🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories....

What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday...

This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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Would you believe me when...

A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

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A visit to Corfe Castle, National Trust

When we went to Dorset at the end of June, we stayed about 10 minutes from Corfe Castle, which is just an amazing piece of history on a very huge hill that you can visit and learn all about who lived in it and what they got up to and how it became the ruins that it is today. It was fascinating. The fun you can have with the National Trust too made it all the better.

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We entered the castle and grabbed our quest worksheets and pencils, we were told to fill out the worksheets and learn about the castle and when complete you get a medal or a National Trust bracelet for Corfe Castle. Obviously at the sound of Noah winning a medal, he was sold on the idea. As soon as you took your quest papers, you were off to do a little dressing up as knights and peasants. It really made me giggle watching Isla with the sword as she really did get it on target to Noah’s shield. We got some cute footage of them fighting and Daddy being silly in my video of our trip to Dorset on YouTube.

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It is really something, quite breathtaking actually, to see this a thousand year old castle standing (almost) proudly on the hill still. It was partly demolished in 1646 by parliament as a way to avoid anyone else living in it and the Bankes family moved out building a home nearby. It was built by William the Conqueror, you can learn a lot about the owners over the years as you walk around, there are interesting articles and the quest helped us to understand what happened back then too.

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We liked the story about how John, King of England, imprisoned his niece as she was in line for the throne. She wasn’t locked in a cell, or anything like that, but Noah was not happy with the king for doing this. Nor about the following King, who kept her imprisoned in the castle too, for the same reason. The poor thing! But in those days ladies were not expected to take the throne, it was a male dominated role and they obviously went to great lengths to keep it that way. During the quest, one of the questions asks who you would lock away in the castle and Noah’s response was “the naughty King”, which made me giggle.

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The Bankes family owned the land, castle and their beautiful family home up until the 1980’s when Ralph Bankes sold it to the National Trust. Who have taken care of it ever since, making it a magical piece of history that we can go and visit. It was a lovely afternoon and we really enjoyed the lovely walk too from the National Trust car park. Perfect family time with the children and dogs, also great use of our National Trust membership whilst on holiday.

Here are some of my favourite photos from our afternoon… 

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4 Comments
  • Colin Chambers
    July 15, 2015

    Wow, gorgeous photos. We were just in Weymouth but didn’t manage to get to corfe castle. You make me want to find a reason 🙂

  • Ashley Beolens
    July 19, 2015

    I’ve stayed near there a few times as a teenager with family and it is such a wonderful looking place. Great to see you all really immerse yourselves in the adventure with the clothes 🙂 looks like great fun.

  • Melinda Whitfield
    September 19, 2019

    I found your blog while looking for a website that has a picture of the 6 shields at Corfe Castle. I am a teacher in South Carolina in the USA. I visited Corfe Castle in 2017. On my way out of the castle I picked up the Corfe Castle Quest pamphlet. I wish I would have found the pamphlet before our visit to the castle so I could have taken pictures of the shields. If I had I could let my students fill out the back of the pamphlet. Did you by any chance take pictures of the shields. If so, could you email those pictures to me? I would really appreciate it!!

  • Melinda Whitfield
    September 19, 2019

    I found your blog while looking for a website that has a picture of the 6 shields at Corfe Castle. I am a teacher in South Carolina in the USA. I visited Corfe Castle in 2017. On my way out of the castle I picked up the Corfe Castle Quest pamphlet. I wish I would have found the pamphlet before our visit to the castle so I could have taken pictures of the shields. If I had I could let my students fill out the back of the pamphlet. Did you by any chance take pictures of the shields. If so, could you email those pictures to me? I would really appreciate it!!

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