Month: May 2013

First trip to the Isle of Man

A few weeks ago we made the epic journey to the Isle of Man for my brother-in-law’s wedding.  5 hours in the car then 3 hours on the ferry; I was expecting it to be so much worse than it turned out to be!  Rhys was so good and played happily with his books and magnadoodle the whole way.  Well, Postman Pat did make an appearance or two on my phone to keep him quiet on the ferry!  

We were there for 5 nights and had a fab time.  We thought that a hotel might not be the best idea with a 2 year old in tow, so stayed in a gorgeous cottage with my husband’s Aunt and Uncle and his cousin and his family in the cottages next door.  So nice for Rhys to have a playmate!

The wedding itself was a fantastic day.  So many people travelled over from Wales and the atmosphere was lovely and relaxed.  I’m told that the sloe gin favours helped make it even more relaxed as the evening went on!  
The weather held out long enough for them to get married outside, although Rhys didn’t hold out long enough for me to witness all of it!  He did however, sit in his booster seat through all the speeches and the 3 course dinner!  Unheard of!  He was kept occupied with a bag of goodies from his Aunt and Uncle and a big collection of busy bags that I made for him.  I’ll post more about those another time cos they’re such a fab idea!
We managed to keep Rhys still long enough to get a few photos after the meal although I think he was playing with the photographer’s phone for some of them rather than looking at the camera!  And I was truly grateful for Andrea’s sisters keeping him entertained so I could have a few minutes to enjoy my wine! 
We had such a great time while we were there and I’m so happy to have another Mrs Littlejohns around!  We’ll definitely be going back for another visit, it’s such a beautiful place, I’d love to go and explore it some more!

Anyone have any places they would recommend we visit next time we go?  Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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Things to do in Swansea this weekend – 1/2 June

Looking for something to do this weekend?  On Saturday Artibods are having superhero themed sessions for children aged 4-11 which look like so much fun!  Last I heard they still had a couple of spaces at the 1.30 session.  You can contact them via their Facebook page if you’re interested.

If you’d rather brush up on your Welsh skills instead, then head down to the Waterfront museum on Saturday.  It’s free to pop in at 10.30 and take a tour of the galleries aimed at Welsh learners and then enjoy a cup of tea and a chat to see if any of the new words you’ve learnt have sunk in!

On Sunday the Baby, toddler and children’s fayre is on at the Marriot.  Parking and entry are free and there will be loads of companies displaying everything you could need for your family!  You can also enjoy a free drink when you get there and there’ll be messy play workshops with Treforys Tiny Tots day nursery.  There’s more information on the Swansea Sound website.

If you’d rather make the most of the nice weather that’s forecasted at the moment then Castle Square is hosting the Big Lunch on Sunday between 11 and 3.  Bring along a picnic and enjoy entertainment including Wreck-it Ralph on the big screen.  Seating will be provided to fit in with the street party theme.  Sounds like fun!

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Things to do in Swansea this weekend – 25/26 May

Looking for some things to do this weekend?!  Quite a few things going on to chose from.

On Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 you can pop into the National Waterfront Museum with the kids and make a little sail car.  It’s free and the kids get a new toy to play with!

There’s a ‘love your local market‘ event taking place on Saturday from 10 till 3 on Oxford Street and in the Market.  There’ll be free family fun including crafts and face painting and Cookibods will be there teaching the kids how to make Glamorgan sausages!  Masterchef finalists Dale Williams and Larkin Cen will also be there demonstrating their skills around lunchtime.  It will be worth popping down just to taste some of the free welsh cakes that will be given away!
 
Carrying on the foodie theme, the Swansea Good Food Festival is on at the Gower Heritage Centre on Sunday.  There’ll be loads of yummy things to buy from the best local producers and money raised on the day will help the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Or for something completely different you can get a taste of Brazilian culture at the National Waterfront museum on Sunday from 10 till 5.  There’ll be workshops and performances and a chance to experience Brazilian dances, food and games.  Entrance is free.

Whatever you end up doing I hope you enjoy the long weekend!  Leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re up to!

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Things to do in Swansea this weekend – 18/19 May

If the weather lets us down this weekend and you want to stay in the warm then there are several activities going on at the National Waterfront Museum.

There’s a superheroes themed night at the museum on Friday from 6pm which includes a showing of ‘The Incredibles’.  It costs £2 per person and you can find information on how to book on their website.
There are also 2 science shows taking place on Sunday: Bloodhound supersonic car at 2pm and Science of Sport at 3.30.  

If we get lucky and the weather improves then a visit to Clyne could be a good idea again as the children’s activities are on from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday.  And between 10 and 5 on Sunday there’s a rare plant sale on.  It’s free to enter and there will be all sorts of unusual plants available to buy.

Or you can give me a shout and meet me for a mini photo session!  I’d love to hear from you!

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Project 365

This was a week of a long journey home from the Isle of Man, collecting sticks in Clyne wood, enjoying the flowers that have sprung up in the garden, Friends boxsets and late-night snacks, trying to decide if giant Postman Pat is creepy or not and venturing out in the rain to take pictures of the sponsored walk to raise money for the Swansea Children’s Therapy Centre.
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Spring Mini Sessions, Swansea                                                  Swansea family portrait photographer

Have you been thinking about having a custom portrait session?  Why not try a mini session to see what it’s all about?

If you’ve been putting off having a session because you’re short on time or don’t have the cash to invest in a full session at the moment then a mini session is a great way to go!  But move quickly as these sessions are only available for the rest of May.

The sessions are only £50 and for that you get a pre-session consultation, a 30 minute portrait session, one 10×8 print and 3 digital images with a print release for you to print and share as much as you like.

The mini sessions will be taking place at Clyne gardens/Clyne coutry park, Swansea and we’ll have a chat in the pre-session consultation about what sort of images you’re after and find the perfect place there to take your pictures.  

The sessions are available for maternity, baby and family portraits so if you’d like to book or just find out some more information please get in touch, but be quick!

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