18/52 My Sunday Photo: 30/04/2017

my sunday photo
Last Saturday we had planned to visit Wenallt Woods between Cardiff and Caerphilly after seeing the dragons at the castle, but unfortunately someone was tired so we never made it. However, as we’d had dinner early on Sunday, BattleDad suggested going that evening. I’d thought about going on Monday morning after dropping BattleDad to the airport for work, but this would save me stopping on the way home. So we promptly got changed and headed there after dinner.
The light was perfect when we arrived and I managed to snap some lovely ones of BattleKid among the bluebells. About 10 minutes after we arrived the clouds rolled in and the light was gone. It didn’t stop me snapping and I still got some more pictures of BattleKid among the bluebells, albeit a bit darker and moodier. We spent about an hour there and I was so glad BattleDad had suggested it come Monday as the rain set back it!
To see what everyone else is linking up this weekend to My Sunday Photo, please click on the badge below. Why not join in yourself!
Photalife

Win Two Puzzles from Ravensburger

I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to review two more adult puzzles from Ravensburger. The 1000 piece Used Car Lot puzzle was very enjoyable and easier to do than the previous 1000 piece I reviewed. I also reviewed a lovely 500 piece, A Day at the Beach. Both puzzles are aimed at those aged 10+ and both are easy enough to do.used car lot puzzle a day at the beach puzzle

Now that I’ve had the chance to complete and review them it’s time to let one of my readers win them. If you’d like to get your hands on both puzzles, simply follow the instructions in the widget below and good luck. Please note that both puzzles have been opened and completed once for the purpose of the reviews. They are otherwise like new.

Win Two Puzzles from Ravensburger

Cath x

Terms and conditions:

  • Open to UK and Ireland.
  • Giveaway closes at 23.59GMT on Thursday 4th May 2017.
  • One winner, chosen at random, will win both puzzles and receive them directly from me.
  • The winner will be notified within 5 days and will receive their prize within 28 days of the competition ending.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • Although this giveaway will be broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.
  • As mentioned the puzzles have been opened and completed once for the purpose of the reviews.

Dragon Hunting at Tretower Castle near Crickhowell

After their first to Tretower Castle near Crickhowell while I was away last year, as a family, we returned for another adventure of dragon hunting at Tretower Castle, the scene where it all began.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

Tretower Castle is a Grade I listed ruined castle in the village of Tretower, approximately one and a half miles from Crickhowell in Powys. It is a Cadw site and was home to influential families such as the Vaughans and the Picards. Over 900 years old, it was established as a working farm in the 18th century. Today you can see what life would have been like when the Vaughans were part of high society in the late 15th century as many rooms have been recreated to that period.

BattleDad and BattleKid started the dragon hunting adventures on their first visit and when we returned a little over a month later we were pleasantly surprised to see the castle had a dragon hunt in place. A great addition for the school holidays and helped make our dragon hunting at Tretower Castle a little bit easier.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

We were given a set of clues to find dragons hidden throughout the castle and grounds, and if we were successful, there was a certificate to collect upon completion. We started by walking through the gardens into the ground floor of the castle, and checking the clues on our sheet for the locations of the dragons.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

Once we had located the dragons on the ground floor we moved upstairs to the bedrooms. There was one room BattleKid loved. It was a long hall-type room and he had great fun running from one end to the other. Apparently he had done it on his previous visit too.

From the house we moved outside to the gardens which are lovely. There were still lots of flowers in blossom and some of the trees even had fruit on them. BattleKid and I enjoyed the gardens for a while and of course this mama took some pictures of the boy while we waited for BattleDad. We then started to make our way over to the round tower, which sits away from the main castle buildings.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

On our way we enjoyed some roly-polys. By the time we reached the round tower we had found most of the dragon clues for the dragon hunting at Tretower Castle, but were yet to find our own dragon’s hiding place. We searched inside the tower and then the nooks and crannies outside. At last we found him, hidden in a wall just outside the round tower. BattleKid was delighted and gave him a big hug.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

Roly-polys were resumed on our way back to the house with BattleKid and I having lots of fun. He was also fascinated by the Jinny Joes (dandelions) and I taught him how to blow the florets off.Dragon hunting at Tretower Castle

When we reached the main house we found our final dragon clue in one of the rooms or cellars off the court yard and then handed in our complete dragon hunt sheet at the office whereupon BattleKid was presented with his official dragon hunting certificate and stickers. He was thrilled. Not only did we find our own dragon but he got a certificate for completing the dragon hunt at Tretower Castle itself.Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

The dragon hunt was an addition to many Cadw sites last year during the summer holidays and I’d like to think it returns this year. It’s a great way to get kids exploring historic sites and makes them more fun. We certainly enjoyed the dragon hunting at Tretower Castle. BattleDad also lays claim to the introduction of the dragon hunt after mentioning to the staff at Tretower Castle on their first visit that they were there to hunt the castle dragon. Whether this is true or not, he’s claiming it for his own! And either way we continue our own dragon hunting at each castle we visit as you will read in subsequent posts in this series.

Things to note if you go dragon hunting at Tretower Castle:

  • Tretower Castle is a Cadw site as mentioned and is open every day from 10am to 5pm from the 1st April to the 31st October. Between 1st November 2017 and 31st March 2018, the castle is open between 10am and 4pm from Thursday to Saturday but is closed between Sundays and Wednesday *.
  • Last admissions is 30 minutes before closing and costs £6.50 per adult, with children, senior citizens and concession tickets costing £4.30. Children under 5 years of age enter free. As Cadw members our admission was included in our annual pass.
  • There are toilets on site, including one for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
  • There are picnic benches available in the gardens but there is no coffee shop.  There are also no baby changing facilities at Tretower Castle.
  • The courtyard is mainly accessible to buggies and wheelchairs as are a few parts of the ground level of the castle, although you may find the cobbled entrance unsuitable. The upper level and round tower are not accessible.
  • There is a car park across the road from the castle, and roadside parking for approximately 30 cars and is free.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time dragon hunting at Tretower Castle and can recommend it as a place to visit for a few hours with your children if you are in the Crickhowell or Abergavenny area. It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive to Tretower Castle from Abergavenny. We combined it with breakfast in our favourite café in Abergavenny. If you’d like a sneak peek at Tretower Castle, we filmed a little vlog of our dragon hunting adventure which is below.

Have you taken your children dragon hunting yet?

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*Prices and visiting times correct at the time of writing this post.

Dragon Hunting At Tretower Castle

 

Cuddle Fairy
Mummuddlingthrough

Safesip Drinks Covers Review – Help Little Ones Learn to Drink Independently

I first came across Safesip drinks covers on Facebook back in March of last year and was immediately intrigued. At the time we were desperately trying to transition BattleKid to a big boy’s cup as he was refusing beakers but he couldn’t get the hang of open cups at all. This seemed like it might be the answers to our prayers and I clicked through to the website to investigate further. safesip drinks covers

Safesip is the brain child of Melissa Edmunds. She came up with the idea of Safesip drinks covers while looking after her poorly father, who was in hospital trying to drink through straws at difficult angles, all with a clumsy second child at the same time.

Safesip is a reusable drinks cover that fits virtually any glass, mug, cup or can and is designed to keep drinks in to ensure

No more spills – ever!

Its revolutionary design ensures drinks are kept in and everything else out, which means it is hugely versatile and can be used by parents, children, campers, party guests, the elderly and disabled alike. Safesip drinks covers are made from food grade silicone and are BPA free. They are dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe and have been designed to fit both single and double handled mugs.

After seeing all these advantages, I ordered a quad pack and soon started using them at home at mealtimes. They quickly started being used on all open-topped drinking cups for BattleKid and he loved drinking his drinks through a straw. They also helped to relax both mum and dad significantly as we no longer had to help him with his drinks or tell him to be careful, meaning mealtimes became more relaxed in our house.safesip drinks covers

We then brought the Safesip drinks cover to Lanzarote in May and used it during all meals in the hotel restaurants. Now unfortunately they were no totally BattleKid-proof, with us having two spills of drinks due to him knocking his cup off the table but knocks onto the table did not result in drinks being spilled. At all other times it made for calmer meal times while on holiday and meant BattleKid felt a bit more independent too.safesip drinks covers

We continued to use it for several months afterwards, both at home and out and about, and gradually stopped using them as BattleKid has gotten better with open cups. Now I will say that we have large plastic wine glasses at home and the Safesip did not fit over these, coming away very quickly but it fit all other mugs, cups and plastic glasses we have at home. It actually worked best with BattleKid’s own open cups, so job done. The reason we tried it on the plastic wine glasses was that BattleKid went through a phase of only wanting the same drinking vessel as BattleDad and I so I had bought 3 picnic plastic wine glasses to use at home so he would have the same vessel as us. It had been working until spills became a problem.

What we loved about Safesip drinks covers:

  • Reusable drinks cover.
  • Ideal for toddler using open drinking vessels.
  • British made from food grade silicon and is 100% BPA free.
  • Dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe.
  • Can be used by toddlers, party goers, campers, and the elderly and disabled alike.
  • Comes in a range of colours which will appeal to anyone.
  • Made for calmer meal times both at home and away.
  • Great for holidays or days out.
  • Helps toddlers gain independence from parents where drinks are concerned.
  • Packs available with drinking straws, drinking jars and melamine rice cups.

What we didn’t like about Safesip drinks covers:

  • Did not fit ALL our drinking vessels at home.
  • Had two spillages on holiday so not completely child-proof but that was because the drink was toppled onto the ground, not just the table.

Overall I think Safesip drinks covers are a great way to help toddlers learn how to handle open drinking cups, mugs and glasses. It can help them gain some independence while keeping parents calmer during meal times knowing spills will be greatly reduces or even stopped. They are also versatile and can be used in a variety of other settings as they help to keep drinks in and everything else out!

Safesip drinks covers are available from the Safesip website and come separately or in drinks packs which can include straws and drinking vessels too, ranging in price from £4.00 for a single pack to £23 for a pack of 4 covers and cups. To see the full range available, please visit the Safesip shop website.

Have you tried them before? If not I have a chance for you to win a pack of 4 Safesip drinks cover and 4 cups too. Just follow the instructions in the widget below and good luck.

Safesip Drinks Covers

Cath x

Terms and conditions:

  • One winner will win a pack of 4 Safesip drinks covers and cups.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • The competition is open until Wednesday 3rd May 2017.
  • The winner will be picked at random and notified within 5 days.
  • Winner will receive their prize direct from me, BattleMum.
  • Although this competition is broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.

safesip drinks covers

Living Arrows 17/52

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

Kahlil Gibran

This weekend we ventured to Caerphilly to meet the two dragons inside the castle. They were amazing, so life like. I posted a picture of them for My Sunday Photo yesterday. While BattleKid and I waited for BattleDad to send off a parcel in the post office, I took the chance to get reacquainted with my DSLR before using it in the castle. It has been quite a while since I’ve used it, all thanks to my G7X taking over. But I decided to make the effort and Saturday and I am glad I did. I got some lovely pictures of BattleKid with it. Here’s just two I took.

living arrows 17 living arrows 17

Linking up with Donna of What The Redhead Said. If you’d like to take part or see some other Living Arrows posts, please click the badge below.

Living Arrows