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Our trip to the House of Marbles

It’s the summer holidays and finally my husband has a week off to make some memories with us!

We had made a list of places we wanted to visit so after a yummy breakfast at our local Wetherspoon we set off to the House of Marbles in Devon. Now we were given a heads up before leaving not to have high expectations and to be wary of the breakables especially with a 3 year old in tow!

After a quick journey down the A38, we found a space in the tight car park and headed in. My first observation was to gasp at the amount of lovely breakable glass and pottery on offer as you first walked in! How was I going to safely get past with an excitable toddler and 6 year old?! It fast became a game of dodge and move quickly! 

To get to the marble museum and glassblowing room you had to walk through the large gift shop , cue lots of ‘can I have this mum’ ‘wow look at this!’ and a 6 year engrossed in playing with something we most definitely did not need!

We made it to the (very) small marble museum. There was 3 old marble runs on offer to see and some buttons to make them go:


Their attention was kept for about 10 minutes before they declared ‘what else can we do?!’ So on we went past the climbing frame size marbles (which coincidentally declared ‘no climbing!’ 🙄) and through the plethora of breakables to the stairway which had an impressive large scale marble run. 


We stood and watched this for another 10 minutes and they were intrigued by how the balls all went different ways. The viewing point at the top of the stairs was a bit of a pain as people wanted to get past to the clothes shop. 

On we went to the glass blowing room. We did not last long here. There were more breakables than you can imagine! I literally had my 3 year old in a strait jacket hold as I was aware I did not own the amount of money that it would cost to replace these products! We left and headed to the outside area. Here there was a nice play park, 2 plastic marble runs (only useable if you had already bought marbles!) and some seating. After a quick play we headed back through the shop to pick up a few marbles. 

There were hundreds to choose from! They started at 20p each all the way up to £2 for the larger size. 


We then headed back to the car onto our next destination. 

In all we were there for about an hour. I think it’s more suited for the older generation who can browse and adore the glass and pottery on offer. Young children is a no no. It’s more a glorified gift shop with a few small extras. I can’t comment on the food as we didn’t use the cafe but it looked pleasant enough with lots to choose from. 

*All views are my own and this post is in no way sponsored*

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My escape

Sometimes in life, you need to escape. Escape from the demands of work, parenthood and general day to day pressures. Many people find comfort in their own home but for me this just adds to my stresses and I find more and more things to worry about.

So how do I deal with those hard days? When I am I being pulled in so many directions, i don’t know where to turn first. I pack up the car and head to my favourite place. Cornwall.Whether this be to the beach, to a cosy part of the coast line or simply to an outdoor forest full of fresh air, it offers me total freedom from everything I’ve been thinking about.

The boys get to run around without fear, I get to watch their happy faces and the peace aids my sinking mind. These few hours give me time to reflect on what is important and make tasks more managable and I realise there is no point in worrying about those silly things at 3am.

I am so grateful to live next to a beautiful county full of adventures and breathtaking scenary. I want my boys to grow up knowing they can escape to a great place and realise the true importance of life and not feel under pressure in the neverending spiral we call life.

I’ll leave you with some great pictures of the Cornish coast which always leave me happy.

Meal Plan for this week

What’s for Tea this week?! Does anybody else dread the task of meal planning. My boys have become so fussy recently it’s so hard to cater for everyone. But let’s hope this suits everyone this week:

MONDAY – Sausage, mash and peas

TUESDAY – Spaghetti and Meatballs

WEDNESDAY – Sweet & Sour Chicken and Rice & Veg

THURSDAY – Pasta Bake &Veg

FRIDAY – Tuna Steaks & Vegetable Rice

SATURDAY – Gammon Steaks, Egg and Chips

SUNDAY – Pork Chops and New Potatoes & Veg

Isn’t bird poo meant to bring you good luck?

The last week has been a write off to be honest. You know those weeks where things just don’t go your way.
I thought my week was looking up when a bird kindly pooed on my head however this was not to be and if anything things went from bad to worse. I won’t bore you with the details, just know that I will be hibernating this bank holiday weekend and catching up on some sleep!

On another note, how is it the last week of the summer holidays?! I feel like its flown by and I haven’t done half the stuff I wanted to with Dude. I need to make a list of the must do’s, he had a list he was desperate to do and I want to make sure he’s had the best summer ever before Year one starts!
In regards to school, all uniform has been bought and labelled and we are ready to go!

My next challenge is when Bear starts pre school at the end of September.. my baby boy off in the big wide world! <hides in denial>

 

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!

A Day Out: Camel Creek Adventure Park

We’ve just got back from a lovely holiday in Cornwall. The weather forecast was a bit all over the place so on one of the days we decided to visit Camel Creek Adventure Park just outside Wadebridge.

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We bought our tickets online which was fast and easy. The prices are fairly reasonable and for a family of 4 it cost us £35.
On arriving at the park, a steward directed us to a parking space and we approached the entrance. Surprisingly there was no queue and we were in within minutes.

Now this park has recently been taken over and was previously known as Cornwall’s Crealy which we had visited before a few years ago. And the differences were pretty obvious. There was a fresh lick of paint everywhere and the place felt generally clean and tidier.


We started our day at the far end of the park at the water rides, it was a very warm day luckily as we got extremely wet on the log flume! We were impressed that our 5 year old were able to go on nearly all the rides and he thoroughly enjoyed trying out things he never has been able to at other theme parks. We were disappointed that the kids rollercoaster was broken that day. We never had to queue for a ride despite it being the summer holidays and one of the hottest days of the year.

For our 2 year old there was Swampy and Dina Land which offered tea cups, a bouncy ride and a ferris wheel that he could ride accompanied on which he loved.

As well as this there were plenty of open park and play equipment to explore. Huge slides and zip wires as well as water play and sand pits.

We briefly looked in some of the animal enclosures and there was a wide variety to look and learn about. Pomy rides were available at an extra cost.

Foodwise – there were a couple of restaurants to choose from, all reasonably priced. We opted for the homemade burger co. It was average for a burger meal, but we did have to wait a while for the food despite there only being 5 or 6 customers! There was limited healthy options but you can bring a packed lunch and there were plenty of picnic benches to sit on.For £6 you could buy a ‘Crealy’ cup and have unlimited refills through the day. We didnt buy this as only fizzy drinks were available.
We met a lovely friendly staff member that drove the land train around the park, however there were times that we encountered staff that clearly didnt want to be there and could barely raise a smile to anyone
One thing we would recommend to the park is to install more toilets. If you were at the far end of the park, the toilets were a long way away and for a desperate child who is more interested in the fun around them, it was a dubious run to find a toilet!

Overall we had a great day at Camel Creek and would recommend it to families with young children in particular! We hope to visit again next year!

Spring garden planning!

Yes I know, theres snow in alot of the UK and here I am planning Spring!
I love Spring! Evenings are lighter again, late afternoon walks are possible to wear out the little ones and the doors can be opened to the garden again!
I’ve picked up all sorts of new outdoor things that I’ve seen on offer after the summer season was over. We have some great large playmats with ‘board’ games on with big counters and dice. I really want to spruce up the garden and make it a great colourful area to play. The grass (if you can call it that) is a bit pitiful and I’m praying it grows back with some TLC. I’ve seen some great ways on pinterest to decorate the garden with tin cans and painted stones. We have a raised wooden veg planter that my husband made which i hope to grow some more bits in this year. Tomatoes were a hit last year!

Here are some of my ideas!

Homemade bird feeders

Painted stones for the veg planter

Tin can herb planters

Snow… Just a little please!

When you live in the far southwest of the UK, you enjoy the extreme sunshine of the summer and the golden beaches.
However come winter, there’s not a hope in hell you will see any snow!
Whilst the rest of the country up north fret and complain about the hassle of their snowfalls, us Cornish and Devonians are praying for just one little snowflake to fall.
But.. It never happens. Unless you venture into the depths of dartmoor or bodmin moor, there won’t be a glisten in sight!

I would love my children to see snow fall and to slide around excitedly making snowmen and snow angels. The look on their faces as a snowball hits them on the back and the look of joy as something as simple as frozen water does for a small child (or adult!)

For now I’ll have to watch it on the tv, keep praying… Or book a holiday to Scotland 😕

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