14 November 2014

More of Murray in London .....


After Murray's visit to the Museum of Natural History, there were a few other places he insisted on visiting ....

Harrods - to get a 'Harrods' rubber duck!!!

The crowds that were there on a Saturday afternoon but Murray and Kermit would not be put off - Murray wanted a 'Harrods' rubber duck to add to his collection!



After Harrods, there was lots of travelling around on a tour bus to catch as many of the sights as possible ....

Murray knew exactly where he wanted to visit ....


The most 'awesome' sight as Murray would say was certainly the poppies at the Tower of London.  It was an incredibly moving sight and we explained to Murray to each of those 888,246 poppies represented someone who had died in World War One.  As Murray knows his great-grand uncle Simon was one of those man, he was very good at standing amongst the huge crowds and pausing for a moment to remember and reflect on all of those who had died in that terrible war.


It was truly humbling to be there ....


Our Murray understood in his own special way and that was good enough for us!


 Later we took Murray to Piccadilly Circus and to do a little more sight-seeing and shopping ...



 We want to thank the lovely lady we met on one of our many trips on the DLR who told us to make sure we were outside M&M's store at 12 noon on Sunday as they opened their doors ....


They make a huge fuss on the first customers in through the doors and Murray loved it!


He won't eat an M&M mind you but that doesn't stop him enjoying the shop!


Even Kermie enjoyed the store!


Murray had another venue to visit firmly on his list as well ....

The Rainforest Cafe!  He loves this restaurant from his visits to Disneyland Paris so we had to stop by for lunch ....


Kermie was right at home ....


Later on Regent's Street - Murray was absolutely thrilled with the Christmas decorations - all themed around Night at the Museum 3!


We had to walk up and down that street several times and it's a very long street!!


However, we were allowed a break at Hamleys!! Only because Murray was on another mission - to find some new jig-saws!  There were so many jig-saws in Hamley's - it was a virtually treasure trove!


Murray is always a very happy young man when experiencing what interests him and when getting to experience those places that he can relate to through all the films he watches.

He loved London!  It was all he wanted and more!!  He, of course, wants to go back as soon as possible because it's a big big city and there was only so much we could do in four days!

Huge thanks again to all the great people we met along the way who made our journey all the more special!

- Clive & Co (inc Kermit)

12 November 2014

What Murray did in London (without Clive!)


Murray is mad about museums, particularly Museums of Natural History and particularly those that feature in the Night at the Museum films.  He has been on a special tour of the Museum of Natural History in New York (where Night at the Museum 1 was filmed) and ever since our fabulous guide there last October told Murray that Night at the Museum 3 was based at the Museum of Natural History in London, Murray has been on a mission to get to London.

We have had a very busy year so it took until last weekend to get to London ....

Murray has been so excited for weeks ,.,.

Clive didn't come though because a weekend in London with lots of tube changes would not have been fair on him.  It took three changes on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) to get just from London City Airport to our apartment.

We stayed with Staycity Deptford - which are fantastic serviced apartments and great value!  But all weekend, we were constantly on the DLR, the London underground and on a tour bus around the sights.

Public transport systems have so many escalators (and not so many elevators or stairs) that it would have been very hard on Clive!  So we compensated, if Clive couldn't come along with us, Kermit would accompany Murray.



Murray very much needs to have Kermit with him when Clive isn't there and if it seemed strange to people to see a tall 16 year old young man walking around the place with a green frog, well you know, they never showed any surprise, only interest and delight at Murray and Kermit!

Murray showed Kermit off to everyone he met (just like he would do with Clive!) and people reacted with very much the same understanding and kindness that they do when we are out and about with Clive.

Murray talks to Kermit all the time (just like he does with Clive!)

Murray shows Kermit everything (just like he does with Clive!)


Murray will very happily pose with photos with Kermit (just like he does with Clive!)

He was so excited at the Museum of Natural History - he couldn't quite believe he was actually finally there.  Knowing that he was where Night of the Museum 3 was filmed (and due out on 19th December) and being in the place where David Attenborough's film ALIVE was filmed (which Murray absolutely adores) he was one happy young man!


We made sure to be at the Museum just as they opened at 10am on Saturday morning (we had rung ahead to ask about busy times and crowds) and although we were told to make ourselves known to any of the staff if there were big queues - we didn't have to approach any staff for special assistance as we were always just ahead of the big queues.  It does get very busy at the museum though so it's well worth being there as they open the doors!


Murray, Kermit & Dad enjoying the dinosaurs ....


Murray loved showing Kermie the Blue Whale ....


 So many animals to admire ....


Night of the Museum - Secret of the Tomb will be out in only a few weeks time ....

Murray can hardly wait ,..,.

Now, he's been to the museum - he's even more excited!


Look at that for a happy face!  Both Murray and Kermit!!


It's not easy being away without Clive ....

It's not easy taking on new adventures in great big cities with lots of people .....

But having a 'green' focus if we couldn't have a 'canine' focus really helps Murray!

Thanks to all the wonderful people we met in London over the weekend who embraced Murray and Kermit on their adventure!

No-one was in the least surprised to see a green frog accompanying Murray everywhere!


- Clive & Co (inc Kermit)

07 November 2014

After the lemurs, the butterflies delighted - Mariposario de Benalmadena

After enjoying the lemurs so much in Selwo Safari the other day

Murray's Mom & Dad took him to Mariposario de Benalmadena - the Butterfly Park near Benalmadena a few days later....

Because .....

Murray adores Butterflies too!

All living creatures rate highly with our Murray!



We had no Clive with us again but Kermit came along for the ride ....

Murray loved looking at all the butterflies and finding out where in the world they came from ....


He could tell his Mom & Dad so much about butterflies (thanks mostly to Auntie Mabel from the BBC's Come Outside programme) - but it was fantastic to hear him explain all about the life-span of butterflies ....


He spent ages looking at all the wonderful specimens on display ....





and Kermie enjoyed himself too!


Although he was getting a little tired at the end of it all ...


Murray really enjoyed spending a few hours at Mariposario de Benalmadena and very nice that they offer a 20% discount for guests visiting with a disability.

- Clive & Co


03 November 2014

Loving the lemurs .....

Murray loves lemurs!

Imagine his excitment when we went to visit Selwo Safari Park near Estepona where there were lots of wonderful lemurs jumping all over the place!

Murray & Kermie (no service dogs allowed in Zoos) spent ages in the lemur enclosure interacting with them!

 Murray can't wait to go back again!










Murray & Kermit were happy boys!

Clive wouldn't have been too impressed with all the lemurs anyway!

- Clive & Co

25 October 2014

The boys visit the James Joyce Martello Tower Museum ....


The boys were delighted to visit the James Joyce Museum in Sandycove a few days ago ....

Murray's great great-grandad Malachy Clohissey was a bookseller in the early 1900's in Dublin and he is mentioned in James Joyce's Ulysses -

So as we walked around the museum Murray's Mom & Dad explained to Murray how special it was to be able to visit this very special museum.  It is a really interesting place to visit, manned by volunteers and it was so interesting listening to their stories.


Murray & Clive are always happy to discover new places and meet new friends ....

- Clive & Co


24 October 2014

Celebrating Halloween with Clive & Murray down the years ....

The boys love lots of things .....

Halloween is one of them!

One of the most exciting times of the year for them .....

There was the year they dressed up as "Where's Wally" ....




There was the year of the Clive being a devil and Murray a ghost pirate!



Our late and dearly missed darling Tinkerbell even got into that photo ....


There was the Cat in the Hat year for Murray while Clive was a wizard ....



Last year Murray spent Halloween in New York with his family and Clive stayed at home.  It would have been a long trip over for Clive for just a week - but Murray had company Petey - our NY blogging friends Jane & Petey have stayed in touch with us for years and Murray loved taking Petey out around the streets of the West Village.


This year the boys will be in Spain - so they may not get to dress up!!  So, just in case they don't they wanted to share with all their friends some of the best of their Halloween photos from the past eight years!

We hope you have a lovely Halloween too!

- Clive & Murray