Half Term Fun

We’ve only been back to work/school for a week since half term, but it seems like it was ages ago! We had such a busy, fun packed week with lots of outdoor fun in what turned out to be a week of amazing weather.

On Monday, we took a trip to the Sealife Centre in Weymouth to visit Zelda the witch and to take part in the Halloween activities. There was a pumpkin hunt where you had to find the letters written on pumpkins to spell out a word which TJ was able to do completely on his own this year. We then went to visit Zelda in her hut. I have to say the Zelda experience was a bit of a let down – last year the children made a magic potion and were then given a slush drink to take away with them. This year, the activity was making slime using tarantula legs (shaving foam) and some form of glue – I think TJ was fully expecting another slushie drink (as were we) and, although he enjoyed the activity, I’m not sure it was worth £4 (£5 if you don’t have an annual pass).

On Tuesday, we went to Bailey Ridge to pick up some pumpkins ready for Halloween. As I have written previously (Pumpkin Picking – An Annual Tradition), it wasn’t quite the same as picking your own pumpkin from a field, but the place was really nice and TJ was able to make his very own broomstick which he loved.

Wednesday morning was spent in Southampton recording a debate for BBC Woman’s Hour about whether it was safer for children to be brought up in the city or the countryside. I really enjoyed being able to talk about this matter as it is something I feel really passionate about and it was good to be able to discuss our reasons for moving out of the Big Smoke. You can listen to the podcast here.

On the way home, we stopped off in Lyndhurst in the New Forest for a walk. It was approaching ‘Golden Hour’ and the light was absolutely beautiful. It wasn’t long before we came across some ponies and donkeys. You are advised not to touch or feed the animals, but the donkeys came straight over to us and were literally standing next to TJ to be stroked. They were so gentle and stayed there for ages. It was a lovely end to an exciting day.

On Thursday, we went to Longleat to visit their Autumn Exhibition. We also got a sneak preview of the Festival of Light which looks like it’s going to be absolutely amazing. After the success of last year (Santa Train), we have booked to see Father Christmas there again this year and can’t wait to see the stunning lanterns in all their glory. The Autumn Exhibition was really good and TJ got to make a fish out of willow as well as learning about Owls.

On Friday, our friends came down for the weekend from London and we met up at Kingston Lacy. Again, the weather was glorious and the children loved running around, hiding in dens and taking part in some of the autumn activities which had been set up for them.

Although it was a bit chilly on Saturday, we decided that we couldn’t have our friends down without a visit to Weymouth. The children loved it and all managed a quick paddle before having a much needed hot chocolate to warm up. We then went to Billy Winters for a bite to eat and got to watch people Kite Surfing while the children carved pumpkins which had been kindly provided for them.

Our half term ended with a brilliant Halloween Party over at MyTwoMums’ house. We met for the first time at Halloween while we were living in London, so Halloween has become a kind of anniversary for us now. The boys had a great time together and we are looking forward to meeting up again soon.

As per usual, our holiday was full of fun, friends and adventure. Next stop……..Christmas!!!!

 

 

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The Santa Express at Longleat Safari Park

There’s something particularly magical about having young children around during the Christmas period. This is TJ’s fifth Christmas and I have to say that each one has got better and better. We try to do something special each year to create some special memories to look back on in years to come. Last year we went on the Polar Express in Dartmoor which was absolutely amazing and somewhere we would definitely recommend. This year, we asked TJ what he wanted to do and he went for the Santa Express at Longleat Safari Park. (which also coincides with the incredible Festival of Light).

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