Previous Posts: March 2017

Day Out at Cannon Hall Farm

The other week we took our boys ages 3 and only 5 months to Cannon Hall Farm and I thought I would share my experience with you all!

This September our eldest will be starting nursery and I am making a concerted effort to expose him to as many experiences as possible before we become that family who can only do things in the half term holidays. Although we have all gone to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park that host a huge range of animals I have never taken Nate to a working farm before and he was really looking forward to it, especially the tractors – typical boy!

We went on a Thursday during term time and had a great day out, Cannon Hall is about fifty minutes away from where we live which was perfect for little children who can easily become bored in the car.
As we got nearer to the farm itself I was pleased to find that it was clearly signposted which is great when you are visiting somewhere new, the car park itself also was laid out well and had lots of space – brilliant for if you chose to visit during school holidays.

On arrival you can visit The White Bull one of the restaurants onsite and the Farm Shop without going into the farm itself. I thought this was a good idea should you live more locally that you don’t have to go through the whole farm if you just wanted to shop or eat, The White Bull had an incredible menu (more of that later) and I would love to have Breakfast there on day.

I thought the entry prices were very reasonable, at the time of our visit the tickets were half price but I would not hesitate to pay the full price again for what the farm has to offer. I was very impressed that the feed was only 50p, lets face the whole point of visiting a farm is for your children to join in and this is an area that could be heavily marked up! I was pleased to find there was plenty in a bag and you can get around the farm with just 1, there are machines to purchase more if you get a bit excited along the way.

With our youngest asleep we headed off in search of feeding some animals, there are some hills but nothing too strenuous when pushing the pram at all.
The first barn we got to, had rabbits which Nate loved looking at and there are various hand washing facilities along the way with great instructions for kids.

Nate with rabbits

We then moved onto the rare breed barns, all of these barns you are elevated looking down on the animals via a walk way, this is such a neat idea, little kids are able to look and see what is going off and I can imagine the animals appreciate not having an over excited toddler in their face too.

Nate with pigs

For the feed you simply pour it down the shoots into troughs for the animals to come up and feed from – don’t you just love the photo!

Me and Nate feeding

cow eating

It was about the third barn in when our youngest decided to wake up, and needed to be fed himself! I mention this because as a parent to little kids sometime you need to quickly remove yourself from an area whether that be for a feed, toilets or even a tantrum break! It was very easy to get out of a barn and walk alongside them to return later.

We went to the Hungry Llama a restaurant which has a huge indoor play area. You have to park your pushchair across from the restaurant itself – which if it was the school holidays I would choose to perhaps add something to the pram, like a tag to make it easier to locate.
You can tell that Cannon Hall has thought long and hard about the visitor experience because I was able to feed my youngest as my eldest had a great time running about in the play area, often I feel the mother guilt of spoiling my eldest fun to deal with the youngest or vice versa but the indoor play area only enhanced Nate’s trip.
There was some great sensory items in the play area too for Judah once he had finished feeding and I got to sneak in a cup of tea, so it all worked out.

After about half an hour or so we went off to complete our trip around the barns, with a toddler around the barns I think it would take about an hour, when we went back to the start a second there was a staff member at the barn with the rabbits, so Nate had an opportunity  to pet them as well as have a chat.

There were so many animals to spot, I am sure if you follow me on Instagram you saw my stories where Nate was talking about the piglets who were only 3 days old at the time, as well as sheep, cows, llamas, horses, donkeys and goats.

animals

We then headed to The White Bull for lunch, we had to exit the farm portion but with stickers they give you on arrival it is easy to hop in and out of this section.
The White Bull has a great atmosphere and delicious food! We were really impressed with what they had to offer, from tea, cakes, sandwiches, to full dinner menu there was plenty to choose from. I selected a Jacket Potato with side salad, Luke had a Club hot ciabatta with chips and side salad, and Nathanael had Chicken Nuggets (homemade) with chips and peas. You order from counter to collect your drinks and they quickly brought out our food.

The customer service was fantastic, watching the staff even as they collected dishes, and tidy up they were friendly, joining in conversation with customers and couldn’t do enough for you. I really value when people include my son and will try to figure out his little chats and it is these small touches that I am sure gain them repeat custom.
To note there was plenty to chose on the menu should you have any food allergies or dietary concerns, since my sister was diagnosed with coeliac disease a few years ago I often will glance at the menu to see what options are available.

We had a great day out and I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Cannon Hall Farm especially with young children, the whole farm is set up for the visitor in mind, there is lots to see and do even on a dreary March day. We would love to return in the Summer months for Nate to have a go on the tractor rides, we have also spotted the food festival they host in August and that looks a great family day out too!

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Januuary/February Favourites

1. Sherlock A controversial one I know with some disappointed with the season, and I have got to say that I wasn’t a fan of the strangling or the whole twist with redbeard, my mothers heart can’t take that at the moment. However the whole season was worth it for the last 10 minutes of the final episode. I just love Sherlock and I will be so sad if that is the last series!

2. Voxer App I have been loving this app this month, with one child or another usually surrounding me I don’t have the time, hands or lets face it patience to text so using this app like a walkie talkie to message Luke has been great!

3. Deborah Crombie (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James novels) With cluster feeding at night in full force I have a good one and a half hours where I stationary, this is the perfect time to devour some books. At the moment I am averaging a book every 2 nights, and I have been loving the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James novels, with it being a detective series it is the perfect easy fiction for me, a new case each book but with main characters I am invested in already.

4. Radio 4 – Last month Judah hit his four month sleep regression – argh! Copious amounts of coffeehelped me to get through the day and at night to keep me awake while I was feeding Judah it was the wonder of radio 4. I am up to date with most political events throughout the world as well as listening to the joy of Brain of Britain, Moral Maze and A Good Read.

5. Judah’s Dedication The highlight of January had to have been Judah’s dedication. We had a great time with family and friends celebrating the wonderful gift that Judah is to us.

6. Slimming World If you have visited my blog recently you will have noticed there hasn’t been a great variety of posts because plain and simple I lack time! There is no way I am going to sacrifice precious time with my family to blog – it would be a bit ridiculous blogging motherhood and my life without actually being present in it!
One thing that I  managed to keep up with are my slimming world meal plan posts and that has definitely been a favourite over the past few months, it has kept me on track and  has provided some structure to my eating without wanting to devour the biscuit tin!

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Catch Up!

Hey All,

So this blog of mine has dropped off a cliff recently oops! But if you want to keep up to date with what is going off in real time check out my Instagram stories. I have been loving sharing snippets of what the boys and I are getting up to and I am so pleased that after 24hrs it is erased!
In the interest of keeping my blog somewhat alive I thought I would share what has happened this past few weeks or so …

me, nate and judah

Slimming World – This has been going great, including pregnancy weight in 22 weeks I have lost 44.5 pounds and I couldn’t be more pleased with myself! It has taken a lot of saying no but I only I have 2.5 more pounds to hit my goal and I am so pleased I have achieved this before my 30th birthday!

Clothes Shopping – One joy of dropping the pounds is dropping clothes sizes, however this has in short been a frustrating experience to say the least. What is with “fashion” these days I do not know why clothes look like they are made on a mannequin the shape of Miss Square – everything is boxy and HUGE (before we start, I am buying the right size) everything is horrific looking.
I am a Mum, I am in a state of constant pick up –  I don’t want a crop top, and I don’t want something that would make a polo neck look revealing – what is with that?
Why can’t they make clothes for a woman not some prepubescent boy!
Rant over, hopefully now spring/summer collections are arriving I might have more success although I am not counting on it!

Foot Peel – In the quest for clothes I purchased ASOS premier delivery – what a joy I tell you-  very helpful when I seem to send it all back. Anyway I have wanted to for an age to try a foot peel. I had seen some in Boots but there was no way I was spending £20 on one application so I found StarSkin ones on ASOS and oh my word it was divine!
I put them on for the maximum time allowed and originally thought they hadn’t worked, however within 3 days it started to work it’s magic and everything is peeling off – I will have baby soft feet for the summer. I really think they were worth the cost, much better than filing and horrific foot machines.

Fireplace – If you have been following me on Instagram you will already be aware of my DIY success. When we moved into our current home, we had a 6 week old, it was Christmas, the owners prior to us had left the house in April so it had that un-lived in vibe, the boiler wouldn’t switch on, there was no TV aerial and oh yes we had a six week old.
I tell you this so you will understand that when Luke mentioned he couldn’t get the fireplace working there were far more important things on our list, such as all of the above. There has always been something more interesting or would make more of an impact than the fireplace, our house isn’t cold so we just left it till later, anyway this past weekend I said to Luke – you know what I should try the fireplace and see if I can get it to work, I wasn’t hopeful – I am not great at anything like this but it was worth a shot before we brought someone out.
Well, it turns out that our fireplace was never broken! Within the first go, the fire was lit, the room became toasty warm and poor Luke who on the day of move in was juggling a million and one things and has never checked the fireplace again was left a little bemused as to what has happened – he took it like a champ though and posted on Instagram his “error”

I think I have caught you up with everything that has been going off around these parts, I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to some Spring like weather and perhaps a few posts on what the boys and I are up to out and about!

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