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  1. We spend a lot of time during the summer holidays at the library. There is of course the summer reading challenge, DVD's to rent and a weekly free craft activity. One week the craft activity was organised by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. The children made pictures and talked about various lizards you would see on the heaths of Dorset.

    While there we were invited to an open day with lots of activities and guided walks from the Heatherland Centre in Ferndown (which backs on to the heath and is a few doors down from Nanny C). It was a donation based event and we popped along with my 2 nephews – the boys loved looking at and classifying all the moths the trust had caught over night. We also saw a snake and a slow worm which had been captured on Upton Heath. The team were all really knowledgeable. The girls enjoyed planting a plant for a caterpillar, making bookmarks and wooden necklaces (similar to those they made with Studland Sea School earlier in the year).

    Making a lard & fir cone #birdfeeders (or as Megan said lamb & fur cone ekkkk) @dorsetwildlife

    A photo posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on


    We also went on a guided walk to find some sand lizards … it was a bit too breezy that day so sadly it wasn't to be. Moo was so interested that I decided to sign us up as a family. The children were so excited when there packs came through complete with membership cards, badges and magazines. There are so many events happening nearly every week too! We went for a walk last week at Avon Heath and were amazed again by the red toadstools that I'm definitely thinking about booking the children on a beginners mushroom workshop.

    The Dorset Wildlife Trust can be found out and about lots. On Monday we went to another event at Haskins Garden Centre the children made bird feeders from a fir cone and lard. They also made paper spider hats and planted more butterfly plants – we left the suggested donation of £3. Moo even signed up to do a backgarden animal survey which he is excited about and already asked me around 50 times yet what time the badgers will appear in the garden!

    A photo posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on


    We are so lucky to live in such a lovely part of the country with plenty of wildlife opportunities around. Do you take the time to learn and meet your local wildlife?

  2. Last month I received one of those emails where you think “ekk scam”. Apparently the following code gave me £120 to spend at Microscooters. Thankfully it wasn't a scam but a lovely early Christmas present organised by my good friend Kara (ChelseaMamma). I was to use my £120 to treat Kara's gang and she had the same value to use on mine. After the stress of loosing our Grandmother and the numerous tantrums and grey hairs (and yes that was just me!) with moving home it was such a lovely treat. I'd hoped that I could persuade Kara to blow the whole lot on a shiny silver adult scooter for me ;) but she beat me into submission insisted we buy something for the children. (For the children … they've had my womb and every penny I've EVER owned or shall do in the future I deserve a scooter right!?)

    All 3 Moo's have scooters of varying styles, brands, prices (you can read about our scooter adventures) but none of them had a micro scooter. Olive was desperate for a purple scooter as it's my favourite colour and also the colour associated with Rapunzel (Disney princess colours are crucial when you are 3).

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    After some mummy discussion it was decided that as Moo wanted a stunt scooter that it was more practical to split the money between Megan and Olive and get them both one. Olive opted for a purple microscooter and Megan an micro sprite in pink. ( I did add £20 of my own cash to cover the short fall)

    Kara suggested that as she had a mini microscooter and chair that Sebby Sebby (we love him so much we named him twice) was sorted from hand me downs, Eliza & Kian were happy with theirs it was Isaac who was in need of an upgrade from mini micro to a maxi micro! I know how much he likes to be a trend setter and that one off the shelf would so not be cool so we went with a design your own (insert whoops and ooo's – very posh). Isaac chose his own colours Orange, Green, Yellow and Blue and I used my keen design eye (pahhhahaha) to design him a one of a kind scooter (well until someone else uses the same colour scheme).


    We decided to let the children open their new scooters down on Boscombe beach and enjoy some fresh sea air.

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    I was really surprised by the weight that Megan's micro sprite scooter has its a really sturdy well made scooter. I loved the added little kick stand so that it can stand up by itself (which came in handy whilst taking photos!) Olive was so pleased with her scooter and riding like a pro until Eliza rocked up with her pimped to the max microscooter and suddenly we had tears! So now I need a pony head, a scoot n pull and some scooterearz! Well at least I know what Santa will be bringing this year!