June 23rd 2018-Newquay Zoo

Why is it when the sun is shining it seems to make everything so much better? Well for me does anyway. Was out the door before lunch and that rarely happens on a Saturday. But it was to good to do nothing so we decided to go to Newquay Zoo. Now living in Cornwall there isn’t loads to do with children that doesn’t cost a fortune other than going to every beach around which is lovely but when the weather is so beautiful as it was today everyone seems to go there and today we wanted to do something different.IMG_2926[1]

We have been to Newquay Zoo before now it’s not overly big but it has enough animals there for Lily anyway. Josh was out with his friends and the zoo really isn’t for him. Something that he has never really like. Anyway luckily for us we had a voucher to get in so didn’t have to pay this time. As soon as you walk in it has all the feeding times and what’s going on. We weren’t to fussed about that so just started looking around at the animals. We came across a fishing cat and Lily was delighted because I think it is normally hiding when we come. So it’s the first time she saw it and in Lily’s words ‘It is so cute’

One of her favourite things to do is the Tarzan trail. It’s just a little climbing area to take you to some more animals but she loves it.  She went on it twice. I also think it’s good to break up the constant run of animals as it can get too much for little ones sometimes.

Now I’m not a big fan of seeing big animals ‘behind bars’ especially when there isn’t a big space but I know there is reason for them being there. I’m talking about the Lions there are 2 females and 1 male. I think they are ‘retired lions’ so they are there for a good enough reason and they are one of Lily’s fav. We didn’t get to see the feeding times this time but we didn’t miss out.

Most of the animals were out today which was nice, the monkeys are another fav of Lily’s so we stood around watching them for a while and they did get fed but not with a talk this time. We made our way around to the farm animals. Lily likes to go in with the goats but they were not playing game today. I think it was too hot for them as they were just lying down. However, it made up for it after as when we walked out they had just started an animal encounter with a snake. It was nice learning about the snake a bit more and Lily got to touch it (I was happy to take the photo) The lady was very kind and made it more easy for Lily to do.IMG_2940[1]

We completely forgot about going into the tropical house. Lily Just wanted to go on the Tarzan trail again and get her face painted as a fox. By the time we did that looked at the other small monkeys and the turtles; which were my fav it was time to go back to the car. IMG_2907[1]

Lily really enjoyed her day and so did I. It may be small but there was enough there for us to see.

May 28th ’18- Trerice, Cornwall

What a beautiful bank holiday Monday. We were suppose to have storms and rain but it was gorgeous sunshine. It is also half term so had to plan something with the kids. I say kids but Josh doesn’t really count as he does his own thing. I would love for him to come out with us but it’s more trouble than it’s worth. I know he is happy and having a good time with his mates. So that just leaves me and the little madam, who like to keep me busy.

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Trerice

 

So, first day of half term and we decided to go somewhere we have never been before. Trerice house, it’s a national trust house and gardens in Newquay, Cornwall. We have got a voucher with loads of free places we can go throughout the year. We thought we would try here as we have never been. My mum came with us too as she has the week off as well.

Well, it is a stunning place to go. the first thing we did was look around the house. The tour guides (that’s what I’ll call them) were all dressed as Tudors. They were lovely, told you things about the rooms and we even got to play games from the Tudor time and dress up in the armour they used to wear. It was so heavy, I don’t know how the ever managed it. Lily loved trying it all on and the man there was lovely telling us about it all and helping her. It was all very grand inside and then it led you down to the shop. Lovely little shop but didn’t buy anything.

When we went outside we walked over to another part of the house and OMG it was brilliant. They had Tudor clothes that we could all try on. Lily’s eyes lit up when the people dressed her (yes, they dressed us) she was so happy in her dress. Me and my mum dressed up too, I don’t normally but thought it would be fun and it was. The clothes were actually handmade from the people who were dressing us. It was amazing. they had so many layers on though back then and we were boiling.  But we managed to have some photos taken of us which me and my mum found hilarious but lily was in her element and was a perfect little model. The man who took the photos (on my phone) was so nice and telling us the best positions to sit and how they used to stand/sit in the Tudor times. Lily didn’t want to take the dress off.

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We had a laugh!
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My Tudor Girl
 

She did eventually and then we went out to part of the garden area and had some lunch. They did have a café there but we chose to bring a picnic. I’m glad we did because the weather was sunning couldn’t ask for better weather and they had more Tudor garden games to play. It was so much fun and so relaxing as it wasn’t overly busy. After we finished our games, ate our lunch and oh yea climbed some trees we headed off down to even more gardens. This time there was a maze and even more stunning views. They even had a little library/bookshop there where you can give a pound a get a book. They were quite old books but if you like reading it’s pretty good.

We then came back to what we thought was the beginning but we were wrong. We continued to walk into more gardens, with even more games. This time it was bowling and of course we all had a go. there was also a bit of shade which was nice as the sun was boiling. We then walked back to the front of the house and it looks magnificent. It is such a  beautiful place to go.

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Beautiful gardens
I know this is quite a long post (sorry) but it was such a lovely day out. I don’t think Josh would have enjoyed it but Lily, myself and my mum loved it. I also don’t think they have the Tudor stuff on all the time but I know they do have things on for kids/family’s the majority of the time so it’s worth checking out. Also even if they haven’t it’s still a nice day out for the family. Will definitely be going again.

 

 

 

April 2nd and 3rd ’18- Eden Project

So, the Monday my sister, kids and her husband came down. We haven’t seen them since Christmas, my brother-in-law for even longer. Over a year I think, he is in the army and was away.

So the first day they were here we went to the Eden Project. Me and Lily have been before and Josh (so, he didn’t go, obviously) And we love it here. My sister’s family have never been.

It was quite busy but that was to be expected as it was the Easter holidays. We were all ready to do the Easter hunt and went straight into the tent with all the activities. Lily was very excited the boys (that’s what we call them they are 13 yr. old twins) not so much. The queues were slightly long but Lily was willing to wait, Unfortunately they didn’t so we headed off and got some lunch. Lily wasn’t to disappointed as she was hungry anyway. We brought our own food but the food smelt so nice I wish I had enough money for it. But it was all good. We then headed to the Rainforest in one of the Biomes.

We love it because there is so much to see and do throughout and Lily loves the top with the water/steam and the beautiful waterfall. There is so much to learn on the way around and there were people talking but we didn’t stop to listen this time. It wasn’t as hot as it normally is so it was nice to actually stop and look at some of the things around us. It’s like you are actually in another part of the world. Its magical. Well that what me and Lily thought my sister’s family not so much. Have no idea why, it just wasn’t for them.

Headed over to the other Biome the Mediterranean one. We walked around and they actually enjoyed this one more, looking at the plants love to see how things grow. They had face painting going on there was a show it was full of things for the whole family.

It is just beautiful throughout. We then headed for an ice-cream and sat outside taking in all the plants and sculptures around us. We headed over to the Core but unfortunately that was closed. Lily was looking forward to that so we will have to go back again later in the year. My sister and her family wasn’t really enjoying it and I still can’t figure out why so we then headed to the Tractor/Bus to take us back to the top (we normally walk lol)

There is so much that we didn’t get to see I mean we were there for 3-4 hrs but we missed so much. We didn’t even get to look around where the giant Bee is or the plants around there. Although they didn’t enjoy it me and Lily did. Maybe there isn’t enough there for teenagers I’m not sure. I know one thing, you should go a visit just for the experience and me and Lily will definitely going back.