Gatorland

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We were chatting to our neighbour on one of our first evenings in Orlando and I asked him where he likes to go around here, as a local. He recommended Gatorland. So the next day we hopped in a cab and spent half a day there.

Gatorland left me with mixed feelings. There were big swamps filled with alligators and crocodiles. Great. There were also what seemed like very small enclosures filled with alligators. Not so great. It seemed that some of the 'guest entertainment' was just unfair to the animals. Such as a baby alligator being kept in a tiny glass box just big enough to fit its body and only taken out when posing for photographs with people, or a larger alligator with its mouth taped shut with a big queue of people sitting on it one by one and posing for pictures. We bought a package and this alligator posing was part of it, we did it, it made me feel horrible.

However, places like Gatorland are very important too. We discovered that alligators were listed as an endangered species in 1973, but because of conservation efforts, like those at Gatorland, they were taken off the list in 1987. No one wants to see an amazing species like the alligator die out but I wish animals didn't have to be exploited for our entertainment.

We're In Orlando And It's Amazing

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I think the title says it all. We're in Orlando and it's amazing! We decided that we wanted to stay on a lake while we were here and enjoy a bit of nature. It was the best decision we could have made.

Buy My Work On Society6

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I'm really excited to share with you some items up for sale on Society6. I showed some 'work in progress' pictures of a couple of these paintings and it was amazing to get so much positive feedback. Once I'm back from my travels I aim to add a few more items to the site but I thought four was a nice number to start with.

I've included a variety of pictures above to show you the kind of products you can buy. But of course you can buy simple prints too. In fact I get the most commission from print sales *wink wink*. I want to say a massive thank you for all the support I've received for my artwork, it's given me the confidence to carry on creating. It's a great gift to have so many amazing people leaving me such supportive words. 

You can visit my Society6 shop HERE

12 Travel Essentials For Long Flights

I would say I have a fair amount of experience when it comes to air travel. This year I've taken 6 flights and I have another 10 to 12 planned. And the most ironic thing is I dislike flying. A lot! So, the main aim for me while flying is to be as comfortable and as relaxed as possible.

As I'm boarding a long haul flight in two days and have my head in packing mode I thought I'd share some essentials I always take with me when flying.
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Zoo Late Date

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Warren and I recently celebrated one year together. We don't really go on dates anymore, although I do miss our date nights. We decided to do something fun and a bit different for our night out so we pre-booked tickets to one of London Zoo's late nights which is an adult only event (sorry Orlaith)!

When we first arrived I was starving so we made a beeline for the food vans. I got a turkish wrap with cheese, lamb and salad which was really nice, and Warren got a burger which was apparently pretty average but the chips that came with the burger were sprinkled with thyme and were divine (mental note: next time making chips use thyme on them)!

After stuffing ourselves we headed off to explore the animal enclosures.

Life In Pictures

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These two dote on eachother
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Orlaith getting a long overdue haircut
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Pizza (duh!)
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Always steals my (decaf) latte
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We had this lovely thing come stay with us
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Lots of painting, both of us!
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Taking the dog on long muddy walks
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Weird kids
Currently I'm getting our apartment ready and packed up, as we're leaving on our travels in less than a week, and I'm renting the place out while we're away. I've also been busy working on a couple of exciting new projects which I can't wait to share with you guys soon.

I was hoping to have finished decorating Orlaith's bedroom before we left but I didn't get round to finishing it off. I painted half the walls and then couldn't be bothered to move all the cupboards to paint the other half. I'll probably do it when I get back however I'm toying with the idea of moving house because I'm craving some outdoor space. One thing that's quite rare in the middle of London. We'll see what happens when we return.

FYI I am totally aware Orlaith has her car seat straps off in the first & last photo. I noticed just after I took the pictures and she got a telling off and put them back on. I think it may be time to try moving her into a bigger seat as she feels a bit restricted on long journeys in her current one!

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