A weekend in London: The Landmark London

 We had been looking forward to this weekend gone by for a long time. It has become a sort of tradition for us to go away for Rob's birthday, just the two of us and it was much needed. We had a weekend of fun planned that included comic book shop shopping, meeting with friends, eating and drinking. Oh and a stay in a luxury 5* Hotel...

Friday provided us with just that, as we arrived in the afternoon and walked around Soho, Carnaby Street, China Town and Leicester Square taking in the sights and visiting a few shops. Rob got his birthday wish of visiting London comic book stores, whilst he drooled over graphic novels and comics I immersed myself in the great children's books sections and we whiled away the afternoon. Later we met up with my group of besties for an evening of eating and drinking. As it was London cocktail week we headed to seven dials in search of an underground 1950's diner, serving bourbon cocktails and American dishes complete with roller skating waitress's...sounds to good to be the true right? And it was, we found the place, but alas it was dark, crowded with no food in sight and the waitress's just had normal shoes on...Scandal! But not to let it ruin our night we skipped over a few streets to a tried and tested favourite, The Diner to tuck into some burgers and hard shakes. An evening of cocktails, chatting and laughing continued into the early hours. (Apparently I was having too much fun that I forgot to take out my camera once!) 

On Saturday we awoke slightly bleary eyed and fuzzy headed and relaxed in our child free hungover state. But soon the sunshine drew us out and we met for a quick lunch at our favourite Turkish in Harringay before Rob and I headed over to Marylebone for the main attraction. 

We were booked to stay for the night in The Landmark London and couldn't wait to drop our bags and take in the luxurious surroundings. The weather was a perfect early Autumn day, with light pouring through the trees throwing long shadows on the pavements and illuminating buildings. 

I'm not sure whether I've ever set foot or in fact stayed somewhere so beautiful! As soon as we stepped up to the door we were greeted with the door held open. We were welcomed and checked in with great ease, and made to feel like special and valued guests from the attentive staff. We found our way to our suite, yes suite, through great corridors and greeted by every member of staff we passed. 

The hotel is classically decorated, with a feel of great quality and luxury throughout and our suite certainly was not lacking. As we opened the door not knowing what to expect we were definitely wowed. 


 The light poured in through the large windows, casting shadows and pools of light all over the room. We were amazed to see that our suite included a separate hallway and living area with everything we could need. The bedroom was generously sized and the attached bathroom included well lit double mirrors, a walk in wardrobe, deep bath, walk in shower and separate toilet. I was sad we were only staying for a night, as I could happily use this as my base for exploring London for a week!

After relaxing and freshening up we decided to take a walk around the Hotel to savour the  most of the beautiful weather and headed out. The Landmark London is perfectly situation as a base for London exploring, being only two stops or a 20 minute walk from Paddington, two more stops on the tube for Oxford Street and the centre, and within a five minutes walk to Regents Park, with attractions such a London Zoo just on the door step. 

We made our way through the breath taking Atrium, with its beautifully situated Winter Garden restaurant sitting under the great glass roof. Its grandeur certainly didn't fail to impress us, and we felt very lucky to be able to stay here! 




More to come soon! 

We were gifted a stay at the Landmark London for the purpose of this review, but all my thoughts (and admiration!) are certainly my own! 

A weekend in London: The Landmark London

 We had been looking forward to this weekend gone by for a long time. It has become a sort of tradition for us to go away for Rob's birthday, just the two of us and it was much needed. We had a weekend of fun planned that included comic book shop shopping, meeting with friends, eating and drinking. Oh and a stay in a luxury 5* Hotel...

Friday provided us with just that, as we arrived in the afternoon and walked around Soho, Carnaby Street, China Town and Leicester Square taking in the sights and visiting a few shops. Rob got his birthday wish of visiting London comic book stores, whilst he drooled over graphic novels and comics I immersed myself in the great children's books sections and we whiled away the afternoon. Later we met up with my group of besties for an evening of eating and drinking. As it was London cocktail week we headed to seven dials in search of an underground 1950's diner, serving bourbon cocktails and American dishes complete with roller skating waitress's...sounds to good to be the true right? And it was, we found the place, but alas it was dark, crowded with no food in sight and the waitress's just had normal shoes on...Scandal! But not to let it ruin our night we skipped over a few streets to a tried and tested favourite, The Diner to tuck into some burgers and hard shakes. An evening of cocktails, chatting and laughing continued into the early hours. (Apparently I was having too much fun that I forgot to take out my camera once!) 

On Saturday we awoke slightly bleary eyed and fuzzy headed and relaxed in our child free hungover state. But soon the sunshine drew us out and we met for a quick lunch at our favourite Turkish in Harringay before Rob and I headed over to Marylebone for the main attraction. 

We were booked to stay for the night in The Landmark London and couldn't wait to drop our bags and take in the luxurious surroundings. The weather was a perfect early Autumn day, with light pouring through the trees throwing long shadows on the pavements and illuminating buildings. 

I'm not sure whether I've ever set foot or in fact stayed somewhere so beautiful! As soon as we stepped up to the door we were greeted with the door held open. We were welcomed and checked in with great ease, and made to feel like special and valued guests from the attentive staff. We found our way to our suite, yes suite, through great corridors and greeted by every member of staff we passed. 

The hotel is classically decorated, with a feel of great quality and luxury throughout and our suite certainly was not lacking. As we opened the door not knowing what to expect we were definitely wowed. 


 The light poured in through the large windows, casting shadows and pools of light all over the room. We were amazed to see that our suite included a separate hallway and living area with everything we could need. The bedroom was generously sized and the attached bathroom included well lit double mirrors, a walk in wardrobe, deep bath, walk in shower and separate toilet. I was sad we were only staying for a night, as I could happily use this as my base for exploring London for a week!

After relaxing and freshening up we decided to take a walk around the Hotel to savour the  most of the beautiful weather and headed out. The Landmark London is perfectly situation as a base for London exploring, being only two stops or a 20 minute walk from Paddington, two more stops on the tube for Oxford Street and the centre, and within a five minutes walk to Regents Park, with attractions such a London Zoo just on the door step. 

We made our way through the breath taking Atrium, with its beautifully situated Winter Garden restaurant sitting under the great glass roof. Its grandeur certainly didn't fail to impress us, and we felt very lucky to be able to stay here! 




More to come soon! 

We were gifted a stay at the Landmark London for the purpose of this review, but all my thoughts (and admiration!) are certainly my own! 

to the seaside!

It seems funny to think that just last week we were sunning ourselves on the beach, tasting our first ice-creams cones of the year and dreaming up all of our summer adventures. Good weather is fleeting on our fair Isle, and we've all learnt now that when it's here you have to get out and make the most of it. In all cases, a week later you'll be pulling out your coat and boots that you casually tried to put away for next winter, in full knowledge that you would need to be able to access them again for the next few months. And so it goes.

In order to stock up on vitamin d we headed out to Weston-Super-Mare last week, to join the masses for a good old day at the seaside. Even though the front is fun to drive by and watch the big wheel spin round and the donkeys going backwards and forwards along the sand, its probably best avoided with two children who don't seem to understand the concept of money, and therefore the lack of it. Also I suppose showing them that you don't have to spend lots of money on attractions when all you need is a bucket and spade and a friend!

We choose to visit a little park, with excellent climbing frames and water sprinklers to have our lunch and a run around first. Due to my pretty spectacular hatred of eating anywhere where sand may creep its way into my sandwich.

After wrapping up in towels, drying off and finishing our picnic we headed onto the sand to the right of the pier, where it's slightly quieter. The boys dug holes, made shapes and castles in the sand and discovered the delights of burying each other.

Given the space and freedom these two will run and chase each other for miles and upon discovering the vastness of the beach, they set about doing just that. Before being enticed back for ice cream. (Note to self, use ice cream as bribe to leave the beach, and therefore avoiding long persuasions to leave and reduce the risk of sand in said ice creams)


And so our day at the beach ended,  we drove back to Bristol with two sleeping boys in the back, satisfied from our successful (and cheap!) day out. 

to the seaside!

It seems funny to think that just last week we were sunning ourselves on the beach, tasting our first ice-creams cones of the year and dreaming up all of our summer adventures. Good weather is fleeting on our fair Isle, and we've all learnt now that when it's here you have to get out and make the most of it. In all cases, a week later you'll be pulling out your coat and boots that you casually tried to put away for next winter, in full knowledge that you would need to be able to access them again for the next few months. And so it goes.

In order to stock up on vitamin d we headed out to Weston-Super-Mare last week, to join the masses for a good old day at the seaside. Even though the front is fun to drive by and watch the big wheel spin round and the donkeys going backwards and forwards along the sand, its probably best avoided with two children who don't seem to understand the concept of money, and therefore the lack of it. Also I suppose showing them that you don't have to spend lots of money on attractions when all you need is a bucket and spade and a friend!

We choose to visit a little park, with excellent climbing frames and water sprinklers to have our lunch and a run around first. Due to my pretty spectacular hatred of eating anywhere where sand may creep its way into my sandwich.

After wrapping up in towels, drying off and finishing our picnic we headed onto the sand to the right of the pier, where it's slightly quieter. The boys dug holes, made shapes and castles in the sand and discovered the delights of burying each other.

Given the space and freedom these two will run and chase each other for miles and upon discovering the vastness of the beach, they set about doing just that. Before being enticed back for ice cream. (Note to self, use ice cream as bribe to leave the beach, and therefore avoiding long persuasions to leave and reduce the risk of sand in said ice creams)


And so our day at the beach ended,  we drove back to Bristol with two sleeping boys in the back, satisfied from our successful (and cheap!) day out. 

the wedding part two


After the ceremony I felt all the nerves and fear lift from me, and finally it was time to enjoy ourselves! We waited for everyone to file out of the registry office, saying our hellos and thank yous. I was pretty overwhelmed that most of our favourite people were all in the same place, and had all come to celebrate with us!

We waited at the top of the steps stopping for a little longer than anticipated as a little person had to go to the toilet! When finished he wondered out looking slightly bewildered at all the people before Rob scooped him up and we walked out together, as a family. We were showered with confetti and glitter (perhaps a bad idea in hindsight as it went and got stuck EVERYWHERE!)

Soon it was time for our transport to the reception to arrive. We wanted a special way to be able to travel and all stay together, rather than split up into separate groups and meet up there later, so we decided to hire a bus. A rather special vintage Bristol Lodekka Bus.

We decided to take a little tour of Bristol on the bus, taking in the sights along the docks, along the Gorge and under the Suspension Bridge and up onto the downs where we stopped to take in the view at the looking point. The sun magically appeared just as we alighted and we spotted an ice cream van which was perfectly placed for a quick wedding 99!



After our little ice cream stop we had a big group photo, before heading back on the bus to carry on our little tour. We travelled down Whiteladies, around the triangle, down Park Street, through Stokes Croft up Gloucester Road and finally reached our destination. I loved the bus, I loved travelling all together through our city, feeling a little bit special watching people gaze up and occasionally wave and Theo still talks to this day about the 'Big Green Bus'!

We finally arrived at our reception where more of our friends and family joined us! 

the wedding part two


After the ceremony I felt all the nerves and fear lift from me, and finally it was time to enjoy ourselves! We waited for everyone to file out of the registry office, saying our hellos and thank yous. I was pretty overwhelmed that most of our favourite people were all in the same place, and had all come to celebrate with us!

We waited at the top of the steps stopping for a little longer than anticipated as a little person had to go to the toilet! When finished he wondered out looking slightly bewildered at all the people before Rob scooped him up and we walked out together, as a family. We were showered with confetti and glitter (perhaps a bad idea in hindsight as it went and got stuck EVERYWHERE!)

Soon it was time for our transport to the reception to arrive. We wanted a special way to be able to travel and all stay together, rather than split up into separate groups and meet up there later, so we decided to hire a bus. A rather special vintage Bristol Lodekka Bus.

We decided to take a little tour of Bristol on the bus, taking in the sights along the docks, along the Gorge and under the Suspension Bridge and up onto the downs where we stopped to take in the view at the looking point. The sun magically appeared just as we alighted and we spotted an ice cream van which was perfectly placed for a quick wedding 99!



After our little ice cream stop we had a big group photo, before heading back on the bus to carry on our little tour. We travelled down Whiteladies, around the triangle, down Park Street, through Stokes Croft up Gloucester Road and finally reached our destination. I loved the bus, I loved travelling all together through our city, feeling a little bit special watching people gaze up and occasionally wave and Theo still talks to this day about the 'Big Green Bus'!

We finally arrived at our reception where more of our friends and family joined us! 

the wedding part one



I finally thought it was about time I got my act together and shared some photos from our wedding day. It seems like such a long time ago, and I wish it could happen al over again!

The day before the wedding we spent rushing around, getting a makeover at Mac with my sisters, preparing and making all the programmes and favour bags and generally making my house look like a bomb site! We then spent the afternoon and evening before the wedding setting up and decorating the hall for the reception. I barely saw Rob or Theo, probably had a few stressful moments, but above all I can't believe how quickly it all came together thanks to the amazing help of our friends and family! I wish I had made a time lapse film or something of the hall transforming because the difference a few hours work made was simply amazing! It's strange to see something that you have been planning for months and the picture in your head being made into a reality.

After we finished setting up the hall me and my dear friend Sarah (and my maid of honour) took a bus into town to our hotel, before heading out for a late dinner and some gin and tonics to calm our nerves in this amazing bar a few doors down. We spent the evening talking about the day and where we are in our lives before forcing ourselves to go to bed to get some rest. I woke up at about 5am with my mind whizzing of all the things that still needed doing, but mainly just very very nervous about the day ahead.

My sisters then arrived in the morning to help us get ready, we did our own hair and make-up, and sent out the boys to get breakfast and more importantly some bubbly! Our amazing florist delivered our beautiful hair pieces, bouquets and posies. (The flowers were beyond perfect, more than I'd hoped for, but more to come on that later!) My dress belongs to Rob's Grandmas, from the late 50's and was just the most beautiful and perfect dress for me. I love that it holds stories and has seen two wedding days before my own, and hopefully it can continue to be passed down.

I didn't anticipate feeling as nervous and over whelmed as I did. I spent the morning fighting back tears, welling up and not really knowing what to do with myself. It all happens in such a daze and I don't really think the enormity of the day had fully sunk in. I was excited to see Rob and all of our guests, but I think it all just overwhelmed me and I finally shed a few tears when we met my dad and returned to the bar for some more pre-wedding Prosecco. We walked round the corner to the registry office dodging the rain and puddles before heading inside, and the rest well you know how it goes. It was teary and emotional, but just seeing Rob waiting for me calmed my nerves. Knowing its someone you know so well waiting for you, saying those vows to each other and really believing in them. Seeing your best friend and companion, knowing they are feeling as nervous as you, but as soon as you take their hand you know it's going to be alright.

Then Theo joined us, jumping into my arms for a cuddle. He followed us out of the room and it all felt real. Walking out together as a family and finally being able to relax was perfect!

Thank you to my lovely and talented brother in law Borja Algarra for capturing the day for us! 

the wedding part one



I finally thought it was about time I got my act together and shared some photos from our wedding day. It seems like such a long time ago, and I wish it could happen al over again!

The day before the wedding we spent rushing around, getting a makeover at Mac with my sisters, preparing and making all the programmes and favour bags and generally making my house look like a bomb site! We then spent the afternoon and evening before the wedding setting up and decorating the hall for the reception. I barely saw Rob or Theo, probably had a few stressful moments, but above all I can't believe how quickly it all came together thanks to the amazing help of our friends and family! I wish I had made a time lapse film or something of the hall transforming because the difference a few hours work made was simply amazing! It's strange to see something that you have been planning for months and the picture in your head being made into a reality.

After we finished setting up the hall me and my dear friend Sarah (and my maid of honour) took a bus into town to our hotel, before heading out for a late dinner and some gin and tonics to calm our nerves in this amazing bar a few doors down. We spent the evening talking about the day and where we are in our lives before forcing ourselves to go to bed to get some rest. I woke up at about 5am with my mind whizzing of all the things that still needed doing, but mainly just very very nervous about the day ahead.

My sisters then arrived in the morning to help us get ready, we did our own hair and make-up, and sent out the boys to get breakfast and more importantly some bubbly! Our amazing florist delivered our beautiful hair pieces, bouquets and posies. (The flowers were beyond perfect, more than I'd hoped for, but more to come on that later!) My dress belongs to Rob's Grandmas, from the late 50's and was just the most beautiful and perfect dress for me. I love that it holds stories and has seen two wedding days before my own, and hopefully it can continue to be passed down.

I didn't anticipate feeling as nervous and over whelmed as I did. I spent the morning fighting back tears, welling up and not really knowing what to do with myself. It all happens in such a daze and I don't really think the enormity of the day had fully sunk in. I was excited to see Rob and all of our guests, but I think it all just overwhelmed me and I finally shed a few tears when we met my dad and returned to the bar for some more pre-wedding Prosecco. We walked round the corner to the registry office dodging the rain and puddles before heading inside, and the rest well you know how it goes. It was teary and emotional, but just seeing Rob waiting for me calmed my nerves. Knowing its someone you know so well waiting for you, saying those vows to each other and really believing in them. Seeing your best friend and companion, knowing they are feeling as nervous as you, but as soon as you take their hand you know it's going to be alright.

Then Theo joined us, jumping into my arms for a cuddle. He followed us out of the room and it all felt real. Walking out together as a family and finally being able to relax was perfect!

Thank you to my lovely and talented brother in law Borja Algarra for capturing the day for us! 

so long october




We've visited yaya and been on walks in Malvern, painted and carve pumpkins, been trick or treating, jumped in puddles, walked through the woods with little friends. October has been good to us, quiet, busy, cozy and adventurous. We're getting excited about the coming months, but I'm a little sad to say goodbye to one of my favourite months and the end of Autumn...

so long october




We've visited yaya and been on walks in Malvern, painted and carve pumpkins, been trick or treating, jumped in puddles, walked through the woods with little friends. October has been good to us, quiet, busy, cozy and adventurous. We're getting excited about the coming months, but I'm a little sad to say goodbye to one of my favourite months and the end of Autumn...

I bet you look good on the dance-floor...

I have yet to share much about our wedding on here, we're waiting on the official photos back and can't wait to see them, but for now we have these beauties to keep us going. We borrowed a fuji instant camera, purchased film and left it near the guestbook with instructions to take the photo, stick it in the book and write a comment. That didn't actually happen, the photos instead got stuck in the beautiful willow heart my sister made and the camera made its way onto the dance floor...and for that I'm very glad! These photos are amazing, hilarious, sweet and just genius. They are some of my favourite photos of friends and family I have ever seen and I think they captured the evenings revelries perfectly!

love you all! 

I bet you look good on the dance-floor...

I have yet to share much about our wedding on here, we're waiting on the official photos back and can't wait to see them, but for now we have these beauties to keep us going. We borrowed a fuji instant camera, purchased film and left it near the guestbook with instructions to take the photo, stick it in the book and write a comment. That didn't actually happen, the photos instead got stuck in the beautiful willow heart my sister made and the camera made its way onto the dance floor...and for that I'm very glad! These photos are amazing, hilarious, sweet and just genius. They are some of my favourite photos of friends and family I have ever seen and I think they captured the evenings revelries perfectly!

love you all! 

friends


 I usually dread the summer holidays because it means that all the places we usually go are completely over run by other kids, and then I just get the fear. We haven't visited St.Andrews park (a really nice park near us!) all summer because I'm scared of it. This may sound weird, and it is, but I just get nervous going there. All the kids running around, people not watching what their children are up to, noise and chaos, fights and oh a massive sandpit and you know how I hate sand. So we haven't gone, but hopefully once the children go back to school we can visit again. But it just means that we have to be a bit more adventurous and inventive when we think of what we can do with our days.

Luckily we have a good little group with whom we meet up with a few times each week, some days we go swimming, or a smaller park near us, we go Gromit hunting, picnics and trips outside of Bristol. Not only do I have a lovely time with these mums who I would call my good friends but our boys are also very good friends. It's so lovely to see them all interacting with each other. Not just playing along side each other, or I should say fighting over the same toy, they now talk, share (mostly), run around, lead each other on and have their own little relationships. Theo will always ask after his friends, and it's the sweetest thing to see their faces light up when they see each other or embrace when they say goodbye! I hope as they get older they will remain friends, even go to the same school as each other and can be one of those friends who they can say they've known each other since they were two. I know that they are going to be mischievous, wild and scheming together as they get older too...I can see it already!

So these friends and outings have made our summer a little more bearable!


friends


 I usually dread the summer holidays because it means that all the places we usually go are completely over run by other kids, and then I just get the fear. We haven't visited St.Andrews park (a really nice park near us!) all summer because I'm scared of it. This may sound weird, and it is, but I just get nervous going there. All the kids running around, people not watching what their children are up to, noise and chaos, fights and oh a massive sandpit and you know how I hate sand. So we haven't gone, but hopefully once the children go back to school we can visit again. But it just means that we have to be a bit more adventurous and inventive when we think of what we can do with our days.

Luckily we have a good little group with whom we meet up with a few times each week, some days we go swimming, or a smaller park near us, we go Gromit hunting, picnics and trips outside of Bristol. Not only do I have a lovely time with these mums who I would call my good friends but our boys are also very good friends. It's so lovely to see them all interacting with each other. Not just playing along side each other, or I should say fighting over the same toy, they now talk, share (mostly), run around, lead each other on and have their own little relationships. Theo will always ask after his friends, and it's the sweetest thing to see their faces light up when they see each other or embrace when they say goodbye! I hope as they get older they will remain friends, even go to the same school as each other and can be one of those friends who they can say they've known each other since they were two. I know that they are going to be mischievous, wild and scheming together as they get older too...I can see it already!

So these friends and outings have made our summer a little more bearable!


you've got the love part three!

I'm so very happy to welcome Ivana onto my blog today to talk about her wedding and marriage! I love this history of their wedding, and that dress..what a find!? I feel lucky to have a glimpse into their married life, what a utterly talented and cool couple! 

First things first, a huge congratulations to Abigail & Rob, what an exciting adventure you're about to set foot on!

Tim & I celebrated our 3rd anniversary just recently and I can't believe just how fast time has flown. Looking back, we were babies when we said our I do's, Tim 22 & myself 24. We married at Jesus College in Cambridge which is the same place Tim's parents & brother got married. Its a beautiful college with the most stunning little chapel. We tried to keep our wedding simple and as handmade as possible. Some of our favourite artists from the print studio we were working at the time very kindly designed our invites, service sheets & menus I did the flower arranging & button holes with friends & family. I was also very lucky to find my dress in a local Oxfam, maybe one day if I have a daughter I'll hand it down to her.


I hope this doesn't make everyone cringe, but from the start Tim & I were best pals and I think thats is where the secret lies, we tell each other absolutely everything and do everything we can to support one another in our careers. This usually comes down to him helping with the washing up at my supper clubs and me helping him prime canvas', hang shows, paint murals etc. We're a partnership & try to do as much together as we can (although maybe working together in the past was a little too much!). We love being involved in each others lives but have also learnt when to give each other space. Over the years we've learnt how important it is not to point score, ok, maybe I've learnt not to point score. Tim is pretty chilled but it can be so easy to start a fight when you feel like you're the only person who does the cooking/washing/food shopping etc. We've got a lot better recently at stepping up to the mark especially if one of us is going through a busy or tough patch at work and all it takes is a little appreciation to make it all worthwhile.

Finally, we have always lived by a little rule that my mum taught me which is to never go to bed on an argument. This has resulted in us staying up half the night on many an occasion talking things over but it works a treat and means we can start the next day on a clean slate.
Thank you Abbi for inviting me to share a little about our marriage & wedding. Tim & I wish you 3 a long, happy life together.

you've got the love part three!

I'm so very happy to welcome Ivana onto my blog today to talk about her wedding and marriage! I love this history of their wedding, and that dress..what a find!? I feel lucky to have a glimpse into their married life, what a utterly talented and cool couple! 

First things first, a huge congratulations to Abigail & Rob, what an exciting adventure you're about to set foot on!

Tim & I celebrated our 3rd anniversary just recently and I can't believe just how fast time has flown. Looking back, we were babies when we said our I do's, Tim 22 & myself 24. We married at Jesus College in Cambridge which is the same place Tim's parents & brother got married. Its a beautiful college with the most stunning little chapel. We tried to keep our wedding simple and as handmade as possible. Some of our favourite artists from the print studio we were working at the time very kindly designed our invites, service sheets & menus I did the flower arranging & button holes with friends & family. I was also very lucky to find my dress in a local Oxfam, maybe one day if I have a daughter I'll hand it down to her.


I hope this doesn't make everyone cringe, but from the start Tim & I were best pals and I think thats is where the secret lies, we tell each other absolutely everything and do everything we can to support one another in our careers. This usually comes down to him helping with the washing up at my supper clubs and me helping him prime canvas', hang shows, paint murals etc. We're a partnership & try to do as much together as we can (although maybe working together in the past was a little too much!). We love being involved in each others lives but have also learnt when to give each other space. Over the years we've learnt how important it is not to point score, ok, maybe I've learnt not to point score. Tim is pretty chilled but it can be so easy to start a fight when you feel like you're the only person who does the cooking/washing/food shopping etc. We've got a lot better recently at stepping up to the mark especially if one of us is going through a busy or tough patch at work and all it takes is a little appreciation to make it all worthwhile.

Finally, we have always lived by a little rule that my mum taught me which is to never go to bed on an argument. This has resulted in us staying up half the night on many an occasion talking things over but it works a treat and means we can start the next day on a clean slate.
Thank you Abbi for inviting me to share a little about our marriage & wedding. Tim & I wish you 3 a long, happy life together.

a friday adventure

So Fridays are turning into little adventure days for Theo and I along with our friends. Since Rob is now working Fridays I have to think of things to do to fill them up, and because I work most Saturdays it's been really good to try and do something different and adventurous before the weekend.

As the weather has been so good all week we decided to take another trip to the beach, this time a little closer to Weston-Super-Mare. We've only been once before, last summer, when the weather wasn't so...summery! We left a sunny Bristol this morning, but as we got closer the clouds started to come in. It was pretty windy and a little chilly when we arrived, but the sun did poke it's head out every now and again.

We headed straight for the beach for a little play, which was fun until we made the fatal error of trying to have some lunch. Now I don't know if I've mentioned my hate of sand on here before (I probably have) but I had all my reasons for hating it reconfirmed today. You see I do love going to the beach, and especially if the beach is pebble or very grainy sand, but the beach at Weston is neither of these. In fact because Weston isn't technically on the coast, but on the Severn Estuary, which has a huge tidal range making it feel like the sea. The 'beach' therefore is pretty muddy, so the sandy beach is man made meaning that the sand isn't like proper compacted beach sand, just gritty loose sandpit sand. So this, plus a slight breeze and trying to eat sandwiches doesn't end too well! Sand just makes me feel horrible!  I hate the feeling of it and even more the fear of having it in between your teeth.....uuughhh. Like nails on a chalk board. So lunch wasn't so successful lets just put it that way...I may have freaked out just a little.

Anyway moving on from our slight lunch disaster, we made a mental note not to have lunch on the beach again and just leave that for building sand castles. But regardless of my freak out the boys said that they liked the beach which is all that is important anyway! We took a walk along the sea front, had a little ride on the carousel, played in the fountain, ate some chips and had a good chat. We of course ended the day with ice-cream before taking two pretty tired out boys home. The weather held out until we made it back to Bristol where we had some much needed rain.


We had a lovely day in the end, and it's always good to go somewhere new, and there is so much left to discover!

a friday adventure

So Fridays are turning into little adventure days for Theo and I along with our friends. Since Rob is now working Fridays I have to think of things to do to fill them up, and because I work most Saturdays it's been really good to try and do something different and adventurous before the weekend.

As the weather has been so good all week we decided to take another trip to the beach, this time a little closer to Weston-Super-Mare. We've only been once before, last summer, when the weather wasn't so...summery! We left a sunny Bristol this morning, but as we got closer the clouds started to come in. It was pretty windy and a little chilly when we arrived, but the sun did poke it's head out every now and again.

We headed straight for the beach for a little play, which was fun until we made the fatal error of trying to have some lunch. Now I don't know if I've mentioned my hate of sand on here before (I probably have) but I had all my reasons for hating it reconfirmed today. You see I do love going to the beach, and especially if the beach is pebble or very grainy sand, but the beach at Weston is neither of these. In fact because Weston isn't technically on the coast, but on the Severn Estuary, which has a huge tidal range making it feel like the sea. The 'beach' therefore is pretty muddy, so the sandy beach is man made meaning that the sand isn't like proper compacted beach sand, just gritty loose sandpit sand. So this, plus a slight breeze and trying to eat sandwiches doesn't end too well! Sand just makes me feel horrible!  I hate the feeling of it and even more the fear of having it in between your teeth.....uuughhh. Like nails on a chalk board. So lunch wasn't so successful lets just put it that way...I may have freaked out just a little.

Anyway moving on from our slight lunch disaster, we made a mental note not to have lunch on the beach again and just leave that for building sand castles. But regardless of my freak out the boys said that they liked the beach which is all that is important anyway! We took a walk along the sea front, had a little ride on the carousel, played in the fountain, ate some chips and had a good chat. We of course ended the day with ice-cream before taking two pretty tired out boys home. The weather held out until we made it back to Bristol where we had some much needed rain.


We had a lovely day in the end, and it's always good to go somewhere new, and there is so much left to discover!

active family month; week three: get sporty


This week's active family challenge was all about getting sporty, and having a good dose of sporting competition. Seeing as Theo is only two it is a bit tricky to actually get him to play sports with rules or against other people, but in the spirit of things I decided to try and organise a little toddler sports day.

Bank holiday weekend seemed like the perfect time to get together, and luckily we were blessed with beautiful sunshine all day on Sunday. I arranged with a few friends to meet at the playing fields by our houses, to bring some equipment or games and a picnic. I didn't really have any real plan of how the day should go, or what activities they could attempt, as I've never organised anything like this before or know how much a bunch of slightly wild two year old boys would be able participate in. So I lay a few objects such as hoops and bean bags, a tunnel, a goal, some ride on toys, some ball pit balls and a paddling pool out, and after the initial excitement of seeing each other wore off they did get on with some activities.

Some balls and bean bags were thrown in hoops, some goals were scored, and the tunnel was crawled through. I don't think there was really an element of competition in it, as thats not really a word two year olds can understand yet! But they had fun and we made it up as we went along! The best activity was probably using the large sheet I brought along to bounce all the balls on top of, sing songs under and making a giant swing out of. We climbed the hill, ran around and rolled back down again. Rob became I giant green worm and chased them all around. They definitely all got involved, and at the end of the day it may not have been very regimented or organised, but we were all out in the sunshine enjoying a good run around. I'm happy to have encouraged a few other families to join us in our active week too, and it's always fun see our friends and best of all it was all free!

Here's a little video of our day!


sports day from Abigail Oliver on Vimeo.



What did you all get up to this bank holiday weekend? I hope the weather was lovely for you, and you all got to spend some time with your families! Did you get up to anything active or sporty? Or fancy having your own mini sports day?

active family month; week three: get sporty


This week's active family challenge was all about getting sporty, and having a good dose of sporting competition. Seeing as Theo is only two it is a bit tricky to actually get him to play sports with rules or against other people, but in the spirit of things I decided to try and organise a little toddler sports day.

Bank holiday weekend seemed like the perfect time to get together, and luckily we were blessed with beautiful sunshine all day on Sunday. I arranged with a few friends to meet at the playing fields by our houses, to bring some equipment or games and a picnic. I didn't really have any real plan of how the day should go, or what activities they could attempt, as I've never organised anything like this before or know how much a bunch of slightly wild two year old boys would be able participate in. So I lay a few objects such as hoops and bean bags, a tunnel, a goal, some ride on toys, some ball pit balls and a paddling pool out, and after the initial excitement of seeing each other wore off they did get on with some activities.

Some balls and bean bags were thrown in hoops, some goals were scored, and the tunnel was crawled through. I don't think there was really an element of competition in it, as thats not really a word two year olds can understand yet! But they had fun and we made it up as we went along! The best activity was probably using the large sheet I brought along to bounce all the balls on top of, sing songs under and making a giant swing out of. We climbed the hill, ran around and rolled back down again. Rob became I giant green worm and chased them all around. They definitely all got involved, and at the end of the day it may not have been very regimented or organised, but we were all out in the sunshine enjoying a good run around. I'm happy to have encouraged a few other families to join us in our active week too, and it's always fun see our friends and best of all it was all free!

Here's a little video of our day!


sports day from Abigail Oliver on Vimeo.



What did you all get up to this bank holiday weekend? I hope the weather was lovely for you, and you all got to spend some time with your families! Did you get up to anything active or sporty? Or fancy having your own mini sports day?