Last night Him Outdoors and I had one of our rare ‘date nights’. We opted for Killerton which isn’t far from where we live and is owned by the National Trust. We regularly go up there for wanders and I have shared many posts previously on the gardens there. This was our first night time visit and we enjoyed a three course dinner there which was fabuloso!
The trees look really spectacular all lit up. The theme in the gardens this year is set around Scrooge. It’s looking pretty spooky. Even in daylight it slooks a bit macabre! The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future hanging from trees. Enjoy….
The Ghost of Christmas Past
The Ghost of Christmas Present
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Finally from Killerton the beautiful Christmas Trees.
And finally, Amaryllis Watch…week 3. Well, I must say it’s not doing much is it! Last years was much further along at this point. It is a different variety though so I guess there in lies the answer.
Linking up with Mammasaurus again. Next week will be the final garden related post of the year with me taking Christmas week off from the blogosphere!
Have you heard of Fruitbroo? We have been enjoying the deliciousness of it for the past few weeks. Available in six delicious flavours there is something for everyone. When nursing myself through ear infection / sinusitis / bronchitis for three weeks in November (yes really) !I consoled myself with the Honey & Lemon and Lemon & Ginger flavours. Soothing on the throat and a bit of comfort. The Rhubarb, Apple & Cinammon is fabulous – so much so Him Outdoors had most of it himself, quickly. Each fruitbroo bottle will make 15 cups and you can drink hot or cold (think iced tea). Once opened, they will last in the fridge for up to 3 months but the reality is you will get through them a whole lot quicker than that! Brought to you from the people behind my favourite Clipper Tea, you can buy online or in the tea aisle in Sainsburys.
These retail at £2.50 so it’s not the cheapest drink on the shelf but works out at 17p per cup. For 100% natural, caffeine, gluten and dairy free that’s not bad at all! And only 15 calories a cup it’s perfect if you (like me) are on a weight loss mission!
Does the street you live on have a community feel to it? Do you know your neighbours? I must admit before moving to the South West I only really knew my immediate neighbours on both sides but not others. It’s a bit different now where I live. We have been here for 18 months and aside from knowing our immediate neighbours, we have actually had some friendly interaction with those a few houses down. I love the fact people will stop and say hello here, which is very different to the London life I lived for 17 years.
Streetclub is an online platform from B&Q to help local communities set up their own clubs and get neighbours talking, socialising and helping one another e.g. organising parties, sharing gardening tools and DIY advice.
I took a look at their website and put in my postcode. There is currently no streetclub in my vicinity. I have however, signed up with a view of getting something going in the new year. There is so much value in building up your local community isn’t there? Would be great to just nip round to a neighbour to borrow something random or get advice on something.
I am really pleased to be able to offer one lucky reader £100 in B&Q Vouchers in time for Christmas! Easy entry via rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end on Sunday to allow time for the vouchers to reach you!
Make sure you check out the Streetclub website . You could sign up now to start up your own club after the new year? A positive start I reckon..
A couple of months ago we were given an innovative new portable seat to trial by Leckey called the Firefly GoTo Seat size 1. Those of you that have children with additional needs like me will no doubt already be familiar with Leckey as a company that provides specialist equipment. The aim of Firefly is to provide an affordable range of special needs family participation products direct to parents with the price range of £100-£300. The GoTo Seat is the first product to be launched and is available now priced at £135.
J was born with low muscle tone which has impacted on his physical development – he first sat unaided at the age of 13 months, crawled at 18 months, now at three and a half years old is still not walking unaided though he has physically developed hugely over the last year; things are taking much longer.
I have struggled particularly with seating for J from a very young age. He used to always flop to one side. We didn’t have an Occupational Therapist until he was nearly two and a half. I must say what a difference she has made to our lives in sorting out equipment for J. We have a Leckey chair at home which he sits in beautifully at the table. After previously having tried five different high chairs (I kid you not), it was such a relief to be given something that is actually built for children like J in mind. Giving him full support , proprioceptive feedback he is able to focus on things rather than trying to work out where he is in terms of where his body ends. That will sound confusing no doubt to those that don’t understand proprioception but basically it is your own body awareness.
Anyway back to this travel chair we have been trying out. I am going to share the Fire Fly video with you here because it explains so well how it can be used and what a difference it has made to the children that have already been lucky enough to give it a go.
We have always struggled with highchairs in the past when we have gone out for lunch. I have to say that the GOTO seat is absolutely brilliant for J. It has made lunches out SO much easier. The seat gives really good postural support. The back is firm plastic and with the five point harness it really does give excellent support. We have been able to use this in normal chairs that allow J to be sat nicely tucked in at the table. There are two straps that can go around the back of the chair and one that goes on the underside of the chair thereby making it really safe with no chance of slipping off. The cover and straps are machine washable, making this a really versatile piece of kit in my opinion. Some people might prefer waterproof fabric on the the seat, personally though I like the fact that it is nice soft fabric making it more comfortable to sit in. It is no bother to chuck it in the washing machine at the end of the day.
The GOTO seat is extremely lightweight. I had no problems slinging it over one shoulder when we were up in Nottingham last week and on the hunt for somewhere to have lunch. We also managed to tuck it into the back of our buggy too. The GOTO seat retails at £125 and I really do think it’s worth the money. It has been made with the charity Cerebra with 10% of sales going to them. If you have watched the video you will also have seen that these can be put into supermarket trolleys too, which will allow so many children the opportunity to go shopping with mum and dad that perhaps didn’t exist before. The only thing I would like to see with it would be the addition of a lightweight waterproof carry bag with an across body strap on it and carry handles to make it even easier to carry around.
Finally on our trip up north, we used the seat with a Tripp Trapp chair when J was having an assessment done. We found that the straps that go around the back of the chair were just a little bit too small so had to improvise to get it to fit, so perhaps the option of being able to clip in and extra bit of strap would be a good idea. The seat was still safe for J to sit in on the chair though.
So to sum up my feelings – I think this chair is actually going to be revolutionary for so many children. It is really versatile and has the ability to open up the world more for children that have difficulties with seating. The fact it can strap onto a normal chair allowing the child to be right up at the table with the rest of the family without bulky bits of kit is great. For £125 I think it is worth every penny. We love taking it out with us knowing we don’t need to worry anymore about what highchairs will be available and whether they will be suitable. SInce J also has sensory seeking behaviour the five point harness is also excellent and giving him a good hug so to speak and keeping him calm. So almost top marks from us for this. A couple of tweaks and then it will tick all the boxes. Thank you so much to Leckey for giving us the opportunity to try this out.