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What to do with jade this summer
Fri 23-Jul-10
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mutley
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Have got use of mums car if needed but money is very tight working 7 hours a week and no benifits so would like to take her camping but that is not cheep. Not sure what to do Zoos are dear but would love to take her there one day.

Would love to take her to scotland or wales but not sure as a long trip, trying to sell my Espace cheap to rase so money as would go scotland or wales as would have enought cash but cant see that happerning.

Have got a tent ect does anybody know of cheap farms ect perferably near mountins ect or other iders regards nig & jade shoo_flycheers

Fri 23-Jul-10
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That's a bummer, Nige. I will have a brainstorming chat with Fiona over supper this evening.

My first thought is that, if you both love hunting, then a farm near a decent forest where you would be allowed to hunt (and wear your cammies) could be an option.

You are going to have to travel, so low petrol costs are important - the nearer the better.

I really hope that somebody on this forum can find a good solution for you and Jade. We love you guys. ok

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Fri 23-Jul-10
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there's an awesome campsite called Glan Y Mor in a beautiful bay called Clarach near Aberystwyth, there's a lot to do in the vicinity as well, at Ynyslas and Machynlleth and Borth,as well as a beautifulmuseum in Aber and a castle. it's brilliant.

 

the camping isn't crazy expensive, and includes use of the pool, and many of the things in the vicinity are free.

I'm a bit evangelical about Aberystywth to be honest. But it is genuinely awesome.

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Sat 24-Jul-10
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The cheapest option is your own backgarden or friends. I seem to think that you haven'y much space so it might be a makeshift shelter but that can still be fun for kids. Even having a makeshift camp under the kitchen table can be fun if it is wet, sounds daft but something that isn't sleeping in a bed for younger kids can be fun. Still I hope something comes up for you. Maybe someone here has a big enough garden for you to kip in, we have but I think we are a tad far in Latvia?cheers

Sat 24-Jul-10
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Looking forward have all way wanted to go to Aberystywth is it any good for fosseling and we both like castles to many thanks.

 

Did think about the back garden too. may be in the future when i get my passport we could pop over to Latvia too many thanks to all.

Sat 24-Jul-10
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Bulgaria is not that too expensive if you book with easyJet very early on....so when you have your passport....I'm in a small village, cows, sheep, etc....and you can always camp on my upper floor if it's raining outside....the roof is fixed so it definately won't be raining in....but I should have enough bedrooms by then....by the way....how old is Jade??

Another place would be Corfe...it's got sea and sand and castles and good for camping and it's going South from you isn't it.  I used to take my kiddiwinkles there....okok

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Sat 24-Jul-10
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My passport has run out and will take some time to afford a new one, jade is 6 coming on 16 big_laugh she said to me we should get married eeek . she want,s to learn who to make a fire with a magnifing glass,skin a rabbit and learn how to make medicine from plants today.

Many thanks also for the offer when we win the lotto tonight it looks like we will be doing a lot of traviling. tardis

Sat 24-Jul-10
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And you'll be made very welcome and there are plenty of local lads and lasses about the same age.

Yesterday I was with my seventy year old female neighbours who only speak Turkish.  Their six and a half year old grandson was translating my Bulgarian into Turkish for them so we had some sort of conversation with my odd bits of Turkish thrown in¦..  I am also teaching him some English and have offered my computer with a childrens' Bulgarian / English CD and workbook. 

It's a different world from my corporate days magicmagic and despite the language barrier, these people are much easier to understand than at  some of the meetings I used to go to¦big_laugh big_laugh

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Sat 24-Jul-10
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I've no suggestions Nige, but I hope you find something to do with her.  Could you check out local farms to see if they would be willing to let you camp there?

I'll try that again!

Sat 24-Jul-10
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do you have a GPS or access to one mutley?  If so why not take her geocaching in your area?  My kids love it and the fun of finding the 'treasure' keeps the interest levels for ages.  You do need a GPS, preferably a hand held one, then it is all free.   

http://www.geocaching.com

 

also if I remember rightly all welsh museums (ie not private but owned by welsh govt) are FREE

this includes ST FAGINS at Cardiff which is a really excellent day out.  If you head out that way then you can go further along the coast and go rock pooling, which my kids also love.  

 

Lastly, if you  have a map and the energy to walk into the mountains, it is free to camp in the lakes on high ground and also in wales and scotland too; so find a nice space on a map, walk to it and set up your tent for some fun wild camping.  If this is too harsh, you could try looking for bothys in the scottish highlands; these are old shepherds huts that have very basic accommodation that is free.

 

very Lastly, any form of fun in your house/ gdn is worth the effort; sleeping under the stars or in a shelter made of sticks and bracken (you could also do this in your local woods?)

 

Hope these are enough ideas!

Happy holidays

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Sat 24-Jul-10
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oh just had an idea re zoos: when we were not so well off we used to scour the papers for free offers.  It is rarely free but can be heavily discounted.  Do you know anyone who collects tesco/sainsbury vouchers cos if they are willing to let you have them, then you can trade them for visits too

Sat 24-Jul-10
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We went to St Fagins last year - it's a very interesting day out.

re: Aberystwyth. There are lots of great walks in the area, coastal, hills, woodland. The walk up Constitution Hill is worth it - you get a great view of the town from the top, and there is a camera obscura up there too. The castle is very ruined and there isn't much to see but it's also free to wander round.

Nearby Borth has a zoo, which goes under the strange name of the Borth Animalarium.

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Sat 24-Jul-10
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It kills me to walk to the bathroom, ive put the tent up in the bed room for now.

Im sure ive loads of Tesco vouchers some were will have a look for them.

It cost £7 to get into the swimming pool in didcot and im not allowed in if i go with jade because off other mums with there kids what the hell is going on in the world today? steam

 

Many thanks for all iders coming.

Sat 24-Jul-10
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there's a bothy by Devils Bridge near Aber also, i nearly stayed there once (took a load people out there and stayed for a fire but had to be at work the next morning), which is again, free!

And as the man said, there's the camera obscura (free) and the museum (free), on the uni campus there's the art centre which has various exhibitions etc, (usually free), along the cost from Borth is Ynyslas which is a nature reserve beach type thing with education centre thing (free), and there's a forest centre, not sure exactly what's there, my mate's dad used to work at the cafe (not free though), and as Mr Bob said, the animalarium (crap zoo),which has many monkeys and snakes, but as I remember it was relatively expensive. There's also the centre for alternative technology in Machynlleth, and many and various other stuffs. Nearish by is Llynbriane reservoir, which is beautiful,and make s a great day out. Cars are advisable round there though, as the public transport can be a bit rubbish.

the camp site I mentioned is  short walk from Aber, over constitution hill.

 

Also to be found in Aber is the shop Stars, right by the seafront. I used to work there, and if you tell the ladies (perhaps not the younger ones, they change quite often, there are many I've not met) in there that you were sent by Rae they may let you walk their dogs.

 

Furthermore,if you wanted to break the journey in Cardiff you're welcome to pitch a tent in my garden, it's not much of a garden, but theres space for a tent.

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Sat 24-Jul-10
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Some really great ideas, people. And such generous offers.

You have made this place a really great forum.

Nige - sorry but we cannot do anything for you this year., The lawn is a building site and there is not much to entertain Jade. I have just started to compile a "list of things of interest" near us, Good for adults but not so great for kids.

Rae's Aberystwyth sounds good. We may be tempted in that direction ourselves once Fiona recovers.

Nice one, Rae. cheers

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