Our Summer So Far…

We are three weeks into the summer holidays and it’s been a very fun (and busy!) time.

There was a visit to the National Museum in Cardiff, partly to see the newly discovered Welsh dinosaur.

NOT the new Welsh dinosaur, which was a little too crowded to get a good picture of.

NOT the new Welsh dinosaur, which was a little too crowded to get a good picture of.

We’ve played football and tennis in our local park.

We’ve been to our local library a few times. Pip is taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

There was a trip to the cinema to see Inside Out, which we all loved. I was very impressed with the representation of the human mind in such a easy to understand concept. The short shown before it, Lava, is now my favourite Pixar short – we’ve been listening to it ever since!

Pip’s been to a holiday club for a few days. This was mostly to fill our childcare needs but it also gave her some time amongst other children and trying out new activities. It also gave me a little bit of time to myself before and after work shifts!

We had afternoon tea in our favourite cafe. Little sandwiches, mini yorkshire pudding filled with coronation chicken, mini prawn cocktail, Welsh cakes, little sherry trifles (for the grown ups only, obviously!) and infinite amounts of tea, all served on gorgeous vintage china and with lovely 40s & 50s music playing in the background. Fabulous.

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Myself and Pip had lunch in La Tasca, taking advantage of their offer of free children’s food throughout the summer holidays.

We’ve discovered and started collecting LEGO Mixels. I think these are a great idea as, aside from the instructed build which look a bit quirky and cool, there’s so many other ways of building your own little monsters out of the sets, especially once you can combine them together.

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Our growing project has had mixed success. The carrots have been harvested and taste lovely. However, the tomato and courgette plants have produced nothing edible, despite looking healthy enough. Still, we can try again next year and I’m currently on the lookout for some seeds that can be planted and grown over the autumn and winter. I know there are some types of lettuce and cabbage that can be grown in colder weather.

Lovely homegrown, oddly shaped purple carrots

Lovely homegrown, oddly shaped purple carrots

There’s still plenty to look forward to for the rest of the holidays. Pip has yet to complete the Reading Challenge so we’ll be going back to our library at least once. I really want to visit the Cardiff Bay Beach. I also want to go to Heath Park and possibly Roath Park too – both have brilliant playgrounds and lots of wildlife to see. We’ve also still got plenty of home activities for days when the weather’s not so good – there have been a fair few rainy days so far and only so many times I can coax a five year old into her wellies and waterproofs. She loves the outdoors but she absolutely detests being cold or wet.

How’s your summer going?

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2 thoughts on “Our Summer So Far…

  1. great summer!!! my daughter would love to visit a nature museum, maybe next month. and oh those carrots look so yummy! i’ve planted purple, pink and red carrots but they’re still little.

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