Saturday, 1 November 2014

Adopt a Retired Greyhound

Thinking of a new addition to the family.......

We already have 4 children and foster children as well; now we have adopted a retired greyhound! Are we mad you cry, my mother thinks I am (although she loves greyhounds!).  If you are considering adopting a greyhound then, even though we are less than 24 hours into our adoption, I couldn't do anything but recommend it.  

Meet Arthur, a loving 3 year old, He arrived yesterday afternoon and since then has been a delight. He is gentle with the children, house trained and settled well over night. 

We started our adoption journey a few weeks ago with a general enquiry to Greyhound Rescue Wales as we were unsure that a family of noisy, busy children with a small shared back garden would be the rightful place for a new addition!  We had already considered the garden issue and decided to erect a gate at the end of our ramp to the garden with the purpose of hopefully not providing a quick escape route!. or easy access to a gate left open or a visiting cat. 

Our home assessment went well and we were given the green light; much excitement followed! We were matched with Arthur. All greyhounds are fully assessed so that a really good home match can be made. It also allowed us to consider what we could cope with and if we could provide a loving home to meet all the needs of a greyhound. 

All the greyhounds are vaccinated, micro chipped and neutered. Arthur came with a lead and muzzle,We found lots of information on the Greyhound Rescue website under the adoption link, which helped us to prepare for our new addition. Arthur had already spent time  with a foster family so was used to family life. 

I know it is early days with Arthur but so far it has been a wonderful experience, He has settled down so quickly, loves his cuddles, is good with the children and has had a calming effect on the more exuberant children!

Watch this space for more adventures with Arthur and if you are thinking about adopting a greyhound there is plenty of information out there to help you make your decision. 

A big thank you from our family to 

#silent Sunday

#Silent Sunday
2nd November 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Getting Out and About

I need my children to sleep, like every parent does, so I employ the 'Lets Wear Them Out' model! It doesn't always work but it is good fun! (apart from the trauma of getting coats and shoes on!)

Den Building on the beach, using drift wood, seaweed and rocks!

 A walk up the mountain......

Visiting Historical Places...

Hunting for signs of Autumn 

It doesn't always work, but we have fun trying - bed hopping is still a weekly occurrence in our house!  Hope you have had fun out and about?

Friday, 19 September 2014

'Logo Grab' from Drumond Park - A Brand New Game!

A Review of Logo Grab by Drumond Park 

The brand new game from Drumond Park which is going into the shops as you read!!

If you are competitive and like a game with a buzz then this is the game for you and your family. It works well with 2-4 players aged 8 to adult. 

Logo Grab is a fast paced game where everyone plays at once. You roll, spot and grab! 

It doesn't take long to get to grips with this game. We did spend a bit of time making sure we were all familiar with  the  name brands, for example Butterkist, Dip Dabs, Tetley Tea, Smash.

The basic idea of the game is to be the first to collect two sets of three coloured brand cards. Each player lays out a 3 x 3 grid of shuffled LOGO cards, face up. You then have to take it in turns to take four of the eight 'letter dice' out of the bag and roll them onto the table.

 It is then when the fun starts as every player has to try and match the letter on the dice with a brand name card. Once a match is made you have to shout out the brand name and make a grab for the dice with the matching letter; picking it up. 

If the dice jingles then you lose the card!, if it doesn't then you get to keep the card.  Only 2 of the 8 dice have bells in them.  

I seemed to get the dice with bells in everytime! and was thoroughly beaten by my eldest two children ( much to their great amusement!) - but I am not a sore loser and will play again and again until I am victorious!!

Logo Grab retails at £14.99 and has just won Gold in the Game Card Category of Independent Toy Awards (judged by the shops throughout UK)

Thank you to Drumond Park for letting us review Logo Grab, enormous fun as always.