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meet ceba

Bank holiday weekends usually mean one thing. Dissapointment. Those plans to go camping with friends turn into a wet and miserable struggle to pitch a tent, and that BBQ you’d planned is rained off and switched for a takeout infront of Britains Got Talent.

Oh how times have changed!

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray! I want to introduce you to a new family member…

Meet Ceba.

My cousins beautiful Lhasa Apso. He is 8 months old and this was his second trip to the seaside.

He’s learnt the tricks of the trade with the girls. A total ladies man.

He also brought some friends too. My gorgeous second cousin Oriel and my cousin Adam also ventured out of boring-stoke for a day on the beach.

Boscombe beach was bustling with holiday makers, families and 9 to 5ers making the most of a boozy weekend with no work on Monday! I’ll drink to that!

No trip to the beach is complete without a scoop or two of Purbeck ice-cream. I cannot resist Honeycombe Hash! After wading through the tourists in Boscombe, and discovering Ceba couldn’t have his first dip in the sea as the “no dogs on the beach” had just been introduced, we went back to my home town.

Ceba met Bella. It was love at first sight.

Patryk gave Ceba a dunk in the sea and to everyone’s amazement, the dog can swim!

I wouldn’t say he’s won over by the sea…

Me and Oriel spent the rest of the afternoon playing sharks in the paddling pool. I’ve been playing in this very pool since I was 7 years old, but it’s a whole lot shallower that I remember!

I hope you had a nice bank holiday weekend. How’s that sunburn?

home is where the heart is

I love a good excuse to pop back home for a ma-hoosively indulgent roast dinner and a catch up with the family.

Now when I say pop back home, this is travelling all off 5-6 miles to Poole, but come on, you either live in Bournemouth or Poole. They’re millions of miles apart.

All the family had travelled down from Somerset and Bristol for my Nana’s birthday (birthday is code word for lots of eating). My cousin made these incredible Earl Grey tea cupcakes which kind of made me look terrible for arriving empty handed!

She’d also made this beautiful bouquet of flowers. I was rather envious and tried to plan a way of taking them home without anyone realising (which was a complete failure).

One thing my family can kick some serious ass at is roast dinners. My favourite meal of all time, served with vegetables, homemade Yorkshire puddings and 3 meats. Today’s delicious selection was lamb, beef and chicken.

What better occasion to pop open the bubbles huh?

After several helpings of food, out came the birthday cake. It was simply amazing. Homemade carrot cake with the most intricate of decorations. It was delicious. Of course, it didn’t last long.

All food demolished, we kicked back and gossiped about all life’s surprises. We chatted about my incredible great grandmother, who last week turned 100. My mum’s side of the family are Polish and were evacuated from Poland during World War 2. They came to the UK as refugees where they have lived ever since. Babcia (which is polish for “Nana”) unfortunately doesn’t speak very good English anymore but we reminisced about all the stories she’d told us when we were younger.

After finding the energy to move, we decided to take Bella for a walk to the beach and walk off some of the mountains of food we’d consumed.

This weeked was the first that spring decided to make an appearance. The skies were blue, the birds were singing and there were children playing in the park, almost like a hot, sunny day.

The beach looked beautiful.From Hamworthy’s small promenade on a clear day, you’ll spot Corfe Castle in the Purbecks perched behind the little islands that are dotted around Poole harbour. I’ve been walking here for as long as I can remember. Me and my brother would chase the sunset along the beach, and onto the private beaches which line Hamworthy’s “millionaire’s row”.

It was a beautiful day full of food and laughter. Home is most certainly where the heart is.


super sunday

On Sunday, I babysat my very adorable Godson. It’s fair to say I was pretty nervous about the whole thing, but he was a real gem. We started off the morning with  Wall-e on the bluray player and some snuggles (yes, we have a large collection of disney films!) Then we had a bit of play with cars, lorries and nee-noors (ambulance to you and me).

Just in time for sunset, we headed over to beautiful Hamworthy for a walk with Bell-dog. Hamworthy is a great place to take children. It’s small and clean beaches attract families in the summer and lots of dog walkers in winter. The beach itself overlooks the beautiful Purbeck’s and on a clear day you’ll even spot Corfe Castle.

While Bella had a good old play in the sea with her puppy friends I headed into the large play park with Fletch. The park is awesome. Loads of equipment for big kids and babies. I’m still not sure who had more fun!

Baby was memorised with Bella splashing around in the sea.

So as our fingers and toes began to freeze, we headed home.

How adorable are those little hands?

I was so overwhelmed by how adorable he is. He’s so affectionate and loving, and has a true cheeky personality that I just adore. I can’t wait for my next babysitting day.