Friday, 17 August 2018

Friyay Foto Friday

Morning!!!

I am today introducing something new.  Every Friday on my Facebook page I am going to post a Friyay Foto Friday post.  I want you to share your favourite photo from the week or it could just be your favourite tipple to welcome in the weekend.

I'd love to see your photos of favourite outings with the kids, what you've been up to, nicest meal (love a food picture!) or simply a vino in your favourite pub.

Let's celebrate Friday.

You can also use #Friyayfotofriday on Instagram or Twitter.

Love Emma xxx






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Friday, 3 August 2018

Outside Swimming and Splashparks near Northampton

Northampton has loads of country parks and outside spaces for the kids to get rid of some energy and be in the fresh air.  Northampton does not have many outdoor swimming pools or splash parks and considering we are pretty much as far away the sea as possible this can be annoying in the height of summer.

Over the last few weeks I have been researching places to go.  I couldn't find any in Northampton but most are not far.  

Splash park at the Embankment Wellingborough

Children's water play next to the River Nene at The Embankment, Wellingborough NN8 1LD. Completely free!  Currently open every day 12pm to 6.30pm.  Toilets, small play area, picnic tables and regular ice cream van make this a great day out.  Sometimes there is a mini fair next door and you can see canal boats drift by and lots of swans. Approx 20 minute drive from Northampton.


Wellingborough splashpark 

Wellingborough splashpark 

Wellingborough Splash Park


Woburn Lido

The Swimming Pool is approx. 22m x 8m and is heated! It costs £7 per adult and £4.50 per child under 3's are FREE.  You can purchase a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £20. It is cash only so please remember to get some on your way and run by voluteers. There is parking available at the Lido but if this is full you can use the car park at the village hall or behind the Woburn Hotel and walk the short distance.  You can call 01525 290611 to confirm opening times or check their Facebook page which is updated regularly. The address is Woburn Lido, Crawley Road, Woburn, MK17 9QG.It is approximately 30 miles from Northampton. Please check online for opening times as currently operating a new timetable due to heatwave!
Woburn Lido
Picture from Woburn Lido Website
Eversholt Swimming Pool

Lovely village location outdoor pool.  Open dailt 1pm to 7pm and operates 3 swim sessions. 1.15-3.00, 3.15-5.00, 5.15-7.00.  Sessions can be booked by phone or in person from 11.30am. on the day itself. £5 per adult and £4 per child spectators are free.  Children’s playground and playing fields next week. Snacks, hot drinks and cold drinks are available onsite. Changing room facilities with hot showers.  Run by volunteers.  Call  01525 280515. Postcode MK17 9DT.  Approximately 30 miles from Northampton.

Eversholt Swimming Pool

Rutland Water Beach

Rutland water is open all year round but the beach is open 30th June 2018 to 2nd September 2018.  
The bathing area is currently open 10am to 6pm.  The Beach at Sykes Lane, (post code LE15 8QL) can get very busy but does have overflow car parks and they ask you have your money ready to ease the flow of traffic. Entry is £10.00 per car before 3pm, £5.00 per car after 3pm. 
PLEASE NOTE - The beach will be closed until 2pm on Wednesday 8th August 2018 for a fresh sand delivery.  Approx 40 miles from Northampton and 1 hour journey.

Bosworth Water Park
Water swimming, pirate adventure playground, crazy golf (£3 per person, £10 family of four), pedalos, row boats and canoes (£15 per half hour) and fishing.  Payment to the park is per vehicle and on an hourly basis.  It also depends on time of year for August it is £2.50 per hour midweek and £3 per hour weekend.  Camping is also available and they have some lakeside lodges.  Postcode CV13 6PD Approx 45 miles from Northampton 1 hour 15 mins.

Go and have some watery fun!!!  If there's anywhere you would recommend let me know.
Emma xxx
**I have been to the Embankment and my children had a great time and a brilliant value day out.  My son went to Bosworth on a school trip and loved it but I have not been myself.  The other venues are just ones I have researched but not visited**





Wednesday, 11 July 2018

RLSS Water Safety Advice

Every year sadly 400 die from drowning in the UK.  With summer here the temptation to jump into a cool swimming pool, lake or river increases but so do the risks.

It is important to educate children on the dangers and also what to do in an emergency.

The RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society) have an amazing website with loads of brilliant information and give information to schools around the UK each summer on drowning prevention.

Key safety tips are - 

If someone is in difficulty in the water shout reassurance to them, shout for help and call the emergency services

Never jump in to rescue someone.  Help from the side by using buoyancy aids, a plastic bottle, dog lead etc. and reassure and give clear instructions.

Make sure the whole family can swim

Only swim at lifeguarded beaches or lifeguarded pools
Read safety signs at the entrance to the beach or swimming pool
Learn the meanings of the lifeguard flags at the beach
If swimming alone ensure someone knows where you are & what time you'll be due back
The RLSS state that using the SAFE code is always the best thing to do.  

Have a SAFE and happy summer.

xxx

SPOT

spot the dangers

ADVICE

follow safety signs and advice

FRIEND

stay close to a friend or family member

EMERGENCY

shout for help and know the emergency number to call 



Crick Scarecrow Festival

The Crick Scarecrow and Music Festival is on this weekend 14th & 15th July and is set to be the biggest in its history with over 60 entries. It is open 10am to 5pm both days. Themed scarecrows to spot are Room on the Broom and 101 Dalmatians.

There will also be food on sale, a licensed bar, fancy dress contest for kids will take place on the Sunday only, judging will be at 3pm at the Crick Creates stage. Free Entry. Theme is Heroes & Villains.

Credit Crick Scarecrow Festival

Have a try at yoga, see the dog show, watch the Moulton Morris dancers and enjoy live music from 12 noon both days.

Visitors can vote for their favourite scarecrow and you can get a programme with all the times/activities for £2 with profits going to charity.

Parking is available at Crick Primary School, (entrance on Main Rd) on a first-come-first-served basis between 10am-6pm both days. Overflow Parking can be found at the Village Hall in Bucknills Lane and the Sports Centre Field on Yelvertoft Rd.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Woburn Lido

Woburn Lido is the nearest outdoor pool to Northampton and this summer I am definitely going to give it a try.

The Swimming Pool is approx. 22m x 8m and near Woburn Abbey Estate.

Normal opening times are 12noon to 7.30pm but due to the current heatwave the times have been changed. As of 2 July 2018 two sessions are operating 10:00am to 13:30pm and 14:30pm to 19:00pm.

It costs £5 per adult and £4 per child under 3's are FREE.  You can purchase a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £15.

Woburn Lido

The pool is heated and run by volunteers. It is cash only so please remember to get some on your way. There is parking available at the Lido but if this is full you can use the car park at the village hall or behind the Woburn Hotel and walk the short distance.

You can call 01525 290611 to confirm opening times or check their Facebook page which is updated regularly.

The address is Woburn Lido, Crawley Road, Woburn, MK17 9QG.It is approximately 30 miles from Northampton.

Woburn Lido

Enjoy xxx

Monday, 18 June 2018

Motherhood & Guilt

Right now my children are on YouTube. I've just emptied the dishwasher, took the rubbish out and whipped the hover round.

Now I could go upstairs and see them both or I could have a cup of tea and faff on my phone.

You guessed it I'm on phone.

Shit bad mother alert!

Guilt. It's always there. I've always been a working mother and therefore time is always split.

In my previous job I felt like a crap employee and a crap mother. Neither had my full attention. Neither was fulfilled properly. I was always rushing, always on a timetable.

Guilty if they were ill and I needed a day off work. Juggling and judging will a tiny bit of Calpol see us through the day.Winging it and breathing a sigh of relief when it was home time and everyone was ok.

Missed sports days. Missed celebration assemblies. Missed promotions & associated pay rises.

My children are getting older 7 and 11 and I'm in a new job. I still feel guilty but it's relented a little.  At work I leave 30 minutes before the normal team members (I start early instead) to pick my children up from school which makes me feel guilty that I'm not a team player but that's my only employment niggle so far.  I still have the missed assembly and sports day problems but we've all got used to it.  The kids don't mind its expected and I'm not the only one that doesn't turn up.  

I constantly have to remind myself my children are happy and healthy. Maybe too much YouTube here and there but we are doing ok.

Maybe guilt is a female thing. Maybe it's just whoever does the lions share of the school runs thing. Maybe its just a primary school age thing. Maybe its just a me thing.  Maybe this is a random ramble thing. But to end although I don't always think it of myself here's my positive message to you.  We are all doing a great job!


Winging it

Emberton Country Park

Emberton Country Park is a 200 acre park on the Great Ouse river.

It is brilliant for cycling, picnics, fishing and has 3 play areas.  Enjoy the 5km of paths and trails which are mostly flat so accessible for wheelchair users and buggies. There is an onsite cafĂ© with brilliant ice cream! You can camp and it has a small section of onsite caravans. 

We really enjoyed our visit and nice to see a few different items in the main children's play area.  My children loved the trampette and tube slide which was actually slidey (Sywell country park take note).

Emberton Country Park play equipment
 
Emberton Country Park play equipment

Emberton Country Park play equipment

Emberton Country Park play equipment

Emberton Country Park play equipment
It is £4 to park peak season and £2.60 in the winter. Fishing day tickets are £9.60 per adult, £5.20 OAP and Juniors and under 12's FREE.

Camping season 1st April to 31st October Gate House open 9am to 4.45pm daily and booking is essential. Touring Field is £23.40 per night and £27.00 with electric hook up. Rally Field £19.20 per night. Click on the link below for more information.

Camping & Caravanning