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  1. Last week Daddy Moo and I were invited to Thistle Hotel Poole for a Fireworks party. As the day progressed and the weather got worse and worse and tsunami style I must admit I was a little concerned! We arrived after 6 and checked ourselves into our room. The Thistle Poole is located on the Quay and had it not been raining the views are divine. I LOVED the little pair of binoculars on the dresser! Perfect for a spot of boat and wildlife watching. Our room was lovely and clean, we were located on the ground floor, there was a sofa also in our room which pulled out to form another bed for the kids – BUT hehe! We hadn't taken them!! (I know 3 child free nights away in 2 weeks!! How had this happened!)

     thistle hotel

    Daddy Moo popped the kettle on and found a little box of chocolates which I devoured in seconds! Yummy! We made our way to the bar and met up with Kara and Hubby from ChelseaMamma. I ordered some drinks, as you'd expect from a hotel 2 glasses of wine, a beer and a cider was half the price of my weekly shop! We were greeted by the manager and taken to another room, which is used for conferences and the restaurant for the evening as the upper one with stunning views was booked for a wedding. After a glass of champagne and a chat with the other bloggers and staff we made our way out to a 50ft President Motor Boat, called Good Times from Poole Boat Charters. Although the weather had cleared and the rain subsided a decision was made that it was too choppy to get out on the boat. Instead we sat in the boat, drinking wine, eating crisps and putting the world to right. We made our way onto the deck and watched the spectacular fireworks display. This is one of the biggest free fireworks displays in the country Poole Tourism do a grand job.

    poole fireworks 2015

    I did feel like royalty standing on a boat watching the fireworks whilst 100's of people stood on the Quay watching, however as much as I waved my Queen wave nobody seemed to notice! Good Times, is owned by husband and wife team Simon and Drenagh. It boasts three bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and living space and is actually their home moored on Poole Quay! Charters are priced from £65 per person for a half day. I'm keen to go out around Brownsea Island and discover more of Poole Quay and it's surroundings.

     good times poole boat charters

    After the fireworks we made our way back to the Thistle Hotel for a 3 course dinner. The food was amazing! We had ordered mozzarella flat bread as a starter and it was massive Daddy Moo and I could have shared one! After our main; Daddy Moo had steak and I had teriyaki noodles, I was already beginning to feel stuffed and barely ate any of my Eton Mess! Gutted!!!

     thistle hotel poole food

    I don't always sleep well away from home and I think the howling winds played a major part, plus a few glasses of vino I wasn't feeling my best the next day! However Daddy Moo and I made our way up to the restaurant for breakfast. Although it was raining again the views across the Quay are gorgeous. We picked a table near the window, grabbed a coffee, juice and MASSIVE cooked breakfast and stared out across the water.

     poole thistle hotel

    The Thistle Hotel Poole has a prime location with stunning views, it's also excellently priced with rooms from as little as £59. I'd definitely like to revisit in the Summer for a much needed break from the children! The outside courtyard would be a delightful place to sit on a warm evening, listening to the lapping of waves and the cooing of seagulls over a glass of something cold.


    This is a reveiw but all views are my own. 

  2. interplay bug safari

    As a wildlife friendly garden we love nothing more than exploring nature. You can find so many insects in the garden without even really trying. However if your not sure where to start or you want some quick fixes why not place a few carefully thought out items in the garden leave for a week then let the children loose!

    • A piece of rotting wood

    • A pile of leaves

    • Lay a piece of broken paving slab or a smashed plate (the Moo's have moved from plastic plates to side plates and Olive & Megan appear to have butter fingers I've lost a fair few last week! I'm tempted to go buy a stash from the charity shop!) on your flower bed.

    • Plant butterfly and bee friendly flowers

    • Make a mini pond, we have buried an old washing up bowl in the garden placed some large rocks inside and left to fill with rain water

    • Build a Bug Hotel 

    bugs collage

    Make sure you have the right equipment :

    Not all children will want to get their hands involved with holding and catching insects. You need tools to help you catch, hold and view and this Bug Safari Kit from Interplay (RRP : £9.99) is perfect for the job containing :

    • Bug Collecting Tongs

    • Magnifying Pot

    • Field Lens

    • Tweezers

    • Paint Brush

    • Information Guide

    The Bug Collecting Tongs have a little pot and lid attached to enabling you to sweep up an insect from leaves, flowers without having to touch it. Always be careful to ensure you have all their limbs inside before shutting the lid! Nobody wants to loose a leg! If like me you have multiple small people a couple of jam jars with lids work well to store and view insects making it easier to share the kit between them. The colour booklet has some great information in also and some tick sheets. You could easily photocopy them for multiple children and if your really thrifty laminate them for future use! 

    I like the bug set because I can find lots of different bugs.” Charlie age 8