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Lough Erne Resort – Our family stay

Lough Erne Resort – Our Review

Hotel Exterior

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The June bank holiday weekend was our wedding anniversary. Its the one occasion I really like to mark or celebrate. We were invited to Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh for the night and how could I possibly refuse a stay in five star luxury hotel?! With kids in tow we departed for Lough Erne via Donegal (!) for the Sunday night of the bank holiday.  Ill admit from the outset expectations were high, hotel of the year 2017, home to the 2013 G8 summit, five star and award winning chef!!! Could this hotel live up?!!

The location

Lake View

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The hotel is located just outside of Enniskillen in Co Fermnanagh, very easy to locate and well sign posted. You enter the hotel via a long driveway which I think forms part of the golf course.  When they  entrance comes into view its impossible not to be wowed, its really stunning and the setting on the lake really adds to the charm.  We could see the swans on the lake which really excited the kids.

Lake view

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The room

Check in was smooth and dealt with efficiently and friendly by a lovely lady names Susan or Sandra  I think.  Helpful without being imposing exactly the way I like it. The kids received swim bags with colouring book and crayons in it which was a really nice touch.  Our home for the night was a beautiful 2 bedroom lodge over looking the lake. It was huge!! We had a separate living space with kitchenette, two full sized ensuite bedroom and a breathtaking view of the lake. I could very easily wile away hours staring at that view. The lake is so calm and serene. Its also part of the golf course and the boys loved watching the golf buggies up and down the course. There were lots of lovely little touches the swam teddy on the bed for the kids the little slippers.  My pair felt like total vips’s.

The Food

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We had dinner in the Blaney Bar that evening. The first thing I noticed was the great kids menu.  My pair happily devoured the steak and chips.  The setting is really nice over looking the lake its nice and relaxed which is important when eating out with kids. Both the Dada Fairy and I also opted for steak and chips and there was clean plates all round. Service was very good. Special mention to Lauren who was brilliant, attentive, friendly and unobtrusive.  The staff in the bar definitely add to the charm and appeal, all the staff we encountered were so welcoming especially with the kids. Big thumbs up for the wine and chilled glasses too!

There is another restaurant on site – The Catalina, which I understand is Northern Ireland’s first 3 AA Rosette Hotel Restaurant. We didn’t eat dinner there but did have breakfast there which was as you would expect really good.  Again the staff are a big selling point here. Service is attentive without being over done.  Great breakfast selection there was plenty selection for both the adults and the kids.

The Facilities

lake view

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Unfortunately having only had one night we didn’t get enough time to experience the activities on offer but I did hear from another guest that the pool really was amazing.  There really is lots for families to do onsite you can take an hour-long cruise down the Lough in the region’s famous Water Taxis or head off to nearby Marble Arch Caves – one of the world’s leading Geoparks.

On site there are beautiful walks around the stunning surroundings of Lough Erne on the famous Collop Walk. It goes without saying aspiring junior golfers can practice their skills on the Mini Himalayas putting green or take part in a Junior golf camp. There’s also a host of other family-friendly activities such as fishing, arts and crafts, and a dedicated games room, Ernie’s Den to keep kids occupied and parents relaxed.

I really need to come back to experience the facilities on offer 😉

The Verdict

I was a little worried that as a five star hotel my boisterous pair might seem like like unwelcome guests amongst other patrons and staff! Absolutely not from the minute we checked in the kids were made feel like special guests.  The lodge was fantastic with so much space and the kitchenette while we didn’t use it I can see how helpful it would be if you were staying a couple of nights. We really thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Everything from the setting to the food to the room (s) was wow, spotlessly clean and welcoming.  If i was to start being really picky, the wifi in our lodge wasn’t picking up the signal well however lets be honest you don’t visit a five star resort for its wifi!

I can say hand on heart we will be back.

The cost

For best rate always book direct with the hotel.  For this summer the ‘Fermanagh Family Fun’ package is available which includes complimentary access to the Infinity Pool (children’s swimming daily 8am-11am & 4.30pm–5.30pm), jacuzzi and sauna at The Thai Spa plus an indulgent breakfast each morning by Noel McMeel and his culinary team. It’s available midweek (Sunday to Thursday) from the discounted price of £310 / £280 / £269 per night, based on two adults and two children under 12 and is available 1st July – 13th August.

 

Note: We were provided with a complimentary stay however all views are my own or the kids. I was not asked or expected to write this review.

 

 

 

Mamma Musings

10 Reasons You Feel Tired All the Time and How to Fix It

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Always feeling tired but aren’t sure why? You are certainty not alone, as countless other people continue to feel tired despite having enough sleep, with as many as one in five people feeling tired at any given time.   Let’s take a closer look at 10 reasons you may feel tired all the time, and how you can fix it.

Lack of Sleep

We’ll start with the most obvious reason most people are tired all the time –  a lack of good sleep. Sleeping is vital for restoring energy levels, so it’s important that you get a restful night’s sleep with minimal interruptions, while sticking to a regular sleep schedule also helps.

 

Not enough Food

Undereating is another common cause of tiredness. Food gives us the energy to go about our days, so you want to ensure you eat enough calories each day to avoid feeling tired. Your caloric intake varies depending on age, gender, weight, and height, so try work this out an ensure you’re eating enough.

Dehydration

Not drinking enough water is a leading cause of tiredness. The better hydrated our bodies are, the more blood flow to the brain, helping to avoid fatigue and tiredness. So, make sure you’re drinking as much water a possible.

Stress

While we all deal with stress from time to time, suffering from frequent chronic stress has a serious impact on your mental and physical health, including feeling tired all the time. If you frequently suffer from stressful situations, consider stress management techniques such as meditation or yoga.

Sugar

Not only is sugar bad for your waistline, it can have a significant impact on mental functioning when consuming too much.   By decreasing activity of orexin cells, sugar can cause feelings of tiredness after that initial sugar buzz wears off. While difficult, you may want to reduce your sugar intake, especially during the morning and afternoon.

Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies lead to a lack of focus, increased fatigued, and even physical weakness, with anaemia being an overlooked condition when it comes to tiredness. Consider checking to see if you suffer from iron, folate, or vitamin deficiencies and upping your intake of each should it be lacking in your diet.

Not Exercising

The idea of working out to feel less tired may seem counterintuitive, but it does work, and many don’t realise a lack of exercise is likely causing their tiredness. A sedentary lifestyle may contribute to this, so consider walking, running, or swimming a few times a week – you’ll notice the different immediately.

Skipping Breakfast

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Many people struggle to eat during the morning time, but this should always be avoided, as breakfast provides our bodies with a much-needed dose of energy to start the day. If you don’t like eating much after waking up, try starting with something small such as a piece of fruit, toast, or some yoghurt. 

Too Much Caffeine

Drinking caffeine-rich beverages such as coffee and energy drinks may offer a short burst of energy, but this becomes a problem when done too often. High sugar and caffeine consumption results in rebound fatigue after the initial energy wears off. Ditch frequent cups of coffee and energy juice, replacing them with water instead.

Food Allergies

Not everyone realises their food sensitives, whether is being lactose intolerant or gluten sensitive, but the symptoms are a nightmare, with fatigue being chief among them. Dairy, gluten, and eggs are a few types of foods that could be causing sleepiness – try dropping them for a while to see if it makes a difference.

Fairy Travels

Good Reasons to Go on a German Adventure

Berlin TV Tower

Berlin TV Tower

Have you ever thought about going on holiday to Germany? If not, you definitely should. Why? There are so many reasons from the friendly locals to the fantastic beer and the beautiful, which combine to make Germany a   destination for people of all ages, sexes and tastes.

Not convinced? Check out these very compelling reasons to start thinking about a German adventure right now…

River Rhine Cruises are so Relaxing

If you’ve been working too hard of late and you’re looking for a little relaxation, you’ll find all of the peace and serenity you can handle on board a cruise ship sailing along the River Rhine. You’ll see delightful old castles, lush green vineyards, happy people and pretty landscapes aplenty along the way and you’ll find yourself wishing that you could stay there forever.

The Courtyard Cologne is so Swanky

Wherever you go in Germany, especially in the big cities, you will find no end of high-end hotels that offer fine local food and drinks, luxuriously relaxing hotel rooms,  quality gym facilities and much more besides. A good example of this is the Courtyard Cologne, which is also keenly priced, but there are many more. So, whether you’re traveling with the family, heading off for a romantic weekend break, or going solo, you’ll never have to worry about the accommodation.

Oktoberfest is a Blast

Berlin Beer Fest toast

Beer Fest

In many places, Germany is probably best known for its Oktoberfest festival, with many people timing their holiday to coincide with it, and there is a good reason for that – it’s fabulous fun. Not only will you get to sample some of the best beers in the world if you attend, but there’ll be amazing sausages to tempt you around every corner, lots of people getting together and having fun, and of course, plenty of traditional Germanic celebrations for you to take part in and get to know the local culture a bit better.

The Berlin Festival is a Cultural Highlight

If you’re a movie buff, you don’t have to fly all the way to Hollywood to get your fill – the Berlin Film Festival or The Berlinale, to give it its proper name, is a hugely prestigious and extremely glamorous celebration of all things cinema. Concentrating on true art and innovation, it is far more interesting than the Oscars and with no less than 400 films to choose from in a single festival, you’re certain to find something you like.

Berlin is Buzzing

The city of Berlin is without a doubt one of the most vibrant, energetic cities on the planet. Buzzing with life, art and culture, it’s impossible to be bored when you’re in Berlin. From the notorious KitKat Club to the C/O Gallery and the extremely moving Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, you’ll laugh, cry, wonder and have your mind boggled, but mostly you’ll have a very memorable time there.

Bachfest Leipzig is Beautiful

This wonderful annual event which celebrates the life and music of the much-loved baroque composer Johan Sebastian Bach is a great way to get some culture into your life. Even if you aren’t particularly into classical music, you will not fail to be moved by the combination of the music and the beautiful historic surroundings of Thomaskirche church where the event is held, The final performance of Mass in B Minor will blow you away guaranteed.


Germany really is the place to be!

 

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Fairy Travels

7 Activities to Ensure You Get the Most out of Your Family Holiday

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Planning your summer holidays and wondering what to do to keep the kids entertained? Here are some tips and tricks to keep them happy, and keep you from tearing your hair out.

Be prepared

If this is your child’s first adventure on a plane or ferry, hype them up to the experience by injecting fun into what they can expect. There are new noises, sensations, and even rules to get to grips with when navigating ferry ports and seaports. Why not turn passport control and security checks into a game or, at the very least, a point of reward for best behaviour when you’ve passed through?

Everything edible

Okay, maybe not everything is edible, but knowing what treats are in store might be one way to build excitement for the kids about where you are going. Whether it’s the almost-familiar patatas bravas in Spain and keftedes in Greece, or slightly different spätzle in Germany and gołąbki in Poland, there is something that will appeal to both those who prefer the comfort of home-cooking, and those who are willing to try something new.

Plan a virtual tour

There’s nothing quite like planning an itinerary of where you are going, and what better way to keep the kids interested than to let them plan for themselves? Whether it’s kid-friendly theme parks or interactive museums, showing pictures and videos of all the places you might get to see is bound to make them even more excited for their holiday.

A few words?

Why not add a little something educational to your holiday preparations in a fun way so your kids don’t really know they are learning? From a few words in the language of the place you are going to a fun history lesson of the culture of the country, there are so many ways to grab their attention and teach them something at the same time. Better yet, learning a language with companies like Listen & Learn, FluentU or Babbel means you can bring some of your travels and memories back with you, continuing lessons even after you’re home!

Autonomy

While we are on the subject of languages and learning, what better way to prepare your children for their first trip overseas than to teach them a few new words? Basic greetings and polite pleases and thank yous will go a long way to building their confidence, as well as delighting waiting staff and friendly locals with their efforts.

Making memories

How about getting your kids to create their own holiday mementos? Disposable cameras are cheap, or a kid-proof tablet will capture any photos they choose to take. And when you are all back in rainy England with still weeks of the holiday to get through—or even worse, are back and work and school—a little scrapbooking with those holiday photos will help build those memories, and enthusiasm for planning the next one!

Peace of mind

Pack the essentials that you’d take on a day trip and remember shops the world over will likely stock most things you can get at home. Figure out all the things you want to see and do as well. Your kids will enjoy themselves a lot more if you are just as excited to be there. Relax, breathe, and take your time; this is your holiday as well!

 

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Home & Interiors

How to Make the Most of Shrinking Living Rooms

No, you’re not imagining it. Living rooms are officially shrinking! According to new research carried out by LABC warranty, lounges in Britain’s homes are now 32% smaller than the equivalent properties in the 1970s. Separate research conducted by Cambridge University in 2014 found that new build homes in the UK are the smallest in Europe. So, what are we to do about the lost square footage and what’s the best strategy for living with smaller spaces? Let’s take a look at how to make the most of shrinking living rooms.

Clever furniture choices

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When you don’t have a lot of floor space to spare, you need to be even choosier about the furniture you select. In fact, if your lounge is on the small side, you may actually have issues putting essentials like sofas in situ. Go too large and you may find you have to take your UPVC glazed window out just so you can get your sofa in your living room! I may or may not be speaking from experience here!!!  If you really need a larger sofa for lounging on, think about purchasing a two-piece L-shaped sofa that can be slotted together once in position so you can avoid awkward window removals! Many L-shape sofas can now be set up in right or left facing, so you can make the most of your room shape too.

Mounting your TV on the wall rather than on a stand is another commonly used space saver but if you want to get serious about reclaiming as many square inches as possible, it’s time to select stackable and multi-use furniture. Nests of tables are handy pieces that can be tidied away easily; footstools that double as storage space are a godsend when you need quickly clear up for a guest’s arrival too. Folding tables and chairs are great for creating a little kids’ play corner that can be stored away when not in use.

Blending and zoning

Even with smaller, cleverer furniture choices, some modern living rooms still feel cramped. After all, the living room tends to be the space where the family gathers together for activities. You might use the living room for watching TV together or as a space where the toddler plays with their toys or you may want to eat and entertain in your lounge. That’s a lot of demands put on a small space and a variety of different activities that require very different types of furniture. Many homeowners choose to alleviate this closed in feeling and accommodate different goings-on by blending and zoning spaces.

Fancy giving blending and zoning a go? Removing the wall between the living room and dining room will open up your space, but you may want to retain some element of separation. Floor-to-ceiling internal bifolds like these from Vufold will let lots of light flow through the space while giving you the option to close off into defined rooms. Alternatively, you could try your hand at simple zoning of your living room using separating furniture such as bookcases or other stylish options so that you have quieter nooks for play or activities like homework or reading.

Go digital

According to research by Which, 24% of UK homes now contain some kind of smart home device. I have written about this before, the Dada Fairy has become hooked on smart home features these days! Some of these gadgets will be cameras aimed at increasing security or central heating control systems, but many more are likely to be smart TVs or hubs like the Amazon Echo. These nifty devices do your bidding with a simple voice command, playing your choice of music or film, searching the Internet for you or even making a call. Along with being the friend of multi-taskers – these gadgets can also prove to be handy space savers in the living room. With TV and music on demand you can rehome your DVD or CD collection and claim back valuable storage and surface space in your living room. Of course, if you’re one of the rising numbers of people who has returned to buying vinyl records, it might be time to think about where your record player and record collection lives in your home.

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The Allure of the Algarve – summer holiday planning

How beautiful was the weather this weekend? You can really feel the Summer vibe on the way.  I often find when the weather is good my mind starts to wander to holidays! The weather was so lovely all weekend it prompted our very regular family discussion of where to next next.

While we love city breaks and action packed holidays, for the last couple of years we take my parents on a total chill out holiday.  Think, sun, beautiful beaches, good food and good wine. Whats not to love?.  We quite literally stumbled on a beautiful town in the Algarve called Alvor and have been making a family trip every year since.  We range in age from 6 to 60 plus and the beauty of the Algarve for us  is that there is something for everybody.

If its nightlife your after its there, you want good wines as you chill listening to the ocean its there too and probably most importantly there is plenty for younger members of our holiday party to do too.  I work full time, have two young kids ( a husband :-)) and blog by night so for me what I love about our now annual family trip is total relaxation. Lying on the beach, reading a book as I keep one ear out listening to the kids laugh and play.

For my parents they love all inclusive, that’s one price for pretty much all your food and drink and you don’t have to worry much after that.  For them that’s the relaxing part of the holiday.  If you are considering booking all inclusive Holiday Gems has cheap all inclusive deals. 

I’m going to let the pictures do the talking now! How breath taking are these view in Alvor? We usually go in the October school holiday break and while busy its not crazy busy.  Also the temperatures are lovely and warm with out being too hot for my blue eyed blonde haired fair skinned duo.  They burn so easily I have to be mega careful about applying sun cream.

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beach scene

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pool with view over looking the sea

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Take me there right now.  This place has really cemented itself in history in our family anyway! Alvor we will see you for the fourth time later this year and every one us for 6 to 60+ share in the excitement.

 

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Home & Interiors

Lights, Camera, Action….

Lights, Camera, Action or not as the case may be!! I know you are probably totally fed up of hearing about our renovation woes! We are very much nearing completion with the bulk of the structural work completed.  While we have had disagreements over some of the larger elements of this project a serious bone of contention has become the interior details and most specifically the lights/lighting.

I quite literally spend hours turning off lights in our house. The Dada Fairy and the kids cannot seem to master the art of turning off the light when they leave the room.  The house was completely wired in the new and the Dada Fairy insisted on tonnes of lighting both inside and outside. My neighbour was only half joking when he said to my husband one day you wont be happy until the house is visible from space!!

Who knew  choosing light fittings would be so difficult. We are poles apart in terms of what we like. He likes the almost industrial vibe im more in favour of warm cosy type fittings. He wants tonnes of light in rooms. I can see where he is coming from as living at the end of a hill our house can be quite dark.

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For me however lights are a lot more than just that, lighting can transform a room. Also for me the energy efficiency of the bulbs is key. Our bills previous in Winter could top 300 however after the initial outlay on the LED bulbs we have noticed a marked improvement.  Our November/ December bill for last year was only 120 for 2 months.  For us it has been totally worth the initial outlay. Once we have all in place, ill be looking into the smart home features like the Philips Hue. My sister has this and finds it brilliant.  Being able to turn on and off lights from an app on your phone, no more running after the boys to turn off lights!!

Because my husband often works from home, he is very aware of the lighting needs in areas of the house, for example task based lighting, ambient lights and general lighting.   Who knew there was so much to consider!

One other item that I was indifferent about was a sensor light out in the garden.  This has been a great addition as it illuminates the area very quickly.  As we are often away the motion sensor light is another device which will hopefully help protect the house for unwanted guests! While no light will keep a thief out it will hopefully create the illusion that somebody is home. Separate to that, its great when you pull up outside late in the evening the drive is lit up instantly.

If you do have any pictures of your inside lights I would love to see them. I have been searching on line for weeks now for inspiration but we still cant agree. We are getting there though and when we do ill be sure to update this article.

 

Mamma Musings

My Untold Story

This story was prompted by a video I saw recently, talking about Untold Stories. I have a story quite similar, but I was almost afraid to share it  as I though my story isn’t about overcoming adversity, or  health issues or traumas.

My story is old school romance that would warm even the coldest of hearts.  There are people in this world who leave a lasting impression where ever they go and with whomever they meet.  This story is about two of those people.

Take a seat! Make a cuppa and grab some tissues.

Ill set the scene – its the early 1950s bad boy meet upper class girl, girls family disapprove. Bad boy gets the hint and runs away to the Navy.  Lets roll on five years.  Bad boy returns to his old stomping group and bumps into said girl. She is upset, very upset. She was engaged to be married the following month. She had just found out her husband to be had a gambling problem and had just sold the furniture of the house they had planned to move into when they got married to pay his debts. She was distraught.  She is comforted by bad boy, two years later they were married and thus began one of the most romantic love stories.

So who are they? They are my dads parents my Nannie and Granada. Their remarkable love story doesn’t end there.

They were the epitome of the popular hash tag used today of “couple goals”. My Granada had a deep love and respect for my Nannie that reflected in everything he did. She got breakfast in bed  almost every morning, her toast cut just the way she liked it.  He opened doors, he pulled out chairs, a gentleman through and through.  If my two boys grow up to respect woman even half of what he did ill know I did my job well.

Lets jump to the 1980s their two kids grown up and married themselves (one being my own dad). The house now empty except when the growing number of grandchildren come to visit to be utterly spoilt.  One morning my Nannie was outside cleaning as she would have done probably every day, she was incredibly house proud. You could have ate your dinner off the glistening floor.  However this day was different, having finished clearing the back garden she looked down and her wedding ring was gone.  She always took off her engagement ring for safe keeping when she was cleaning but never her wedding ring.  In fact she often said she never took it off from the minute my Granda put it on her finger when saying their vows all those years ago. But it was gone. She was utterly distraught.  My Granda searched, the neighbours searched but it was not to be the ring was gone. My Granda bought a replacement ring a couple of months later.  While my Nannie wore it everyday it just wasn’t the same for her. She always believed she would find her wedding ring, countless hours weren’t spent over the next few years looking for it out the back garden in the vain hope her instinct was right.  When she told the story I used to remark she would say the ring was misplaced – not lost, just misplaced.

Ten years later and my Grandas world came crashing down, my Nannie, his beloved wife passed away. I was only young yet I remember it like it was yesterday. My Granda gave me the locket that he gave her before they got married, the date of July 1956 inscribed on the front and black and white pictures of my grandparents when they were 21.  That is my most treasured possession.

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From memory it was about two years later when my Dad came running in from the hall way after being on the house phone. My Granda had been out cleaning the shores in his back garden that had become blocked and had found my Nannies wedding ring.  That same shore my Nannie had cleaned multiple times over the previous ten years. None of us could believe it but she was totally right all along, it was never lost, just misplaced.  For a ring that had spent ten years lodged in an outside drain it was still in almost perfect condition.   I actually have tears in my eyes just thinking of this story again.

The ring had been sitting in a little crack just below the shore in their back garden all this time, it was like something out of  movie. It was like a dark cloud lifted from my Granda and from that house that they spent so many happy years.  That was the turning point, he knew then everything was going to be ok.  She was watching over him. He guarded that ring with his life from that point on ward.

My Granda, my best friend passed away in 2015.  I have written about him before.  He was the kind of man that left a lasting impression wherever he went. What I would give for five minutes more.  Maybe one day who knows.  As I write this post that ring that has been on quite the adventure sit proudly on my right hand where it will forever stay until I can pass it to the next generation. That ring could tell some stories…

When my Granda died a good friend bought me a  necklace with the words “Miss me but let me go”, my Grandas last words to me were not to worry that he was ready to go that he lived his life and I was to make sure i did too…….I do try to follow these words…… the missing you is easy its the letting go that will never be.

 

I guess there is a lesson for us all there.  Life is to be lived – there is no trial run, no second chance.

 

 

 

Home & Interiors

Garden make over time

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I have written about our ongoing renovation project which is finally drawing to a close. The focus now is getting the outside space in good shape too. I love chilling in the garden, cup of coffee in one hand and newspaper or book in the other. I find there is something therapeutic about being outside.

We are starting with pretty much a very blank canvas so things can only improve 🙂

Having built an extension we don’t have a huge amount of space left  therefore we need to be clever about what we do with the space we have.  Key for us both is a safe outside space for the kids to play too. I would love some new garden furniture, they want a playhouse or climbing frame! Given the space constraint one may have to give. I have totally fallen for the rattan furniture, I think there is something very elegant about it. They have totally fallen for a raised playhouse with a slide and climbing frame!

I have romantic notions of a garden in full bloom with an immaculate lawn! He wants to pave it all to keep it low maintenance. I fear I may loose that battle. While I have no doubt we will have some planter beds my notions of dramatic  beds of colourful arrays of flowers will have to wait another while.

One thing we both agree on is lights for the garden, solar lights would be ideal as we have the early sun in the back of the house giving them plenty light for the evening.  I love sitting out at dusk with the lights on always makes me feel like im on holidays! If only!! Another item we both agree on is a bbq – while neither of us are at Michelin star quality we love to host and would love noting more the summer party out our newly renovated back garden.

The kids showed little interest (their own bedroom aside) in the interior renovations but they are very keen to get involved in the  planning and designing of the outside space. I think that is crucial for the success of any garden particularly on with as limited space as we have is to keep the needs of all of the users in mind and try to compromise.

Ill be sure to share some before and after pictures here when it is all done. When being the operative word!! Sorry Dada Fairy! If you have any inspiration do send it my way.

 

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Our Easter holiday weekend Netflix picks

With the weather not looking the best for the long weekend ahead and the kids off school, we have you covered with some great new Netflix picks for the long weekend ahead.

Jaws  (Available from 1 April)

I still remember watching this a kid! Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, this really was the movie of our time. The village of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.

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