The Ponderosa

Every now and then we like to nip up the horseshoe path and go for breakfast at The Pondersosa cafe. http://www.ponderosacafe.co.uk/

Postcode for your sat nav- LL20 8DR

It’s a fab cafe with friendly staff and good hearty meals. We’ve never stayed but it is a b&b too.

The main reason we come up here is to enjoy the scenery and to walk the dog. Now the little pig is walking well in her wellies she can really explore. The lesson that was taught today was, “don’t touch the spikes! ” And of course, Peter Rabbit joined us too…

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Camping with a toddler…

Fact number 1. We are the WORST campers in the world!

We take everything and nothing. Take hours to put the tent up and argue over putting the tent up.

Camping with a toddler was, we’ll, an experience. The fact we were on a slope made it very hard! Every time we stepped into the tent we felt ill. Then the rain! Oh my, the rain! In the end we had to abandon the tent and come home! The hubby then returned later on for it.

Then somewhere in between we find time to relax and enjoy.

The tent has now been stored away for the year… or maybe a few years ๐Ÿ˜‚

It doesn’t have to cost alot

Having a child can be expensive. I have spent sooooooo much money on this little pig already!

However when it comes to having fun and family time it really doesn’t have to cost a lot. One of our favourite places is my parents. Middle of know where… crap internet connections…we get spoilt by my mum and it’s peaceful… my type of place.

Here are a few piccies from one of our visits.

Cooking with a toddler…

When you see lots of lovely ideas about what to do with toddlers, you think to yourself, yes, I can do that, I can be that mum… ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Nothing but messy, yet very, very entertaining!

Excuse the state of the kitchen.. .one of those toddler days.

Attempting to make banana and BlackBerry porridge sticks. This is the part of the recipe that says put the mixture in my cup, pretend to eat and then put back in the bowl…

Transferring said mixture… Oiling paper for cinnamon and honey biscuits (with added raisins as we decided to throw our snack in too). Not sure what we’re doing here… Come back next week where we master puff and choux pastry. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Nature baby and Daddy!

I encourage my hubby (a fellow blogger http://blackbeltwhitehat.com/ ๐Ÿ˜‰) to take piglet out in the carrier as much as possible.  It’s an ideal time for them to bond.

So this weekend they went on a big adventure (MIA for over 2 hours!) up Hope Mountain.

It’s not really a mountain just a very big hill. We’ve climbed it lots of times together. I’ve walked up there 5 months pregnant and again when piglet was a tiny baby. 

By the look of the photos Drew took, they had a very good time!

Ted was shattered afterwards! 

I’ll try and get Drew to write a bit about the walk later.

I was just very keen to share the photos with you as it just looks beautiful up there.

How to get there:

We can walk there from our house, but lots of walkers tend to park in the car park in Caergwrle. 

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/find-things-to-do/north-wales-walks-hope-mountain-2702545
This article in the daily post gives a good description of how to get there.

So enjoy!

BTW… piglet has just vommed on me whilst I’ve been writing this… very glam hey?!

Autumn Leaf Viewer!

I’ve no idea if this has got a proper name… so this will do for now!

What you need:

A selection of autumn leaves

A laminating pouch

An iron

A towel/tea towel.

What we did:

During an autumn walk we collected lots of beautiful autumn leaves.

I really love red leaves… as you can probably tell!

Pop them in a laminating pouch. I used an A3 one today. But any size will do.

I used an iron to seal the pouch as I didn’t think it would be a good idea to put it through a laminator!

Put a tea towel on top (a must or it will melt onto your iron!).

Then iron.  This takes a couple of minutes as you’ll want to make sure it’s properly sealed.

Once done you know you can give it to your baby without the fear of them eating the leaves!

I’ve displayed ours in piglets bedroom window now.

Which I think looks fabulous!  For older children you could cut out the leaves and you them for sorting. 

You could draw on them using permanent markers.

Put magnets on the back and make a picture on your fridge.

Make a mobile out of them and you could add some conkers to this.

Lots and lots of ideas.

Have a go

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Autumn sensory bottle

I like the idea of sensory bottles. They are inexpensive, homemade and it stops the little darlings from eating things they shouldn’t! 

Plus they get to look at things, possibly smell and shake things safely!

I had planned to make a bottle with conkers in it… but could I find any when we went out?… no! 

Never mind!

Instead I collected lots of lovely things that I wanted to show piglet but that I couldn’t let her touch.

We picked…

Hawthorn berries

Slough berries

Elderberry berries!

Plus a couple of other things I dont know the name of!

Holly would be a good one to put in there too. 

I used a water bottle that was given to me at exercise with baby  (bit of recycling! ). Popped everything in and made sure the lid was on tight. You could super glue it on just to make sure.

At the moment piglet has been putting it in her mouth and giving it a good shake. But that’s just what babies are mean to do!

Love this little piglet!

Have a go at making one!

Enjoy

Jo

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