Lovely visits {phfr}

round button chicken

Joining Like Mother Like Daughter for this week’s {pretty, happy, funny, real}.


My brother came to stay with us this week. He has just finished his final year at school and hoping to go to Greenwich university in September. I honestly can’t believe how quickly the time has gone… I can remember putting him on the school bus when he was 12 and his bag was bigger than he was!

hop farm

It has been so nice having him here… I decided to use this opportunity to discover new places to visit in the area we recently moved to. We went to Hop Farm – a family park with a lot of different attractions, including a reptile and owl show… separate shows not together!

Benedict was fascinated with the owls; he watched them so closely. But I can’t say the same for the snakes and lizards… I don’t think he even noticed they were there!

hop farm 2


Eoin recently found the K’Nex he used to have when he was a child, and he started playing with it again as if no time had past! Benedict really enjoyed it and loved playing with the little pieces, but I can’t help thinking all of this was more for Eoin’s amusement than Benedict’s…!


Like father like son…



I had another one of those “I-turn-my-head-for-a-second” moments! Benedict learnt how to climb our step and then started to play on the trunk… You could argue that yes, that really is a silly place to put a step with an ever adventurous little one… I agree, silly and naive… still a lot to learn!

on the trunk


For ages we have been trying to get Benedict onto the bottle and he has been incredibly stubborn about it! But lately we have had a break through. He seems to absolutely love it now… So this is a photo of real relief and triumph:



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