Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Good Friday At Mill Farm

Well hello lovelies!

Another post with our adventures over Easter!! 

As I was off on Good Friday. My mum and I decided to take Holly to Mill Farm or Almondale Heritage Centre as its also known. Basically it's an old farm that teaches kids what it was like back in the day to farm. The have all the old out houses, a petting area with a pig, mini goats, normal goats and a house. Then they have the bunny petting area. Some farm yard animals ie goats cows and chickens. 
It had been wet that morning. That didn't stop us though. Throw on some Wellies and Holly's muck suit and she could go anywhere. This all in one water proof suit was from zulilly for £19.99. It's great as she could slide down the slides or roll about in the mud. It all just wipes down with a cloth. 

There is also an open area play ground. This has a trampoline area for kids, a trampoline area for toddlers and mums. A go cart area for big kids and a tractor go cart for toddlers. There is a big climbing frame, a train ride which costs £1 each and a tractor ride around the fields for 50p each. There is an indoor play area as well but unfortunately this is for over 5s only. 

There is then a lovely little restaurant. It doesn't do anything special. Some baked potatoes, salads, sandwiches, wraps, cakes, teas, coffees and juice. There are lunch boxes for kids and food for adults. The baked potatoes are lovely and holly loved her wrap. 

If you don't want to spend any money in the restaurant. There are plenty of picnic tables to use around the farm. 

To get in it is £6.50 for adults, £5.00 for kids 3-15 and under 3s are free!! 

It's also situated close to all the shops and restaurants in Livingston. So if you want to go shopping or fancy a bit more to eat there is plenty there!! 

I hope you all had an amazing good Friday. 

Speak soon 
Lx

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Well hello lovelies,

As it was the Easter weekend just past. I was off for four days!! Unfortunately as I am writing this post, I am back at work! It went in way to quickly!!

As Mark works in food manufacturing he couldn't get the time off with us. But his normal days off are Sunday Monday, so on Monday when we had Harry as well. We headed to Blair Drummond Safari Park!! 

It's in Stirling and about an hour from where we live. It opens at 10am and I suggest being there for that time or like us, you get stuck in 50mins of traffic!! 

It is £14.50 per adult. £11.50 per over 3 and under 3s go free!! For your money you get a few meet the keepers. These are at certain times and the keeper will tell you all about the animals. There are also a few shows like the birds of prey, sealion and giraffes. There is a boat ride around chimp island, a petting zoo and shows for the kids, ie tea cups, bouncy castles and a small roller coaster. 

Here are some of my photos. 
Sealions. 
Meerkats
Penguins

Monkeys

Tigers

Rhino
Elephants

There is also a restaurant and gift shops through out. The restaurant is reasonably priced. For 2 adult meals and 2 kids it worked out at £19.91. This includes juice. 

There is a variety of animals to get your picture took with. 

Then right at the end as you are driving out there is the drive through safari!! 
Here you can stop the car to get photos of the animals close up (depending on how cooperative they feel that day!!) 






In May there is also a drive through monkey world. This will be avoidable! As the last time the monkeys were in the drive through. They were notorious for jumping on cars and pulling bits off! 

Compared to some things. This is a bit pricier!! However I think if you can afford it. It's worth the money. I'm gonna be honest when I tell you that I'm not really that into these types of animal parks. I think animals should be free or in a reserve, and some of the enclosures looked small and not very enriching. However there are a lot of improvements being made. So we will see what happens. 

Hope u all had a lovely Easter weekend. 
L x

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Springtime

Well hello lovelies!!

I just thought I'd post a little post just chatting :)

Firstly had spring finally arrived!! I know it has been spring for a few weeks in England. But here in Scotland winter still had a grip!! But here are some photos!
My fav flowers!! Daffodils 
The rhubarb is finally sprouting
Strawberry plants are green again ��
Honeysuckle
Trees have buds
And my baby tree is budding :)

I just want it to be warm lol not short warm but jumper warm. 

I hope you are all looking forward to spring. 

Speak soon lovelies. 
L x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Guinea pig castration

 Well hello lovelies,

Today I'm gonna tell you all about guinea pig castration. 

As many of you know November last year I got a male guinea pig called Marvin. He was on his own as he was a big boy and had been bullying the others. 


I will get more into their care in another post but guinea pigs should be kept in pairs or groups as they are herd animals. 

It's pretty hard to introduce two non neutered males. It can be done, but there's a high chance you will be left with two guinea pigs, in two separate cages that can't mix. 

If the males are from the same litter and you buy them together. There maybe a little bit fighting but they should be fine together. 

The ideal pairings are either 2 females or a female and a neutered male. I would never recommend breeding guinea pigs, as it can get complicated with the females pelvis fusing and needing a cesarean. An let's face it, there are enough homeless animals with out me making more. 

Anyway sorry side tracked!! 

So I chose to get Marvin neutered so I could get him a wife!! 

He went in 8am three weeks ago this Friday coming and I got him back at 4pm. He was extremely grumpy and not very happy with me lol. 

As guinea pigs need to have 2 incisions to remove the testicles, it means the wounds are rubbing on the floor of their cages. 
His fur is starting to come in now in the above photo. But as you can see he is completely healed, lovely pink colour but still swollen. I will explain that later in the post.

So I had to remove all his bedding and replace with puppy training pads. They recommend news paper or a towel. I used the pads as they are absorbent and disposable. At least if he's sitting in his pee, it won't be as wet as a towel or news paper. As I'm going to admit he's not the brightest lol. 
He has since had sawdust put back in as we thought he was all hunky dory!! This is also his temp cage. we are in the process of building a cage outside with heated floors and everything. So don't panic. I know this is a small cage for  pig! but its only for a short while.

So as his wounds are rubbing on the floor, he has a higher chance of infection and as his testicles are inside is body. With there being a void now there is a higher chance of abscesses. 

To prevent infection and abscesses, along with his pain killers he is also on antibiotics. Pain relief is once a day and antibiotics is twice a day. 

Guinea pigs like rabbits need to have theirs guts moving constantly. This means they continuously eat. Since they stop for an hour or so while getting castrated. You also receive a paste which he needs to be fed 6 times a day. Now I haven't used this as he has been eating fine, all his veggies, hay and any treats. But it's important to watch closely as if they aren't eating you need to be feeding them this paste and possible taking them back to the vets!! If their guts stop altogether it can be fatal. 

Marvin was down on Saturday for a post op check and one of wounds had slightly came undone. So they took him back and glued it again. The wound wasn't red or inflamed so he wasn't chewing and licking it. It was just with him moving about. 

It's important to restrict their movement as much as possible. So Marvin hasn't been in his pen. I've kept him in his cage. 

I have been checking him twice daily and everything seems to be going fine. 

It also takes up to 6 weeks for him to become totally infertile. So it will be June before I even think about getting him a wife. 

Phew that's a bit of a long post lol. 

I hope this helps anyone with s guinea pig, and if anyone has any questions I'd be happy to answer. 

There is a great YouTube channel called Pets Palace Tv. The girl Erin who runs it has lots of guinea pigs and has lots of good info on them. 

Speak soon!! 
L x

P.s

It is three weeks later. Marvin in his self is doing great. Running about, eating, drinking and pooing. But on his left side he has a lump. Now I'm not sure about it, as it has never really went away since he got his op. I think it may be the start of an abscess. However I am phoning the vets tomorrow, so I will update you all on that!!

x

Saturday, 14 March 2015

YouTube Weekly Snippets Video WC9th Feb


Well hello lovelies,

I have been meaning to put this video up for weeks and this it just up!


Its from WC9th Feb15 for 7 days. I was doing them weekly but everything just stared to get onto of me again and i felt suffocated. So I done it bit by bit and got there eventually!!

Please do have a look and let me know what you think. Its not amazing or anything, but I try :)

This is mostly for my family to see. That way i don't need to send the video out 200 times. But if any of you would like to take a peek, I won't mind :)

Speak soon lovelies
Lx

A Little Life Update

Well hello lovelies!!

I am very sorry I haven't been blogging all of last week!

I'm not sure if we had a bug or food poisoning. But we were all dying!!
It started on Monday night with Holly throwing up at about 10pm, then mark threw up at 11:30pm and I had tummy pains from about 1am on wards. No sickness for me which was a plus I suppose!!

It didn't help that at 11am on Tuesday, we had a mortgage adviser coming over for  chat!! I bet the poor man has been ill since!! We are currently trying to buy our house from the owner as we currently rent. The owner wants to sell which is awesome, Its just trying to get the first time mortgage that's a bit painful.

But I am all back to normal now and I will be back to blogging as of now!! lol

Speak soon my lovelies!
Lx

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Slimming World Review - Syn Free Meatballs

Well hello lovelies!!!

Today I'm going to do a review on the Slimming World Syn Free Meatballs. 

Here is the packaging. Excuse  the number 3 on the pack. That won't be on yours! I quite like this packaging. I think the meatball picture makes these look delish and you get a lot of info on it! 

Frozen
To be honest they look like normal meatballs frozen lol. 

Cooked
These were pan fried and there's no difference in appearance from the pan fried to the oven ones. I think pan fried are slightly drier than the oven ones. I also think in general these are drier than your standard meatballs. However these are low fat and considering the more fat in a product the more succulent they are, being a bit drier is to be expected. Having said that they are still more succulent than what I was expecting. So that's a plus!! 

Flavour wise these are super yummy. Very well seasoned. I'd say that taste more like pork than beef but they are a pork and beef mix.

Overall they are a good product and I would suggests having these with pasta or even a meatball sub! 

Let me know what you all think if you have tried these :) 

Speak soon
L x