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Splashing pebbles 3

Yesterday we went to visit Blokey’s Grandad. He is a very elderly chap, who had a stroke a few years back so whenever we go round he’s always in his chair. The boys can’t remember him pre-stroke so they struggle a bit. I remember him being a bit chattier so I understand his speech. Although the kids like the great grandparents they do act like caged animals when we leave their house. Too much sitting still and behaving! So afterwards we went for a muck about at the park. It was a hot sunny day, so ice cream and a walk about the pond. This soon turned into chucking sticks into the water, then pebbles. A bit of tree climbing. Fishing out clumps of fish eggs or frog spawn using long twigs, but carefully so we didn’t kill anything, and we put it back in the same place we found […]


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Goodbye Fajita 3

Today Freya Woof learnt to open the back door handle. Today she did this as I was in the garden feeding our chickens. She got Fajita, and I got to them so fast. I screamed at Freya and lifted my hand (a warning not being mean), she loosened her grip, but didn’t let go. I snatched my poor hen. Freya had her only by feathers at this point, so I inadvertently plucked a few more feathers from Fajita. Both our chickens ran for the house for safety and I got Freya’s collar and walked her to her crate for “time out”. I have kept them separate until this scuffle, and Freya is never allowed in the back garden.


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Parragon Sharks – Discover their underwater world 1

The lovely folks at Parragon sent D another book in the same series as the dinosaurs encyclopaedia we previously reviewed, this one is called Sharks : discover their underwater world. We have had this for a while now, and I do feel a bit guilty about taking our time to get this post published, but the wear on the books spine shows how much he likes this book. His little brother, Jen, is not a fan as he is afraid of sharks, and the photos are brilliant quality. So clear in fact we’ve had to ban D from taking this book on car journeys as he was making Jen cry.


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WIN (ended) – Reef 2: Hightide on DVD 57

Today readers I have a nice little prize up for grabs. A DVD copy of the film “Reef 2″ which is released soon. It is the follow up to Reef, but don’t worry if you’ve not seen that, I am sure your little ones will get the plot fast. Jen and D often watch sequel films before the originals, but that’s my boys for you! Reef 2 is a colourful, animated adventure suitable for families to watch. Especially suited to your little budding marine biologists! This colourful, family friendly film splashes on to DVD, Digital and On Demand just in time for half term! Reef 2, an underwater adventure sure to entertain the whole shoal, is released on DVD, Digital and On Demand on 17th February from Paramount Home Media Distribution.


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Big Night In – Mice, Chips and Cluedo 4

The lovely folks at MoneySuperMarket let me and my boys participate in another blogger challenge. Thanks guys, you are EPIC! #msmBigNightIn For this challenge they kindly wired (ok PayPal’ed) me Fifty Squids to spend on a family night in. We bought two retro board games that Blokey and I liked as kids, with the plan being fish and chips from the nice local takeaway. So at Blokey’s knocking-off time at work we phoned him to give him our dinner orders to get on his drive home. Jen wanted jumbo sausage and chips, Blokey, D and I all had haddock and chips. The fish was huge, too big, felt wasteful. And a bottle of coke, the real coke not an own brand version as its a treat.


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Stop horsing around!?

I don’t know about everyone else but I’m fed up about hearing about horse meat. Seems like there is horse in everything in our freezers these days. I prefer whole chunks of meat, where you can tell its all from one animal. That said we do buy some processed items like sausages and occasional burgers. Like most families we’ve probably eaten horse. That doesn’t bother me too much, horse is safe to eat and horses are clean animals. I would buy horse meat deliberatly, but what nags at me (sorry) is that I don’t know what meat is in what foods anymore. I am grateful that the scandal is about horse rather than say, road kill or wild rats! I just want the labels to be honest, if something is half beef half horse I’d like it to say so I can decide myself. Seriously, why not eat horse? Most […]


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Went out alone, to SeaLife 2

On Wednesday I went out to Birmingham, I was on a mission to buy Merlin Annual passes. They have a January sale on, we had been looking online to buy these, but was about £550 online or £360 in a Merlin attraction. The sale prices were “in-store only” which is a bit of a nuisance. So twenty quid train fare was a bargain really to grab £200 ish discount. I am not actually paying, my mum wanted to treat my boys to some fun. Cheers Mummy. So at the station this morning there was some drama. A “fatality on the line” had caused some delays and cancelled trains.Was a bit awkward sitting on the platform listening to other passengers asking why people with mental health issues and depression are let out alone. I was just sinking into the bench on the platform willing the train to hurry up. When I […]


Groupon

Having known about Groupon for years now I’ve finally jumped in and joined. People at work kept taking about it…. for example the lady on Virgin was on about having teeth whitening and those fish pedicures where they chew your toes off. Hehe. She’s still alive though, so I think its ok. Anyone the point is its a group buying website, so you buy as an individual but get “group” discounts as Groupon bulk buy then pass those prices to the individuals…. like me. There was an amazing wedding package available but I didn’t have a spare £3K! Below is an example of thier deals, if anyone would like to join I would love that. You can get £6 for refering new members… hence this post! 60% Off at The Hotel on the Park, Cheltenham – http://t.co/iwq4r4fE


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Sea life center by night

On Friday we drove up the motorway in the snow for a Christmas VIP evening courtesy of @visitSEALIFE on Twitter. My boys loved it, especially Layla the leoapard shark, and “dressing up shark” which was an employee dressed in a big blue shark costume. My eldest kept threatening to rugby tackle him, Erm, no! Thanks Sea Life, kids loved it. Layla the Leopard shark.  Little fish swimming around a rusty captains wheel, like on an old shipwreck. These are rays with smaller fish and giant lily pad type leaves.


Slightly overdue… Australia 2

A month ago I landed back in Blighty after going to the land down under. Well I think I will honestly struggle to get across how much I loved it, and how I truly miss the place after such a fleeting visit. I soooooooo want to go back, I wish I could. On 4th November I took off from Heathrow, after a minor strop about Qantas seating plans…. my second holiday via plane, and they’d put me alone… away from my friend. Cue me, stamping, crying and talking to myself. I’m not a brat, but was stressful having the ITV DayBreak cameras there, emotions were getting out of hand. Qantas had little choice, I was stood ON my seat until a reshuffle took place. :-/ my Mate Jacki stayed calm, fair play to her, I know I’m annoying! It was hours and hours of flying.. we arrived in Sydney late […]