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Making Memories: Pier Photo Session

Where does all the time go; Little One is 15 months this week but I can count on one hand the amount of photos we have of the three of us together. I’ve always been one to shy away from the camera but I would hate to look back in years to come and regret not having family pictures taken whilst there’s someone else around to hold the camera. So when the opportunity presented itself to have a professional portrait session done against the beautiful backdrop of Clevedon Pier; I jumped at it.

It was a wet and windy day and I was a little dubious as to how that would affect the session but I needn’t have been as the images we’ve seen so far are wonderful. The pier is not only a beautiful landmark; it is also a place that will forever hold a piece of my heart, making it the perfect location to make new memories. After my Grandfather passed away; a remembrance plaque was put on Clevedon Pier and we added another plaque alongside it following my dad’s death. It may sound silly to some, but for me it felt like having our portraits taken there meant they could somehow join us in creating images to cherish.

It was a great day and we had so much fun; I’ve got the bug now and have made a big long list of locations where I’d like to have more professional photo sessions. Time will no doubt continue to fly and it’s important we make the most of every second – taking the pictures and making the memories.


Family Day Out @ Noah’s Ark Zoo

Quality time with family has always been important but now I’m a mum I am even more eager to spend as much time as possible making special memories and cherishing those moments with the ones that mean the most to me. This past week I have been in my home county of North Somerset seeing both sides of our family and experiencing ‘firsts’ with little girl. Like most small children; little miss loves animals so with this in mind we decided to go for an animal themed adventure and have a day out at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall.

Before yesterday; it had been well over ten years since I had last stepped foot on the site of the rapidly-expanding zoo site and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of it. I’d heard how wonderful it is, how there’s such a wide variety of animals, how it would be a day never to forget but in the back of my mind I still had a few doubts. You see, as I child, I would go to Bristol Zoo to see the animals and I have such fond memories of it that I don’t think a similar venue could live up to it. Over the past few years I have heard people weigh-up whether to visit Bristol Zoo or Noah’s Ark and more often than not the latter has won out with people citing that it has more to offer. However, wanting to give my daughter the best zoo day possible, I gave in to public opinion and opted to give Noah’s Ark a try.

So off we went, four generations of one family, packed in to a car ready for whatever the rainy day had to throw at us. Within minutes of pulling in to the car park; it was as if no time had passed but that soon changed once we stepped through the entrance and looked at the site map to plan out our day. Gone were the days of stroking a few rabbits and peeking at chicks in incubators; Noah’s Ark had now become an all-singing, all-dancing Zoo full of big cats, elephants, giraffes and much more – I instantly knew little girl would be in her element. And in her element she was; the joy on her face and the laughter you could hear as we approached each enclosure spoke for itself.

Whilst the entrance fee was a little pricey, £19 per adult and £13.50, it was worth it as a one-off treat. There were plenty of animals to see, a large play area for kids to let off excess energy, and a nice café to grab a quiet cuppa. The only thing that would have improved the day was if ‘Miss I’ had been big enough to go on the tractor ride – here’s to next time!