On Monday we ventured down to London for a sightseeing tour with Charlie in which we crammed a lot in for the 26 hours we were in the big smoke (and didn’t my feet know about it!)
We live in a small town with a bus that goes hourly to the next closest “big” town and the service stops at 5pm and doesn’t run on a Sunday at all! The closest train station is a 30 minute drive so it’s safe to say we very rarely go on public transport as it’s so dire and far away, so when we do it’s quite a novelty. We travelled down to London on the train which was a somewhat painful almost 3 hour journey as we opted for the cheaper tickets meaning it took forever. As we arrived into London, as it was heavily raining we hopped in a black cab to Madame Tussauds which was Charlie’s first ever experience in a black London cab. He was fascinated by the fact you could sit facing backwards!
I spent a lot of time in London when I was younger but haven’t been sightseeing for about 20 years so I thought it would be lovely to take Charlie and show him around. The husband and I talked and decided that we would go just the three of us. Charlie can sometimes get a little overlooked when we have the girls so we thought we would make the trip all about him.
We were very lucky that the lovely folk at Travelodge offered us to stay with them as the one thing Charlie really wanted to do was go on the London Eye. The hotel we stayed in was the London Central Southwark hotel which was a very short walk from the Southwark tube stop which was very handy. The London Eye was 0.9 miles from the hotel but as it was so soggy we hopped on the tube for our visit. The Globe theatre, Tate Modern, London Aquarium and Big Ben are all within a mile of the hotel so it’s a great spot.
We arrived just after 3pm and there was no queue for check in so quickly were given our key and the receptionist took a shine to Charlie and he got a lollipop which he was chuffed with! We were in room 710 and the room had the most perfect view of the Shard from our window. View Post
After reading Jocelyns post it really got me thinking about my “if I could” things. I love questions like this, it’s fun to pretend and kinda like the if I won the lottery question!
If I could live anywhere:
Dorset. It honestly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to and there’s just so much to see and do. I’ve never seen such beautiful scenery it’s just stunning. We went again this year and had such a fantastic time. No trip is complete without a day at Monkey World which is why the love affair with the county started.
If I could have any home:
I would love a big barn with high ceilings and gorgeous full length windows which let so much light in – I hate dark rooms! However I don’t think the countryside life would suit me as I couldn’t be doing with the nice and rats that come along with it! But I would just love a light, airy open place house with a huge island in the kitchen and lots of wooden beams. I really want a playroom and huge utility to hide all the toys and washing – the dream!!!!
If I could have any garden:
Unless you live under a rock you will see that we are in the grips of a ruddy heat wave. Not just a few hot days A HEAT WAVE people – this is not a drill. Along with your make up, deodorant and ability to walk upstairs without keeling over, our rationale goes with it. Just as with the snow as soon as that Mercury starts climbing us Brits go a little bit loco and start having crazy ideas such as:
- Look into getting air con installed in your house because a couple of days a year warrants this thousand of pounds system to ensure you can sleep and it’s definitely an investment (so the husband claims)
- Go out in full on swimwear. It’s ok when you are abroad and no one knows you as your waddling about with your pale flesh on show but when the little old lady from number 11 sees your bingo wings and muffin top in all its sweaty glory it’s safe to say your relationship is ruined forever
- Drinking at any given time of the day. But remember you do actually have kids. And they will wake up in the sticky heat. A LOT.
- You install a pool and/or hot tub in your garden and spend half of the heat wave filling it up, all whilst totally forgetting that 95% of the year you’ll freeze your arse off if you even look at it as it becomes a swamp haven
- We start looking at buying a convertible cars. It quite possibly is the only way to travel in this climate dahhhling View Post
I have previously blogged about things that I found essential during when having twins but only last week did I realise just how precious having our pushchair has been.
When the girls were born we had a large bulky travel system which was brilliant as they could lie flat as tiny babies and the system also had the ability to clip the car seats onto the frame which coupled with car seat bases made the school run SO much simpler. But as they grew we knew we would need a stroller which was more lightweight and less bulky. I have to admit I absolutely LOVED shopping around for ours and seeing what was out there on the market.
When choosing ours, there were a few features I really felt I wanted:
- Easy to collapse/put up
- Large basket
- Side by side that would fit through a normal doorway
For me it being lightweight was an essential as having two hefty toddlers in it was enough let alone the stroller itself weighing a tonne!
I think most twin parents would have the same list as me. I know from experience you can’t get anywhere in a hurry with twins but having a pushchair that is super easy to put up and collapse gives you an extra few minutes which for any parent is golden!
I think the “side by side” or “one in front of the other” style is definitely a personal preference. For me I never wanted one child to be stuck facing the back of the others head plus I love that them being side by side they can both see everything that is going on along with being able to see each other if they want.
It was surprising how narrow side by side strollers are. I thought they were going to be huge and I’d be getting wedged in doorways but most we tested were slim without compromising on seat size.
Pushchairs can be so expensive to buy so I viewed it as an investment that from they would use it for a good two years pretty much every day so I’m happy to pay a little bit more to ensure the quality outweights and I get value for money along with a gorgeous looking stroller for my girlies!
Always check out any extras and if they cost extra. We had to pay extra for our footmuffs which during the winter were an absolute godsend as with two wriggly ladies there’s no chance of them keeping a blanket over their lap! Rain covers too sometimes are extra but are definitely worth buying.
We love our stroller and a year in and it’s still going strong!
Thanks to Tesco for the inspiration behind this post