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Super Six...

Yesterday, we spent most of the day in the woods.  Celebrating Rufus' 6th birthday, he and his friends, had the wildest of times. Charging around the woods. Dressed as Superheroes, building dens, and cooking marshmallows and fire apples on a huge roaring fire.

To us the woods are the most perfect place for our boys to have a party.  The freedom, the secretive play amongst the trees, the poking of the fire, the smell of woodsmoke and the fresh air.  The little downpours didn't matter one bit... we loved every moment. 

I think I said it last year, but I love Ru's friends they are really the loveliest, most fun kids. It was SO much fun.. I totally forgot to take a single photo of the birthday boy! 

National Trust - Powis Castle...

The day we spent exploring Powis Castle in Wales was hot, humid and a deep mist surrounded the mountains.  It seems a world away from the colder days we've experienced recently.

National Trust Powis Castle is such a brilliant place.  Stunning terraced gardens, which felt like we were walking through Italian scenes.  Clipped box hedges, as tall as 3 story buildings and shaped like large fluffy clouds showed us the way down to the bottom garden.  Winding through hedge tunnels, along gravel pathways, the boys ran ahead finding secret steps down into secret terraces. The odd statue leaping into view.

At the bottom the most welcoming National Trust cafe serving cakes, cream teas and coffee - much needed after the walk down and delicious as always.  After a quick pit stop a game of croquet on the lawn and a smell of the roses.

Back up at the castle, the views of the surrounding mountains were typically Welsh and beautiful, the mist just drifting off.  We visited the Museum, a collection of Indian antiques collected by the once Castle owner. Rufus fell in love with golden bejewelled tigers head.  Once back at the Yurt, he drew it in amazing detail.  A sign of a great day.

mountain views and Welsh air...

I love Wales.  The mountains, the soaring views.  The lack of phone reception.  The enforced slow down. 
A friend said to me today, that being in the mountains allows stresses to quite literally fall off your shoulders.  She said it was all that looking up, your worries sliding off your back as you stand their gazing up.  I believe she is right.

Last week, we spent four wonderful days in Mid-Wales, beneath the towering hills of the Black Mountains.  Kite Hill Yurts is a treasure, and absolute joy.  Owned by Canadian Dominic and Brit Kate and their young son, who last year returned to the UK to live the good life.  Searching for a small holding, came across this farm and fell in love.  It is enchanting, fields, views, ducks, a lama and two beautiful large Yurts.

Set high in a field behind the farm house, with breathtaking views of the Black Mountains laid out in front. We stayed in the yurt called Skylark, blue in colour, painted in Buddhist symbols and furnished with a large, comfortable bed, a single with a pull out truckle bed.  Arm chairs and importantly a log burner for cosy nights in bed reading Harry Potter (which we did).

We spent days walking the surrounding moorland, discovering a mountain lake and meeting the local sheep and wild horses.  Playing cricket, board games and catching bugs.  As the evening drew in, we had delicious bbq's, pork chops with aioli and crushed potatoes.  As the sun went down, Dan lit the fire and we made fire apples and sang camp songs.  

After four days in this wonderful location, we felt renewed, revived and in love with Wales even more.

Thank you Dominic and Kate - you have a really special place!  For more information on staying at Kite Hill Yurts, please visit their website or visit their facebook page.

Recipe for Fire Apples:

Brown Sugar

1. Peel your apple (preferably picked from the tree, to be really outdoorsy and authentic)
2. Push the peeled apple onto the stick (found lying near bushes)
3. Roll the apple in a mix of brown sugar and cinnamon
4. Sit comfortably around a blazing camp fire
5. Dangle the sugar coated apple in the flames for a while
6. Check regularly and turn apple to avoid burning
7. Once apple is golden and caramelised, blow a little to cool and scoff
8. Repeat until you are stuffed


Image by Kevin Russ via Pinterest

I'm signing off for a week... escaping the city, off adventuring.  A field in Wales awaits us, followed by another festival! (I know our 3rd, we must be bonkers!).

Have a wonderful week - we are looking forward to star gazing, camp fire cooking, hill rolling and running wild...

If you like this image, please see my escape board on Pinterest.

Just So Festival...

This weekend is the fabulous children's festival Just So.
Two days of magical wonder, story telling, swash buckling pirates, cow boys, fairies and fun.
A chance for children to fulfill their wishes and embark off on wild adventures.
Over the past few months I have watched the site being transformed from fields of green to a camp for childhood merriment.
We are going... are you?  There a few weekend and day ticket still available.
For more information please visit their website.

Oh and what tribe will you be?  I'm thinking Lions.

Camp Bestival 2013 - what we loved...

So I have finally 'adjusted' back into real life, nothing like 4 days of partying to leave a middle aged woman wiped out!  

Dan and I had a blast.  It was so wonderful being able to dance and play whilst the kids were safe and entertained.  Days were spent involved in the numerous activities laid on the for the kids.  Trying our own hands at being dare devils or developing our own circus skills.  Watching the boys faces fill with the awe of seeing Mr Tumble or shouting 'Bogies' at the top of our voices with Dick and Dom.  (something I shall never forget, Charlie roaring with laughter at the adults shouting obscenities all in the name of fun).

As the evening drew in, we would search out a place to eat, and were not disappointed with the quality and variety of food that was on offer.  One evening we were treated to a proper feast courtesy of the Surplus Supper Club.  A beautiful indian style marquee housed long benches, at which a 2 course meal was laid on.  All the food was surplus from Supermarkets - not out of date, but surplus to the needs of the store.  It came from distribution centre's where they no longer need it, and would have been thrown away.  We dined on roast lamb, with puy lentils and a beetroot salad, followed by poached pear, shortbread and chocolate sauce.  It was truly scrumptious and a lovely way to spend an evening.

As the sun set, we donned our dancing shoes, and re-discovered our love of grooving to disco, reggae and old school dance.  Rodigan  took over the decks at Wagamama and played the most beautiful set. Happy reggae that made everyone smile!

Before heading back to our tent late (for us) in the night, we would go and warm ourselves by the huge fire pit in the Soul Park.  There we discovered a Cowboy band singing cover versions of classics.  We would sit mesmerized by the fire, and feeling we were part of the wild west.

To me, the best bits of the festival are the small fringe acts.  Like the cowboy fire, Rodigan appearing in Wagamama's, the fairy houses in the Dingly Dell, the food in the farmers market.  Small little touches that make the festival so perfectly special.

Oh that, and discovering Posh Wash - showering every day!!!  Yep at a festival - I know!!

Thank you Camp Bestival for giving us such an amazing experience... we loved it.

We were gifted a family ticket to the festival by Camp Bestival - thank you!  Also we ate at the Surplus Supper Club too.  Thanks again!

Camp Bestival 2013, the boys best bits...

Last weekend we spent 4 gloriously sunshiney days at Camp Bestival.  It was an incredible experience, exhausting and mind blowing all at the same time.

A truly special event, designed for kids to play freely and for their parents to let off steam.  Oh yes, not just a festival for kids but entertainment for all.

The boys LOVED it.  Trying their hands at pottery, screenprinting, electronic circuitry, climbing, dancing, drawing, painting, stilt walking, juggling, hula hooping, origami, face painting, helter skeltering, horse back riding, fairy house making, eating festival food, making friends, seeing heros, and having 100% total fun.

They have come home having grown an extra inch or two and their whole personalities a little richer from experiencing all the wonder.

Camp Bestival is probably THE best family festival in the country, but do be prepared to have a week of adjusting back to 'real life' on your return home.

We had a total blast, and the best thing, sharing it with such great friends.

Next up... the best bits according to Dan and I.