Weekend Snapshots

Just a quick photo-laden post from me today with a little update from the weekend. On Saturday morning I went to the local garden centre with my sister as they had their Christmas display out and I wanted to have a look. This is quite unusual for me as I’m not usually overly into Christmas (don’t lynch me!) but I’m feeling extra festive this year. (I think it’s thanks to the new house!) Huxley spent about 10 minutes┬áchasing Thomas the tank engine round and round the main display and got nice and dizzy!

In the afternoon we made the stupid mistake of attempting a ‘quick’ trip to Southampton at about 3pm to exchange our faulty tent and to buy Huxley a play kitchen from Ikea for his birthday. Unfortunately there was nothing quick about it. The traffic was insane. We ended up rushing around like crazy people and didn’t get home until 8pm! And Ikea were sold out of kitchens – what a nightmare!

Sunday was a very different affair. We had a lovely chilled walk through the woods to my mum’s house where we played football in the garden with Huxley and ate an enormous roast dinner. On the way home we made a quick detour into the countryside to say hello to the sheep and cows.

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In other exciting news, we’ve now had the office plastered so that should be painted and carpeted by the weekend and the outside of the house has been rendered and painted so hooray! It finally looks loved on the outside now! House-wise we’re like 99% finished now. We’ve just got to fix the back of the house as half the render is hanging off, we need to get the driveway sorted out and the garage roof needs rebuilding at some point in the future. I’m not too worried about the garden as that’s kind of an ongoing work-in-progress that will evolve and develop as and when we have the time.

Also, I’ve started recording a weekly vlog (inspired by amazing #girlboss Brogan – she’s up to 23k subscribers now! Woop! Go girl!). I’ve got no idea how it will turn out but last week I said I wanted to try and blog a bit more and that just hasn’t happened. I’m quite good at remembering to take the camera out and about with me to snap photos but I’m just rubbish at finding the time to turn them into blog posts so I thought I’d give vlogging a go again but it’s very strange to get used to! It’s a bit weird walking along talking to a camera so I keep having to find quiet little alleyways to nip into for updates. I also have no idea what to talk about!

Also in #girlboss news, my other amazing friend Louise (Pauper to Princess) has just launched her very own website to help inspire you for the upcoming festive period called Impossible To Buy For. Seriously such a genius idea. Go check it out!


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Marwell Zoo

We’ve wanted to go to Marwell Zoo for AGES. Huxley is actually obsessed with animals and will watch Madagascar and Lion King on repeat. He’s got a load of little plastic animals and he’ll just sit for hours lining them up around the house or sliding them down a plank of wood in the garden. Also, with Nick breaking his leg and being so busy working on the house all summer, we hadn’t really spent any proper time with our best friends Lauren and Ben and our goddaughter Lexi. All our get-togethers had been last-minute spare afternoons grabbing a quick cup of tea somewhere. We were well overdue a proper day out with kids.

It was a really fun day but also a bit stressful! Huxley has been a bit under-the-weather and I think the excitement of all the animals and being with Lexi just overwhelmed him and we spent most of the day wrestling him away from each enclosure as he kicked and screamed. To say we were exhausted by the end of the day is a massive understatement!

But, watching him grin from ear to ear as the penguins darted in front of his eyes under the water and hearing him and Lexi giggling their heads off as they held hands and ran around made it all worthwhile.

We’re thinking about becoming annual members so that we can go more often and then it’s not as stressful because you can just take your time and if Huxley wants to spend a whole hour watching the owls then he can because we wouldn’t be rushing around trying to fit it all in and get our money’s worth.

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Autumn in the New Forest

Saturday morning started nice and early with a knock on the door from my sister, who is currently suffering from pregnancy insomnia. It was 7.45am. I was still in bed. It was about time for me to get up anyway though so I made my way downstairs, brewed a cup of tea and started getting things ready for breakfast. Sarah was pretty chuffed to have stumbled into our weekly ritual of pancake Saturday, especially having never had thick American-style pancakes before (I know, right?!?)

Nick had to stay in all morning as the outside of our house was (finally!) being rendered and so as we were eating she talked me into a quick shopping trip to Bournemouth. We hunted for a blanket cape in Primark that wasn’t a L or XL, picked up some MAC make-up and grabbed a Lush Comforter bubble bar because they’re the best thing ever.

Once I’d come home, had a cup of tea and a sandwich we jumped in the car and drove out to the New Forest. I bloody love the New Forest. My favourite area is Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. It’s full of massive redwoods and makes me feel like I’m back in California again. (I’ve written about it previously here, here and here)

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