Rather unexpectedly and nearly a month early, on Friday 28th our little girl decided to make her grand entrance. People had said to us that girls are harder than boys, we hadn’t realised this would start so soon! Bonnie’s birth was the polar opposite of Alex’s calm, quick and relatively easy birth in the pool. … Read moreA Bonnie New Arrival
St Fagans National Museum of History is an amazing place for a day out, with over forty original buildings from different historical periods that have been re-erected on the site, our favourite is the recreation of an iron age farmstead. But telling you all about the site is a post for another day. Today we … Read moreSt Fagans Makers’ Market
At the end of last year we were invited to join the Mad Hatters Craft Party. We were thrilled to be invited and happily donned silly hats to join this lovely group of artisans who gather from time to time, at least once a month, in the Buttermarket in Hay-on-Wye. We were glad that we … Read moreMad Hatters Craft Party
They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, although I am not entirely certain that this principle can be applied to blogs! You would be quite reasonable in thinking that we had forgotten all about you and our blog, but I promise we haven’t! In December last year I started a short contract for … Read moreAbsence makes the heart grow fonder – take 2!
This ancient magical token will give you the ability to finally accomplish all those tasks that you have been putting off to a later date. No longer will procrastination trouble you. I am sure you have heard other people saying “I’ll do it as soon as I get a round tuit.” Now you have your … Read moreA Round Tuit
It’s a little known fact but in our hectic modern society the human brain is able to remember more than four things at a time, an incredible feat of referencing and recall. But now, thanks to the recent invention of the bookmark, you can remove one of those memory burdens in order to add another. … Read moreMemory Burden Reducers – aka Bookmarks
Just last week I was exploring at the bottom of the garden, where the grass grows high and the trees are twisty and covered in moss, when I chanced upon an unusual patch of extraordinary mushrooms. Fascinated, I knelt down and crawled carefully forward for a closer look. I was astonished to see little windows … Read moreExtraordinary Mushrooms
“When life gives you lemons, make a gin and tonic!” This philosophical phrase, which is an allegory for maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity, was first coined by Confucius during the capture of Shandong Province when the Zhou Dynasty, known for their militant use of fruit during the easier campaigns, pelted the … Read moreWhen life gives you lemons …
When books were invented they were the size of a church door. You had to have a special room built on the side of your house to keep them in. But as technology’s come in they’ve got the size down so that now you can carry that book without it spoiling the line of a … Read moreThe Great Ribbon Robbery
We have had our first guests and we were rather spoilt – they were lovely. Even better, they loved the Lodge and were so happy that they wanted to extend their stay – unfortunately we had a booking already – but we are very hopeful that they will visit us again. It turns out that … Read moreOur First Guests
On Friday, two weeks after our listing on Sykes went live we welcomed our first guests. At the end of this week we will be experiencing our first turn-around day as we have another booking for the weekend. All in all it would seem to be a promising start, as we also have another two … Read moreThe Lodge @ Sunnyside
How did we get to September already? What happened to the summer? This year is flying past at quite an alarming rate! Earlier in the summer we had an unexpected visit from the council tax people who wanted to reevaluate our banding. This resulted in them classing our separate self-contained ‘annex’ as a separate dwelling … Read moreA New Venture
My plan for this month was to get a blog post written at least once a week, and there certainly has been enough going on around here. But getting things done around our little tyrant is somewhat challenging. If you follow us on Instagram you might have spotted that we have some new items … … Read moreBest laid plans
Who’s screwing with our seconds? Why are there fewer moments around these days and where can I get a time-transplant? According to my birthday cards I’m just getting old, but isn’t it more likely that time is being sped up for some inscrutable reason either by aliens with a time-boosting ray-beam, a mad scientist with … Read moreIs Time Speeding Up?
We have been having a lovely idyll here in our new home but all too soon it is back to work as my maternity leave ends at the end of June. I really have no idea what has happened to the last three months, but Alex seems to have made time speed up! For the … Read moreBack to work