Sightings from…

July was just a wonderful month, it was also one of the hottest months in a long while and its honestly been tough dealing with the heat while parenting, my blogging sort of took a back seat as I lost motivation to blog during the heatwave that covered England, feels odd that just a few months ago it was frozen, its safe to say I cannot wait until autumn and winter which as of now is only a month away.

Yes I have been counting down the days since the end of winter.

This month has been full of fun, adventure and memories. I decided to take the time to visit my old childhood home in the country and place some flowers at the grave that my aunt, grandma and granddad are buried which I talked about in a Photograph Sunday, I was sad to notice that there hadn’t been anything placed at the grave at all and it had become very weather worn, so mum and I cleaned it up and placed some flowers and it made me really appreciate my families past and make sure my children do not forget them.

Beach Life is Real..

It was also the hottest month on record, it hit 30 every single day of July and it was horrific! it has been beautiful don’t get me wrong and the sky has been full of blue and the odd cloud but my goodness has it been hard for those who like the cold weather, However thankfully it was stunning when we went away for our first family holiday and met my wonderful blogger friend Becca, her blog is here if you want to give her a read and I recommend you also give her a follow on twitter too, the children played in the sea and we all got a little sunburn but it was beautiful and thanks to the sea breeze it wasn’t to bad.

We took a trip to our local paddling pool which ended up getting full of rubbish thanks to the idiots in the world, plus we also took a trip into London to see Dinosaurs in the Wild which was so much fun, Decided to take a trip to visit my mum for dinner and saw how much Amelia’s tomato plant has grown.

All in all July was, despite the heat, such a wonderful month for us. I felt very positive in everything and I am excited to see what I snap in the month of August!!.

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The ‘Sightings from..’ Linky is run by the beautiful Caitlyis every month to celebrate in photos of what we see throughout the year, if you wish to join up head on over to her blog.

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Days out as a family for us is a rare thing, Mr S works all week and then often works all weekend and evenings on his website either travelling to different events or simply just being swamped with work but when we got invited to go along to Dinosaurs in the Wild which is located in the Greenwich Peninsular in London, right next to the O2 I made sure that he kept that day completely clear so we could enjoy time as a family.

Dinosaurs in the Wild is an tour back in time, many millions of years to the Cretaceous period which is home to many glorious and stunning dinosaurs, It only takes a few seconds but we are whisked away to TimeBase67 that is home to scientists who are studying and learning more and more about these creatures in the flesh.

We was given these special glasses which we had to put on when the tour guide told us and during our trip to Timebase67 we got our first look at the dinosaurs which jumped around, blocked our path and made both Kai and Amelia gasp in delight, Robin was that keen on it but the experience is designed for ages 5 and up but she soon relaxed and had fun seeing the dinosaurs. Once we had reached TimeBase67, which one of our tour guide explained is very much like the modern Pentagon in which it is a multi leveled laboratory in each has different areas to explore and learn about the Dinosaurs we was told more about the history of Chronotex and shown around the base, we even got to see an autopsy which was pretty interesting and gross, which lead us into another area where they had all these eggs in various stages of hatching, the technician that explained to us about the eggs pulled out one which he walked off with only to return with a brand new baby which was adorable and also got the chance to feel what a Dinosaur poo felt like.

I think one of my favorite parts of it was when our tour guide pointed over into the corner of the room and with little interest mentioned that the weird mammal in the jar was a ancestor of the human race.



 

We ended our journey in the observation area and I don’t want to spoil too much but it was actually really amazing, this is the only part that young children might find scary and if I am honest I got a little scared too.

Now onto the important bits, The children absolutely loved every second of it, even Robin who is younger but such an adventurous little girl, Kai was so excited about seeing the T-Rex and Amelia loved seeing the Triceratops and I think the part that was the best was just the science was correct with the dinosaurs themselves as obviously in recent years its shown that they aren’t the brown/grey mess that we previously thought but colorful and even furry or with feathers which pleased my little science brain.

When I first read up of Dinosaurs in the Wild I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, previous experiences with Dinosaur related attractions have all been models that move and there was some of that but a lot of the scenes outside the windows are of course graphics enhanced with the special glasses which are similar to the 3D glasses we get from 3D movies in the cinema and I feel like that made things even better, looking out of the windows in the observation deck was incredible and the drive down to TimeBase67 felt like we was on an actual trip with the movements and sounds.

The actors that showed you around the area as your guides were perfect and funny, interacted with the children perfectly and always asked them questions with sharing knowledge of the dinosaurs that they had on show at the various locations of the base.

It really was such an enjoyable day in which all my children had a good time, including us big kids who just love dinosaurs and the history of our planet, Dinosaurs in the wild will be running in London until the 2nd September so make sure that if you are up for a heart pumping adventure go grab some tickets and have fun exploring 67 Million years into the past.

Until next time

 

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Disclaimer - Dinosaurs in the Wild tickets were gifted to me for a honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.