Be In The Picture 1

Be in the Picture is a new linky and Instagram community that has been started by the lovely Kerry of Kerry Louise Norris and Alana of Baby Holiday in which they are encouraging us to feature in our pictures more. I, like most bloggers, am the one most often behind the camera and do regret, like Kerry and Alana say in their posts, that I don’t feature more in the pictures from our days out. I always get lots of lovely pictures of BattleKid and ones with him and BattleDad but never many of myself.

Well, with encouragement from them, I’m going to do something about it. On family days out I’m going to hand my camera over to BattleDad in the hope I can feature more and on days, like last Saturday, when I am on my own with BattleKid, I’m going to try use whatever I can to get myself in front of the camera. I can’t promise I will join in every month but with it only being once a month, I’ll certainly do my best to find at least one picture.

My first picture for this series is a picture I took of myself and BattleKid sharing a flapjack and a lovely Welsh cawl after our visit to Carreg Cennan Castle. We decided to warm up in the tea room before we headed for home and found a lovely quiet spot in a corner in front of a mirror. I took a few pictures of BattleKid and I in the mirror and this is the best of the lot. A perfect start to my participation in this new series and community.

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Why not come and join in. Use the #BeinthePicture hashtag on Instagram or add your post to their link.

Living Arrows 5/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

On Saturday we went to see a friend in Swansea and as BattleKid and I were on our own this weekend I decided to to waste the day but going home. Instead we drove from Swansea towards Llandeilo to visit Carreg Cennan Castle. It is a ruined castle, since the late 1400’s and is a Cadw site now, meaning we got free entry with our membership.

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It was overcast and grey when we first arrived and I wasn’t sure the rain would hold off but it did and the sun even made an appearance through breaks in the clouds. The main purpose of our visit, as with any castle, was to see if a dragon could be found hiding somewhere in it. We searched high and low and a baby one eventually revealed himself, much to BattleKid’s delight.living arrows living arrows

Despite the sun it was very chilly up on the hill, a hill I wasn’t sure BattleKid would make up but he did, so after we descended the hill we shared a Welsh cawl (thick soup) to warm ourselves up before driving the 41 miles home. Below is my favourite picture of the day; a happy boy who conquered a hill to hunt a dragon in a castle.
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05/52 My Sunday Photo: 29/01/2017

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The beautiful Carreg Cennan Castle near Llandeilo in Carmarthernshire. I took BattleKid to visit it yesterday and it was a magnificent ruin to explore. I wasn’t sure he would make it up the hill but he did. It was cloudy when we arrived when I took this picture but it brightened up afterwards as we ascended to the castle. Hope you had a lovely weekend too!
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Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes Ravensburger Puzzle Review

It’s not often I get something to review that is just for me, so when Ravensburger, the puzzle giants, were looking for people to review one of their new adult puzzles, I jumped at the chance. I applied, was lucky enough to be picked and I eagerly awaited my puzzle. I was very happy to receive the Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes puzzle.garden vistas number two

As a young girl and early teenager I absolutely adored doing puzzles. I’d get a new one every Christmas and often for my birthday too and there was many a weekend afternoon I would commandeer the kitchen table to do my puzzles. My all-time favourite was a map of Ireland and I would do it over and over again.

Ravensburger are Europe’s leading manufacturer of puzzles, games and activity products and were founded in Germany in 1883. And I bet there are very few households that don’t have at least one Ravensburger puzzle. We have several kids ones including the Gruffalo, Thomas the Tank Engine and the Hungry Caterpillar.

I received the 500 piece premium puzzle Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes, which is a lovely summer garden scene. Ravensburger puzzles now come with softclicks technology which guarantees 100% interlocking mechanism for an optimal fit of individualy formed puzzle pieces. This results in an absolutely smooth puzzle once complete.

So how did I get on with putting the puzzle together? I really enjoyed it. I had forgotten how enjoyable I found puzzles and doing this one, the first I’d done in over 20 years, brought back a lot of happy memories. As usual I started by putting the border together. I’ve always done my puzzles this way and upon speaking to colleagues, it is how they do it themselves. Have you ever done puzzles a different way?

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The evening after I had done the border, BattleKid joined me on the kitchen table with his puzzles and we both had fun doing our puzzles, although I think he got the easy job!

Once the border was done I started collecting the pieces I believed made up the lavender grass in the bottom left-hand corner and worked my way out from there. The top left hand corner came together quite quickly after that before I moved to the right-hand side of the puzzle. Overall it took me approximately 4 hours spread between two evenings after BattleKid’s bedtime and one evening after dinner to complete the puzzle and boy did I get a huge amount of satisfaction once it was complete.garden vistas number two

The morning after I had completed the Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes puzzle BattleKid remarked upon seeing it “oh good girl mammy, you finished your puzzle”. Yes, yes I did.

Puzzles are a great way to get some ‘me time’, are a brilliant way to relax and once you get caught up in piecing it together, it is easy to lose track of time, as I did the first evening when I looked at the clock thinking it was 9pm and found it was after 10pm!

 

What I loved about the Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • Quality puzzle.
  • 500 pieces was a good amount to get me back into the swing of doing puzzles.
  • The softclick technology really DOES produce a smooth puzzle.
  • The puzzle does feel like a premium puzzle.
  • The scene was lovely and not overly difficult to put together.
  • So easy to lose several hours over.
  • A great way to relax and unwind of an evening.

What I didn’t like about the Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes puzzle from Ravensburger:

  • Nothing, except how easy it is to lose track of time and running out of evening when all I wanted to do was finish it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this Garden Vistas Number Two Summer Breezes puzzle from Ravensburger. It brought me back to my childhood and teenage years and was a lovely way to spend an evening away from the TV or pc. It’s a great way to unwind and relax and lose a few hours doing something enjoyable all to yourself. That said I had company one evening which was great.

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So if you enjoyed, or still enjoy puzzles, and are looking for something to while away a few hours, why not check out the full range of adult puzzles available at Ravensburger.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

Living Arrows 4/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

This weekend we were out and about. Firstly we had a yummy breakfast in our favourite cafe in Cardiff for breakfast, Truffles. Then we met friends of ours and headed to the New Theatre to see Room on the Broom.living arrows 4

To say BattleKid was enthrawled would be an understatement. He sat open-mouthes for the entire 55 minutes and hardly moved, except to drop his crisps on the floor. Oops!living arrows 4 living arrows 4

We had hoped to visit a castle after the show before picking something up in the suburbs of Cardiff but we didn’t have enough time after lunch so went dragon hunting around the walls of Cardiff Castle instead. Did we find a dragon? We did, lurking in a corner. All that hunting meant someone’s little legs were getting tired by the end of the day.living arrows 4 living arrows 4

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