Our annual adventure to St.Fagans, Wales (part one!)

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I've spoken many a times about my love for St.Fagans, and it holds many a dear memory for me. We visited last year with my friend on Mother's day, and although we were a week early, we decided to repeat our annual trip over the bridge.

We couldn't have planned the timing of our trip better. The sun broke through the clouds in the late morning just as we crossed the river into Wales, and the clear blue skies emerged and the warm sun shone down on us. I've been craving that warmth and clarity that comes with the change of the season, where new life appears and everything just feels a little lighter. I don't think anything could have spoiled my mood that day...not even whinging children! It was the most perfect spring day as we discarded our coats and left our winter gloom behind.

We managed to discover a whole new area that we'd not stumbled upon before, complete with very pregnant sheep and some freshly delivered lambs. Chickens ran about our feet and we discovered an old farmhouse. We stopped for our very first picnic of the year, walked under the shadows of winter branches taking deep lungfuls or the crisp Spring air. 

It was perfect! (And we left once more promising to come back in the summer, lets hope we keep it!) 

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Our annual adventure to St.Fagans, Wales (part one!)

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I've spoken many a times about my love for St.Fagans, and it holds many a dear memory for me. We visited last year with my friend on Mother's day, and although we were a week early, we decided to repeat our annual trip over the bridge.

We couldn't have planned the timing of our trip better. The sun broke through the clouds in the late morning just as we crossed the river into Wales, and the clear blue skies emerged and the warm sun shone down on us. I've been craving that warmth and clarity that comes with the change of the season, where new life appears and everything just feels a little lighter. I don't think anything could have spoiled my mood that day...not even whinging children! It was the most perfect spring day as we discarded our coats and left our winter gloom behind.

We managed to discover a whole new area that we'd not stumbled upon before, complete with very pregnant sheep and some freshly delivered lambs. Chickens ran about our feet and we discovered an old farmhouse. We stopped for our very first picnic of the year, walked under the shadows of winter branches taking deep lungfuls or the crisp Spring air. 

It was perfect! (And we left once more promising to come back in the summer, lets hope we keep it!) 

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a family walk: mothers day

A few weeks ago over pizza and beer (where all the best decisions are made) we hatched a mothers day plan with friends to make a proper day of it and visit St. Fagans in Wales.

Over the past few years we've visited periodically as a family, and before Theo was born and I lived in Wales I used to visit frequently, in fact it was one of the first places me and Rob went on a date. He was helping me out on a shoot but obviously he was just trying to woo me.

And the fact is, is that St. Fagans never fails to woo me, and this year we were definitely not disappointed. After a slow morning feeling a little over tired (thanks for nothing day light savings) we packed up the car and headed out on the road towards Wales. We had fun explaining to the littles that we were visiting another country, and that it's not exactly like a humpback whale, but close. The sun was shining brightly and we were all blissfully excited about our forthcoming adventure.

We arrived and met my Mum and Andy who came to share the day with us, and picnicked on the lawn before the boys ran off in search of the play area eager to stretch their legs after being stuck in the car. We eventually managed to drag them away so we could start exploring properly..

There's lots more photos to feast your eyes on after the break!


There were families out in there masses, soaking up the spring sunshine and it was exciting to hear the soft tones of the Welsh accent in my ears once more. Even though it was probably the busiest I've ever seen it, it still didn't feel over crowded or cramped, there's just so much space to run around! We took multiple little rests as little legs get tired quickly, and peered inside the houses and shops. We made our way round to my favourite part, a row of two up two down cottages that document the changing styles over the decades. The history fascinates me and I could spend hours looking at all the little artefacts and styling, wishing it was my job to source and create these scenes.


After yet another picnic stop we carried two very tired babes down the path to the other side of the site, to the glorious gardens and castle. We regretted slightly not bringing the pushchairs as we forgot how buggy friendly it is and it would have been good for the boys to have a snooze, but we all soldiered on! We were rewarded for our determination to carry on as the gardens were alive with colour and bird song. The banks glowed yellow and white with daffodils and the magnificent magnolia tree beckoned us.


We eventually made our way back to the cars, stopping for a quick ice cream and making promises to return soon to see all the bits that we missed. We arrived back in Bristol with our skin feeling glowing and slightly sunkissed from our time in the fresh Welsh air. Making a last minute decision we hauled our sleeping children out of the car and feasted on burgers and a beer or two to complete our day. It was without doubt the best mothers day yet! Thank you St. Fagans, and thank you Wales, we will be returning soon! 

a family walk: mothers day

A few weeks ago over pizza and beer (where all the best decisions are made) we hatched a mothers day plan with friends to make a proper day of it and visit St. Fagans in Wales.

Over the past few years we've visited periodically as a family, and before Theo was born and I lived in Wales I used to visit frequently, in fact it was one of the first places me and Rob went on a date. He was helping me out on a shoot but obviously he was just trying to woo me.

And the fact is, is that St. Fagans never fails to woo me, and this year we were definitely not disappointed. After a slow morning feeling a little over tired (thanks for nothing day light savings) we packed up the car and headed out on the road towards Wales. We had fun explaining to the littles that we were visiting another country, and that it's not exactly like a humpback whale, but close. The sun was shining brightly and we were all blissfully excited about our forthcoming adventure.

We arrived and met my Mum and Andy who came to share the day with us, and picnicked on the lawn before the boys ran off in search of the play area eager to stretch their legs after being stuck in the car. We eventually managed to drag them away so we could start exploring properly..

There's lots more photos to feast your eyes on after the break!


There were families out in there masses, soaking up the spring sunshine and it was exciting to hear the soft tones of the Welsh accent in my ears once more. Even though it was probably the busiest I've ever seen it, it still didn't feel over crowded or cramped, there's just so much space to run around! We took multiple little rests as little legs get tired quickly, and peered inside the houses and shops. We made our way round to my favourite part, a row of two up two down cottages that document the changing styles over the decades. The history fascinates me and I could spend hours looking at all the little artefacts and styling, wishing it was my job to source and create these scenes.


After yet another picnic stop we carried two very tired babes down the path to the other side of the site, to the glorious gardens and castle. We regretted slightly not bringing the pushchairs as we forgot how buggy friendly it is and it would have been good for the boys to have a snooze, but we all soldiered on! We were rewarded for our determination to carry on as the gardens were alive with colour and bird song. The banks glowed yellow and white with daffodils and the magnificent magnolia tree beckoned us.


We eventually made our way back to the cars, stopping for a quick ice cream and making promises to return soon to see all the bits that we missed. We arrived back in Bristol with our skin feeling glowing and slightly sunkissed from our time in the fresh Welsh air. Making a last minute decision we hauled our sleeping children out of the car and feasted on burgers and a beer or two to complete our day. It was without doubt the best mothers day yet! Thank you St. Fagans, and thank you Wales, we will be returning soon! 

this weekend

So as most of you probably know this weekend we have been bathed in glorious sunshine! I hope the weather was as good for you as it was for us....

Anyway, Robs Gran came to visit us for the weekend, which has been lovely, and nice to be able to look after her a little to repay her for all she does for us! She's also so great with Theo, and it's nice to have a little break from playing with him.

On Saturday we went to a nearly new sale to have a look for garden toys for Theo, which of course we didn't find but came away with a few bits anyway (I'll save those for a later post!) It was pretty hot and busy, so we didn't stay long and headed home to play in the garden.


In the evening I made a yummy lasagne and Rob and I headed out to pick up a good new (to us) toy for Theo, a climbing frame for the garden, found on Gumtree. I then fell asleep on the sofa at about 8.30 and eventually went to bed at 9.30, guess I had to get my extra hour in as the clocks went forward! I was exhausted though.

This morning we got up and ready to go to Wales again. We went to visit St.Fagans again, but the main reason for us visiting again was to go to the wedding fayre that they had on. In theory we thought this might be a good idea, as we have started to think a little (eek) about getting married. When we last visited St.Fagans we discussed that it would be nice to get married in Wales, as that's where we met, and we both love it quite a lot. Also we thought St.Fagans might be good as it's where we went on one of our first sort of dates. Also it's in the countryside and we thought maybe we could have it outside. Now I've never been to a wedding fayre before, and I imagined them to be full on cheesy horrible things full of people trying to take your money, but I thought this one might be different and might just have information on the different venues. But I was wrong, in fact before we even got to the fayre I was regretting it thinking, actually if they are holding a fayre on it, it obviously isn't a very individual place to have a wedding, and we were right.

As soon as we walked up to the marquee we knew it wasn't for us, housing disgusting men's waistcoats, horrible photography and even a company where you could get your faces put on slate.....really really not us. Next they had a tour of one the venues, the castle. We stood towards the back of a group of about 10 or so, and they described how the day would unfold if you had the wedding there, you'd arrive in the car, walk down the path, have the ceremony then people would have drinks outside blah blah, the same routine for every wedding, different people, but the same day. Is that what it's all about? But wait it got worse, when we went inside to the ceremony room (which is in fact an amazing room in the castle) they had horrible chairs with bows (which I HATE) and a big harp. We didn't even bother to listen to the rest and went to look round the castle/house ourselves. On the way back we passed the room and someone was playing the harp. I have to say normally I love the harp (Joanna Newsom I love you) but this was just horrid. I have never really properly experienced this, but as we walked passed I actually felt myself feel queasy and my throat tighten up as I gagged. Haha, Rob and I looked at each other and burst out laughing before quickly leaving the whole scene.

Ok, ok I'm probably being a bit harsh, as I can imagine on the day it would all be lovely, but it's not what we want. I don't want a day that is bought as a package, pre-made and well rehearsed. To me weddings should be about you, the individual and celebrating with friends and family in a way that suits and reflects you. You want to be able to relax and have fun and share your love and life with the people closet to you. I don't want a wedding where the next week someone else will be doing the same exact thing, just with a different dress. And plus it shouldn't have to cost the earth. The happiest but probably the most expensive day of your life.

But it doesn't have to be this way, and we certainly don't have to buy into this whole 'wedding' package thing, where you 'have' to have this and that otherwise the day will be a disaster. To me, as long as we are both there, with our family and friends, with some good food and a location that reflects us, I'll be happy. (oh and that it doesn't cost £5000)

But anyway, so that was the first hour of the visit, the rest was a lot better!


There is the biggest, hugest most beautiful magnolia tree in the grounds, and they make me go all giddy at this time of year! Please note my ghostly white legs being exposed for the first time this year!

We then went to meet up with Robs Gran and Theo who had been exploring the woods and looking at the pigs! Theo was raring to get out of his pram and when we let him loose he toddled around getting very excited to be free!


We had some ice-cream and then some lunch and then returned home. It was a lovely day out again, and of course I never tire of going to St.Fagans, we just won't be getting married there!

We do have a few more ideas about the wedding, and are going to start slowly checking things out, but don't expect anything exciting soon! It's just ideas for now...


this weekend

So as most of you probably know this weekend we have been bathed in glorious sunshine! I hope the weather was as good for you as it was for us....

Anyway, Robs Gran came to visit us for the weekend, which has been lovely, and nice to be able to look after her a little to repay her for all she does for us! She's also so great with Theo, and it's nice to have a little break from playing with him.

On Saturday we went to a nearly new sale to have a look for garden toys for Theo, which of course we didn't find but came away with a few bits anyway (I'll save those for a later post!) It was pretty hot and busy, so we didn't stay long and headed home to play in the garden.


In the evening I made a yummy lasagne and Rob and I headed out to pick up a good new (to us) toy for Theo, a climbing frame for the garden, found on Gumtree. I then fell asleep on the sofa at about 8.30 and eventually went to bed at 9.30, guess I had to get my extra hour in as the clocks went forward! I was exhausted though.

This morning we got up and ready to go to Wales again. We went to visit St.Fagans again, but the main reason for us visiting again was to go to the wedding fayre that they had on. In theory we thought this might be a good idea, as we have started to think a little (eek) about getting married. When we last visited St.Fagans we discussed that it would be nice to get married in Wales, as that's where we met, and we both love it quite a lot. Also we thought St.Fagans might be good as it's where we went on one of our first sort of dates. Also it's in the countryside and we thought maybe we could have it outside. Now I've never been to a wedding fayre before, and I imagined them to be full on cheesy horrible things full of people trying to take your money, but I thought this one might be different and might just have information on the different venues. But I was wrong, in fact before we even got to the fayre I was regretting it thinking, actually if they are holding a fayre on it, it obviously isn't a very individual place to have a wedding, and we were right.

As soon as we walked up to the marquee we knew it wasn't for us, housing disgusting men's waistcoats, horrible photography and even a company where you could get your faces put on slate.....really really not us. Next they had a tour of one the venues, the castle. We stood towards the back of a group of about 10 or so, and they described how the day would unfold if you had the wedding there, you'd arrive in the car, walk down the path, have the ceremony then people would have drinks outside blah blah, the same routine for every wedding, different people, but the same day. Is that what it's all about? But wait it got worse, when we went inside to the ceremony room (which is in fact an amazing room in the castle) they had horrible chairs with bows (which I HATE) and a big harp. We didn't even bother to listen to the rest and went to look round the castle/house ourselves. On the way back we passed the room and someone was playing the harp. I have to say normally I love the harp (Joanna Newsom I love you) but this was just horrid. I have never really properly experienced this, but as we walked passed I actually felt myself feel queasy and my throat tighten up as I gagged. Haha, Rob and I looked at each other and burst out laughing before quickly leaving the whole scene.

Ok, ok I'm probably being a bit harsh, as I can imagine on the day it would all be lovely, but it's not what we want. I don't want a day that is bought as a package, pre-made and well rehearsed. To me weddings should be about you, the individual and celebrating with friends and family in a way that suits and reflects you. You want to be able to relax and have fun and share your love and life with the people closet to you. I don't want a wedding where the next week someone else will be doing the same exact thing, just with a different dress. And plus it shouldn't have to cost the earth. The happiest but probably the most expensive day of your life.

But it doesn't have to be this way, and we certainly don't have to buy into this whole 'wedding' package thing, where you 'have' to have this and that otherwise the day will be a disaster. To me, as long as we are both there, with our family and friends, with some good food and a location that reflects us, I'll be happy. (oh and that it doesn't cost £5000)

But anyway, so that was the first hour of the visit, the rest was a lot better!


There is the biggest, hugest most beautiful magnolia tree in the grounds, and they make me go all giddy at this time of year! Please note my ghostly white legs being exposed for the first time this year!

We then went to meet up with Robs Gran and Theo who had been exploring the woods and looking at the pigs! Theo was raring to get out of his pram and when we let him loose he toddled around getting very excited to be free!


We had some ice-cream and then some lunch and then returned home. It was a lovely day out again, and of course I never tire of going to St.Fagans, we just won't be getting married there!

We do have a few more ideas about the wedding, and are going to start slowly checking things out, but don't expect anything exciting soon! It's just ideas for now...


Out and About: St.Fagans

So Spring is here! We planned earlier this week to get up on Saturday and drive over to Wales. We wanted to do something different and get out the house, and well get out of Bristol too. I have visited St.Fagans Welsh history museum quite a few times, but haven't been in over a year now.

We decided to go here because there is tons to do, it's free and it's mostly outside. We were hoping that the weather would be ok, but we were treated to some lovely warm sunshine the whole day. It was great to be out walking around, feeling refreshed. I find that, however great Bristol is, sometimes I get a bit suffocated, there's not a whole lot to do that is family friendly and free, and sometimes it's nice to just get out of the city into the countryside. I've also been hankering to go back to Wales, it's been a long time, and I miss it so much! Driving the familiar roads and seeing the countryside made my heart glad. Sometimes we do think about moving back to Wales, one day maybe...

Anyway, back to St.Fagans. It's an open air history museum of Welsh life, and there are replica houses and shops made out as to how they would have look through the ages. My favourites are the local store and the row of terraced cottages that jumps through different centuries. There is a working bakery selling amazing bread and cheesy buns, a working blacksmith, miller, saddler and weaver and even a clog maker! I met and spent time with these people a while ago whilst I was doing a photography project on traditional crafts.

So here are some pictures of our fun day out...there are quite a few

   

 After a lovely walk around we stopped for a picnic we made, sitting in the sunshine. It was just perfect! Theo had a good old walk around exploring, he's so fast at walking now and was just off as soon as we put him down!


It was such a lovely day, and we were thoroughly tired out after all of our fresh air and walking. We decided to have a little trip into Cardiff before we headed home. I love Cardiff and it was so nice to go back to somewhere so familiar, I really do miss it. We had such a lovely family day out, and it didn't cost much money at all, we really need to start planning to do days out (that are cheap!) for our weekends, because it makes all the difference to our moods and how we enjoy spending time as a family. I'm so excited that Spring is making an appearance, it really is my favourite time of year!

Sorry for so many photos, we got a bit snap happy!

Out and About: St.Fagans

So Spring is here! We planned earlier this week to get up on Saturday and drive over to Wales. We wanted to do something different and get out the house, and well get out of Bristol too. I have visited St.Fagans Welsh history museum quite a few times, but haven't been in over a year now.

We decided to go here because there is tons to do, it's free and it's mostly outside. We were hoping that the weather would be ok, but we were treated to some lovely warm sunshine the whole day. It was great to be out walking around, feeling refreshed. I find that, however great Bristol is, sometimes I get a bit suffocated, there's not a whole lot to do that is family friendly and free, and sometimes it's nice to just get out of the city into the countryside. I've also been hankering to go back to Wales, it's been a long time, and I miss it so much! Driving the familiar roads and seeing the countryside made my heart glad. Sometimes we do think about moving back to Wales, one day maybe...

Anyway, back to St.Fagans. It's an open air history museum of Welsh life, and there are replica houses and shops made out as to how they would have look through the ages. My favourites are the local store and the row of terraced cottages that jumps through different centuries. There is a working bakery selling amazing bread and cheesy buns, a working blacksmith, miller, saddler and weaver and even a clog maker! I met and spent time with these people a while ago whilst I was doing a photography project on traditional crafts.

So here are some pictures of our fun day out...there are quite a few

   

 After a lovely walk around we stopped for a picnic we made, sitting in the sunshine. It was just perfect! Theo had a good old walk around exploring, he's so fast at walking now and was just off as soon as we put him down!


It was such a lovely day, and we were thoroughly tired out after all of our fresh air and walking. We decided to have a little trip into Cardiff before we headed home. I love Cardiff and it was so nice to go back to somewhere so familiar, I really do miss it. We had such a lovely family day out, and it didn't cost much money at all, we really need to start planning to do days out (that are cheap!) for our weekends, because it makes all the difference to our moods and how we enjoy spending time as a family. I'm so excited that Spring is making an appearance, it really is my favourite time of year!

Sorry for so many photos, we got a bit snap happy!