One Night In A WigWam

Camping. I absolutely love camping. I remember in Summertime when I was little my Dad used to help me and my little sister put a two-man tent up in the back garden and we would spend the whole day in it. We would cosy up with our duvet, playing all sorts of games for hours and even eat all of our meals inside the tent. When we were a bit older, on summer nights we would sleep in it in the back garden too but my parents never actually took us anywhere to camp properly- I think it was my Mam’s worst nightmare holiday!

When I was in secondary school I ended up signing up to the Duke of Edinburgh Award, purely for the walking, hiking and camping and my first proper holiday with G was a week in the Lake District in a tent! Since we’ve had kids though we’ve never been and our tent and camping gear has been wrapped up in their bags and shoved in the loft, but recently I’ve seen a lot of blog posts about ‘camping with young children’ and have been tempted by the idea of taking our two. Whilst doing a bit of camping research online though I came across ‘Glamping’ and noticed a lot of WigWams as an alternative to a tent. So I decided to see if I could find one not too far from home for us to try for a night as a kind of ‘trial run’ to see how the kids liked it. This is when I came across Springhill Farm, a caravan, camping and wigwam site on a working farm in Seahouses, Northumberland.


Once Little V had finished nursery on Monday we packed up the car and headed up to Springhill Farm, an hours drive from where we live. The car was pretty full for just the one night but having two kids under three, plus the fact that you need to take all of your own bedding, we were pretty happy we managed to fit everything in! We’d already received an email which confirmed that there would be a sign in the reception window to tell us which WigWam we would be staying in and that the key would be in the door of the accommodation for us to just let ourselves in anytime after 2pm. Sure enough our name was shown, matched up with number 6, and the key was in the door. Unfortunately as soon as we got there the heavens opened so we quickly unpacked the car and made ourselves comfortable inside the WigWam.


I couldn’t believe how much room we had inside! It’s amazing how the WigWams have been designed to fit so much in. We had a fridge and kettle, plenty storage shelves and room under the sofa’s/beds to store more, a huge seating area and table which also converted into the bed and a heater- massive bonus with having the two kids but we didn’t actually use it after the first 10 minutes as it’s so well insulated, there was nowhere for the heat to escape! (Unless we opened the door and windows obviously…)

After spending some time settling in we decided to head out for a little walk around the site since the rain seemed to have let up a bit. We managed to head over to the reception, grab some milk from the small shop and use the toilet before the rain got heavier again but we’d promised Violet we’d find the park so decided to brave it a little longer. It wasn’t hard to find and her face totally lit up when she seen it but obviously it was soaked. That didn’t put her off though, she climbed straight up to the top of the slide but at the top she seemed to have a quiet moment of contemplation- ‘do I go down and get a wet bum or go back down the ladder?!’ Hmmm… decisions of a two year old! obviously she flew down it and started screaming in panic that she had a wet bum so we headed straight back to the wigwam to get dry.

As we were only staying for the one night we hadn’t bothered to pack anything for our evening meal so we could eat out but with the weather being miserable all we wanted was to share a takeaway, so we headed into Seahouses to pick up a pizza and chips- and it was delicious! On site there is a communal kitchen for the use of wigwam occupants only so we decided to eat our dinner in there. What a fantastic area it is too! With ovens, kettles, fridge freezer, all the pots, pans, crockery you could need, condiments, plenty of tables, highchairs and even a television on the wall, we were sorted. There’s also a BBQ area outside in between the WigWams which you can hire, it’s all undercover and looks really pretty when it’s dark as it’s covered in lights. If we’d have stayed another night we definitely would have booked in to use it for dinner.

Once the takeaway was demolished (we don’t mess around with food in this family!) we headed back to the WigWam to get into our pj’s. We didn’t get to use the fire pit which was outside of the wigwam as the rain was getting heavier and heavier and clearly wasn’t going to stop so I crafted some marshmallow sandwiches in chocolate biscuits for Violet. It was so easy to make the bed up and again we were so surprised at how big it was, no chance of being squashed at all! With the kids tucked in, a few cans of cider were shared between me & G and by about 11pm we were so tired we crawled into bed.

What an amazing sleep we had too. All the fresh air of being in the countryside and the comfiness of the bed meant we all woke up early totally refreshed and the kids were both in a good mood- tells you how well they slept! We had to check out of the WigWam by 10am so we jumped up, headed to the bathrooms for a wash and then packed up the car to go strawberry picking!

So our stay in a WigWam with the kids was an absolute success- apart from the bad weather obviously but no camping trip is complete without rain! We can’t wait to go back and hopefully have some nice weather so we can explore a bit more and I think we’ll stay for 2 or 3 nights next time now that we know the kids were okay. Being away from technology was amazing too, it’s nice to have a break every now and again (Wifi is available on site at an extra charge if you really need it). Although I’m glad we took Violet’s tablet and charger because of the rain we needed something to entertain her and she’s not quite at the card playing or board games age yet.

If you’re like me and you’ve been contemplating the ‘camping with kids’ holiday, I totally recommend you try a WigWam and if you’re visiting the North East I totally recommend you book up at Springhill Farm- although it’s fully booked through the school holidays and I’m constantly checking the website for cancellations ha!

Take a look at Springhill Farm here or if you’d like to find something closer to you take a look at the Glamping UK- WigWam Holidays website here!

Have you tried a wigwam before? What did you think?

Mother Hermit xx

 

 

 

Thaikhun Menu Review

I’ve been looking forward to today for weeks, since I was asked by the guys at Thaikhun in the Metrocentre if I’d like to visit with my family to try out their new menu, specifically the new children’s menu. Obviously that was an easy yes, especially as the kids were invited too- although Billy at 5.5 months is a good eater, he’s not quite at the point where he’s interested too much in finger food but Violet has an amazing appetite and I knew she’d be perfect to give the new menu a go!


When we arrived we were shown straight to our booth and Violet was given crayons, a colouring page and a pot of vegetable sticks (cucumber, carrot and peppers) all within about 30 seconds- perfect start! The lovely lady then took our drinks order, gave us a menu each and explained the new children’s menu to us. She also informed us that each kids meal comes with a pot of creepy crawlies and asked if we wanted some for Violet! Obviously she was nodding her head and saying yes please before we’d even realised what the lady had said! Creepy crawlies? Like- to eat?! Yep. Pretty quickly our drinks were brought over along with a basket of prawn crackers and a sweet chilli dip and we were given a pot of the said crawlies which Violet wasn’t phased by in the slightest and as soon as I opened the pot she looked at me so innocently and said “Mama I eat them?”. She then went on to shovel them into her mouth and even started dipping her vegetable sticks into them- I was amazed at how adventurous my little madam was and I totally loved it! I had one too and they weren’t bad at all- but i’ll eat anything and have the nickname of ‘dustbin’ so don’t take my word for it.


We decided to go for a starter and a main because we’ve never really had thai food apart from the occasional red or green curry so we wanted to try a few savoury dishes. It took us a while to choose because everything sounds so good but G settled on Gai Satay to start (Grilled Chicken Skewers) followed by Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob (Barbequed Pork on Rice) and I chose the Goong Choop Pang Tord (Tempura Prawns) followed by the Ped Phad Prik Pao (Roast Duck with Chilli Paste). On the children’s menu you can either choose from Phad Thai, Fried Chicken with Jasmine Rice or you can make your own dish by choosing either Jasmine Rice or Noodles with Grilled Chicken, Pork or Mixed Vegetables and then a sauce of no nuts Satay, sweet BBQ or a slightly spicy Green Curry. We chose noodles, grilled chicken and BBQ sauce for Violet. They also get a drink and a mini milk ice lolly included and we were given the option of when we would like her meal to come and as she was already preoccupied with creepy crawlies, vegetables and colouring we chose to have hers brought with our mains.

The restaurant itself is absolutely fantastic and is exactly how I would imagine an authentic eatery in Bangkok to look like. Once we’d placed our order we found ourselves just staring around taking the whole place in and we loved the open kitchen! From where we were sitting we could see straight into the kitchen area and see the chefs at work and the aromas really do make your mouth water.


It wasn’t long before our starters arrived and they were oh so good! The Tempura Prawns were huge, really meaty (as meaty as seafood can be!), fresh and delicious and the batter had the perfect crisp to it. Violet pinched one off me and I have to admit I was pretty gutted as I wanted to eat them all, but again it was lovely to see her be so adventurous with her food. G’s Chicken Skewers were gorgeous too, obviously I pinched a cheeky bite- the best part though was the Satay sauce- it was sooo tasty and had so much flavour, when they came to clear the plates we asked if we could keep the bowl on the table for the rest of the meal.



Again we didn’t have to wait long for our mains which as expected all looked and smelled amazing. Violet’s meal came on a tray, like a school dinner tray, with everything in separate parts, which is perfect for her as she likes to have everything like that rather than it already mixed together. She dug in rather quickly and by the time we had finished our mains had put a good dent in it and finally gave up with an exclamation of “Oh I really enjoyed that!”- high praise indeed. Obviously she managed to eat her strawberry mini milk though. G’s didn’t last long either, it was inhaled rather quickly as was mine. Everything was cooked beautifully, made with really fresh ingredients and the flavours were like nothing we’ve had before.



We were so stuffed by the end of it we couldn’t even contemplate having a dessert but we’re already planning on going back and we’ll have to try one. I can’t fault anything about our experience at Thaikhun today, the staff were all very friendly and the food was amazing, Violet absolutely loved it and even took her leftover creepy crawlies home for supper! This is totally somewhere you need to try with the kids!

Thanks for having us guys!

Mother Hermit xx

We were very kindly invited for this complimentary meal in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

 

Strawberry Picking at Brockbushes

Strawberry picking. Something I’ve wanted to do for years, even before we had kids, but something we’ve never actually got around to doing. So a couple of weeks ago, after spending the night in Seahouses, as we were packing up the car getting ready to say farewell to our Wig Wam, the sun had finally decided to make an appearance, and we headed straight to Corbridge to go strawberry picking at Brockbushes Farm and Tea Room.

By the time we arrived Little V was on a mission to find the strawberries and couldn’t contain herself any longer, so we literally ran to the picking fields, paid our fee to enter, grabbed our basket and ran to our nominated area. 

We spent a good twenty minutes picking the biggest, juciest strawberries we could find through the rows of plants- basically until I realised how many we had in the basket because we couldn’t fit anymore in! Little V absolutely loved looking under all of the leaves to find the biggest stawberries and got so excited at the fact that she could pick them herself! 

By this point we were all a bit peckish so headed down to the tea room for some lunch. Can’t beat a latte and a cheese toastie break! We opted for a kids box meal for V which consisted of a sandwich, crisps, biscuits and juice- which was quickly inhaled- all that running through the fields gave her such an appetite.  

Unfortunately we didn’t get to try the famous cakes and scones as after a further twenty minute wait we were still without and couldn’t hang on any longer as the kids were restless and ready for home. Hopefully we’ll get to try them next time as we’re planning on going back for raspberry picking!
Our first family fruit picking experience was definitely a success and we had a great time. And what did we make with our harvest?! 

Strawberry Cake of course! 😁🍰


Have you been strawberry picking this year yet?

Mother Hermit xx

Out of Date Mates Review

Weaning. It only feels like five minutes ago we were here with Little V and we’ve recently started the weaning journey all over again with our second baby B. I’ve heard a lot of parents say they hate the weaning stage, mostly because of the mess and constant battle of attempting to actually get some of the weird smelling, bright orange mush into baby’s mouth and not all over the floor or up the walls! I have to admit though, I love it. Experimenting with different tastes and textures and watching how baby reacts to each one. The hilarious faces they pull and sheer excitement at the feel of the mushy substance between their fingers- and sometimes toes!

The thing that does bug me about weaning though  is the amount of opened jars, tubs and pots that end up in my fridge! That and the fact that I can never remember which one I opened when and end up throwing away probably perfectly fine puree’s, because I have no idea what’s in date and what’s not. That’s where Out of Date Mates come in…


One of my fellow bloggers had mentioned last week that Out of Date Mates had posted a tweet saying that they were looking for parents, who were looking to start or had recently started weaning their little one’s, to review their product. I’ll be honest, I tweeted them straight away offering to help out before I’d even looked into what the product was- anything to help with weaning is a must- right?! Well in this case- definitely!

Out of Date Mates are very handy magnets which help you keep track of which baby food you opened when, so then you know whether it can still be given to baby or if it needs throwing away. You get seven magnets, each labelled with a day of the week, and a dry wipe pen so you can write the exact time of day you opened the jar. You can then pop the magnet to the top of the jar and chuck it in the fridge- how brilliant is that?! I’ve been using mine a few days and I love them! The guys also sent me some stickers which you can use on your own pots or pouches.


They come in 3 colour choices, baby blue, baby pink or multi coloured and each set comes with a dry wipe pen which can be easily rubbed off with a damp cloth- or your finger! They cost just £9.99 for the set which I think is a bargain for the amount of times they’re going to be used and how much they’ll help me to stop wasting baby food!

You can find Out of Date Mates on their website here. They’re also on Twitter and Facebook.

Enjoy your weaning journey!

Mother Hermit xx

The guys at Out of Date Mates kindly sent me a magnet set with stickers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

 

Bobadeg Personalised Book Review

I came across Bobadeg one day on Twitter when I spotted a photo of a beautiful book with a child’s photo on the cover and thought I’d find out more. Little V is all things book these days so when the guys offered to send me a book to review there’s no way I could refuse!

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Image taken from Bobadeg Twitter page

Bobadeg books are personalised stories for little ones aged 5 and under and to order there are a few things you need to provide. These are the steps I took to create Little V’s book;

STEP 1: Pick a Book. Sounds easy right? Wrong! They’re all so fantastic it took me ages to just choose one!

You can choose from;

  • I Can Fight Dragons (Boy or Girl version)
  • The Fairy Garden
  • The Funny Fish
  • The Jiggly Juggly Journey
  • The Swirly Twirly Kite
  • That’s Poo!

STEP 2: Pick a Size. There are two different sizes to choose from.

STEP 3: Complete your Personalisation Details. This is where you complete the personalisation boxes to give them the child’s first name, the message you would like to appear inside the cover of the book and upload a photo of the child facing the camera.

So easy!

I chose to have Little V’s book personalised with a message from her baby brother so I thought the best book to get from him would be ‘That’s Poo!’. When the book arrived I have to admit, I hid it from her! It’s just so perfect and I was terrified she’d ruin it with an outrageous toddler tantrum or the usual juice spillage, but I was totally surprised to see how careful she was with it when I eventually handed it over.

Her face lit up and we had a squeal of ‘that’s me!’ as she noticed her photo on the cover of the book. I sat her down and read the book to her, pointing out every little detail. Little V was absolutely amazed seeing her name and photo throughout the book and thought the story was absolutely hilarious! She’s in the faze of watching cartoons like Spongebob Squarepants, so anything silly or anyway linked with burps or poop is absolutely hilarious!

When I explained to her that the book was from her baby brother she gave him a little kiss and after reading the story about ten million times, she asked me to keep it safe for her. How amazing that a two year old realises how special something is.

As you can probably tell, we absolutely love this book. Every detail is perfect and the personalisation of it makes the story come to life even more for the little one’s.

I think this will be Little V’s special bedtime story from now on.

Prices for the Bobadeg books start from just £9.99 and you can create your own at their website here. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Mother Hermit xx

 

The guys at Bobadeg kindly sent me this personalised book for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

Campfire Stew- Slow Cooker Style!

I made this for tea last night and thought I’d share my recipe as it’s so easy to make and a massive favourite in my house. You can alter the vegetables and spices in the recipe as much as you want and again, like my Macaroni & Leek Cheese recipe, this one is Slimming World friendly- in fact this one is totally syn free- massive bonus!

 

Ingredients;

  • 1 Small Gammon Joint (All visible fat removed)
  • 1 chopped Red Onion
  • 2 chopped Peppers
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (Crushed or finely chopped- whichever you prefer)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons of Smoked Paprika
  • 1-2 Teaspoons of Chilli Powder (Add more if you like it spicy!)
  • 6 Tablespoons of Tomato Puree
  • 2 Tins of Baked Beans
  • 200ml water

 

Method;

Absolutely simple. Shove everything into the slow cooker, mix it all together and place the gammon joint on top of the other ingredients. Leave it to cook on high for 6 hours then turn it to low until you’re ready to serve it. Just before you’re ready to serve, use two forks to pull the gammon joint literally to shreds and mix it all up. That’s it- dish up and enjoy!

Mother Hermit xx

Mummy in a Tutu

KidloLand App: Review & Giveaway

I received a tweet last week from the guys at KidloLand asking if I’d like to try out and review their app. Now I’d never heard of it before so I had a look at their Twitter account and headed straight to the Appstore on my Iphone. Here I found that KidloLand is an app aimed at children from 0-5 years old, full of nursery rhymes and educational songs. My daughter is absolutely obsessed with songs and nursery rhymes at the moment so obviously I went straight back to the guys and said I’d love to review!

I chose to download the Android version of the app onto my daughter’s Kindle Fire (Was actually mine until the day I went into labour with her brother but that’s another story!) The whole thing is very easy to use and you don’t need to be online to play it once downloaded. Little V is a pro when it comes to playing apps and once I’d shown her quickly what to do my assistance was no longer required. That was until she wanted me to sing along to the songs of course!

There’s loads and loads and LOADS of songs within the app, much more than what I was expecting. V has been learning a few in nursery so her little face lit up when she recognised some of them and each song is interactive so she’s been enjoying pressing random objects during each song, to see what they do. Along with the songs there are also over 100 games and activities, from jigsaw puzzles to dot-to-dot, it’s impossible for the kids to get bored- I can’t get V off it!

Having a sing-song!

The brilliant thing about the app is that you don’t have to feel too guilty about letting them play on it, even for slightly longer periods of time (to get that load of washing in and sneak in a hot cuppa!), because they’re learning so much without realising it! Although you might want to make your little one wear earphones as if they’re anything like my V they tend to pick a favourite song and have it on constant repeat!

Image from Kidloland website

The app is free to download and comes with a few songs and activities on there already so you can try it out but it’s best to purchase a subscription to access everything within. You can find Kidloland in your app store Google Play or iOS, on Twitter, Facebook and on the website.

If you would like to WIN a 3 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION to the KIDLOLAND APP, you can enter below! Good luck!

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The guys at KidloLand kindly gifted me a subscription for the app in return for this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

Mother Hermit xx

Cuddle Fairy

Guest Post; WILF Books- Sharing is Caring

How can we help our children to learn about sharing? 

This post was carefully selected by me, and is delivered to you via WILF Books , a sharing-­based,  children’s book delivery service.    ­­

Sharing is a super vital life skill, isn’t it? It teaches us how to co-operate with one another in our  everyday lives. It teaches us about compromise, that if we give just a little to others, we can also get  a little of what what we’d like too. It teaches us about negotiation, and how to cope with  disappointment. It’s a fundamental human value that makes us who we are.    We all recognise its importance, but how can we help our children to learn about sharing?

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WILF

 

Well, first and foremost, we think it starts with you. Monkey see, monkey do. Children learn so much  just from watching what their parents do.  You’re their role model, and when you model good sharing  and *taking turns* in your family, it gives children a really great example to follow. You, as a parent,  can always facilitate and encourage sharing in everyday life, and here are five simple ways through  which to do that:

● Allow them to see it in others: Recognise it when your child sees another child sharing.  There’s nothing more beautiful (and cute!) than watching children share and play nicely  together, a little bit like grown­ups do. You can say things like: ‘Woah, wasn’t your friend  sharing her toys really well, that was really lovely of her.”

● Nurture it through play: It’s really fun to play little exercises with your child that involve  turn­taking, sharing and inclusive participation. Talk your child step by step through the  process of sharing, saying things like, ‘It’s your turn, then it’s my turn; you share the brown  bricks with me, and I’ll share the pink bricks with you, I’ll play with Buzz whilst you play with  Woody”.

● Pile on the praise: When the proud moment comes, and you see your child attempting to  take turns and share, be sure to lay on the praise, attention and all round good­will. This is  super important, and with consistent practice and positive reinforcement, will become second  nature in the minds of your little ones. For example, you could say things like “that was really  lovely the way that you let Charlie play with your helicopter, great sharing!”

●Have ‘the talk’ (not that talk!): Talk to your child about sharing before she goes on playdates  or trips with other friends. Reinforcing before, during and after playdates can really help build  their mental map for sharing. For example, you could say, ‘Rahul is almost here and you’ll  need to share some of your toys when he gets here. Let’s have a think about what he’d like  to play with, shall we?’ You can also talk to your child about sharing before all possible  interactions with other children, like nursery, pre­school or big school.

●Allow them to ‘own’ their sharing: Create an environment and culture that encourages your  child to want to share.  WILF Books  is develop on the value of sharing, delivering tailored and  personalised children’s books addressed specifically to your child, along with the opportunity  to share their own books with other children across the country. Take the time to sit with your  child to discuss which books they’d like to share each month, in return for new books that  they will love.

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There’s sharing in everyday life, and then there’s developing a sense of sharing amongst the wider  society and community. In the globalised world within which we live, it’s more important than ever to  be able to share beyond our own personal boundaries and connect with those from other cultures  and backgrounds. By nurturing this connection, when a child reaches pre­school or school age  where community, creativity and play are championed and they begin to interact with people of new  cultures, they’ll be able to build more complex relationships with other children with the fundamental  foundation of fairness at the heart. Imperative in today’s world.

I Created A Monster?! 

Holy crap, what the hell happened to my daughter?! Just five minutes ago she was a teeny tiny baby depending on me to feed her orange mush and wipe her bum fifteen million times per day- but now? She’s turned into some sort of bloody monster!

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Don’t let the cuteness fool you!

Violet goes to nursery two mornings per week, simply because we wanted her to have those mornings to herself without her having to watch me with her baby brother. It gives me 6 hours to get some things done around the house and 6 hours for her to play, socialise and run riot without me having to be the one to chase her. If we could afford more mornings she’d be in there. No doubt.

So this morning I dropped her off and received the usual “Bye Mammy, pick me up later!” With a swift wave of her hand and abrupt back turn, she was off. Honestly, she may aswell just stick her fingers up at me. ‘That’s right woman, you go spend your morning tidying up so when I get home I can trash the place all over again…’ Seriously, I’m sure that’s how toddlers think!

I headed back over (literally over the road from our house) to pick her up for her finishing and walked in to see this sweet little angel sat singing a song about a bumble bee and she was concentrating on copying the actions with the words. She looked so cute and perfect, I could have cried! Once she spotted me I got a finger point and a “not yet Mammy, I’m busy singing a song” Fair enough. Once she’d finished she jumped up and ran into my arms for a cuddle. Awww I hear you say, I know lovely right? Wrong.

We headed out the door whilst she told me how much fun she’d had but as soon as we stepped off the school grounds all hell broke loose! First it was the screams for a dodie (dummy) which I didn’t bring, it’s literally a minute walk home. Next it was an attempt to run onto the road! Then she decided to throw herself onto the ground because I couldn’t carry her the twenty steps home because I was pushing her brother in the pushchair. When I finally got her home the tears started with the high pitched screams for juice. I gave her juice- more high pitched screams because I put the juice in the wrong cup. How dare I?! She only has one flaming juice cup! So that was thrown across the room and the screams continued as she threw herself to the ground. This bout woke her brother up who then started to scream because of the fright he’d just had! Violet continued her tantrum because now her brother was upset and of course it was all my fault and then I lost my cool and sent her to bed! With no argument she ran up the stairs, jumped into bed and within 5 minutes was knocking out some serious Z’s.

Wowza’s. In all of ten minutes she went from angel toddler to midget of mass destruction. The ‘terrible two’s’ are ending and the mighty ‘threenager’ mode is kicking in fast!

She’s waking up and I’ shitting my pants for the rest of the afternoon. The Malibu’s on ice for later…

…tell me it gets better?!

Mother Hermit xx

 

Midwife and Life

Happy Father’s Day

Massive Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s, Step-Dad’s and single Mother’s who are both the Mam and Dad- you all rock and I hope you’ve all been spoilt rotten! We’ve had a lovely family day as usual today, pretty much the ‘Our Typical Sunday’ one, with the added bonus of cards and presents for my Dad and G.

We all had a nice lazy morning curled up whilst G opened all of his cards and presents with the kids. I loved seeing the look on his face when he was opening the cards and small gifts because this year is the first year where they’ve all been handmade from nursery, playgroup or one’s weve made at home and obviously it’s his first Father’s Day as a Daddy to two kids.


As you can probably guess, the bulk of his presents were picked by our daughter Violet- she seems to have a theme going on of ‘Daddy Pig’ and chocolate 😂 She picked a chocolate fudge cake too but he hid that as soon as he opened it because he’s hoping to scoff the lot when she’s in bed! I love the Peppa Pig books she picked though because they’re perfect for them to sit and do together. And the underpants? Well she declared in the middle of Asda earlier this week that Daddy had to have ‘Daddy Pig Knickers!!’. Purchase made.


G got to spend the rest of the morning on his video games whilst the kids napped and I sorted some chores and prepared the dinner. Obviously a Lamb roast today as that’s Dad and G’s favourite.

When Dad arrived he got his cards and presents- The Revenant DVD, some new hankies and a Coffee and Walnut cake. He’d already had his present from the kids during the week because I was far too impatient to wait until today- a new record player! He was absolutely over the moon with it because we’ve recently come across all of his old records and he was sure they wouldn’t work anymore, so I bought the record player and tested them all out. He’s been listening to Black Sabbath, Lindisfarne and The Who (to name a few!) every day and night since! Once he’d opened everything we all sat down to the Lamb dinner which was pretty special if I do say so myself.


We ended the afternoon with the last suprise present I got for the Dad’s- tickets to see Kynren- a massive historical re-enactment event in Durham. It’s a joint gift for their birthdays too as they’re both in August when we’ll be going to see it. That’s right, I got myself a ticket too!

How did you celebrate Father’s Day?

Mother Hermit xx