A New Family Hobby

When we lived in London and saw photos on social media of TJ’s godmother out kayaking or paddle boarding, we couldn’t help but get pangs of jealousy. We both lived by the sea as children and really missed it during our time in the Big Smoke.

When we moved to Dorset a couple of years ago, we were determined that TJ would enjoy living by the sea the same as we did and that he would also get the opportunity to try a range of water sports.

We are lucky to live pretty close to Weymouth Watersports on Ferrybridge which hires kayaks and paddle boards for very reasonable prices. TJ’s first experience in a kayak came when he was just 3 years old. We hired a 2 man kayak and paddled around with him in the front for almost an hour! He absolutely loved it and so did we. There’s such a sense of freedom and calmness being out on the water.

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A Cornish Adventure

Last week we made our annual visit to beautiful Cornwall. We have been almost every year since TJ was born and now that we live in Dorset, we are only around 2 hours away from Newquay.

For the past couple of years, we have stayed at Gnome World Holiday Park which is in St Columb around 9 miles from Newquay. It’s a fantastic little site with ample sized pitches, electric hook up, water stations, clean facilities and within easy access of both the A30 and A39. In addition, its amazing value for money. We paid just £52 for 3 nights camping with electric hook up which, in the middle of August, is so reasonable.

We arrived on Wednesday morning with the weather scheduled to be pretty dodgy. After surviving Camp Bestival and everything that threw at us, we knew we would be ok. After pitching the tent (in a record 18 minutes!) we took a drive into Newquay to pick up a few essentials and to have some lunch.

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Camp Bestival – Day 3 (Sunny Sunday)

After Soggy Saturday, things could only get better with the weather. As we woke up on Sunday morning, we were smiling for two reasons. Firstly, the sun was out and the mud was slowly beginning to dry out and secondly, and most importantly. it was M’s 5th birthday! We attended his brilliant pool party a couple of weeks ago, but it was really nice to be able to share his actual birthday with him.

We had quite a busy day planned and, after treating ourselves to a lovely breakfast of sausage sandwich, some ‘proper toast’, a crepe with honey for the boy and a cup of tea, we headed to the Big Top to see the rather brilliant Andy and The Odd Socks.

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Camp Bestival – Day 2 (Soggy Saturday)

After refreshing my weather app about a million times on Friday (and having to buy more data!), there was no escaping the fact that Saturday was going to be……soggy. The wind and rain that we endured on Friday was nothing compared to the rain that was expected but there was no way that it was going to dampen our spirits! (To be honest, we were rather relieved that our tent had lasted the night – quite a few didn’t and we thought that if we can survive that, we can survive anything!)

Saturday morning started off bright and sunny with TJ able to eat his breakfast ‘al fresco’. The theme for this year’s Camp Bestival was Rockstars and Popstars and the boys got kitted out ready to face the day.

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Camp Bestival – the first 24 hours!

For the past few years, our friends over at My Two Mums have been going to Camp Bestival. We have seen their amazing photos and read their blog posts wishing that we would get the opportunity to experience this for ourselves one day. Luckily, we were given the chance to be ‘Official Camp Bestival Bloggers’ this year and I have to say, we had the time of our lives!

We arrived on Thursday (straight off a ferry from the Isle of Wight – more about that in a future blog post) to bright sunshine. The walk from the car park to the pitch was quite a trek, mainly due to the fact that we were pitching as close as possible to the festival entrance, but this was definitely the best plan as it meant a short walk each morning into the action. Thanks K and C for saving us a place!

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A Seaside Adventure

TJ’s topic at school this half term has been water and he’s absolutely loved learning about the ocean, researching about his favourite sea creature (the anglerfish apparently)and completing counting activities based on the number of legs, fins and claws the creatures have.

Last weekend, we decided to take a trip down to the Sealife Centre followed by an afternoon on the beach to take advantage of the beautiful weather.

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A Sunday Walk around Ringstead Bay

A couple of weekends ago, after a damp Saturday, we decided to spend Sunday afternoon wandering around Ringstead Bay, a pebble beach near Osmington.

We visited Ringstead once in the summer holidays and the views in the bay are beautiful. In the summer, we paid £5 and parked in the beach cafe car park which is only a short walk to the shore. This time, we decided to make use of our National Trust membership (It’s a No-Brainer) and park in the car park on top of the hill and then walk down to the beach.

When we got there, a herd of sheep were crossing the road in front of us and TJ found this absolutely hilarious. He grabbed some grass and tried to feed some of them, but they were having none of it!

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Crabbing at Poole Quay

After a pretty eventful Easter Holidays (Week 1 and Week 2), we decided to fit in one more little adventure before going back to work and school on Monday.

TJ has been talking about going crabbing for ages so we decided to take him on a trip to Poole Quay.


If you haven’t been before, crabbing is a really fun thing to do for a very cheap set up. Basically, you need a large bucket, a hand line, a net and some bait. All in all, you can buy all of this for about £5 and there are lots of places along the Quay where you can buy a crabbing kit.

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Easter Holidays – Week 2

Well, even after a crazy first week of the holidays, we still had a lot that we wanted to do before we went back to work and school.

On Saturday, we had a fantastic time at Dewflock Farm. We had visited Kingston Maurward earlier in the year for their lambing weekend but this offered something different – the chance to give the lambs a little cuddle! For a nominal entrance fee, we were able to walk freely around the farm, looking at the cows, watching some sheep shearing and eating some of the lovely homemade food on offer. The best bit was being able to sit on hay bales in a little pen to cuddle and feed the  lambs. We couldn’t believe how tame they were. TJ absolutely loved having one of them sit on his lap and he was really gentle and patient with them. Whenever you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he always says, “A farmer, a policeman and a daddy” so this was a great experience for him.

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