Sunday Tittle Tattle: Devon, Disney and Turning 36

dartmouth marina

It was my birthday on Monday – I was thirty-six. I decided to ramble on about it a bit in a vlog, which I have stuck to the page below for your viewing pleasure. The day was a bit of a washout because Mr AMR was stuck in bed with a cough and cold – he very bravely dosed himself up the day before to take me to see The Lion King in the West End, but collapsed back into bed the moment we got home! So far (touch wood) I have avoided this cough cold thing almost completely – Baby Angelica has a mild version of it but not me. I don’t know whether I’m just running on emergency fuel because I can’t afford to get ill, or I’m waiting for Mr AMR to finish his run of photoshoots so that I can finally collapse for a few days…

Other bits of the vlog. Let’s see. Oh! I went on a little mini-trip to Devon – Dartmouth, more specifically – and stayed at another Perfect Stays property. After the absolute wreck that I stayed in on the Isle of Wight, it was a blessed relief to open the door onto a modern, fully-equipped bolt-hole that backed straight onto the water. Luxury boats bobbing away, mere feet from our home-from-home!

dartmouth marina

You know already that I’m a big Perfect Stays fan – now that we have dog and baby (and forthcoming new baby) hotels are pretty much out for us, unless we want to book about five million rooms on the same floor. The dog wakes the baby up, the baby wakes us up, we then can’t get back to sleep and end up keeping the baby awake…added to the sleeping arrangement issues, a hotel simply doesn’t give us the catering facilities that we need. So, unless it’s for a night, self-catering is our way to go. Blue Moorings, had we not been testing it as guests, would have cost us £210 per night, or thereabouts – the hotel nearby with about the same level of luxury would have cost upwards of £300 per night for a small suite with a living room area to put the travel cot in. And we would still have all woken each other up!

Read my previous Perfect Stays review…

So yes, I’m a self-catering convert. I mean, if it was just a romantic time with the two of us then I would totally lap up the luxury of a hotel jaunt (see Lime Wood review) with a spa and a restaurant and breakfast delivered and no having to load the dishwasher, but en famille I’m all for the home-from-home. It just has to be a nicer home-from-home than my actual home, which is kind of a tough call, seeing as though we did a bit of a Grand Designs number on it!

You can find Blue Moorings on the Perfect Stays website here – it’s more of a bijoux bolthole pad to use as an exploring base than the larger properties they have available to rent, but ideal if you’re going to be going to the beach every day or whatnot.

Right, vlog time. Which is like Hammer Time, but without MC Hammer, or his big trousers. God, I loved MC Hammer. Ooh, by the way, I totally recommend going to The Lion King musical. I had to hold back tears for most of it as it was just so beautifully done. Helps that I know all of the words to the songs and that I have a proper nostalgic sort of attachment to the story, but even so. Do it.

We stayed at Blue Moorings in Dartmouth*:…

My Jumper Dress (navy) is from Seraphine Maternity:…

Coat is from Isabella Oliver:…

The blue baby carrier is a Thule Sapling:

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  1. December 4, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I saw The lion King a few years ago and completely agree, it is a beautiful musical. Happy belated birthday.

  2. December 4, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Loved your blog Ruth you sound so happy and positive it’s infectious!! Can I ask a question about your doggy care… I have a 6 month old cavapoo but we don’t leave her for more than 3-4 hours as she gets stressed so how do you manage to go out for the day? Also away for Xmas and looked at kennels but can’t bring myself to leave her So have in laws looking after her this time!! What do you do for holidays/doggy day care? Or anyone else got any suggestions? Sorry a bit of piste from the usual beauty!!!

    • December 4, 2016 / 10:59 am

      It’s VERY rare that we are both out, really, so on the odd occasion we need to leave him we get our next door neighbour to pop in and walk him (he works from home!) and if we go on holiday we have to take him down South to family and leave him there. We did do a dogsitter but after a bit of an annoying blip, where I went to drop him off and she was out with about eight dogs left alone in her front room, I decided to not do that again… Have you looked online for your nearest dogsitters and walkers?

  3. December 4, 2016 / 9:20 am

    Awww, Angelica is growing up beautifully!

  4. Dee B
    December 4, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Yay do vlogmas!!! That’s such a lovely attitude, viewing it as a privilege to get to any age – I’m going to feel that about today now, thanks. Angelica’s singing is hugely cute!!!

  5. Onya1213
    December 4, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    Loved watching A whopping Mr. AMR on the head. “Faster, Daddy, faster.” (And, I suspect, Daddy happily complied.) Top marks to Mr. AMR, too, for your birthday surprise. And for being such a trooper. (Please let him know my birthday is coming up, on the 13th. No pressure, mind you, just sayin’…)

  6. Sarah
    December 4, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I’ll be 35 on Tuesday (Happy Birthday fellow Sagiterrible!). I’m 25 weeks pregnant with my first. I completely agree on the comfort and peace that comes with the 30s. While I had fun my last decade and a half, there is something… reassuring about the sense of self one gains with a bit of age. I have never felt more comfortable in my (growing) skin and less insecure about who I am.

  7. Jo.C.
    December 4, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    Happy Birthday for the other day Ruth. I turned 40 on 2 Dec and I keep looking at my birthday cards which have ’40th birthday’ on and thinking for a second ‘I can’t be 40′, surely they’re not my cards’. lol x

  8. Tatiana
    December 4, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Happy belated birthday!! What a wonderful birthday surprise. The Lion King really is such a beautiful show. Not sure it’s hormones because I cried when I saw it as well. Baby Angelica is growing up so fast! She grows more precious by the day.

  9. Rachel
    December 4, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Happy birthday you youngster! Totally with you on the self catering. And yes I’m a fussy beggar and want a home as nicer or nicer than poly cotton bedding or hollowfibre pillow which rules about 95% of holiday lets out! Will check out Perfect Stays x

  10. Jemima
    December 4, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    You’re so lovely. I enjoy watching your blogs when I’m cooking in the evening, when my husband is entertaining the children upstairs. I just finished watching this one after the babes are in bed, and said out loud “she’s so lovely.” My husband asked who? I told him and mentioned what your blogs are about, and he said “so that’s who’s costing us loads of money.” Referring to the makeup and potions that I keep getting. Ha! Your philosophy on growing older is spot on. Happy 36th year Ruth Crilly. xxx

  11. December 4, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Happy birthday! Sounds like a good getaway.lion king is fantastic

  12. Jen
    December 5, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Happy birthday! I hope my skin would look like yours when i reach 36! Love from Hong Kong!

  13. Carmen
    December 5, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Oh please oh please oh please do vlogmas!

  14. Indra Gordon
    February 27, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I am hoping to keep my skin looking healthy now I am approaching my later years!

  15. Mansi
    April 14, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Lion king reminded me of that cheeky (intentional?) poster where you could sort of make out the silhouette of a woman in a thong. Good old Disney!

    35 really is inconceivable to me right now!

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