Cooking with the little people

It’s been a really busy week this week especially with it being half term. Over two days I’ve had two groups with a total of I think 26 children under-4 and 16 parents. Activities have included biscuit making, sing-alongs, making fruit kebabs and smoothies and painting and drawing.

Naturally there was loads of mess (which I love to see because at home it’s not that easy to be as chilled) but in fairness the children have loved the activities. The parents too had a fabulous time and the magical thing has been seeing them to do things together. Sorry I can’t put pictures of the children online but trust me they had a ball 🙂

I’m quite tired now and hoping for a really early night tonight; what has probably contributed to that was my trips out to Llanelli and Carmarthen on Tuesday; it was a lot of driving in very hot weather.

Still, it’s a gorgeous evening and so a drive in car with the roof down and then a long walk on the beach with Mowgli is on the cards. Then dinner and an early night 🙂


Gibraltar’s Bee Hotel.

Recently on my trip to #Gibraltar I came across this delightful children’s garden complete with a Bee Hotel in Alameda Botanical Gardens. It’s inspired me to do something similar here in UK with the children and parents I work with.

Since coming back from Gibraltar readers will know I’ve opened a new website to record my memoirs of the Rock which can be seen at (There is a link here on my primary website). I hve many hundreds of photos and select a few daily to compliment my blog there which spans the period 1974-2016. 

Scolton Manor Play Day

 It’s been a bit of a week this week, most of it seems to have been entertaining the kids which has been great; it’s taken me back to my days as a children’s worker and been a real tonic. Feel 10 years younger 🙂 

Today I supported colleagues from the Language and Play department with their Play Day at Scolton Manor in Pembrokeshire and basically gave them a whole day sing song peppered with lunch, water and sand play and a bug hunt. I went prepared (check out the wellies) but fortunately the rain held off and we all had a fabulous day. The photos here are published with parental consent.

Chill time is a-comin’.

Today and tomorrow are really busy days for me as they are the last days before I start my 11 days leave (Hooray). Today I have two home visits to see two families in Pembrokeshire and then I’m giving a presentation to the Community Paediatric Team on our Parenting courses. Tomorrow is National Play Day and I’ll be doing a music workshop with children who will be making their own musical instruments; afterwards we will all perform on the stage. It doesn’t seem much when I write it down but I’m still quite stressed that it all goes well. I think what is adding to the stress is that it’s pouring with rain and I’m worried it will spoil the Play Day.

Anyway, one way or another we will hopefully get to Thursday when I start my leave; two very old friends arrive that day from Nottingham to stay for a week and I’m really looking forward to that. Chill time is a-comin’.

Sometimes even a writer is lost for words

For about a year before I retired I’d been mooting the idea of treating myself to an old classic convertible. I had one years ago (An Emerald Green Triumph Spitfire which I loved but traded in for a caravette when our then dog Bodie became poorly which I used to take him on a last holiday to the Lake District).

Today my fab son in law Dan took me into an old barn on some excuse and said ‘Happy (early) 60th birthday’ pointing at something. It appears he and my lovely daughter Benita had bought me this Rover convertible in British Racing Green and he had spent months stripping it down and restoring it.

With the engine running and John Lennon coming through the sound system I was left speechless. I’m totally humbled but very very proud to have such a loving, thoughtful and generous family; although Dan still needs to finish off the car (put the seats back in) he had no option but to show me the car today as he has to move it out of the barn as the farmer needs the storage space. After the past few weeks I’ve had the surprise was a wonderful tonic; thank you so much Dan And Beats. X x love daddy x x



To Australia with love…

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On Monday our beautiful grandchildren emigrate to Australia and so we spent a last day with them today at the coast; Skegness. Having lived abroad a couple of times (India and Gibraltar) we know it’s a wonderful opportunity for the children although from a selfish point of view there’s no doubt we’ll miss them. If there is one consolation these days it has to be technology because it’s made this world much smaller and easier to stay in touch with loved ones wherever they are. I guess it’s one of those times when I’m excited (for them) and sad (for us) both at the same time. Wherever they are, they always have our love x x

Time with my family…

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My lovely daughter Benita and her hubby Dan are with us for the weekend (up from Wales) with the kids as they travel north to go camping for a couple of weeks in the Whitby area. The nicest thing about our impending move to Wales is that we will get to see them all on a more regular basis.

The boy is moving on…


Today I had the call to formally offer me my new job and I formally accepted and so I’m very excited.

Plant Dewi is the Diocese of St David’s very own Children’s Project, where families matter. They believe in strengthening families, nurturing children and building communities. Their projects are available to help parents, children and young people to receive the local support they need and they work throughout South West Wales in the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. I’ve put a link to their website if you’d like to have a look.

My role is Project Worker working partly with the Dadventure programme delivering Parenting Support Programmes to Dad’s of all kinds (foster Dads, single Dad’d, expectant Dads…) and partly with families who have children 0-4 years old.

Hopefully after relevant DBS checks and references I will be moving to Wales sometime in August to start my new job in September so between now and then I’m going to be a bit of a busy bunny. I’ll miss the crew I work with in Nottinghamshire but hopefully we’ll all keep in touch somehow. Meanwhile…Jai Ho!!