Port Isaac, Cornwall

So we have just come back from a week’s holiday. In that week we spent four days in the lovely Port Isaac in Cornwall.

Me and Sam haven’t been to Cornwall before and we can see why it is so popular. It is such a pretty part of the UK. Stunning scenery and lovely lovely people.

On the way to Port Isaac we stopped in Tintagel, which was a stunning little old village where King Arther was supposedly conceived. 

We visited the old post office and joined the National Trust in there. The lady was wonderful and even let the twins use the staff toilet as they kept shouting ‘I need a wee mummy!’

We walked down to Merlin’s cave looking for mermaids and had a Cornish pasty, you can never go wrong with one of those for lunch.

Port Isaac itself was one of the prettiest villages I have ever seen. We stayed in a fab cottage just behind Nathan Outlaw’s fish restaurant (a massive thumbs up – food was delicious).

We also had the best fish and chips I have ever tasted in the old primary school. The battered fish literally melted in your mouth (I’m sounding like a proper foodie now aren’t I?).

Every place we ate in throughout our stay had amazing food. The Mote Seafood restaurant and the Port Gaverne were all delicious.

We went fishing in rock pools and had a look at Doc Martin’s house. They were filming whilst we were there one day, which was cool to see. I have just started to watch the first series (behind the times I know) now we have been to the place where it is filmed and love it!

In my next blog post I will tell you about the other place we stayed, the gorgeous Berridon Farm. Till then, enjoy the pictures. 


Harry Potter London Studio Tour

So after last November when I went to Hogwarts in the Snow at the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour London, I caught what can only be described as a projectile vomiting sickness bug.

By the end of the tour I was that weak I had to be pushed out in a wheelchair by my friend (still managed to spend £70 in the gift shop).

As a massive Harry Potter fan, I was truly heartbroken and cried when I got home (oh yes it was that bad).

Fast forward to May and I gave it another shot, this time with my brothers. I appreciated so much that I wasn’t having to push through a school trip that was queuing to use the toilets for them to hear me barf for what literally felt like forever. I didn’t even care. I felt THAT ill.

I took loads of pictures on my phone the first time round due to the fact I literally couldn’t see out of my eyes I was that dilerious. This was so I could look back at them when I became a normal human again. That took a few days.

I wanted so much to go again that I decided to get my brother’s tickets for Christmas. One is a prop maker for television so it was right up his street and the other a builder and a big Harry Potter fan, so the construction side of the studio interested him.

It was a top day and this time I got to see all the prop detail with my non blurry eyes. I thought the butter beer might not taste nice but the caramel-like froth on top was insanely good.

I could honestly go every week. The Forbidden Forest was new this time round and it really was spectacular. 

My brothers joined pottermore to see what houses they were in. Joe is a Hufflepuff like me and Danny a Slytherin, which me and Joe found hilarious, “honestly there are a lot of good Slytherins Danny don’t worry.” 

I love the picture of us three in front of Hogwarts, although I do wish I took that rucksack off. I look like a right geek.

Anyway, here are the pics below. Yep even the one of me in a wheelchair.

November 19th 2016

May 13th 2017

Chester zoo

Once a year we go to Chester Zoo. It’s a place I have loved to go since being little.

It’s a zoo that takes great care in looking after endangered animals and has many breeding programs. I’m all for animal welfare and supporting what they do.

The twins and Jacob completed their reward chart and got all their stars for good behaviour. The star prize was Chester Zoo!

We spent almost five hours there looking at every animal you can imagine. Our favourites? Mine and Phoebe’s was the ‘bat cave’ as they called it. Tamsin’s was the zebras and Jacob’s was the penguins. They giggled so loudly as they swam past! Sam enjoyed the chimpanzees, he filmed two whilst they were getting jiggy with it!

It was a hot day so a packed lunch was a good idea. There was only one meltdown in front of the elephants when Tamsin wanted a blow up toy. I have bought them before and they pop after a couple of days so I said not this time. Cue meltdown. A loud meltdown.

After a little ‘I will take you back to the car’ chat all was well and they behaved brilliantly.

I might look into getting an annual pass at Chester Zoo, it’s just so good!


Manchester meets Australia

As you know my Uncle came over from Australia with his tribe for a week and we all love it when they are here.

My cousins Abbie and Jess are now 15 and 12. They are such good company and we decided to have a sleepover at our house, much to the twins delight. They got so excited showing them their school and friends the following morning.

The girls love the idea of a sleepover and keep asking me if their friends from school can stay over. I have told them four years old is a bit young, plus I think it would end up being a sleepless night for me and Sam!

Hopefully we will get over to Australia now the kids are getting bigger. I didn’t dare go on a long haul flight with toddler twins and a baby! 

Easter fun

This Easter has been a great one. Our Australian relatives came to see us and it has been ace seeing them.

The twins and Jacob have loved following their cousins Abbie and Jess around. The girls are so good with them, especially as the little ones are so tiring and don’t stop talking!

We have been to Dunham Massey to look at the deers, Manchester for breakfast at Ezra and Gil, a mooch around the Manchester Craft Markets (even though the weather was dreadful) and heading to the Trafford Centre tomorrow (the girls love Topshop).

They are only here for a week but we are loving every second of them being here. The twins will miss them so much when they have gone.

The girls also had fun making Easter eggs with nana. Lots of icing went into the twins mouths rather than on their eggs, but they got there decorating it in the end!

Tatton Park

The twins wanted to go to a farm in the Easter holidays (and so did I). Tatton Park has an amazing farm and as it’s lambing season we decided to go.

My mum, aunty and grandma came along as Sam is still in Hong Kong working. I have kept the days filled with fun activities as they do miss him (as do I).

We got to Tatton Park for 10am as I knew it was going to be a hot day and busy. We beat the crowds and traffic but then realised the farm didn’t open till 12 noon.

So we played in the huge adventure park and had a coffee first. The farm had so many lambs and the girls got to stroke some triplets! 

I didn’t take any pics of the animals as it was packed and I’m also nervous of taking pictures with other children in shot. I never know whether parents would be ok with that so I avoid those situations. I did get a sneaky picture of Tamsin with the huge pig also called Tamzin! 

We giggled at the piglets, played in the adventure forest area and had a picnic that Jacob mainly fed to the birds. So making his sandwiches at 7am was so worth it. 

We really did have fun in the sun! Lots of ice cream, chocolate, sweets and grazes where Jacob kept falling over. Toddlers!

First swimming lesson

The girls have just completed their first swimming lesson – late I know at four years old but I attempted swimming with the two of them as babies and I was left traumatised!

Scrambling for a family changing room, freezing cold all for a 20 minute swim that they didn’t really enjoy I thought to myself I will leave that for a while!

So after a long gap we headed to Total Fitness Wilmslow to start a Becky Adlington Swim Stars course.

The girls were a lot more confident than I thought they were going to be and had a huge grin from ear to ear for the full 30 minutes.

The teacher Bex was so good. Really friendly and the girls warmed to her straight away. She said she was struggling to tell them apart! I should have put them in different swimming costumes. I normally put a pink clip in Phoebe’s hair but her swim hat covered it.

They are looking forward to their next class already. I only took one picture as it felt a bit weird taking pictures of them in the changing room!