1. August 1, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    I haven’t ever really considered garden centre visits though you may have swayed me. I am with you on the strange cake combos – no I don’t want your desiccated coconut in my nice brownie. NO. One thing concerns me, Moose, about our budding friendship… You don’t like Christmas???? #bigpinklink

    (Ps the post I’ve linked up you’ve already commented on twice so please don’t feel the need to comment again, I just wanted to read your new post ????)

    • August 1, 2016 / 5:11 pm

      Hahaha I could swarm that post with comments! Yes, Christmas is not my favourite time of year (that’s a conversation for when drink is involved I think) but I am trying to improve my spirits and dilute the bah humbug. Coconut in a brownie?!!! Say whaaaaaaat? That would be heinous. Thank you for commenting as always xxx

  2. August 1, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    HAHA! … I get excited when hubby watches the kids and I go grocery shopping 😉 Oh the feeling I get in the tips of my toes when I get to browse pasta sauces! … Oh how times have changed.. #bigpinklink

    • August 2, 2016 / 1:24 am

      Cheap thrills hey! Or not that cheap depending on which brand of pasta sauce you’re looking at ???? xx

  3. August 2, 2016 / 7:01 am

    Yes. I LOVE garden centres. There’s one just up the road and because it’s pissing it down (again) we are definitely going this morning. Definitely. So glad you go for the cake mainly – we are the same though we do have a rule which is we must look at the flowers first (NG doesn’t mind and NC likes to eat them, so that’s ok). And I feel vaguely virtuous before tucking into a 1,000 calorie black forest slice. #chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      That’s a very novel approach – actually going to look at the flora too. Mouse likes picking the flowers off the stalks…she takes after me, I used to “activate” all the Venus fly traps at our local garden centre and have to be dragged off by my mum. Controversially my husband will often bypass the cakes and go for a jumbo sausage roll, flaccid and greasy from a microwave nuke. Odd boy. Thank you for linking to #chucklemums ????

  4. August 2, 2016 / 7:47 am

    Love a good Garden Centre, the best one round here has fab cake although expensive but the goats, slide and little gardens make up for it! Best sanity saving free day out! x

    • August 2, 2016 / 2:12 pm

      Ooh, goats! That’s a new one – beats gerbils. Probs literally would beat a gerbil. X

  5. August 2, 2016 / 7:57 am

    I actually read through this nodding my head, giving it ‘amen sister!’ And then tried to pinpoint the moment I turned into a horrific old fart. Love Amelie #chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 2:11 pm

      Ha – here’s an amen back at you from one old fart to another! #chucklemums

  6. August 2, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Oh now I totally want cake; and not just any cake; the bigger, the better! We don’t really ‘do’ garden centres for kids here in Oz; I would be too terrified my kids would mount a fountain cherub and smash its wings. #chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 2:10 pm

      If I lived in Oz I wouldn’t be wasting my time with a garden centre, cake or no cake. Imagine if you had to pay for all the cherub smashing?! #chucklemums

  7. August 2, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Oh my goodness I LOVE this. On Jersey when it rains, there is not much to do. Today I will be hitting up one of the two garden centres. One of them has a toy bit though, that makes it an extra challenge as we have to try and avoid the toy tat so I can go and get my coffee first. I am with you on the wonderous cooking books you can get. They always seem to be for the microwave or slowcooker too. Covering all of the bases! #chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 2:09 pm

      Ooh I bet competition is rife! Is there a good one and a shit one? The toys are usually made of wood and hideously overpriced too, or they have a gruffalo franchise with a savage markup. Enjoy your trip out ???? #chucklemums

  8. August 2, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Cake and free zoo! I AM IN. Becoming a Mum totally changes your perspective of fun. I enjoy going to the park, although I feel like this is something my Grandma would do….seriously though I used to be the one making everyone take jagerbombs…..well, sometimes I still do it, but only two or three! #chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 2:07 pm

      Always good to keep it real with a tactical jaegerbomb! #neverforget ???? #chucklemums

  9. August 2, 2016 / 9:04 am

    My grandparents always took us to garden centres and now I know why – grown ups can enjoy cake while children are distracted by the free zoo and sometimes even a park area. I love the crazily over the top Christmas grottos too. One near my parents had real life reindeer last year. But we were a bit worried about what would happen to them at the end of the season… #Chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      Why, reindeer sausages of course ???? no, they play and make babies and generally have a lovely off-season break, I promise ???? #chucklemums

  10. August 2, 2016 / 10:08 am

    I’m actually insanely jealous that you live close to aqua jardin. I have to order from them online. Maybe one day I’ll visit and we can free zoo together #chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 2:01 pm

      Oh you should, I’ll show you all the sites! Also, cycling proficiency club courtesy of trying out the bikes in Halfords. There’s another blinder. #chucklemums

  11. August 2, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Oh yes. I sodding well love a garden centre I do.
    there is one near us, in Surrey, that has a soft play in the cafe too. Winner!!!!!!!!!!!
    Fabulous post.

    • August 2, 2016 / 2:00 pm

      Yes! We have a soft play tethered garden centre too. They try to charge an extra £2 though which I don’t pay as I be a rebel…thank you for reading for #chucklemums ????

  12. August 2, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    I loved this post when I read it before on Petite Pudding. I was like a nodding donkey as I read it and braying like one too! I love a garden centre visit, perhaps it’s the certainty of a piece of red velvet or an oversized scone with what i call proper ‘coffee’, or perhaps it’s the ‘idling’ you can do. We don’t have much time for idling these days but at a Garden Centre it’s allowed – nay encouraged. I’m not going to say great post – I’m going to say a blimmin super dooper over priced terracotta chimenea of a post! 🙂 #chucklemums – mais bien sur

    • August 2, 2016 / 1:54 pm

      Red velvet cake! Lest I forget! Although, contr statement, I don’t know if I *like* RV or not. I’m not a lover of cream cheese frosting after a vomity incident that’s not for here. Proper coffee though….needed today. Thank you for braying for #chucklemums ????

  13. August 2, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    You can’t go wrong with a garden centre visit. Our local one doesn’t have any animals unfortunately but it does have a cracking greetings card collection and the Child loves the sheds. #chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 1:52 pm

      What is it with a kid and a shed? Mind you, I always wanted a two storey Wendy house. One day…ooh, I’d have hydrangeas in the garden of my one day Wendy house too… #chucklemums

  14. August 2, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Haha yes! My guilty pleasure is Nottcutts. We went in for a geranium once and came out with an outdoor 3 piece suite. They are dangerous places. Good for cake and jacket potatoes too. It’s definitely Venus .v. Mars on ‘those things’. My partner is the same…shakes his head and raises his eyeballs to the ceiling and I get enough of that at home from the teens. Alison x #chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 1:58 pm

      Hahaha that’s hilarious – a bit like a trip to IKEA where you always emerge with 100 tea lights and a bumper bag of mini Daim bars! Good score on the jacket potato point too. Thank you for reading for #chucklemums xx

  15. August 2, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Oh you haven’t lived! Well, no, you probably have. Don’t go in one, you’ll age considerably. #chucklemums

  16. August 2, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    I fear I haven’t given garden centres enough thought as a child friendly place to spend the afternoon – I must rectify this!! I’ve heard our local garden centre has a little soft play too! I;ve also never tasted a cheese scone coz the words and now I’m wondering if I’ve made a huge mistake with my life…. #chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Oh god, you’re getting it all wrong ???? go forth and enjoy all the free animals and a right cheesy snack ???? #chucklemums

  17. August 2, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    Garden centres are ace place for a day out. One of the local wyvale garden centres near me has soft play area near the cafe so they can run around while you enjoy your hot drink and cake in peace, winning! X #bigpinklink

    • August 2, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      I thought I was the only one to leave near a garden centre with a soft play attached – turns out there at loads of them! Must be a massive money spinner, hahahaha. Thank you for reading and commenting for #bigpinklink

  18. August 2, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    I think I commented on this when it was on Petite Pudding, but I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, there’s nothing like a good garden centre. Unfortunately, there isn’t one near my house, but very soon I will be having my own garden, so I will keep you posted a possible future trip! #chucklemums

    • August 2, 2016 / 7:24 pm

      Oooh this is very exciting news about a new garden! Definitely give me a shout if you end up journeying to one ???? thank you for reading for #chucklemums x

  19. August 2, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    I like them too. There is something very soothing about them. And our local has a nice, clean soft play where I can have a decent cup of something without a fluorescent blue slush puppie in sight! Happy days.
    x Alice

    • August 2, 2016 / 7:23 pm

      Soothing is exactly the right word! Like you can be having an utterly dreadful day but the garden centre is like a safe little bubble where bad people can’t get to you, ha. Thank you for reading and commenting for #chucklemums xx

  20. August 2, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    I loved it when I read it first time and now I love it even more 🙂 Cake and chips are still rubbish at my in laws local wyevale #chucklemums

  21. August 2, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    We class going to our local garden centre as an afternoon out. It is very good though. You’ve hit the nail on the head with what’s available to do too. I love the cakes – they are huge, the prices are huge too, unfortunately. Looking forward to the Christmas set up in October and the Yankee Candle stand is to die for, in ours.

    • August 2, 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Yes….I forgot about the Yankee displays! Also with a huge price tag unfortch.

  22. August 2, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I love love love garden centres. We have one of this particular chain very close to us and it’s like our “go to” outing with the kids when we have a couple of hours spare. My house is like a shrine to the “home bit”, my garden is a shrine to the “concrete ornaments” bit and my waistline is a shrine to the “cake bit”. I am so blinkin excited about the Christmas toot coming in I can’t even begin to tell you. I’ve noticed that they are selling stuff off and clearing space already. *squeaks* HE’S COMING!! :0) x
    Thanks for linking with #fartglitter

  23. August 2, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    I love these kinds of places too and National Trust Places as well… Getting dangerous! #chucklemums

  24. August 3, 2016 / 2:44 am

    A blogger after my own heart. I too tend to judge any area of interest in terms of cake offering. And you’re right, the new fangled flavours can cause more anxiety sometimes. We don’t have Garden Centres here but reading your post makes me wish we had them here. Cheap books and assortment of cake, that’s my dream Saturday too! Thanks for linking with #bigpinklink

    • August 3, 2016 / 4:09 am

      Cheap books, an assortment of cake, tea segwaying into alcohol and a lack of children is my ideal Saturday ???? Thanks for hosting #bigpinklink x

  25. August 5, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Ahh we have a boy in this house who hates garden centres with the passion, and I’m never sure why because the cake is so good there! I do love a bit of random knick-knacks too so there might have to be a bit of persuading in our house. Fab post as always, thank you for linking up with #dreamteam xx

    • August 5, 2016 / 9:20 am

      Maybe leave the boy at home and have a solo venture out, don’t want him cramping your style ???? xx

  26. August 9, 2016 / 2:28 am

    Haha! I don’t do garden centres a lot now actually, but I LOVED going to them as a kid! &, yes, the Christmas thing! I have never quite understood how garden centres became the epicentres of Christmas, but I love it! Sorry for lateness! #chucklemums

    • August 9, 2016 / 3:06 am

      Your parents probably knew the wondrous quality of them as a free trip out too ???? xx

  27. August 9, 2016 / 9:43 am

    Haha yes cake!!! I recently visited a garden centre and they had an elderflower and raspberry Victoria sponge with a layer of icing … I keep thinking I have to go back to try it!! I use to take Monkey to the free zoo too!! #TwinklyTuesday xx

    • August 11, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Oooooh that sounds goooooood! Can I come? I love elderflower. Makes me feel very refined and ladylike. Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

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