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A day out at Monkey World

Yesterday we went to Monkey World. It was a pretty spontaneous, last-minute decision. The plasterer finished in the kitchen earlier than we thought he would so we quickly scrambled a picnic together and hopped in the car. The weather had been a bit on-off all day so we packed for all eventualities. Turns out we needn’t have bothered as Monkey World was bathed in glorious sunshine and bright blue skies all afternoon.

Huxley had a great time. He loved watching all the monkeys, especially the chimpanzees, who had smeared poop all over the windows which he found hilarious. The great thing about Monkey World is there seems to be a play area around every corner. There’s no way the kids could be bored for one second!

There’s plenty of places to sit down and as the park itself isn’t very big, it’s nice to be able to stop and take your time to get around rather than rushing around in a panic that you’re not going to have time to see everything.

My favourite bit was the lemur enclosure because they are allowed to run free all around you. (You’re obviously not allowed to touch them). But it really allows you to get up close and personal to them. Unfortunately for us, I think it was nap time when went in as they were all huddled together in their little house!

I did take some pictures of monkeys but with all the wire and bright sunshine bouncing off the smeary glass, it was quite difficult!

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Easter weekend

Hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter weekend! Wasn’t the weather fabulous on Monday!

(Apologies for the photo quality – these are all iPhone snaps!)

We didn’t do a great deal on Friday & Saturday as Nick was still being a busy beaver working away on the house (which is coming on slowly but very nicely now!)

He decided to have Sunday off (mainly because B&Q was shut!) so we took Huxley and his scooter to the park and scooted off to feed the ducks. He was pretty excited about this as he’s been reading his new Bing book non-stop for weeks and spent the whole time going ‘wak wak wak’. He didn’t quite get the concept of the bread though and kept eating it.

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Watching an ant crawl across the bench…


Playing pooh sticks in the river…

RiverWhen we got home, Elsie and Hadley turned up and Neile had planned an Easter egg hunt around the house for all the kids. They had loads of fun running around and filling their little baskets and playing with bubbles. I’m not sure Huxley knew exactly what he was doing and I don’t think he twigged that he could eat the things he was picking up but he was happy to toddle about following Elsie and copying what she was doing.

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On Monday Nick went back to work at the house and my friends Lauren and Ben and their little girl Lexi came to pick me up in the their car (yes, I was very squished in the back with two car seats!) and we headed for the beach. We scoffed some chips and drove around for quite a while looking for a parking space. We were just about to give up and go home when we found a spot literally right on the beach. Winner!


Huxley loved the beach as much as ever. I was worried he’d have forgotten about it or got scared of the sand and sea since we moved away but he was desperate to go in the sea and threw a massive paddy when I stopped him paddling (his little toes were frozen!).


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Hadley’s first birthday

It was my nephew Hadley’s first birthday this week and so there was a massive party on Sunday at a local memorial hall with a big bouncy castle. I realise kid’s birthday parties are some people’s idea of hell with all the screaming and noise but I love them. I love watching kids interact with each other and seeing the massive smiles on their faces when they first spot the bouncy castle and as they bump off the end of the slide. These are the things that you’ll remember long into old age.

Hadley had an enormous cake with a big dragon which was awesome (and very yummy). None of the kids sat still for more than a minute (and neither did the adults) and I’m sure there were lots of very sleepy people heading home last night!



I wore my new Vans t-shirt and my new super tight black skinny jeans that Debenhams kindly sent me. They are actually Oasis jeans, the premium black Jade ones and they are SO comfy! (Although probably not the best jeans to wear when you’re planning on stuffing yourself with cake all day!) As you can see, I’m in desperate need of a good night’s sleep and a tan! Didn’t realise I was so pale!

UK blogger in Oasis black skinny jeans from Debenhams & Vans tshirtT-shirt: Vans (similar) | Jeans: Oasis c/o Debenhams | Shoes: Converse


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