worked hard in the morning and got all the work done that I had set him in his books that he could have lunch at the a local cafe that he loves. And so while myself and the other “Bitches” sewed poppies that we have crocheted or knitted onto a giant camo net ready for poppy day in November, he got on with his work. He got it all done with half an hour to spare and had do it well. I was dead pleased with him and he was pleased with himself. It’s so nice to see him enjoying doing work and not being stressed and anxious. It may only be day three but it still feels like we made the right decision for him.


    We are at home now and I have been through is books and “marked” his work and it’s dead good stuff. He needs to put work into certain areas that have lapsed over the years but it’s good quality work. 


    Tomorrow we have SW first thing and then home before I take LT for a hair cut. Hair cuts are still a drama for him, he hates them, but he will let one lady do it begrudgingly. He’s going to do some work in the morning while I do the till at SW and then we’re going to have a walk to get a little gentle exercise. Before we go for his haircut. Then in the afternoon we’re going to look further at Carrie’s War before we start out topic, which he still doesn’t know what it is. It’s all new but exciting and very fun. We’re also going to squeeze in some lessons of Italian language tomorrow too which I am very much looking forward to.


    I have decided that we are going to turn our holidays to Bluestone into educational holidays. Where he can make and do in the woods and do soooo many activities that we’ll be exhausted. He loves it there so much and we can’t wait!


    See you around!

  4. A new adventure?

    September 9, 2019 by rachy

    It’s been a very long time since I last wrong on here and a lot of things have changed since then. Last week all the kids went back to school at the end of the Summer holidays. LT did not. We came to the decision that we were going to home school LT from this year to see if we can help him. Over the last couple of years we’ve realised that as good or bad as his mainstream school is, they aren’t able to give him the care that we know he needs. So we have taken it upon ourselves to give him that care. It’s a big undertaking and it’s very scary, but we have no doubt that it’s the right thing to do.

    So we gave LT an extra few days off once the other kids went back to school so that we could make the distinction between in school and home school and this morning LT and I have started out and are taking things one step at a time. I do intend to keep a record of things that we do on a daily basis for our personal records. But I also intend to try and keep a record on here too. I am hoping that I can share with you guys the ups and downs of what we’re doing. I am positive it’s going to be a roller-coaster, but roller-coasters can be fun!

    We are starting with some basics today, checking what sort of things he needs to have extra help with and then this afternoon we’re going to do some creative activities.

    This morning was so different to how school mornings have been for the last few years. I am so used to LT waking up and saying “mummmmmy…. do I have to go to school today?” and then having the battle to get him there, then worrying all day about whether he’s had a good day or not. Whether he’s been productive and happy. LT coped with school, which isn’t something I ever wanted. I wanted him to enjoy school and to thrive there. But it just wasn’t to be. This morning as I lay in bed just before 7am reading through emails and things on my phone I am greeted with a cheery “Good morning mummy!” as he climbs into my bed and asks “What English work are we doing?” “You’ll find out when we go downstairs, don’t worry love.” “Oh I’m not worried, just interested.” And off he went to have half an hour playing on his tablet before he got up and got dressed and was ready to start our day. Taking that pressure off, removing the uniform and the “we need to leave at X time” and so many other things has already made a massive difference to him and us. This has been such a lovely relaxed summer holidays for us because LT hasn’t been half as stressed about the prospect of returning to school.

    On Friday last week we went for a day trip to Tenby. Just a day out us three. And it was bloody lovely. We had cockles on a bench, sat and watched the sea. Walked down onto the beach and in to the cave before we threw rocks in the sea and collected treasure to bring home (shells and rocks!) It was so quiet there compared to when we visit during the school holidays which was wonderful. LT does not cope well with school trips, busy days out etc. So if we’re able to go places when there are fewer people there then that is awesome. We visited a Tudor Merchant’s house owned by the National Trust whilst in Tenby and it was lovely. It was busy but not overwhelming. And was a good example of the types of day trips we will enjoy doing with LT in the future. It’s the same for going on holiday. Every year we go to Bluestone over in Pembrokeshire at least once. It’s our fave place. LT can be at home away from home, he is content there in the wide open spaces and sometimes takes his ear defenders off, which if you know him, you will know is a very rare thing out of the house. This year we have been lucky enough to go twice and, thanks to my parents, we will be going again in the not too distant future. We will be going when it’s much quieter than usual, when he can do activities and have fun and not be concerned about the noise or how many other children there are. And, as ever it will be wonderful. And we honestly can’t wait.

    So this is week one, and although it may not all be smooth sailing, I am excited for what is to come and I think LT is too. He is happier in himself, his mental health is so much better and therefore mine is too! Watch this space for new posts…. I hope!

  5. Failed a bit….

    September 12, 2016 by rachy

    I didn’t manage to do much blogging during Blaugust. I had good intentions as ever, but in the middle of the summer holidays it was more than a little difficult. We have however had a nice summer. LT finds time off school difficult, the lack of routine does not agree with him, so we try to structure our time, but there’s only so much of that we can do. LT wants to go out and do fun things but also doesn’t want to leave the house. He wants to do all the things that the other kids are doing, but then you get there and he either doesn’t like it or can’t cope with it. Makes life a little difficult. That being said the things we did were mostly successful. Right at the beginning of the holidays we went with H and J to our local community farm, we had tractor rides, played in the play ground. Fed cows, sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys all sorts. There were lots of pigs and piglets, which you’re not allowed to feed, the piglets because they were still milk-fed. The big ones because they’re bitey things! My faves are the cows, they’re just so cute and lovely, and they are sloppy. Their tongues should freak me out and yet they don’t one bit, they’re too lovely!! The kids had story time, they spent time in the petting area with chickens and guinea pigs. The best part was the pig racing. Always really funny, who doesn’t love cheering on some awesome porkers?! Watching the great members of staff trying to corral the pigs into doing what they want them to do is maybe more entertaining than the race itself. 

    We had a few more days out we’ve had during the summer. Most of them went really well. The best couple of weeks however were right at the end of the holidays. We drove up to see Em and Sal for a few days and went to the Harry Potter world  place in Watford. It was awesome, the staff were great from the off! We picked up the tickets, and were asked if we needed a guide for LT, do we need a million other things. If things got too much tell the staff, if you need help through the crowds etc just speak to staff and they were super happy to help. As it happens LT coped really well with just about everything. He had one small mini melt down before we went in, but honestly I think that was more to do with the build up of the activity than anything else because once we were in the line to go in he thought it was wonderful. He didn’t know what to expect and enjoyed the first 2 areas but wasn’t so keen at first when we went into the museum part. When he found out he could interact with things, things were much easier. Needless to say it was a fantastic if exhausting day out. The travel there and back was the worst part, not just because we got a little lost en route! Oops! We said a very sad goodbye to them and off we went “Home.” It was a bit of a weird day all in all. We hadn’t seen Sal and Em in a long while, and it was so great to spend time with them and although I speak to Em most nights it made us miss them tonnes! So much so that I’ve now booked a holiday that we’re all going to go on next year. Eek!! 


    My mischief mug and my awesome Sirius mug, a birthday gift from Em and Sal! Thank you!

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    When I say we were headed “Home” it wasn’t a lie. It was the home a grew up in. We took LT up to my mum and dads supposedly for a few days. We started off by getting lost and going about an hour out of our way. When we finally got up to the village mum and dad live in we popped to a shop at which point LT was like “Oh! I know this shop! I think Grandma and Grandad are going to meet us here!” To which I could honestly say “Nope! They aren’t, sorry LT!” Then we had to pop to the supermarket, where I was a little mean. LT knew it was the one near G’ma and G’dads house, but I told him we were just stopping for a couple of things and this just happened to be on our way home. Of course that wasn’t true. On the main road my mum called me, LT was talking to her on speaker phone and he couldn’t decide what was happening. Then we arrive and he is jubilant! He thinks we’ve come to visit for just the day and asks if we could stay the night to which I say ok of course. And then he was like “I wish we could stay longer. ” So when I told him “How about 5 days?” I thought his head was going to pop off his shoulders. He was so happy. 


    We have a habit we have to feed!

    It was a strange first day there. Mum and Dad were off out with my sister and her chap not long after we arrived. And Welshtroll wasn’t staying with us, he was just dropping us off and heading back to Wales and we were going to get the train back on Wednesday. (We arrived on Saturday.) So I dash about emptying the case and stripping back all our stuff so that I have a minimal wardrobe for LT and myself. Making sure we just have the basics only. We have lunch with WT, he gives us love and hugs and then he’s off on his way. Thankfully he had a good drive home and had a couple of days relaxing in a quiet house before going back to work. In theory he was going to pick us up from the Station on Wednesday afternoon. However, during his journey home he offered to pick us up the following Saturday instead of using our train tickets (Which thankfully hadn’t been expensive.) I kinda wish that we’d had that talk before he set off so that I didn’t have to continually wash our clothes during the week, however it was great! Saturday night when G’ma and G’dad got home, LT had a snuggle and relax with them. And slept really well that night. It’s always fun sharing a bed with that child. He sleeps across the bed and is such a hot beastie. Sunday we went out to a craft fayre at a local park with my sister, which wasn’t the best in the world but we all got glitter tattoos and I bought a black pudding scotch egg, which I can tell you was blissful!


    Bank holiday Monday we had a big family day at Mums house. So my sister came, my brother, his fiancée, their daughter. Then my mums cousin, husband, their daughter and the daughters son came, which pretty much for us is Aunty, Cousin and LT’s Cousin. Then we had the wonderful Lady J arrive, she has been in our life for forever and is one of the most wonderful people there are out there. Then mum and dad new neighbour came round for a little while. It was a really lovely day. Lots of great food, lots of lovely conversation. The kids were in and out of the big paddling pool or in the tent and mostly had a great time. LT did really well at when things got too much for him, he took himself off for a little quiet time and when he was feeling better he came back out to play. Thankfully his cousin knows what he’s like and accepts him for how he is. 

    I think Tuesday was a pretty quiet day, though that may have been the day that we went to another park, which was a less than successful visit in some ways. LT didn’t like how busy it was, (and neither did we, but its a great park in the middle of the summer hols on a sunny day!) He decided that he wanted to try a big climbing frame that led to a couple of slides. However when he got across the frame he couldn’t climb up to the big slide, we had warned him that might be the case. So he was going to go on the lower one. But couldn’t climb down. Hmphh! My sister went and looked to see if she could get up and it was too high, so that meant one thing! I was going up. I went up the first level (it really was higher than I thought, and I was super proud to get up it, especially in the midst of lots of other playing kids.) I’m not surprised that he couldn’t get up or down, it was hard for me at my height, for him nye on impossible. So I have to go up to the next level, I help him down and pop him on the slide. He goes down, and legs it. My sister who is holding our bags has to give chase and I’ve got to get down. I did consider the slide but 2 girls started to climb up it so I didn’t get that bit of fun! I climbed back down, held my boobs and ran after them both. The climbing frame wasn’t the best idea. So after my sister and LT were calmed, we took him down to the splash area, thankfully we brought goggles and he already had swim shorts on. Off he went to play, my sister went for a wander, I don’t blame her at all it was super busy in there and I was getting splashed a lot! After that we went back to my mums and then out for steak night at Wetherspoons. Which of course it means it must have been Tuesday cos that’s steak day at Spoons! 

    Wednesday was the day to go home…So we took LT for a surprise visit to Whitby. I love that place, and so did LT. He loved the stories of the town, loved the market stalls, loved walking up the 8 million steps, the church, the Abbey, he loved everything. It was a long and lovely day out. The funniest part was the seagull who stole a big piece of fish out of LTs fingers, LT was cross and found it funny and thankfully wasn’t hurt. They have sharp beaks! We went to the arcades and played the 2p waterfall type machines. LT won 5 prizes all together, well I won 2, mum won 1 and LT won 2.  All in all it was just a lovely day. I hadn’t been there for a long time, so really enjoyed the day. The next day we spent at home and just relaxed (I think that was Thursday.) Friday was another quiet one before we came home with WT on Saturday. We went to the butcher’s shop and grabbed a load of meat to fill my freezer before heading home. (I had freezer blocks ready and WT brought cool bags! We like to think ahead lol.) 



    Finding this for sale in the Church in Whitby really entertained me.imag0506  imag0495

    *Quick edit* If you’re a fan of Pokemon Go, Whitby is just one big Pokestop! (Not sure Mary Shelly or anyone else considered that when writing their great workds! 😉 Honestly there are hundreds of stops there!!

    At the beginning of the summer my mum had an operation on her spine, so seeing her was really good. during the visit she had a still back and was taking it easy, however that all seems to have gone really well and she’s healing well. My dad hurt his back while we were there, I hurt my knee. It was a very good week for being hurty! 

    Now we are into our second week in school. LT settled in really well and got great feedback. He was just so happy at school barring one small incident. He was happy going in and coming home and that carried over onto the weekend. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the school year. WT and I are back on the wagon as far as Slimming world is concerned. WT has been doing really well with that and has already lost a huge chuck of weight in quite a short time. I am really proud of him.

    At the moment we are working our way through sorting the house out. I’m hoping that we can get more and more cleared out and sort the house for selling, that is of course if we can find a house we all love!

    Right have a great week folks and I shall be back at some point! Thanks for reading.

  6. It’s a bit early!

    August 10, 2016 by rachy

    Morning folks. For some reason it felt right to get up early today, not a habit I want to get into during the summer holidays! 

    This week we have had a lot less home drama thankfully. Though Big Troll’s (BT) brother is now in hospital and is super poorly, so we’re sending all our love to him at the moment. I don’t think we’ve got any big plans for this week, the couple of plans I had made have fallen through so I’m trying to see if I can switch things around so we can do something fun at the weekend. But right now, I’m in dire need of tea! (Which I have but is too hot! I know, first world problems huh?)

    Little Troll (LT) is sitting behind me watching “Hobby Kids” on his tablet while he eats his breakfast. I have to say it’s one of the few shows he watches that I don’t mind at all (until he’s watched them 12 times and still wants me to react like I’ve not seen/heard it!) They’re a nice family, who do a different surprise egg each video. Like a giant Kinder egg but not made of chocolate. If you’ve got little ones, maybe point them that way. We use the Youtube Kids app on his tablet so what he watches in limited and so far nothing has come up that isn’t suitable. Which makes life a lot easier. It means that LT has some independence and I’m not hovering over him making sure he’s not seeing something he shouldn’t be. He also likes the Ted-ed videos, which are wonderfully full of information! There isn’t anything about black holes that LT doesn’t know, to the point his end of year school report mentioned his knowledge of them. Though that video got a bit tiring after the 98765431230 time of watching!

    Yesterday we set up some more of my streaming stuff and I streamed gaming on and off in the day and the evening. Had a couple of new followers which was more exciting than it ought to have been. I think I may always bounce when someone new follows me on there, especially when it’s not someone I already know. BT has sorted out an improved background for my stream and some other bits which are all lovely, so I shall start putting them to good use soon. Getting used to talking to myself and describing why or what I’m doing in game is taking a bit of getting used to, but I’m determined that if I’m going to stream it’s going to be nice and chatty and not silent. We’ll see how it goes, I’ve not got big aspirations for streaming but I do intend to have the cameras set up when I’m doing beady things a lot more (When I find the lampshade for my day light lamp!! It’s somewhere safe!) which I’m quite excited about.

    Today isn’t going to be a busy day I don’t think. I think LT and myself will watch some Dr Who, drink tea and just potter about. He doesn’t cope too well with being off of school for extended periods and there’s only so much structure I can give him in the holidays. So we shall do a few pages in one of his work books to keep his mind sharp and keep him in the habit of doing bits of work. He’s really rather clever, and I’m sure you will rarely find a child who’s parents don’t think he or she is clever. It’s not very often someone says “Oh yes little Penelope is thick as soup!” But! I am not that academic, I love to read (though would rather read something with a happy ending!) but I’m not great with numbers or common sense! Whereas LT is super clever with numbers and his reading skills have come a long way over the last few months. It’s been an odd year for and with LT. He had so many struggles in school, which they got on top of as well as they could, he had his ASD diagnosis which as much as it wasn’t a surprise was still a bit shocking, we knew it was coming etc but having it down on paper is another thing entirely. Then his school moved into their new building for the last term. Which is great, it’s a smashing snazzy building. And of course my son hates it, which I totally get. The worst part was, his new classroom looked out upon his old building, so he had a constant reminder of where he was and where he was comfy. However, come September that building will be gone so I’m hoping that will be one less thing for him to struggle with. He’s done very well this year and we’re super proud of him, and my goodness as much as I love spending time with him I am very much looking forward to the new term starting. There’s only so many things I can take him out to, and he tends to lose interest half way through things and not necessarily understand why we can’t just leave. It’s a learning curve for us all. We have certainly learned a lot more this year about him, ourselves and our parenting style than I expected.

    Tonight in theory I’m off to aqua aerobics. Which is far more fun than it should be! Exercise has never been something fun for me. But I have always loved being in the water. So now twice a week I go to the pool and splash about and do my best to copy what the teacher says, and every week I am exhausted afterwards and very happy! I recently took part in “Race for Life” as part of my Slimming World group. I hasten to add that I walked it, there was never going to be any running! But it was nice and I ended up walking with two lovely ladies from my SW group. It was a rather nice if tiring day!

    Have a good day folks, until my next ramblings!

  7. Experience and Adventure.

    April 12, 2015 by rachy

    Recently Little Troll (LT) has had some good behaviour. He was lovely at home and he improved at school. We made a deal with him, if he could keep up the good behaviour he could have a treat. That treat would have been a trip to Cardiff to get clothes for his most recently animal from Build a Bear. When his behaviour got even better Welshtroll asked me if we might take LT to the Dr Who Experience in Cardiff Bay. So we told LT there would be a surprise bigger than his birthday and bigger than Christmas combined. We didn’t tell him what or where.So the Saturday morning came, and we were up bright(ish) and early, on our way to Cardiff. We got dropped off not far from the place and started to walk over. LT then spotted the Dr Who sign and a Tardis, “Mummy! Daddy! You’ve brought me to a Dr Who shop!” As far as he knew that’s where we were going and that was awesome. In we went and LT spotted lots of things, “mummy a weeping angel and a ice warrior!” Then a Dalek, then a Dalek made of Lego, then River’s book and lots and lots of other things. That was just in the reception where we were lining up to go in the experience. They take our tickets, give us a gem to put round our neck (which encodes our DNA of course) to keep us safe and then we’re off inside. Now I can’t tell you what happened in there. I don’t want to spoil the fun for folk who haven’t been yet. Needless to say two things happened that stuck in LT’s mind. 1) We saved the universe and 2) Dr Who called us stupid. Honestly, all the things going on around us and all LT can say is grumpy Dr Who called us stupid. Funny little thing that he is.

    So after the experience is over we go into the museum part, we go in the tardis and have our photo taken. (Naturally LT chose the destruction of Gallifrey as our background.) There were some awesome things in there! Tonnes of costumes, models, tutorials on how to walk like a Cyberman or a Scarecrow. LT went inside a Dalek and controlled its gubbins. It was just a blooming good few hours, then of course we ended it by going in the gift shop. That was dangerous!! But we got some good stuff and then we went on a bendy bus back to the city centre, much to LT’s delight.

    After that we went to Yo Sushi. That was good fun, blooming expensive but good fun. We sat at the bar, we all had lots of sushi and came away happy. So of course we’ve eaten and had drinks so we went to the loo, not extrodinary I accept but!! St David’s centre in Cardiff has family toilets, 2 toilets and a sink in one cubicle. Great idea, we were all sorted then off we went. Welshtroll to the Lego store and us to the Disney store. Then I realise we haven’t got LT’s rucksack which holds his tablet! Run to Lego shop, Welshtroll doesn’t have it, run what felt like miles to the toilets and thankfully we’ve been very lucky. His bag is still behind the door where LT put it. *pant pant* Honestly it was such a relief but my goodness didn’t need that! The rest of the day was pretty uneventful, we went to Build A Bear where LT chose a rainbow rabbit, with a star wars theme in its hand and a leopard print onesie. She is called Star Luck, and at 5am is not cute and lovely.


    So that was that, I shall put pics up, it was a lovely, busy, tiring day and I would do it again in an instant!


    Thanks for reading!

  8. How do!

    February 20, 2015 by rachy

    Ey up!

    So it’s Feb 2015. It’s been a nice year so far in many ways, none of them very exciting. Am still happily going to SW. Christmas was interesting and I struggled to get the Xmas weight off so I started SW again and cleared all my history off and started again. It feels like it took the pressure off a bit. 

    This week is half term holiday from school. Which I was really looking forward to, LT hadn’t been off school in ages. Oh, hang on that’s not right! The week before this holiday he was in Monday, off Tuesday and Wednesday and back in Thursday, then they had a teacher training day on Friday. Ahhh one day he will manage a full week/month/term at school. Poor thing had Conjuntivitis this time. It was not fun for him or infact for us. Have you ever tried to get a very head strong 5 year old to wash their hands constantly and to not touch their eyes? Thank heavens for the Hulk shaped soap dispenser! However he is back to normal and has been bouncing away as usual for most of the week. (Though not right now, thankfully he is in bed right now. *content sigh*) 

    My parents came down on Sunday and we went to a local Carvery for dinner. Which could have been better quality. In fact it was quite a shame, we’ve eaten there a few times and never been disapointed. This time it was Valentines weekend and there was some sort of sport on, so we suspect they weren’t as fully booked as usual and the quality of veggies reflected that. The meat was scrummy though! After food we all trotted over to Tesco for some goodies and then hiked home to relax and watch a film. Mum had knitted a teddy for LT, he had called her recently and said something on the lines of “Grandma? If I am really well behaved with Mummy in Cardiff can you knit me a teddy please?” And Grandma said yes. So of course LT reels off the instructions for what he wants out of this teddy. “Can it be rainbow please? If not rainbow, yellow and if it can’t be yellow can it be bright green? and if it can’t be bright green can it be dark green?” (this was repeated for a few colours.) Well she did it. And it came to live with us this weekend. As soon as he got up on Monday morning it was demanded that the teddy got dressed. Because of course a naked bear simply isn’t on! So LT decided that this new bear needed to wear the Else Frozen dress he had bought at Christmas for his new Build a Bear animal. And here he/she is! I think you will all agree that is an awesome bear! (Thank you very much Mama! It’s been every where with him this week.)


    Monday morning we went to the pub for breakfast to meet my parents, and lovely Welshtroll had the day booked off work so it was quite nice for us all to be together. After that we drove off to Cwmbran where we wandered round the shops for a while before heading into the worlds oddest cafe and confusing the staff with what should have been a very simple order. I think I can safely say that I shall never visit that place again, partly because I don’t think they would want us back and partly because the prices and food were not equal to each other. Though we did discover a new artist that we intend to buy some prints from. Though I can’t link you to the chap at the moment because we intend to buy one for a friend who has a bday soon and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. After our wander we headed to my parents hotel room to shove some stuff in there and then off to Blackwood to see the Shaun the Sheep movie which was super fun! After that we went out to the Otter for dinner and then home. Tuesday morning Welshtroll was back at work, LT and I met with my parents for breakfast and then they were off on their travels and then home. LT and I pottered about the house for a while and then it was off to his swimming lesson which he enjoyed, though I suspect he liked seeing his friends more than the lesson itself. 

    Wednesday went by in a blur, we popped out to get some of the new SW meals from iceland but I don’t think we did anything more exciting than that. Then Thursday dawned, we did LT’s homework, read some books, played games and then in the afternoon we went to our local theatre to see a magic show. It was only an hour long and it was good fun. They had some kids up on stage to help them and they gave them balloon animals as rewards and then had the gumption to have enough balloons for ALL the children in the audience. They were also selling magic sets which LT desp wanted and at £2 I didn’t have the heart to argue. So far he’s turned our cat into a Unicorn and an Owl with the magic wand and he’s made a friend better after she was poorly. (Though the magic takes 10 days to kick in for that one.) SW weigh in last night and then we move onto today which wasn’t overly exciting. The morning at home then off to my in laws for a couple of hours. An ice cream van drove by while we were there and we were treated to the biggest 99’s I have ever seen care of my FIL. Gosh that was lovely. I was mean and sent a picture of it to Welshtroll. I feel no remorse muahaha!


    This weekend Welshtroll will be doing his driving lessons and I shall be sorting the school uniforms out but not a lot more. Though my sister has asked me to do a stag picture for her so I shall spend some time on that. I have decided to take part in the “Diva Challenge” this week, which my mother often does. You can find the picture over at my crafty page. I can’t think of much more to say at the moment. 

    Thanks for reading and have a nice evening! *Slurps tea*

  9. Bridlington.

    August 18, 2014 by rachy

    We went for a day out to Brid while I was up North. Which was lovely! It was a bright day, we parked at Sewerby Hall and walked over the cliff towards the town. It was a bight, sunny and very breezy walk! Down at the town Little Troll and my mum walked along the beach, stopping every five steps because he was digging for buried treasure or shooting cannon balls at the pirates he could see in the distance. Luckily after a good half hour of this walking and not much distance covered it started to spit with rain and so my lovely boy was persuaded off of the beach onto dry land to get his jogger bottoms on. I don’t think I’ve ever been pleased to see rain at the seaside, however this one only lasted a few minutes and so by the time we were ready to head off again it had stopped and was brightening up again. So off we went in the direction of a chippy/restaurant that my mum and dad like. We had my sister and her dog, Kitty with us and are gradually wending our way in the right direction, though we’re still stopping every 30 yards because Little Troll has seen something he likes the look of. (Most noteably a play place that looks like the back end of a pirate ship.) We got there eventually, my sister and her pooch go and eat their fish and chips on the sea front, while LT, mum, dad and me go inside and sit down to eat. It was lovely! Huge portions, crispy batter, Big thick chips (which were lovely but I like the little ones 😉 ) and best of all mushy peas! Not only was lunch lovely, but in the restaurant as we went in was one of my oldest, loveliest friends! I hadn’t seen her for years, and I can’t tell you how much it made me smile. Such a lovely lady, I don’t get to see my Yorkshire friends very often, so it was doubly lovely. However I like the fact that I travel from Wales to South Yorkshire, head an hour and a half to Brid and still manage to see someone I know. That’s my dads skill, he can travel to the most remote corner of the world and still find someone he knows.  On the picture closer up on the boat, we are at the front, LT in a green coat and me in big sunglasses (near a man in dark blue.)


    After lunch we walked along the front for a few minutes, before we see the “Pirate Ship.” It’s £2 for adults and £1 for children for a 10minute ride. So I figure it will be nice and peaceful and fun for LT. Off we go, lined up, sitting on the ship right at the front and off we go. Well let me tell you! That was not as much fun as it could have been. I never minded fayre ground rides or anything like that, but apparently I’m not too happy about being on a ship that competes with a speed boat. It actually was fun, LT loved it. Though he held onto me for dear life with one hand and waved his pirate flag with the other. And he was very excited to see the Pirate ship building we walked by earlier, because it wasn’t enough to be on a ship eh?! I don’t know if I would do it again, I know it wasn’t exactly white knuckle (for most!) but going in and our of the harbour and going over the waves created by the speed boat was VERY bouncy and made us bump about a lot. I feel I may be getting old if I can’t cope with that! Hopefully my mum is in the process of sending us some pictures, I didn’t take any… because I was on the boat.

    So after that we went through the games on the prom and LT did hook a duck and won the worlds most badly made blue swirly pig/dog toy that moulted so much that I’ve had to shave his trousers. 😉 Followed by calling at an ice cream shop, when LT had a cone with Blue ice cream with marshmallows and enough E numbers to power a very energetic child for a few hours. (I had a cone with a scoop of malteser and a scoop of the blue stuff, much more mature!) And then we went to get the “Noddy Train” back up to the car park before going home. The train is a land train that runs on a tractor made to look like an old steam train and pulls carriages with seats in. My dad decided that he would walk back to the car with my sisters dog while we rode up there. It was a good 30 mins walk without the help of the dog. The dog however had better ideas, got about 5 mins from the train and stopped. Sat then lay down and didn’t move. The pooch was unmoveable! So we got a call from dad to tell us about this, I was the only one of the adults not giggling I may add! And a few mins later we went by them on the train and the pooch was resolutely not moving. We get just about up to the car having decided that we’re going to get the cars and drive down to pick dog and dad up, only to get another call from dad saying that the dog has started walking…. but in the opposite direction and there is nothing he can do to get her to go the other way. So he went back to the place we sat and ate ice cream and waited for us.  I really did feel for my dad, and I hope the tired dog felt for him too! Needless to say, we called into Morrisons a few minutes later where I picked up a bottle of Ale for him to enjoy that night in an attempt to cheer him up. 

    This is the train

    So that was a fun day out!

  10. Adventures ‘Oop North.

    August 16, 2014 by rachy

    We reached the summer holidays a few weeks ago, and boy were we ready for them! Little Troll has complete 18months in his School Nursery and will be going into Reception class this September. That means full time school, lunches at school, red jumpers!! This is a little bit scary. I don’t know how he suddenly became a 4 and a half year old child and no longer a baby or toddler. So that’s one bit of news. He will love it I’m sure, I will find it very strange for a little while I think.


    During this summer holiday Little Troll has had his birthday party. For those of you who don’t know, Little Troll’s official birthday is at the end of December, so instead of him missing out on the usual Birthday things he gets a party and proper gives about 6 months after the day. (He does get a little cake and a few token gifts on his actual birthday, but by then he is usually over whelmed by opening gifts from us, my in-laws and my family.) So he had a party at a local soft play area, and it was lovely. There were about 17 children total and for the most part it went nice and smoothly. My parents came down for the party and the following day Little Troll and I travelled back up to Yorkshire with them to spend two weeks with my Northern family and friends.


    In that time I met my new niece who is about 11-12 weeks old,  who is stunning and lovely. We went to afternoon tea at the White Heart pub in Penistone, (don’t make fun of the name of the town 😉 )which was super posh and lovely! I have honestly never been served nicer soup in my life, and their eton mess was delicious. Plus they had lights in the floor and super tall backed chairs which were lovely and entertaining! I suspect that one of my fave parts of this trip was discovering that they have Prosecco on draft.



    That was a lovely afternoon out. Very filling and very fun, and to top it off we went through a place called…..


     Cheese Bottom.

    That makes me laugh far too much.

    We also got to see my “Cousin” and her son, and the boys played nicely in the paddling pool for a good amount of time before coming inside to annoy us and amuse us in almost equal measure. 

    We spent a lovely few hours at Clumber park, where Little Troll managed to get his legs covered in deep scratches from bramles within 5 minutes of us setting off on our adventures into the woods. This was followed by a nice picnic and then lots of games involving plastic fishing nets.  Little Troll enjoyed making himself into a Dalek by putting a net onto his head. We also played boule and a version of bat and ball which did not end well for me, as I seem to only be able to hit the ball behind me.  I think the following photo shows that Little Troll had a great time. IMG_7217

    I also went to a craft class which I’ll post about in more depth on my crafty page, but it was a good lot of fun. I’m sure we did more things while we were up there but, I can’t think of them at the moment, other than one teeny tiny thing.

    We went to the wedding of two of our closest friends. The now Mr and Mrs P has a beautiful wedding, and a cracking reception. We put Little Troll in a suit and a bow-tie which he loved and didn’t want to take off. My lovely friend T looked stunning, and her hubby and son looked utterly handsome (as did Big Troll.) We had a very long, very lovely day and were so pleased to have been invited. I have never cried at a wedding before, not even my own, but this one felt so lovely and nice that I was utterly moved. If they get married again I want to be there 😉

    Now we’re back in Welsh Wales, with our lovely Puss-cat Pixel. I am tired and happy after a lovely time ‘Oop North.’ I hope you have had a good couple of weeks. And hopefully I shall post again on one of my pages soon. I do intend to try to post on them once a week if I can. My intentions are good even if I don’t manage to do it.

    Take care all!