Pen Y Fan

Pen-y-Fan is the highest peak in South Wales and a popular attraction for both casual and accomplished climbers. It is 886 meters above sea-level and is owned by the National Trust.

There is a very well cared for path to the top and although steep, the terrain itself is pretty smooth. Hubby had a few days off and he and I decided to take the kids. We packed some sweets and some sandwiches, wrapped up warm (the weather was showing -5* at the summit) and set off.

Despite the cold there were already a lot of people on the mountain and the kids were keen to set off.

Here’s D with his “ready to climb a mountain”pose 🙂

As we climbed we came across the odd bit of snow at the sides of the path and the kids were very excited.

The views as you climb Pen-y-Fan are breathtaking.

As is the view from the top

D especially found the climb hard going, but in fairness to both of them, they were both determined to reach the top.

The classic “top of Pen-y-Fan” picture.

I was (and still am) so proud of the two of them. It is not an easy climb and with D’s little legs it took us an hour and a half to climb the 2 miles to the top. With the endorphins pumping from the accomplishment both stated that they can’t wait to do it again. You never know maybe we’ll make it a regular thing.

 

Bamboo toothbrushes

Continuing with our quest to have a plastic free bathroom, the kids and I have changed over to bamboo toothbrushes.

I was slightly apprehensive as I’ve read some negative reviews where the bristles fall out after a few uses.

I had my mind changed by the lovely Claire who owns Plant2Plate in Caerphilly town centre. A caterer by trade she has recently branched out into environmentally friendly and plastic free products.

I first became aware of Claire and her lovely shop through Facebook and decided to go and check it out. She had some lovely products and says that she doesn’t stock anything that she doesn’t use herself. We talked about the toothbrushes and she showed me what she had.

I decided to pay a bit extra and skip the economy version as I was still unsure over the quality of the bristles. This brush cost me £2.50 which is more than I usually pay as I normally pick the cheapest one available. The kids also wanted one each (the children’s version was slightly cheaper) so I bought one each for the three of us.

Unfortunately I seemed to forget about hubby so I’ll have to go back and get him one next time I’m in town.

We’ve used them now for over a week and the bristles are holding fine. They are softer than the normal toothbrushes I buy and the handles are thinner so it took D a bit of getting used to.

Both Little Lady and D seem to like them. There’s a lot less fuss when I ask them to go brush their teeth now and their teeth do seem to be getting a better brush than usual too. Let’s hope that keeps up.

As an added bonus the packaging is recyclable too.

Have you tried a bamboo toothbrush? What was your experience?

St Fagans

The South Wales valleys are full of history and we are so lucky to have a lot of places near us that can tell us our history.

One of my favourites is the National Museum of Welsh Life in St Fagans near Cardiff.

It is just so beautiful. Seeing the old buildings as you walk around.

Like this old pig sty.

Or this water mill

There’s even a school room where school groups can dress up as Victorian schoolchildren and experience school life with quills and ink pots. They even have Victorian era toys to play with on the yard outside.

If you’ve got time it’s also well worth visiting the olde worlde shops.

The visitor centre itself has recently had a facelift and it looks incredible. It’s a must on our half term to-do list.

Bath Bomb Success

I recently wrote about our attempt to make bath bombs and how the first attempt had gone awry due to an issue with the recipe. We had to have another as the kids were desperate to have homemade bath bombs in their bath.

A quick search of the internet and I found a recipe that worked on The Soap Kitchen. They suggest

300g Bicarbonate of Soda

100g Citric Acid

10ml of fragrance (we used less than this)

We also added a 6yr old’s handful and a half of dried rose petals.

When mixed they gave a much better texture and held together better. I had bought small round moulds and this mixture gave us 6 balls.

They’ve been used in the bath and the verdict is mostly positive. The main negative came from me and that was that there were waaaaay too many rose petals left in the bath once they got out lol! If you have a 6yr old to use as a measuring tool, maybe suggest only 1 handful 😉

If you use this recipe please let me know how you find it. I’d love to have your views too.