Our day out at the Thursford Collection

We went to the Thursford collection on bank holiday Monday. If you live in Norfolk there’s a good chance you’ve heard of ‘Thursford’ in relation to Christmas, even Prince George has been there! But I’ve never been to the steam engine collection. So when hubby suggested we go there I didn’t know what to expect.

 I was really surprised it was perfect for a family day out especially if your children love machinery, it’s set in beautiful grounds and as well as the many steam engines there are:

Two beautiful old fairground rides you can pay to ride (£2).

The Wurlitzer show ( now unfortunately we missed this because we took to long eating lunch 🙈 but we caught the end of the last song and it sounded great! We will definitely time lunch better next time ! )

a lovely gift shop

a Christmas shop

a sweet shop

a lovely cafe – I would recommend the sausage rolls they were scrummy!

an ice cream parlour

There’s even a wonderful outside play area with lots and lots of picnic benches, perfect for a picnic on a sunny day.

Needless to say Samuel loved the play park, but he loved looking at the ‘cho chos’, well they look a bit like trains !

The only downside is that it doesn’t open til 11am and Samuel like many other little ones usually has a lunchtime nap.

I would definitely recommend it for a family day out. I thought it was great value for money- only £5.50 per adult and under 16s are FREE!

Pop along to http://www.thursford.com/the-collection.aspx for more info.

Are there any family days out you’ve discovered recently ? Comment below x


Gousto box review 

Ive seen the adverts for these type of boxes before and alway thought they looked like a great idea so when I was offered a free Gousto box I was very excited d to give it a go. Because I dread choosing what to cook for tea, and making sure I have everything, we just seem to have the same thing every week.

So when I was faced with a website of mouth watering recipes the task seemed a lot easier!

The website was really easy to use and I had the choice of a great variety of meals. I liked the fact that the website showed the length of time each recipe took to cook, because sometimes we just want a quick tea! I loved the packaging and the fact that it was recyable. I thought the way they used sheeps wool to keep the food cool was genious!

As I sorted through the ingredients I was really pleased to see that the meat was British and all the other ingredients looked really fresh.

I choose two meals ‘posh burger and chips’ and ‘lamb biryiani’ both these meals were for two people.

All the ingredients were measured out exactly so there is no waste which is great!

Posh burger and chips ingredients 

Lamb biryiani ingredients and a free wooden spoon!! 

When I first saw the ingredients I thought that the portions would be really small, but actually it was quite enough!

The recipes were really simple and easy to follow, and i liked that the recipe cards have holes in them to be able to put them in a ring binder and use them another day.

This was absolutely scrummy! I particularly liked the homemade tomato ketchup and the basil dressing. I would have liked a little bit of salad to go with this but other than that it was lovely.

This was the lamb biryiani and it was really nice, it’s not something I’ve ever cooked at home but I will definitely do it again, it was simple and quick to make so great for mid week ‘quick’ tea!

I’d definitely order this again, I ordered the meals for 2 this time because I thought it would be nice for me and my husband to have a nice meal once the boys were asleep.   It was lovely because we both got in the kitchen with a glass of wine and cooked together, we haven’t done that in a long time because one of us is usually entertaining at least one of the boys!

Have you tried the Gousto box? If you’d like to try Gousto they are offering a £20 discount on your first and second box if you use the code ‘TORNADO’. This means your first and second box could cost just £7.49!
What’s your favourite recipe?


What’s Samuel reading? 

Samuel loves books! We have a magazine rack in the lounge full of books that he goes to throughout the day and we have two more shelves in his bedroom full of bedtime books ( books that we don’t want ripped !!) 

Our top 5 books this month are: 

  • There’s a bear on my chair- by Ross Collins, published by Nosy Crow

This book is probably our all time favourite it’s a pleasure to read, it rhymes and flows really nicely ( but not in an annoying way!)  and the illustrations are brilliant.

  • Alphaprints 123- by Sarah Powell, published by priddy books 

This is a counting book, but it’s not just 1 elephant, 2 cats, 3 dogs kind of book it has a mini story on each page. The images are great they have catipillars made from macaroons, sheep made from cauliflowers and bears made from donuts! 

  • Dinosaur ROAR- by Paul and Henrietta Stickland, published by Macmillan 

This book is a Daddy favourite! It’s a great book if you are good at voices, Adam (my husband) has a different voice for each of the dinosaurs in the book which Samuel find hilarious, unfortunately he doesn’t think mummy’s voices are as funny!! 

  • Goodnight spaceman- by Michelle Robinson and Nick East published by  puffin books

This book is a great length for a bedtime story, not to long but not to short and we love that is has a letter from Tim peak at the front. Isn’t it amazing that we can send people into space?!? 

  • Can you say it to Moo! Moo!- by Sebastian Braun published by Nosy Crow.

This is one of the best lift the flap books I’ve seen, the flaps are lovely and big so Samuel can lift them really easily on his own, he has this book out at least 3 times a day! 

What are you and your little one reading at the moment?