Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A Photo Every Hour - Saturday 17th June

Saturday 17th was the date set by Jane for June's photo an hour. Here's what the day looked like...

8am - Starting the day right; as always, with books.

9am - A quick breakfast before heading out to a local NCT sale.

10am - After getting some bargains at the sale, it was time to sample a proper breakfast.

11am - Then into the library for a quick look round.

12pm - Back home and it's still a glorious day.

1pm - Raspberry sorbet is an acceptable lunch, right?

2pm - Trying out one of the purchases from the sale... #glastonburyoutfitsorted

3pm - Late lunch snack time.

4pm - Then off to the grandparents house while I cleaned up.

5pm - And do some laundry-sorting!

6pm - Toast as buttered by a toddler.

7pm - Dinner alfresco on a sunny evening.

8pm - And the post-dinner clean-up can be done outside too!

9pm - And then while she heads off to sleep, I got started reading a new magazine!
For June's photo an hour we had 22 lovely people join in:

Naomi from What Naomi Did Next joined in on Instagram and Twitter.
Bev from Confuzzledom joined in on Twitter and her blog
Hazel from World of Joy joined in on Twitter.
Jennifer from Adventures in Pop Culture joined in on Twitter.
Susie from Secondhand Susie joined in on Instagram.
Siobhan joined in on Instagram.
Ruth joined in on Instagram.
Rebecca from Writing, Fatshion, Me joined in on Instagram
Jane from Is That You Darling joined in on Instagram
Louise from Ramblings of a Roachling joined in on Instagram and her blog.
Rebecca joined in on Instagram.
Amy from Fluffy Owl's Adventures joined in on Instagram.
Vikki joined in on Instagram.
The Mini Malpi joined in on Twitter and her blog.
Georgina joined in on Instagram.
Sarah joined in on Instagram.
Jodey joined in on Instagram.
Sarah from Sarah Rooftops joined in on Instagram.
Liz from Distract Me Now Please joined in on Instagram.
Saskia joined in on Instagram.
Charlotte from Discovering Charlotte joined in on Instagram.
And of course, myself here on this post, plus on Instagram and Twitter :-)

July's photo an hour will be Saturday 15th!

Also, check out what I was up to in...

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A Tour Round Barry Island (Gavin & Stacey!)

The last holiday we had as a family of two (rather than a family of three) happened to be here...

That was the end of April 2015. It's taken me over two years to write about it. And Gavin and Stacey was first aired over 10 years ago (say what!?)

We loved the TV show and Barry is one of those places we'd both visited when we were younger but not really visited as adults so it was an obvious place for a weekend away. We kept it cheap and cheerful and stayed at Cardiff Airport Travelodge - which is only 2.5 miles from Barry Island and not actually that close to the airport at all. It also wins bonus points as there's a Toby Carvery on the same site!

It's relatively easy to find a list of various filming locations online and I popped them into a map in preparation for the trip (feel free to use the map if you want) :-)

We tried to visit as many as we could; some we only managed to do as drive-bys though and the weather wasn't exactly great which didn't help - but here's the shots I managed to take!

Gwen, Doris and Uncle Bryn's Houses

Pam and Mick's House

Stacey's Café Job

Nessa's Arcade Job

Nessa and Dave's Wedding

Nessa's Pregnancy Announcement

Baby Neil's Christening Party

Smithy's Drunk Pub Quiz

Nessa's Living Statue Performance

Gwen's Birthday Barndance Party

Gavin and Stacey's Favourite Chippy (Boofy's)

Dave Coaches' Bus Stop

Barry Island Fairground

Barry Island Beach

There's still lots of places we didn't get to though so I reckon that probably warrants another trip there!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Fancy a Go at Geocaching?

Last Saturday, I spent the best part of the photo an hour evening stuck under a snoozing toddler. I had access to a computer and my phone so spent a bit of time attempting to solve some puzzle or mystery geocaches.

But what's geocaching I hear you ask?
I know there's quite a few other bloggers into geocaching (Sarah and Rachel spring to mind) but for those not already in the know...

It's a bit like a real life treasure hunt but played by using access to multi million pound satellites. Sometimes the treasure is a large ammo box containing all sorts of goodies and sometimes it's an incredibly tiny metal can containing a soggy bit of paper.

Remember the other year when everyone was using their phone to play Pokémon Go? Well imagine using your phone and GPS signals to navigate your way to a precise location and then try to locate a an actual (not virtual) container where you can sign your username to say 'I woz 'ere'. You log your found geocaches online too so you can have the satisfaction of watching your number increase each time you find one. 


Granted, it doesn't sound like much but it's a strangely addictive hobby. There's over 200,000 geocaches in the UK alone (with over 3 million worldwide) and and you've probably walked or driven past hundreds without ever knowing they were there.

Just a few geocache hiding spots!

The idea behind geocaching is that it gets people out and about usually taking them to spots which have some sort of significance - anything from a historic site to a beautiful view to a personal story. The containers are sometimes things like 35mm film canisters, plastic boxes or even more elaborate items such as fake stones or flowers.

One geocache spot - believe it or not, this is the River Thames!

Lots of geocache containers!
It's essentially free too (basic membership and the app is free) but you can pay extra for a premium membership for special features and access to more caches if you fancy. Years ago you probably would've needed to invest in a snazzy GPS device but nowadays, your mobile phone will work just as well.

A gorgeous view from one geocache hiding place.

There's lots of different types of geocache: traditional caches are the most common (ones where you just follow the co-ordinates and find a container) but multi caches (following a trail to find answers which lead to the right co-ordinates) and mystery caches (completing a puzzle to find the co-ordinates) can also be quite good fun. And there's other types too! You can learn all about it on Geocaching's website where they've put together a comprehensive intro guide.

We learnt a lot about Rowley's House and Mansion in Shrewsbury by heading there to find a geocache...
Like any hobby, it comes complete with it's own lingo and culture: geohusband, geowife, geowaggon, geotot, etc. are all fairly obvious but there's also acronyms such as TFTC (Thanks for the cache), SL (Signed log), TN,LN (Took nothing, left nothing) and TB (Travel Bug) amongst others. Non-geocachers are called "muggles" and there's even huge geocaching conventions (or "mega events") you can attend.
Yet another gorgeous view from a geocache spot.

We're relatively small fry in the geocaching world; we're only on 169 finds compared to some people who've found thousands. I did become a member back in 2009 but we only really got started with it in 2015 and then in 2016, geocaching took a back seat compared to looking after a newborn.

We've just hidden our first two geocaches though - with plans for a few more and it's quite interesting to see people finding them and enjoying the stories behind where we've placed them .

Just a few geocaches in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset area then!

We're called 'familyduckadventures' on Geocaching if you're also a geocacher and fancy adding us a friend.

A sleepy geotot after finding 5 geocaches!

And if you're intrigued and want to know more about it all, there's this handy little official video explaining everything.

Why not take a look at the map and see if there's a geocache near you?

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