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#GlobalBlogging 74

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Global Blogging.
We are still over excited about being married 🙂 We got our official wedding photos on Saturday and they are just gorgeous! We have loved seeing the moments that we didn’t get to see: Chris had no idea that Zach had a strop and refused to walk down the aisle which is why my sister carried him!
I am very excited to have been invited to join as a host for 2018. This year we have the extra twist that we want to be more active on social media (see below to get your posts shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest).
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My favourite post from last week was this one from Harrassed Mom. Sometimes you need to give yourself a shake and force yourself to be happy: here are some ways to put a smile on your face!
Shank You Very Much chose A Rosie World‘s post for her fave post. Warwick Castle is already pretty high on my bucket list and Rosie’s post makes it even more appealing!
One Messy Mama is still hosting via our blogs and has chosen this post from This Mummy Rocks. Getting kids involved in sport has so many mental and physical health benefits!
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Wales 2018: Castell Coch, Tintern Abbey and Chepstow then home!

Our final day in Wales dawned cloudy and drizzly. We packed up the car and dropped the keys off before starting our road trip back home. As we headed south towards Swansea and the M4, the clouds cleared and the sun came out. By the time we reached our first stop the sun was shining and warmed us up!
We looked around the beautiful Castell Coch. The fairytale nature was slightly spoiled by the scaffolding around it! This is a Victorian castle built on ancient foundations. The decor is quite something!

Next stop was just a few minutes down the road to have a McDonalds (our first and only one of the holiday!)
Back on the road, we drove in and out of Wales to the spectacular Tintern Abbey. The vastness of the ruins is truly remarkable and it really is a photographer’s dream!

Once again we popped back to England briefly before stopping at Chepstow to visit the castle and stand on the Old Wye Bridge. This is another memory from my childhood: standing on the bridge with one foot in Wales and one in England!

The sun was shining brighter than ever as we made our way along the M4 and back home again. The heatwave hadn’t left and our garden was a bit of a desert! What a contrast to the wet but fabulous Wales!

#Project365 week 33

We have been taking it easy most of the week to recover form the wedding, a whole week has gone already since we said our vows! I have been ridiculously excited to change our marital status on Facebook and practise my new signature.
Day 224: the day after our wedding, we had friends and family over to our house for a party and were able to show off our new canvas prints of the children taken on our engagement shoot.

Day 225: is this even possible? A green grape on a bunch of red ones???

Day 226: Zach is continuing his one man effort to destroy our tomato plants: will any survive to be eaten…?

Day 227: our family and friends were overly generous with wedding gifts. This coffee machine is a winner 🙂

Day 228: did we really have a heatwave recently? There seems to have been a chill in the air for about a week and the rain on Thursday was quite considerable (the garden is grateful!)

Day 229: all of the toys are upstairs due to us tidying for the party so the boys have been playing together with the wooden railway a lot this week.

Day 230: I spend about 90% of my day telling Zach he can’t have a biscuit (the other 10% is me telling him he can’t watch YouTube). Luckily I bought biscuits in bulk so we won’t run out any time soon.

Wales 2018: Carmarthen (castle and museum) and Dryslwyn Castle

Staying in Carmarthenshire, it was only right that we visit the county town of Carmarthen itself! We started off with a mooch around the shops before heading to the castle ruins.

For history buffs there is a poignancy about the square outside the castle where Bishop Ferrar was burned at the stake in 1555 on the orders of Mary I. Poor Robert Ferrar had an awful time in Tudor England and found himself in trouble with 3 different monarchs for his views that were too Protestant for Henry VIII, too Catholic for Edward VI and too Protestant again for Mary leading to his execution.
A bit of lighthearted relief on the merry-go-round:

Lunch was spent at Harvester: Zach LOVES pasta and all 3 children adore the salad bar (Matthew ate his own body weight in pineapple!)

Next we visited the Carmarthenshire Museum which is housed in the former Bishop’s Palace which Robert Ferrar had once lived in.

Our final trip was a trek up a sheep covered hill to get to Dryslwyn Castle. The views were stunning and it was worth the climb!

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