20/10/2014

Yes, we borrowed a beach hut in October!

I don't know about you, but I've always loved seeing rows and rows of beach huts at the beach, and I always have a sneaky little nose inside as I walk past along the promenade! Who doesn't hey? They come in so many different colours and their owners style them so differently. I've wanted one for such a long time. Have you seen how much they sell for though? So expensive and definitely not something we can consider ourselves! Shame, as I'd so be at home in one.
So, how did we get to use one yesterday then? A lovely couple we know, lent it us for the day. We'd been meaning to get the keys and go earlier back in the summer but things just got in the way. Friday saw me having a light bulb moment, the weekend forecast was set to be warm, so I asked hubby if he fancied asking if we could have the keys. Lucky we asked when we did, as the owners were getting ready to fly out on holiday! 
Once our day at the beach hut was secured, I felt so excited! I mean, who wouldn't like to set up camp in a beach hut, let the kids play on the beach, whilst having a cuppa, taking lots photo's and eating chips!
We arrived soon after midday Saturday armed with instructions on where to get water, how to start the gas stove and most importantly where to find the hut amongst the long row of them. Once we'd settled in the monkeys went onto the sand to play, I shuddered looking above at the dead spiders just hanging from the ceiling and we took lots of photo's. The weather was fantastic! 21 degrees and mostly sunny with lovely blue sky. We really couldn't believe our luck!
Here are a selection of the photo's we took! Sorry, there are quite a few but the scenery was just too lovely! 
Blue Sky
Beach huts
Looking out to sea
Another angle
Playing sand castles
Bucket and spade
Another shot
J is for Jo
More huts
Boy in a bucket
Along the promenade
Brothers playing
Sitting it out
Lovely family
We had such a fun family afternoon that money just cannot buy. It was so good to be enjoying the unseasonal autumn weather in such a beautiful place. I know we'll go back there and I'm so grateful we know such a generous couple who were more than happy to lend it us. Thank you so much.......we didn't want to leave! Have you ever borrowed or owned a beach hut? Would you?




18/10/2014

#Project365 - Week 42

Two boys driving
Horsing around
Bat Cave
Beautiful Fushias
Autumn sunshine
Playing Mario Cart
All smiles
This last week has been so much fun with two family days out, some very unseasonal weather, 5 goals from the big monkey and a kiddie's sleepover! Here's my week 42 round up for days 285-291.

Family day at Diggerland and lots of fun had by all.
Spotted these horses on a walk after almost a whole day of rain.
Indoor play with the Bat Cave after our usual coffee and play meet with friends.
Some the the fushias in our front garden.
A glorious spot noticed on the drive home from the school run.
Concentrating so hard on his brothers Mario Cart game.
Great family day out at a friends beach hut in Frinton. Fabulous day and so warm too!

The temperatures have been in the low 20's these last few days.....crazy. We've really made the most of the warm and just got the beach trip in. I really thought we'd lost our chance the borrow the beach hut this year, so was delighted to visit today! As usaul we're linking up with the #365 linky.

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky




16/10/2014

September Book Buddies Book - Review - Spot A Lot Animal Escape

The monkeys love books, inparticular big monkey who's reading is super. He loves reading books and has always liked searching through the pictures for things to discuss, so this months Book Buddies book from Parragon books really fits the bill. Spot A Lot Animal Escape by Steve Smallman and Nicola Slater is all about animals who have escaped the zoo. They've ran away and readers are encouraged to help the zoo keeper search and count all the runaways. "A bright and busy book to keep you searching, spotting, reading and counting together again and again".
Each page has a few sentances to read followed by little instructions on what to spot and count on the page. This is great fun. Big monkey and I really enjoyed searching and finding all the animals and other bits and pieces.
The pages are bright and colourful, illustrated by Nicola Slater. The award winning author Steve Smallman no doubt got inspiration for this delightful picture book from spotting ducks with silly hair do's! 
A fun and lighthearted book for children to read alone or with an adult. 32 pages of delight with a happy ending too!



15/10/2014

Diggerland - An Active Family Day Out with Aqua Pura

Sometime ago I posted about being Aqua Pura Champions. Recently we went on an active family day out to Diggerland in Kent, courtesy of Aqua Pura. We loved it there! The idea with the champions is that families are active and promote keeping fit, having fun and staying hydrated. These are all things we try and encourage with the monkeys all the time. I personally could do more to stay active but Daddy and the monkeys are always active! They never stop! 
Our day at Diggerland was something we had been meaning to do a while, a family activity where having fun is on the cards, along with concentrating on working the diggers, driving JCB's and genrally being active on the machinery there. 
We were sure to keep hydrated with our aqua pura water. We all stopped at The Dig Inn for a refuel, and made sure we had lots of fun! Here's a 'few' photo's of our fabulous day out! 
This beast was close to the entrance and not for the faint hearted. We all decided we would give this spinning ride a miss! 
Big monkey spent a long time on this mastering his directional skills with the grabber.
The rides all have height restrictions on them, therefore, if one of the monkeys couldn't go on alone, either myself or Daddy could go with them. The attendants were on hand to measure the kids and advise on how the machinery worked.
Child friendly boards and hieght charts for all rides. Safety gates too.
Both monkeys had great fun and really loved our day out. Diggerland is somewhere we'd not been before but will be going back.
This ride went up to a height of over 50ft. Guess who went up there! The views were amazing!
Kids adventure play equippment if the rides aren't activity enough! Both the monkeys had a good old run about and climb on this.
Concentrating hard on scooping the gravel into their buckets.
Look how happy he is.....fab.
We all really loved driving these dumper trucks around a course. So much so Daddy wanted a second go! 
Part of the view from the 50ft ride I went on!
All rides had Height charts for kids to be measured against.
Having a race around the Go Kart track with little monkey!
More running around using up all that energy he has!
The daily stunt show was pretty awesome to watch, though little monkey got a little worried at some point! 
Happy chap at the end of his solo JCB ride around a very wet and very muddy course!
Our day out was a great success. The staff at Diggerland were all very nice and helpful, the park not huge but there's a lot packed in. The perfect place to take two active monkeys who like boys toys!
When keeping active with the family, make it fun, try something you all want to do, stay hydrated and most of all enjoy it! The monkeys love nothing more than family days out and if they are kept active and happy then we are happy!
Thanks to Aqua Pura for a fab family day out via Red Letter Days. If you'd like to know more about Aqua Pura Champions take a look here.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall





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