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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!
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Win a £100 voucher for a Bluebell Mini Session with Sweet Whimsy Photography

Last year I was lucky enough to win a voucher for a photo shoot with the most amazing local photographer here in South Wales. We had an autumnal family photo shoot with Donna of Sweet Whimsy Photography and were blown away with the results. So much so we’ve just had our second shoot with her and are eagerly awaiting the photographs from that session.

Donna has kindly offered someone the chance to win a £100 voucher towards a bluebell mini session with her at the end of the month. The voucher will cover the cost of the photo shoot and the remainder can be put towards your prints or digital copies.

A picture of bluebells I took in 2011

The sessions will take place in Wenallt Woods on Caerphilly Mountain, between Caerphilly and Cardiff. The sessions will take place on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th April, so you must be available to attend on one of those days, and be able to make your own way to Wenallt Woods. You can bring all the family members along, although these mini sessions are not suitable for babies who are not yet able to sit unaided.

If you’d like the chance to win a family bluebell mini photo shoot with an amazing photographer here in South Wales, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. And good luck!

For more information about Donna’s 2017 Bluebell Mini Sessions please visit her website.
Win a £100 voucher for a Bluebell Mini Photo Session with Sweet Whimsy Photography

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Terms and conditions:

  • One winner will win a £100 voucher towards a mini bluebell session with Donna of Sweet Whimsy Photography. The remainder of the voucher can be redeemed against prints or digital copies.
  • There is no cash alternative and the voucher must be used for a bluebell mini session.
  • All arrangements will be made direct with Sweet Whimsy Photography.
  • You must be able to attend Wenallt Woods, Cardiff on either Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th April.
  • Although this competition is being broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook.
  • Competition closes on Monday 24th April at 23.59GMT.

01/52 My Sunday Photo: 01/01/2017

So, 2016 is done and dusted and today heralds the start of a New Year. My hopes for this year? Lots more happy days with BattleKid like the one above where we went searching for bluebells in May. More family time and time together with BattleDad such as our holiday we’ve just returned from. More adventures with BattleDog. More discovering the world together and discovering it through the eyes of someone who is three.
I cannot believe BattleKid turns three tomorrow. Where has the time gone? This time three years ago I had been in labour for almost 12 hours and had just entered the birthing pool which was such a relief. All was going swimmingly (if you’ll pardon the pun) but little did we know that, fast forward another 12 hours, we would end up in theatre on the verge of an emergency c-section. That is all in the past and BattleKid is a happy, healthy, boisterous 3 year old who knows his own mind and isn’t afraid to let you know that!
I want to take this opportunity to say Happy New Year to all my readers and followers and hope that 2017 is a great one for everyone. I have a good feeling about this year coming!

Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre: Our Bank Holiday visit

On the Saturday of the last bank holiday, we decided to take BattleKid back to the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre as he had been a little bit young the first time we had taken him for his first birthday.

The Small Breeds Farm Park is located on the border of Wales and England, near Kington in Herefordshire. It is a privately owned and self financing centre relying on visitors to keep it going. It is a great place for children to explore and interact with a range of animals including miniature horses, pygmy goats, Zebu and lots more. There is a red squirrel dome, birds such as pheasants, chickens and waterfowl, and also an indoor small animal house with guinea pigs, rabbits and chipmunks. All of this as well as the Owl Garden housing an extensive collection of owls from all over the world. 

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Animals are either housed in outdoor enclosed pens for good weather, you can even enter some to interact with the animals, or in indoor enclosures for poorer weather. 

Open all year round it is a wonderful place for people of all ages to visit, learn about the animals and interact with many you wouldn’t come into contact with very often. If visiting with children I would recommend waiting until your little ones are walking independently before going as both you and they will enjoy it more. BattleDad and I actually visited there twice in our pre-BattleKid days! 

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FB_IMG_1432385476054We arrived at the Farm Park at lunchtime, so BattleDad and I had toasted sandwiches for lunch, while BattleKid ate from a children’s lunch box.




After lunch we started with the indoor small animal house where BattleKid2015-05-23 14.13.56 was fascinated with the rabbits and guinea pigs. He didn’t seem to notice the chipmunks and walked straight past the alpacas lying on the ground just outside this house.

We moved onto the outdoors enclosures and introduced him to some raggy sheep first.

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We then visited some pygmy goats that were lovely and he got to pet one through the gate. On our travels around the park there were free roaming chickens, which BattleKid took a shine to, trying to chase them as best he could!

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We took him into an enclosure with some more pygmy goats and he wandered around before starting to get a bit tired.

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Before we left we visited my favourite of all, the Boer goats. I fell in love with these on our very first visit a number of years ago and they’ve been my favourite ever since. They even had a young kid with them this time! I also didn’t realise what type of goat they were until we got talking to one member of staff. Trust me to love the ones from South Africa most, seeing as I lived there when I was younger! As we were leaving we passed lots of chicks too.

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We decided not to do the owl garden as BattleKid was getting tired at this point. As we were heading towards the car, I spotted a host of bluebells under the trees in the car park, so had to stop for some pictures. Despite being tired, BattleKid had a whale of a time batting them with his hands. I decided to use my phone camera rather than my DSLR for these pictures as it was quicker and I have to say I am very impressed with them. I’m loving the quality of the pictures from my new S6.

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We had a great day out that Saturday, enjoying a few hours at the Small Breeds Farm Park. It was also a great time of year to visit as there were lots of chicks, kids and lambs about, great for younger children. There were talks about the owl chicks also taking place while we visited but we didn’t attend that due to BattleKid being a bit young for that. We’ll certainly return for these talks when he’s older though.

This Farm Park really is a great place to visit, especially if you have children. You can interact with the animals, and even feed them from pots of feed available to buy at the tea room (only £1 for a pot). It costs £9 for an adult and £6 for a child, under 2’s go free. It’s worth the money, especially on a nice day when the animals are in their outdoor pens. Parking is free (there is ample parking), there is a tea room for drinks and snacks, and a picnic area if you want to eat outside, or if you decide to bring your own food. The staff are very friendly and are happy to stop and chat and answer any questions you might have.

If you are looking for an enjoyable family day out on the Welsh-English border, then you won’t go wrong with a visit to the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre.

*I was not asked to write this post.

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