Geocaching in Malta

Last week we was away on holiday in Bugibba, Malta. We was lucky to have wifi in our apartment so using the Geocache app on my phone I searched to see of there was one local to where we was staying. To our surprise there was one just on the next road along.

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We have found a couple of geocaches back home in England and couldn’t wait to see if we could find the Welcome to Bugibba one.

I gathered the boys around and read out the Geocache description

“Living in Bugibba I came across the thought it needs a Geocache near the Main Square, but also a bit hidden so the cacher gets a closer look into the back roads of the touristy town and can log undisturbed from the tourist-muggles.

Don’t be afraid of the dogs next door, they bark only”

The Hint was ‘Corsair’

We knew from walking around the local streets that Corsair was the Diving centre around the corner, so we headed on over to them.

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It was on a short walk away, a few minutes later we was stood in front of the shop and looking up at a big shop sign.

Joseph put his hand behind the sign and felt around, he touched something hard and pulled it out.

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Inside the box was a log sheet and few items to exchange something for.

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The boys placed in a 10 pence piece and a luggage lock, they took away a little bead and a shell.

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Joseph with his treasure

We love to explore new areas and geocaching is a great way of doing that, it’s exciting and thrilling, especially when you get the cache.

We did try to find another Cache that was a little further away but as I had no GPS on my phone it was a little harder and we didn’t succeed in finding it. We will try next time we are there and hopefully we will be adding another find to our geocache list.

If you like exploring, why not download the app and get finding some geocaches :-)

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Scooting like a pro

Little man received a scooter for his fourth birthday, a couple of weeks ago. He has wanted one for a while now, especially as his older brothers have them and although they allow him to have a go on theirs, it’s not the same as owning your own one.

We took a trip to our local Halfords and after a good look around and trying out many of the scooters, he found the perfect one that he wanted. Scooting around the shop like a pro, in and out of the other bicycles and people who got in his way. Before we went to the shop he was telling us in the car that it was a green one that he wanted. Their wasn’t any green ones on show, but their was a pink one that he took a fancy to, not because of the colour but because it wa fast.

We bought it, without him knowing, and told him that maybe if he was a good boy, the birthday fairy would bring him to him on the morning of his birthday. We bought him some elbow and knee pads too, just for those little accidents that may occur.

He was over the moon when he unwrapped the big box that was on the living room floor on the morning of his birthday. We had woke him up early especially as we knew he would want to go out and try it out before we went off to school.

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Wherever he goes the scooter goes too!

He absolutely loves to scoot, he is fast Lewis Hamilton in a F1 race.

I love the way that he pushes himself along as fast as he can and as soon as he reaches the desired speed he rests the leg at the back of the deck and cruises along.

He is always smiling when he is on his scooter, I think this was one present that will be used over and over again.

We’re going to take him to the skate park soon, so he can enjoy the thrill of going fast over bumps and accomplish new tricks.

Do your children like to scoot?

 

 

Sandy toes and salty lips

It’s the summer holidays! As a family we spend most of summer holiday time holidaying in England, and if we get the weather it can be perfect. We have some amazing, beautiful beaches especially down in the south, Cornwall.

We spent last week in Perranporth, Cornwall. We love Cornwall, with its stunning long sandy beaches, great surf, sand dunes and amazing walls along the cliffs. The beach towns are picturesque, it couldn’t get any better than sitting in Newquay Harbour eating an ice cream and watching the waves crash against the shore.

What’s great about the beaches in Cornwall are that many of them have rock pools for the younger children to play in and lots of caves to explore.

We was lucky with the weather, although it was very windy the sun did shine down long enough for us to enjoy the day at the beach

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Body boarding

The youngest was pulled along the water by Daddy, he’s small enough to be able to stand up on the body board.

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Digging a hole

I absolutely love this photo. It shows energy, fun and adventure.

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Hitting the surf

Off he goes into the sea

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Hitting the waves

The eldest spent hours out in the water, body boarding. He made friends out on the waves and just enjoyed the sea.

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Love

We *heart* Cornwall

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Jumping in sand holes

Nothing like digging a huge hole in the sand and jumping into it. The youngest loved doing this the most, the hole was huge.

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Ooh no

Falling off of the wave

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Sand dune surfing

And if you don’t fancy surfing in the sea and hitting the waves, why not surf the dunes. There are so many sand dunes in Perranporth and among the Haven site Perransands. The boys had so much fun laying down on the body board and sliding down the sand dunes.

We had an amazing week in Cornwall, like we always do. We explored the caves along the beaches, we got salty lips from the sea and surf, we watched the sun set among the dunes and got sand stuck among our toes.
Perfect!

Stay tuned for more photos from our holiday to Perranporth. :-)

Introducing our newest addition to the family

Our new little man arrived yesterday, a new little musketeer to join us all on our family adventures.

He is just perfect! We all instantly fell in love with him. The boys have been waiting all week eagerly for his arrival and yesterday, after school they were greeted by him in the livingroom.

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Our new family pet is a Tortoise! We think that he is awesome!

The boys have wanted a pet for a long time, but as we are still living in our small home, we are unable to buy them a dog. I have wanted a Tortoise since Our family Tortoise got pinched out of the garden of our summer chalet about 17 years ago. Being the lucky girl who I am, the boys and Daddy bought him for me for my birthday.

I don’t know much about him as Daddy was very silly and didn’t ask the shop owner many questions, so i went back today but the shop owner wasn’t in and I walked away knowing just the same as I turned up knowing. From doing some research on the internet, we have found out that he may be a Horsefield or Herman Tortoise and he can grow up to 20cm long and live for 70 years.

The boys have decided to do a fact file on him, so that we can all learn a little about him and any visitors to our house can read it too.

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We brought him out into the garden today and left him on the floor to roam around at his will. We didn’t expect him to move so fast, he’s like a little rocket! He was very lively outside, more so than what he is like inside his tank.

We haven’t quite decided on a name as yet, but thinking maybe Oscar, Leo or Gerry. What do you think?

Run Daddy, Run!

The weekend just gone the whole family travelled down to Exeter to watch Daddy compete in the British Athletic League. Daddy goes out running everyday and trains to compete in running races, we don’t normally go and watch him as the boys have drama to attend or there is always something else on. But this time Daddy booked us all in to a hotel as it was my birthday too.

We drove down to Exeter on Friday after school, passing by Stonehenge on the way

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Joseph was so happy to see the big stone creations as he had made a clay model himself this year for a school project.

After a 5 hour drive and a good hour of sitting in traffic, we arrived at our hotel. It was 10pm in the evening, so after a quick bite to eat we soon made our way to the room.

Jak still in his uniform

Jak still in his uniform

We all fell asleep pretty quickly, must have been the long drive down.

It was the morning of my birthday, Daddy and the boys went downstairs for breakfast before me, but when i got down their to join them i was greeted with this

My beautiful birthday cake

My beautiful birthday cake

Flowers for Mummy

Flowers for Mummy

After a slice of cake and cuddles all round, it was soon time for us to make our way to the Arena where the event was to be taking place. It was only a short drive away. We dropped off into Morrisons on the way to buy some food for a picnic as we was going to spending most of the day there. As soon as we arrived we pitched up our two-man tent on the hill, surrounding the athletics track. The perfect spot for the children to play safely and watch the races, we had a good view of the whole arena.

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The boys done well! They pitched up all by themselves.

Daddy was racing in the 800m, 1500m and the 4x400m relay. We sat and watched the rest of the Havering team before Daddies race, until it was time for daddy to make it to the start for his first race, the 800m. Daddy wasn’t expecting to do well as he was up against some really good runners (plus some of them were youngsters compared to him) The gun went off and off they ran. It was close race, all of the runners sticking together.

PhotoGrid_1437022452993Daddy finished with a time of 1:57 in third place, impressive! But not for Daddy, he always wants to do better. Can you see the pain in Dads face?

There was a good hour and half in-between races, so we all sat down for a picnic on top of the hill and cheered everyone else on.

It was soon time for Dad to warm up for his next race, the 1500m. This is Dads best race.

After the first lap, Dad was in the chasing group, but he soon caught up. He made a breakaway on the last two hundred metres.

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The boys were running along on the outside of the track, cheering their Dad on. He said he could hear them and it gave him extra energy to run faster as he wanted to make them proud of him. His time was 4:13

It wasn’t long before after finishing his last race that Dad had to race in the relay. Dad was starting it off with the first lap.

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The baton was handed over smoothly

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The team ran well! They came second overall, with 6 teams in the league. The next event is in a weeks time and it is the last in the season. The relay was the last race of the day. We packed up our tent and drove back to our hotel.

The hotel was beautiful and we had a stunning view of the Northernhay Gardens across the road

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We spent the evening eating our dinner in the hotel restaurant, the boys were well behaved and we even treated them to ice cream, where on the other hand, I got a nice large glass of wine :-)

We had a wonderful time in Exeter watching Daddy run, something that we don’t do that much considering the amount of races he is entered into.

Here’s wishing the team well in the next event.

 

Sunset Safari at London Zoo

Ever wanted to experience the magic of the zoo after hours?

London Zoo have a special after hours summer evening event running every friday until 17th July 2015, where visitors get to watch the sun go down amongst the company of many of the 750 animal species from around the world. Listen to many of the fascinating talks that are being held around the zoo, learn about the animals at special times of the evening from their keepers.

The zoo opens up at 6pm and closes at 10pm, with most of the exhibits closing between 8:30 and 9:30. Everyone needs their sleep, even the animals!

As the sun sets visitors are invited to relax at the Safari Base Camp in one of the many comfortable chairs and beds that are scattered around the Lawn, with an acoustic guitar performance providing an idyllic end to what promises to be an unforgettable evening. And if you are an adult, there are plenty of waterholes to grab a glass or bubbly or a pint of lager from (your even allowed to roam around with glass/plastic in hand)

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The middle boy and I visited the zoo on Friday 3rd July, it was a birthday present to my son as he absolutely loves animals. He was really excited to meeting all of the animals but I was a little worried that it was going to be a late night for him. I didn’t plan on staying until closing time as we had to travel back home using public transport and didn’t want to be out too late with him. I planned on leaving at about 9.

We arrived at the zoo for about 6:30 and the first place that we went to was to go and see the Lemur. The animals are in an enclosure that you can walk through so if you are lucky enough the Lemurs can come up close to you.

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As Joseph was posing in front of some of the Lemurs, one of them came right up behind him. He was a little scared at first but the Keeper told him to stand still and just let the Lemur come close. He was very happy to see them up so close and couldn’t believe he got the chance to be within breathing distance to them.

We went off through the Nightlife and Rainforest area on our way to see the Otters. We saw Fruit Bats, Mice, Rats and Meerkats.

We were very lucky to see the Otters being fed at the Otter Holt. They were very noisy and it seemed that one of them took a fancy to Joseph as she just kept screaming at him, and he was mimicking the noises back at her.

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We couldn’t wait around as we had lots of areas to cover in such a short space of time.

We made our way along the canal to ‘Into Africa’ my favourite place! Giraffes I adore them!

The Giraffes are so graceful and beautiful, with their long slender legs and smooth fur. As we stood on the bridge looking over at them, one decided to gallop over and take some feed from the basket that was just hung up on the bridge in front of us.

Hello there!

Hello there!

So beautiful!

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Just next to the Giraffes are the Zebras and Pygmy Hippos

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There are plenty of statues scattered around the zoo to pose with and play areas to explore

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Lots of photo opportunities around the zoo too

With so much to see and do, we hurried round the Aquarium and the Reptile HousePicMonkey Collage reptiles

And went off to Tiger Territory to search out some Tigers, we saw them laying down up high on a balcony in their enclosure, probably time for bed!

The next place we went was to meet the Monkeys. As we walked through the enclosure, I heard a rustle within the trees. Joseph and I searched through the leaves with our eyes and was greeted by this little dude

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He was nibbling away on some of his food but was happy enough to run down a branch to say hello to us and then run back into his hideaway amongst the branches.

We was almost to the end of our night at the zoo, but not without a visit to Joseph’s favourite mammal, the Penguin! Joseph adores these species, so we saved the best til last. It was crowded at the Penguin Beach when we got there as it was Penguin Chill Out time. There was a little show going on so we found a little spot towards the back of the pool and waited by the glass to see if a Penguin would swim by

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Just to see the smile on his little cute face was enough to last me a lifetime.

It was time to go home, the sun was setting and the sky becoming dark. We had a brilliant time and Joseph has asked to go back again next year. He told me on the way home that it was the best present ever!

There are two more dates available for London Zoo Sunset Safari 10th and 17th July. Ticket prices are Adult: £20.80 Child: £14.56