A Christmas woodland walk at keydells.

Since my post ‘here we are in November’ we have been getting so busy. With getting ready for Christmas and getting my business up and running, it has been chaos. It’s no surprise that we were super excited to start the festive trips. Keydells nurseries were no exception.
When it comes to Christmas, Garden Centres, are one of the most popular places to visit. As most centres make a special effort for the Christmas season.

Keydell is a nursery (garden centre) in Horndean, Hampshire. It is a lovely place to visit at any time of the year. However, we do make a special annual trip there for a Christmasy family day.

So what is the Keydells woodland walk?

Keydell’s woodland walk is a beautiful Christmas walk around with so much to look at all around you. The staff at keydell should be so proud of what they have created.

The woodland walk itself is under £5 per person, and well worth the money to get in at any age. You can find the ticket prices on their website here.

Each area is themed so differently to the next. It is very obvious how much effort the staff have gone into these displays. The sheer amount of detail, and imaginative stories these scenes tell.

Adorable characters that sing and move, the smell of tinsel, pretty tinkering lights, glitter. Everything makes this room feel festive. It is impossible not to be sucked into the Christmas excitement.
You can tell how popular the nursey is at this time of year. We were eager and took our trip on the 23rd of November. The whole place was already busy with plenty of people walking around seeing the magic of Keydell at Christmas.

Festive unicorn ^_^

If you are thinking about taking a trip to Keydells, you need to have your camera ready. There are so many photo opportunities on the walk. For example, a model Santa where you can sit on his lap. Cute right?

Spending almost an hour around the trail. That is not all though…

We spent another hour looking at all the beautiful Christmas decorations that Keydell have available to buy in-store. There are literally thousands of ornaments, light sets and Christmasy decor. It’s OK. We managed not to spend too much money, but that was so hard. I could picture so many of the decks making the house look pretty.

We really had such a lovely day! I would love to hear if you have had an experience visiting Keydell.
Or do you know somewhere else that is well worth the journey to go and see Christmas magic!

Meeting the Meerkats at Millets Farm Centre​.

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. 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.

A bit about Millets,

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.

Millets Farm

When we arrived at Millets

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, with so much, space. A cute farm shop next to a beautiful garden centre. A farmhouse restaurant, which we really enjoyed. Millets have an animal walkway, with tons to look at. A huge maze, for family activities. Then, of course, 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.

Millets farm meerkats

The Millets meerkat experience…

The experience included Emma & me along with 4 other members of the public. We 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. This being 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. The meerkats had been climbing all over us. It was insane being able to stroke their fur whilst feeding them. Amazing! I always thought they had rough fur. Even though it doesn’t look like it, 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 taking 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.

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Mothers Day 2019: Perfect ideas for mums on a budget!

With only days to go till March 31st Mothers day is fast approaching! and if you haven’t been so organised and got your presents sorted for mum and maybe even nan yet! I thought I’d write a list of ideas of what you could do, without overspending!

Hand Made Card

You don’t even have to be on a tight budget to make a hand made mothers day card, I love receiving a hand made cards and I’m not yet a mum! (maybe one day though) My mum makes cards and always says I should be making my own! a lot more work goes into a handmade card, so there’s more to appreciate!

Flowers

What mum wouldn’t be chuffed as when you hand over a bunch of flowers and a card. Flowers are brilliant for putting a smile on their face.

Candles

I have a massive candle obsession, I love having a few tea lights lit in the evening. Perfect setting. Why not treat your mum to some candles that smell nice!

Chocolates

Who doesn’t like chocolates? I know my mum would always appreciate a box of Maltesers? (especially when the dog hasn’t got to them before her)

mothers day

Poundland’s Mothers Day collection is especially awesome this year! my particular favourite is the oversized ducks! they are so frigging cute! so had to buy us a pink duck as well as my mum one! (no particular reason other then it is an awesome huge rubber duck)

And it is not just Poundland! Home Bargains and B&M store also Have loads of cute little gifts for Mother’s Day.

But like I said before Mother’s Day isn’t about how much you spend. It’s about showing your mum and your nan and the line of the woman in your life some appreciation.

Please note: I have not been paid to promote any of these stores I am simply sharing my thoughts.

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Southampton pride 2018

running for the 3rd time, getting bigger each year Southampton pride has been an incredible day out. It had been yet another glorious summer day, the sun shining, heat blazing, the colours sparkles and queens were out to play at Southampton civic centre filled with thousands to celebrate for Southampton pride 2018. Amazing!

I really do love the atmosphere at pride festivals no matter where you are in the country. It’s like the city has a major mood lift and It really is ‘fabulous darling!’ I noticed that the moment you got into town that everyone around had an energetic and positive warm attitude towards each other and I’ve probably said this before when writing about Brighton pride but it’s so true!

southampton pride 2018

Southampton pride 2018 has really been a brilliant day.

I do think that especially since the first Southampton pride the organisers have done an amazing job at growing the festival side of things. Watching the acts that were performing on the stage throughout the day were brilliant. I was gutted to of left before the cheeky girls hit the stage this year. But seeing the other acts were still as great!

I hope that in the years to come for Southampton that the parade itself is more concentrated on. I’m not at all saying that the parade was bad. But it definitely was missing something! Maybe just some music? But still great as it is.

Can’t wait for pride season again next year.

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