September 2018

September has been a busy month for Camp MAD! First and foremost, we reached a big milestone with Morgan starting school. Here he is on his first day (6 Sep 2018) —  can’t believe he is going to school!  We are so proud of him 🙂

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For those of you who are curious about what a British primary school looks like, here is the main playground where we drop the kids off and pick them up:

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We are really happy with the new routine — the school is a 6-8 minute walk from the house across a nice park.  Initially, we did this journey on foot but by week 3 we introduced the scooter which has made it even speedier!

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Let me tell you, neither of us misses the nursery drop offs and pick ups en route to work!  This is far more straightforward — no bike seats in the nursery shed, no rush to find a parking spot on the nursery road, etc etc.

On the way home from school, we often convene at the fallen tree for some mud excavation work with best buddies Zeke and Oliver.  It’s a good opportunity for playing after a day at school and catching up with other kids and parents in the neighbourhood.

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Aled had Wednesdays off in September so on the first sunny one we headed up for a walk in the Brecon Beacons, the mountains north of Cardiff.  It is the first time we’ve been on a hike without Morgan for well, what feels like forever!

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While we loved walking a fairly quick pace, admittedly we felt really guilty sneaking off for a walk while Morgy was at school!  (How life has changed!)  Here’s Aled at the top enjoying some sandwiches and the view:

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There were a of fun events in September, starting with Sandra’s birthday.  Sandra is our neighbour 3 doors down who has lived here for about 30 years.  It was so nice to get so many people together to celebrate!  We all pitched in with cooking but I think Paul and Anurag got the “most dedicated neighbours” award for the amazing hor d’oeuvres and salads!  Here are Paul and Sandra:

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And a rarely seen photo of me and Aled (thanks Anurag!):

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Days later our sister-in-law Angela was down in Cardiff for work so we had a mums’ night out in Cardiff!

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We started with some really fancy G&Ts at the gin bar on St. Mary’s and then had a fab meal a Bar 44 — tapas, yum yum!  Yes there are flowers in that pomegranate gin with elderflower tonic!

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On the following weekend, Morgy, Aled and I spent a very touristy day in Cardiff with an excursion from Bute Park to Cardiff Bay on the St. Katherine’s river boat.

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As you can see, Morgy loved the boat ride and it was a nice way to see the River Taff.  We had a nice lunch down in the Bay, followed by a walk along the waterfront.   Check out the houses in the background here down by the wetlands — they look very Dutch!

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In other news, we are on the home stretch with our home improvement work with the hallway redecoration project.  It doesn’t sound like it should be that difficult but it’s turned into a bit of an epic tale.  Long story short we picked out the wallpaper for the top section and the matching paint for underneath.  The decorators arrived on time and worked away very efficiently… here we are halfway through… things were looking great…

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… then late on day 1 I was wondering why the wallpaper hadn’t been delivered so I called the company to find out what was going on and lo and behold the wallpaper was OUT OF STOCK!  Thanks for letting me know…!  … and would take 9-10 weeks (YES WEEKS) to re-print.  This led naturally to a Penylan sort of mental breakdown but with moral support from all our immediate neighbours I have made it through this rough patch (first world problems!!).

Anyways Mike and Andrew the decorators were great and advised that the wallpaper was the last thing to go up anyways so everything else has since been done and they will come back when the acorns and oak leaves are finally etched by small elves somewhere in England on 80 meters of wallpaper — hopefully this side of Christmas!

Yes everyone this is my life as a stay at home mum — please God let a good contract turn up soon or I may go completely mad!

Lastly we celebrated my birthday in late September.  Milestone depicted in vegetables below as we have been instructed by the school to practice numbers in any way possible:

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Thank you to Paul and Anurag for such a lovely birthday meal:

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These guys should really open a restaurant here in Penylan — not only because they are fantastic cooks but also because we have recently been overrun by pizza restaurants! Don’t get me wrong, the newest pizza place is good — but do we really need 4 pizza places on a road that is only 200 yards long? I’m not so sure.

 

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