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Im Lew - A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I'm doing it anyway - expect all sorts of randomness.

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Glen Douglas is just one amazing location here in Argyll and Bute, The place itself is home to the MOD, so when your travelling here, do be careful.



I came from Arrochar and drove along the A814 you will see the sign for Glen Douglas. Taking a left turn you drive a steep bank until you reach flat ground. There are two routes you can take. Right takes you further up the mountain, but it is pot luck where the barrier will be open as it is used for military training, But if it is open you will be greeted at the end with fantastic views right down Loch Long. But when I was there I think it was closed due to the recent bad weather we have had.

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On this occasion I continues up the road which takes you a beautiful scenic route through the mountains, the road itself takes you from Arrochar all the way to Loch Lomond, there are plenty of passing places which offers amazing view for photos.

As I drove along the road I was greeted by some wild Deer and Stags, I got a few images but there not great. After driving a long the road a bit further I stopped and at a location looking down the valley with the river running through.

Its one of those time when something doesn’t go right but ends up turning out pretty well.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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There are two sides of the coin when it comes to homework, some parents agree with the concept and others are against it all together.

 

I’m somewhere in the middle I think, but I am yet to experience an older child with hoards of homework that they are refusing to do! I guess though my opinion lies within the region of: its good for kids to get homework to continue their learning journey at home, but within reason. I think its important to also have time on a weekend and an evening to practise other hobbies, explore the outside world and imaginative play!



When I was at school, I never completed any homework from what I can remember – I got it, but it was tossed away and I just wasn’t interested once I was older. But even as a younger child in primary school, I cant remember sitting down doing my times tables or reading a reading book. Maybe if I had actually done it,  I may have had a better outcome from school. At the time though I just wasn’t interested, I just wanted to be out playing football with my friends, school wasn’t important to me at all.

In recent years I have had my fair share of seeing and helping with homework, my nephew who is now 10 and in the all important SATs year of primary school, has had homework of some description from around Year 3. I have been there to help on occasions, but some of the things he has brought home was ridiculous in my opinion. Most of the time it comes with little instructions and relies on the child to have listened to the instructions when been giving it at school. Surprisingly enough my nephew rarely has listened and it becomes a guessing game of what on earth needs completing! As the years have gone on he has become less and less interested in completing the homework. I must admit too, some of the techniques of teaching them mathematics for example is beyond me and I fear that I may teach him the incorrect method.

My son who is 3 years old, has recently started nursery and within his first week he had “homework”. Now I say homework in the lightest of terms. Each week he can choose a story sack all based on different themes that they may happen to be learning about within the nursery setting. So for example one week he has had a story sack on Dinosaurs. Inside the bag is a selection of toy dinosaurs, a book, this one helping to teach each dinosaur and their attributes and a few laminated work sheets related to dinosaurs with a wipeable pen to encourage them to draw the letter shapes or count numbers for instance.



Zach chooses to get one each week – without us encouraging him and if he asks to use it at home then I will happily sit with him for as long as he wants to play. This way I feel he will learn to enjoy doing his own “homework” and hopefully carry on in years to come eagerly completing it.

We were also given a blank hardback book.  The idea behind the book is homework for us in a sense. Parents are asked to fill the book with different photos and stories for example of what your child has been up to. This way they can take it in for carpet time and share their adventures and photos with their peers, and teachers can relate to the Childs life outside of the learning setting.

So for instance we have put in photos of the different places we have visited on a weekend – so he has photos of us seeing the tropical animals at Lanchester Garden Centre, photos from our visit to the Life Centre and Ice skating, and a ticket from seeing Monstersaurus at the Gala Theatre in Durham. Most importantly to Zach though is a photograph of him out sledging for the first time when we had snow a few weeks ago and he was proud as punch taking it in to show his teachers! Proof that even the smallest of things that don’t cost us the earth as sometimes the most enjoyable or important to them!

What’s your thoughts on homework??

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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Located on a small island on Loch Awe in Scotland is a very beautiful picturesque place, surrounded by mountains and not far from the village of Lochawe.

The Castle Itself is only ruins but most of the structure is still standing. I was looking for places to photograph when I came across this stunning place. I headed there for photos, even though the weather was terrible, non stop rain, sleet and snow couldn’t put me off.

You can see the castle when travelling along the A819 but the car park its self is quite easy to miss as it isn’t sign posted anywhere. as you come to end of the A819 you come to a junction, right leads to to Crianlarich and left leads you to Lochawe –  take the left turn and about 200-400 yards along the road there is a dirt track on your left, take this road and park your car where you can, there is no designated space.

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As you walk down the road the path folks into 2 paths, one takes you across the railway which you cannot do and the other takes you along and under the railway bridge to a gate. There are live stock in the field so if you have a dog, please be careful. The path leading to the castle itself is very flat, if you struggle to walk or have a buggy then you will have no issues with this walk.

Once you reach the castle you can walk round both ways to the beached area at the back, when I visited it was very windy and wet, so not the best to pack a picnic, but on a nice summers day this will be a perfect day out with the family, lots of room for the kids to play and the dogs can run free.

Amazing views of the mountains around

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The path leading up to the castle ruins

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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I must admit I am a bit of a sucker for hats; beanies, woolies and a bobble pom pom, you name it I have them. Not so much caps though, I dont suit them!

I think hats are a must have accessory in anyones wardrobe, they can be worn to keep warm or purely as a fashion item. Something to go to to finish of a certain outfit maybe, it doesn’t really matter what your reason, there still a classic favourite.

I was recently approached by a company called Tramp Menswear and was asked to review one of their beanies. Beanies were never my go to hat, but the colours on offer were really eye catching so I agreed to take closer look. When the hat arrived it was well packaged in a box with the company logo.

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The hat itself came in a bag and neatly wrapped in tissue paper with a little company sticker to keep it together. Under the packaging there was a note written for me, a really nice touch, simple yet it makes it personal.

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I didn’t know what to expect from the brand but after browsing the website, they impressed me with the clothing they have to offer.

Like I mentioned I was sent a beanie, I opted for the Mustard yellow, but they also come in Green, Burgundy, Grey and Navy. The mustard just seemed to stand out a bit more to me. The hat itself is a good size, not too big not too small. I think I have quite a large head on my shoulders and the hat fit nice and snug. The material is a soft knit. No scratchiness here! The Tramp logo badge is also stitched on to the beanie.

The hat has a quality look and feel about it, it was very warm and comfortable to wear. It has certainly been tested in the elements this week with a good combination of wind, rain, hail and snow! I can firmly say my head stayed comfortably dry and warm throughout.

I have nearly always wore bobble hats, but after wearing this for a week I think maybe the times have changed and a beanie might be my go to hat to wear.

 

 

Vlogging wearing the Tramp Menswear Beanie.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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I love noting better than trying out different cuisines, both at home or eating out. Japanese food is something Ive never really tried, so when I was given the opportunity to test out Yutaka Noddles I jumped at the chance.

 

Yutaka noodles are both high in protein and high in fibre with the added bonus of them being organic and gluten free, so they make for a perfect family meal , and if your trying to diet or eat more healthy. A 50g serving is just under 170kcal which is perfect if your watching your daily intake, and if you compare these to other noodles then they are significantly less.

As these noodles are high in protein you do feel fuller for longer, one box of noodles easily feeds 4 adults. However since there is only 2 of us in the house as well as a hungry toddler I opted for a portion size of 3. Trust me it will fill you up quite easy, Im a big lad and not easily filled but coming to end of the bowl even I was struggling. Always a bonus!

 

 

The noodles just needed to be cooked in boiling water on a medium heat for 6-8 minutes then drained and tossed in oil just to stop them from sticking while you cook and prepare the rest of the meal.

The packet comes with a recipe suggestion on the side. The idea is to boil the chicken in a broth in a wok or a saucepan with the spices and vegetables, then remove the meat and strain the broth into the bowls with the noodles, The recipe is very easy to follow and takes around 15-20 minutes to make. You can read the recipe here

Alternatively you can see the two video tutorials below which includes Tv chef 

Ching’s Hainan Style Chicken Edamame Noodle Soup (info)

 

Ching’s Hot & Sour Aubergine & Courgette Soybean Noodles (info)

 

My Thoughts

The noodle recipe was great, it was my first experience of trying this type of food, I have tried the more common egg noodles before in stir frys and i must admit that i am not the biggest fan! This recipe was nice and easy to follow and the noodles were very filling, The broth was very tasty and complemented the noodles wonderfully.

This meal was eaten by me and my family, the best recommendation you can get is from a 3 year old who loves his food – and i mean REAL food and not fish finger chips and beans!!

He demolished a full bowl full and then started on mine! Here he is enjoying them below:

 

 

Disclaimer: I was sent the Soybean Noodles and Edamame Soybean Noodles for review, but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

Competition

You can buy these noodles in most leading supermarkets as well as the other Yutaka products. But you can also buy online from Amazon

Yutaka have kindly sent me a special box that you cannot buy in the shops and has been created just for this competition! (Items included shown below in picture)

Firstly there are a few things to consider when entering; This competition is only open to UK residents due to posting costs. Any winner that is drawn that does not reside in the UK will be removed and another winner announced .

You will have 3 days to claim your prize once notified by email, so make sure to use your most current email address. The item will then be posted to you within 20 days of sending postal details.

So how do you enter i hear you shouting?!? Just log in below and enter the earn points – competition will run from Monday 12th February 2018 to the 25th February 2018.

Good luck, and remember you can purchase these products online or in your local supermarket.

 

 

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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