Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School - Dear Ruby

Dear Ruby

Where has the time gone, you turned 5 at the end of July and now you have returned back to school for the start of year 1. The last year has gone by so very quickly and I remember feeling sick as you started in the foundation stage at school, and this past week I have felt exactly the same emotions.

Waiting to start her first day of Year 1

I know that you are were so excited to return to school, and I have no doubt you will be fine and have lots of fun, however as your mummy I am finding it hard to accept that you don't need me as much as you once did and I almost feel I'm losing my little girl. I know you will always be my daughter and I your mummy, but I want to keep you my little girl for just a little bit longer. I want to be able to wrap you up and cuddle you like when you were a newborn. 

Ruby I am so incredibly proud of you and everything that you do, you really do bring so much happiness to my life, more so than what you would ever realise. 

I hope you continue to enjoy your time at school this year and it's filled with lots of fun and laughter, and as little homework as possible! As your mummy I know it's important to help you learn, but you are also a child and need a childhood filled with lots of fun and enjoyable times too. 

Please stop growing up Ruby and be my little girl. I miss you each and every day you're at school and I look forward to the weekends.

Lots of love 

Mummy xxx

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: Sacrewell Farm

We were recently asked by Sacrewell Farm if we would like to review their farm park and campsite. I instantly said yes as it is conveniently within an hour of our home in Leicestershire, and as a family we were desperate to try out our new tent and awning.


 

Sacrewell Farm is located close to the A47 near to Peterborough, and is easy to find with clear signage. You drive up a reasonably long driveway before entering the car park. Sacrewell Farm have several different areas for people to camp in, some of which even come with electric hook up, which of course we opted for :). On arrival we checked in at reception; I was a little bit surprised to find only one person on reception dealing with visitors to the farm and campsite, so there was a 10 minute wait to be served. We were given a map of the plots and told where we could pitch our tent.

If you have been following my blog, you will be aware that we purchased a Vango Isis 500 tent with an additional awning. I was a little concerned that our tent may not fit on the pitch as it is very large when combined with the awning, however I need not have worried as people had far bigger tents than us. The awning itself was a great addition, and became Ruby and Lottie's playroom for the duration of our stay.

After we had pitched the tent, we decided to head for a look around the farm park (park entry is included in with the camping fees). Prices range from £26.00 to £32.75 for a family of 4.

Sacrewell Farm has a wide range of different farm animals for visitors to admire and feed, ranging from different breeds of sheep, pigs, chickens, horses and even a petting area that contains rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and baby chicks to name a few.





Ruby and Lottie both really loved seeing the newly hatched baby chicks, and to be honest so did I, I could have easily have taken a couple home with me!



In addition to the farm, Sacrewell have a lovely play park that contains a wide range of play equipment that the children loved; Lottie particularly loved the wooden playhouse.



New this year is a renovated indoor soft play area, and wow it is amazing!! It wasn't just Ruby and Lottie who loved it, it was me and hubbie too!




After exploring the farm we headed back for our dinner, the campsite and the farm are both kept litter free and are of a very good standard. Drinking water and washing up facilities are located close by and there was plenty of hot water for the dirty pots from dinner.

The toilets and shower facilities were also of a very high standard and were much better than I had anticipated they would be. There is even a freezer for campers to use to freeze ice blocks or general food items, thankfully we had a cool box but otherwise this would have been really handy for us.


We decided to put the girls to bed at 8pm and I'm pleased to say they slept through until 7am, we cooked a full English breakfast before the farm opened and we spent some more time exploring. Ruby and Lottie were both keen to spend more time in the indoor play area which suited us as they have a coffee bar within the barn where hubbie and I could relax and drink coffee. Coffee was reasonably priced at £1.50 per cup.

Sacrewell Farm also hosts a restaurant and a shop; we didn't eat in the restaurante, but looking at the menu, there seemed to be a wide range of foods to cater to different tastes and budgets. The shop stocks a range of toys and I'm sure Ruby and Lottie would have spent a small fortune in their if they had have got their way!

So what was my overall impression of Sacrewell Farm? I loved it! The farm itself is great for children to explore and the added bonus of the play area is a massive success. The campsite had everything we could possibly need, it was clean and tidy and it wasn't too big so if you want to go, make sure you book in plenty of time.


Disclaimer: Sacrwell Farm kindly gave us free camping and admission to the park in return for a honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.