Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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What a great #friyay it’s...

🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

#ad #SkyNature #NatureAtHome

🐝 We have really loved...

Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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Our half term routine (it...

🐾 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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The best #view comes from...

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...

Competition to win learn to swim goodies

Did you know that 57% of children aged between 7 and 11 years of age cannot swim? Fortunately for us, little Noah who is just 4 can swim and he can swim very well. Isla who has just turned 3, is getting better everyday and I am confident that before she is 4 she will be swimming too. Swimshop are working with me to give away some equipment to help your little ones learn to swim. 

SwimShop Learn to Swim

The Learn to Swim campaign sponsors Swimshop, swimming costumes and equipment online. It is a great campaign and has some fabulous resources to help you make learning to swim fun with the little ones. You can also win a set of deluxe armbands and a choice of either this fabulous shark swimming float or this fish swimming float. 

How do I win? 

All you have to do is fill out this competition entry form below and you MUST complete the mandatory options, all other options will give you an extra chance to win. There are three winners. This competition closes on Midnight Wednesday 24 June 2015. Good luck. 

Swimshop

Swimming pool feet image by Shutterstock. 

 

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85 Comments
  • olivia Kirby
    June 17, 2015

    The fish please – the shark looks a bit scary to me!

  • msedollyp
    June 17, 2015

    Shark please – we play sharks n fishes in the pool x

  • Samantha R
    June 17, 2015

    The shark looks great

  • tracey rollings
    June 17, 2015

    my god daughter would love the fish please

  • michelle banks
    June 17, 2015

    Shark please

  • Tracy Nixon
    June 17, 2015

    Shark please!

  • Shirley Evans
    June 17, 2015

    shark please

  • Helen Battle
    June 17, 2015

    the shark please

  • Tina M Holmes
    June 17, 2015

    fish for us please

  • Tracy Hanley
    June 17, 2015

    fish swimming float please

  • Layla Thomas
    June 17, 2015

    Shark please. I’m shocked after reading that 57% of 7 – 11 year old don’t know how to swim.

  • Elizabeth Doody
    June 18, 2015

    Shark please

  • Fiona Henderson
    June 18, 2015

    Shark please little boy would love this

  • claire nutman
    June 18, 2015

    Friendly Fishy please x

  • Elizabeth Hinds
    June 18, 2015

    Fish please 🙂

  • Zoe G
    June 18, 2015

    The fish

  • angela sandhu
    June 18, 2015

    Shark

  • Jo m welsh
    June 18, 2015

    The fish please

  • Aimee Morrison
    June 18, 2015

    I think my son would like the shark

  • kayleigh Bates
    June 18, 2015

    Shark x

  • Edward Guerreiro
    June 18, 2015

    Shark.

  • Catherine McAlinden
    June 18, 2015

    I’d love the shark please!

  • Ashleigh Allan
    June 18, 2015

    I would like the shark!

  • shane weir
    June 18, 2015

    The shark looks great

  • Paula Readings
    June 18, 2015

    A fish please.

  • stephanie tsang
    June 18, 2015

    Fish please.

  • Helen Swales
    June 19, 2015

    I’d really love to win the fish float for my granddaughter. She is only 5 and has had swimming lessons for about 8 months; although her swimming teacher is fantastic and my granddaughter has achieved her 5 metre badge, she regularly lacks confidence. She was the same when she learnt to ride her bike though and one day just set off surprising us all so hopefully she is taking the same course with her swimming.

  • Siobhan Davis
    June 19, 2015

    Shark Please 🙂 x

  • Sarah Wyatt
    June 19, 2015

    Fish please – I think the shark would scare my daughter!

  • Tammy Westrup
    June 20, 2015

    Fish please! My boy would love it!

  • Katie Evans
    June 20, 2015

    I’d love the shark please 🙂

  • Janet Carter
    June 21, 2015

    Would love the fish

  • kirsten.barthy@gmail.com
    June 21, 2015

    The fish please

  • Dean Smith
    June 22, 2015

    Shark

  • Kristy Brown
    June 22, 2015

    Fish Please

  • Samantha Atherton
    June 22, 2015

    Fish Please x

  • EMMA WALTERS
    June 22, 2015

    shark please 🙂

  • Cheryl Kean
    June 22, 2015

    I would love the shark please x

  • eva trelfa
    June 22, 2015

    fish please x

  • Lisa King
    June 22, 2015

    I would pick Shark

  • melanie stirling
    June 22, 2015

    The fish please.

  • Katie Witherington
    June 22, 2015

    has to be the shark

  • Emma Anderson
    June 22, 2015

    Fish please!

  • Pamela Gossage
    June 23, 2015

    I would like the Fish please

  • hazel Rush
    June 23, 2015

    Fish please!!

  • ESME MCCRUBB
    June 23, 2015

    FISH PLEASE

  • Keshia Esgate
    June 23, 2015

    Fish please

  • Eleanor Wigmore
    June 23, 2015

    I like both but shark wins! 🙂

  • gemma clark
    June 23, 2015

    fish please xx

  • Leanne Bell
    June 23, 2015

    Shark please 🙂 x

  • lindsay chadburn
    June 23, 2015

    the shark looks amazing!!!

  • kidzbitz@hotmail.com
    June 23, 2015

    The Shark Would be amazing, presently the little one has learned a new game called Sharks and Fishes….Similar to “Whats the time Mr Wolf” x

  • antheaholloway@hotmail.com
    June 23, 2015

    Fish please – this looks super!

  • Kerry Locke
    June 23, 2015

    Loving the Shark float

  • kay lou smith
    June 23, 2015

    Fish please 🙂

  • rachaelmarsden1@gmail.com
    June 23, 2015

    My little boy would love the shark one

  • Emma
    June 23, 2015

    Fish

  • Jodie W
    June 23, 2015

    the fish one please

  • Joanna Sawka
    June 23, 2015

    Shark please

  • Nancy Bradford
    June 23, 2015

    fish please

  • Diana
    June 23, 2015

    Fish 🙂

  • Ema J Lowe
    June 23, 2015

    the fish please

  • kerry bennett
    June 23, 2015

    shark

  • Emma Whittaker
    June 23, 2015

    The fish would be ace for my daughter 🙂

  • Robyn Logan Clarke
    June 23, 2015

    Shark please

  • Rich Tyler
    June 24, 2015

    SHARK 🙂

  • Pauline Black
    June 24, 2015

    Fish please! Fab giveaway!

  • Alexandra McGahey
    June 24, 2015

    I would love to win the fish design 🙂

  • Katy Stevens
    June 24, 2015

    Shark please – both are cool though!

  • Thomas Perry
    June 24, 2015

    I love the Fish float it is super cute

  • Laura Pritchard
    June 24, 2015

    The Shark please!

  • Susan B
    June 24, 2015

    The Shark please.

  • Kelly L
    June 24, 2015

    Shark please! 🙂

  • Neil Devlin
    June 24, 2015

    My 17 month old has just started swimming lessons and the Shark would be great

  • Maria P
    June 24, 2015

    Fish would be wonderful

  • Elaine Savage
    June 24, 2015

    shark please

  • Paula Harvey
    June 24, 2015

    The shark please – we always play sharks in the pool 😀

  • laura pyper
    June 24, 2015

    Shark please 🙂

  • Jennifer B
    June 24, 2015

    Oh, the shark would be fun!

  • Kim Neville
    June 24, 2015

    Shark please

  • Patricia Fraser
    June 24, 2015

    Fish please x

  • Joanne Benham
    June 24, 2015

    Fish please x

  • Danny Evans
    June 24, 2015

    my eldest started swimming a bit later and it really helped with his confidence. my 5 year old Josh has never been swimming, we hope to rectify that very soon

  • Karis
    June 24, 2015

    Shark please

  • Natalie Crossan
    June 24, 2015

    Shark please x

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