Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Little things


Well nearly wordless anyway...

Little things I'm loving at the moment...

Delicious seafood in cosy out of the way pubs...
Welsh rock walls...

Spring poised to make its entrance...

Gingerbread men in little cafes
Holiday games...


Rereading old friends...
Sunsets and moons...

They made me swoon.

Hey that rhymed...

Happy Wordless!

Monday, 25 February 2013

Impromtu trip to Wales

After the weight of certain things I found myself dreaming of escaping to some peaceful place for a while. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere where we could retreat and rest. We could go on long walks and I could take pictures. Or we could cosy up indoors reading, resting and playing games with the boys. Just the four of us.

I imagined something out of Pride and Prejudice would do nicely...
Link


I mentioned this to hubby lightly, thinking that we wouldn't be able to find nor afford any such place. But before I could blink he was lost in Google looking for the perfect place.

And found the perfect place he did.

The description read:
Perched on Llangattock Hillside with magnificent views across to the Sugar Loaf and Black Mountains National Park, this cosy retreat has been immaculately converted from an old stone barn into a beautiful holiday home in the hills...

For more description and a look at where we stayed click here

That was all the description I needed.

Within a couple of days we had packed up and left.

And we were not disappointed by what we found...

With sweeping breathtaking views on our doorstep to match.

That first day we took our time to slowly explore...
To allow ourselves to get a little lost...


To drink it all in.

To borrow another's words:

 'What is this life if, full of care,
 We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
 And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
 Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time, to see, in broad daylight,
 Streams full of stars, like skies at night.


No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
 And watch her feet, how they can dance.



No time to wait till her mouth can
 Enrich that smile her eyes began.


 A poor life this if, full of care,

 We have no time to stand and stare.' - William Henry Davies


More Welsh loveliness to come x

Thursday, 14 February 2013

All you need is Love...

We aren't doing our usual Valentines activities this year because my Nan's funeral is tomorrow. Initially I couldn't imagine wanting to do anything the day before so I declared it cancelled. Therefore Larry the Lobster got a last minute pardon to live another day. I hope he made the most of it...

However this morning after hubby had left for work I was greeted with this in the kitchen...
The card reads 'just a distraction, love always' - a distraction from feeling sad.

Anyone who knows Tim knows what a big gesture this is. We have had years and years of oh you need it wrapped too? Is a card really necessary? You wanted the present on the actual day? My Grandma loved it when I got her the same thing?

Look he is awesome at so many things but gifts, surprises, little gestures of love are not his thing. I have long ago accepted this and now always point out very clearly exactly what present I want before said event takes place. Sometimes I even buy it but I draw the line at wrapping it for myself because that's just sad.

Although I don't think I can say that anymore. At Christmas he surprised me with an extra present. A pair of Converse which I totally love.

And now this. It made my day.


However...

Now I needed to up my game. I didn't get him anything. For years I have been the one who does the thoughtful gifts and gestures and Tim the one who forgets. Don't tell him I said this but it was kind of fun being the superior more thoughtful one.

So I decided to make a card out of watercolour. 
Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration...

Luckily for me Hubby does not know what Pinterest is, let alone it's vast magical powers. As far as he is concerned I came up with it all by myself.

I'm clever like that.

You know I think I was wrong to cancel Valentines. We hurt because we love but to love is the greatest thing about us. It deserves to be celebrated in good times and in bad.

 "There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."  - George Sand

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Little things

Well nearly wordless anyway...

Little things I'm loving at the moment...

It's been hard to follow my previous post. Everything seems unimportant compared with loosing my Nan. Maybe though, that's when you need to notice the little things the most...

Baking...
Eating healthy food...

Encouraging little creative minds...

Balloons...
 Bubbles...

Continued snow visits...

Hanging with some of my best but far away girlfriends...

Sunsets reminding me of beauty despite sadness...
 Happy Wordless!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Goodbye...

My Nan passed away yesterday. It was expected, it was a long time coming. The way she went is the best anyone could hope for. At home, surrounded by family, peacefully. 

I got to say goodbye, to stroke her hair and tell her I love her.
Still I am so sad. Sad for her, sad for everyone grieving, sad for myself... 

I love this picture... 
You can't see her face but you can see my mum and her twin sister playing on her in a summer field. It could be me and my boys. A little moment of loveliness captured. 

That's all we really have, moments. 

That and the continuing family we create. She made my mum, my mum made me, I made my boys. 

We continue. We love. We create moments.

She gave me lots of good moments. 

Monday, 4 February 2013

West Midlands Safari Park

A little while ago we went to West midlands Safari Park and I really wanted to share it with you...


The first part of the park you can drive through the large animal enclosures in your car as if you are on an actual Safari. The boys were so excited...


They seemed really happy to have us visiting...
Maybe not...


You can feed some of them right out of your hand which is so cool
You get to see these amazing animals up close...

Posing...
Dancing...
Relaxing...
Swimming...
 *Ahem* Just going about their business...
 'Dude I'm sitting right here!'

One of the animals I fell in love with was the beautiful white tiger.

We got really close...
Hey Beautiful!
I love you a little...
Fair enough...
I shall never love another...

Oh hello beautiful!

They have White Lions too! It was raining at this point and we have to keep the windows shut, you know so the Lions don't eat us, so I didn't get good shots.

But what followed after this shot required us to tell the boys they were just having 'cuddles' if you know what I mean...

After the safari section you can walk around another part of the park looking at animals and going on Roller coasters and stuff.

As good as the Safari part is, the rides all had to be paid for separately and in random amounts. Like you have to buy 3 goes of one ride instead of 1. On some rides you have to have an adult with you each time so you either have to buy 3 more goes so your kid can have the original 3 rides or miss out on 1 of the rides.

Did that even make sense?

Very sneaky!

Plus many of the rides were rusty and in bad condition. (wish I had taken a picture)

So we decided to focus mainly on the animals on this trip to keep cost down...


 There are parts you can walk among the animals...
Or get really close at least...

Maybe too close...
 

And what Mama can't relate to this little scene...

'Boys stop fighting!'... 


'I said stop fighting!'
'Right now!!!!'
*sigh*
I know EXACTLY how you feel.

Anywho it's been fun and I hope you liked my pictures. The Safari Park is worth a visit or more. There is also a little train ride which the boys really liked. I just wish they would sort out their roller coasters and rides.

The only thing left to say is...

Dude what is with the haircut?