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A Family And Lifestyle Blog With A Tropical Seychelles Twist!

Month: May 2014

Tips for taking babies or toddlers to the Seychelles

So now we have been here for almost 2 years something I’ve realised is that it really is a great place for little kids, I mean, honestly little kids don’t need too much to entertain them…..days at the beach and swimming is perfect fun for […]

11 months old

Today my little guy is 11 months old! This months stats: Weight: 9.41kg Teeth: 6 (2 more on the way) I say this every month but I really can’t believe Arthur is 11 months old!!  This month has gone by so fast but there have been […]

Our Seychelles Garden

Here is our garden

A blank canvas!
A blank canvas!

 

I’m okay with admitting that it is a state!!  The grass is very very patchy there are weird mounds dotted around the place and the soil is mostly sand!

We have decided that we are going to attempt to do something about it.

In the UK we had a teeny tiny garden in our terraced house that had a little planter running down the side, we grew our own vegetables in there and we loved it

Since we moved here we have wanted to grow our own bananas and for one reason or another, mainly laziness, we haven’t done it.  However that changed this week.

One of our neighbours grow bananas so we got a ‘banana sucker’ from her.

Turns out bananas don’t actually grow on trees, they just look like trees!  They are in fact plants.  So they shoot up what looks like a trunk, grow a bunch of bananas and then that shoot dies, in the mean time other shoots will have (should have) appeared and the new fruit will grow from that!

We have a passionfruit bush growing down the side of the fence which is actually pretty nice and smells gorgeous when it fruits.  It could do with a bit of a tidy up though

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As for the rest of our plans.

We will, at some point, be getting some chickens and so will need to build a coop for them.

Also we want to get back to having some of our own vegetables again.  We have some seeds from the UK that we will plant.  I really would like to grow some salad but no idea where to start with that!

Thats it for now, I’ll keep you updated with our banana plant and the rest of our garden improvements 🙂

I’m linking up with mammasauraus for her how does your garden grow linky. Go take a look, you will probably find some people who know what they are talking about and definitely some pretty gardens 🙂

Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

Changing the nap routine

This week we are trying out a change in Arthur’s routine.   We are going to test it out for a couple of weeks and see how it goes! Arthur is almost 11 months now.  His bed time is around 6:30pm and he goes to sleep […]

Stacking cups & bricks {The Ordinary Moments} #13

Its Sunday, time to link up with Katie at mummydaddyme for this weeks Ordinary Moments   This week Arthur I have noticed that Arthur has really started playing with his stacking cups. We got him them for Christmas and he has always enjoyed playing with […]

Traveling with a 1 year old-getting organised

So it is just over 2 months until we head back to the UK for the summer.  It will be our first flight with Arthur (apart from the inter island flights on the little prop planes).  I’m pretty nervous about it and so I am trying to be as organised and prepared as possible.  I’m known to fret quite a bit before we travel anywhere at all so I’m hoping that by being ahead of the game I will be less of a nightmare to travel with!  Although if we are traveling with a 1 year old and I’m the worst part of it then that will be pretty good going!!

 

Our flights were booked for us through Mark’s school.  We will be flying with Emirates which I am really happy about as I know they are a good airline.  I want to be as comfortable as possible for the long flights!

 

I had been um’ing and ah’ing about taking our pushchair back with us  despite Mark’s parents having got one for us.  I wanted to make sure that things would be as easy at the airport as possible.  I recently read that at Dubai airport (where we have a stop over) they give you a pushchair!  So this problem was sorted, we can leave our push chair here and we only have to deal with not having it for one part of the journey!

 

The Emirates website has lots of information about what they do to help traveling with children which I found really useful.  I read that they can provide a bassinet for babies up to 11kg (Arthur is 9kg right now so I’m banking on him being less than 11kg by that time!).  Arthur will be almost 13 months when we fly so we are going to have to be sure that we have lots to keep him busy.  If he carries on the way he is right now he will almost certainly be walking but either way all he’s going to want to do is go up and down the isles so I’ve resigned myself to the fact that everyone on the plane will hate us but I think I’ll let him do it, best that he’s doing that and he’s happy then forcing him to sit on our laps the whole time and him be screaming!!

 

Yesterday I phoned up the Seychelles Emirates office and booked the bassinet and the lady said that she would put in a request so that Mark and I will be sat together also.  She has also arranged for baby food to be provided.  I’m really pleased that I’ve done this it has taken a big weight off my mind.

 

Next up we need to start planning our time while we are there.  Although we will be there for almost 6 weeks I know the time will absolutely fly.  We need to make sure that we get to do what we want to do but also that our family and friends get to do what they want to (mostly this will be things with Arthur, not us!!).  We will be heading to Mark’s parents first and then down to mine.

 

I’ve started doing a little sorting of big things we will need for Arthur.  Mark’s parents have already got Arthur a car seat and a push chair.  My best friend, Hannah is going to lend us a travel cot for when we are with my parents so we need to sort one out for while we are at Mark’s.  Then we need to figure out what we will do for stair gates and a high chair.

 

I also need to start sorting out what we are going to do for clothes.  Mostly Arthur just wears a pair of shorts or maybe a little vest but its too hot to dress him fully, even at night.  Mum bought a nice cozy outfit for Arthur to wear on the plane  and we have a few things we can take for him but I’m definitely going to have to do some online shopping to have a few things waiting for him when we get there (honestly i’m very exited about this!!)

 

So thats it for now I think.  If you have any suggestions on things we will need for summer in the UK, or any tips on traveling with a 1 year old please let me know 🙂

Exciting News!

I have some exciting news to share! A couple months back I was contacted by a lady called Chrissann, she runs a site called Women Who Live On Rocks.  It’s all about, well, women who live on rocks…….ok, Tropical islands to be more precise!  These […]