{captured} The Bank Holiday Weekend…according to my iphone

For some unknown reason, I thought it would be a great idea to head to the Llandudno Air Show on Saturday.  To the beach.  To an event.  In the car.  On a Bank Holiday.  Whyyyyyy?!  Anyway, 1 hour and 45 minutes later, we arrived…and then had to find somewhere to park.  Oh the joys of living around here on a Bank Holiday.  I’ve since heard it took someone THREE HOURS to get there that same morning.  Now THAT’S a recipe for divorce.  If I’m honest, the air show seemed a bit slow to start off with {maybe that had something to do with the car journey}, but the Red Arrows more than made up for it.  But the people who stood up through the entire thing…yeah, they pissed me off a bit.


Truck wheels bigger than you!  That needs photographing!  Along with a false, cheeky smile.

A spit fire!  Where they were also selling bullets for a couple of quid.  Paul told Alfie that the one he’d bought was still ‘live’.  Cue Alf holding onto that bullet for the rest of the day like his life depended on it.

Paul decided to bike it home which meant the bois and I weren’t in a hurry to get back.  So we decided to stop for an ice cream in Betws y Coed…

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Hello Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream!  Alf opted for Chocolate and Robb went for the Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream…we’re still undecided as to who picked the best one.

Well played, Betws y coed, well played.

The bois managed a good climbing session up, down and around the rocks down by the river.  Robb grabbed my phone at one point and said “Let me get a photo for you, you won’t be disappointed!” and got this shot of the waterfall.  I’m not Robbie, diolch pal.

“Do you still want a horse, Mam?”,  “Yup”.

The bois fished.  I napped.  Not even sorry.  Bala Lake and that view though…

We were all so well behaved until the glowsticks and strobe lighting happened…

Laser Combat yesterday.  We weren’t taking it seriously or anything…

But my back knows about it today.

I found out on Friday that my blog {this little ol’ place of mine} has been nominated in the MAD Awards.  Made.  My.  Day.    And then it made me pour a large glass of red ;)

But really, diolch diolch diolch for reading.  It’s just something that I love to do.

Tots100 MAD Blog Awards

{around here} Five Minutes with Phantom Runners

There’s something about hearing that someone you grew up with are doing really well in whatever path they chose.  Especially, when it’s something as exciting as being in a band which is doing really well!  Sadly, I’d lost touch with Adam, but when we were at his Mother’s doing mosaic, she told us all about the band Adam was in, Phantom Runners.

It didn’t take long {that afternoon!} for me to find them on soundcloud and spotify to have a listen.  The result?  They sound great!  Laserbeam is a favourite and is getting a lot good reviews;

”Cruises through its sun-tanned three minutes with mellow ease.  Guitar pop music rarely comes as effortless as this.” Q magazine.

”A slack-jawed three-minute ditty packed with sprightly melodies and intelligent layers of guitar that ooze effortless cool.” The line of BEST FIT


So, Who are the Phantom Runners?

Adam, {lead vocals/guitar}, Sam {drums} and Robbie {synths}.

And where does that name come from?

It was literally a stupid moment of chucking loads of words together one drunken night…then voila!

How did you all get together?

We’ve had a bit of a rotating door of drummers, as we just couldn’t find one with the right ‘feel’.  We put an ad up…Sam walked in, totally got the sound and the rest is history.  Robbie is Sam’s best mate.


How would you describe your music?

Haim, meets Blood Orange.

Who is your inspiration and who is currently on your playlist right now?

We are loving everyone from Blood Orange, to MJ, to ASAP Rocky, Youth Club, The Away Days,  Garden City Movement…the list goes on and on!

What’s been the highlight for you all as a band?

Working alongside the legend that is Huey Morgan.

What gigs have you got coming up?

European tours, we are playing a number of cities.

Dingwalls, this Sunday, 24th May.  The Great Escape Festival and the Valley Festival to name a few.

What does the future look like for Phantom Runners?

We are literally going to take over the world…we are going to be MASSIVE!

So, there you go, a big thanks to Phantom Runners for their time.  Go listen yourselves:

{captured} #withoutshoes

”21st May : One Day Without Shoes – to raise awareness for children’s health and education.”  Apparently, for every photo taken and with the hashtag #withoutshoes, Toms will match that by donating a pair of shoes to those in need.  Love me a hashtag, even more so if it’s raising awareness …well, it got 28 ‘likes’ on instagram, so I’m not sure how much awareness I did raise…but you get what I’m saying, yes?!  ;)

Lunchtime walks are now back in full swing too, which is never a bad thing.  So, combining today’s walk with the #withoutshoes, was probably the best idea I’d had all day…heck, who am I kidding?  The best idea i’d had all week.

It’s been a slow week, people.

But kicking off my shoes and feeling the grass inbetween my toes?  I’ll take that.

{A day out} Prom Xtra

robb on segway

Robb | I think this was the first time where upon suggesting we head out for the day, I think you had to think about it…just let me squeeze another Summer out of you before you decide that days heading out with your mates are much better than days out with us.  I think the segways more than made up for it though.   I love you, I love you, I love you.

roller coaster

Alfie | You were too small for the segways, so obviously you were going to drag your big brother on this!  Hands up in the air the whole ride…and that gorgeous smile of yours.  This week you refused point blank to hold my hand, looking at me really daft when I suggested it…and breaking my heart at the same time too.  I love you to Botswana and back too.

I don’t know…can SOMEONE have a word with these bois?!  Make them stop growing…or stop time, or something?!  I’m begging you.

Of course, these nerds had a go too:


segway paul

…and then Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’ came on and I…I just…OHMAIGODILOVETHISSONG!

Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes
But it’s the only thing that I know
When it gets hard, you know it can get hard sometimes
It is the only thing that makes us feel alive

Read more: Ed Sheeran – Photograph Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Living Arrows      Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

{Running Diaries} “It’s like coffee, I’m much nicer after I’ve had one”

The Green, Green Grass of Home

The Green, Green Grass of Home

I’ve been through a, what I would call “bach o’ blip”, with my running recently.  Through no one’s fault, life just kind of got in the way.  Despite trying to go with a running group when I can that has been set up in the village by Dwys, I’ve just not been feeling it.  And judging by my Strava feed…it’s a poor, poor show.  Last night’s run was my third this month…and we’re on the 18th of May!

So, after a great afternoon out with Paul and the bois, out I went.  Whenever I go running, that first mile is always the worst.  But by the fourth and fifth mile, I was loving it…even pushing myself up those hills that I’m lucky enough to call home.

After a good run is when I’m at my best, I’m sure of it.  All those feel good whatjamicallits running {no pun intended!} through my body.  Therefore, it was home to cook a roast dinner and to get those bloody bedrooms tidy once and for all!

I’ll leave you with these I found last night {which are also very fitting to myself and the running}:

Running is like coffee, I’m much nicer after I’ve had one

“Never, ever, ever judge a run by the first mile.”

{read} Hey Natalie Jean

Being the “kindle lover” that I am, I have to admit it felt pretty good to have an actual, real book to read.  Being the hey natalie jean blog reader” that I am, I couldn’t have picked a better read as my actual, real book.  I debated whether to buy this {I’m not actually sure why?!…} but two weeks after it was released, I caved in.  I think that glass of wine whilst on amazon helped with my decision…as it always does when online shopping ;)

^^ Nevermind being French…I was just want to be this effin’ cool!^^

Hey Natalie Jean; Advice, Musings and Inspiration on Marriage, Motherhood and Style : is all of the above written in the wonderfully witty, inspiring and honest way she has with words.  With chapters titled ‘On Motherhood This Very Minute’, ‘False Lashes’ and ‘On Tidying’ and probably my favourite chapter of them all ‘Huck The Scorpio’.  I was going to write “I could read that chapter again and again”…but I did, straight after I read it the first time.  What is it about birth stories?!  I LOVE them!

It slowly became a book that I really wanted to read, if that makes sense?  I would only pick it up knowing I wasn’t going to be interrupted…and I’m so glad I did it that way.

Here are some gems I wrote down as I read it;

“It’s a party everyday, if you want it to be”

“As his heavy eyes droop toward sleep, I swear I can see sword fights & pirate ships as they sail across his eyelids”

“Farting in a middle of an argument is always a good idea”

“I had her in my back pocket.  She carried me in her purse”

“I like for my life to be beautiful”

“Fifth day hair is like walking sex”

That last one?  Genius!

And the chapter “Love Letter to a Uniform”…I’ve suddenly noticed a change in my wardrobe.  And I’m loving it.

{serious face: unfortunately, hey natalie jean has nothing to do with this little blog of mine, nor have I been paid millions for this review, it’s just a book that I loved reading and wanted to share with you all}



..yeah that ball hit him right in the face!  {nice shot, taid!}

{one of the many outtakes form our bank holiday}


…and is Alf aiming for the camera here…or is he aiming for the camera?!…and check out his concentration tongue!

{one of the outtakes from our Matalan post}

Hump Day, so I’m going to pour myself a glass of wine…and bloody hell am I ready for one!  Iechyd da peeps!