Another Week. Windmills, Waterfalls, Wild Swimming & Heartbeats


So we are coming to the end of another week. It’s been a very good one even if a little bumpy at times. We started the weekend basked in glorious sunshine that rolled off our beautiful Welsh hills, the rain stayed away and we all absorbed a lovely taste of summer. We grasped it with both hands and by the armfuls with an unwillingness to let it go.

Our week started with a trip to Somerset. We visited a 5000-year-old Neolithic burial chamber and, with headlamps and torches, were able to explore the chambers. One of only a few that allow you to do so. And it was free.

We stopped off at Nunney Castle for a few skips around the moat and, with a picnic in hand, spent our afternoon fine dining at Stembridge Tower Thatched Windmill. A truly gorgeous location. (We even found a mouse, disappointingly without clogs on but still there, on the stair, a little mouse.)

We finished our day at the beach as the sunset in Weston-Super-Mare, eating fish and chips and cutting our losses from the 2p machines.

We continued the weekend with full intentions of a gorgeous road trip to the mountains. We went through the usual traumas of kitting up, herding the kids, settling arguments over seating arrangements and set off for the hills. No sooner were we on our way when we had to return after an unexpected projectile vomit in the close confines of the car from baby Noah. In Mr Family Days sparkly nearly new clean smelling and uncluttered car! (I knew it wouldn’t last)

Still, with sunshine overhead, we stayed close to home with sick bowls and piles of towels at arm’s reach. Luckily it was a 24-hour thing and we used the opportunity to tend to the garden, doing washing and other mundane necessities which I could quite happily neglect when the sun’s out.

Monday came and we tried again. Aware of the bank holiday traffic we were undeterred we packed up, pulled on our walking boots, settled arguments, took changes of clothes, towels, ducks and lots of yummies and headed for the hills. We embarked on a beautiful climb in the Brecon Beacons to a stunning lake nestled behind Pen y Fan (the highest mountain in South Wales and one of our favourite haunts). Here we were treated to a discovery of lizards, frogs spawn, leeches and other wildlife. The kids dipped in the water and sailed a raft. We descended the hill along a river which we raced rubber ducks down. We finished our walk with a dip under a waterfall.

On Tuesday normality returned: housework, washing, school runs, and unfortunately heart conditions too. Still, in our stride, we tried to maintain normality but had to have a trip to the doctors and the Cardiac Unit to try and put Mila, 4, back on a good path of twinkling heartbeats as she presented a little poorly. (I shall blog about the heart condition that graces us shortly for those of you unaware.). With a jiggle of meds and a full MOT, we hope to be ticking along nicely and back on track soon.

Overall it’s been a lovely week. Unfortunately, I haven’t had ample time to further work out this blogging lark but it’s still on my list. I intend to get my head around it over a takeaway on Friday evening.

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    1. Thankyou Liz. Large families are great 🙂

      Mila is doing good thank you, she’s ticking along beautifully now & enjoying a custard cream biscuit sandwich that she invented & made all by herself. x

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