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killerton house

Christmas Outing – Killerton House and Exeter.

For the passed few years we have embarked on our own family tradtion by visiting a National Trust Property with friends. This year it was just us; although missing our friends, we had a wonderful day.

 

Killerton House

Each year Killerton House decorates their property with a film, which so far seems book themed. It is always lovely. The people who put it together work really hard and pay a lot of attention to detail. Last year it was Fairy Tales; which included a very creepy Sleeping Beauty; the children remembered her well.

This year is Wind In The Willows. Used to love watching and reading it as a child; we have some of the series on DVD now.

 

Pretty Grounds

Walking from the entrance to the house the trees are beautifully decorated with giant baubles, and statues. Every year the children always like to pose with them. Each year we say we will visit when the weather is warmer; each year we forget!

 

Killerton House Christmas Tree

 

Inside

We were greeted with a very lovely volunteer, who spent a moment explaining the theme and the various badgers which are hidden around the property. The house is transformed into a magical fairy tale.

Each room has a beautiful Christmas tree, matching colours or themes. Making eyes wide with excitement.

Toad Hall

Toad of Toad Hall

Train Station

Dining Room with naughty Weasels – Bullet Holes all over the room.

So much effort, and if you’re a National Trust Member then, there is no entry fee.

We only did the house today and not all of the grounds like we usually do. But we still had a brilliant time. The children loved every moment exploring the house.

Exeter

We decided against a picnic at the house – too cold. Although it has been known before to picnic in the cold or rain!

We had a naughty KFC, followed by some Christmas Shopping.

We took visit to the Christmas Market, where there was a steel drum band, who were awesome. The youngest slept through it on Daddy’s front (in the sling), whilst the others either hppily watched or danced.

It was such a wonderful atmosphere.

The children were all really, really well behaved too. They’re not bad children, but sometimes especially baby – run wild a little; making it almost impossible to do a lot. But I really wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

Traditions

I love our Christmas outings, I do wish we could do more with them sometimes, like Santa visits, Lapland or Disney – but it just isn’t possible. But I know that they do seem genuinely happy with what we do with them.

What are your favourite festive family days?

 

Three weeks to go!

October Favourites

Another Month over, we’re fast moving forward to reach the end of 2017. October Was no different, in what felt like a really fast month.

Here are some of my favourite bits from October.

Carnivals

We had carnivals galore, the children love doing them; I love them being a part of such a fantastic community. There is a real community spirit when it comes to carnival; not just majorettes but all across the board.

carnival

The troupe took home an assortment of first and second place prizes; which they are super proud about. It is my daughter’s 5th year and son’s 4th. I am glad they have found something they love.

light up shoes

 

Sidmouth

Every year for about three years now a friend and I with our youngest children, even before the babies were born have paid a visit to Sidmouth in Devon to do a little Christmas Shopping, it is often surreal, as it is normally lovely weather, so rather than Hot Chocolate, we sit on the beach and eat fish and chips. This year we took just the two youngest. It was lovely, albeit if they weren’t keen on cooperating (general theme with these two year old toddlers).

Sidmouth in October

Fun

I love trying new things, changes of scenery and just having a jolly good time. About a year or so ago a made a new friend through the majorettes; have made a few through the years; we have this crazy ability of talking utter crap for hours, and still not run out of things to say…. Earlier this year I was invited to watch one of her daughter’s in a show at her college, and said I’d be up for seeing more.

One evening I get a call asking if I wanted to go and see a show, I pretty much jumped at the chance, it is always a giggle… Then she said “But I haven’t told you what it is.” I replied, “Ah it’s okay I’m sure it’ll be great.”  To then find that it had nothing to do with her daughter, that I had just agreed to watch – Puppetry of The Penis. Yes it is a thing, and no there are no puppets of the Kermit kind. They really do make puppets out of their…um – Yeah!

It was hilarious, would definitely recommend going to watch them.

 

Tattoos

sorting hat tattoo

Same company as before – I had an advert pop up in my news feed about a Charity event which was in aid of three charities. BiBiC Centre, RSPCA and the one which caught my eye Towards Tomorrow Together. For £13 for a small amount of set designs, I thought why not; this friend her other daughter and son came down to be tattooed. Unfortunately the studio was incredibly busy and her son was unable to at that point. We stayed and was eventually tattooed at half past midnight. I love, love being tattooed; and haven’t been able to recently due to not being able to afford it. We’ll be doing it again at the next Flash Day!

 

Butterfly Awards

I had been nominated and shortlisted for a Butterfly Award, an event which celebrates the people who are effected by baby loss, either as parents, health care professionals or as organisations. I was able to meet another Mum who I have spent years talking to through the loss of our babies. She as well as my husband really helped me that night; I am very grateful.

Awards

Butterfly Awards

It was very difficult towards the end of the night, but it was lovely that we got to be away for the night and be a couple; which is really rare.

 

October Randoms

Mini was able to try on my wedding dress and was completely gutted that it wouldn’t fit her. She looked lovely in it. She is such a princess, and I suspect will have a huge princess wedding when she gets married. One of her favourite things is playing dress up.

little girl wearing her mums wedding dress

Fairground visit with the eldest, she wanted to meet her friend and I wasn’t too keen on letting her go without me. It did make me feel old, took me back to some lovely memories. She had an amazing time.

We also saw an incredibly strange colour sky, which included a Red Sun. Amazing.

 

Half Term

October half term was quiet, we spent a lot of the time just chilling at home; it was mini’s first official half term and she was shattered, so we chose not to do too much with them. We were lucky that we had dry days, so we took ourselves out to Montecute House near Yeovil and had a walk around, it was really lovely, the Autumn leaves everywhere makes everything seem so pretty.

National Trust

 

I also took part in my first Blogtober, here is a recap of Day One 

 

Thank you for reading.

Another month done.

 

The Red Head Diaries

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