The Nanoblock Statue Of Liberty – a review

I forgot to mention in my Christmas present post yesterday, that we’ve made a Statue of Liberty, as a review from Nanboblocks. And it should have been in that post as I think it has potential for giving as a Christmas present!

Now, remembering that our boys are nearly 8 and 6 and a half, I have to tell you that our 6 and a half year old started it, but couldn’t make much progress, so it was left to the nearly 8 year old and Lovely Bloke to actually make it. It’s really well made kit, but I think you need to get the child to choose which item it is that they want to make, so that they see it through to the finish point!

If you’ve not already seen them, Nanoblocks are very different to Lego because they are made to be made and appreciated – they don’t feel to me like they are for taking apart and making new things from them. They are cool and quirky – I can see them lining up on a shelf in a teenagers room. They definitely need to be a bit older, for them to have the patience to make them, than my boys are. That’s no bad thing either. Because we were really struggling to think of what to buy for a pair of 10 and 11 year old boys. And now we aren’t!

Our Statue of Liberty is currently next to some ceramic birds and a reed diffuser on top of the sideboard in our grown ups lounge. I kid you not. We’re very proud of it. And I daren’t touch it so instead of our photos, here’s a youtube video of what it looks like when the photo is taken by a pro!

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Best present for an 8 year old and 6 year old?

Aarrrggghhh, I am so overdue to be writing about this. But every time I have sat down with my laptop, I’ve had the nearly 8 year old hovering nearby, hoping to be able to play Lego Chima on it. Which is frustrating, seeing as I’m wanting to write about his Christmas present!! Although to be fair, I’ve told everyone I know about them, because I’m so excited to see their reactions…

They are both having a microscooter for Christmas – one with two wheels – a real progression point – because they have had three wheel scooters for years. And they are having a really cool helmet for each of them as well. I’ve been a fan of the boys using scooters for years. In case you’ve not heard me rave about them in person, here’s some of the reasons why I love scooters:
- They are great for developing co ordination.
- They are light and transportable
- They can be used in the back garden, on the patio. (We have a huge garden, but it’s
grass so the bikes don’t see enough action)
- They can make stunt stuff – things to jump on and off in the garden.
- They’re great for making them active!
- They are good to play on and with whatever the weather. (Less slipping when it’s wet,        than with the skateboards).
- The helmets are cool, so there won’t be any complaints about wearing them.
- Good scooters last for years – we don’t seem to grow out of them as quickly as other
toys and sports kit!

This is the scooter that our Big Bear will be having, with a red helmet.

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And Smaller Bear will be getting a blue scooter, with a blue helmet.
Screen shot 2014-12-07 at 23.02.09So, all in all, it’s looking like whatever the weather, we’ll be spending Christmas afternoon on the patio, drinking hot chocolate, making ramps and follow youtube instructions on how to do stunts!

What are your little people having for Christmas? And more to the point – what are you having? (Lovely Bloke and I are gifting each other Neil Diamond tickets and smellies – cliched, but an element of practicality and making memories together. Love it)

PS. For the file, we’ve been sent these scooters to review. But you’ll note that we’ve not actually actively reviewed them yet. Well, not fully, because they are a surprise. But we did take the boys to try them out – via some clients – Fundamentally Children and John Lewis. The boys loved them and thought they were uber cool, so it was great to be able to receive them direct from Micro and put them on the blog as a way to inspire other people at the same time!

When one doors closes another opens….

God it’s such a cliche isn’t it? But I can’t help but feel that it’s true. With work, family, friends and all sorts of things, I think this is true. This week, I got a phone call to say that a very special friend is pregnant with twins. I was elated. They’ve been waiting for this for a while, so it’s beautiful news that has made me smile. And then, I found that someone has died who I cared very much about – that afternoon. And then someone else, sadly, has died yesterday. The former was a shock and the latter wasn’t. But it truly made me think about death and how everything changes.

I’m sat here at my desk, trying to work, but finding it really hard to. I’m just not in the right place to work. I want to but everything is taking a long time – I get distracted, I cry, I can’t remember what I’m trying to do. And I’m doing a lot of thinking.

I’m sorry if this is overly self indulgent, but it feels right to put it on here for some reason. I want to document the highs and lows of life – the good and the bad – and the things that give me pause and cause for thought. When we try to force things, they can often turn out to be something other than what we wanted from them. When they come about unexpectedly, they are beautiful, fantabulous, wondrous things. I’m grateful for new friends – who I’m calling the Fruitbat Collective. I never saw them or that friendship coming. And I’d been trying to make new friends at school for so long, that it totally surprised me when I did find them!

And with work – I sometimes feel that I should be looking for more work but the truth is that we are more than busy enough and our best new clients come on personal recommendation because they are people who are more likely to be on our wavelength and will appreciate the great things we’ll bring to their business.

I don’t know, I’m rambling. Sorry. But I just wanted to put it out there that although I’m sad right now, and feeling very sad for everyone who knows the people who have passed, I’m also grateful for an awful lot as well. And that’s a good thing – I wouldn’t be able to appreciate the latter without the former. x

Things that did not happen to me last week…

So, here’s a list of things, events and stuff that has not happened in the last week. I can categorically state that this has not happened to me or anyone I know.

Last Tuesday, I did not spend the night struggling to sleep knowing that I was going to do the “and relax” position with the GP the next day.
I did not wake up late, rush around with the boys, fretfully…
I did not decide to go to bootcamp in an effort to appease the Gods and offset any potentially imminent pain, embarrassment and feelings of meh ness on my part.
I did not wriggle into a sports bra that is three sizes too small. That I can’t fasten at the back. That I then thought I’d have to ask a Mum in the playground to fasten for me. That I didn’t ask my seven year old son to help me fasten. That I didn’t fasten on my own eventually after a lot of sweating and wriggling around.
Nor did I then think to phone the GP, at 8.30am and check on what time my appointment was, to find that it was 9.40am and that I didn’t have time to go to bootcamp and then home, shower and get to the appointment on time.
I didn’t do the school run, leg it into the house, wrestle to get my too, tooooooo small sports bra off and end up ripping it, to take it off. Nor did I have a shower and spray deodorant everywhere, including my nethers, in preparation for the appointment that I didn’t have.
I didn’t go into the GP appointment, to have a coil fitted, to have to sign my initials against a list of random and things that I didn’t like the look of at all, as being potential consequences of having a coil fitted.
And I most definitely did not yelp and whimper as I had a coil fitted. I didn’t get into a laughing conversation with the GP about how she refuses to use the phrase “relax” with ladies when their knees are around their ears! Instead, she did not ask ladies to “go floppy” which incited even more giggling on my part.

I’m just sharing. These are things that have not happened to me in the last week. And nor, do I need to go and buy myself a new sports bra. No sir, not me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m the coolest Mummy in the world…..

Hello, it’s Liz Weston and according to my boys, I’m Officially The Coolest Mummy In The Whole Wide World. Why? Because we’ve had a grand old time trying out Nintendo DS kit over the past couple of weeks. We’ve got two boy testers in our house – E is 7, going on 16 and W is 6 going on, well, 3/4….  And then there’s Lovely Bloke who is about to have a Special Birthday soon. He’s been Daddytastic and tried everything he can on both of them.

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Younger son – W – really liked the smaller DS – the 2DS. He found it easy to handle and when I asked him why he liked it he said it’s because it’s being red and white. I know. Go figure. He could hold it nicely and preferred the screen even though it’s the smaller of the two.

Elder son – E – preferred the black, 3DS XL because it is made of two parts and folds over. To be honest, the 3D doesn’t seem to have had much effect on him – he just likes the fact that it opens and closes in a way that he relates to. And I have to say, that I really like the way that it opens and closes because I feel that it’s safer in my bag. The extra money it costs will I think, be worth it, because it means it’s not going to get broken as easily. Unless you buy a case for them? I assume there must be cases for them?

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The boys loved the Mario Kart games – I couldn’t even get them to try the Biff and Kipper Phonics game! From a family perspective, I think we need a system where one day can be educational games and the next Mario Kart style stuff. One thing that I did like was the how long the battery lasts – I was pleasantly surprised by the battery life. They did really well. This pleased me as we took them out of the house. Some of the photos here are of the boys using them when we went shopping. They kept them amused whilst Lovely Bloke and I were looking at what we needed to buy. I also liked the sleep function – it was quick, easy to use and could teach boys about battery life concepts!

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The other thing that I noted, was with the set up of them both. I was really impressed in set up – by how to use pin codes – and I liked the helping hand tutorial. And I needed the help of the tutorial to set it up so I appreciated it. The other good bit is the reminder that if I forgot the pin and couldn’t answer the security question it would be a royal pain in the bum to make it work and would have to go to Ninetndo etc to fix it. Seriously, I think that’s really good.

nintendo2Lovely Bloke had a great time making a Mii character – E was annoyed that Daddy made a Princess for Mario Kart but it was one that was super fast, so he was reprieved. He said it was easy to do and that he can see why the boys would want to make their own.

Overall, I’d recommend both of the Nintendo DS’s, but I think that the key to making this work for our family, will be to set boundaries and instructions. I don’t know if I expected it to be lower tech than it was. I remember playing on a DS as a teenager and that it was fairly low tech – still in black and white! With these versions, I think that the 3D aspect works so long as there’s just one person playing it – not different people who like to hold the screen at different positions because you set the 3D position. The only thing I’d change is making the cable on the charger pack longer – much longer – the boys wanted to play whilst they charged sometimes and they were huddled on the floor next to the plug sockets!

I’m looking forward to hearing about what other people think to the Nintendo DS sets and will link to them here as I find them…. I think you find everyone will be using #NM2014Nintendo so if you find anyone else before me, let me know! 
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netmums Blogging Network, a unique community of parent bloggers from around the UK who have been handpicked by the Netmums team to review products and brands on their behalf. I may have been paid expenses, and have been supplied with a product sample for this review, but retain all editorial control. All my Netmums Reviews will display the Netmums logo within the post.

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The longest review post ever….

I suspect that this may well be the longest post I ever write in my life. It’s a review round-up! All of the items in this post have been sent to me, to review. And funnily enough, it’s mostly about bags. All sorts of different bags but nonetheless, bags….

First up, is this lush, lovely bag that I now can’t do without – it’s a silver bag from Mint Velvet. It costs £149, so it’s not the cheapest bag in the world, but nor is it Chanel. This bag has truly grown on me. Now, I love it. I take it everywhere. I’m regularly grateful for the zip on the inner of the bag – it keeps everything safe. I also realise though, that the cotton inner, is there to stop the bag itself wearing so quickly. The bag is made of some kind of very fine leather / suede and it rubs easily. The silver panels on the bag will not stay pristine for long either. Now to me, they are signs of use and love. But I’ve asked a couple of friends and they think it looks like a £20 bag at best. I’ll leave it to you to decide – for me, I love it. The handles take the strain for a macbook air, ipad, keyboard, cables, a couple of cans of Yoga Bunny from Pret and my Leucchtrumn1917 notebook and kit. So it’s holding up well so far. If it does give up the ghost I’ll come back and update this, as I do expect the bag to last quite some time given the price tag.

The bag went on holiday to Rhodes, has been to London, is used for work, and for play and for carrying everything when I’m doing post school stuff with the boys.

J A S M I N EThe second bag or rather bags I want to tell you about are these beauties from Trunki. We bought two gruffalo trunkies and they’ve been brilliant for the holidays we’ve used them on. They are good for going to Grandma and Grumpy’s house and even good for their first night away on their own, with Grandad, to Norfolk a while ago. I think that E, who is now a very grown up 7 and a half, is getting a bit old for them now and the same could kind of apply to these Trunki bags. He felt they were silly, until his other friend – also named E, wanted to know if he could have one from us for Christmas. Now he’s more into his and uses it happily.

These bags are perfect for swimming. They really are – the small pouch for swimmers, ear plugs and googles, the zip to put your pound coin in, the inner material of the bags, the push through thingy to put your towel through and the hooks to hang them up. They are truly brilliant. Again, they aren’t cheap – think they are 25 or 29 each, but they are doing a great job. Our 6 year old is still very proud of his and wants to use it as a school bag. I’ve said no, as they are so good for the swimming stuff.

They get used at least 4 times a week, and we hang them with their school bags and kit on the hooks in the kitchen, ready to be re packed with fresh towels and kit after each swim. The photos below show us using them on different days of the week – some twerking, some on a Saturday – they’re in Kung Fu kit as we do that first, and then swimming and the other shows them hung up, ready to go. If you want to be cool Aunty, Uncle or someone who buys a present that can be used from 3 years onwards, to encourage independence, coolness and a passion for swimming lessons, then this is the ticket. Brilliant.

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And finally, I know that I have mentioned this bag before, but seriously, this bag from baby mule is simply the coolest bag I’ve used for a long time. Thing is, that my family also likes it – Lovely Bloke uses it every weekend for the Kung Fu and swimming routine – his book, flask, ipads, snacks – everything goes in here. It’s brilliant. We used it on holiday in Rhodes and the inner sections were brilliant. Even though we don’t have babies any more, there’s a changing mat that we used for snacks and fruit, there’s a wet bag that was perfect for our bits and bobs and the changing uses of straps is just perfect. Brilliant. Fantabulous. Everything and more. Lovely Bloke uses it all the time. I love that he loves it so much. Just wish we’d known of it when we had babies!!!! It’s 89 and for the money, it’s worth every penny. I’ve had so many bags over the years, but this would have worked from day one – for me and Lovely Bloke and lasted us until now. This is the best baby changing bag I’ve ever tried, used or seen. It’s even better than my Skip Hop limited edition from New York – now that’s saying something.

J A S M I N E (2) So that’s me, bag lady extraordinaire, with my bag round up. I really quite fancy temporarily “loaning” one of the swim bags to take into London tomorrow – light, waterproof and interesting to use. Not sure it will fit in, but life’s too short for that, surely?

Me, myself and I (and Tanya Barrow)

You know me – practical, commercially focussed and with eyes firmly on the end goal. So why on earth would I want to spend Saturday – my birthday – being all woo woo and working on myself?

Because I feel it’s time. Because DDT went to something similar and it had a profound effect upon her. Because I have looked at the writers who will be talking and like what they have to say. Because I think that I need to take some time, to look after myself, to nurture myself. Because last year, and the pneumonia that I got and the subsequent infections, was the biggest wake up call possible. It was a sign that I needed to start looking after myself more. So, when I happened upon this, I spoke to my friend Laura Husson and asked her to come with me. She can’t make it, but really wanted to come. So I parked it. I decided I wouldn’t go. And then, a few days later I was thinking about it again, and asked a few friends if anyone was free.

This is the point at which The Barrow steps forward and tells me she’ll come with me. I was so happy. I felt it was a sign as well – because she’s just as committed to her life and family as I am, and totally deserves the opportunity to unplug and recharge herself, so that she can crack on with everything that she juggles so well.

So. That’s that. But not quite. I decided to email the organisers and ask if we could attend and document the event, to share what we learn and to encourage other people to cultivate and nurture themselves. And guess what? They only went and said yes. So to me, it’s a sign, sign and even more of a sign that I should do this. Randomly, surreally, taking a leap into the unknown, on Saturday. On my birthday. And to then return home to my family and have a curry with them, whilst watching Strictly. I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday.

If you want to know more about it click on the image below. It’s not affil, it’s not sponsored, it’s just me sharing what for someone, might be a life changing weekend.

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Autumn is well and truly here. And you know what comes next, don’t you, the “C” word….

No, not that C word. Lordy – my Mum reads this blog. Can you imagine if I so much as *thought* of that word? I’d be ex communicated on the spot. It’s Friday night, nearly the end of September and I’m on the sofa, blogging, and waiting for Saint Steve to show himself on Strictly Come Dancing. I’m giggling at the comedy intro from the judges. I’m enjoying hearing Radio 2 on the radio in the kitchen. I feel quite middle aged. And don’t mind.

Today, I had a couple of hours off so Lovely Bloke and I went swimming together. An old lady kicked me – yes, literally kicked me, because she needed to let me know that she was nearby in the water. She hung onto the side of the pool and kicked me in the ribs as I went past. I stopped and asked what was happening. She told me “I needed to let you know that I am here”. I was truly speechless. And there’s not much leaves me without words. Lordy. It is things like this that gives older people a really bad name. She is an embarrassment to her generation.

After that, it was into Cambridge, and a look around John Lewis men’s department. Lovely Bloke was not impressed. He didn’t want Barbour – the one time that there’s a 20% discount on their range. And yet he wasn’t in the department for some of the other ranges that for me, looked a bit Gavin & Stacey for my liking. He doesn’t know what to look at, right now. He likes a lot of the Kin ranges, but found that the shirts didn’t fit him well last time he tried, so now he doesn’t want to try again. Fast forward to the end of the day, when we were supposed to be having a romantic lunch together – and we are in Jigsaw for men, checking out a suit, waistcoat and shirt combo that was, well, not something that I was expecting us to be considering buying on a wander around Cambridge.

Still, on coming down the stairs, we landed on a poncho come scarf kind of thing, for me. And I bought something that IS NOT BLUE. I know. I’m as shocked as you. It’s plum. Not maroon. But plum. So that may well get an airing tomorrow evening at the #GiantSundowner on the Goggs. It’s like, a rave, but with regular music, for the middle aged, middle classes. I think. But without the drugs that some people may have used when they last attended outdoor, all night raves. I’ll report back on it in my next post.

It feels strange to have been out buying winter jumpers and long sleeved tops today. The sun was shining but it was quite fresh. It is a month since we were in Levante, and I can’t help but feel like I want us to book to go back again. We book our holidays / holiday time at a point when we know where we are at with our money – at the end of our financial year, which is in March. So, hopefully, we will be able to book to go there again. We’ve never felt like we want to do that sort of thing – book somewhere over and over. But it feels like a good idea at the moment. I love the idea of relaxing more quickly, each time we go there.

I am looking forward to this weekend. I have started, slowly, to work on more work life balance. And I’m enjoying leaving my phone outside of the bedroom because I do actually get to sleep easier and better. Not that I’ll tell Lovely Bloke that. Because he’s always right. And I don’t like it. Anyway. That’s me. Here’s to the weekend. And some down time.

Lots of love. To whoever you are that reads my blog. x

PS. Sorry that there are no photos. Can’t be faffed to find any. I’d rather go to bed 10 minutes earlier x

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a difference a week makes….

This time a week ago, we were on holiday. We’d packed up our bags and were making the last of a full day Levante. Team Weston was united – doing our best jumps in, holding hands, twirling in the air and literally trying to soak it all up one last time.

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A week later, and we’re home, and facing this….

shoesIt’s a mountain of shoes, trainers, wellies, flippers, flip flops and slippers. And this is what’s left AFTER we got rid of two bin bags that were no longer of use to use. They’ve gone to the recycling bin in the village. It felt good to get something done. There was lots of other things we did as well though.. And it’s given me the opportunity to appreciate again, what a lovely life we have, and how blessed we all are to have each other.

The boys went to Kung Fu. I took coffee and drafted some work for a project for a new client. And yes, that mug is that cool – it came as a gift from Snap Dragon Online after I helped Jane, the owner, with something a while ago.

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We tackled the shoes, as soon as we got home. Then W sat on Lovely Bloke’s head to watch Big Bang Theory, as you do…..

William-on-sofaAnd then I took the boys to Little Shelford Feast, which was an inpromptu afternoon out that turned out to be brilliant. E got to handle 2 birds – I don’t remember what they were called, but he knew lots of facts about them and have a very intellingent conversation with the handler, who was surprised at E’s questions and observations about them!

E-bird And they got to hang out with friends as well. Here’s my two, with two more. Mine are on the left, and the ones on the right are W’s best friend and his little sister. Don’t worry though, E keeps an eye out for the littlest. Actually, it’s not really needed – she can more than hold her own against the boys. She’s brilliant.

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And then it was home for tea – curry “made” by Lovely Bloke who threw chicken breasts in the slow cooker with a sauce. Literally whole, he didn’t even chop them up. And then rice in the microwave. We all woofed it down and watched TV together. So although it wasn’t a day at Levante, and didn’t involve jumping in pools together, it was a pretty good day.

I’m documenting all this because E and I were chatting about this kind of thing yesterday – enjoying being in the moment. Appreciating all the lovely things we have in our lives. He’s very thoughtful, caring and thinks a lot. Just like me ;)

It’s important to focus on the good stuff in the everyday, don’t you think?

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Taking to the Open Seas.. a Snorkelling Adventure with Mark Warner

I’m sat here, it’s 10.30pm on Thursday evening. Lovely Bloke is literally tearing off the z’s next to me, and the boys are in their beds, drifting off to sleep. I’m sat here wide awake, thinking about all the great things that we’ve done together on holiday – and by that, I don’t mean the activities. I can write about them all day long. Instead, I’m thinking about the adventures we’re having together.

The big adventure this week, for me, has been the four of us going on a snorkelling trip together. We met the In Depth team at their office, along with 20 other people – mostly families, with children of all ages. We’re handed our snorkel, goggles and flippers and walk
together, down to the beach. There’s a ‘pirate’ boat waiting for us - the Captain takes all of our belongings as we hand them up to him, to keep them dry and we wade out to waist height of water, to climb the 4 steps of the ladder onto the boat. We set off and Alex, who is going to Portsmouth to study Marine Biology in just 2 weeks time, takes us through where we will be stopping, what we will be doing, and what we can expect to see. The first stop is at Anthony Quinn head, and we will be there for 30 minutes. Alex tells us that there’s a brilliant cave, that’s a freshwater stream and we can all go through it and come
out the other side, and swim back to the boat. Elliott and William are very excited by the prospect of finding gold so Elliott and Lovely Bloke are in quickly. The water is 29 degrees – it’s so warm, it’s just lovely. I get in and am trying to coax William down the steps. But he gets scared and won’t come in. So Alex gets onto the steps and William wraps his arms around him. He climbs down the steps and somehow, gets him into the water. We’re all floating on woggles and snorkelling together!!! This is a huge thing as William is a great
swimmer but can be very contrary about getting in pools, let alone open sea!!!! It was a huge moment. I loved to see Elliott off with lovely bloke – shouting through his snorkel “Shoal” every time he saw the fish!! We could really feel how excited he was. It was infectious. I also loved to see William, breathing through the snorkel, but refusing to put his face in the water – he couldn’t comprehend how he could breathe even though we had practised it in the pool several times beforehand.

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For a couple of minutes, William was shouting to get back on the boat and then, miraculously, he remembered the pirate cove and we swam together, towards it. It was amazing to be in the sea with him, us both floating and bobbing along together. When we actually got to it, we found that the water got cold quickly – it was in the shadows and
also being fresher water, was much colder. So we turned around and went back to the boat. We got on it and William was rewarded with a huge packet of Haribo sweets, which he ate all but 4 of – because he needed to save some for his brother. The Captain sounded his horn and Elliott and Lovely Bloke came back to the boat – reluctantly, and made sure that they were as near to the last people to get back on as possible!

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We then sailed again to another place, just ‘around the corner’ and there, Elliott was first in the water! He put his flippers on and was ready to go. It was brilliant. I got in with Elliott this time and had to restrain him from swimming away, so that William could get in with
Lovely Bloke. He refused again, and was helped in by Alex. He didn’t last very long, but was great at shouting to Lovely Bloke, Elliott and I as to where we needed to go to see the most fish! We had a brilliant time together. Elliott even dived under the water with Lovely Bloke, to get closer to everything. I don’t know who was most proud – him or us! The grand finale came when he jumped off the boat, just like Alex - who by this point is Elliott’s new hero, and leapt straight into the water, off a diving board! He did this over and over – Lovely Bloke and I hovered nearby but we weren’t needed. He was in his element.

Coming back, we all sat together at the back of the boat. Just hanging out. The Captain had brought fresh melon and we all had a slice. It was perfectly refreshing after the salty sea water. Elliott tried some and said it was “ok”. Lovely Bloke and I loved it. William kept a
tight hold of the Haribo.

Even writing this post, I feel like I’m not documenting it enough - that there’s something intangible. My photos don’t do the experience justice. It was amazing for the four of us to be doing something totally different together. To be out of our comfort zones, as individuals and as parents and our regular roles. I’m nervous of open water – that’s the polite phrase for it. I’m a strong swimmer – just nervous about open water. I have no real reason to be. But I’m working on it. And this was a bit part of why – so that we can all have adventures together. And it’s important that we all try new things together – even the things that we are a bit scared and nervous about doing. That’s part of being a team. And being away from home, is a great environment to do just that. I should write here about how safe everything is at Mark Warner. I’ve never seen so many staff, so many checks and protocols and so many explanations of what’s needed on our parts to do activities safely. Apparently, it’s something that they are known for. It never occurred to me to expect anything less, but talking to other people, Mark Warner sound to be ahead of the pack in this regard. I’ll write properly about that separately as it was a big part of my learning to sail course. Yes, I really did just write that. I’ve had a go at learning to sail. More on that tomorrow….

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