Monday, 20 October 2014

W Is For ..... Wrestling

I am linking this post up with the lovely Charly Dove and her 
wonderful Alphabet Project.

W Is For ...... Wrestling

I've been a fan of wrestling since I was a kid, yes very very sad some might say but I enjoy watching it.

 I remember when I used to go to my granddad's house at the weekend and watch WCW on the free channels on sky and I also remember when my neighbour used to tape the main events of WWF or WWE as its known now onto video cassette for me (showing my age a little there lol).

I've been to watch live recordings of the weekly wrestling shows (RAW and SMACKDOWN) at the LG Arena in Birmingham and whilst at Universal Studios Florida I went to watch TNA Impact Wrestling being recording and got hooked on that, in fact I still watch it regularly on Sunday nights.

Well that's my W Is For ........

Stay tuned for my X Is For ........

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Win Tickets To Hatton Adventure Farm : Pumpkin Week

During half term holiday Hatton Adventure Farm will be holding its Pumpkin Week.

"A FREE pumpkin for every child with daily carving competitions in our brilliant (but slightly spooky!) themed marquee. Plus Hatton’s Pumpkin Hunt with a prize badge and Hatton’s Halloween Pumpkin House.  Plus full day’s programme of Farmyard Fun."

"Creep around our haunted house and take a Terror Tractor ride, if you dare!!! Oh - and don't forget to dress up."

This promises to be a fun filled day out for the whole family.

One lucky reader can win Four tickets to Pumpkin Week at Hatton Adventure Farm by taking part in the Rafflecopter below. 


If your children are like mine they want all the new toys they see in any shop they go in, on a recent trip to a large toy shop my eldest lad saw the ROBOFish on display and of course wanted them all. So when I was approached to review the ROBOFish PIRATE I naturally jumped at the chance.

When my boys and daughter realised what had been sent they couldn't wait for me to open the packaging up and get the fish in the water.


My son ran off upstairs and returned a few minutes later with a clear see through box and said "daddy put the fish in here" so I did I filled it with water and let him release the fish into the makeshift tank.

All three of them stood there in amazement watching the PIRATE fish swim forwards, left, right, up and down in its new tank just like a real fish.

ZURU have already got an award winning line of ROBOFish on the market which became the fastest selling toy of 2013 and this summer they added the PIRATE range to their collection.

The ROBOFish PIRATE is the perfect no-hassle pet, you simply drop them in the water and watch them come to life.

The ROBOFish PIRATES (rrp £9.99) come in 6 different designs to collect, you can also buy the ROBOFish PIRATES Playset (rrp £19.99) which comes complete with ROBOFish, accessory and fish tank.

You can purchase the ROBOFish PIRATE and PIRATE Playset from Argos, Asda, Smyths and ToysRus.


I think this product is worth the rrp £9.99 as compared to similar items to these it is worth its money and these will bring many hours of joy to your children.
I was sent this item free of charge for review purpose only and all the opinions are mine.

We're going on an adventure

Family Day Out

On Saturday 11 October we took the kids a to the Lowry in Manchester for the Cbeebies fun day and recording of Peter Pan this year's Christmas Panto.


My wife along with a few others we know had applied for panto tickets online earlier in the year but we were all unsuccessful in the ballot draw. I last heard that the lowery had 3,000 seats and over 100,000 applicants applied for tickets.

Although we were unsuccessful in the pursuit of tickets we decided we'd still go up to the lowry as they were putting on a cbeebies fun day with various activities being run for children of all ages to participate in and what's more they had two large screens where the panto was being beamed live on to, so with or without tickets the kids were going to watch the panto.

We got to the lowry bout 10.10 and Alex Winters and Dr Ranj were already on the stage entertaining the boys and girls gathering in front of the main stage, as we made our way to the stage area my OH bumped into her friend Katie they had a quick catch up chat whilst the kids watched Alex and Dr Ranj do the banana song.

After the boys watch this and also joined in with the singing and dancing we then walked round the activity tents where the boys made pirate hats and took part in some science activities,

we also saw the Cbeebies pirate ship

and we wandered over to media city where the boys had their picture took with the TARDIS.

After this and a further bit of wandering round the activity tents the OH took the boys to see the first recording of the panto, whilst they did this is took a walk over to Old Trafford. She had been lucky enough to get some tickets through being on the reserve list and thankfully her patients paid off and she got some tickets eventually.

Later that evening St Helens were playing Wigan in the Super League Grand Final and as my brother is a St Helens fan wanted me to get him a programme.

I had a wander round Old Trafford to see what a rugby match day was like and to be honest not much different to a football one lol with fans meeting up to cheer their respective teams on and merchandise sellers all over the place selling flags and whistles etc.

I brought my brother his match day programme and pushed L-A round to soak up the atmosphere, we walked through the Munich tunnel and I saw this sign and had to ask my brother and his friend Amanda who are both avid St Helens fans which direction I should go in ( I'm too polite to repeat his response lol.

When we came out of the tunnel we stopped to watch some army personnel roll up the two teams flags ready to parade to the fans before the game.


Once we had watched this we made our way back to the Lowry as the panto was due to finish soon, we got back to the Lowry and the panto hadn't quite finished so I pushed L-A round the market and waited for the panto to finish.

Before we left we brought the kids a Subway for a late lunch then made our way home.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

I'm also linking this post up with Karen over on 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

V Is For .... Vacations

I am linking this post up with the lovely Charly Dove and her 
wonderful Alphabet Project.

V Is For ...... Vacations

Over the years my wife and I have been lucky enough to have been able to go on some amazing vacations both home and abroad.

We've been to Spain and Crete and few times,

 Florida twice 

and Euro Disney too 

and we've holidayed in Hastings and Cornwall also.

This half term holiday we're going back to Coombe Mill as we had such a wonderful time there in February.

Well that's my V Is For ........

Stay tuned for my W Is For ........

Halloween Memories Post

Recently on Twitter I've noticed peoples Halloween Pinterest popping up here and there sharing their wonderful ideas for you to have a fun filled Halloween time with kids of all ages and almost every shop you go have up or are starting to decorate their shops ready for Halloween.

This year will be our first year as a family we won't be at home celebrating/participating in the Halloween festivities. We will however be at Coombe Mill and can't wait to see what wonderful activities Fiona and her lovely family have in store for us to participate in.

When I think about Halloween festivities two occasions spring to my mind, one being a kiddies party we held at the flat when JR and his friends were only 11 months/ 12 months old and the other has to be when my wife and I visited visited Magic Kingdom and attended the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

The kiddies party was fun, they all came dressed in really cute costumes, to be honest it wasn't much of a party as all they did was sit and play with toys but it was our very first Halloween party we'd held so it was fun never the less, I put on a finger buffet and we played a few party games, everyone seemed to enjoy it so that was good.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party now that was a fabulous occasions.

Disney put on the family Halloween party to celebrate Halloween whereas at the same time Universal Studios held their own shall we say more 'grown up' party with lots more scary sights and sounds. Even the giant billboard outside Universal Studios and their TV advertisement for their party was scary to be honest.

The TV advertisement started off with a young man in his mid 20s I'd say sat at a fortune tellers table in a carnival tent with the female fortune teller sat in front of him looking into her crystal ball, the teller then said something like "I see terror and fright in your immediate future" upon this she shot backwards in her chair away from the young man and the young man was immediately surrounded by Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and the clown from the IT film. These three characters are who are on the giant billboard too.

As my wife doesn't like scary films and such forth but loves Disney we were only ever going to go to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party to be honest.

We spent the whole day in Magic Kingdom and as time ticked closure towards park closing time the visitors started to leave the park, this was our cue to get changed, we put on our costumes and joined up with the the many hundred of party goers who had either been at the park all day like us or had turned up to participate in the Halloween festivities.
My wife had chosen to dress as a zombie pirate and I had chosen to dress as an escaped convict complete with ball and chain.

Well Magic Kingdoms normal end of day fireworks and light show was over and the bells chimed seven pm signaling the start of the Halloween festivities, the night began with an awesome fireworks and light show and a stage show right outside of the Magic Kingdom castle which was presented by the baddies and villains of Disney like Jaffar, Hook, Maleficent and many others, which was totally different to the normal daily bubbly shows presented by Mickey Mouse and friends.

Once we had watched the show we made our way to Mickey's Toontown Fair where we took part in a fantastic trick or treat hunt, this was really fun and my wife and I filled our sweet pots full of some wonderful American candy of all kinds.

The park had kept open a handful of rides during the party too, it was fun going on rides like the haunted mansion and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin dressed in our costumes. We also watched a fantastic parade of all the baddies and villains which was started by the headless horseman running ahead of all the parade floats, it was a fantastic parade and great to see the villains in their very own parade too.

I truly enjoyed Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and I am so glad we booked up and went to it, I would recommend it to anyone whatever your age because everyone there gets dressed up and caught up in the festivities.

I'm linking this post up to the lovely Charly Dove and her weekly linkie
What's The Story.

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Sixteen Years Ago

Sixteen years ago Thursday just gone to the date (9th October) and Friday to the day my lovely wife and I started dating. Yes this was back in the day when individuals spoke face to face when dating not speaking through Twitter, Facebook or whatever else people meet on these days. Come to think of it we didn't even own a fine between us back then lol.

It all began when we went on a college trip to Alton Towers a few weeks prior to us starting to date one another, we got on really well to be honest clicked straight away (even though she thought I fancied her mate), I like to think that I was her hero for looking after her on all those scary roller coaster rides (she hated them back then yet loves them now) funny now she looks after me when I'm all nervous about going on new ones lol.

Well as I was saying, we started dating sixteen years ago on Friday 9th October 1998, I remember the day well as it was my Dad's 40th birthday, we kinda told each other how we'd enjoyed each other company at Alton Towers and maybe we should give dating a try. I still to this day remember the lovely letter she wrote to me in in pink pen telling me how much she'd enjoyed our time together at Alton Towers and she'd like to spend some more time getting to know me. How could I have refused knowing how much time and effort she'd put into writing that lovely letter.

Well I didn't she her for the next three days as I wasn't back in college till the Tuesday and stupidly in our loved up haze neither of us got any contact details of the other. As I said earlier there wasn't Facebook or Twitter to jump onto and search for people back then and not knowing her surname I couldn't look her up in the phone book either, yes back in the day you had to use a huge phone book (like the one in that Robbie Williams yellow pages TV advert) and search for people to find their number if you wanted to contact them lol.

We saw each other constantly both in and outside of college for the next few weeks then it was October half term holidays, I went with my family to Devon to shut our caravan up for the winter, I promised I'd phone her daily which I fully intended to do.

Yes I did say fully intended to do, this is where a stupid/funny (whichever way you look at it) the story unfolds, you see I wrote down her new landline number as they'd recently changed it, or so I thought I had.

The very first night I walked to the bid red phone box, yes we used pay phone boxes back then too and dialed the number I had written down, to my astonishment the voice on the other end replied "please try again you've dialed an incorrect number", I tried again and again but to no success so I spent the whole week not being able to talk to her, yes it saved me a few quid lol but I didn't half get a barrage of questions to why I hadn't contacted her all week once I got back home.

A lot has changed over the last sixteen years, we've made some wonderful friends and drifted apart from some friends too, we've changed jobs and careers which in turn has allowed us to go on some wonderful fun filled holidays, we've got married and honeymooned in Florida, have three wonderful children and even formed a new family tree link when we merged our surnames together after we married.

We've had some fantastic highs but equally some very terrible lows over the years but we've still stayed strong throughout it all, I wonder what the next sixteen years will hold in store for us? Maybe I'll be sharing my stories and words of wisdom (OK maybe just my stories lol) with my grand kids who knows eh?