What we’ve been up to this week…..

Baby F has hit a few milestones this week, she turned five months and had her first taste of solid food. I love this stage.   

I’ve been marking her milestones by taking pictures with these cute cards from Little Maldod. The results make a great record for the future and are very Instagram-able. Little Maldod is a website run by a Mum from Cardiff, do check it out if you’re looking for baby gifts, there are some gorgeous things on there. 

  
As usual, I’ve spent most of the week in various coffee shops, I’m making the most of baby still being happy to sit or sleep in her pram. I had a stunning chickpea and chorizo soup at The Orchard (above) and a delicious courgette and mint soup at Wyndham Tea. (Soup is healthy and means there’s also room for cake, OK?) 


Bought this lush coffee from Wally’s deli. Baby F and four-year-old J seem to think 5-6am is the perfect time to wake up at the moment. A good black coffee is the only thing that makes this semi-acceptable.

  
Made the most of the nice weather and went for another brisk walk / jog with the pram along the Taff Trail this week. The Cardiff half in October is definitely in my sights now.

  
On Friday night I went out. Out, out! I wore heels and lipstick and everything. The girls and I started with a few proseccos in Bill’s (I also ate a stunning beef burger and sweet potato fries) then we went on to Be At One on St Mary’s Street for cocktails. The espresso martini was stunning. I was home by 12.30. My clubbing days are definitely behind me. But it was so good to go out! 

   
 On Saturday we blew the cobwebs away with a walk along the beach at Barry Island. J had a go at the climbing wall and we stopped for a coffee and cake at Bay 5, a really lovely cafe overlooking the beach. It’s reasonably priced too, considering the location and view. Two coffees and three cakes was less than £15. 

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What we’ve been up to this week 13 March

  
Strong coffee and spring flowers at The Orchard in Radyr

  
Went to see Into the Woods at my old high school in Whitchurch. It was an excellent production as always. I came out wishing I could sing….

  
Lunch at The Fig Tree in Penarth. Read more here.

  
Had a blissful facial at Enerchi in Radyr. You can read all about it here

J has had a couple of parties this weekend, one was at Parc Play, which is probably my favourite play centre in Cardiff. (I can’t really bear the rest of them, but they’re a good way to run off energy when the weather’s bad). 

I also took him to have his hair cut on Saturday at Funky Chickens. He still really hates having his hair cut and often cries and ducks away from the scissors but the hairdressers there are so patient and kind. Even when he’s having a tantrum. Personally I needed a large glass of Shiraz by the time we’d walked out of there….

  
We’ve also been loving the spring sunshine in Cardiff. Long may it continue! (Yes my almost five-year-old still demands to use the baby swings at the park……)

Afternoon tea at Orchard, Radyr

I seem to have set myself on a mission to find the best afternoon tea in Cardiff. Not such a terrible cross to bear, I admit. After recently trying the mammoth afternoon tea at Barker tea house, next up was Orchard in Radyr.

This neighbourhood cafe has been open for around a year and has recently started offering afternoon tea at £13.95 per person.

Orchard’s offering doesn’t just focus on cake, their menu is more like a ‘high tea’ with extra savouries in addition to the finger sandwiches, including mini pizzas and garlic mushroom bruschettas. They also included a small taster of their special dish that day, a platter of roasted vegetables, capers and ciabatta bread – delicious. It also came with scones, pre-filled with cream and jam and we were able to choose another cake from their selection too – I went for the coconut and lime which was really light and tasty.

This style of afternoon tea fits in with Orchards offering of healthy food, indulgent cakes and an amazing range of teas. I went for the sweet chai pu-erh tea on this occasion. If you’re not familiar with pu-erh it’s a dark tea from China, supposed to have health benefits and aid weight loss. It’s unlikely to have balanced the effect of the fresh scone and lashings of cream or the coconut and lime cake, but never mind, it was delicious anyway!

The staff at Orchard are so welcoming and friendly and my friend and I spent a leisurely 3+ hours chatting over our afternoon tea. If you’re looking for a casual catch up with a friend, friendly service and delicious food, Orchard is the place for you.

Orchard
7 Park Road, Radyr
029 2084 2129

We paid in full for our afternoon tea and Orchard did not know I’d be blogging about them.

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