F1 Wednesday

I haven’t done an F1 Wednesday post in such a long time! Mainly because I have found this season to be rather boring! But last weekend we managed to watch the Brazil Grand Prix live on TV (and not hours later like normal).

It was rather action packed what with the rain, spins and crashes! But the most heart breaking crash of all was Felipe Massa’s crash. Really got me in the feels!

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa is/was a Brazilian Formula 1 driver. Over the years he has driven for Ferrari and Williams. During 2016 he announced he was retiring from Formula 1 at the end of the season. Such a shame because if someone deserved to be world champion more than anyone it was him! * He cruelly missed out on the World Championship in 2008 – another moment that got you in the feels!

* other than Mark Webber obvisouly.


So for Massa to crash out in his last home Grand Prix was just as cruel! But the way he handled it was so humble. He walked back to the pits carrying his Brazilian flag and was clearly emotional. The mechanics of Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams all came out of the garages to stand as he walked by. I was watching it and crying.

Apart from being an emotional race for Massa, Hamilton won which means the title goes down to the wire. Will it be Hamilton or Rosberg’s year?

Did you watch the race? Please tell me you got emotional as well!


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The Weeping Window

“The Weeping Window” is currently on display at Caernarfon Castle. Unfortunately I am unable to make it to see it in person but my husband was able to take the girls to see it.

I apologise for the quality of the photos but don’t let that put you off. It’s an impressive display and of course is very appropriate for the time of year with Rememberance Day being today.

“The Weeping Window” can be seen at Caernarfon Castle up to November 20th. Whilst it’s free admission you are still required to book tickets to see the exhibition. Although I have also been told you can just turn up and you might be allowed in – but don’t count on it!

The Poppy – A Political Statement?

Seeing these photos and the recent FIFA ban, I can’t help but think why the Poppy is considered a political statement these days.

It isn’t, it’s a mark of respect for all lost on war. The following poem by Paul Hunter explains exactly what the Poppy is:

I Am Not A Badge of Honour

I am not a badge of honour,
I am not a racist smear,
I am not a fashion statement,
To be worn but once a year,

I am not glorification
Of conflict or of war.
I am not a paper ornament
A token,
I am more.

I am a loving memory,
Of a father or a son,
A permanent reminder
Of each and every one.

I’m paper or enamel
I’m old or shining new,
I’m a way of saying thank you,
To every one of you.

I am a simple poppy
A Reminder to you all,
That courage faith and honour,
Will stand where heroes fall.

Paul Hunter 2014

Have you been to see The Weeping Window? 


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Paw Patrol Platmats

It’s no secret that we love Paw Patrol in our house. A team of rescue dogs who come to help the hapless residents of Adventure Bay – what’s not to love! My eldest really loves it and so everything is Paw Patrol related in our house. Remember her birthday cake? Yeah, Paw Patrol!

So we were more than happy when we were contacted to review a set of Paw Patrol playmats by Tatamiz!

Nobuco and Tatamiz

Tatamiz Logo

The company (Nobuco) was founded in France by Lionel Hugonnier a former Judo World Champion in 2003. In 2011 in the Tatamiz brand was developed and in 2012 the playmate were launched. Over the following six years the brand has developed and now offers a wide range of character mats from Frozen to Hello Kitty.

New ranges are coming up in 2017 including Paw Patrol, Minions and Star Wars (there’s plenty more)

Paw Patrol Playmats

Paw Patrol Playmats

The set comes with 8 mats each numbered and has a different character on them. It’s great that Everest is included in the set as Everest goods are hard to find. The playmats are made from foam and covered in easy to wipe material. The playmats are soft and easy to clean.

My girls loved playing with the mats! They loved the Paw Patrol character pictures on them. Unfortunately the girls are too young to understand hopscotch yet so we’ve been using them as numbers practice. Little Miss can count to ten but as yet doesn’t recognise the numbers. Getting her to put the pieces together in order is good fun!

If you have kids who are big fans of Paw Patrol I would definitely recommend this set! It’s so cool! Yes I’m a big kid as well!

Where To Buy?

Paw Patrol Playmats

Based in France, Tatamiz currently export to Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain and now to the UK! In the UK you can buy these playmats from TJ Morris.

What do you think of these playmats? Cute huh?

(I was given a set of Paw Patrol playmats in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own)



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Rural Life #IWouldMiss title

Guess what? I live in Snowdonia. HA! Bet you didn’t know that one? 😉 Seriously, Snowdonia is one of the most beautiful places on Earth (*). One of the reasons it’s a beautiful place is that it’s rural which many would consider to be “out in the sticks”. London it is not!

* Actually, it’s ranked 4th in Lonely Planet’s Best Regions to Travel to in 2017 and that is a pretty decent ranking!

Rural Life

Can't get much more rural thtan this! Llyn Adar in the mountains above Blaenau Ffestiniog

Can’t get much more rural than this! Llyn Adar in the mountains above Blaenau Ffestiniog

Living here is certainly not considered to be city living but it’s still not remote. We have all the basics such as running water, gas (*) and electric and even in some areas you can pickup 4G signal! However, it is the best place to escape city life and in fact Flogas has recently spoken to 910 Brits found that 85% of people have, at some point, considered moving away from the city to live “off grid” or “out in the sticks”.

* Gas isn’t always on mains here. My own house is on mains gas but the other house I believe is on LPG gas.

Key Findings

So let me run through some of the key findings of the survey conducted by Flogas:

  • Most people prioritise running water, electricity and gas for cooking and heating as top priorities, but around 8% don’t see them as a priority at all in a remote area.
  • 80% of respondents think that living in a remote area would suit them. Almost half of respondents would miss their smartphone within a week!
  • Running water was voted as the most important service, followed closely by gas and electricity.
  • Men were found to have more of an urge to break away from society than women (34% of men vs. 28% of women).
  • An impressive 77% of people are confident of their abilities to change a gas canister.
  • Gas is a high priority for 64% of people.
  • 25% of people are confident of their ability to self-sustain, ranking a local shop as a low priority when living in isolation.
  • 25% of millennials often want to get away from society.

Makes for interesting reading! The fact that 77% of people are confident of their abilities to change a gas canister is amazing! I’m not sure if I would consider myself confident enough to do it even though I did grow up in a house where the fire was running off a gas canister.


Now let’s be honest, if I had to survive it in the wild, I would miss my luxuries! Putting aside the basics of water and food, and gas and electric for warmth, the thing I would miss more than anything is my smartphone! The fact above stating that people would miss their smartphone within a week – that’s me! But a week, try a day!! It’s simple – I’m a blogger and social media addict!

So tell me, does rural life appeal to you? What would you miss most?

(in collaboration with Flogas)


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Liked And Loved October

So what’s been happening over October? Let’s focus on the good stuff and ignore the craziness that was the killer clowns.

1. Cake – everybody loves cake!

Caketoppers - Rocky & Skye cakes

I’m partial to a bit of cake so October got started in good fashion with some sample cakes from Caketoppers limited.

2. Thomas The Tank

Thomas The Tank

We took the girls to see Thomas The Tank at Llangollen Railway Station again this year. Not sure who enjoyed it most!

3. Blogtober

I participated in the #Blogtober16 challenge which was hosted by Mandi of Hex Mum plus One blog.

Daily blogging was a challenge but I managed it! And it’s also got my ideas going!

4. Snowdonia

Snowdon and Llanberis Lake

I posted my 5 Awesome Things About Snowdonia. I loved writing that post as I really love it here.

5. Celwydd Noeth

Remember that quiz show the hubby went to film? Well his episode was FINALLY on in October!

6. Weekend with Nain

Hubby was away with his friend at a Warhammer tournament sometime during the month. I asked Nain to come stay with me and we had a lovely weekend. We visited my aunt in Chester. Nain enjoyed herself and was so pleased that we’d been to Chester.

How was your October?

A Cornish Mum

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