The Lakes Distillery: Gin, alpacas and sticky toffee pudding

Set in the heart of the Lake District, next to the River Derwent, the Lakes Distillery is an award winner producer of gin, vodka and whisky – as well as home to some very friendly alpacas!

Last weekend we were invited along to the Distillery to try out some of the amazing food at the Bistro and meet the ‘Alpacaly Ever After’ herd that lives on site.

The food at the Bistro is amazing. We went on a Sunday and my husband and I both had the roast beef with yorkshire pudding. It was so tasty, but the best part of the meal was the warm chocolate pudding with mango salsa and pistachio ice cream – it was delicious. (more…)

A Holiday Gem from Portugal

Holidays are a time for creating memories – and of course we want to capture some of those memories on camera. We love looking back at photos from our family holidays, so when Holiday Gems asked us to share one of our favourite holiday snaps, it was hard to pick just one.

We took this photograph in 2015. Izzy was 4 and it was our first trip to Albufeira in Portugal – and to the amazing Zoomarine.

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Our August Roundup

And just like that the Summer holidays are over. It’s back to school on Monday and with that comes darker nights and the countdown to *whispers* Christmas. It feels a bit strange thinking about the festive season when it’s still months away, but some shops already have Christmas cards in. Already. What’s that about? I have to confess I’ve bought one present – I couldn’t resist buying a cute teddy wearing dinosaur pyjamas for Clara from a new gift shop that’s just opened in town. And the kids have started their lists already – Izzy would like an electric scooter and Clara wants a Jackson Storm car from Cars 3 – although I’m sure they will change their minds several times before it gets to December. But anyway, let’s not wish away the year. With any luck Summer isn’t quite over yet, even if the holidays are. So here’s what we got up to in August.

  • We spent the bank holiday weekend in Paris. By “we” I mean me and the Hubby. Yes, we got a whole 4 nights away from the kids, thanks to the in-laws. They asked a couple of months ago if they could look after the girls for a few nights at their house over the school holidays. They live in Manchester so they don’t get to see the girls that often. Great, I thought. We can spend a few days doing some decorating, adding the finishing touches to our new home. My Hubby had other ideas, suggesting a couple of nights in York. Somehow that quickly escalated to us booking to go to Paris. Well, we might as well make the most of having babysitters!  (more…)

SEA LIFE Manchester Review

Last week we visited Sea Life Manchester – where the girls had loads of fun meeting the Octonauts, stroking snakes and starfish, and (kind of) high-fiving a turtle. We were kindly given entry to Sea Life to review the attraction, and it was a lovely way to spend a few hours as a family.

Exploring the aquarium 

There are lots of different zones within the aquarium, starting with Turtle beach. Here you find out about the life of a sea turtle through an interactive presentation, and it’s cute seeing the baby turtles projected onto the sand. Next you get to see some of the most unusual looking fish and sea creatures in the rocky hideout, find out more about sharks and seahorses and explore the coral reefs. Of course the “Nemos” were Clara’s favourites, and she enjoyed ducking through the tunnel to watch them. There are a few tunnels dotted around the aquarium so children can really get up close to the fish.

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Our July Roundup

July was a busy month – we moved house at the end of June so we have mainly been getting our new home sorted, but we are now happily settled in and ready to catch up on everything else that’s been put on hold while we’ve unpacked, painted and built furniture – like blogging. I really enjoyed writing our Weekly roundups and they were a good way to document all the little things that have happened – which is the whole reason I started this blog in the first place, as an online diary of our family life. But, it was hard to keep up and weekly posts turned into fortnightly or even less frequently, so I’ve decided to start a monthly roundup instead. Maybe I will have better luck keeping up with this one!

So what else happened in July?

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