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Snapshots: 1095 Days

The following are random photos of my daughter taken from when she was a few days old to the present.

Three years of happy days, tired days, difficult days, fun days, sick days, filled with laughter days, filled with tears/whinges days, filled with cuddles and kisses days … But most of all 1095 days filled with absolute and pure love days.

Happy Birthday Little One!

This post is linked with Podcast’s What’s The Story

In search of the Devil’s Cauldron at Lydford Gorge

I don’t know about you folks, but we’ve been busy almost daily doing things out in the sun, or visiting places, scared that we might wake up one day to grey skies once again.

So last sunday, we decided on an impromptu picnic somewhere, anywhere, as long as it involved the sun and out-doors.

One of the best things about where we live is that we are never far-away from lovely places to visit.  We are just minutes away from the beach and other tourist places.  And being members of the National Trust, we can actually go to any of their properties and have a day-out without having to pay the excessive entrance fees some of these places are known for.  Actually, that’s all you need for a cheap day out: your National Trust card and a delicious picnic.

So that’s what we did!  We didn’t want to go too far and we didn’t want to visit any of the stately country homes here in Cornwall (we’ve been to most of them anyway and besides, we reserve them for rainy days and winter).  We wanted to do something fun and for a change, not go to the beach.  It only took only a couple of flicks on our trusty 2013 National Trust Book and found a place to go:  Lydford Gorge, Tavistock in Devon.

Why?

  • The place had a picnic ground.
  • A Playground
  • Lovely walks by the river and exciting/mysterious places to find/visit.

Although when we got there, it was actually too hot to have a picnic on the grounds.  Sadly, it was also too hot for T to play at the playground.  So we ended up doing a short walk through the woods to look for the Devil’s Cauldron.  

It was a short(ish) walk down the river.  T gamely walked all the way down.  We stopped by a charming bridge and my husband taught us how to play Pooh sticks which T loved.  Then we followed the river till it narrowed down, walked up a few steep steps and entered a dark ravine to see the Devils Cauldron.

It was a bit scary actually, going down.  One clumsy step and you could easily fall down below.

Can you imagine falling?  I can!  So I didn’t dare look down.

And there it was, the Devil’s Cauldron, it was actually eerie.   You could imagine something sinister happening here – a perfect setting for a scary movie.  It was warm outside, but as soon as we stepped down the ravine, the temperature immediately went down and it was all lovely and cool.  We would’ve stayed longer, but since it was a sunday, there was a string of tourists coming in one after another.

After the walk, we decided to go back in the car and drive down to the waterfalls.  You could actually walk all the way there, but not with a toddler, maybe when she’s older.  Besides, we were getting a little bit peckish.  It was time for that picnic which we had under a tree before setting off to find the White Lady.

The White Lady Waterfall is 90 feet tall and is apparently the highest waterfall in the South West.  The photo above doesn’t look like it’s been taken in England.  It looks a bit more like my home in the Philippines, though if this was home, the waterfalls will be bigger, more of a raging torrent and of course the temperature would be warmer too.

In case you’re wondering, yes, this was the day my little one actually said the F word.

If you’re in the area and looking for something to do, a bit of a hike, a picnic or a little adventure for you and your little ones, do visit the Lydford Gorge.

And the Little One said …

Yesterday, we were off for another sunshine adventure when on our way out of our little village by the ocean, driving up to one of the narrow country lanes Cornwall is known for, my usually-gentle-husband exploded with expletives as a couple of cars (obviously tourists) were driving in the middle of the road.  Yes, the husband used the F word to express his frustration.

From behind him, T says What’s wrong Dada?

The husband says I’m sorry Tamsin.  They were driving in the middle of the road!  Silence in the car.  Then we turned into a major street and from behind, the little one said:

F*ck it!

Shocked.  I looked behind and the little one said:

The cars were in the middle of the road!

The guilty husband whispered: Ignore her.  Pretend it’s nothing.

So that’s what I did.

Share-a-Find: Tam and her new Tent

I love when it’s summer and Tam can just play in the garden with her toys.

This ikea tent is perfect for that.

It’s bigger than her old one and can fit a small table and stool, along with her other toys.

It’s also a great size to fit two kids (even more), perfect for T and her best-friend when he comes over to play.

You can also pitch it inside your kids’ room if it’s big enough and make a cosy little corner for them to play in with their toys.

Don’t you just love summer?  We do.

What does your home-office look like?

This is mine, our couch in our living room.  I sit there with my mac on my lap and typing away like a mad woman while T watches her DVDS.  Yes, I know, she watches way too much television.  But when I’m busy with a deadline, there’s really nothing much I can do about it.

Most mornings, I work in our kitchen too.  Sometimes T plays with her play-dough, paints or draws beside me and when the weather is good enough, I also work in the garden while she plays in her sandpit, tent, or bouncy thing.  That’s my life as a mom.  It’s better this way actually – I’m able to take my work with me wherever I am in the house, than just sitting on a desk.  Sometimes, I do wonder if I’ll be more productive and creative if I stay put on a desk. But that’s just not possible for me right now, not with a two-year-old, almost three-year-old demanding little girl like mine.  I’ll consider a desk, once she begins school.

For now I can dream of having a lovely home-office like the following:

All photos taken from Housetohome.

All about Summer in England: Days of Fun in the Sun

T enjoying the sun in our garden

We’ve been having so much good weather lately, it almost seems too good to be true!  The weather won’t be as good this week,  but since we’ve had so much of it the past few days, it almost feels alright.

FRIDAY

We – along with other parents went to the beach for an impromptu BBQ, even though the tide has risen and we only had a few patch of sand and ended up sitting on the rocks, it was still so much fun!  Arrived past 4pm and stayed till around 7pm, the good thing about British summer is that, it’s still bright outside even at 10pm – and of course the days are longer!

Waiting for the BBQ to cook.

Having fun with her friends.

Err… Sunbathing?

SATURDAY

My husband had a seminar to teach in Taunton, a lovely town in Somerset, between Exeter and Bristol.  Since the weather was still good, T and I decided to go with him and have a girl’s-day-out, while he worked.  Had so much fun shopping and mooching around the shops, just like I used to do when I was single, only this time I had my little girl with me, which turned out even more fun! She’s a little girl now, not my baby anymore =( … as I was trying on some sandals, she said to me I want to try on sandals too mommy!  So I let her try on some too.  After our shopping, we sat in the park, had ice-cream and enjoyed the sun even more. Then met up with my husband and had a picnic and watched a cricket match!  Now that’s a very British thing to do, have a picnic amidst a cricket game.

My husband has been trying to explain this game to me.  But as soon as he mentions the word cricket, my mind goes off to lalaland – that word along with football and history. (He teaches history and has a few books published too).

T oblivious to the game, no matter how much my husband tried to engage her in it.

SUNDAY 

Just when I thought that we were going to spend a quiet-relaxing day doing some chores, we received text from one of our friends inviting us for another BBQ on the beach.  Who can say no to a BBQ on the beach, with lovely weather and great company?  Not us!

Pimms on the beach, can it get any better than that?

Except this: best-friends enjoying the beach and sun.

Best-friends forever: T & F.

Now if only the weather here is like this year-round, then life would be perfect!

Even the horses enjoyed a dip in the Cornish sea.

Must always end summer days with eating ice-cream by the beach.

And now it’s Monday and the sun is still shining, although we do have some rain to come all through-out-the-week.  Temperature is also scheduled to go down just a little bit.  Rain and a bit cold in the summer, this is England I know more.  Now excuse me while I tackle the endless chores that seemed to have accumulated over the few days while we lazed around on the beach.  Oh well, it was worth it!