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  • InFamily, Lifestyle

    London Adventures

    While Josh was away with work last week he ended up having an unexpected free day which happened to fall on a Sunday, so Bella and I hopped on a train and headed into the big smoke for a day of adventuring with Daddy.

    A year or so ago if someone had suggested that I travel into London by myself with a toddler and pushchair in tow my response would have been nothing short of ‘hell no’. I would have thought of every single reason under the sun not to go and made myself feel sick with nerves. But lately I’m been feeling much more confident, both in myself and my mothering abilities so I jumped at the chance of a day exploring the city in the sunshine with my two favourite people.

    Bella was an absolute delight all day long, she loved every single second of our little adventure and couldn’t have been better behaved. This definitely took me by surprise as lately she has been such a feisty little madam and the toddler tantrums have been in full flow. Terrible Twos are no joke people…

    We pretty much just spent the day wandering the city and soaking in the busy city vibes. Bella was super excited to spot big ben on our travels as she’s been learning all about the time at nursery, we also took her to see where the Queen lives and luckily got there just as the guards were changing! Then after lunch we headed to Regent Street to introduce Bella to the magic of Hamleys of course 😉 There was also a travel festival on that day so there was lots of old models of buses and London cabs which was pretty cool to have a nosy at too.

    It really was just a wonderful day, one of those days where you just forget about everything else and soak in every.single.moment. A day that you really don’t want to end, one that will be etched in your heart for a very long time. There was not a toddler tantrum in sight, just a whole lot of laughs. I definitely shed a couple of tears as we said our goodbyes to Josh at the train station and headed back home to Sussex for a week flying solo.

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    I feel so grateful every day for my two loves, but even more so on days like this one. My heart really is so full.

    Harriet xo

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  • InFamily

    Fresh Air At Scotney Castle

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    Our weekend didn’t start off as planned. Friday evening was the first time all week that Josh got home from work at a half sensible hour and we had planned to spend the evening relaxing in front of the TV together once Bella was tucked up in bed, which for us, really is a rare thing. Our TV will often go a couple of days without even being switched on! It had been a long week, and we were both looking forward to a quiet evening in. While we were eating dinner, my Dad called in a fluster to tell me he had run out of insulin. I am my Dad’s registered carer and so therefore when these things happen, I/We have to deal with them. Even if that does mean various phone calls to all the late night pharmacy counters in the area and TWO trips back and fourth to Asda which is a good 20 minutes away. Safe to say our cosy evening in didn’t happen, but sometimes these things just don’t pan out. Sigh.

    Saturday morning was also a mild disaster. Long story short, there was an incident which involved Bella, a brand spanking new extremely cute outfit, a tired Daddy who definitely probably wasn’t paying full attention and a bottle of bright pink nail polish. Need I say more. The outfit got ruined and there was almost tears (from me over the destroyed cute outfit) and a few cross words may have been exchanged.

    It was at this point we decided we needed to get out of the house. Josh packed up a picnic and a flask of hot chocolate and we headed to Scotney Castle for some much needed fresh air. Saturday was a perfect October day, sunny and dry but just slightly chilly. We ate our picnic on a bench near the car and Bella had her first ever hot chocolate. It was seriously cute watching her blow the little beaker of ‘choc-choc’ and judging by the look on her face and the amount of times she said ‘yummm’ and ‘mmmm’ the kid definitely enjoyed it. Clearly has Mama’s sweet tooth 😉

    We then picked up a map and headed off to explore. In the end we ignored said map and just followed where all the other dog walkers were headed. The grounds of Scotney Castle are absolutely gorgeous and looked even more beautiful covered in Autumn leaves. I think it will definitely be one of our new favourite weekend spots. The crisp fresh air was exactly what we needed, Bella burnt off some steam and both her and the dog were fast asleep before we even left the car park. Win.

    Below are a few of my favourite photos from a very lovely family afternoon.

    Thanks for reading
    Harriet

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  • InLifestyle

    Wroxham Barns Junior Farm

    We are currently holidaying in Norfolk and yesterday we decided to visit Wroxham Barns Junior Farm as it was a beautiful sunny day and Bella is completely obsessed with animals so we knew she would enjoy herself. We have visited Wroxham Barns for lunch once before when we were visiting family but didn’t actually go into the farm.

    When we arrived the car park was particularly busy but when we actually got into the farm it was surprisingly much quieter than we expected. The entry fee is £6.25 per adult and under 2s go free. We were given wrist bands so we could come and go as we pleased which I thought was a great idea as it meant we go and have lunch then come back if we wished. There is also the option to purchase a paper bag of animal food for 50p so you can feed the animals as you go around the farm, we decided to do this and chose a bag of food for the big animals rather than for the poultry. Although make sure you read the signs and don’t feed it to the Pygmy goats like my husband did, as they are on special diets 😉

    The farm is fairly small but big enough to keep Bella interested the whole way around. All of the animals were super friendly and as soon as you came near they would bound over as they knew you had food for them! We saw various breeds of goats, sheep, cows, donkies, ponies, a couple of different breeds of pigs including extremely cute micro pigs! There was a also lots of different poultry animals including chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. Our favourites were probably the pygmy goats and the micro pigs who we genuinely would have taken home with us if we could!

    Overall we really enjoyed our visit to the farm, Bella loved feeding the animals herself and I’m sure we will return next time we are in the area.

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    Thanks for reading,
    Harriet

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