Mummy Roadshow

Posted on January 24th, 2012 -

Girls Road Trip

This was a really last minute thing that just came together beautifully. Well it did for me anyway, as I have very organised friends! Just 1 night away from home, but wow did we make the most of our Mummy time off. Anyone with children will know only too well that time out as a Mum is a rare treat to be treasured. I make it sound like I don’t adore my family, nothing could be further from the truth, I just find I appreciate them more and have more patience after the occasional day away; absence really does make the heart grow fonder. We all offered to drive, but when Anita pulled the trump card of taking her husband’s Jaguar, well there was nothing to debate really! I have to say I was slightly apprehensive of feeling car sick in the back seat, but I can now safely say the back of a Jag is better than the front of our bus any day!Jaguar Travel

Why Cornwall to Birmingham?

The Strictly Come Dancing Road show at the NIA was the focus of our trip. I have to confess to not ever having watched an episode of strictly before, but I was in good company and I knew we would have a laugh so I counted myself in!

In true girl style we took our time travelling, stopping at Cribbs Causeway Bristol for lunch and a spot of shopping. Remember we don’t have huge indoor shopping centres in Cornwall, a chance to catch up on fashion outside of surf brands! 

Arriving late afternoon with luxury picnic and champagne, we were ready to hit the town and definitely in high spirits as our taxi arrived!

Ready for our picnicBirmingham Thistle HotelFrom the Cab

The NIA was only minutes away and the show certainly did not disappoint from start to finish:

By the time we came out we were buzzing, and that’s not just from the wine in the interval! Catching a cab, our next destination was booked in advance…… a late night curry house. We couldn’t come to Birmingham and not go for a curry; it would be like visiting Cornwall and not trying a Cornish pasty or Cream tea! Despite our picnic we all tucked in to our feast! 

Enjoying our CurryCurry House Birmingham

It was gone midnight when we left the restaurant and we should really have been heading home, however spotting an 80’s night club accross the road, yep, we just had to do it! It was a blast, dancing round our coats and bags, cocktails in hand to all the old tunes and I wasn’t even the oldest person in there! 

A laugh a minuteGood cocktails!80s Nightclub Reflex

By breakfast we were a tad more subdued! Not to be put off we set off for the city centre and Bull Markets. I had no idea just how big Birmingham was or how beautiful. The architecture is really stunning with a wonderful fusion of old and new, as for Cornwall Street, well I just had to have that one on camera!

The famous Bull in the Shopping CenterLovely buildings along the streetTown Hall

 Cornwall Street Birmingham Monster Coffee!


We had to stop for one last coffee at Starbucks – well the nearest at home is 40 minutes away! Then the “Mummy fab 4” hit the road for the journey home and a warm welcome from our lovely families. Oh, and not too feel too sorry for them, the Dads and kids organised a big party get together at Coombe Mill including all the crisps and Pop Mummy normally bans! I would love to be cross, but actually I am delighted they had a good time too, since we might be planning another trip soon!   

Just do it!

Time out is never easy, money, work, child care and feeling comfortable away from your family is hard, but as the children begin to get older it does get easier to achieve, making a little time for yourself isn’t selfish, it can be enriching and certainly makes me better at being a Mum. If you can find a way, give it a go!

Silent Sunday

Posted on January 22nd, 2012 -

Finely Balanced!


King of the Castle at Eden

  TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky  Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

Posted on January 22nd, 2012 -

Finely Balanced!


King of the Castle at Eden

  TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky  Silent Sunday

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 21st, 2012 -

Family Trip to the Eden Project

This week my Country Kids post comes from our family Sunday out at Cornwall’s famous Eden project. Go once and you get free entry for the rest of the year, I think I may have more posts coming from Eden now! . We left it till the afternoon to visit with the main intention being to go ice skating, but it is very easy to use the whole day up. Facilities for children are excellent with a great educational building now open. It is interactive and really captures the imagination of children. Throughout the year they also have special activities indoors and outside for the children to get involved with, so well worth checking out on our free wi fi if you are staying with us.


Fun for our children began as soon as they left the car. Who could miss out on running up and down the grassy slopes on the way in, or playing around the huge driftwood horse!

Hill RunningApproaching Eden Project EnteranceDriftwood horse sculpture

We sorted the tickets whilst the children watched the automated eco theatre production and then it was off to explore. There are plenty of natural wood built play stations and my children could have been happy with just this for the day!

wooden sculpture; Eden ProjectClimbing; Eden projectPlaying; Eden Project

Jed; Eden ProjectWooden Chair; Eden ProjectStick Den; Eden Project

This is one of my favourite sculptures, he is a recycled alien called “Wee Man” made out of all the domestic waste from a typical household in a year. It does make you question where it all goes and what we are doing to our planet!"Wee Man" Eden Project


Looking at this photo I think Clio had thrown a “strop” at this point!


We finally made it inside to the education and science building to discover more treats instore. There are plenty of models and displays to see, a trumpet to blow and a huge mechanical nut cracker to operate.

Science and Education building; Eden ProjectNut cracker machine; Eden ProjectEducation Display

Trumpet blowing; Eden ProjectRecycling messageEden Project Map


We were keen to find the St Breward ‘seed’ sculpture. Mined from our village and carved from a massive 160 tonne granite block over 4 years, it is the enter piece with a whole room dedicated to it and a great write up!

St Breward Granite from De Lank quarry

Alistair took the photo and missed the top off! It does make an impressive cone shape (trust me) Below is a shot from the write up of how they excavated and transported the huge stone.

The stone being mined


With only minutes to spare we had a quick venture into the tropical biome. The colourful array of plants, waterfall and tropical shelters will be fun for a return visit, just a few snaps and our time was up for skating in the big outdoor tent.

Tropical BiomeTropical BiomeTropical Biome


It was dusk as we made our way to the tent and the children were full of excitement. We were the last skate of the day and it was surprisingly quiet on the ice, perfect for us. I left Nick with the camera, since he was convinced he would break a leg attempting to skate, and joined the children on the ice. It certainly didn’t disappoint, a fabulous 40 minutes, well worth the £5 per person! 

If you are staying with us for February half term or before, I can thoroughly recommend a skating trip to Eden before the big tent is dismantled ready for the summer months.

What have you been up to with the children? Whether a day out or just a fun snap from the park or the garden, please grab the badge and link up below with Country Kids. A weekly linky promoting healthy outdoor play.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 20th, 2012 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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