Holywell Bay | My National Trust

Last weekend we took advantage of the absolutely gorgeous weather and headed to Holywell bay. To be honest we didn’t actually know that the weather was going to be so nice and we didn’t pack any swimming stuff or anything! Luckily the girls had their wetsuits on so that was something at least!

I think Holywell bay has gotta be up there with one of my favourite beaches in Cornwall. It is just utterly stunning! It’s such a vast beach too, meaning it never feels particularly busy.

I would definitely recommend it!

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!

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!

Holywell Bay | My National Trust

This post was written back in January.

A couple of weekends a go we headed to Holywell Bay which is on the North coast of Cornwall near Newquay.

It is a national trust beach which is why we decided to go there. The car park is free for national trust members which is really good. The beach is so huge and vast that even in the height of summer you aren’t too close by to anyone else! The sand dunes are absolutely amazing it looks like a dessert. It has amazing waves so is fab for surfers.

I would definitely recommend it!

Polzeath Beach | Day out with twins

Last week we headed to Polzeath beach. It was a lovely day out and the girls absolutely loved it. The only problem was that at the end of our time there, Dotty decided to pick up dog poo! It made me so angry that people let their dogs poo on the beach and don’t pick it up. It spoilt the day for us.

At Polzeath you can park right on the beach. In low season it’s not too busy but I imagine in high season it’s hard to get parked. There are plenty of other car parks further away though. There is also tonnes of facilities; cafés, restaurants and surf hire shops too. I would definitely recommend it for anyone with young kids. I’m looking forward to going back in the summer. The surf is also pretty good there if you’re that way inclined!

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

Barcelona with babies part 2

Day 3 was Sunday, we woke up early after a difficult with Margot and we decided that I would feed one of the girls and we would feed the other a bottle so we could get the show on the road a lot quicker!

After I’d fed and showered I headed to the bakery round the corner in the hopes of finding some churros. However, when I got to the bakery I realised there was no churros, so instead we tried a few different pastries.

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After this we knew the girls would be due for another feed fairly soon and instead of getting stuck at the apartment for another hour we decided to feed them in the park which was around 10 minutes from us called “Parc de la Ciutadella”. There was so much going on in the park with loads of street performers and a large fountain. We sat in the sunshine whilst I fed the girls and soaked it all in, we loved it!

After this we walked in to the city centre and to La Rambla, a famous street in Barcelona. At this point we were desperate for food ourselves so we found a restaurant called Ultramarinos. The food was amazing, I’d definitely recommend it! We then decided to go back to the apartment and get ourselves sorted to head over to the beach.

We then went over to the beach, it was really cold by this point but it was totally worth it! It was beautiful and a really lovely atmosphere!

Next up it was time for the finale – the Magic Fountain! We went over on the metro with the carriers. Unfortunately when we got there it was switched off! We found out that in winter the showtimes were only Friday and Saturday nights! We were so gutted and by the time we got back it was way past the girls’ bedtime and they were knackered.

The next morning it was time to go home! We had a lot of stress trying to get my phone back and getting everything sorted but thankfully we made it through check in by the skin of our teeth!

What an amazing trip! We had such a fantastic time… it was really hard work with the girls and not the travelling we were used to before the babies. We loved it though and we were so proud of how the girls were! We definitely realised that we want to carry on travelling!

I’m thinking of doing a post about tips for travelling with a baby (or 2!), let me know if you’d like that!

Kate-Sig-1