Our trip to Wales

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Meet my crazy but oh so wonderful family. My husbands side. Isin’t this just a great picture, I love how Grandad is really getting into the posing here! Always making me laugh (or trying to)!!

I feel like I have not blogged in forever. It feels good to be back. I made the biggest mistake when we left last Friday to go to Wales, I forgot my Mac charger! I left it plugged in.

When I got my labtop out to edit and write a post there you go… no charger!

It actually has made me realise how much I love this space of mine. I love it an awful lot.

Note to self: Always put charger back in labtop bag!

It was a really special year this year for the children’s Granny J, she turned 50. Last year she booked a week away in Wales and asked us to join her for her big celebration. Of course we wouldn’t miss it for the world, so we made the necessary arrangements. Our family is so very special to us and we are very lucky to have them. 

We couldn’t have asked for a better time to be had. Great company and a beautiful place to stay. It was literally like a home away from home, but with some amazing extra’s a pool table and indoor swimming pool. Not something that we get everyday so to have it as part of our holiday just a few hours from home was a lovely treat. The children had such a fantastic time and when we were not out for the day they wanted to be in the pool. My husband was great and jumped in with them at every request.

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We have now been home for a couple of days and I have had some time to sit down and write about it all. Something that I love doing, writing about our time and reflecting on all the fun we had, the pictures and videos I managed to collect always make me smile every single time I go through each of them.

It makes me realise how precious every moment is, in life. The big, the small, the passing fleeting seconds that convey so much. When Sophia looks at me for reassurance, or my husband with a look of acknowledgement of our shared happiness. It is so easily forgotten.

With photographs and videos it offers the chance to remember a moment and everything along with it. Maybe what you were thinking, how you were feeling. When I look at that photo of Archie above I remember that this was the only natural one out of all the photos I had taken of him. I had been trying to get him to smile for the camera but non of my coaxing had worked. This particular photo he is giggling at me because I had told him how well he was doing swimming on his own. (With the help of his George armbands of course!) He was ever so impressed with himself. 

We stayed at Jenterra in Trefecca in Wales. We had plenty of time to explore the surrounding areas too, but we did spend the first four days at the house because it was just so lovely to be together and to enjoy the lovely big house and the pool.

 Sophia and Archie got to see their cousin who they don’t see very often as she doesnt live near us. It means when they do see each other they go a little crazy! I am sure you can imagine what three little ones running around together is like, especially when they are overexcited about seeing each other too. It is lovely to see them have such fun together and enjoy being together. There was a lot of laughing and screaming all round. I caught them all off guard with this beautiful photo. Sophia had offered to read to them and they all lay in bed together and listened to her.

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I love this photo although a little blurry it is just lovely to me, especially because this moment was without prompting and I happened to walk in on them been ever so quiet, it made my day.

I took plenty of photos as usual and I took a lot of video footage too. It is going to make for some great memories for us.

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Sophia had her first pony ride which was such a wonderful experience for all of us. I just love this photo of her talking to her dad. The way the sun is streaming in over them is so beautiful. Archie was upset he couldn’t go on the pony he kept asking us if he could. I was a little sad for him too but it was for insurance reasons so I understand that. He loves animals and so does Sophia so he would have loved to have a pony ride too. He made do with sitting on his daddy’s shoulders and watching his big sister. 

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We also visited the beautiful Brecon Beacons and they were just stunning. I managed to get a picture of them though this fence.

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There was also a small pond which we walked around. The children had fun looking for bugs. I tried to get some pictures of them but they weren’t having any of it. I did sneak in a few though!

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I love this one they all found a stick and started poking them into the water.

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It was so beautiful here. The fresh air, no loud sounds. Just a stillness and quietness that was quite lovely. I always find that when I am outside in beautiful surroundings I can easily  switch off and take it all in. Its one of the ways I know will always help if I am not having the greatest day. If I just get out into the fresh air, whether taking a walk or feeding the ducks I always feel one hundred times better.

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When I moved to England and started secondary school I remember not been all that keen on the great outdoors and nature, I did attempt my Duke of Edinburgh but I didn’t complete it. I was more into boys and been with my friends at this point. But as I have grown older I have come to realise how important the great outdoors is to me. In actual fact the outdoors is paramount to my happiness and wellbeing. Something that my younger self did not fully appreciate unfortunately. I have such an appreciation for nature and the outdoors now I don’t know really how I ever lost that through my teenage years. But I did. I am glad to have that back now because of course the great outdoors is so important for my children’s growth and wellbeing and I love nothing more then taking my two out.

We spent the next few days strolling around the local towns and villages which was lovely but I just couldn’t help but want to get out into the ‘wild’, touch trees, smell fresh air and hear the sounds of nature all around me.

So on our last day we set off just the four of us and found the most beautiful place. Meet Earwood:

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Archie set off in hopes of finding a snake and then scared himself because he thought the sticks were snakes.

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We crossed this bridge and found the most beautiful leafy area.

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I managed to find somewhere to put my camera so we could take a family picture. It is not the greatest but we captured a moment non the less.

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We had the most amazing time celebrating Granny J’s 50th birthday along with her family and friends. We got to explore the beauty that exists  in Wales. It literally springs out at you at the turn of every corner. My husband and I went for a run while we were there and found the most beautiful river and waterfall. I didn’t have my camera with me but I will never forget it.

It was wonderful, now just a memory. Lucky to have captured it…

 

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  1. Kerry norris February 29, 2016 / 7:14 am

    My goodness I would have been devestated if I’d forgotten my charger. Looks like you had a fab time. How lovely that the children got to see their cousins. The first pony ride looks great fun. All the photos are gorgeous. The top one of you all will be cherished for ever x
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    • Tanita February 29, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      oh I was Kerry! Thank you lovely we had a great time. Yes the pony ride was so much fun! We definitely will it is very rare we all get a photo together. x

  2. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes February 29, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    We had a big family trip to Pembrokeshire last summer and it was amazing! Looking like you all had fun.

    • Tanita February 29, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      Thank you Jemma we certainly did. Yes it is so lovely going on a family trip! x

  3. Amanda February 29, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Yay Wales 🙂 i’m so lucky to live in Powys – although it’s not that close to where you went. Some gorgeous pictures – love the outdoor ones – i love being in the ‘wild’ too. lovely post xx
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    • Tanita February 29, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      You certainly are!! Yes I heard it is a huge county! It is so wonderful being in the ‘wild’ as you say. x

  4. Emma @sophieellaandme February 29, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Lovely photos! It looks like you all had a wonderful time with family and friends and it’s great that you have managed to capture it so beautifully. Definitely photos and memories you will treasure x
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  5. Ickle Pickle March 1, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful time – I am lucky enough to live in Pembrokeshire, Wales is so beautiful. You have a lovely family. Kaz x
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    • Tanita March 2, 2016 / 8:27 am

      Thank you Kaz. Yes was lovely. Oh wow you are very lucky indeed beautiful place to live xx

  6. mummyofboygirltwins March 1, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Looks absolutely amazing! What a super time! Wales is brilliant and I miss it so much! Great photographs as always, you take such brilliant ones xx
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    • Tanita March 2, 2016 / 8:25 am

      Thank you Jess, it was really great fun x

  7. Joanna August 20, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I have never been to Wales but I hope to get there sometimes soon. Your little getaway looks so exciting and you seem to have had quite a few great activities as well. It’s always great when you can do things with the children in nature, like hiking or riding a pony.

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