14/52 My Sunday Photo: 02/04/2017

Yesterday BattleKid and I were flying solo so after visiting a friend in Swansea we took a drive out to the Gower to visit Weobley Castle. It was on our hit list and as we were out that direction it made sense to spend an hour or two there, rather than having to go out of our way to visit it. Weobley Castle is quite small compared to some of the other South Wales castles we’ve been to but it has some amazing views across the estuary of the River Loughor towards the Pembrey coastline. Of course we also did a spot of dragon hunting while we were there and those pictures will be featured on the blog tomorrow in my Living Arrows post.
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Living Arrows 10/52

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

Kahlil Gibran

This weekend we decided to make the most of the break in the rain and headed to Chepstow Castle for another spot of dragon hunting. Yes we do that a lot but it keeps BattleKid entertained and means we get to explore the big number of Welsh Castles around us with a toddler in tow. It gets us out of the house and keeps us all sane.

BattleDad hadn’t visited Chepstow Castle before, and the last time BattleKid and I were there we were confined to the ground floor as he was only about 6 months old, and old castles and buggy’s don’t mix. So this time around it was a special treat for us too.

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We explored the castle together, helping a little person climb some towers and down stairways to the cellar too. We even said hello to a Knight on his horse.

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We did of course find the Chepstow dragon who was hiding at the far end of this vast castle. BattleKid was very kind and offered the dragon some daisies to eat, but when he refused he tried blowing it like a Jinny Joe (dandelion). He didn’t understand why it didn’t blow away. living arrows

Once we had explored this gem of a castle, we let BattleKid do some roly-polys down the hill just outside the castle entrance and the dirty, mucky trousers were worth the laughs and giggles from our boy. This is my favourite picture that I captured of him from the day.living arrows

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10/52 My Sunday Photo: 05/03/2017

I had Friday off work and had great plans to keep BattleKid off nursery and take him out but one look out the window that morning told me my plans were on hold. Only until Saturday it turned out. With a bit of blue sky we headed to Abergavenny for BattleKid’s overdue haircut and breakfast. From there we made our way to Chepstow Castle.
BattleKid and I had visited this castle nearly 3 years ago when my Dad and nephew came to stay but it was BattleDad’s first visit. It was also my first chance to properly explore the castle as last time BattleKid was only about 6 months old so I was confined to the ground floor with him and his buggy.
And I was so glad he was old enough this time to allow me to see the fabulous rooms and architecture inside this gem of a castle. My particular favourite was the cellar. It had the most amazing ceiling and my pictures simply don’t do it justice.
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I also liked this window in one of the castle walls in the Middle Bailey. It’s like a window to the past and present and looks out over the River Wye. This castle is a stunning one and quite vast compared to some of the others we have visited. I’m glad we went and explored it before the rain came back at lunchtime on Saturday.my sunday photo
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08/52 My Sunday Photo: 18/02/2017

my sunday photo 2017On Friday I had a day off so after running a few errands in the morning I collected the boy from nursery after lunch and headed to Raglan Castle for some more dragon hunting adventures. I managed to capture this picture through a windowless hole in the wall and was quite pleased with it. It’s like a glimpse of a different world and time.
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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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