Well, we couldn’t get to the cinema last night to see the new Trolls World Tour movie. So, we decided to turn our living room into the cinema instead and hired the new Trolls World Tour movie from Sky Store Premiere from @skytv.

It was so much fun. The movie is brilliant. We absolutely love both films and it was perfect as the kiddies go to jump about the living room, whereas usually they would be seated quietly. It was nice watching them loosen up and not feel stressed that they were making noise!

Of all the fun lockdown activities, making our own Premiere movie night was perfect. I don’t really want to talk too much about the movie but let me confirm it is absolutely brilliant and a definite must watch from The Constants.

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#trollsworldtour #skystorepremiere #lockdownfun #activities #indoorfun #homecinema 💞

Well, we couldn’t get to...

I’ve been working in the conservatory over the past few weeks, whilst it’s not been so hot. This has been my #windowview.

I love watching what they get up to: this was their homemade circuit. They each did an activity for 30 seconds, then moved on to the next thing.

They’ve made a bird box today, also flapjack and apple crumble.

They amaze me. I worked for 5 hours and they did some great things! It’s amazing how many activities they are trying and things they are learning during lockdown.

Noah said to us at breakfast today: “I’m going to miss this family time”. It was so raw and made me feel really tearful. I too will miss it. We all agreed that we would miss it and it’s been nice having all our meals together. Talking together. Playing and learning together.

It’s going to feel bizarre when things go back to normal: work and school!

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I’ve been working in the...

We all live in a #yellow... pop up tent! A yellow... pop up tent. A yellow... pop up tent. 🎵 Not a submarine in our back garden today.

Daddy pitched this yellow pop up tent in the garden and the kiddies sat in it for ages. It was moved to various shady areas throughout the afternoon, but served its purpose of entertaining the kids for a while.

Now, what you may not be able to tell from this photo is that this tent is not very wide. They had to lay in a foetal position and couldn’t stretch their legs out. For some reason this tickled me. Seeing their feet poking through the sides every now and again!

It’s the small things that make me smile. The @myhousethismonth challenge today is 5 things about me, so here’s 5 things that made me smile today:

1 ~ the yellow pop up tent
2 ~ watching Gary Barlow and his Croony collabs
3 ~ Isla and Daddy’s delicious homemade brownie
4 ~ Noah & Isla watching #GBBO & their comments about the celebrity bakes
5 ~ I got something finished for work this afternoon (made me feel productive)

What about you? What’s your 5 things that made you smile today... #mummyphotoaday #mygardenthismonth #myhousethismonth

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I usually get a lot of feedback about our front garden, but as no one is going to see it in all it’s glory: I’ll post a photo or two! It’s full of life and colour.

In the last few days everything has decided to #flower, the tulips have come out in yellow and red, the hyacinth is popping up in purple and white... and so many other pretty flowers and plants, that I don’t know!

I’ve set myself a task to find out what the other plants and flowers are. Without asking my family. I will just double check with them once I’ve guessed. I’m sure I annoy them constantly with my “what’s this?” what’s app messages.

I inherited this garden from the previous owners. The late husband was a professional gardener/landscaper and you can tell. I have things in the garden that are not popular and the established borders are set out perfectly. They loved in it from brand new. So, this is a definite “grow your own“, I just need to master the upkeep now!

I’ve got a lot of learning to do and I’m determined to understand these gardens by the end of the Spring.

You can just make out the camellia in the last photo. I can’t wait for that to bloom fully, it’s a stunning flower and brightens up the view from our living room.

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I usually get a lot...

Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?

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Today, we had another day...

We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

#mummyphotoaday 
#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?

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We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

A very happy birthday to...

The World’s most exhilarating desert experiences

Most people don’t consider a desert to be a very exciting place to visit. Most believe there’s little to see and do, the climate is too harsh and there’s probably nowhere nice to stay. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Desert adventures have taken the travel world by storm as more and more travellers are eager to explore the diverse landscapes, extreme terrain and unique activities only a desert could be suitable for. 

Perhaps with life as busy as it is; cities constantly buzzing, noise and air pollution at an all time high and the stress levels of most even higher, people want a place to break away from it all. They’re looking for quiet, open space, relaxation, but not without luxury, activity, things to learn and the opportunity to return with a multitude of interesting stories. A trip to the desert is a great way to find all this and more, and if you don’t believe us, take a look at our curated list of the world’s most exhilarating deserts.

Namibia | Kalahari Desert

Namibia

Namibia, situated in Southern Africa is one of the most exquisite regions in the world. In fact, it’s probably one of the most diverse countries on the planet, in terms of landscape. On one side you’ll find desert dunes that extend for kilometres (think Sossusvlei), while on the other end you’ll find one of the most extreme coastlines on earth, where the waters of the Atlantic Ocean caress the dry desert shoreline. This is known as the Skeleton Coast. Then you have a rather plush region towards the South, which includes places like Windhoek and the city of Swakopmund – which provides the perfect combination of city and desert. In fact, Swakopmund is a favourite to visit as travellers get the best of both worlds including beach activities and water sports, developed city amenities, as well as the thrilling desert activities found just outside Swakopmund. There is plenty of incredible accommodation in Swakopmund, so there’s no reason not to visit. And to end off your trip we’d recommend a trip to Sossusvlei – because you haven’t fully experienced the Kalahari desert until you’ve been to Sossusvlei!

Atacama Desert 

The Atacama Desert in Chile is an extraordinary place. South America in general is an extraordinary place – it’s a rather underdeveloped continent where nature still very much reigns supreme. The Atacama Desert is particularly spectacular because there’s very little life to be found there; very few species are able to endure the harsh environment/climate. The Atacama is actually not as humid as most deserts in the world, but it is the driest. It’s known to have gone without rain for years at a time. For this reason, it’s incredibly desolate and isolating which attracts those looking for just that. But even though there’s little water, people have lived there for years and there are plenty of hostels and places to stay – except you’re unlikely to find a plush five star to kick back and relax. The accommodation on offer is tailored around hiking, exploring and activity, so if you’re eager to walk the desert and hike the volcanoes, Atacama is for you! 

Dubai | Saharan Desert

Dubai

Dubai, if we may, is the ‘New York’ of the UAE. It’s grand, flashy, modern and filled with all the bells and whistles – sky scrapers, the trendiest restaurants, perfect man-made beaches, you name it, it’s got it. For some, this is not overly attractive, but what is attractive is the great expanse of desert the extends across the north of Dubai. The heart of the desert is a mere hour’s drive from the city and is one of the most beautiful deserts with its deep orange hue, soft sands, camels, and in some regions even palm tress. What makes this part of the Sahara so much fun is that there are many modern, but culturally authentic camps scattered throughout that provide top class service and amenities including quad biking, belly-dancing shows, hookah fests and camel riding. It’s perfect for the traveller that enjoys the isolation of the desert, but would still like a cultural experience – and who wouldn’t mind experiencing the electric energy of Dubai’s city centre. 

Morocco | Saharan Desert

The Sahara Desert also extends over to Morocco, except this part of it is a little different – even the colour of the sand is different. But the most stark contrast comes in the way of the town and the cultural experiences found here compared to that of Dubai. Morocco is much older than Dubai, of course, and is deeply routed in culture, diversity and history which offers visitors a truly special experience. The town is also incredibly beautiful, filled with Mosaic-covered riad’s and markets. And here in Morocco, the desert is right on your doorstep – literally.

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3 Comments
  • Margaret Gallagher
    December 22, 2019

    Havent experienced any of these – one day i will

  • Tracy Nixon
    December 23, 2019

    Sound amazing but I don’t think I could take the heat!

  • Maggie Ali
    December 26, 2019

    I certainly wouldn’t think of a desert as a holiday destination but now I’ll definitely consider it. The Atacama desert sounds great.

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