Win Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on DVD

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2Did you enjoy the first Mall Cop movie?  Well there’s good news for you because Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is now out on Blu-Ray and DVD. After 6 years of keeping malls safe, Paul Blart (played by Kevin James) has certainly earned a holiday.  He heads off to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a break and when duty calls, Blart steps up. Out on DVD from 17 August.

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Summer Fun at Baddesley Clinton


Baddesley Clinton manor houseWe love a day out at a National Trust property.  Being members we get in for free and we get very good value for our membership through the year.  We obviously visit local properties, but we also like to go see properties further afield when we are on holiday.  There’s lots to do too. I think some people are put off by the idea of taking children round an historic house, but many National Trust properties have put a lot of thought into what they can offer for children and it certainly isn’t dull.

completing the worksheetWe went to Baddesley Clinton, which is a local property to us, but one that we haven’t been to for some time. We couldn’t remember when we had last been to this one, so it felt new to us and H in particular.  Entry to the house at Baddesley Clinton is timed as it’s quite small, but we got our ticket when we arrived and were able to go straight in, despite it being a bank holiday weekend.  H was fitted out with a clipboard with a herb related activity on it.  Throughout the house there were labelled herbs to smell (both fresh and dried) and we all learnt a bit about herbs as we helped H complete his little worksheet.  For younger children, and H still enjoyed this, there is a playing card to spot in most rooms of the house, which helps keep children interested as they go round.

dressed up as a tudorThe house itself is quite interesting as it has 3 priest-holes.  There are quite a few manor houses in the midlands that have these hiding places for catholic priests, from the days when catholics were published for their beliefs and priests were executed if they were found.  You can see 2 of the priest-holes as you go round: one was above a chimney (I’m guessing that could be pretty hot) and the other was accessed down the shaft for the toilet(nice!).  There was an opportunity to dress up and take your picture (you dress yourselves up and take your own picture – no rip off extra charges for this).  As you can see H took advantage of this to become a Tudor lord of the manor.

moat at Baddesley ClintonThe house is very pretty with its moat and lovely gardens.  There are two cats apparently, but we didn’t encounter them.  Ducks were very much in evidence though and they were quite interested in people’s picnics.

reading the DandyThere is a second-hand bookshop at Baddesley Clinton with an extensive stock.  H found a stack of Dandy annuals and picked one out to add to his growing collection.  For lunch we went to the restaurant.  You can opt for anything from a proper cooked main meal, through jacket potatoes to sandwiches and snacks.  Don’t forget to pick up a slice of one of their tempting cakes too.  I also liked that the restaurant had thought about families.  For those with very little ones, there was a corner with a microwave for heating up food or milk, plus beakers for slightly older ones.  If you prefer to bring your own food though, there are plenty of picnic tables.

binocularsH is always keen to do some of his 50 Things to do before youre 11¾, which he’s been working on for a few years now.  We decided to concentrate on bug hunting as we had been provided with a bug hunting pack to use.

 Baddesley Clinton estate walk

So we set off on the Baddesley estate walk to see if we could find some along the way.  It’s a reasonable length trail: long enough to feel you’ve had a walk, but not so long that everyone is getting fed up.

bug huntingWe certainly found some bugs to study, as well as seeing sheep and deer.  Baddesley Clinton was a great day out and we won’t be leaving it very long before visiting again.

Week 35 of 2015

The Big HootWe had a weekend at home mostly, but we did venture out a few times.  There was a bit of owl spotting to be done: part of The Big Hoot trail around Birmingham.  This owl is one of my favourites. A trip to Sandwell Valley (a local park with a great playground) meant that we bumped into H’s cousins.  They had a wonderful time playing for a few hours, whilst the adults caught up on things. H had a lovely day Lego building with his friends on Monday and then they went to a golf lesson together.

beach funTuesday saw H and I heading over to Barmouth for a few days so that H could get a sea and sand fix.  I know Sorrento, where we went for our main holiday, is by the sea, but it isn’t that easy to access the sea because of the lack of beaches.  The sand there is black, volcanic sand which isn’t as nice either, so in Italy we stuck mostly to the pool. H loves the sea and he is happiest when he’s in amongst the waves with his body board.  The cold water doesn’t seem to put him off at all.

dancing on the sandWe went to the beach everyday we were there.  I even sat on the beach with a raincoat on, so he could go and play.  He didn’t let the weather stop him.  Apart from the beach, we went walking, and tried out the local cafe and pub.

boy in wet suitGoing on holiday with mum can be a bit dull if you don’t have a friend to play with: the downside of being an only child.  Luckily I was able to meet up with one of my primary school friends and her son for the day.  The boys had never met before, perhaps because the age gap seemed a bit big, but at the moment 3.5 years doesn’t seem too much.  The boys hit it off almost immediately.  They both seemed to love the sea.

Murrays Cafe BarmouthNow that we are home, it really does seem that the summer is over.  School is looming and there are only a few days left. We’ll have to make the most of those last days of freedom.

Looking Ahead To Autumn

I’ve been looking at the weather forecast and it isn’t looking so good for the last week or so of the summer holidays.  In fact, I had a conversation with my son yesterday and it’s clear that he thought the season was autumn and not summer (and I can see why). So perhaps it’s time to make sure that I have some warmer clothes ready to cope with autumnal weather.  The obvious thing to look at is buying a few jumpers, so that we can keep the heating off for a bit longer and to keep me warm when I am standing around at the park playground.

cotton and silk jumperThis silk and cotton jumper is just the thing for me as the year starts to turn.  It provides some much-needed extra warmth without any extra bulk.  It’s a flattering cut too with its fitted shape and v shaped neck.  Teal is one of my colours (I’ve had my colours done professionally and try to stick to it), but there are over 20 shades to choose from so you will be able to find one to suit you and fit in with your existing wardrobe.

silk and cotton topSometimes you just want to throw an extra layer on top of what you are already wearing.  It needed to be something lightweight, but generously enough cut to make popping on a doddle.  I really like this asymmetric grandad shirt.  Again this one is made from silk and cotton, which is a lovely, light fabric to wear.  Again there are quite a few colour options to choose from.  I think I’d go for either the linen/brown marl or the flannel/pale pink as I think between them they’d go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe.  I love the detailing around the neckline with the buttons and many of the colourways have a contrasting trip here.