While Florence is a little young to really understand what on earth is going on this Christmas, my sister and I have made these cute little Reindeer Food Bags for the older children in our family and I thought I would share a little tutorial […]
Author: ami elizabeth
So it’s here, December is finally upon us and this year I am beyond excited for the festive season! So much so that we put our tree up last weekend and we have spent every morning for the last couple of weeks listening to Christmas […]
I feel like we have really turned a corner as a family this month. While I might still be in a bit of denial at times, our teeny tiny baby is now a chatty, climbing, almost crawling six month old and it would seem that the newborn haze is well behind us. Sleep might not be quite as frequent as it once was and our house might look like a Toys R Us warehouse but we seem to be getting into the groove of this parenting lark.
I think those early days of parenting must be quite difficult for Dads. A mother’s instinct kicks in immediately once your baby is here, suddenly you just know what your doing, or can wing it, but for a Dad I can imagine it must be a little overwhelming. Afterall, all the focus for the first few months is on the new baby and her Mama. In most cases the Mum’s are the ones who spend the most time with her, with Dad’s going back to work after a couple of weeks and so it’s no suprise really that they don’t get as many opportunities to bond with eachother. Until very recently Florence was reliant on me and me alone and as Sean was working long hours every single day for a good couple of month I became the only person who could settle her, and once the witching hour (7pm onwards) started the only person she would go to at all!
November, however, has been filled to the brim with quality family time. Not only has Sean been working a lot more sociable hours & less weekends, we went on our first family holiday down to Cornwall. It’s meant that together we could just ‘be’ without rushing around or worrying about work or chores or anything other than just enjoying each other’s company. It has been lovely to see the bond between Florence and her Daddy just get stronger and stronger. They are like partners in crime and something tells me that in years to come they are going to get up to a lot of mischief together. She loves a Daddy cuddle and quite often now will fall asleep with him of an evening.
We have some very special memories of our little holiday, and this month’s family portraits were taken at Holy Well Bay, a beautiful little beach near Perranporth where we spent several afternoons walking the dogs, spotting jelly fish, exploring caves, chasing rainbows and more. It’s a place I think we will return to again and again. So peaceful and calm and just beautiful. While there’s not one photo where we are all looking in the same direction, these are ones I will treasure for a very long time. Even the dog joined in!
We are so thrilled to be working with one of our favourite Toy Brands again in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re a regular around here, you might remember that a few months back, Hape sent us an adorable set of bath toys to […]
Is there anything quite like cosy winter evenings snuggled up in your jim jams watching Christmas movies and drinking hot chocolate with your other half? Okay so it might not be the most… glamorous way to spend your Friday evenings but it is getting blooming cold out […]
If you hadn’t seen already, we spent last week on holiday in Cornwall. We had a wonderful week exploring and on Wednesday we headed to Healey’s Cyder Farm, which was about a 15 minute drive from our cottage near Perranporth. The farm had come recommended by the lovely Cornish Mum whose blog I spent hours on in the lead up to our holiday.
As we were holidaying out of season, many attractions and places were closed but Healey’s Cyder Farm is open practically all year around, plus it is dog friendly which meant all of us could spend the day there without having to leave someone home to watch the pooches.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a very smiley lady who welcomed us to the farm and showed us where to go. She explained that the only area we wouldn’t be able to take the dogs was the jam kitchen, but that they were welcome everywhere else. Initially we decided not to take them up on the offer of a tour, but to explore the farm at our own pace. We were directed to the farm entrance where there was ample seating on offer – thank goodness as Florence was desperate for a bottle.
Once Florence had finished her milk, we headed inside the Farm shop which is situated almost immediately at the entrance of the farm. The shop is lined with bottles and bottles of different types of ciders and spirits brewed right there on site and made from the apples grown in their very own orchards as well as jars upon jars of preserves and jams. After a quick look around and having eyed up a few things we knew we might like to purchase on our way out, we decided to take a wander around the farm.
There is a small animal section at Healey’s Cyder Farm where we found Herbert the Pygmy Goat, a pair of rare breed black pigs and their piglets, daisy the Donkey and one of the two shire horses residing there.
While it is small and we completed the farm animal section in about 10 minutes, It’s a lovely little addition which makes it lovely and family friendly. Florence, as she was a Godstone Farm a few weeks ago, was transfixed by the Donkey!
There are also peacocks roaming freely round the grounds.
After sticking our heads in the doors of the other areas of the farm, we decided to book a guided tour so that we could get the full experience. We opted for the Classic Tour which was £8 per person. Our tour guide was very freidnly and incredibly knowledgeable about the full workings of the farm. She showed us and talked us through the process of mass cider production as well as teaching us all about the origins of cider and the history of the farm as we walked through the Museum. We then headed back to the shop to take part in a sampling session where we got to try a selection of the produce made at Healey’s. Sean enjoyed this part the most I think!
We stocked up on a variety of ciders, wines & preserves before leaving.
I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Healey’s Cyder Farm if you’re visiting the area, it’s a lovely little day out for the entire family.
Look out for our holiday vlog over on our YouTube channel coming up in the next few days to see more of what we got up to at Healey’s Cyder Farm.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I am a massive fan of themed baby play. It is a fab way to introduce your little one to different toys & experiences and over the last few weeks, our play has been centered […]
We had such a lovely weekend as a family this week. It’s the first weekend we’ve spent all together for months and we soo needed it. After a quiet & chilled out day on Saturday we headed to Godstone Farm with some friends for a […]