June 2018 – it’s been lush!

June 2018 – it’s been lush!

June 30, 2018 8 By Shan Ellis Williams

I’m sad that this is the last day of June 2018. We have had the most fabulous month! Both my partner and I work, so most of our outings have been on the weekend, the weather throughout June has been fabulous and we’ve certainly made the most of it! Only three weeks until the kids break up for Summer and I really enjoy the long holiday.

In thisย  house we are endorsers of letting the kids be kids. Time with them is absolutely precious because, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, kids are transitional. They go through stages, and learn and grow through their different transitions. Mine are 13, 10 and 2. I honestly feel humbled to have been a part of so much of the elder two’s lives. And they transition so quickly!Make magic with them that they can take into adulthood. Take too many photos. Let them be kids, without responsibility.

Let me tell you why this month has been fab…

June days out

Our time together is precious. I know I’m making it sound idyllic, it’s not. We all bunch into a very small car without air con, the kids argue, constantly. There are always whines, whinges, dirty nappies at unopportunistic moments. BUT, we also have laughter, small moments of comedy, sporadic kisses and cuddles. And the occasional cake! I’m proud of my little family, we are warriors. We have been through a hell of a lot. But we are as strong as anything when we’re together. Got to love these kids!

This month we went to the beach quite a bit! My littlest one loves airplanes and helicopters and at the local beach there’s a light aircraft airport. He can sit for hours on a nice day watching them take off and land.ย  If the older kids fancy a dip in the sea (let’s face it this June has been flaming) I try to remember towels and prepared mummy shit in the boot. I’m not usually all that prepared so thank goodness for leather seats in the car…

We visited a few National Trust sites, our new membership is proving amazeballs. We’ve already made back the annual fee in the visits we’ve made this month. Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd are both on our doorstep.

We also walked around Paris mountain, can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of G for completing his first 2.5 mile hike!

Closer to home

I like making magical days with the kids. I’ve been interested in local history since day dot. I love teaching my kids the history of where their roots are, and where they came from. We tend to walk a lot, and I’m so glad I’ve bought a picnic blanket this year because it’s been invaluable. There is a very special spot a few miles from where we live that is basically the gateway to the mountains. At the bottom of elephant mountain in Fron is a small lake. This has been our families regular picnic spot since I was a child.

There is a still here, where dragons sleep and fairies dance. The curlews call and the occasional rambler passes by but the quiet here is something else. There’s definitely something to be said for silence.

North Wales with young children


I bought a pool today. Needless to say I haven’t seen the kids. That in itself has been lovely, all three playing outside in harmony. Me just serving up helpings of cold drinks, top up sun cream and snacks. We have a ton of work to do on this house, but it really does feel like home. I’m hoping to blog more about our renovation when we have the cash to start properly. Maybe I need to start asking companies to send me goods for me to write about the renovation, but I’m not feeling that cheeky yet! Anyway, the little one in particular loved the pool and the snacks and is now completely zonked out!

what to do with the kids in the summer holiays

Mmm wotsits

We also built a teepee in the back garden to ward off the unrelenting fire ball in the sky. G played in the tent with his toys quite happily whilst the other two splashed about. Ideal.

Local walks

We are lucky enough to live at the foot of Tryfan mountain. There is a sort walk suitable for walking toddlers over the mountain through the quarry and around the other side. It’s only three miles, and it’s the walk the quarrymen used to take to walk to and from work. It takes you over railway bridges and past quarry holes, and right to the top of the mountain. That’s where we spent an afternoon last week. G had to be escorted on my back (not easy with ~RA!) for the last mile or so but it was downhill. Did suffer the following day…

We also went to visit Glynllifon Park, who had an open day for the new development of Plas Glynllifon. We thoroughly enjoy a walk in the grounds and it was rather interesting to see what they had done with the inside. New owners are converting the old mansion into a luxury hotel and wanted feedback on the work so far. It’s a thoroughly beautiful old building that was falling into ruin through lack of love. I for one am glad to see such thought going into the restoration of the heritage and history of the site.

Loved June!

The Wonky Wildlife

I’m very worried about the local wildlife. On Thursday two baby seagulls and an adult dropped dead by my feel (possibly because of the heat). The local vole and door mouse population seems to have gone crazy. The cat leaves them as presents but these usually shy creatures are running around in daylight and in plain sight.

Those who follow me on twitter may have heard of the horny toad who kept ending up at my back door – even though I was placing him under my rhubarb where its nice and cool and damp. He peed on my three bloody times!! The fourth time he just looked into my eyes as if to say ‘ok, I’ve had enough of this now please put me somewhere swampy. I love you’. I have removed said toad but will keep an eye out for him tonight. Just in case he really is my prince charming.

north wales toadwatch

I dub thee Sir Heranglebert of Capel Bryn

Blogging goals

I didn’t set myself specific goals but I might try next month. Who am I kidding? I don’t do numbers just emotions ๐Ÿ˜€

Best thing about June? Foo fighters. I am Mrs Dave Grohl.

See you very soon,



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