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A couple of months ago I talked about how Ryan and I spent our Staycation and that we had another one coming up in early May.

The weather was bizarre this week, a mixture of rain, sun and thunderstorms, which meant we couldnโ€™t do as many outdoor activities as we hoped.

Sunday, we went to the Dragon Boat Reggatta in Gloucester where they had live music, some stalls and boat racing throughout the day.

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On the way home we took a detour to visit Ryan’s mum in the Forest of Dean. The weather was great, warm and sunny.

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On Monday we did a lot of Spring cleaning in the morning, then went for a walk around the lakes at the Cotswold Water Park in the afternoon with lunch at The Old Boathouse.

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The food was good but the service was awful. We waited about 20 mins between our main and dessert! ๐Ÿ™

Tuesday, it rained. We had planned to go to West Midland Safari Park or Alton Towers but couldn’t do either. Instead we went to Cardiff City and spent the day sightseeing, we hopped on a tour bus and also visited the museum.

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Unfortunately the exhibition at the museum we wanted to see and the Doctor Who Experience at Cardiff Bay were both closed. ๐Ÿ™ We were disappointed but it gives us an excuse to go back to Cardiff again in the near future.

The weather even was worse on Wednesday, so we decided to drive to Bristol and visit the expolitory centre (AT-Bristol) and the aquarium.

AT-Bristol was really enjoyable, we had fun looking around and taking part in some of the exhibits including stop motion animation and creating giant bubbles!

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We also visited the planitarium.

The aquarium was smaller than some others we’ve visited, e.g. The Sea Life Centre in Weymouth but had a wide variety of fish and aquatic life to look at and learn about. My favourite were the piranhas.

Thursday we finally got to Alton Towers! ๐Ÿ˜€ The weather had brightened up and was a lot warmer… I may have got a little sunburnt.

We went on most of the rollercoasters including The Smiler, Rita, Thirteen, Galatica (which is Alton Towers’ new virtual reality rollercoaster replacing ‘Air’), Nemesis and Oblivion and I had my first go at ‘Duel’ which is a ghost train with laser blasters.

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In Duel, you shoot targets as well as spiders, ghosts, zombies etc as you go around and compete with the person next to you. Ryan beat me but it was a close one!

Unfortunately Alton Towers closed their Log Flume earlier this year to make way for a new ride they have it the works. ๐Ÿ™ So we couldnโ€™t have a go on it.

On the way home we took the scenic route and tried to navigate ourselves home with no sat-nav! It was a fun road trip.

Ryan was back to work Friday and Saturday so I had both days to myself.

I took my dad out for lunch Friday afternoon where I had a lasagne and he had a pulled pork burrito, both were really good. On Saturday I did a bit of retail therapy in Cheltenham and spent my birthday money. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ryan was off again on Sunday as the restaurant he works in doesn’t open Sunday’s so we spent the day together.

As the weather was still warm and sunny we took a trip to Weston-Super-Mare, played arcade games on The Grand Pier and ate food on the beach.

It was a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚



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Saturday was my birthday and also free comic book day at the new comic book / collectables store that opened up in my home town. Of course I went in and had a look! But first breakfast at The Little Chef, I had a stack of American style pancakes and presents at my house (my parents came over to celebrate with me).

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My hall from the comic book / collectables store…

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After browsing the comic book / collectables store we went to see Captain America: Civil War at the new IMAX cinema that opened up recently. We saw the film in regular 3D but plan to see Suicide Squad in IMAX when it’s released this Summer.

I’ve previously seen two IMAX films before, one on a school trip to London but that was more of a documentary, I remember sharks and other sea life. It was a long time ago. The other was the last Harry Potter film.

The film was awesome. Really enjoyed the action and the dialogue between the characters, great storyline.

After the cinema we went out for food at an Italian restaurant, Piazza Fontana, which we’d reserved a table for under the name ‘Helen Magnus’ (my dad’s idea).

Helen Magnus is the main character in the tv show Sanctuary and is played by Amanda Tapping. There is an ongoing side story in the show where her colleagues and friends book a table at a fancy italian restaurant in her name to guarantee they get a table.

Guess we can check that off some geeky bucket list. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The food at the restaurant was really good, I had chicken with spaghetti in red sauce, Ryan had a calzone and my parents had penne pasta with chicken and mushrooms (mum) and chicken with asparagus and roast potatoes (dad).

After dinner we went out for some drinks and a bit of dancing.

Sunday, there was cake! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Mum had forgotten to bring it over with her on the Saturday!

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Pressies! ๐Ÿ™‚



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I’ve had a set of silicone flower pot cake cases for a while now but havenโ€™t used them! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ But recently, I got a dancing Groot cookie cutter from eBay and decided I had to make dancing, flower pot, baby Groot cookie cakes.

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If you’re not familiar with Groot, he’s one of the main characters from Guardians of the Galaxy and at the end of the movie a baby version of himself dances in a flower pot! – see video… Please excuse the advertisment!

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I had a few ideas in mind for the ‘cake’ part, i.e. The part that would be inside the flower pot.

  • Cupcakes
  • Chocolate soil
  • Chocolate pudding / mousse
  • Chocolate ice cream

I decided not to use chocolate ice cream due to concerns it would melt too quickly, how I’d keep it cool on display and thinking the Groot cookies wouldnโ€™t stand up too well in it.

Ultimately I decided on chocolate pudding / mousse with chocolate soil on top, which Ryan kindly shared his recipe for.

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I used my go to cookie recipe for dancing Groot and my edible icing pens for his facial features.

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Here’s the result…!

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“We are Groot”

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We made them as part of our very geeky Sunday, where we had movie themed food and desserts including Star wars cupcakes, dinosaur sandwiches, dinosaur chocolates etc.

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This was in celebration of Star Wars which is on May 4th (… May the forth be with you) but as we were all working that day made the decision to celebrate at the weekend instead.

We had a really fun day watching films and listening to music.

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