Tuesday, 17 October 2017

#CountryKids on Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

On the day that was forecast to be the best weather we headed to Freshwater East to let the children try out their bodyboards and wet suits. It is one of the safer of the beaches along the coast although the waves are not as big as on other beaches. It is certainly a beautiful setting:

Freshwater East, Pembrokeshire

The water was lovely and clear for swimming and for messing about on the water. The advantage of being in a large group was that there was always an adult willing to be in the water with children allowing the others to chill on the sand. 

It was pretty good sand for fun too, especially when you have a willing volunteer to be buried in it:

It was good for making sand castles too:

Friday, 13 October 2017

#CountryKids in Tenby (Dinbych-y-pysgod)

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

On a grey and damp day a group of us decided that the best option was to head to the seaside resort of Tenby (in Welsh Dinbych-y-pysgod which means fortlet of the fish). It is blessed with 2.5 miles of beaches one of which is South Beach:

Tenby South Beach

The children raced ahead down the steep and slippy steps from the town straight down to the beach:


Despite the cold and rain they were all keen to get in to the water paddling away. The adults stood at a sensible distance wrapped up in raincoats! A few children got a bit too enthusiastic and got completely soaked... 

We decided against paying to get up to the fort on St Catherine's Island, although some of our larger group later told us it was fabulous, and headed into the town itself. One mum had to take her children to buy dry clothes and the rest of went in search of a restaurant with enough seating for our large group. Eventually we struck lucky:


As it was a seaside town the children all wanted to play in the arcades so we then spent ages on the 2p machines:


Eventually it was time to head back through the old medieval walls (not too many of these remain):


We made the most of the shops to buy wet suits and bodyboards for future adventures! I would love to return there on a warmer, dryer day but I guess it would be incredibly busy..

Thursday, 12 October 2017

#ReasonsToBeCheerful Harvest Festival, Going Retro and Breeding Giants #R2BC

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The autumn lurgy has struck me down for the last few days so I need to focus on the positive stuff to lift me back up! Although in some respects being forced to take it easy is positive thing...

1) Harvest Festival

For the first time since my son changed schools I made it to his harvest festival. With it being his last year at primary school I am trying to get to as many events as possible. It was a fabulous celebration with songs from years 1-6 in our wonderful Parish Church:

2) Geek!

My son let me buy his school book token off him and I used it to start my new collection of Dr Who Mr Men books. Of course I had to start with my Doctor:

3) Blasts from the Past

On Sunday I had no energy at all and I needed to spend virtually all day lying down in bed. Luckily I had Amazon TV (Affiliate link)  films to stop me going stir crazy. I went back in time to watch old favourites including Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Dirty Dancing, Footloose and the Bodyguard. Nothing quite like a bit of Alan Rickman to make me feel better:

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

#TheCoopWay The Co-op and One Foundation

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I was very happy to be offered a free lunch in return for promoting TheCoopWay and the Co-op's donations to the One Foundation and the Global Investment Fund for Water. My lunch was delivered to my home in a box insulated inside with wool:

I had been offered choices from the £3.50 meal deal which included a choice of potato or vegetable crisps:

With the aim being to promote the water charities I chose one branded and one own brand water. For the Co-Op own brand they donate 3p per litre to the One Foundation to help end water poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. For the branded water they donate 1p per litre to the Global Investment Fund for Water:

Saturday, 7 October 2017

#FitnessFriday a wet and muddy week

The one problem with walking everywhere to get fitter is that it reduces the amount of time you have for every thing else! So this post is late as I couldn't fit it all in yesterday... This week I have been experimenting with live videos whilst exercising as part of practising my video skills! So apologies for lots of heavy breathing and sweatiness...

I have had no weight change this week - although at my Well Woman check I weighed 3 lbs less than I do at home! So what has gone well or badly this week?

1) Diet

It has been a bonkers week and my diet always does wrong when I am busy! I had very short notice for a day's supply work and ended up with Peperami and crisps for my lunch as that is what my son likes to eat... I really need to improve on this part of being healthy!

2) Fitness

My foot still is not right so I have been a bit cautious. On Wednesday I had a chance to try it out on the Helm as I wasn't needed to help. It wasn't ideal conditions:

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful: Something Old Something New #R2BC

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Yay its October which not only means the month with the most birthdays in my family (including mine!) but hosting is back to me! Impressing myself on week 1 by actually writing the post on Wednesday night - will I keep that up? Thanks to Michelle for hosting in September and I hope I look after things well until November. So here are my reasons to be cheerful for the first week of October:

1) New discovery

Whilst out trying to hatch Pokemon eggs I discovered a wood on a hill that I didn't know existed! A lovely little spot to escape too: 

2) New parkrun shirt

I am very lucky that the backlog of parkrun shirts was resolved only 9 runs after I completed my 50th. It is also great to know that picking the next size down from my old shirt was the right decision as this one is not too tight:

3) Old chair

I inherited a Victorian or Edwardian chair from my granny years ago. However I haven't had anywhere safe to put it since we moved to Kendal so my parents have been looking after it. Since I have re-arranged my bedroom it fits nicely and it is well away from the children!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Lego: Hobbit and Lord of the Rings

My son enjoyed recreating events from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films so I bought him a few of the smaller Lego sets so that he could recreate them. Unlike me he doesn't enjoy building Lego so I have always had the fun of building them all! When we moved into this house the Lego was all jiggled about and things had come apart. Yesterday as part of getting his room a bit more respectable I decided to re-build as many of his sets as I could. The Tolkien themed ones were mostly in one container that made it easer to re-assemble (not got all the instructions so had to use Google). Now these are old sets the prices are much higher but I have added my affiliate links if you are a fan:

Lego Lord of the Rings Hobbit

I can't remember the last time Shelob actually had all her body parts attached:

Lego Lord of the Rings Shelob

The hook makes it possible to set her up for a proper attack:

Monday, 2 October 2017

Pokemon Go: Mewtoo and Suicune Raids

My son and I have decided we need to work on our YouTube channel and hone both our videoing skills and my video editing skills! Yesterday we took part in the first Mewtoo Raid in Kendal and as my son was using my phone I filmed the action. After the raid I learned that the new iOS 11 enabled video capture of the screen so we tried that for another new Pokemon to us Suicune. I had problems getting voiceover so its pretty quiet:

I had a better voice over go: 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Garden insect bonanza

I really hasn't been a fantastic summer for the insects so I am so pleased to see so many beautiful insects enjoying both my garden and elsewhere:

bee and hoverfly


tortoiseshell butterfly

Friday, 29 September 2017

#FitnessFriday A Mixed Bag

My weekly parkrun photo has reached the point where I have been brave and ordered the next size down shirt for my 50th milestone! It will be appearing soon but not for tomorrow's run as not being delivered in time... It has been a mixed bag this week as this morning I had put back on the weight I had lost last week... Not sure how much of that is due to a tummy bug that appeared yesterday... So what did I do right or wrong this week:

1) Diet

Not sure I have done too fabulously this week for various reasons - although I ate none of my home baking on Wednesday! I definitely didn't get anywhere near my 5 day on fruit and vegetables most days. That must be something to work on next week.

2) Fitness

I am not sure what I have done to my leg but I have only managed 2 proper runs since my last post. One was a decent parkrun:

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful: Time #R2BC

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This is Michelle's last week hosting as the linky comes back to me for October! I had better be super organised from next week. Let's hope I have as much time to be organised as this week... The advantage of being underemployed is that time has not been in short supply. So what have I had time to do this week that has made me smile:

1) Time with family and friends

This week I have spent more time with my local based family including a trip to Victoria and Abdul, tea out and a relaxed coffee. When things have been a bit bonkers this is so essential! Accidentally bumping into a friend when out and about is great reason to smile too.

2) Time to organise

The airing cupboard was out of control so I spent an entire day culling our bedding and towels and putting in back in an organised fashion. How long will it stay this tidy:

3) Time to finish fixing my iPhone

To get all the features of my phone working I had to get help to remove the LCD plate off the remains of the old screen:

Luckily once again my dad had time to come to the rescue and we successfully put the plate on the new screen and I now have a fully functioning phone with Home button and both cameras!

4) Time to appreciate my garden

I am very lucky to have been given some autumn flowering plants which are providing colour for me and food for insects:

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Quick and Easy Cupcakes

Baking doesn't need to take ages or be complicated. In 30 minutes I rustled up a dozen cupcakes with a very simple recipe. All it needed was:

  • 3 oz (85 grams) self raising flour
  • 1 oz (29 grams)cocoa powder
  • 4 oz (114 grams) caster sugar
  • 4 oz (114 grams) margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • a large spoon of liquid coffee:

The flour and cocoa were sifted into the bowl then everything else was just chucked in:

Then they were whisked until creamy and they fall off the blades:

Wednesday Words: Windermere

Lakeside, Windermere

Silent and still mirroring the sky,

Shifting hues as seasons change,

Boats at peace awaiting a breeze,

Tranquil steamers lie in wait.

Monday, 25 September 2017

#CountryKids at Heatherton World of Activities

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

On the second full day in Pembrokeshire we opted for a day at Heatherton World of Activities. The site is free entry but you either buy credits or pay for each activity separately. Having worked out the budget my son and I got our credit passes and then headed off to Adventure Golf with some of the group for the first activity:

The holes were pirate themed with a message before each hole:

After a close round we headed over the part of the park and the brand new beech maze which hasn't yet grown tall enough to not see things:

Saturday, 23 September 2017

#CountryKids Broadhaven South beach

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

In August my son and I went to Stackpole in Pembrokeshire as co-ordinators for Single With Kids. We were staying in National Trust group accommodation close to the coast:


On our first day we had a group trip to the beach at Broadhaven South which required a walk through the woods:


Then we walked passed the Bosherton Lily Ponds with the 8 arch bridge at one end:

Friday, 22 September 2017

#FitnessFriday Running Further

It has been a good week all round and it has culminated in a 2 and half pound weight loss this week! So I must have done a lot of things right:

1) Diet

I have eaten some healthier things this week and reduced the rubbish to an extent. This week this has included a chicken and avocado salad with damson ketchup for a dressing:

2) Fitness

I am sticking to the quality not quantity of runs to help my body to recover! First up was parkrun on Saturday which was just sub 33:

On Monday I had a chance to have a go at the 5k route to the north of town again whilst my son was at athletics. I was really pleased with being nearly a minute faster and again at around 33 minutes:

Reasons to Cheerful: Autumn and Fun #R2BC

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It is now Autumn so my favourite season which gives me many reasons to smile! 

The linky is still in the hands of Michelle so please pop over there to join in... Meanwhile here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) A fixed screen

I had a week of not being able to use most of my iPhone due to a smashed screen. Now after a home repair I can have my phone back. I just need to get the LCD panel off old one to get home button etc working!

2) Car booting

It was a long morning but we made a decent amount and got rid of plenty of surplus at our latest car boot:

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Kendal Torchlight 2017

This Friday it was Kendal's annual Torchlight parade through the town. It is a chance for local schools, groups and charities to get together and show the rest of the town their fun side. This year the theme was Once Upon A Time.

My son had volunteered to be on his school's float and had helped (along with children from all the year groups) to make the props for the float. On Friday morning I was one a of team of volunteer parents who joined the organising TAs to put it altogether. The first thing I saw was this amazing wicker shoe (The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe):

We then set to with cable ties, staplers, string and duct tape to transform the lorry into a story book wonderland:

I impressed myself, as someone scared of heights, to go up a slightly shorter ladder than this one to help put the message on the back of the truck:

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

#CountryKids in Dublin and across the Irish Sea

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

On our last day in Ireland we had a couple of hours to spare before our ferry from Dublin so we headed into Dublin city centre. It is a pretty compact city centre so we had a chance to cover quite a but of ground (and get to plenty of Pokestops!). First of all we crossed over the River Liffey on Halfpenny Bridge:

Halfpenny Bridge, Dublin

The river runs through the heart of the city and is a central point for exploration:

River, Liffey, Dublin

With all that history and architecture the only thing my son was interested in was finding places to catch or battle Pokemon:

Saturday, 16 September 2017

#FitnessFriday a day late!

I am running a day late thanks to Torchlight! Which is a shame as its been a good week and I am feeling good:

I am feeling fitter and stronger and I have managed to lose another pound which is a great bonus! So how have I managed it?

1) Diet

Well we ate and drank far too much whilst celebrating my parents' golden wedding anniversary! There must have been something healthier the rest of the week to make up for it...

2) Exercise 

I have managed a variety of runs this week to get myself to only 82 km behind the target which another 9 km improvement. My biggest achievements were my longest run this year of 7 miles and my fastest 10 km since October 2015. 

Today I did my 3rd fastest parkrun of the year without feeling like I was dying so I must have more in the tank if I really tried!

3) September Challenge

I have been managing to keep up with the 30 day abs challenge and I have to say planking for over a minute is ever so hard... However I can see that it is working and my son reckons my boobs are now out further than my tummy! Note to self take photo wearing same bottom half so the waistline stays the same...