My Sunday Photo ~ Sky High

Last weekend we went to the Wheels Festival on Bournemouth Beach.

Monster Trucks, scooters and bikes galore, Harley was in his element.

Our favourite part of the day was watching the motorbikes doing their tricks in the air.

This is my favourite capture:


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Treehouse Family Play


A typical and somewhat inevitable rainy start for the kids’ Easter holidays, meant that we took a trip to the indoor Treehouse Family Play in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Located in the town centre (handy if you need a break from a bit of shopping) the Treehouse is tucked away down a side road and did take a bit of hunting for.

Initially, you walk into a spacious coffee house with rustic tables mixed with fun, brightly coloured canvased artwork on the walls. But as you delve deeper into this Aladdin’s cave of a building, you find that their tag line, ‘Play. Pure and simple’ certainly rings true. Because the play area is different. It’s different to the usual indoor soft play areas we have been to before. I loved the innovative concept of a wooden adventure play frame covered in grass (artificial grass!)

My 3 year old played happily and confidently on the climbing rope ladders, slides, hid in the tunnels, played with the balls and just generally had fun, climbing the ‘trees’.

When my baby decided it was time to make an appearance by waking up, I took her to the baby indoor garden where there was a small selection of toys. If you even realise there is a ‘downstairs’, you find a large room filled with even more fun: music, disco lights, a glitter ball on the ceiling, a Lego wall, a chalkboard wall, a football table, even an Xbox set up.

If your children are old enough not to need constant supervision, you might enjoy the luxury of sitting down with some of the locally sourced, organic food that’s on offer. Breakfast/brunch is served all day and there is a good selection on the Lunch and Snacks menu. Our sweet tooth was more than satisfied by the homemade cakes and brownies. There are also dairy free and gluten free options.

We were spoilt for choice in the drinks department: Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Praline Mochaccino, Gingerbread Latte, even super fruit and veg juices and smoothies were there to tempt us.

On the day we visited, there was a large activity table set out for children to design their own Easter Egg with tissue paper, sequins, glitter and feathers. Children could make Easter baskets too.  There was also a small Gift shop selling quirky, chic gifts such as cushions, bunting and photo frames. A box of newspapers and magazines were also available to read.

We will definitely be returning, next time with my stepsons who are slightly older at 7 and 10, but who would also be well entertained and occupied.

If you take a look at their website here, you will find details of prices and a list of various baby and toddler classes which are available during term time. You can refer to their Facebook page here for details of classes and dates.

We really enjoyed our afternoon at the Treehouse. It was so refreshing to see children playing in the artificial ‘outside world’, after all, being outdoors and climbing trees was the epitome of our childhood, right?

Image taken from website

Image taken from website

Are there any play areas or features of a play area which you like or would like to see in your local area?

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Indi’s Restaurant

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 I am lucky enough to live on the South Coast. A place I have lived all my life. I thank my parents and ultimately my grandparents for choosing Dorset as their home, as I love living here, and I love it that my children will grow up here, enjoying the beautiful beaches and bustling summer lifestyle that I hold so dear in my childhood.

Yes, house prices are expensive here. But having some of the UK’s best blue flag beaches on your doorstep, is surely a reward worth reaping.
Another thing which the South Coast knows how to do pretty darn well, is to cook. We have some fantastic places to dine so I wanted to share with you my favourite restaurant in Bournemouth.

Located in Westbourne, Dorset, is indi’s: specialising in contemporary Indian cuisine, it is hardly surprising that they won the Asian Curry Awards, 2013 for the South West.

Indi’s has built up an enviable reputation during its 10 years of business and sees customers returning again and again, me being one of them.

When you first step foot into the restaurant, you notice the crisp white, clean, contemporary lines which makes this restaurant the most unique place to dine. Front of house always show impeccable hospitality, ensuring that you are well looked after.

The one thing that gets my mouth salivating before I’ve even sat down in this stunning restaurant, is knowing that deliciously light and crisp poppadoms with homemade chutneys will be served to the table while I peruse the menu. Now, I’m not the most adventurous of sorts. I treat my taste buds to what I know they like. My husband is far more audacious and less daunted by trying something new. Indi’s serves to suit both of us.

If you manage to make a decision on your order having looked through the  extensive menu and seeing all of the delicious dishes which indi’s has to offer, you will most importantly, notice the taste. It’s different to any other Indian food I have tasted before. It’s delicious. It’s honest. It’s exciting. It’s consistent. The fine ingredients are evident in every mouthful.
The restaurant also serves to suit a more sociable style of dining, if you fancy popping along for your lunch break, or sharing dishes from the Tapas menu. You can also have the true taste of India in your own home with their comprehensive takeaway menu.

And as if this first class restaurant couldn’t offer anymore, they can provide bespoke menus for your private functions or corporate events.

So if you’re local or you are willing to travel to find this little gem of an eatery, which really does push the boundaries of Indian cuisine, then take a look at their website here or ‘like’ their Facebook page, to see that I’m not the only one who rates this restaurant so highly.

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