Duck Jazz

Hello dear readers, I hope you are all well and dandy.

I have recently had some sad news, a relative of mine has passed away. Two family members in 3 months is just heartbreaking.

So me and the family decided to get some fresh air and visit our favourite park. I took some footage and this is what I ended up with, Duck Jazz Ft Cabbit. Enjoy

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The Day We Saw A Red Panda : Our Visit To Marwell Zoo

Hello one and all, I hope you are all doing well and are feeling fabulous, because you are.

My family and I had an amazing weekend as we were lucky enough to get to go to Marwell Zoo! We love, love, love Red Pandas and when we discovered that there are about 18 zoos in the UK that have them we went straight on the internet to find our nearest one. As good old Mr. Luck would have it the closest one was Marwell Zoo, which is in Winchester, so as you do we hopped down there double bunny time.

So far in my life I have been to a good few zoos but Marwell Zoo has to be by far the best! Not just because of the Red Pandas but because they have tons of other animals that are just as amazing such as Giraffes, Pygmy Hippopotami, and White Rhinoceros. The beautiful surroundings the animals are enclosed in are pleasing to the eye and you definitely get a lot of exercise walking around. There is a tractor train that goes round the park so if you have tried little ones or disabled people with you they can still enjoy the Zoo without having to worry about getting around.

After paying to get in and picking up a map of the Zoo, we explored where we met penguins, giraffes, capybara, tigers, snow leopards…I could go on. They have a ton of animals as any zoo would but these animals are simply just gorgeous creatures.

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My favourite part of the whole day has to be seeing the Red Panda Mei-Mei. She was breath-taking and so, so beautiful. Her red fur was bright in the sunlight and just highlighted how truly magnificent these animals are.  I also loved seeing the pygmy hippo happily splashing about in the water; Cabbit was fascinated by it too and kept saying hello to them.

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I could go on and on about how wonderful Marwell Zoo is but why don’t you see for yourself in my Youtube video. I really enjoy filming animals and taking photos. I would love it even more if I could film them in the wild but I think Africa and other countries are a bit too far to go at the moment. (I could be Mary-Ann, my husband could be Nigel and Cabbit could be Donny!!)

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Overall I’d say it was a perfect day out with the family. So many memories made and I feel just ecstatic from having seen a Red Panda. It has made me so happy! Not felt this happy in a while with everything that has happened. It does the soul good to get out and be in nature with loved ones. Getting out helps I think, takes our minds of things and reminds us to enjoy life’s little moments.

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Should we share everything with everyone?

Lately, I have done a little thinking. Not always a good thing I know. I started to wonder how safe the internet is. Are our privacy settings on social media really private from others? Do we really feel the need to share everything about our lives with strangers and bombard them with how ‘amazing’ our lives are? Is this the new age of living? I think I need to lie down, I am asking to many questions.

tumblr_noiow3XLs71s2bs4bo1_500I realised that the older I get, the less likely I am to care about what I frequently share on Facebook. I don’t need to update my status every five seconds or flood my page with photos of my son and husband. I honestly don’t need to. It’s nice for other family members that live far away and hardly see my son to know how he is getting on but I don’t need to do a daily update of his progress. By all means I am going to continue taking photos and filling hardback copies of photo albums with them, but I won’t be sharing everything on Facebook anymore. I feel that if anyone genuinely cares about what is going on in my life, they will ask or contact me directly. Have we as a generation gotten so lazy that it has become impossible for us to pick up the phone or god forbid arrange to meet up with someone face to face?

So what I have done is deleted a few albums off my Facebook and I now only intend to add the odd photo here or there. Maybe not even that, depends on how I feel. I will share certain bits of my life with the internet like my blog, Youtube and Twitter but I think I will keep personal details to a minimum. I enjoy vlogging and filming so will keep doing so, but I will keep certain things private. I won’t be uploading tons of photos or annoying narrative statuses. I think Facebook will slowly die out like Myspace did. Not sure when and it will be kind of a shame when it does but Facebook is only Facebook at the end of the day. The world will keep on turning and life will continue. Trust me. I did consider just deleting my Facebook all together but will keep it as it is how a lot of people now communicate with each other, that is if anyone actually bothers to communicate with me HA! Oh I could go into a long rant right about now but I won’t. I will breathe and be calm.

I agree it is hard to keep your own life private these days but I know it can be done. I like to call myself a mummy vlogger/blogger so do share certain aspects of my life with the world. I will try to just not go too overboard with it and keep certain things private, mostly photos. I do worry about sharing photos and if they could end up in the wrong hands. It’s creepy and disturbing to think about but it could happen. The world is not as safe a place as we all wish it could be.

I have also decided to not be so glued to my iPhone. When I have been around people of late, they have all had their faces stuck in their phones. I have a habit of sometimes forgetting my phone and so am left there looking like a lemon. But it made me realise that we rely so much on technology these days that we don’t realise we are missing the real thing. I love, love to take photos and film footage and often worry if I am living my life behind a lens. I have to step back sometimes and tell myself that there is no harm in capturing special moments, especially when you have a family. Just don’t let it be all you ever do. Don’t let your hand turn into your phone and be inseparable.

Phewww. That does feel a bit better to have off of my chest. Do I sound crazy? Or do you agree that it is pleasant to sometimes not be so obsessed with social media? By all means use it to promote your work, I do with my writing. Just maybe take a step back when it comes to the real stuff. I suppose at the end of the day it all depends on you as a person. If you are happy to share everything about your life with the world, then great for you. If not, then don’t feel pressured to. Share what you want, not what you think you should.

I am off to make some yummy spaghetti bolognaise with the husband and watch some Game Of Thrones. Have I just contradicted myself there? Probably? Blah!

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Oh I do Like To Be Beside The Seaside! Our First Family Holiday

Hello dear readers, I hope all is well and you have been enjoying this beautiful weather we have been blessed with. We were lucky enough to go away last week for our first family holiday (EVER) to Devon. It was a much-needed getaway, to basically do whatever we wanted with a beautiful view seconds from our doorstep. These past few months have been…well…the worst. I feel like I am trapped in a snow globe, just when I think things have finally settled for a while, some snot-nosed-grubby-handed child comes by and shakes the whole thing up, bringing more chaos and destruction. So yeah…as I said, much-needed.

After much deliberation we decided to visit Devon, a place where we both can forget our problems in sea and sand. We stayed in a little villa at Golden Coast Park in Woolacombe. Although the villa smelled of wet dog (pet friendly villa) it wasn’t too bad, we were hardly there in all honesty. Half our time was spent in the pool, playing or visiting the picturesque seaside village. Our villa consisted of a lounge, kitchen, downstairs bathroom and two bedrooms upstairs. We had room to breathe which was a blessing and our son could explore freely. It was a dream to pretend for a few days that this little villa was ours and we lived here. We have only ever known accommodation under someone else’s roof (very much appreciated) so to have this villa to just ourselves was a treat. It’s like when you play house as a child and you pretend you’re a grown up, you feel confident and independent. This is your little home with your dolls and toy food that you cooked in your purple oven. It’s fun to play pretend, even if it’s only for a while. Everyone needs their own space and we really needed ours at this difficult time.

Our plan for our holiday was simple. We didn’t set any goals or add any extra pressure on us as after all it was a holiday, a time to enjoy and have no rules.

We took our son swimming for the first time in his Batman wetsuit armed with armbands. There were a few tears at first but after a while he was loving it. He floated along with us and couldn’t stop smiling. Since we have been back in the civilised world we have decided to take him swimming more often. I’m not sure why it has taken us this long (He’s only 16 months, mind you) to take him swimming, it has been on our list but we have never gotten round to it. Life gets in the way.

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We also played a 9 hole golf course with a sea view, Cabbit was an excellent umpire. It was the second time the husband and I got the chance to play on a golf course, the first being on our honeymoon. I was worried at first that Cabbit would hate it, that he would moan and start crying but lo and behold he loved it. He found it fascinating watching his father take amazing long shots while his mother failed badly and kept digging up the grass. I did feel a bit of a fool as I am not a very professional golfer, I did take golf in PE but that was just at a driving range and I spent half of my time missing the ball and sending the tee flying. I was lucky I didn’t hit anyone with my ball, but then again I am a beginner. Once we finished the course which may have taken us about 2 hours to finish (It was a BIG course!) we treated ourselves to fish and chips by the seaside. I wish we had more time as we would have played it again, I could practice on trying to look like I know what I am doing.

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We spent the remaining time of our holiday just relaxing, playing pool, mini golf, more swimming and enjoying life. I would strongly recommend any of the Woolacombe parks to anyone looking for a family break by the sea. They have plenty of activities for children and adults to enjoy. Also the price isn’t too bad if you get it on a deal like we did. Check them out for yourselves and see what you think.

https://www.woolacombe.co.uk/

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Oh Motivation, where art thou?

I keep finding myself stuck in a nasty loop-hole. I wake up feeling like crap (pardon the French) and don’t have any motivation to do anything. Well…tell a lie. I have to look after my son, our two piggy boys and baby girl bunny. But I just feel…well…like nothing? Does that even make sense?

Each day lately has just felt empty. Like, what’s the point? I hate feeling like this, lost. I feel like I have lost who I am, that I no longer know what to do with my life. It sounds dramatic I know. But I need to do things, things I enjoy like my writing, reading and listening to music. I really, really need to dig myself out of this rut. Not just for me but for my husband and son. This isn’t living and I don’t want to waste another second feeling like this…the self-pity has got to stop.

Right; so now I just have to get my motivation back. What I have decided to do is set up a little schedule. I will wake up at a certain time, work out and then shower/bath before going about my day which will involve more trips to the park/walks/reading/writing and more family time. I hate not feeling like doing anything, it’s such a waste of life and given recent events I want to live every second. I keep wanting to scream “WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH ME!” In all honesty I just think I have let everything get to me and haven’t dealt with it very well. I need to be stronger for my family and for myself. It’s easy to say I know, but I am working at it.

Right, I need to put my little Cabbit to bed, make dinner with hubby, cut his hair and then finish editing a video. And breathe!

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