Sunday, 20 July 2014

Teaching the boys to keeping track of time over the Summer

With the Summer holidays now here it means that the boys are to enjoy a little more freedom, especially the older two.  During last Summer Luc was allowed to play out with friends for the first time and with this came the responsibility of keeping track of when it's time to be home.  Last year Luc did an okay job of doing this although we did have one or two late returns and he mainly relied on his friends to keep track of the time. 

It's also Luc's birthday in a couple of weeks so we've been thinking about buying him a new watch.  He had one a couple of years ago but a very basic one which he says is too young for him now!  So this afternoon Luc has been having a look online at some watches to get a fell for the style he likes.  We've been looking at The Watch Hut as I've previously found they have a great range of watches to suit everyone and at great prices.  

These are the two that Luc has picked out.  The first is a Sekonda Boys strap watch costing £20.  I think it's the camouflage that appeals to Luc to be honest but it is a lovely looking watch and would certainly do the job.

 The second watch is a Tikkers Children's rubber strap costing £15, again another nice watch.  

My hope is that with giving Luc the responsibility for choosing a watch he will then be more proactive about his time keeping.  We know he can tell the time so it's just a matter of making sure he know the time to be home by and actually keeping an eye on that.  

I would love to know if you have any tips for helping your child with time keeping?  Also what are your rules for when your children are out with friends?  We're pretty new to all this with only a few weeks experience last year so all tips are welcome.   So far I've allowed an hour and a half tops with him returning home and then allowing him out for a bit longer.  Dad of 3 thinks it's not long enough but last year he had only just turned 9 so I think the time was reasonable enough, don't you? 

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The Black and White Photography Project

Towards the end of last year I decided I wanted to improve my photography skills and to help with this I was going to join in with Project 365.  In the six months plus that I have completed I learnt and hope this continues.  This last fortnight I have been experimenting with composition, effects and in the last few days black and white photography.  So when I saw that Podcast was running a project for Black and White photography I thought it would be great to join in when I can.  

So a few evenings ago I decided to have a play taking black and white photographs and Kitty was very obliging model!  This is my favourite one I took out of about ten that evening.  This was taken using my iphone which is what I tend to use for my photographs as it's usually always with me.


Celebrating the best of Welsh produce M&S's pea, Pembrokeshire early new potato and mint tortilla.

Tomorrow sees the start of the Royal Welsh.  The annual three day event in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells runs from 21st July until 24th July and provides a fantastic arena for the best of Welsh farming and produce.  

M&S will be creating a buzz for families attending with activities including their giant bee hive, crayon rubbings and a fun conservation quiz. 

This week I had the chance to try my hand at making one of M&S's recipe's using some delicious Pembrokeshire potatoes.  Tortilla is not something we've eaten before so this was a first for us but my word it was delicious. This dish shows off the lovely flavour of the potatoes fabulously.  


  •  600g of Pembrokeshire Early new potatoes
  • 150g fresh garden peas
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion sliced
  • 1 Large Garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 5 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1 handful of fresh mint, chopped  and a few whole to garnish.
1. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 10-15 minutes until tender.  Drain, then refresh 
    under cold running water then thickly slice
2. Cook the peas in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes.  Drain, then refresh under cold running 

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a 28cm ovenproof frying pan and add the onion.  cook over
    a medium heat  for 6-8 minutes until softened and golden. 

4. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute, then spoon the mixture into a large bowl and 
    leave to cool.  

5. Add the eggs, peas, potatoes and mint to the bowl and season.
6. Wipe the pan with kitchen paper, then add the remaining oil (2 tbsp) and heat until hot.  Then 
    carefully add the egg mixture.  
7. Push the potatoes around the pan to even them out, then cook for 4-5 minutes.  The Tortilla 
    should be almost set. 

Pembrokeshire Early new potatoes ready to boil and the egg mix ready to cook

 8. Place the pan under a hot grill until the tortilla is set and golden.

9. Garnish with the mint then cut into wedges and serve with a salad.

All cooked
This recipe serves 4 and takes around 40 minutes to prepare and cook. 

It went down a storm with us especially with Trystan.  It was the perfect dish for a hot summer's evening like the ones we've been experiencing and it was surprisingly filling too.  We simply had bread and butter with ours as I had managed to forget the salad.  The Pembrokeshire Early new potatoes were gorgeous and had a lovely delicate taste to them which was enhanced by the peas and mint.  I love using local Welsh produce where ever possible and these early new potatoes really are some of the best I've ever tasted. 

Remember if your lucky enough to be visiting the Royal Welsh over the next few days pop along to the M&S stand and take part in the activities they have. 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Project 365 - Week 29

So we've finally reached the end of the school year for the children.  The last few weeks have been non stop for the boys and it's now taking it's toll and their so tired now bless them.  This week mainly consisted of school trips for the boys, spread out over three days and sports day, so it was a relaxed week for them all.  So here's our week:

Sunday 13th July 2014 -

This evening when I went to take the ironing upstairs I discovered Kitty curled up on our bed cuddled up to one of the children's teddies, she did look very sweet.

Monday 14th July 2014 -

I've been keeping an eye on the weather forecast the last few days due to school trips and sports dayIt's been so warm here but very humid with it, we could do with a storm to break it but it would be nice to have at least dry weather for sports and the trips.

Tuesday 15th July 2014 -

 We've been watering the plants twice a day in the heat and the last of the begonia's are starting to flower.  They look lovely out on the patio, they have really brightened up a neglected spot.

Wednesday 16th July 2014 -

This is Noisy, she is one of the three new additions to our flock from the re-homing at the end of June.  She's so mischievous and will escape the enclosure at every opportunity, she really does seem to prefer our company and happily sits with us at every given opportunity.

Thursday 17th July 2014 -

This evening while the older two were out at cubs, I helped Rowan make some Thank you cards for his teachers.  Rowan loves anything that involves cutting and sticking so really enjoyed this activity.  

Friday 18th July 2014 -

This evening I spent some time playing around taking black and white photos, this is my favourite one.  

Saturday 19th July 2014 -

This afternoon I popped out to get some bread and drop a lemon drizzle cake off for my dad and when I got back I almost fell over a sleeping Erin in the middle of the doorway into the playroom, bless her. 

What's your week been like?

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Project 365 - Week 28

This week has been a challenge in as much as we're all running on empty especially the boys and tempers have flared at times due to tiredness.  This week saw the culmination of weeks of practising for the Junior school summer show with now less than five performances, two of which were evening ones.  I think everyone was pleased to see 3.30pm arrive yesterday! 

I decided last week to try and take some photographs of our pets, plants and the scenery around us for a change and in the hope my composition skills would improve somewhat.  

Sunday 6th July 2014 

This evening I started playing about with photographing some of our pets, trying to capture their personalities and improving the composition of my pictures.  I tend to relay on using my iphone mainly as it's handy and nearly always with me!  These four were very curious to see me laying on the grass snapping away.

Monday 7th July 2014 

One thing that never fails to put a smile on my face is these girls, they really have become part of the family in every sense.  With the weather being glorious the last few weeks it's meant washing on the line all day.  Every evening when I go down to collect it in the girls are there clucking away as if their asking 'how my day was' and we have a chat, chickens make very good listeners you know.  We have one that likes to jump out of their area and will come and stand by me as I'm taking the washing done and then obliges with a stroke, it's quite therapeutic. 

Tuesday 8th July 2014 -

Today was one of those muggy days which you know needs a good down pour to clear the air.  Just after lunch that's exactly what happened, quite spectacularly too.  Once it stopped I ventured out to try and capture the raindrops on some of the pogonias.

Wednesday 9th July 2014 - 

This evening while watering the plants I was delighted to see our peppers finally emerging.  We've got the growing bug at the moment and it's great to see every member of the family getting involved. 

Thursday 10th July 2014 -

This evening was the weekly Cub meeting and we spent some time in the Scout Hut garden looking for bugs and exploring their habitats.  Located on the banks of the Teifi this time of year sees the local rowing club out on the river in the evenings and various Swans and ducks too. 

Friday 11th July 2014 - 

Merlin found the perfect spot for enjoying the last of the evening sun this evening.  He looked like he was really enjoying the warmth too having spent the majority of the day in the shade trying to escape the intense heat that developed today. 

Saturday 12th July 2014 -

I came down to start dinner ten minutes ago to be greeted by one of the girls in the kitchen.  Kitty suddenly appeared and seemed a bit puzzled as to why there was a chicken in her kitchen!

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