Places


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A few days in Edinburgh

For our wedding anniversary we went to Edinburgh without the kids for a few days.  Despite being part Scottish on my Father’s side I had never been north of the border. I am happy to report, I flipping loved it up there.  So many old buildings to look at. Museums and galleries are ten a penny. Pubs and restaurants are everywhere! To be in the home of real whiskey with an allergy to alcohol really does suck. Hahaha! Things to do in Edinburgh, well there are all the whiskey tours. They will cost you about £30 to have a distillery tour with a few wee drams of the strong stuff.  There are also loads of walking tours of the city. They were on many different themes, ghost walks, history tours, organised pub crawls and adult only rude tours. These tours vary greatly in pricing from £10 to £25 per person […]


Wake Up Leo

Livestock festival is proper family fun 5

Over the weekend we were lucky enough to go to Livestock Longdon festival. This is only it’s second year, but I’d only heard good things from last year so I was excited to go. Everywhere we drove in Gloucestershire recently we would see the advertising boards, and being an 80’s kid seeing Jason Donovan and Chesney Hawkes would be playing near home made me want to go even more. My lads have never been to a festival, and Livestock being local and small makes it a logical first festival in my opinion. Also I kept reading it was family friendly.   During the day time there were scheduled activities, like arts and crafts with Daisy the Fairy, a lady came in with snakes and lizards, bouncy castles, pony rides, a climbing wall, rugby tykes coaching skills, fairground rides, science sessions and more. For grown ups there was plenty of beverage […]


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Getting hitched in Gloucestershire? 3

If you proposed this Valentines or leap year it might be worth you popping along to the Hallmark hotel Gloucester. They are having a big open evening on March 10th between 6 and 8pm, that’s right, this Thursday. They will have their main wedding rooms set up so you can see what they are offering for those of you getting hitched. The good thing about the Gloucester Hallmark hotel is that it is licensed to have the wedding ceremony – you can do everything in one venue. The wedding itself, the reception, the meals, the discos. Your guests could stay in the hotel if they are too tipsy or tired to go home, and you could relax in the pool and sauna the day before if you wanted.


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A weekend with HolidayCottages.co.uk in Devon 1

In October I was the guest of HolidayCottages.co.uk at Lympscott Barn in Devon along with several other bloggers. It’s a gorgeous converted barn building on a real working farm, in the middle of nowhere. One of the first things I noticed was a family of Buzzards, how I wish I could have captured a photograph of them. To me that’s a sign of proper countryside, the wildlife. This area certainly wasn’t short of animals, flowers and character. This was a truly massive cottage, sleeping 14 comfortably. The living room, dining room and kitchen were all merged in a huge downstairs room just to the left of the entrance hall. To the right was the downstairs bedroom where Annie and Tanya stayed and this room was more disability friendly was its bathroom is really a wet room and it has a private patio. What I liked most was it had a […]


Tempting you yet?

Robot Wars Live is in Gloucester this weekend 17

Do you remember Robot Wars? Yeah, me too and I flipping loved it. Did you know they still have a live version of Robot Wars even though the TV show finished years back? No? Well I did, I went to the 2013 finals and had a right giggle, I might have been shouting louder than my kids. House robots like Sargent Bash and Matilda ripping apart roboteers pet robots was amazing tv, and I for one am very pleased it’s continued in its current format rather than nothing at all. These aren’t Teksta puppies or Robofish, they are big and often brutal machines made as a labour of love some of them being “cheap” at about £100 to make whilst others cost up to about £4000 to make. The show times are Sat 7th November 2015, 5:00pm Sun 8th November 2015, 12:00pm Sun 8th November 2015, 3:30pm At GL1 Leisure […]


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A weekend in Devon 2

I am writing this from a gorgeous en-suite bathroom at Lympscott cottage in Devon (thanks to HolidayCottages.co.uk),  it’s a lovely bathroom but I’d rather be asleep in bed given its now 2am. I’m sat on the floor willing my stomach to calm the heck down. It’s been a great day, I gatecrashed a swim the channel challenge at Bude sea pool on Summerleaze beach,  I’ve been for a 3 mile walk around a lake and gone to a quaint pub for dinner. Sadly I ate cheese at lunchtime,  I thought I’d be alright but nope. During the treasure hunt lake walk my belly started to swell up to pregnant proportions and the pain built up. I’ve been cranky and a bit moany,  I now feel a bit guilty. Sitting here, knowing three other people can hear me being unwell, I am praying they are asleep. I was thinking of wandering to […]


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Rugby world cup street art 1

Yesterday we went to the Tonga vs Georgia match at Kingsholm in Gloucester. It was a great game, and I was probably on telly again but I’ve not watched the recording of the match yet. As you can see we were pretty close to the pitch. Not a bad view really, and despite my phone camera failing I can (just about) use the Selfie camera. Gloucester usually has some cracking street art, and this week lots of new work has appeared. So new in fact we walked past as one artist was spraypainting a wall. If you are visiting Gloucester for the Rugby World Cup I strongly recommend you walk down the alleys and shortcuts to see the art. This is linked up to #MySundayPhoto on OD3G blog. Remember all these were on a Selfie camera on the front of my phone and I couldn’t see what I was snapping […]


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Outdoor fun in Gloucester 3

The last few days I’ve been forcing the kids outside. They are not the outside sort sadly, but I don’t want to stay in when it’s so warm. That and I need my legs to work well for the skydive which is coming around really soon. I still would love some support on JustGiving.com/JulieMM please. Sunday evening my lads and Blokey went to play “piggy in the middle” on the fields. Jen and Blokey are wearing Minions t-shirts by George*, they almost match.


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The tall ships festival 1

Gloucester is a quirky place normally but every now and then it gets a bit weirder. The tall ships festival is one of these times. Folk in pirate outfits, Victorian vagrants pretending to pickpocket, shanty singing choirs, market stalls, aquatic stunt teams, and of course the tall ships themselves. There is an entrance fee to the dock area during this festival, either £2 a day or £6 for the full weekend. The full pass allows you on the boats, queues permitting.


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A trip to church 3

No no, not that church. Being a West Country lass I am at the alter of sport, cider and pasties. I am at Kingsholm for the last match of the season. We get here early, before most of the congregation. We take our place, center front of The Shed. Our normal place, my son has even scratched his name on to the pew safety barrier. For this graffiti I am sorry Ushers match stewards, but around here Rugby is in the blood and the kids get passionate too. In about an hour our choir crowd will be singing proudly as our martyrs squad are named one by one. In fact in genius timing as I’m typing this the vicar PA man is playing Hoozier’s song “take me to church” to the flock. Later we’ve been promised angels RAF Falcons will fall from the sky to bless our pitch and bring […]


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Gloucester Victorian market 5

This weekend my family and I went to Gloucester Quays Victorian market. Gloucester quays does events like this at various times of the year, and they do it rather well. There were lots of stalls, food huts and a few fair rides. We didn’t go with the intention of buying lots of money, more like browsing for ideas.