Half term – a birthday and trip to London

Apologies, but here’s a belated mini round-up of our adventures during MasterB’s birthday and half-term.

We celebrated young B’s 11th birthday in the morning with presents and croissants – Kipster had to help too!  Although it has to be said she was a little disappointed that none of these were for her.  She’s too used to receiving her own birthday and Christmas presents (spoilt pooch or what).

Kipster and the birthday presents

Once presents had been opened and the last bits popped in the suitcase we hot-footed it up to London for a three day break – although MrD hadn’t planned the timing too well, bearing in mind it was the Rugby World Cup semi-finals!!!  We were subsequently held up in traffic and diverted, but we arrived in London as excited as ever.  MasterB has been known to stand on the platform of the tube station and sigh ‘Ahhhh I’m home‘ – how scary is that – I just know my baby is gonna move to London the first chance he gets.

MasterB on the train

Oh my heart… my gorgeous 11 year old

It’s sort of become a bit of a tradition that during the October half term we head to London where we stay at The Grange Hotel, Holburn.  For us this is perfect because it’s so central to everything and you can even walk to Covent Garden from there.  The hotel is very nice and pleasant without being over the top and has the advantage of a swimming pool and spa.  The boys can go swimming first thing, whilst I enjoy a nice massage – – – everyone’s a winner!

We had planned to go to the London Film Museum in the afternoon where they were showcasing the Bond in Motion Exhibition with actual vehicles used in past and present films.

London Film Museum

I have to say it was really interesting seeing real life relics from the Bond films (including Bond’s passport) and MrD being a bit of a 007 fan was in heaven and enjoyed explaining things to MasterB.

James Bond car

We all enjoyed it very much and it’s definitely worth a visit if you have a chance.

We had a VIP tour of the Houses of Parliament.  A dear friend of mine (who mixes in high circles) arranged this for us and was conducted by a friend of hers, Stephen Benn.  Stephen took precious time out of his schedule to give us an amazing insight into what goes on and we were all fascinated by the ins and outs of parliament.  We really were very lucky indeed (Stephen  is a wealth of knowledge with dates, names and places at the tip of his tongue when recalling stories to us) but did you know you can arrange for your local MP to give you a tour of the HofP?

Houses of Parliament

We normally try to fit a show in whilst we are up in the big smoke and this time we were lucky enough to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I have to say, it’s not my favourite show we’ve been to see, but it was enjoyable and the sets were amazing and the young boy who played Charlie the night we were there was brilliant – well done him!

We had meals out, including the Rain Forest Cafe, Piccadilly on MasterB’s birthday evening as his chosen restaurant where we enjoyed huuuge burgers and ribs.  They also made the poor boy stand on his chair whilst the whole restaurant sang happy birthday to him (embarrassed doesn’t come close!!).

We had cake…


and enjoyed drinks in the hotel lobby after long days on our feet…

The Grange Hotel lobby

I popped in to Liberty of London (my fave store) with a couple of friends whilst the boys did Hamleys.  Again everyone was a winner!  I made a small purchase in Liberty, which I will share with you in a separate post – so look out for that one.

MasterB also attended a comic workshop at the Cartoon Museum where he was helped by a professional cartoonist to create his own character and a comic-strip.  He had great fun for a couple of hours, whilst MrD and I headed to the British Museum.

Look out for the Cartoon Museum’s workshops during school holidays, because it’s incredibly cheap and great fun for them to take part in if you happen to be in London.

On the Wednesday before we headed home, we met up with some other friends for frozen yoghurt (as you do when you’re in London) at fro-go and then headed over to the Shard.

frozen yoghurt

Having promised MasterB we’d take him up the Shard, but hadn’t had time before, we suggested a little trip up to Aqua, one of the bars on the 32nd floor.

This is a shot looking up at the Shard – it really is an amazing glass building.  And look at that sky for a November day too!

The Shard

Unfortunately, we just missed out on the last table (as children aren’t allowed to stand at the bar) and as we hadn’t booked, grrrrr, we weren’t able to stay.  But I did manage to get this shot before we left…

view from the Shard

How spectacular is that!  It’s fabulous up there and next time we will definitely be booking a table.

We crammed so much into this visit, we all came home exhausted.  Happy but exhausted.

London really is an amazing place – there’s just so much to see and do all of the time.  Every time we go we experience new things.

China Town London

It certainly was a birthday to remember for MasterB!

Do you like visiting London?  What’s your favourite place to go?

Carpe Diem x

Happy Birthday Barnaby

Happy Happy Birthday Barnaby!

Today is our darling boy’s 11th *big intake of breath* birthday.

Where did that time go?

He’s grown from this; a premature tiny babe

baby Barnaby

… to this; a strapping gorgeous 11 year old!

Barnaby Oct15

It’s so true when they say that time goes waaaaay tooooo fast and you have to make the most of each and every day – it’s so precious.

So today I am sending my love with special sparkles and the biggest hugs to my boy.  We are all off to London for a few days and I hope you have the bestest time ever.

Love forever

Mummy (soon to be known as mum I have no doubt) xxxxxxxxxxx

Carpe Diem x

French Lop rabbits…

We have exciting news … we are expecting two very gorgeous French Lop rabbits!!

We’re what we like to call ‘bunny lovers‘ in our household, after all it’s what brought MrD and I together all those years ago (that’s a whole other post for another time though) and so they have a special place in our hearts and always will.

MrD, because of his bunny interest, is also known locally as the ‘rabbit specialist’ (he’s a vet btw for those that didn’t know) and although not a specialist in technical terms, he has a particular interest in them that sets him apart from other vets.  Clients will travel a long way to see him with their buns.  Anyway, I digress…

We are expecting… our babies have been born.

So for those not in the rabbit know, French Lop rabbits are a breed of domestic buns between the English Lop and the Flemish Giant.  The French Lop is therefore a much larger rabbit and weighs between 9-13 pounds!!  Quite a whopper!  They have darling huuuuge lop ears between five to eight inches long and a much thicker set body and larger head.  In short they are totally and utterly gorgeous!

Bertie the bunny

Bertie as a baby…

We had a French Lop before, called Bertie who was a house-bunny.  Oh boy was he a character and had a rightful place within the home like any dog would have.  In fact numerous visitors to our home would actually be afraid to walk past him.  I don’t know why because he wouldn’t hurt a fly, but his shear size used to frighten the life out of them!!  That would always make us laugh.

Bertie the bunny

Back to our new arrivals though.

We found a breeder in Ross-on-Wye and put our names down on a waiting list some time ago.  After a couple of failed mating attempts, we were informed that we had two litters to choose from.  Yippeee!

We had decided on a girl and a boy and were allowed to pick one from each or both from the same litter depending on the colours we wanted.

Rabbits, by the way, should always live in pairs.  They’re very sociable pets and would get very lonely on their own and so we are expecting, what will turn out to be, two very large buns.

We were lucky to be at the top of the waiting list and so had the pick of the litters… so let me give you a little peek at our furry babies…

French lop - boy

Yep, ahhhhh indeed.  This gorgeous fella is our boy.  He’s a Frosty Point and was born in a litter of three very chunky boys and one girl.  We’re in love already and check out those scales!!  He’s gonna be HUGE!

He was born on 23 August 2015 to Lily and Olaf.

French lops

We’re not entirely sure which one is him, but cuteness overload or what?

And here’s our pretty Agouti Butterfly girl bunny…

French lop - girl

Apparently she is a very inquisitive little girl and needs to find out what everything is and that everything is in it’s place – bit like me then really!

She was born in a litter of three girls and three boys on 27 August, just four days after her ‘brother to-be‘, to parents Bounty and Wally.

There she is at the back of the picture off investigating.  I love how their ears do that.

French lops

So that’s our bit of exciting news and I will be keeping you up-to-date on their arrival and settling in to life in the Devlin household.

We are picking them up on Saturday, 31 October and I literally cannot wait!

Have you ever had rabbits?

Carpe Diem x

My Thursday thought… #8

My Thursday thought

Each Thursday I like to share my Thursday thought with you.

This could be in the form of a special quote I’ve found, or a saying or passage of text or something similar that I feel compelled to share for some reason or another.

There will definitely be silly, funny and far fetched ones thrown in, but if it strikes a chord with me it’ll be popping up somewhere along the line.

It goes without saying that there will obviously be lots of sparkly ones too.

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

My Thursday thought…

Thursday thought

Tired of trying to cram her sparkly star shaped self into society’s beige square holes, she chose to embrace her ridiculous awesomeness and shine like the freaking supernova she was meant to be.

This is soooooo me and the type of Word Porn quote I just LOVE!!

I hadn’t planned what this week’s thought was going to be, but when a friend sent this to me I knew this was the one.

I mean who wants to just fit in?

Hope you love this week’s Thursday thought as much as I do and thanks lovely friend – you know who you are – Mmmmwah!

Carpe Diem x

My Captured Moment #21

If you follow my blog you will know that I love linking up with Heledd who blogs over at Running in Lavender with her linky ‘My Captured Moment’.

This is where you link up with a photo or a series of photos that have captured a special moment in time – one or ones you haven’t and won’t ever forget.

It’s my favourite linky because it makes me think back to such special times and I always end up with a great big fat grin on my face.

This week, I’ve once again chosen a little series of pictures…

My Captured Moment #21

MasterB with face paints

This was taken when MasterB was two and half and it was the very first time he’d ever had his face painted.

MasterB with face painted

Oh my goodness I cannot believe how utterly gorgeous he was (and obviously still is; but oooooh those curls).

MasterB face painted

How cute is that button nose too.

I remember the day clearly – it was a fun day in Poole Park with a bouncy castle and coconut shy and he was so excited by everything that was going on.

Definitely one of my special and treasured captured moments.

Carpe Diem x

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Christmas flowers bouquet from Prestige Flowers

Prestige flowers

I love flowers.

I love seeing them grow in the garden, having them dotted around the home and I love seeing them when I’m out and about different places.

Some people don’t like cut flowers and prefer seeing them grow naturally, but I have to admit to loving them in the home.  They make me smile.  They make me happy.  I love the vibrancy of colours and the gorgeous perfumes that some flowers give off.

I’m one of those people who admits to buying myself a bunch (or sometimes two) each week when I do my food shop.  I love having fresh flowers for the week and if I’m lucky I can spread these out in different vases throughout the house.

So with a love for flowers, when I was given the opportunity to review a Christmas bouquet from Prestige Flowers from their Haute florist range I jumped at it.  Oooooh how exciting they were giving me a sneaky peek at what would be available on their site for Christmas.

I waited in anticipation for my delivery.

Prestige Flowers are one of the UK’s leading on-line florists and have a wonderful range of beautiful fresh flowers, plants and gift hampers.  You can do that thing too, where you add chocolates etc to the bouquet.  Before I received my flowers I popped over to their website, like you do, www.prestigeflowers.co.uk for a little looksee and I felt quite excited that I was going to be lucky enough to receive some of their fine flowers.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Prestige flowers

My bouquet, which was from the Haute Florist range, arrived in a huge cardboard box – it’s such a good idea to send them in a box because you know they won’t get damaged.

the flower box

They were wrapped in luxury paper and then popped in a bag all inside the sturdy box.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the stems were very cleverly housed in a hydration pouch to keep the flowers as fresh as possible during delivery.  I’ve never seen one of these before and thought what a great idea it was.

Prestige flowers hydration pouch

The bouquet was held together with a small piece of ribbon, which I have to admit I thought would be red (it being a Christmas bouquet and all that) and perhaps tied a little bit more delicately… but never mind that’s a small detail I guess.

Prestige flowers

There was however a lovely little card which made me smile, as well as a very informative flower care guide.  I took the time to read the guide as I had kindly been sent the flowers, in order to prolong their life as much as possible.  It advised me to change the water daily, remove guard petals that surround the blooms (I didn’t know to do this before) and to re-cut the stems regularly.

Back to my lovely flowers…

Prestige flowers christmas bouquet

A very pretty Christmas bouquet that anyone lucky enough to receive, would, I’m sure, be very happy with.  It included red and pink roses, gorgeous vibrant lime green coloured shamrock blooms, some sort of green berries (sorry I’m no expert), with cinnamon sticks and pine cones… oh and topped off with a bit of sparkle – always a winner in my book!

Christmas bouquet

Christmas flowers

Prestige flowers

Ooooh how lovely.

So, how long did my bouquet last?

Well I’m delighted to say that they lasted a good week and a half without me having to throw any of the stems away.  The berries are still looking lovely but the roses are finished now.

I will of course be keeping the cinnamon sticks and pine cones for crafting purposes at Christmas (haha look out for that one around Christmas time).

christmas berries

I’m not sure how much this bouquet is as it’s from their new Haute florist Christmas flowers range launching in December, but you can view their current Christmas flowers category on the Prestige website.  I can’t therefore give a value for money review, but they were certainly very pretty and if I received them at Christmas I would be a very happy girlie indeed.

Thank you very much Prestige Flowers.

Do you like cut flowers or prefer to see them growing in their natural habitat?

Carpe Diem x

I was kindly sent this Christmas bouquet from Prestige Flowers for the purpose of review, but all thoughts are entirely my own and I will always be honest.

I’m also linking this post with Jess from Mummy of boy girl twins and Caro from The Twinkle Diaries for their ‘HomeEtc‘ linky which is fab for home-y and garden inspirational blogs. I love it!

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Parenting – probably the hardest thing you’ll ever do!


When you send them off to school having had words… how rubbish does that make you feel?

Reeeeaaaaally rubbish.

That thing with a tween when you ask and ask and A S K them to go finish getting ready and brush their teeth as they need to get going to school.

Yep – that.

Oh it’s so frustrating and annoying.

I don’t remember being like that, but maybe I was (I’m sure if my mum is reading this she’ll let me know) but there really is no sense of urgency – even at this age.

When does that kick in?

The thing about it is, it leaves you feeling so horrid.

And I’m pretty sure he feels pretty rubbish too.

It’s that pushing it and pushing it until I finally flip and shout!  I hate shouting, but sometimes it happens when I can ask no more and a switch is switched inside me and I lose it.

Then I feel eugh… and he feels eugh… we both feel eugh.

So the question here is, should all electronic equipment be banned from school mornings?  MasterB seems to have crept into the whole sitting and watching stuff on the iPad in the mornings.  Meaning he then puts off and off the going back upstairs to get read to get out the door! (that’s a shout-y voice by the way)

It’s something I’m considering because every single morning is the same and it’s tedious, it’s tiring and it makes me feel rubbish.

I’d love to know if you have to set ‘rules‘ for your tween on school mornings?

I love MasterB with all my heart, but boy oh boy can he be frustrating at times.

The good news is I can text him as he walks to school to let him know I love him and to have a good day.  Phew.  That makes me feel an incy wincy bit better, but there surely must be a better way.

This parenting thing sure is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

There, now I’ve got that off my chest, I shall continue with my day and await my gorgeous tween’s return from school … when we start it all over again.

Is it too early for Blush?

Carpe Diem x

My Captured Moment #20

I always love linking up with Heledd who blogs over at Running in Lavender with her linky ‘My Captured Moment’.

This is where you link up with a photo or a series of photos that have captured a special moment in time – one or ones you haven’t and won’t ever forget.

It’s my favourite linky because it makes me think back to such special times and I always end up with a great big fat grin on my face.

Here’s this week’s…

My Captured Moment #20

Barnaby Christening day

Oh my goodness, my two gorgeous boys.

This was in fact MasterB’s Christening Day – he was ten months old and it was the most beautiful August day.

How totally scrummy does he look in his Christian Dior outfit (I still have this hanging in the wardrobe and don’t think I’ll ever be able to part with it).

He was an angel boy all day and didn’t cry once.  I think he was a little over-whelmed by the day though (check out his face) and certainly wasn’t too impressed when the vicar rather enthusiastically wetted his head.

We had a garden party after and everything went so smoothly – we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.

It’s a wonderful memory and a perfect captured moment of daddy holding his boy.

Carpe Diem x

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My Thursday thought… #7

My Thursday thought

Each Thursday I like to share my Thursday thought with you.

This could be in the form of a special quote I’ve found, or a saying or passage of text or something similar that I feel compelled to share for some reason or another.

There will definitely be silly, funny and far fetched ones thrown in, but if it strikes a chord with me it’ll be popping up somewhere along the line.

It goes without saying that there will obviously be lots of sparkly ones too.

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

My Thursday thought…

Sandbanks Thursday thought

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth…

Oh my goodness what wise words we should listen to, but often get knocked for six if someone (especially if they are close to us) don’t get us.

A great reminder and one we should hold on to each and every day.

I hope you like this week’s Thursday thought.

Have a great day.

Carpe Diem x

I’m linking this post with Becky over at Cuddle Fairy for her weekly ‘Candid Cuddles‘ quotes..

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Sweet peppers… our homegrown produce

Humour me on this one.

We’re very excited in our household by our homegrown produce this year.

It’s been pretty much an overall success and as complete novices at this game, we’re quite pleased with ourselves.

I give you … the teeny tiny sweet peppers!

Ta da!

sweet orange peppers

Oh yes and there’s some tomatoes thrown in there too.  They’re just finishing up but have been really nice (though not hugely prolific), but the tiny ones you can see were like popping sweeties in your mouth.

Back to the gorgeous peppers for now as that’s what this post is about.

sweet orange peppers

We haven’t tried growing peppers before, but thought we’d give it a go this year and bought our seeds back around April/May time I’m thinking.  We just thought, let’s have a go and see what happens.  We went for the smaller ones as they’re known for being sweeter and I can confirm that they definitely are.  They’re yummy.

sweet orange peppers

It occurred to us, that it’s purely down to when you pick them as to their colour and taste.  Sorry if that sounds obvious, but hey who knew?!

They start out green, turn yellow, then orange and then red.

We’ve really enjoyed these orange ones.

sweet orange peppers

We’ve loved having them in salads – they really are sweet and tasty – as well as in stir fry’s.

We’ll definitely be growing sweet peppers again next year.

sweet orange peppers

Have you had any luck with a homegrown crop this year?  What’s grown the best for you?

Carpe Diem x

I’m linking this post with Jess from Mummy of twin boy girls and Caro from The Twinkle Diaries for their #HomeEtc linky which is fab for home-y and garden inspirational blogs.  I love it!

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My week in pictures #18

I’m here just a day late with ‘My week in pictures‘.

This is where, in a bid to take more photos, I set myself a little challenge to take at least one photo each day in an attempt to capture simple every day moments – those little moments that are sometimes forgotten and overlooked.  Sometimes the littlest things can actually turn out to be the most special.

I then choose one for each day and share them with you as a little peek into how my week panned out.  It’s my weekly visual feast.

I’m also over on Instagram where more of my daily photos appear – you can take a look at my gallery and follow me here if you like.

So here’s last week’s which commenced Monday, 5 October and photos go from top to bottom, left to right:

weekly collage

Monday:  MrD and I had a trip to West Quay in Southampton – strangely I was sat outside the men’s changing room in John Lewis!!  Make out of that what you will!

Tuesday:  Lunch at the gorgeous Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington – thoroughly recommended.

Wednesday:  Time for the autumn nails and scarves to make an appearance.  Loving this colour too.

Thursday:  MrD and I, oh and the pooch, had a gorgeous walk along the beach to Sandbanks.  The weather was great and I got some really nice pics on my phone – should have taken my big camera, grrrr!  You can read my a daycation to Sandbanks in Poole post for more pics.

Friday:  I received a Christmas bouquet from the lovely people at Prestige Flowers – yes you read that right, a Christmas bouquet.  Look out for a review post coming up on them soon.

Saturday:  My gorgeous MasterB who for once, let me take some quick (and I mean quick) snaps of him when out on a walk.

Sunday:  Ooops it was chocolates and a glass of good old Blush Sunday night whilst watching the tv.

Awwwww it was a great week all in all last week – MrD and I had some time off together and so it was all about spending quality time together.  Lovely – thank you.

Have a great week.

Carpe Diem x

Barnaby’s Sunday vlog #3

Ok, we’re on a roll… just up-loaded to my YouTube channel, here’s Barnaby’s Sunday vlog.

This is where each week MasterB, having kept on and on and on and on, has been allowed a small part of my blog to do his own thing… that’s when Barnaby’s Sunday vlog was born.

Here’s this week’s – I hope you enjoy it…

Love to get your feedback, comments and ideas for future vlogs.

Until next Sunday, ba ba!

Carpe Diem x

What I’ve learned being a parent to a nearly 11 year old…

What Ive learned as a parent to a nearly 11 year old

Parenting is an ever-evolving learning cycle.

You think you’ve cracked it, but little did you know the next big thing is about to hit you right in the middle of the face!  Boom!!  And off you go again.  Into the unknown once again.

As our darling MasterB turns 11 towards the end of the month, I thought I’d share a few of the top things I’ve learned along the way:

  • There is nothing as important as Minecraft!
  • You are embarrassing  just because you are his/her mother – end of!
  • Homework is a battle – get over it.
  • You should know where he/she has left his/her phone, iPod, iPad, headphones and anything else electrical that is used on a daily basis.
  • On a similar note, you should know to ensure that all electrical devices are fully charged.  How could you possibly not know to charge them just when they are running out of juice and wanting to be used immediately?!
  • There is nothing as important as Minecraft!
  • The door will always be shut and you should cough and perhaps even knock before entering.
  • You should definitely learn that putting your clothes in the laundry basket is a totally ridiculous unreasonable request.
  • Music CANNOT be played at a reasonable level.
  • If your tween has friends over, do not under any circumstances attempt to make a joke – in fact it’s best to avoid all forms of communication and just let them be.  A difficult one I know, but trust me it’s for the best.
  • Your tween will definitely know how to download stuff from iTunes and the internet better than you.
  • Do not under any circumstances question whether teeth have been brushed for goodness sake!
  • Be prepared for the same conversation or should I say moan, each and every morning (or night) when attempting to get him/her in the shower.
  • He/she will tell it as it is – if you’re not looking your best, be prepared to be told, if he/she doesn’t like your hair, be prepared etc etc!
  • Kisses on the lips – few and far between.  Absolutely make the most of them when they do happen; they are precious.
  • There is nothing as important as Minecraft!
  • Your tween is not old enough not to throw a complete and utter wobbler!
  • Although nothing-else in your tween’s bedroom/playroom is played with, touched or even looked at, the mere suggestion that the lot could be got rid of is ridiculous!
  • You will not be called mummy in front of friends or when out and about.
  • Enjoyable family time is a rarity and as such one that should be embraced wholeheartedly when it does occur.
  • Even though your tween is nearing 11, you should still attempt where possible to let them win at board games.  The sulking really isn’t worth anything else trust me.
  • There is nothing as important as Minecraft!

… and finally

  • There is nothing in this world that compares to the love you have for your child (no matter what age) and when you get that rare and spontaneous cuddle and/or kiss and even those words that melt your heart ‘I love you mummy‘ it makes everything worth while.

I hope you’ve found this useful.

Enjoy your day!

Carpe Diem x

Disclaimer:  this is by no means an exhaustive list… trust me.

I’m linking this post with You baby me mummy and Mum’s daysThe List‘ linky…

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A daycation to Sandbanks in Poole

This is going to be a slightly picture top-heavy post.

Mostly because MrD and I had the chance for a wonderful walk down at Sandbanks beach yesterday and the weather was soooo kind to us, I took over 40 photos on my phone.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to share 40 with you.  Just a few, because I’d be selfish keeping them to myself if I didn’t!!

view of the Purbecks

This is at the top of the zig zag at Branksome Chine looking towards the Purbecks in the distance.

Branksome beach

That’s Old Harry Rocks right at the end.  You can actually walk there by going over to Studland on the old fashioned chain ferry at Sandbanks and walking right the way along.  Yesterday wasn’t a day for that though *phew*.

the beach at Sandbanks

Looking back towards Bournemouth with the Isle of Wight in the distance.

that sky

I just love the sky in these pictures – it’s quite dramatic.

that sky again

It really was quite hot on our walk – such a gorgeous early October day.

shells on the beach

beach huts

a fisherman

There was a lone fisherman on the beach.

We walked along holding hands (in between throwing the ball for Kipster) enjoying every moment of the sunshine on our faces.

Of course we had to reward ourselves with a spot of lunch at The Jazz Cafe at Sandbanks.  It was nice to just sit outside in the sun watching the world (and his dog) go by.

hot chocolate

Lifeguards on the beach

No walk would be complete without me snapping some pics of the happy pooch…

Kipster in the sea

Kipster on the sand

She was a very happy girlie indeed.

Kipster rolling in the sand

This is the life … aaaahhhhh bliss.


Aren’t we lucky?  And what a bonus for an October day.

two people walking on the beach

I love this picture too.  I have no idea who those two people are, but thank you for being in the right place at the right time  (right in the middle of my shot as I took it) – perfect!

Do you have a special place you like to go for a walk?

Carpe Diem x

My Thursday thought… #6

My Thursday thought

Each Thursday I like to share my Thursday thought.

This could be a special quote I’ve found, or a saying or passage of text or something similar that I feel compelled to share for some reason or another.

There will definitely be silly, funny and far fetched ones thrown in, but if it strikes a chord with me it’ll be popping up somewhere along the line.

It goes without saying that there will obviously be lots of sparkly ones too.

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

My Thursday thought…

My Thursday thought

Be the type of person that you want to meet

I really love this and I like this way of thinking.

I’d like to think (for the most part) that I’m the kind of person I’d really like to meet and get to know and even be friends with.  It’s certainly something to aspire to and so that’s why this week I’ve chosen this one.

The image is my own and was taken today at Sandbanks beach.  It was the most glorious day and MrD and I had a lovely stroll along this totally gorgeous beach that we are lucky enough to live near.  It stretches on for miles and miles.  Kipster enjoyed lots of ball throwing so she was a happy girlie too.

I hope you enjoy my Thursday thought for this week.

Carpe Diem x

As this image is my own I will be pinning it to my ‘Words’ board over on Pinterest where you can follow me.

I’m linking this post with Cuddle Fairy’sCandid Cuddles‘ weekly linky.

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