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Lucy Tidbury

As a leaving gift from work, the lovely chaps from my office commissioned local artist Lucy Tidbury to paint a mural on the wall in Sebastians nursery. Totally awesome gift I know, and I couldn’t have be more excited for her to get started! Lucy is a local artist who’s work ranges from paintings of rubbish… Lucy Tidbury Rubbish

…to her fabulous cows!

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For Lucy’s first visit, we toyed with lots of different ideas and we soon landed the theme of”Down Under”. With Scott’s kiwi background and my favourite animal being a Koala, we chose 4 animals around the theme that Lucy would paint around a large colourful tree in the corner of his nursery.  After a few days, Lucy emailed me across a sketch of the koala, kiwi, pukeko and a kangaroo and we loved it. A few days later Lucy was back to get started.

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It wasn’t long before the paintbrushes came out and the walls were transformed!

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Before I knew it, the animals had come to life too.

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Kerry the Koala…

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Kevin the Kiwi…

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And Pete the Pukeko.

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And last but by no way least, Rocky the Kangaroo was born with her little Joey!

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Seb is absolutely mesmerised with all the colours and loves laying in his cot starring at the animals.

Lucy is incredibly talented and is also rather lovely too. You can follow her on Facebook, via her blog or if you fancy getting your mits on some of those gorgeous cows, she has a whole website dedicated to them here! If it’s animal paintings you love, she is also in high demand for pet portraits which you can check out here! The gift of a painting is so special and I couldn’t recommend Lucy and her paintbrushes enough!

The Jetty, Mudeford

Last Friday after work, courtesy of my boss, a few of us ventured out to Mudeford Quay to try out The Jetty Restaurant. The award winning restaurant lies on the waters edge in the grounds of the spectacular Christchurch Harbour Hotel. I hoped I’d leave asking myself why I hadn’t called in before and my golly, I sure did!

It was a beautiful evening and we sat with the sun beaming through onto our table. We ordered the first round of drinks and tucked into their selection of homemade breads which were deee-lecious.

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I ordered from their large non-alcholic cocktail menu which had me impressed at the get go. The Sunrise cocktail with fruit juices and a cherry on the top was the perfect swap from my usual alcoholic tipple.

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After we’d finished slurping on round one of drinks, out came the starters. Dave ordered the pigeon…

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And me and Alex went for the Isle of White Scollops with Chorizo. They were literally perfection. Juicy with a perfect hit of chorizo and that pest0, ahhh!

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Then out came the mains. The men all went for the fillet of steak.

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Susie had the Trio of Duck and a side of dauphinoise potatoes…

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And I had the fillet of hake, fresh from the Dorset coastline. Perhaps the freshest fish I have ever tasted, accompanied by deliciously cooked spinach to balance out the saltiness of the fish.

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After our mains, we sipped on a few more drinks and the waitresses bought over the dessert menus. The boys got particularly excited as each dessert had been paired with a dessert wine, which they were more than eager to try! To kick off the food envy, Luke and Alex ordered the chocolate melt in the middle fondue.

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Oh god it looked good. I had ordered the rhubarb and custard soufflé which looking back, is not something I would usually order. (A pregnancy thing maybe?!). A little on the eggy side for me, but the ice cream was just amazing!

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After dinner, we moved out onto their terrace to enjoy the last of the evening sunshine.

 

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There’s alot to do in this little part of Dorset. We watched kayakers, paddle boarders and swimmers long into the evening enjoying the warm and calm weather.

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The perfect Friday night with great company and some of the best food I have tasted in Dorset. Yep, there it is, The Jetty you literally rocked my world!

Bournemouth Bloggers Christmas

In my humble opinion, Bournemouth has something to offer all year round. We have arguably the best beach in the UK in the summer and in the winter the beautiful gardens are trasnsformed into a winter wonderland, worthy of elfs and santa’s across the world.

So when an email landed in my inbox from the beautiful Cheryl inviting me to the #bmthbloggersxmas day, I could not be more excited. The German Bar and market cropped up a few weeks ago and every lunch break since I’ve been saving myself from the pulled pork rolls and german sausages thats smells’ desperately reel me in every.damn.time.

But the day had arrived, and myyyy was the weather good. I got down to some serious weatherproofing and caught a few minutes on the balcony watching the paddle boarders before the lovely Hannah swung by and whisked us off to our winter wonderland by the sea!

First stop, as always, Flirt Cafe. Arguably the coolest cafe in the town.

I kicked things off with a bacon, brie and spinach panini, nervously munching away with these crazy babes above.

Anyway, why get a bunch of crazy local bloggers together I hear you asking? Well #makeitbouremouth, thats why! In celebration of all things Christmassy, #makeitbournemouth has really gone to lapland town this year. They’ve built a bigger and better ice rink, hailed in Santa from the North Pole, and built some arty “Garden of Lights” for you little elfs to experience. Bournemouth is the place to visit this Christmas.

Obviously, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas pudding hat…

Or two! These cheeky bloggers came well prepared for the crisp winter air and some serious Christmas fun.

Back to the action and next on our itinerary…ICE SKATING!

The ice rink in Bournemouth Gardens is bigger and better than ever before. Book yourself in for an hour slot (for a mere £8.50) and practice your Torvill and Dean moves in the salty sea are while the Bournemouth Balloon bops up and down above you.

I was eager to get on the ice, so as soon as those boots were on our feet we were let loose onto the rink!

Me and Brogan got off to a good start…

Rhiannon (the most experienced skater of the bunch) chuckled as we tried to get to grips with the ice.

We were slow starters, but us bloggers don’t give up!

Kids whizz past with their penguins…

And Hannah celebrated not holding onto the “side of the rink” by doing some fancy spins … no hands!

After an hour of whizzing around with and our feet were cold and tired, we headed back through the gardens with our mind set on the next adventure of the day.

Not the Santa’s Grotto…thats for the kids…

The German BAR!

Some what a Bournemouth Christmas tradition, the German Bar marks the start of Christmas to us Southerners. Set in the heart of the bustling square, a huge wooden hut takes over offering mulled wine from a german boot and hot ciders and beer for the blokes.

Luckily we didn’t have any of those so onto the mulled wine it was!

And what’s better than a tray of mulled wine being delivered by this babe?

We sipped our mulled wine until we’d warmed up our toes and darkness had fallen, then headed out to the market. There is a huge selection of goodies on offer, but best of all…the german sausages.

I went for the cheese stuffed pork sausage and loaded up with sauce from these mustard and ketchup “udders”.

It was the perfect end to a perfect day with some beautiful local bloggers. A huge thank you to Cheryl from InvestInYourChest who organised the whole day, it was great to meet some Bournemouth Bloggers!

If you fancy yourself a wintery day of sun, fun and santa, then head over to the #makeitbournemouth website for loads more information on what else you can expect from the town that doesn’t just give you its awesome beach…!