Sunday, 28 September 2014

My Sunday Photo

My Sunday photo this week is from our trip to Longleat, whilst at the bird of prey show. Amazing is the only words I can describe it as, I wish I had bought my bigger lens into the show, but still don't think I did to bad getting the facial detail from the owl, and then my first successful silhouette shot of 2 birds of prey whilst circling.... showed the hubby the owl photo, and he had the cheek to ask if he took it.... er...no... cheeky b****r!!!!!
 
 

 
 



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Friday, 26 September 2014

Longleat in the fog!

Saturday was our day out to Longleat safari park, it had been booked for months, taking advantage of the Tesco clubcard voucher deals, and booked with Nana and Grandad, and my uncles. We originally planned to stay overnight at a nearby hotel, but due to the girls not sleeping when we went to LEGOLAND, we decided to get up early and drive on the morning.... Wow... a very early start. We ended up waking at 5, and out the door by 5.30, hoping the girls would go back to sleep, however they never did. 3.5 hours later, we arrived, along with daylight and the fog. We met the grandparents and uncles there at the safari doors, and were one of the first ones in. Yippee...
 
We decided to skip the monkey bit after previous damage caused in Knowsley by monkeys. But my mum and dad and uncles decided to take the chance... and S joined them so she could enjoy the monkeys too....
 
 
Despite the fog, we still got to see the animals, and the fog slowly started to disappear.
 
 
The big cats were out for all to see to, which I was more then happy about... I love them..
 
 
and the younger lions were playing, and trying to get the food out of the tubes.... which made them very active, unlike the usual times we have been on "safari" when they have just been sleeping.
 

 
After the safari, we took to the river safari, and was able to feed the sea lions... S was shrieking with excitement over this, as they were swimming along side us, and clapping the water.
 
 
Once we were back onto land and foot, the kids could let of steam.


 
And enjoy the quality time with relatives they don't often see on their own without their cousins, in a fun atmosphere.


riding the lion
We then got to meet some of the animals close up....
 

 
the girls even got kissed by a parrot....

 
...walked with penguins.....
 
 
...touching stingrays....
 
 
...and meeting postman pat.... (random!) in the postman pat village...
 
 
We then ended the day with the birds of prey.... they had a show, unlike any I have seen else where... WOW...
 
 
...I have been to many birds of prey shows, but this is the first where they have over 5 birds swooping and flying at once... you never knew which way to look or duck to avoid being swooshed...
 
...my mum even got a chickens head landing at her feet, which I found hilarious, as it came tumbling from the sky.... I was waiting for one of the birds to come and retrieve it... but the guy did instead.... phew...!!
 
All in all it was a brilliant day out, especially as the rain only sprinkled a small shower, and remained dry after that, we never got to do it all, but we were non stop.
We had brilliant company, and it was suitable for all ages... its just a shame its so far away...
 
 
 
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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Update on my journey to the healthier me....

I have been attempting to live the paleo way recently.... and blogging about the start of my journey.... but the last few weeks I have kind of not been in the right frame of mind to blog. So I have been AWOL.... sorry! But I am back now!! :-)

 
 
 
I did well on my 2nd week, and even didn't have the lasagne as what was planned, instead I had the mince on a salad....WOW!!! I was off to a flying start and went full steam into it, even finding a recipe for gluten free pancakes.... which we filled with chicken... yummy!
I also got on google and found some yummy recipes.... like theses cinnamon swirls....



We also treated ourselves to the last bbq of the year for us... and think Daddy M went a bit OTT....







Something then clicked inside me, I'm not sure why, or exactly when, but all I wanted to do was eat all the cr*p food that I was trying to eliminate, go to bed and hibernate..... was this my depression coming back to haunt me?? I let it take over me for a few days, and then I caught the cold that hubby and J had caught... Great timing.... By this point we were coming in to week 3.... I was starting to snap myself out of it, slowly, otherwise the drs would have been back on the cards.... I couldn't hibernate away as had a family meal planned with the entire original M family....  As my cold disappeared, so did my foul mood, and I was suddenly craving all the fresh fruits and vegetables again.... it was like a switch suddenly got flipped.... I cant describe it, and don't know what happened, but I'm glad I'm out of it....
 
That takes us to the end of week 3, where a trip to Longleat was planned... for us its a 3.5 hour drive so out the house by 5.30 resulted to a mcD's for breakfast, and a pub meal for dinner. And I didn't choose wisely....
 
However, as we entered week 4... I have kept it simple... no long recipes to cook, just keeping it to roast dinners, and bangers and mash for dinner with the family. (Gluten free sausages of course) smoothies for breakfast, and simple lunches like ham and poached eggs, cucumber and carrot sticks with hummus etc... so far it is going well, and I am looking forward to doing my end of week 4 results. I am finally in the right frame of mind, its taken 3 weeks to get here, but I am here...
 
On the exercise front, that is going EXTREMEMLY well.... I'm still on target to the planned exercise and can manage moves that I didn't think I could at the start of the week, there is no excuses not to get it done, even a good friend did one with me, so I didn't have to postpone or skip it. Yeay!! That friend and I have also booked to see Jillian Michaels in January, to help spur us along!
 
I didn't think I would post my progress photos, but I need to keep accountable.... please me kind.... Here is my start and WEEK 2 results.... I feel like I have shrunk some more since then too, so cant wait to compare photos on Sunday....


Its not massive changes, but then again I wasn't 100% on track.... no longer looking back.... here is to the future....

The breaks have gone on for potty training!!

My regular readers will know that we have been attempting potty training with S for a while now, since the summer holidays!! The last post I wrote on it is here. We were going so well....

She is still 100% trained when she is naked from the waist down, but as soon as you put knickers on, she soils them. AND... she is happy sitting in it. No matter what I do, she still does it......so.... we are putting the speed breaks on for a few more weeks... the final straw was a huge poo filling her knickers and happily sat on the fabric settee.... legs spread wide....ARGH!!!
 
We are attempting again in the October half term.... She is almost 32 months so at that age where she should be capable.... I am certain she will be there by Christmas.... our next attempt will only use nappies at night.... NO MATTER WHAT!!!



Sunday, 21 September 2014

My Sunday Photo

 
Ok, I didn't take this photo, but hubby did... puddle splashing isn't just for the kiddie winks!
 
 
 


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Friday, 19 September 2014

Mummy can splash too...

Last week we managed to get daddy M to come on a nature walk with us. We headed to the local country park, with our wellies on, (we really need to buy Daddy some!) in the hope we would find some puddles... obviously it hadn't rained for a while, so there wasn't any, but thankfully the stream was still there. We let the girls have a little splash around on the start of the walk, with the promise of a bigger splash time on the way back. Last time, J fell in well and truly....
 
 
The girls were eager to show daddy where the duck pond was as we had bought a few cheap loaves with us to feed them...
 

 
 
As well as exploring the woodland... and pretending to be statues...
 
 
We soon found the duck pond, and S was more interested in eating the bread, rather then feeding it to the ducks...
 
 
 
Then it was the walk around the pond and back to the stream...
 

...with a quick stop at a different path to say hello to the cows... which seemed rather curious but extremely nervous of the girlies... thankfully we didn't have to go that way!!...

 

 
We then made it back to the stream, and I got to join in with them too... seeing who could make the biggest splash....
 







 
We managed to remain fairly drive for the remainder of the walk back to the car....

 
 
All in all another lovely afternoon in the woods, and stream splashing, and even better as daddy could come and enjoy the giggles too as well as the fresh air.
 
 
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall