Coins, Cardiff, and Coal

Looking at my diary a couple of weeks ago I realised that this week we didn’t have our regular Mon or Weds activities so took the opportunity to go to stay with my Father in Law in Wales for a few days.

We travelled over Monday morning and spent Monday afternoon touring the Royal Mint.  Little gem of a place, I thought we’d really enjoyed the Bank of England Museum but this was far better (despite the tour guide being adamant that Isaac Newton was Chancellor of the Exchequer!).  Sam struck a new £1 coin.  Couldn’t take photos in the Mint these are just the exhibition after.  If you don’t know the story of the 1933 Penny look it up it’s interesting.  In my usual not observant state I hadn’t noticed the coins now make up the Royal Coat of Arms when placed together.  Interesting to hear about the countfeiting prevention in the new coin – holograms and UV among others.  If in the area definitely worth a trip.

 On the Tuesday my Father in Law had plans so Sam and I headed down to Cardiff Bay for the day.  We caught the waterbus from the City down to Techniquest.  It was horrendously full of school children when we arrived but after about 20 mins they all disappeared off to workshops/shows and we had a peaceful hour, leaving as they started flooding back.  After lunch we visited the Pierhead Building a magnificent piece of Victorian architecture from the heyday of Cardiff docks.  We also stopped at the little Norwegian Church where Roald Dahl was christened.  Before heading back to the City for Lego.

Weds was St David’s Day and we couldn’t have spent it in a more Welsh way.  We headed up the Valleys to the Rhondda Heritage Park.  To be honest it was a bit of a disappointment, lots of work being done for the new season but meant lots of things closed off or not working and all felt a bit builder’s yard and unloved at the moment.  It was a pleasant enough morning though and I think it was still the better option than heading further away and going down a real mine (this was a reconstruction above ground) as don’t think my joints or Sam would have liked going down properly.  Being St David’s Day did stop for a lunch of cawl and welsh cakes.

We did manage to get through a bit of our usual English and Maths in quiet minutes too.  Plus more bridge building.  Love the flexibility of home ed.


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