Thanks to my fabulous Mum and Dad we spent Easter weekend in the beautiful seaside town of Whistable. We only discovered this quaint little town last year and we are so happy that we did. Whistable has so much to offer, you will find something new everytime you visit. We started off our trip with a pit stop at our favourite little coffee shop which is nestled between the abundance of shops where you can pick up anything from beautiful one off clothing, wonderful gifts, fantastic children’s clothes, scrumptious food and so much more. Ready and refulled we made our way down to the harbour which is famous for it’s seafood, especially their delicious oysters. This is where we would be spending our weekend in a wonderfully converted fishermans hut right on the seafront. Once inside we were really taken back by the fabulous way they had been converted and the views from the bedroom were breathtaking. There was everything you could need for your stay there and we were really looking forward to everything we were going to be getting up to in the weekend ahead. So we quickly unpacked the car and set off to explore a little more! Unfortunately we weren’t blessed with great weather for the first day, but that didn’t stop up skimming stones across the water, collecting shells and watching all the splendid boats. We finished off our first day by grabbing some fish and chips and award winning doughts from the hut right outside where we were staying and cosying up for the night. The huts are run on a bed and breakfast basis so after a good nights sleep we took a short walk to the Hotel Continental where we were able to pick from a vast selection of breakfast items whist taking in another great sea view. We burnt off some calories by taking a long walk out on a great stretch of beach that cuts into the sea. From there we took another short walk to Whistable Castle which had very pretty grounds and a fab playground for the children. For our final evening we went to the Royal Native Oyster Stores which was by far the best fish resturant I have ever visited. The food was outstanding, the decor was beatiful, the staff were super friendly and catered for all our allergy needs and finally they were extremely child friendly which I was not expecting. The sun joined us for our final day so we made the most of it by having an Easter egg hunt on the beach and soaking up the sun whilst doing a spot of unsuccessful crabbing! Sorry to have bombarded you with so many photos but we really did have a fabulous weekend and I wanted to show you that England really does have some fantastic seaside towns that you can get away to and enjoy the simple things in life.
Today was a super early start as I had an over exited number three jumping onto the bed ready to start some more birthday celebrations. The early start along with number four jumping fully clothed into the bath was not the best start to the day.
We finally arrived at Priory Farm in Nutfield by the skin of our teeth to get number three signed into her photography course. Since I started this blog she has taken a real interest in photography and I may be biased but she seems to have a real eye for it.
The course is run by Lillian Spibey Photography and is an informative couple of hours teaching the children how to perfect their skills in taking pictures of the landscape and wildlife along with a photographic Easter egg hunt and a fun filled jeep ride around the farms beautiful grounds.
She came back full of beans, super proud of what she had achieved and itching to get signed up for the next course.
Whist number three was busy doing her thing we passed the time taking part in the discovery walk that the farm offers. Once we had grabbed our quiz sheets and fish food we set off to answer all the questions whilst exploring all the other things the trail has to offer.
Number two is hitting that awkward age where activities with Mum are really not cool anymore, but I didn’t get a moan out of him today. He was more than happy to help his brother answer the questions, climb the balance beams and explore every little area there was to be found.
Near the end of the walk is my children’s favourite part; feeding the mass of fish in the beautiful pond. No matter how many times we visit they are always astonished at the hundreds of hungry mouths that come up to greet you and gobble up the food.
Quizzes ‘almost’ completed we collected our prize and stopped for a little picnic and play on the splendid wooden pirate ship. There are plenty of great picnicking spots all over the farm, but this is our favourite spot as the children can play whist you can relax and still keep them in sight.
Our last port of call was to get a warm drink from the recently refurbished coffee shop. There is plenty of space in there to fit your buggy without being in the way, and lots of large tables to accommodate my extra large family.
You really can make a whole day of it at this farm. Aswell as everything we got up to today there is a well stocked garden centre with everything you could need, a beautiful farm shop with lots of fabulous fresh food on offer and a playground that is currently undergoing an exiting refurb. This is the first of many trips this year.
Today bought the dreaded question I somehow thought I had managed to avoid “where is my fish?”
A few months ago I got up to the terrible sight of a floating ‘Goldie’ in the fish tank. I swiftly removed him before he was seen by little eyes, but before I knew it number four was by my side asking where Goldie was!! In a state of panic I said that he was having a rest in the shed. To this day I have no idea why this ludicrous thought came into my head.
Weeks passed and the replacement fish was never bought and no more questions were asked. So instead of doing the sensible thing and teaching him about the unfortunate death and grieving process I now how to keep up this ridiculous facade and decided to tell him he had swam away, but we could go and see if we could go and find another lovely fish just like Goldie.
We took a trip to Woodcote Green garden centre in Wallington. This really is the Rolls Royce of garden centres. They have all the usual things you would expect plus a fantasic farm shop with a beautiful deli, butchers and bakery. An extentsive gift selection, aquarium, two cafes which are nice but slightly over priced and a small outdoor play area for the youngsters.
After spending a while taking in the afternoons beautiful sunshine in the play area we made our way to the aquarium where Frankie very carefully picked out the exact lemon goldfish he wanted. We set on the name of Lemonade due to his colour and carefully took him home to the safety of his new tank, with the thought clearly in my mind that when the inevitable happens to poor Lemonade I will deal with it in a much more appropriate way than last time.
As we were on a watery theme today I thought that we could have some fun at bath time tonight with some colours shaving foam.
Number four has suffered with severe eczema over the past few years so bubble baths have been a no no for a long time.
This easy mixture of cheap shaving foam with a few drops or sprinkling of food colouring gave loads of fun to number three, four and five and are plain enough to not affect sensitive skin.