A visit to The Sky Gardens

The sun was shining and the sky was clear, not a cloud in site. A perfect time to visit the Sky Gardens, London situated at 20 Fenchurch Street or locally known as the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building. London is a beautiful city and it wasn’t til our recent trip into the city that I realised that behind all the tall buildings and beyond the many Royal Parks there are so many delightful places to see.

Living about 35 minutes away from London makes it so accessible for us to get into and an ideal place for family day outs.

A friend of mine had previously visited the Sky Gardens and I knew as soon as I saw the photos of her visit that I would have to visit and see for myself the stunning indoor hidden gem that London has to offer. Entry into the Sky Gardens is free, Visits are pre-bookable, we booked our visit the day before but it is advisable to book at least a few day before you want to visit.

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The Walkie Talkie Building

We planned on meeting Daddy for an early lunch so booked our visit for 11:45. After going through the security down on the ground floor we was ready to embark in the lift and to travel 35 floors up to the top of the building.

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The lift went really fast and within seconds and a pop of the ears we was on the 35th floor, as we walked out through the lift doors we was greeted with the most beautiful sight. Not only was there the 360* breathtaking view of London to admire but also a gorgeous landscaped garden with a viewing area. The whole area is one big dome, spanning over 3 floors including a bar, cocktail terrace, restaurant and cafe.

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The plants on the gardens have been individually chosen to work in the particular quality of light under the roof canopy. You can immediately smell the freshness of the herbs and the ferns. The viewing terraces are naturally ventilated, As we planned to visit on a warm day the temperature within the sky gardens was warm.

We enjoyed a relaxed walk around the terraces and as we strolled round the Sky gardens we appreciated the uninterrupted views of the City.

As a family we really had a superb afternoon in London’s highest hidden gem, the boys were excited when looking out at the views. They spent a while pointing out buildings and areas that they recognised, the youngest even pointed down to the Tower of London and told me that was where his childminder lived lol.

After a stroll around the Gardens and Terraces we sat down in front of the Flowers and took joy in drinking a Latte and ate some croissants (bought in the cafe) The children found a cute little cycle to pose in front of, there were a few of these scattered around the Sky Pod area.

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We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend a visit if you Live or planning a visit to London.

Hope you enjoyed my post :-)

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Down by the sea

The sun is shining
The waves are lapping against the already wet rippled sand
I can hear the cawing of the seagulls as they circle around above us
Children’s laughter echos in the slight sea breeze
Footsteps get washed away as the waves lap over them
The seaside is the place to be…

We visited Bexhill on Sea last week, it’s not local to us but was near to where we was staying for a few days.
It’s such a beautiful little town, the were no crazy golf or rides for the children to enjoy just a big long Beach, and an equally long promenade (especially good for cycling on) and some pretty buildings to look at.

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I love this picture of oliver posing infront of the beach huts. The beach just isn’t the same without looking at the colourful decked out beach huts.

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Spring is upon us. These flowers smelt just as nice as they looked and made the promenade look so pretty.

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Looking out to the sea. The world is his oyster, wide and open.

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Nothing quite like a run on the wet sand

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The ripples left by the sea were so pretty

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Although as inviting as the rock pools were, we steered the boys away from walking on them as they were very clay like and slippy.

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A view of the big wide ocean from behind the beach huts

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This Little one wasn’t feeling very well but he still managed to explore the rocks

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The dry ripples on the sand

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Nothing quite beats a jump in the cold rock pools,  that’s until you notice a little crab heading for your toes and run for it!

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And to end a perfect walk along the beach with a cycle along the promenade.
Oliver has just learned to ride his bike without stabilisers and the promenade was an ideal place for him to cycle along.

Thank you for reading this post, hope enjoyed looking at our snaps from the seaside

A perfect weekend in London, Top 5 places to visit

Living so close to the big City has its advantages. We are just a 35 minute tube ride away from entering the City of London and as a family we it is our prefered place to visit for a day out. There is so much to do and see, that every time we visit there is always something new that we haven’t seen before. There is something quite special about London at night-time and we often take a car journey through London just to drive over the Bridges and see the City lit up. The best bridge is Tower bridge as you get to see the Tower of London all lit up and look down the Thames towards the City.

Our top five places to visit in London are:

  • 1.  Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. This place is huge! We have taken our bikes before and cycled around the whole park, It was so nice to cycle through the park on the big wide cycle lanes safely. Summer time is the best time to visit the park as you can cool down your aching, tired feet (from all of the walking) in the Diana Memorial Fountain or you can take a dip in the Serpentine Lido. Keep your eyes peeled for all of the statues spotted around the park. As you walk over the W Carriage Drive into Kensington Gardens, you will be taken back to 1902 and get to meet Peter Pan. The statue is situated along side The Long Water. Once you have met Peter Pan the children can then use their own imagination and creative play in Diana Memorial Playground. The playground was inspired by the stories of Peter Pan to encourage children to explore and follow their imagination. More about our days out here

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  • 2. The National Army Museum. Situated in Chelsea, a 12 minute walk away from Sloane Square station, along Royal Hospital Road. Here you will find a museum that museum that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains. This museum is a favourite of my boys, not only do they get to learn about the story of the British Army and its role in history but a kids zone where children explore aspects of army life from camping to clothing. It includes a dedicated soft-play space for babies, plus arts and crafts, dressing-up costumes, books, interactive toys and a castle fortress.
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  • 3. The Emirates Airline Cable Car. Catch the cable from Emirates Royal Dock or Emirates Greenwich. We took a ride in it from the Docklands side, it was easy to get to from the Royal Victoria station on the Docklands line. Travel across the River Thames in a glass globe and see London from a different perspective with beautiful views and sights below. To add to the breath-taking views there is also an on-board tour as part of the Discovery experience. The audio and visual tour takes you through a series of fascinating hidden stories about the sights of East London. On board, as you travel 90m up above the river, you get to see London’s most famous sights including the 02, Thames Barrier and Royal Docks. A single journey can take up to 10 minutes.

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  • 4. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Made famous for the legacy of the Olympics 2012, The olympic park is now open to visitors to explore and enjoy. In the south of the park you will find a climbing wall, adjacent to the Arena and a little play area

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In the North of the park is Tumbling Bay Playground that features rock pools, sand pits, tall tree houses, and wobbly bridges, as well as slides, swings and plenty of space to run about. It’s like a little magical, mythical, fantasy world where children can play in a natural environment and be creative with their thoughts and imagination. Read about our day out here

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Next door to the Tumbling Playground is the Lee Valley Velo Park where you get to recreate the olympics by trying out the track indoors and outdoors. My boys loved trying out the BMX track.

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  • 5. ST Katherine’s Dock. Live the marina life in London, just a short walk from The Tower of London, you will be amazed at how beautiful this place is. ST Katherine’s Dock is London’s hidden gem, the former dock has been transformed into an elegant marina with abundance of shops and restaurants. This is my sons favourite place to visit, he wrote about it here. Take a stroll around the marina, look at all of the stunning yachts, you may even get to watch one come in through the lock.

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All of the above would make a perfect weekend for us and even better if we got to stay in a Hotel, staying in the centre of London means you get to the top attractions first nd you can fit more into the day. The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington is currently offering 50% off connecting rooms this February, March and April, providing even better value for families. (2015)

Available weekends, and every day during half term and Easter, the hotels Family Fun offer gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with your family whilst enjoying the sights and sounds London has to offer.  You won’t need to worry about breakfast either as full English breakfast is included.
This is Mumofthreemusketeers entry into Tots100 and The Royal Garden Hotel competition to win a five-star stay for the family in the hotel. 

Thomas & Friends announce winners of the school singing competition

Hinckley’s Westfield Infants School wins Thomas & Friends national singing competition to record brand new song for special anniversary movie!

You may remember a whole back I shared with you all,about the Thomas and Friends 70th Birthday celebrations which involved the chance for a school to win to record a new Thomas & Friends song for the upcoming film which is to be released later this year.

Well the winners have been announced!

Congratulations to all that entered but huge round of applause to Westfield Infant School.

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The pupils of Westfield Infant School in Leicestershire have been crowned winners of the Thomas & Friends ™ national singing competition – winning the chance to record a song for the new Thomas movie starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne!

The winning class of five and six-year olds beat off tough competition from more than 50 schools from across the country all battling for the honour to record the a tune to mark the iconic brand’s 70th birthday.

Schools across the country have been celebrating 2015 as the year of friendship for Thomas & Friends’ 70th anniversary by recording their own Happy Birthday songs for Thomas, in association with National Schools Partnership.

Judges picked Westfield Infant School as the overall winners and as their prize the class secured an all-expenses paid trip to a professional recording studio to record the new “We Make A Team Together” song which will feature on the new Thomas & Friends DVD movie Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure, due out this autumn.

The children also won a unique half-day musical experience run by a music specialist, a special visit from The Fat Controller, £200 worth of musical instruments for their school and Thomas goodie bags all round.

Thomas & Friends producer Ian McCue congratulated the students and staff of Westfield Infant School: She said: “Westfield school was our clear winner – a huge well done to everybody involved. We absolutely loved having the students record in the studio and look forward to hearing the final track. The children have created a piece of history!”

Three primary schools had previously been announced as runners-up: St Mary’s in Merseyside, Smallwood in Cheshire and Blakedown in Worcestershire.

Find out more about Thomas on the Thomas & Friends website www.thomasandfriends.com. You can keep track of all the latest Thomas & Friendsnews on Twitter and Facebook.

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Easter/Spring crafts with Yellow Moon

Easter time isn’t quite right without participating in some crafting at home with the children, especially when the rain is pelting down against the window panes. If you’re looking for the alternate gift to give at easter rather than chocolate why not check out the Easter crafts on off at Yellow Moon

Yellow moon is the ideal shop for all of your crafting essentials, wether it be kits to make up, paints, clay, sewing kits and much more, Yellow moon stocks them all.

We was recently sent a box of arts and crafts goodies for Easter to enjoy, In our box we received:

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My boys are always excited when we receive a Yellow Moon box, they instantly know what the parcel contains as it has the instinctive yellow moon tape all around it which is yellow and blue. They can not wait to see what is inside, my youngest boy is a keen crafter. The kits are perfect for him as they teach him how to follow instructions, with step by step pictures.

  • With the buttons we made a couple to cards to give out to members of the family. Buttons are ideal for crafting with and can be used on many different projects. The buttons come in an assortment of bright colours, they measure 15mm and made from real wood.

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  •  The Easter Bunny sewing decoration kits are a perfect introduction to sewing, the kit comes with 3 pre-punched felt pieces in blue, purple and pink. The kit also contains self-adhesive felt shapes, wool, wiggle eyes, plastic sewing needle and stuffing. DSC_1304_opt

We began with tying on the ribbon and then once the needle was threaded with the wool we was ready to begin to sew. This activity really helped my boys with their concentration, we had a few mishaps where the odd hole was missed out but it still looked good even if the boys added 5 eyes!

  •  A favourite of my youngest was the Easter Mosaic Wands, he instantly fell in love with the finished product. Each kit comes with four different characters; chick, lamb, egg and a bunny.
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Includes: foam characters, wooden wand, self-adhesive foam tiles, ribbons

My youngest is 3 years old and he began to take off the backing from the mosaic tiles but got himself into a bit of trouble as they kept getting stuck together. The tiles were quite small so it was little fiddly but once the backing was off, placing them onto the foam character was easy as it was marked on as to where to stick them.

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A really good thing about this kit and most other kits from Baker ross -Yellow Moon is that the instructions are easy to follow for the children. With no words and only pictures to follow my youngest was able to tell me what was happening next.

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Once all the tiles were in place, you add the wand and some colourful wanderful magic by adding the ribbon, this makes waving the wand oh so much more fun!

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  • The foam birdhouse kits were fun and easy to make, again with simple picture instructions to follow. Each kit contains thick foam templates and self adhesive foam shapes and comes in two different colours. Although this kit is recommended for 5+ my youngest really enjoyed doing it (under adult supervision) The templates join together with a push in connection and once completed make lovely little easter gifts for friends or family members.

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  •  We had fun with the wooden birdfeeders, once made the youngest gave them away as gifts to his childminder. Again they were easy to make with simple instructions to follow. The kit comes with pre-cut wooden pieces and cord to hang them with. Each piece slots in together and there is no need for glue, although we used a little in some places to secure it a little more. The birdfeeders were quick to make but it was the decorating that was the fun part.

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We made two out of the 3 up, one my son decorated with the spring flower foam stickers and the other he painted to look like a house.

My children have really enjoyed making the Yellow Moon craft kits. It was lovely to see them making something that were proud of.

Brought to you as part of being a yellow moon blogger. This review contains my own pictures and words, no payment has been received apart from the craft kits.