After two lovely years in the U.K. We are off to where it all began in Doha, Qatar. Mr T will be teaching at The Swiss International School whilst I continue to look after Little T. We can’t wait for this adventure to begin, let’s hope our little one likes the sun as much as we do!
Keeping an active two year old busy on rainy days is no easy task. Today we set out to grab our favorite Earls Sandwich and then head to the park for a picnic but the rain changed all that.
Instead we popped into Yeovil Cineworld for a Movies for Juniors showing of Trolls, £6 for all three of us and we had the cinema to ourselves! For such a bargain we didn’t mind when Little T was ready to leave after an hour.
Instead of going straight home for lunch we had a wander up Sherbourne high street.
Popped in to Waitrose to get some bits for our supper and I saw my first golden post box.
We visited a sweet little children’s shop, Ginger and Pickle, picked up a vintage Fireman Sam book and discovered some of our favorite coffee down at the bottom of the high street. Bean Shot Coffee was the perfect spot to warm up and do a bit of reading.
As Mr T hails from Wincanton and his Granny lives in Brewham, we often pass through Bruton and have enjoyed watching it change over the last few years. This week we have been really impressed, and had to share.
First we celebrated our wedding anniversary at Roth Bar and Grill and it was just a perfect evening. Delicious cocktails, an amazing steak and scrummy puddings. To top it off Little T was asleep when we got home (which he rarely sleeps with out mummy’s Milka)!
Today we popped into FMLY and were pleasantly surprised by the Honesty Café, space for children (giant lego and coloring), and great products. I had seen the selfish mother brand on a mummy blog and had no idea the brand was local.
Finally our reason for going into Bruton tonight was to try out the Cambodian pop up restaurant Khmer Kitchen and we were left very satisfied customers!
The food was fresh, delicious, great value and took us back to some of the yummy food we have had on our travels. We will definitely be calling in next Wednesday.
Another day of playing and despite some angry exchanges between little T and myself, the track was finished. Just waiting for ‘Mini Tornado’ to wreak havoc!
I wonder how many dads have experienced the same? More importantly felt incredibly protective and proud of their track!
An emotional moment in the Turner household today as Little T was introduced to the wonders of Star Wars.
Is it too early for Top Gun?
It was some time before I was brave enough to take Little T out for a walk on the road. He is a confident walker but also has a mind of his own so the thought of him so near passing cars frightened the life out of me.
We’ve now been out a few times and today it was so lovely as it was his first time to splash in puddles! It does take three times as long to make it to the supermarket but he loves it and is learning quickly to hold my hand.
So far he has yet to make it all the way home with out asking to be picked up, but I’m sure his stamina will grow quickly.
Today we were off for a play date with the lovely Mrs M and her two littles. As she has a boy nearly four she has experienced a lot more child friendly activities than I and has introduced me to many a new place. Today it was the amazing Little Street, located within the Frimley train station. I knew it would be great but was even more impressed than I expected.
It is a fairly small area with seven different role play areas: Cafe, Hairdressers, Doctor’s office, Supermarket, Dress up/music, Vehicle fun (giant fire engine and several ride on cars, Construction zone. There is an entrance area for sitting to take shoes off, store your bags or have a snack. There is a small baby zone there as well. A mini cafe keeps mummies happy with coffee and shortbread as well as a selection of wholesome snacks for the littles.
It is a really high quality play area and caters for children up to school age. I thought it was great fun for Little T at 15 months and I think he will enjoy it much more at any future visits. As with this time he was mostly interested in finding things to chew on, rather than actually acting out the activities. Though he was quite interested in the espresso machine which Mr T will surely have his eye on now to buy for him!
We went for their morning session, 09:30-11:00, but there are four sessions daily (and because of how great it is, it is essential to book). This left the three boys with quite an appetite, so we braved lunch at M & S Cafe at The Meadows. A bit of a three-ring circus but we managed lunch and a bit of shopping and had three smiling boys when we went to the car. A very tired Little T has slept and allowed me to write this post which I am ever so grateful for!
Getting back to blogging has been on my mind but I have really been struggling with what to write about. This morning I stumbled upon something that inspired me.
I left the house to get Little T some fresh air, he has been a bit poorly so I thought it was exactly what he needed. We would be out and he would tire himself out for a long afternoon nap. Of course life with children doesn’t always work out how you plan, he was asleep in the pushchair ten minutes after we left the house!
I continued on to explore. I had seen a sign for Blackwater Park behind a nearby industrial estate with a path following the river. It was a really peaceful and beautiful walk, but then I came upon a clearing and was really impressed!
A lovely meadow alongside the river with walking paths that go on for quite awhile. I got lucky as it is a beautiful day with blue skies and a fresh breeze. I can’t wait to bring the little man back when he can actually walk around and enjoy this nature right on our doorstep!
Even more exciting than finding this place is that I was able to sit on this bench and write this post as Little T slept!