Author Archives: adventureswithgravel

Salt Marsh Kitchen – All My Welsh Dreams Come True

As you can tell from the advanced age of my two, it’s maybe been a little longer than anticipated since the last post about my 2 toddlers. But it has meant an awful lot of family trips to the upper left-corner of Wales, and in particular, to Tywyn. After playing the game to see if […]

The Book of Life with a Pre-schooler

Given that half-term means all our normal scheduled child-busying activities weren’t  on, Weasel and I decided to go to the cinema to check out The Book of Life. I’d love to say this was some kind of informed decision, like I thought “I hear there’s a new film produced by Guillermo del Toro, that should […]

A 1950’s Vision of the Future – Atomium with Some Toddlers

Pre-kiddos we used to go every year to Brussels – chips, chocolate and beer – it’s pretty much the ideal weekend break. And only 2 hours away by train, it’s closer than visiting most places in the UK. So we decided it would be nice to visit friends with some similarly aged kids and show […]

Going Off-The-Chain Itailian in Windsor – Francesco’s

Every time I have ever ended up hunting for dinner in Windsor, it has involved trapsing around door-to-door looking for somewhere to seat 8 with no notice on a Saturday, with very little luck. We usually end up with grumpy kids carrying pushchairs upstairs and feeling a little disheartened by a mediocre faux-Italian menu. SO […]

The House of Magic – Cats, magic, should be the perfect Weasel film

After weeks of sweltering weather and playing in gardens, parks and country houses, we thought we might have a break and go to the cinema. There are actually quite a few kids’ films on at the moment, being summer holidays and all, but Weasel went for The House of Magic due to her obsession with […]

Prawn & Cod Thai Salad – An Unexpected Hit with the Kids

After a rough, long, drawn-out, sweltering Wednesday, I expected dinner to end up in a whingy, crying mess too. I thought maybe one way of mitigating the disaster was to send Weasel to the newly-stocked fridge to chose a main ingredient. Unexpectedly, she chose the cod loin. My sun-drenched brain was totally unable to remember […]

Goodbye England, bonjour La Belgique!

Road trip!