Day 4 – Kynance Cove & Gunwalloe | West Cornwall holiday with toddlers | Kate and the Twins

I’m blogging our experience of our holiday in Cornwall with our twin toddlers! Here is the link the day 3, the previous post!

Day 4 was the day that we decided to head down to Kynance Cove. You have probably seen it on social media a lot recently with a post saying “is this really England”. Well let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

You park at the top at a National Trust car park (free to members). The car park is huge but in the summer I imagine it would get full very quickly as it is so popular there. You then have to walk down to the cove which is not for the faint hearted. The walk itself isn’t too hairy but it is very long and tiring and I would definitely recommend taking carriers rather than push chairs. I wore flip flops as well which really wasn’t ideal – definitely a walk for trainers!

The walk does boast INCREDIBLE views of the cove, though. And as they say, nothing good comes easy!

The beach was just dreamy. The water was clear and gorgeous and had the most stunning turquoise colour to it. There was a cafe and toilet facilities which were built in to the rock so as not to lose the aesthetic. Once the tide comes in there really isn’t much beach at all so choose your time wisely. It’s a must see for anyone visiting West Cornwall!

After the walk back up we were knackered and Josh decided to spend the evening in the caravan with the girls whilst I went off to Gunwalloe and visited some of the beaches there and took in the scenery. It was stunning and Poldark fans will recognise it from the ship wreck scene.

That concludes day 4!

Next up is our last day, in Falmouth!

Day 3- West Cornwall Holiday with Toddlers | Minack theatre, Porthcurno & Church Cove

Part 3 of my blogs about our holiday. You can read about day 2 here and day 1 here .

Day 3 was our busiest day. We got up fairly early and headed to the minack theatre. It was a long trip from where we were staying but well worth it. It was really like something from another country. Built in to the cliff overlooking the stunning sea of Porthcurno. It only costs a few quid to get in and little ones are free so it’s well worth it. Definitely take babies and toddlers in carriers though as it’s very steep and could be slippy on wet days.

We headed to Porthcurno after this and went to the beach cafe there. Honestly I wouldn’t recommend this cafe, the food was average at best and the coffee really wasn’t very nice.

Porthcurno is a fantastic beach though. The waves were crazy and the sea was so clear. I went for a swim and it was throwing me around so much – fun but I could barely breathe! We kept the girls on the sand as it definitely wasn’t paddling waves!

We then headed back to our caravan and had some dinner before heading out again! We decided to go for a “golden hour” walk along the lizard peninsula. We went to church cove and walked across the headland and found the RNLI lifeboat station.

It was a gorgeous walk with some fantastic views!

After that we headed back to our caravan. Stay tuned for day 4!

Day 2 – Poldhu Beach & Mullion Cove | West Cornwall holiday with twin toddlers |

Hey guys,

If you don’t already know, I am doing a series of blog posts about our holiday in Cornwall. I’ve had a few messages about it on Instagram so I thought I’d do a blog post on each day so as not to make it too long. You can read about day 1 here.

So, originally we had planned to go to St Michael’s Mount on this day but instead we opted for a more chilled day. We headed to Poldhu beach. It was recommended to me as an easy, safe beach and it definitely was. We arrived and we were a bit disappointed because although it was a national trust beach, it wasn’t a national trust car park! Meaning we had to pay! However on that day the machine happened to be out of order meaning a free park for us… result!

It was a little walk down to the beach but it was one of those beaches that there was a little stream running down which was perfect for us. Although the girls adore the beach, the waves often scare them and they much prefer playing with still water.

Of course we popped to the cafe and grabbed a coffee which was lovely. The cafe was gorgeous too and a highly recommend eating there if you want a few days not packing a picnic. Unfortunately it was super windy when we were there. It was a bit annoying but it kept it nice and cool – we have a wind break which kept it a lot less annoying!

It was an absolutely lovely time on the beach!

That night we decided to go for fish and chips in Mullion. Mullion only has one fish and chip shop and honestly I seriously do not recommend – it was so disappointing. The fish was over cooked and the chips were soggy.

The harbour itself was absolutely stunning and so warm. We walked up to the harbour wall and honestly the view took my breath away – I’d never seen anything like it!

We then headed to the supermarket quickly as Dotty’s shoes had broken and the cheeky monkeys tried to hijack the car!

So there you have day 2 of our holiday!

Day 1 – St Ives |Our holiday to West Cornwall with twin toddlers |

I have decided to write up a bit of a holiday diary of what we got up to whilst we were away on our holiday to West Cornwall. I had a lot of people actually request me to do this so I thought I’d take it day by day so I can share some of my lovely photos.

So, on the first day we got up fairly early and packed up the car. With kids of course it takes forever and we ended up leaving around 10am.

We arrived at 11.30am and since it was quite late there was nowhere to park! Eventually we found a spot and Trenwith car park. I’d recommend it to anyone with kids as it is really big and I reckon as long as you get there before 10, even in the holidays there will be spaces. It’s a long old walk to town but there is a park and ride bus for £2 return (under 4s free) and it didn’t take very long – the buses run every 10 minutes so they’re very frequent!

Once we got dropped off we walked to the harbour. Oh my word, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before! It was absolutely stunning – the water was completely turquoise and it absolutely took my breath away.

We wanted to grab some food and eat it on the beach but as it was getting later and later so we ended up just getting some sausage rolls from Warren’s Bakery. We decided to sit on a bench on the harbour to eat the sausage rolls but a seagull grabbed mine off me! I definitely wouldn’t recommend eating outside as so many people got hurt by the seagulls. I would recommend the cafe “the scoff troff” – I wanted to go there but we couldn’t find it in time. You can get a picnic from there and take it to the beach (if you want to brave the seagulls)

Next we went down to the beach. It wasn’t very big particularly as it was high tide but my goodness was the water clear! The girls absolutely loved splashing around in the water- there was no waves and it was very calm.

After that we wandered in to the town and had a look round some of the gorgeously cute shops. We had the girls on our backs in some carriers. I got the carriers off Amazon and I’ll do a review of them soon!

After this we headed to our campsite and checked in. We then decided to go and get fish and chips but sadly it was shut! So instead we went to Sainsburys to get our shop and picked something to eat there!

Even though we absolutely loved our day in St Ives, a few hours wasn’t really long enough! I think we will go down again on a sunny September weekend so we can explore more when it’s not as busy.

Chippy tea on Looe beach

Last week when Josh got home from work we headed to Looe to have a chippy tea. Looe is probably our closest seaside town and whilst the beach isn’t anything special (just a standard beach) it has some lovely shops etc. And was close by enough for us to go there when Josh finished work. It was a stunning day, really warm and sunny so we thought we’d make the most of it. Looe is normally pretty busy but as it was the evening it had quieted down on the beach quite a lot which meant we could let the girls run around and not worry too much.

We went to Catch which is on the quay side and I would highly recommend. The food was incredible. It was one of those evenings when I just felt so content and happy and so glad we have moved to such a beautiful part of the world.

Land’s end & Sennen Cove | Cornwall life | Travel with toddlers |

Last weekend we packed our lunches and got up early to head down to Land’s End. Although we have now live in Cornwall 9 months, we had yet to have seen it’s most famous land mark! We live in East Cornwall, around 40 minutes from Cornwall. With the roads in Cornwall being very windy rather than fast it takes a good while for us to get to West Cornwall, in fact it took nearly 2 hours to get to the most westerly point.

As last weekend was set to be nice weather we decided, along with my sisters to head there. Because we are locals we get free parking which is great – quite a lot of places in Cornwall do locals discounts or passes which is really good since the prices are hiked up for tourists, leaving locals with not much to do on their doorstep. The land mark itself was at the end of a sort of promenade and it was literally just a fenced off sign. Honestly I was less than impressed, especially oven that we would have had to pay £10 for the privilege of standing next to it! We decided to get a photo from the other side of the fence.

That being said there was something special about having stood on the most South westerly point of Britain but I shan’t be hurrying back there again. The promenade had all sorts of amusements and activities but all were extra money. There was definitely scope to make a day of it if you wanted to.

After this we decided to walk to Sennen Cove which I had read was beautiful. The walk was along the coastal path but it isn’t suitable for buggies so we opted for the public bridalway which is also used by cyclists (we didn’t see a single other person on our walk).

When we approached Sennen we realised it was about to get awkward. We couldn’t not find a way down to the beach except down a busy road with no pavement. There was also a place join the coastal path but there was no way we would be able to do that with the double buggy. On the way down we opted for the road but I felt awful taking the girls on that. So on the way back me and my sister carried the girls and my other sister and Josh carried the buggy between them – it was hard work!

Sennen itself was absolutely beautiful. It was a nice big beach with lots of streams and rock pools. We started off in coats and finished with the girls stripping off and paddling – it was so lovely and warm!

The walk back up was hard but had some spectacular views!

So that was our little day trip over! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Chester Zoo & Liverpool with twin toddlers

This weekend we headed up north to Cheshire where Josh’s family live. We actually lived there together until last July so it’s kind of like revisiting our old life!

Whilst we were there we went to Chester Zoo with the girls’ cousins; Esmé and Zach and of course their parents Sarah and Sam who are actually technically Josh’s aunt and uncle but they are the same age as us and we’ve always been really close friends.

Chester Zoo was a fabulous place to take the girls, we actually took them back in June but back then they were way too young. Now, at 17 months, they were really a lovely age. They loved walking around (albeit slowly) and looking at all the animals and really taking it in. We went on a week day as the guys were both off work and that made it extra good as it was so quiet compared to last time when we accidentally went in half term! I would recommend it to anyone and would love to go back again. As with any zoo it was quite expensive but luckily under fives go free so it wasn’t too bad.

We also took a trip to Liverpool whilst we were up north. We went on the train which was different and interesting for the girls! We then had a trip to Nandos which was the girls’ first experience. The kids meal was really small, normally I get a kids meal between the two girls but it wasn’t really enough. However you do get cordial and a dessert too. We then looked round the shops and enjoyed being in a city- so different to where we live! It was a lovely day although I definitely prefer Manchester to Liverpool any day!

Hope you enjoyed this look in to our travels.

1 year old plane carry on | What to pack |Travel with baby twins

At the beginning of September we took our 13 month twins on a flight to Morocco from London Gatwick. It was a three and a half hour trip and was at night so we obviously packed for this scenario. We used our Pacabod oban as their carry on and there was plenty of space. Myself and my husband combined our carry on so that we only had two bags between us, it just made getting through security so much more simple.

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We obviously packed the standard nappies, nappy bags, wipes etc. We packed around 16 nappies, that was mainly because we also packed for the journey down there. 8 nappies each but we definitely didn’t use them all.

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We then packed sudocreme, hand sanitiser and a special sterlisiing sanitiser which is baby safe and non-toxic. Its by aquaint and I bought a big bottle off Amazon because the small ones were really expensive, I then decanted it in to a smaller spray bottle.

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We packed snacks for the plane but they didn’t really eat any of them, obviously because it was at night. We just packed non-messy snacks, no meals because they ate dinner in the airport before we took off.

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We also packed bibs, dummies and their sippy cups so that all practically bases were covered!

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We also brought them some entertainment in the form of two plastic dinosaurs which was great for them to chew on! We also grabbed two little cuddly toys with a rattle for a bit of entertainment! We also packed two books that were small just for a little bit of extra entertainment!

We also packed a few spare change of clothes for them. They were wearing short sleeved rompers to begin with and we also packed two short sleeve vests, two long sleeve vests and two sleepsuits, just for all eventualities!

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I also packed a muslin cloth, you never know when you’re going to need one of those! Dotty loves snuggling in to them to sleep and of course it makes a great breastfeeding cover up.

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Finally, we packed them their sleeping bags. I didn’t know how cold the plane was going to be but in the end we didn’t use them. I don’t have a photo, but we also brought them swaddle blankets and that’s what we covered them with when they slept.

So there it is, that’s all we packed! I don’t think we would have needed much more than that even if it was a day time flight. The girls tend to entertain themselves and they enjoyed looking at the tv on the headsets!

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Kate-Sig-1

 

Our trip to Marrakesh with 1 year old twins

We recently got back from our first ‘proper holiday’ to Marrakesh, Morocco, Africa. I keep emphasising Africa because it feels so amazing that the girls are one year old and have already been to AFRICA! We went with Thomson and stayed in an all inclusive resort. It was a fantastic price and came in at about £800 ish for all four of us for a week!

Due to the price, I’ll be honest, we weren’t expecting much of the hotel which was Aqua Mirage Club, Marrakesh. It was a 3 star hotel but was rated really highly on tripadvisor. The place itself was excellent, it was a really large hotel with lots of great facilities including three swimming pools and a water park which were all free of charge for guests. As with any cheap hotel, absolutely everything else cost money including Wi-Fi, safes, photographs etc. However, you can have a good time and enjoy yourself without using any of this stuff. Due to our financial situation we went with practically no spending money and still had a fabulous time! The hotel has a shuttle bus service to the city centre and this is free twice a day and otherwise costs 20 Dirham per person which is less than £2.

Our trip to the old city of Marrakesh was certainly the highlight of the trip. We absolutely love exploring new places and this was no exception. Predominantly we had gone for a chilling by the pool holiday but we wanted to make the most of exploring the vastly different culture as well. The old city was incredible, filled with markets of everything you could think of, most of it is handmade there on the streets and is the most intricate design and craftsmanship. We hired a guide which cost the equivalent of £8 and it helped because he had such a wealth of knowledge as he showed us round and we got a lot of demonstrations. However, we could tell he had deals with all the people there and got reports after each place we went in to of how much we spent (which was nothing) and he got less and less interested in us as the tour went on! In the main square there were lots of snake charmers and monkeys, something which I don’t really agree with morally as I saw how they were treated and it wasn’t very nice. However, they basically just shove the monkey on your arm and demand 100 dirham from you!

Whilst in the old city, we wore the babies in baby carriers. Of course, this was harder than it was in their younger days, they are now over 20lbs not to mention the 35+ degree heat!

Travelling with twins once again was a challenge. It was supposed to be a ‘relaxing holiday’ and I can say with great conviction that it was not. We did not get to relax for more than five minutes and the heat made it very difficult to get the girls to nap in their buggy meaning once a day we spent two hours in our air conditioned room whilst they slept. Although, this was usually in the hottest part of the day and at times it was 38 degrees so it was probably the sensible parent thing to do, keeping them out of the sun! Morocco is an incredible country and there are lots of things to do there which would be really interesting and exciting such as camel riding, quad biking in the dessert and mountain trekking. Sadly, due partly to our lack of spending money but mostly to the presence of the twins we were unable to do any of this. We definitely want to go back and visit when the twins are teenagers and we can make the most of all the country has to offer! Furthermore, a relaxing, all-inclusive holiday is something we are not planning on doing again in the near future! We would like to bring grandparents with us in the future or go without the girls so that we could really relax more! That being said, the girls really did take everything in their stride. They absolutely loved being centre of attention and the locals adored them, they were so friendly and loving towards them and the girls lapped it up! I must admit, we definitely enjoyed not having to cook or clean up afterwards. We still love travelling and exploring the world with the girls – we will continue to do so as long as we are able! I think next time will take a little more planning though especially if we want to do a city break again! But at least for a while, we will be staying in the UK as it was hard work!!!

The one dampner on the occasion was the fact the the girls and I picked up some kind of food poisoning or stomach bug. We all had diarrhoea which for the girls has lasted for well over two weeks. Mine surfaced on the day we were set to go home, which made the plane journey VERY tough! I read on trip advisor a few people were experiencing the same thing which doesn’t bode well!

In all it was a great trip but not the relaxing holiday we’d planned!

Let me know if you have any questions about travelling with babies, My next post will be tips for flying with babies and what we packed in our carry on.

Hope you enjoyed this post

Kate-Sig-1

STAYCATION: Our stay-at-home holiday together

As many people who read my blog will know, we love to travel! Last week we had a trip to Berlin booked Monday-Thursday, however on the Friday before, Dorothy was taken in to hospital by ambulance. She ended up staying in there until Sunday afternoon and we were advised against taking the trip. We were obviously devastated but we didn’t want to risk taking her and things got worse with the plane pressure or Margot got ill too. As it was, Margot did get ill on Monday night and we were able to take her to the GP and get her sorted on Tuesday morning. So we ended up being quite thankful that we didn’t go against the doctors’ advice!

As Josh had the week off work anyway, we decided to make the most of it. On the Monday we just got stuck in to tidying and cleaning and getting jobs done so we were free for the week ahead.

On Tuesday, we decided to head to Manchester. We went for lunch at the Anchor Coffee House in Moss Side. I used to park right by there in my second year for uni and walk down Oxford road to campus so we were very familiar with it! The food is amazing and we both had a lovely coffee called a cuban coffee which is made with condensed milk. The girls, of course, attracted a lot of attention!

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We then headed down Oxford Road to Whitworth Park and art gallery.

After that we walked past my old uni and then headed to Starbucks to feed the girls. It was that very Starbucks that Josh and I used to meet after I finished uni and do work together! It was nice to take the girls back to our old haunts and show them another part of Manchester!

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The next day, we decided to visit Chester Zoo. It was a pretty hot day and we were slightly worried about how the girls would cope. Unfortunately we stupidly booked holiday during half term. It was absolutely heaving there and getting a double buggy around was difficult enough without having to work our way through crowds of people! Nevertheless we enjoyed ourselves, although the girls were thoroughly fed up by the end!

 

The next day was another quiet one, we just enjoyed the sunshine at our local park and got a coffee from a little coffee shop nearby. Then Daddy was sadly back to work! Thankfully he only has three weeks to go until we move!

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Obviously we were gutted not to be in Berlin but we still managed to have a lovely week together as a family.

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