Tudor falconry at Dover Castle

Tudor falconry at Dover Castle

On Saturday (9th September), Dave and I decided we’d visit Dover Castle with Autumn. Birds of prey, particularly owls, are one of my many interests. As such, I really wanted to go and watch their historic falconry displays. Whilst I’ve watched several displays before, this one is different as it looks at the historic elements of falconry. In this case, the focus was Tudor falconry. View Post

Sunday Review: Spider Catcher

Sunday Review: Spider Catcher

Recently, the opportunity arose to review a spider catcher from Brainstorm. I’d seen spider catchers before, but none quite like this. I was intrigued and wondered how well it would work. It arrived towards the end of August and I was hopeful I’d find a spider to test it on. Naturally though, all of the spiders in my vicinity must have known because it took THREE WEEKS of patience until I FINALLY found a spider in my home!

The spider catcher does come with a plastic spider, which is good for testing it on if, like me, you can’t find any spiders. However, it does look quite realistic from a fairly small distance. As such, if you’re scared of spiders, you may want to dispose of it fairly quickly! After I used my plastic spider as a tester, I’ve systematically put it in comical situations around the house and on my husband‘s head. My cat is also quite fond of it. Anyway, on to the proper reviewView Post

BlogOn Xmas Jumper Linky – meet Autumn’s Mummy!

BlogOn Xmas Jumper Linky – meet Autumn’s Mummy!

Hooray, I’m going to my first blogger’s event later this month! September’s BlogOn is Christmas themed and I can’t wait to rock my Christmas jumper, learn lots and meet other bloggers. If you’ve heard of BlogOn, you’ve more than likely heard of the goodies too and the fact that you NEED TO TAKE A SUITCASE. I have been assured that this isn’t a hoax, so I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t be excited about ALL THE STUFF! I’ll also be officially ‘up north’ for the first time in my life, finally ticking off one of the things on my 30 before 30 list.

The questions have just been released for the BlogOn Xmas Jumper Linky. I’m taking part as a little ‘getting to know me’ post before I meet some of my lovely fellow bloggers later this month! Please wave hello in the comments, (and in Manchester), and direct me to your posts! View Post

How to choose the perfect baby name

How to choose the perfect baby name

With a third royal baby on the way, baby names are a hot topic right now! Choosing your baby’s name is fun, but can also lead to some stressful moments! My husband and I didn’t do too badly, but I’ve heard of couples having full-blown arguments over choosing their unborn child’s name. Luckily, we only had a couple of minor disagreements.

My husband thought it was quite ridiculous at times where I sought baby name inspiration from. However, I think it’s good to take inspiration from all kinds of sources! View Post

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Charity

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Charity

Less than a year ago, I had a seriously ill child. I know first hand just how awful it is to be in that situation as a parent. You just feel so helpless. In many ways, I expect it’s worse when your child is older and actually aware of everything that’s going on.

I’d like to bring your attention to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the amazing work that they do. They care for over 270,000 young people and their families each year, as well as carrying out important research. This research includes children’s medicines, infection, inflammation and oncology. View Post