I am so pleased that we had finally gotten around to using our voucher for a Meerkat experience. Emma had received this for her birthday back in December and it took us absolutely ages to get it organised and booked. The voucher included having an encounter with the meerkats, as well as being able to feed them, at the falconry at Millets Farm Centre.
I had never even heard of Millets Farm Centre before, and I didn’t really look into the place before going. I just knew that we were feeding Meerkats in Oxfordshire, which of course was pretty exciting.
After taking a short 2 hour car journey, we had arrived not really knowing what to expect. Before we even got out of the car I was already appreciating the beautiful area. We were so lucky to have randomly picked a day where the sun and sky were absolutely glorious with no clouds in sight.
Upon arriving at Millets Centre you are presented with adorable farmhouse buildings. The site is quite big and there was so much too see including. A large play area for the little ones, a cute farm shop, a beautiful garden centre, Gift shop, farmhouse restaurant, an animal walkway, huge maze, ofcourse the falconry with so many beautiful bold birds and so many other things to see and experience.
We started our day by taking a slow stroll down animal walkway, where we were able to meet some awesome creatures.
After, we headed over to the falconry where we took a lovely slow stroll around the many birds. The falconry is also where the meerkats live and where we needed to be. My favourite animal. Well, one of my favourite animals, I love them all.
There were so many different types of falcons, owls and eagles. One thing I would say about these birds is how bold, and strong looking these creatures portray themselves as. They are very stunning things. Especially the American eagle.
The experience included Emma & myself along with 4 other members of the public, were invited into the meerkat enclosure where we were able to take a seat on a bench. All of the staff at Millets Farm Centre are so friendly, we had a girl called Becky who works in the falconry then gave us an impressive talk about the meerkats whilst providing us with raw chicken on tongs to feed the meerkats with. The 30 mins went so quickly because every minute was so much fun, we all had meerkats climbing all over us, we were able to stroke their fur whilst feeding them. I always thought they had rough fur, but even though it doesn’t look like it is, the fur is so soft and cuddly feeling.
It was honestly so exciting and surreal to be so up close with them, I really did feel in my element all morning! I would really suggest Millets Farm Centre to all of my friends because it is genuinely such a lovely place to go too.
We couldn’t leave the centre without takin a walk around the shops there. I really thought the farm shop was so cute and really did have a variety of things that we wouldn’t normally see in the normal shops. Obviously, we had to buy something so we got some really nice looking cheese and dips for our next Camembert lunch we have with friends. Honestly, we couldn’t resist. Everything in the shop looked so lovely., but of course being a farm shop some things were very pricey.
We really enjoyed our experience at Millets Farm Centre and would happily travel there again one day. Such a lovely place to be.
I would highly recommend any of you to take a trip there. Especially booking to see the meerkats, as it’s an utterly amazing experience.
I Would love to hear your thoughts on our experience, maybe you have had an experience with Millets, Comment away below.
Over the past few months I have grown an increasing love for reading. I mean getting lost in another world, what’s there not to love? If you read my May round up post, as warned, I May be talking books alot more on the blog, so what a way to start. There is nothing better to pass the time then getting deeply involved with a good book, Whether its a fantasy tale that has me on the edge of my chair in a constant daydream of what is happening, to self-help, empowering ride, by someone with a strong mentality wanting there story and advice to be heard, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’ve been lost in so many different stories recently.
I had noticed an ongoing dispute amongst many people on twitter recently, what is better, a real book or an electronic copy. Many saying that an electronic copy of a book is nothing compared to the original. So… To book or to E-read that is the question!?
well, it got me thinking since there is there’s pretty much 2 ways of reading a story, which one is better? or are they just as good as each other? personally, I feel that they both have pros and cons equally.
Why I love Paper books…
honestly, what is there not to love about a good quality book. Whether it is a brand new copy or a much loved preowned, there is nothing quite like the feel of sitting cozy, flicking through the pages and that book smell, alongside a cup of coffee, sounds lush right? exactly, I honestly believe you cant actually beat a true copy of a book. I love being able to keep my eye out in a charity shop for a few more books every now and then, And who can complain when your buying a book at 25p? Seriously?
Why I love E-books…
Ok, so they may be lacking in the same warm feeling as the physical book, and admittedly they don’t have the loving book smell that every book seems to have, but I actually think that E-books have so many pros to them as well. How can you honestly fault the ability to be able to hold thousands of books to read all in one place? I don’t have a lot of space in our room for hundreds of physical books so for me having lots of books on my tablet gives me so much freedom on being able to download E-books to me, are very convenient, I can carry a book with me 24/7 for an emergency just by having the app on my tablet and phone! great! I will admit one thing! If I love a book that I have read electronically, so much. I will most likely by the physical book aswell for me to own.
I mean e-Readers are still relatively new and they are never really gonna have the same feel to the real thing. As a reader you should be focusing of the quality of the experience as well, are you able to loose yourself in the tablet reading as much as you can loose yourself flicking through the pages of a book.
It’s an equal draw for me…
That’s right, I could probably argue with myself all day on what is the best format but I choose to love both formats! Both have there own pros and cons, but it is personal to me, which is what a book should really be. Even though an E-reader does not have the same feel, its pretty convenient for me to use half the time. Plus I love the access to so many free books. What do you guys think? Do you prefer a physical book to read, or are you happy to read electronically?
So the best thing about the blogging community has to be being inspired by other amazing bloggers. Like Mxrshmarshmellows blog. Who just created a very similar post. It really made me question what makes me happy and got me thinking.
So I though it would be great to share what makes me happy with you guys.
Bright colours and lots of pink.
Coffee (I literally just got some llama love vanilla)
Make up. Even when staying in.
Paper craft. Whatever I can get my hands on.
Seeing my friends and family.
Disney anything. Have I mentioned that I love Disney???
Matching socks. Actually cute socks. I mean any socks.
Glitter. A lot of glitter.
Friends. The tv show.
Going to the zoo.
Flowers around me.
Taking lots of photos.
Primark hauls. Probably shopping in general.
Receiving happy mail.
Spending days just watching films.
Writing my blog.
My love for all animals.
Wearing oversized hoodies.
Adult colouring books.
Giving gifts to my favourite people.
Pretty mugs. I’m addicted to mugs.
Daddy daughter days.
Summer and being in the sun.
Adventures to new places.
Overspending on stationary and notebooks.
Making new friends.
I’d love to know what makes you happy? Leave a comment below telling me.
With the end of October looming upon us, you have to admit that this year we have been so lucky to have such beautiful weather. I mean It’s hardly rained at all!, the sun continues to beam even now! which doesn’t feel the normal thing to be saying in October. I mean, I’m not wishing rainy crap British weather on us, but Im appreciating the fact we haven’t had it, Thats OK right? Autumn is a such a lovely time of the year, and it always seems like it doesn’t last very long before the winter period hits. So I thought it would make sense to take a moment to talk about why I love Autumn so bloody much! So here is my list of what I love about it, and why I think this is the best season!
The Leaves changed colour…
There is nothing more beautiful then going on a woodland walk in Autumn. This weekend was a perfect chance to get outside and go out see nature at its best! Plus Autumn trees and wildlife is when I have taken some of my best photos! Theres something really mood changing when you start seeing the leaves change, like an uplifter?
I am a complete sucker for when it comes to a coffee fix! especially when is comes to a Latte, no matter what time of the year, I mean it could be a boiling day and I still love a hot coffee. We all know that Autumn is here when Starbucks, and Costa bring out the Pumpkin Spice Latte, or their Bonfire Spiced Latte. As soon as these hit the boards! I’m straight off the train heading to work and stopped by temptation most times to get one of these. It doesn’t help that both Starbucks and costa are next to each other opposite the train station, Its hard to avoid right?
As I’ve got older I have to admit the truth! I mean It kills me to say this, It really does, but it just Isn’t all about the pink any more! Horrifying I know! I have absolutely fallen In love with Autumn colours more and more recently! and Its brilliant! I love the Autumn tones that Nature brings, as the leaves change, but not just that! The Autumn season fashion! My wardrobe Is actually coming away from constant dark and boring, took long enough! Burnt colours, in Oranges, Reds, Yellows. OH and I love my new mustardy yellow Jumper!
It’s Pumpkin Season…
These lovelies are not just for halloween yanno! Although we will be carving out as a Hallow Eves treat! Pumpkin picking is so much fun, and we headed to Pickwell Farm this weekend to choose our own Pumpkin treats off the fields! it was an amazing atmosphere! and so many people using the opportunity to pose with their loved one, I mean yeah, we did! A few! I can not wait to attempt to make something out of this beauty! Ive always wanted to try and make my own pumpkin Soup!
Cosy up time…
My final important reason, with the weather starting to be colder its the perfect excuse for a night in. There is just a warm blissed feeling about being able to snuggle under a cosy blanket! with your favourite Film on (or a good book), Candles lit!, comfy PJs and Jigsaw puzzles! Perfect night in, can’t really argue with that hey?
There is just so much to do…
As soon as the end of September comes around seasonal activities are at there highest! and there is just so much to fit in!, Halloween, bonfire night, and then it will soon be Christmas! I love this time of year!
It’s time to start thinking of those winter goals!
So with the Winter Season looming, Christmas is coming around the corner fast! I’m planning to sit down soon and set some seasonal goals! I’m always mentioning that time is going by way too quickly! and with that being said I am not wanting to see opportunities pass untouched! I’m always looking for ideas and goals on things to do! so shout me in the comments with your Winter goals!
Hello Monday! every week you come around again. Even though we don’t really want that back to work feeling after a lovely chilled weekend, we all have that early morning wake up call on a Monday! 6:30 my alarm went off this morning, and I quickly hit the snooze button, actually I hit that luxurious ‘SNOOZE’ more then a few times.
This particular Monday I am feeling extremely positive! Today marks a year of change, development, aspiration, not to mention a bucket list of goals that have been acomplished!
The days in our lives can slip between our fingers if we let them, sometimes we won’t know that its even happened until it is to late, and really its important to remember the actions, and behaviours that have built where you are in life right now! Its not about remembering a day, a moment, or a time. It is about learning from your mistakes, and using past experiences to work on a positive outcome for the rest of your life!
Do you ever scroll through facebook and have a look at the ‘on this day’ memories that come up? If your like me it will be a “Omg is that really what I was saying” or “Cant believe that was 5 years ago” not to mention the “Oh look I was ill again today last year as-well” (Thats a frequent one hey). Ive realised how easy it really is to focus on an negative attitude, which 9 times out of 10 has been mirrored from some one else, and you then watch it kill the inspiration, and personality of a person.
When you have things that can get in the way like Anxiety, depression and an odd panic attack over something that 5 minutes later seems silly, keeping yourself on the right track is really an important mind matter. Its easy for one person to call judgement on another, to slate every movement, every photo, every written word, and make it into something that is perceived in the wrong way. Not everyone will understand everything you do in life, but by staying motivated and true to yourself, your heading in the right direction.
This year we have been through the mill and back, but were coming out the other side stronger and better day by day. Me and Em within the last month have both given up smoking! Im finally getting made permanent at work (which is proof in itself that persistance and determination works) and the best thing is today we celebrate a year of life change, living, and goal setting for the future!
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
— Confucius Motivations starts here…..
Motivation is so important in life, and we don’t really realise it or think about it because we never really miss it until it is gone. I can’t list the amount of times I’ve used not feeling very motivated to do something as an excuse. There are so many ways to stay motivated, but you don’t always need to go over the top to get your motivation back on track! When it comes to blogging I often sit in front of the laptop or a notebook for ages and achieve nothing! But I’ve now learnt a few tips and tricks for helping me stay on the path to positivity and as I call it ‘I got my Mojo!’
5 things that help me stay motivated!
Never be afraid to put pen to paper…. At the end of the day, Laptops, phones and all these smarty gadgets that we have now. They haven’t always been around, and coming from a stationary obsessed girl, who has about a million notebooks and believe me that is never ever enough! weather your blogging, planning an event, keeping lists of things to remember, or just bored, a pen to a piece of paper can give. Me and Em have been keeping a memory jar this year, writing down thoughts and memories to look back on when were ready! small things like that will keep a positive mind and value what you have now, keeping you motivated for whats coming in the future!
Read … read…. and read some more! … When your feeling down or unsure what to do with yourself, have you ever tried looking through Pinterest, reading other people blogs or ideas? picking up a book and being inspired by a fictional character, or even a real person! (Hey Some of those self help books aren’t that bad you know!)
Know your own worth!…. I’m having a ‘de ja vu’ moment when I say this one! Literally I’ve been talking about this recently, but as a person we never really realise how beautiful we are as just people! Always finding a way to think ourselves down. We are all criminal to this kinda thing. I’ve noticed in a lot of books and blogs I’ve been reading recently regarding anxiety and happiness that if you write down 1 positive thing a day about yourself, and read it every week, you will begin to learn your own value.
Stop worrying about what other people think… Well I personally know that when you have Anxiety worrying about what other people think is something that is a continuous fight! Not everyone has a positive nature about life, but just because you come across someone who gets a kick out of trying to knock someone down, doesn’t mean they are gonna win over you. When reading in the blogging networks I’ve joined the constant thing is, worrying about what others think. But, the moment you stop caring what the everyone else is thinking your attitude will change! MASSIVELY! Who cares? I mean lets face it, you could be reading this blog right now thinking what an idiot I sound! but hey that isn’t gonna effect me, because I have stopped letting it, The empowerment in the phrase ‘I don’t care’ its bigger then you think. Because the minute you let go! the minute you will start thinking so what, you are already winning.
Know your limits… Its ok for things not to go to plan every now and then, just because your not feeling the creative vibe one day, doesn’t mean you are under achieving at what ever it is your doing. It’s just a bad 5 minutes! take a break, and then go back to your challenge with a fresh head! and positive attitude. Your get further that way!
Set goals and smile as you reach them… If you were sat there thinking I’ve forgotten a massive motivation tip! you were wrong!, I just thought I’d leave the best for last! If you don’t set goals, what would you really be working towards in life? weather its a career or personal goal, unless your aiming high, your not going to be moving. I always try to set, yearly, monthly and weekly goals! Nothing drastic, but believe me it helps. Even using a planner to keep your goals! and set yourself tasks to keep you on track! it works! and planners are obsessively addictive! I mean you could have a massive goal, but have many mini challenges in the way before you reach that. Just remember the moment you achieve your goals just enjoy that buzz you get.