Tigerlilly Quinn: My Village

Saturday, 14 February 2015

My Village



Like lots of people I don't live near my parents or close family. I probably tend to see my folks around once every six months to a year and although obviously I would like them to be a bit more involved in Wilf life its something I've grown used since leaving home. If I'm honest it's not something that really strikes me as that out of the ordinary but it's something I felt quite strongly in the first few months of motherhood.

Since then I've made very close bonds with a few special women in my life who now feel very much like family. I count myself really lucky that I have these people in my life and countless times I have wondered how I would cope without a shoulder to cry on, a glass of wine to laugh over or help with childcare.

I also feel really lucky to live in the neighbourhood and community that I do and this small part of the city has really become like my village to me. Often myself and one of my neighbours will check what each other is up to on the way to taking our kids out for the morning and if either of us needs a break or a hand watching the kids. One of my favourite places to take Wilf and his little buddy is our local city farm, it's only a 15 minute walk for us and the cafe does really good coffee so it's pretty win win on a morning that we have nothing much planned.

On one of these morning not so long ago I made the mistake of thinking I could use a buggy for one and let the other walk. What actually happened five minutes down the road was an argument about who would sit in the pushchair and who would walk making a 15 minute joinery actually take over an hour.

I realised then that a double pushchair would be great for our street (we have another couple of babies on the street that often share too) and so thought it would be a good opportunity to test out the Supa Dupa pushchair from Cosatto.

If I'm 100% honest at three Wilf is at the maximum age to really be riding in it (especially as he is big for his age) but I thought it would be useful to use on these occasions and it definitely has been. I found the Supa Dupa really easy to push compared to friends double buggies I've used in the past that have felt a lot heavier. I was also keen to get a double pushchair with seats that sat beside each other rather than under or behind each other. It was really nice for the kiddos to be able to chat to each other and have the same view.

I loved the feature of the coffee holder (maybe it's meant to be a kids drink holder but y'now, priorities!) and the cozy muffs to keep snuggly in this weather. Stella fell asleep comfortably in it on the way back and Wilf was pretty cosy in his seat too. It folds down to a reasonable size to be able to store for when one of our neighbours want to use it and for someone who is kinda crazy about colour the design was pretty up my street too ;)

Here's a little video I made



Do you have neighbours and friends that act like family for you or do you live close to yours?

We were sent the Supa Dupa for a review but all words and thoughts are my own

19 comments:

MinaJoshi5409 said...

You are so lucky to have found friends in your neighbourhood.

Agata Pokutycka said...

I have a friend two doors down from me. It is extremely handy at times.

Happy Homebird said...

Cute video :) I have wanted to live in Bristol (or surrounding area) for a long time now. One day.....

Sarah Anguish said...

My family don't live close by either, which is difficult at times. I'm so pleased that you have made close friends who you would count as family. My friend and I invested in a double pushchair when our first children were little as they were a similar age and it was so much easier to take one pushchair than two

Phoebe Thomas said...

My friends act as my family too as I live in another country and have done for more than half my life. Don't know what I'd do without them.

Julie B said...

Aside from my immediate family I don't really see anyone else, which is quite sad but I'm lucky to have such great friends around me x

Jen Walshaw said...

We moved back to the NE to be near family and then my Mum died and Husneasts family NEVER had the boys. I never had a side by side buggy for the boys as they did not fit through the doorways

Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and said...

We live about two minutes away from my parents, and about 5 minutes from the oh's - can't imagine not living so close - we see my mum every other evening when she stops by on her way home from work, and spend a few hours there on the weekend.
Love the cosatto pushchair - we are huge cosatto fans here!

Emily Knight said...

Having fantastic neighbours makes such a big difference - and it sounds like you're onto a winner! x

Thou Shalt Not Covet said...

Luckily I live really close to my family :) xxx

Ness said...

I live 180 miles away from my parents and I have to come them now because of the distance. I knew someone with a long double buggy and the front wheels collapsed under the buggy one day!

Claire Toplis said...

My parents live 120 miles away luckily my husband has lots of family here

Beautyqueenuk said...

I live a few hundred miles from my family so only see them on occasions x

Clare Nicholas said...

Love the colour way of this.
We are very local to both sets of parents luckily

beautykinguk said...

I and the wife are quite a distance from family, so you are so lucky to have such good neigbours

Kara said...

My family is dotted all over the country so we rely on friends who are like family

Dad Creek said...

We have the single version and love it. Im a huge fan of graffiti too - such a great idea to use it as a back drop. Reminds me of my visit to 5Pointz in Queens, NY. They pulled that place down now :(

Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours said...

Aww kids do love a buggy, mine were definitely in them until age 4! They get tired otherwise! This one looks very funky, love it!

Chez Mummy said...

Like the video. Cosatto always do funky colours.

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