Godstone Farm

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We kicked off our Spring Bank holiday weekend by taking Jay to Godstone Farm for the very first time and we all thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon there. Mr M and I love animals and have noticed how Jay is fond of dogs in particular so we wanted to show him some more new animal faces!

Godstone village is really pretty  in the eastern part of Surrey near to the Kent and Sussex borders. After a short drive and reasonable entry charge fees we entered the farm straight away without having to queue and as the weather was sunny it felt great to be outdoors. Jay doesn’t like his hat or any hats for that matter so it was a bit of a challenge but I wanted to make sure he was protected from the sun.

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There is a lovely selection of animals and the farm was well laid out giving you room to go at your own pace.  There are areas for petting animals and meeting the animal handlers as well as a Dino Trail.  I had never seen chipmunks before so that was a first for me! We also got see baby Troy the Shetland pony who entered the World this month.

There is a fantastic play barn with soft play and a large sandpit.  It was good to see plenty of hand washing facilities as we walked around. We stopped for mandatory tea and cake at the Tea Room but we had brought our own mini picnic.

If you’re looking for an outing with your own little chicks I highly recommend this place.

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I never got the chance to go to a place like this when I was young and it’s definitely made me want to go to more farms (the big kid that I am) so any more suggestions would be very much appreciated!

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Thanks for reading!

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Nemo and Giraffe Book Review*

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There are so many delightful childrens’ books out there and we all have our favourites. I have been reading to Jay since he was 3 weeks old and although I didn’t get much of a response at that age I did it anyway.  Thankfully I live near a wonderful library a stone’s throw away which we visit twice a week because we love discovering new stories and because I want to encourage Jay to read as much as possible.

Last week I had a lovely email land in my inbox from Lee Hunter who runs her own childcare business and author of a children’s book called Nemo and Giraffe who sent me the story to review. From the moment I read it I loved it! and even my mum who was staying with me said that it made her smile. The illustrations by the talented Lindy Damen are perfect for the story.

Without spoiling it for anyone who wants to read this story (and you really should!)  it’s a wonderful tale mainly about friendship and how we can all live harmoniously no matter how different we are. Nemo the cat is based on Lee’s indoor cat and his struggles adjusting to children in the once quiet home. Lee believes that if children can understand and be aware of the appropriate treatment of animals at a young age it can stay with them and benefit them throughout life.

I’m a huge animal lover and luckily Mr M is too BUT we currently have no pets shock horror and sad face. We keep talking about expanding the family to include a four legged friend some day.  I did however grow up with our family cat Arthur  and know the importance of caring for animals and respecting boundaries.  Arthur now chases butterflies in heaven and is missed dearly. I’m pretty sure Mr M and I will be cat and dog owners in the years to come when we get that cosy house in the countryside!

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Jay is already very comfortable around dogs and cats. When we visit my inlaws he gets to play with Dylan, Meggy and Lucy and has huge smiles for them when he sees them.

I have read this story to Jay and I will carry on reading it to him as he grows older. I hope Lee continues with this series as I think it’s really special.  The book is successfully stocked on Amazon Worldwide in both paperback and Kindle edition. Neo and Giraffe already has over 5500 followers on Twitter alone.

I would recommend this book to anyone no matter how old you are!

Thanks for reading my review!

Bella

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