Category Archives: Holiday

Harlow’s Australian Vacation video

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I have been home from Australia for a while now. It sounds like we had a lucky escape because the weather here in London whilst we were away was extreme! Floods and hurricane winds, meanwhile back in Australia we were relaxing by the pool or beach in the beautiful sunshine.

We had such an amazing time. It was literally jam packed full of fun! We did so many different things and caught up with so many friends and family. Mummy had a chance to see her friends and relax most days whilst Omi and Poppy entertained Ophelia and I. The last week we were on the Gold coast visiting all of daddy’s family, we stayed in a huge house with a pool. I went swimming 2-3 times a day! Australia is so warm, I think I would love to live there one day, but for now its great to have a big holiday there.

I was also lucky enough to celebrate my 3rd birthday. The day of my birthday I woke up early and the lounge room was filled with decorations, balloons and lots of presents from my Omi and Poppy, Oma, Nanny Mindy, Mama and my Aunty Jen. After I opened all my presents, Omi made some delicious pancakes for breakfast. Mama made a smiley face out of cream and strawberries, it was delish!

In the afternoon I had a mermaid party at the Pirate park in Currumbin. This place was the coolest park I had ever been to. It had a huge playground which included a Pirate ship and a beach just behind the park. Poppy got straight on Barbie to cook the snags whilst I played with all my friends and family. Mama had a few games planned which got everyone involved and provided a lot of entertainment. I got lots of mermaid presents and we played some really cool games. At the end of the day I had a huge rainbow birthday cake!! The whole day was a massive success, I think everyone had fun, especially me!

Mama and I would like to thank everyone who made our holiday special. Omi and Poppy get the biggest thank you as they flew over there and really spoilt us the whole time. Everyone made such a huge effort to come and see us where ever we were. I loved seeing all my family – I never realised how big my family is. My birthday was probably the coolest day ever, I can’t thank you all enough for coming out to celebrate with me and especially for all the pressies. In fact I got so spoilt we struggled to fit everything in our suitcases.

We took so many photo’s and videos that if we were to post them all you would be here all weekend. So Mama has kindly put together a video of our 3 week holiday in our home country. I hope you have as much fun watching it as we had fun on our trip.
H x

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Bucky the Dolphin

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Yesterday I said we were doing something super cool today, well I wasn’t lying. Today we visited the Porpoise Pool and got up close and personal with some Dolphins and Seals. Daddy I advise you not to look you might get a little jealous… mummy got a kiss from another handsome fella although he was much wetter and little rubbery.

The dolphins and seals were amazing. At first I was a little nervous of them, I didn’t want to give them a tickle on their belly or let the seal kiss me. But after a while I couldn’t get enough and was volunteering to help with everything in the show. They put on an amazing show. I was surprised how high they  jump, they catch balls and surf better then me too. They love fish and I was lucky enough to help mummy feel one of the seals. I also volunteered to help through a ring for one of the seals to catch. I loved them all after that.

Here are some pics that we took.

Have you ever got up close and personal with seals or dolphins?

H x
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Urunga

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What a funny name for a Town! There really are some funny names for towns in Australia.

We have moved on from Nelson Bay and ventured north. We are now residing in Urunga, a small beachy town south of Coffs Harbour.  Why are we here?? My Oma and Aunty Carol live nearby.

We had so much fun in Nelson Bay, I’m the last few days we did some more fishing, we sailed, we swam, we fed some Kangaroo’s and we went yabbying.  
I have so many pictures to show from the animal farm but my Aunty Mel took those ones on her camera so you’ll have to wait a little bit till mummy can get them.

At first I was a little unsure of these hoppy Kangaroo’s. Most of them were bigger than me and they had no awareness of personal space but after a while i warmed to them. Mummy and Ophelia loved them. My favourite animal were the Koala’s. They just chilled in a tree and let us pat them. They are so furry and cute.

On Saturday Heike and David came to visit us. It was a really nice day on the boat and Poppy got the bbq going and Heike and David were not the only visitors we had on Saturday, we had some dolphins stop by and say hello on our way back to the Marina. 

Australia day was lots of fun. It was a beautiful sunny day and the water was calling us so we sailed over to a little beach and moared.  My Omi took Ava and I in the Kayak, she did all the hard work to get us to shore and she did a good job, it didn’t take long and we didn’t fall in.

Once we were on shore, we all had a paddle and splash then Poppy whipped out this interesting contraption.  It sucked up the sand then he would push it out again and in the sand he sucked up we had to sift through and look out for Yabbies.  Yabbies are great fish bait so we collected a whole bucket full so we could do lots of fishing in the afternoon.  Mummy took a video of us doing it becuase she was very proud of me holding these little critters. They were funny, they had one big claw and they didn’t stop wriggling!

It was sad to say goodbye to my Aunty Melissa and my cousins but I had so much fun with them all week. They are all so much fun and I really love Omi and Poppy’s boat.

So now we are in Urunga and the fun has definitely not stopped….. but I will keep you in suspense because I heard we are doing something really fun tomorrow. So I will tell you all about the next part of my trip then.

H x
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Catch of the day

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My mum told me about this crazy guy that had a fishing show in Australia. He would go fishing and each fish he would catch he wouldn’t take them home and cook up on the barbie, instead he would pucker up and give them a little kiss and send them on their way. What lucky fish, some of those big fish wouldn’t have stood a chance if Poppy caught them. What a crazy fella this Rex Hunt fella is… but not crazy enough that I wasn’t going to give it a try myself with the little ones.  Now all I had to do was catch a fish……. I waited. …. I got up and sat down…  waited again… got up … sat down… got up danced around and blimey!!! I nearly lost my rod over the marina. I had caught a fish!!! Luckily poppy helped me reel him in cos he was a fighter. But he was just a tiny little thing so Omi grabbed the little fella off the rod and without a thought I gave him that rex hunt type of kiss and sent him on his way. Mummy got a photo of me and the fish but she missed the kiss. 

Today we had another go but I wasn’t that interested, it was mummy’s turn to get the catch of the day. I love spending time on the boat. I am very careful climbing up and down the ladder and walking around the marina. Today I saw a boat with a pirate flag on it and yelled out ‘shiver me timbers!!’ That made mummy laugh as she had never taught me that.

If the weather is nice tomorrow we are going to feed some Kangaroos at the zoo.

Have you ever kissed a fish?

H x

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Sorry you have to wait for mummy to get photo’s off Omi to see my catch of the day. Xx

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Return to Oz

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I promise this is not about the sequel to wizard of Oz, although mum says it’s a brilliant movie (never heard of it) this post is about our amazing trip to Oz to visit our family.

We took a very long plane ride via Dubai to visit some friends – the Tominey’s!! We landed in Oz two days ago and spent a wonderful.morning in darling harbour then drove straight up to Nelson Bay where we are staying for the week.

The weather is fantastic!! I am not allowed out of the hotel unless I am covered head to toe in suncream..  don’t be fooled by my passport I am really an English Rose and will burnt immediately  in direct sun light.

Today I had a beautiful day on the beach near the marina with my cousins. They are so cool I am having so much fun with them. We played at the beach for a while then I went for a swim in the pool. I was swimming for almost an hour it was amazing!!

After dinner we saw some dolphins. Poppy took us kids for a walk to get a closer look and we spotted a seal eating a fish and playing in the water. 8th was so cool!! I am exhausted now and definitely have a bit of sleep to catch up on. Ophelia and I may have been angels on the flight but we definitely challenged mummy with our jet lag last night!

H x
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Ciao Bella

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Another beautiful day in Sardinia. The weather has been lovely. Daddy hates when it’s stinking hot like the last time were in Italy and it was 40+ degrees. Here it has been averaging 28 which is perfect, warm and sunny enough to go swimming and for mummy to top up her tan (although I don’t know why because I bet when we are back in London she will be wearing jeans and jumpers – no one will see this tan).

Our third day here was a nice lazy day spent on the beach and in the pool. Mummy and daddy took turns to go for an early morning swim in the beach before we woke up. Then after some brekky daddy took me to the playground and we then met mummy and Ophelia at the beach. Daddy bought me some arm bands yesterday to help with my swimming. I love them!! As soon as I got in the water off I went, I left them behind and just paddled out to sea (well almost daddy was very close behind me). To be honest as much as I like the beach the salt water does not taste very nice and it hurts my eyes a little. I much prefer the warm resort pool.

I think I spent about two hours in the water between the pool and the beach. I love my new arm bands!

After a while I got a bit tired and mummy said we had been in the sun long enough so it was time for lunch – delicious cheese and ham sandwiches and some fresh fruit.

After a quick midday nap it was time to go back out to the beach. This time Ophelia slept so both mummy and daddy got in the water with me. Daddy took me almost as far as the orange bouys, it was very exciting and a little scary. I don’t like swimming over the seaweed. We built some sand castles and then went back into the resort pool again.

We decided to make out own dinner tonight, I had a mushroom risotto and mummy and daddy tried some giant ravioli’s with a surprise filling. They can’t read Italian and there were no pictures of to gives hints of what it was filled with so it was a surprise dinner luckily it was a tasty cheese. I really enjoyed their pasta aswell. I was exhausted and after playing up for a little bit I finally went to to sleep. Mummy has been surprised that even though I am so tired at night I am refusing to go straight to sleep. I am just so happy to be on holiday I don’t want to miss a minute of it!

H x

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Easter in the Country

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I know Easter was some few weeks ago and I should have had this post well and truly, done.  However once again my mummy’s busy life has got in the way of my blogging and keeping you all up to date on my adventures.  At the moment she has been working on a theatre production ‘The Duke in Darkness’ showing at the local theatre – The Tabard. It has been taking up all her time but as busy as she is, I think she is enjoying all the work.

Mummy had also been planning Easter for a few weeks with the help of our friend Rae.  We all decided to have a weekend in the country with a group of friends, but I was the only little one.  We left on Friday after mummy finished a work meeting. We had a boys car (daddy’s van) and the girls car (mummy’s car), I don’t think I need to spell out which car was more fun! I slept most of the way to the New Forest, Hampshire.  We had rented out a cottage and had planned a country weekend of long walks, market shopping, Easter eggs, bike riding and good food. I had so much fun all weekend with Rae, Sonders, Adriel and Fish.  This house was really big and had a lovely yard, unfortunately though the weather was not kind to us and so I didn’t get to play outside all that much – it was freezing!

I have to admit that the first couple of days were a little blur, fun as they were I had one very special day in mind – Easter Sunday.  I had made a deal with Mummy that I will give the Easter bunny my dummy (which I used to use at night) along with a carrot and some water and in return the Easter Bunny will leave me lot of chocolate Easter Eggs.  This will be the first time I have Easter eggs but not the first time I have had chocolate. Although its a rare treat I really do love chocolate!

When I woke up on Sunday what mummy told me was true – gone was my dummy and in its place was a lovely pink Peppa Pig egg and lots of little Easter eggs hidden in and around the garden.  Thank fully the sun decided to come out and so we all had a yummy breakfast together outside then I got to look for my eggs in the warm (still very cold) sunshine. Sonders and Daddy helped me find  all the eggs, and when I finished my big basket was overloaded. I couldn’t wait to tuck into them – however I think mummy had other ideas as that basket quickly disappeared and I don’t remember eating them all.

Later in the day we hired bikes and went for a cycle, I sat in this little buggy that was being towed along by daddy’s bike.  It was lots of fun and I hope daddy buys one for me in London. It as very relaxing with daddy doing all the hard work, so it didn’t take long for me to fall asleep. Mummy did well too, at the moment she is sporting a rather large round belly but that didn’t stop her riding up the hills and keeping up with everyone.

In the New Forest the coolest part is that there are wild horses that roam around all the villages. They are really cool, they just wander around, no one owns them and they don’t obey by any rules, if they want to sit in the middle of the road all day then they will, you just have to drive/walk/cycle round them.

It was really nice to have daddy with us for 4 days straight, usually I only get him one day a week for the full day. He showered me with lots of attention – as did Fish, Rae, Adriel, Sonders and Mona who joined us on Saturday night. I totally lapped up all the attention from everyone all weekend.  On Monday when we had to pack up and go home, we decided to take a detour past Stone Henge.  Although we have been before the others in our group hadn’t so it was something new for them to see.  Mummy, Daddy and I stayed in the car though as it was so windy and freezing,  I think it snowed at times over the weekend. Any hoo here are a few pics from our Easter Weekend.

 

 

Guten Tag from Saalbach

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Holiday Beat – Salzburg

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