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A break from blogging

So  I’ve had a bit of a break from blogging the last few months. I’ve really missed it and feel there are so many things I have missed recording about my little monkey’s.

To re-cap I have two little boys Jack (2.5 yrs) and Michael (1.5 yrs) and write about all the trials and tribulations of being their mummy. Since I stopped blogging things have changed quite a lot, I am now expect a baby GIRL!

I will talk about my pregnancy more in upcoming posts but I’m still in shock it is a girl!

I just wanted to write a quick post about why I haven’t been blogging for a while, there has been no major reason other than life just getting in the way.

So now I have my 2yr old, 1 yr old, 20 weeks Pregnancy and my wedding in 8 weeks! Safe to say I have plenty to write about…..

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Twycross Zoo – Our Amazing Adventure

I got a free day with the boys when we were in Derby, so I looked for nearby things to do and found Twycross Zoo! It was about 45 minute drive away by car from Codnor, but it was an easy drive, it said on the website it had over 500 animals, so I assumed it would be mostly insects, wow was I wrong.

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It is huge! Literally, we’re talking massive, take flat shoes because you’re going to be doing a lot of walking!

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Plus pushing a double buggy around is extra tiring, good job there was an ice cream stall there!

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So the animals, I can’t name all of them but they have that many they are in categories: Primates, Other Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Invertebrates and Pets. We saw everything from Elephants, Monkeys (21 different species), Zebras, Meerkats, Penguins, Lemurs, Apes, Leapards, Giraffes to Goats, Sheep, Butterflies, Snakes, Ferrets and that is just naming a few!

I went on my own with the boys and loved it!

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There’s also a huge building with a food court with different types of food and you sit alongside a floor to ceiling window with Leopards on the other side of the window! Also there is a massive soft play area in the food court as well as a gift shop!

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Another great little touch that I noticed was the baby change area, it was big enough to fit the double buggy in and also has a sofa to Breast Feed comfortably! I breast fed whilst in the Zoo as well and plenty of members of staff walked past and noticed but there was no problem, just friendly smiles.

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Having been once I will definitely come back again bringing Paul with me and as there are plenty of picnic tables I will be bringing a picnic for when we are halfway through. I spent three hours alone just walking around the zoo and I rushed through some bits because of me being exhausted, I underestimated how big this place was. I will definitely eat in the food court again when we’ve finished, the staff couldn’t do enough for me, they carried my tray over to the table as I had the double buggy and fetched two high chairs (without me having to ask for help).

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I have been to a lot of Zoos and Farms with my little ones and they were all great, but I’ve never been to one as big as Twycross Zoo, it really was amazing and even though my home town is 140 miles away, I have no doubt I will be coming again!

Not only is it cheap enough to get in (£17.50 for me and the kids were free!) but you can save even more money by getting an annual pass!

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Twycross Zoo gets a 10/10 from Yummymummysblog! The perfect day out for families with kids of all ages, Mikey is 7 months and Jack is 18 months and they enjoyed it equally! Even as a couple or on your own this place is the perfect day out!

Here are the links, don’t miss out:

twycrosszoo.org

www.facebook.com/TwycrossZoo

twitter.com/TwycrossZoo

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Old Holly Farm – The Perfect Family Day Out

Today Paul and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary!

It feels like it should be longer, considering we’ve had four pregnancies, two premature babies, an engagement, helped each other through the deaths of four close relatives and got a house together!

So we planned a romantic meal for the evening and something fun with the kids during the day, we came across Old Holly Farm in Garstang and it seemed perfect.

It’s so easy to find, we pulled into the (free) car park and we were met by two Donkeys in the field in front of us, proceeding to the farm shop, the helpful assistant explained the lay out of the farm and to our surprise it was free to visit the farm!

All over the farm are safety notices about washing hands, plus facilities for adults and children to wash hands. The boys absolutely loved the animals, Jack (18 months) was slightly nervous but Mikey (7 months) would have dived straight in with them.

In the centre of the farm enclosure, there was Calves, Goats, Pigs, Rabbits and Chicks (there may have been more smaller animals, but Jack was so excited he was rushing me to the next and then the next), plus you can buy tubs of feed for 50p! Then further out on the farm we saw Alpacas, chickens and sheep!

For our children’s age group, both under 2, they most enjoyed the Chickens, probably because they were the most active and hilarious to watch with the feed!

After spending as long as we wanted visiting the animals as Jack got braver, we went to “The Playbarn” it has a huge indoor play area and cafe, we must have spent at least another 2 hours here, there was a baby bit but we went in with the kids and played on the slides and in the ball pit, it’s one of the best play areas I’ve been to with my babies! It was only £4 for Jack and Mikey was free!

I had tea & a homemade Mars bar cake and Paul had coffee & walnut & coffee cake, plus the boys had crisps and drinks each and it was only around £9 for all. Plus the milk was fresh off the farm, the cutlery and crockery were vintage and the coffee was fresh in the filter! The young girl who served us was lovely, she warmed Mikey’s bottle no problem at all, nothing was too much trouble! The only thing I would say is remember to take change because they have a £10 minimum spend on your card, but if your paying for kids to play then some lunch you will meet that.

So overall it was a great day!

Ratings:

Easy to find: 10/10

Carpark: 10/10 (Free)

Prices: 10/10 (Free, plus cheap play for kids)

Food: 10/10 (lovely home made)

Old Holly Farm gets 10/10 from Yummymummysblog!

Web: http://www.oldhollyfarm.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Holly-Farm/104974916232505?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OldHollyFarm

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