Ava, Days Out, My Favourite Family

My Favourite 5 for August: Whipsnade Zoo, Shoes & Warwick Castle

The summer holidays are drawing to a close, and part of me is sad as we have had the best six weeks of fun. But I am sort of looking forward to getting back to ‘normality’ and back to work. Thea is starting preschool next month, so that will be a big change for her, and she’s raring to go. It’s going to be strange for me though – she’ll be going every morning, so I’ll have more time. I may even start going to an exercise class!

So what have we been up to in August? It mainly involves summer fun and our brilliant holiday to Cornwall, which I will write about another time, once I’ve waded through the thousands of photos.

Whipsnade Zoo

We had a really fun family outing to Whipsnade Zoo. We’ve been there a few times and it’s always a great day out. Thea’s favourite was the butterfly house. Personally I find it kind of freaky – I’m not keen on things flapping in my face. But Thea and Ava loved it, especially when one landed on her head.Thea with a butterfly on her head She was also very impressed by the Tiger. Thea couldn't believe her eyes at the tiger

We spent a lot of time sheltering from the rain, but also got some lovely sunny spells.

Family outing to the zoo

We spent quite a bit of time sheltering from the rain!

And my favourites were the flamingos.

Flamingos at Whipsnade Zoo

The flamingos matched my top. Or vice versa.

Dunstable Downs Kite Festival

We are keen National Trust members, but for some reason, we’ve never been to the Dunstable Downs before. But that has changed now as we went to the Kite Festival, and had a really fun day.

Blue skies and #patriotic #flags above #DunstableDowns for the #kitefestival 💕

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These two are hunting for #wildflowers 🌸 Ava takes it pretty seriously ☺️

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THea’s First School Shoes

We booked a shoe fitting for the girls at John Lewis (I have only just discovered you can even do this, who knew?) and it was very nice to go straight in and not have to wait. Thea was over the moon with hers. They are super cute but it’s making me so sad that she is going to preschool in a few weeks – she still seems so little!

Warwick Castle

We popped up to Warwick Castle for the day, and had such fun. I’d been as a kid, and Ryan and I went before we had the girls, but it was their first time. They were so good and climbed up all the (hundreds of) steps without complaining at all. I was so proud of them. I was debating about whether or not we needed the pushchair, as the girls don’t really use it much. But I took it for the stuff and I’m so glad I did as it’s a proper hike from the carpark – over half an hour. Not so bad on the way but on the way back I had both of them in it! This is an expensive day out, no doubt about it, but we did have a great time and used the Kellogg’s grown ups go free vouchers, so that helped a lot.

These kids have no fear! #Warwick #WarwickCastle #castle #summer

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Peeking. @warwickcastle1 #warwickcastle

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Homemade Ice Lollies

I found some ice lolly moulds in the cupboard, and also bought some new ones from IKEA so we have two sets. We’ve been enjoying making ice pops out of smoothie and still lemonade.

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  1. Laura's Lovely Blog

    16th September 2016 at 8:22 pm

    We went to Whipsnade in the summer holidays too and had such a fantastic time. I think we were luckier with the weather than you were! Thanks for linking up to #lovelythings

  2. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    8th September 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Visiting again from #OurFaveFive

  3. Sarah Howe

    7th September 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I like Whipsnade. Went with my cousins years ago and was fab! I still need to go to warwick castle. It is so close to me. Lovely pics…think I would be a bit scared with a butterfly on me!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

    1. Becky Pink

      12th September 2016 at 5:58 pm

      He he I wasn’t a fan of the butterfly house I must admit. I prefer the giraffes. Warwick Castle is well worth a visit xx

  4. Jaki

    7th September 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Looks like you’ve had a great Summer. I live not too far from Warwick Castle but haven’t been for years and years. I really should take my little one soon. I hope preschool goes well for your little girl & you cope too! #bestansworst

    1. Becky Pink

      8th September 2016 at 10:16 am

      Thanks os much Jaki, we had her home visit this morning and she had a whale of a time! We loved Warwick Castle, so much to see! xx

  5. Lianne

    7th September 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Looks like you had a great summer and made lots of fab memories! #ourfavouritefive

    1. Becky Pink

      7th September 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Hi Lianne, thanks so much for popping by, yes we have had an amazing summer, I am so sad it’s coming to an end! xx

  6. Maria

    7th September 2016 at 11:41 am

    Ahhh I know the feeling about getting back to normality. I have loved spending time with my two over the summer hols but I think we are all ready to go back to the school routine.

    I always pre-book our Clarks appointments but I didn’t know you could do that at John Lewis now too – may have to try that next time! We went to Warwick Castle last year and the boys had so much fun running around. In fact, we have a very similar photo to you with E standing in front of the castle window too!!

    Thank you so much for linking up to #OurFaveFive and I hope to see you back again next month! xxx

    1. Becky Pink

      12th September 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks Maria, I have to say booking an appointment for shoes was amazing, I’ll do that every time from now on! I hope back to school went well for you guys xx

  7. Fran Back With a Bump

    7th September 2016 at 10:10 am

    Lovely post. We’re big fans of Whipsnade Zoo too. We also plan on going to Dunstable Downs with the kite soon! #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      7th September 2016 at 10:11 am

      Thanks Fran, we’ll be going back to the Downs, I can’t believe we’ve never been there before, it was such a lovely view xx

  8. Lisa Savage

    7th September 2016 at 8:41 am

    What a lovely summer. I grew up in the Midlands, so Wipsnade and Warwick Castle sound familiar 🙂 ! #OurFaveFive

    1. Becky Pink

      7th September 2016 at 10:11 am

      Ah yes they are such great days out aren’t they! xx

  9. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    6th September 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Looks like you have an incredible month. The visit to the zoo and the Castle just looks fabulous, kids seem to love them too. Homemade iced lollies, I forgot to make some of those this summer, hope I’ll remember to make some next time. #lovelythings

  10. Mads

    2nd September 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Sounds like you had a fab month! x

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd September 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks Mads, we really did! Too much to cram into a blog post really! xx

  11. Sarah HP

    31st August 2016 at 8:44 pm

    We just went to Whipsnade! I completely loved it! The flamingos made me think of you.

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd September 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Ah that’s so sweet Sarah – it’s such a great day out, but so exhausting as there is so much to see! xx

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