A Family And Lifestyle Blog With A Tropical Seychelles Twist!

Month: October 2015

Koopa’s first walk

Surely one of the best bits about having a dog is taking it out for a walk!   We were super excited about taking Koopa for his first walk! We bought a little harness and lead for him from a shop near by, weird that […]

Arthur is 28 months

Arthur is now 28 months old. It kinda dawned on me this month that Arthur really is 2 now, I know that probably sounds a bit weird seeing as his birthday is in June and it’s now almost November, but he is no longer “only […]

Freddie’s first swim

This is a little late in coming, but here is a little about Freddie’s first swim!  We took Arthur swimming for the first time when he was 6 weeks old, so Freddie followed in his big brothers footsteps and went at 6 weeks too!!

Of course we don’t have any indoor swimming pools or anything here so Freddie’s first swim, like Arthur’s, was in an outdoor pool at a hotel.

It wasn’t at the same pool as Arthur’s first swim but this place is the closest to where we live now, it takes us all of about 2 minutes to walk there!  We go at least once a week.  We usually get a couple of drinks, this place does great milkshakes and iced coffees!  Quite often on a Friday Mark will call me as he’s leaving work to say lets go to the pool!  A perfect way to start the weekend and a definite plus of expat life in the Seychelles.So heres Freddie’s first swim!  His very very first impressions were not all that great!!


Arthur was delighted that Freddie was in the pool swimming with him!


He was very quick to reassure him that swimming was actually great fun!!

P1050034 Within a minute Freddie realised that swimming was actually pretty great and really enjoyed it!!  Our boys were clearly born to be in the water!


Freddie definitely was loving the water and that made this mama very proud and happy.  Honestly, quite relieved too….it would be pretty tough if we had a baby that didn’t like being in the water living here!





We managed to squeeze in for a family selfie.  As what I think will become the normal now with two kids, it’s not a ‘perfect’ family shot but I love it all the same….if only I had my glasses on to hide those giant suitcases under my eyes!!!

Freddie's first swim Family selfie Seychelles

After about 20 minutes we got Freddie out, while he was still happy!  I think he would have stayed in longer but we didn’t want to push our luck after such a successful first swim for our little fish!

In true island style Freddie dried off enjoying the late afternoon sun!  Perfection.


Freddie's first swim
Twinkly Tuesday

Freddie Ocean is 2 months old

Freddie Ocean is 2 months old! This month, Freddie had his 6 week check up at the doctors.  I was told he was very strong and that he will be tall (not taking after me then!!!) He weighed 4.695kg which means he had gained 1.6kg! […]

Arthur and Freddie {October 2015}

So a month has passed already and it’s time for a little Arthur and Freddie siblings update!! These two continue to be so gorgeous together!! Arthur still just can not get enough of his baby brother, he wants to be touching him all the time. […]


Meet Koopa!!

Yep, our family has increased again!  Koopa, as in Koopa Troopa from Super Mario (I know, we are pretty cool!) is our newest arrival!

You might think we are insane for getting a puppy as well as having a 2 month old baby and a 2 year old!  You might be right, but after we were burgled again we decided it was time to get a dog!  We’ve been thinking about it for a long time and this was the final straw.

So the burglary happened Monday night and by Tuesday evening we had this little guy.


I feel like it was a ‘meant to be’ sort of situation.   Let me explain:
We told our next door neighbour what happened.  She already had 2 dogs and said we really should get one.
Randomly, later that morning her husband was given a puppy by someone he worked with (That kinda thing does just happen here as I’ll explain later).  When I saw it I asked her to let me know if she heard of any more.  Turned out there were more puppies and they brought him right on round to us.

Okay, so this might not sound like a regular way to get a dog.  I guess it isn’t.  But, here that’s totally normal.
Dogs aren’t really kept here in the way that they are in the UK.
Nearly all dogs are outside dogs.  They tend to be sort of free range too due to most people not having fences around their properties.  You see a lot of little dog packs around.  They are never intimidating though.
Lots of ‘free range’ dogs results in a lot of unwanted puppies, unfortunately not a lot of people get their dogs spayed.  Therefore it really isn’t that unusual to be offered a puppy, or a kitten for that matter!

When we got him he was 6 weeks old, he’s now 8 weeks.  I have taken him to the vet and he has been given his first vaccination and is on a months course of worming tablets.  We’ve got some flee stuff coming out from the UK this week for him too, just in case!  I couldn’t believe how cheap it was at the vets, I payed 300scr (£15)!

We are really happy to be taking in little Koopa and giving him a home where he is really wanted, looked after and truly a part of the family!

Koop is a “creole breed” essentially what that means is he’s a mutt! But he’s a super cute one!!!
He is a really lovely natured little guy and Arthur adores him.  They spend lots of time playing together outside in the garden.

Koopa and Arthur

We have to remember that as well as our family pet he is here to help with security. He sleeps outside on our veranda for three reasons

  1. So that he will be aware of anyone breaking in
    Right now he clearly is not much of a force to be reckoned with.  But, the main thing is that he will hopefully bark and generally draw attention if someone tries to break in.
  2. Because we are not totally insane and know that we need to keep Koopa separate from Freddie for now!
  3. Because Mark is actually allergic to dogs so we don’t want dog hair in the house!  Although, so far so good Mark has had no reactions to Koopa!  He has never had a dog or a cat before which is why I think he reacts to them, so I think that he will build up a tolerance!

So there you go!  The fifth member of our little island family!


The darker side of expat life in the Seychelles

*If you are thinking of moving to the Seychelles, you can find all of my posts about life in Seychelles here*   Two weeks ago we were burgled. I’d love to say that it was the first time since we’ve lived here.  Sadly, it isn’t. […]