Dockyard Social

With Lockdown easing we have more opportunities to catch up with friends, get out and enjoy some good food.

The Dock Yard Social

But not everybody is confident about this.I have learnt talking to parents that they feel anxious .So this blog will be short to the point hopefully and talk about our visit to The Dockyard Social which will hopefully help other parents and anybody really just feel confident to get back to some normally.

I think it’s best to start at the beginning what is DockYard Social?

A converted warehouse based in Glasgow’s coolest area Finnieston .

Inside it you will find 10 street vendors (reduced vendors at the moment)that rotate every 2 weeks. The great thing is the street vendors are all different your taste buds really do get to travel around the world .

I had been several times before lockdown to events and drinks with friends and really enjoyed all my visits. This made me eager to see what changes would be in place

We checked on their web page and I was surprised we could book tickets for the Saturday for free!.

On arriving we noticed straight away more space the bus was gone I was delighted Thea was not ( Thea use to love running up and down the bus having a rammy ) but this frees up areas as does the fact there is less vendors less maybe but still plenty to keep two families going.

Also a very clear one way system to help you understand the layout.

There are signs for social distancing clearly set up around the venue. We were taken to our table which was a massive picnic bench. We had plenty of room away from all other visitors and somebody comes to take your drinks (in mask )order leaving us to settle the toddlers, baby and dog in.

That meant it was time for the daddies to go round the vendors and start ordering as always our eyes were bigger than our stomachs but you can’t blame us the smells of different flavours of cooking away beside you is immense.

Choices choices choices

I always find at Dockyard Social they have something for everyone all the times I have been there with family and friends no one goes away hungry.

Food glorious food

I have missed seeing my friends and having nice food it’s been a stressful few months so I was so grateful to have a stress free afternoon as a family with friends

So we stayed the an hour and a half we talked, we laughed, we ate it felt normal, it felt good and most importantly it felt safe.

A couple of points I want to highlight for you

Family friendly- Dockyard Social has a reputation for being family friendly and wow it still is we had 3 under 3 so you know they are there everyone was brilliant with them. I often get anxious but they were awesome at making us all feel welcome

Dog friendly,dogs are welcome which I love Thea loves dogs and they keep her entertained the more the better.

Atmosphere it was great no music no problem the venue is great when you walk through that door it’s like another world with all the vendors.The artwork is great and just adds to the chilled laid back atmosphere. Coming from someone who is generally very anxious that’s some achievement.

The food where to begin ,you have burgers, kebabs , curry’s , brownies, churros , sweet potato fries so good, name a few a brilliant mixture for all. Including fantastic vegan options those fries omg!!.

So overall if you want to try different foods and catch up with friends (as long as the FM says it’s okay) and feel safe Dockyard Social is the perfect choice for you.

Our visit was on a Saturday in August 2020

Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday

https://www.dockyardsocial.com

Family friendly perfect for a play date

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Going to the Pub after Lockdown

I like a pub worked in enough of them over the years. I love the atmosphere and I treat it like a treat. Generally I don’t drink in the house never have but I do like a social drink down the local with family and friends. You know nice food and a couple of drinks.

So I have missed that time out from home life not having to cook, do the dishes just that chill time or quality time with your family round a table.

When bars and pubs reopened I wasn’t shocked I was excited. I feel we all have to be responsible for our own safety and others . If an establishment has set rules or guidelines we should follow them no argument it’s to keep us safe and others.

Saying that living in Glasgow I’m surrounded by bars. Before deciding where I wanted to go with my family I checked them out walking past. Thankfully most bars looked happy and there was lots of social distancing unfortunately one or two looked like they had an old firm on before lockdown .

I decided after walking past one of fave locals and Thea shouting I want to go to the pub to book a table the next day for nibbles and drinks

So the next day off we went to Stravaigin at lunch time. At this point it was outside tables only. About 5 or 6 all distanced apart and no one behind us (see pic). It was perfect we felt safe straight away. We did the usual leave our contact details as well.

Nobody behind us so it felt extra safe

Onto ordering you scan the menu and it comes up on your phone. I have heard people moan about this around the UK but it worked perfectly for us and we quickly ordered our nibbles and drinks which arrived super quick.

As always great service
Scan your menu

Toilets next another hot topic one in one out. We had no issues with this there was a queuing system but as you were outside you know if there was a que I never saw one.

Experience overall it was great Stravaigin have obviously followed all the guidelines and trained staff on new procedures. This helped with the experience I was at ease through out and it was a great a family experience.

This is how I know we had a good time check that face

Will I go back of course maybe today for a quick one. It’s lovely having Stravaigin back and Thea adores it there,they make her feel at home what more can a parent want.

The Problem of Instagram Pods

So where to start many of us won’t know what a pod is or why it may concern us, so I guess that’s were to start.

A pod somewhere from 15 up to a 1000 so called influencers or people with the “same interests” agree to like or comment on each other’s post to beat the Instagramalgorithm .

Or that’s what they say. Each will have set rules which you must follow or get kicked.

Most of these pods will be on telegram or others apps. They may use hashtags to notify each other so they know who to like and comment and when.

I want to say these aren’t for example a support network group were you talk to each and offer help as the main point of these pods is you have to engage on posts.

To gain as many followers as possible how do I know this it’s all over the internet people saying they are great as it takes to long to naturally grow your account god give me strength this is parents saying this.

Why am I raising this?

I guess since lockdown Instagram has gone crazy I’m asked daily how do I grow my account, I want more dad followers. I want I want I want ….

If that’s the reason your using social media or me I don’t really want to interact with you as it’s already sort of fake.

It really depends what your using your account for. My account was started for me and my family I talk about family and my Mental Health topics that really shouldn’t fake. I find it very sad people would post about such personal topics then use pods and fake comments to promote it. I mean if you have nothing to hide just tell everything what your up to and stop editing posts afterwards. Be 100% honest on such delicate subjects.

I wanted to talk about ads so have contacted some companies about what they think of people using pods I will update this as I get more info but the word “shocked” has been used.

But what do I know so I did more digging and found a great report by researchers at NYU

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/techcrunch.com/2020/04/29/instagram-pods-game-the-algorithm-by-coordinating-likes-and-comments-on-millions-of-posts/amp/

A really great read which shows you the problem is worldwide and that Instagram are aware of these issues and have and will take action again. This study found 2 million posts had been affected by pods with more than 100,000 accounts taking part and this is only one study.

So if your going to use a pod why not be honest and tell everyone that’s my question to you.

Personally I won’t be joining one anytime soon. I feel it sets a bad example. It reminds of the annoying kid in school. The one that would complete GTA in a day using all the codes while it would take me and my other mates months.

In the long run they missed out as we shared our experiences each day laughed and cried “why can’t I complete that level”. Just remember in a world where we seem to demand everything straight away sometimes it’s fun to go slow and just enjoy the experience.

Lockdown 2020 : I have 99 Problems but Bog Rolls are not one

Since the 23rd March we have been put into lockdown (some will argue we are not in lockdown but that’s not the point of this post)

Our lives changed over night , during the 21 days since we have witnessed some amazing sights and some not so amazing this post will talk about them.

1) Bog Roll . In Britain we know now the answer to the old question “if your stranded on a island what one item would you take” “Bog Roll and make it a 36 pack” . Crazy absolute mayhem in supermarkets. Will we ever know what those people were thinking buying a 100 bog rolls at a time .

2) Clap for our Carers every Thursday night 8pm we open our front doors , get the pots out and bang and cheer. To show our support to all the key workers keeping us safe during this time. I love this it’s really bringing the community spirit back. The 1st night I had a shiver up my spin hearing everyone cheer. I so nice to see people appreciate people.

3) How important a walk and fresh air are . I don’t think I have ever appreciated a simple walk so much. It’s a tough one I found myself guilty for taking my daily exercise but this takes me into point 4

4) No matter what is going on in the world there are going to be twats that don’t listen . Yes you the bog roll warriors , the people having BBQ’s on beaches and having house parties.

5) Schools Out Yes every parents worst nightmare became reality. The schools closed and parents everywhere grabbed a large drink. While everyone without laughed. As a friend said to me “I am living the dream getting paid to play computer games” .

6) Boris got ill and our daily updates got less interesting . Our leader got the virus or did he?. Anyways he disappeared from our screens and I felt the replacements seemed sort of lost witch is saying something as Boris normally looks like a rabbit in the headlights

7) We will not run out of bog roll

8) Social Distancing became a thing told to avoid all contact with others unless essential being an anxious introvert I rejoiced until I found out my toddler was classed as essential . She has taking social distancing the opposite way and won’t leave our side constantly saying “Play with me “ . I look forward to the day I get to go to work and have a day off enough said on that .

9) Football Football Football. It stopped it’s still stopped. We miss it. But I do think what a shambles and a missed opportunity for clubs to work together with communities but there is still time for this to work.

10)Pubs and shops bordered up I woke up went for my early walk and thought I was in the walking dead. Proper doomsday stuff I don’t blame them I live in Glasgow if it’s not nailed down it will be gone.

So lockdown so far has been interesting and challenging for some more than others. We will all experience it differently this post is just my light hearted thoughts. I hope you can relate and it maybe raises a smile.

Picking the Right Nursery

I know it’s hard to believe but soon enough it will be summer and millions of little ones will be starting nursery for the 1st time or Preschool, or Kindergarten .

That means as parents you now have the tough job of picking one for them. Not quite as easy as you think. I mean do you no know what to look for?, what to ask? , understand the lingo ?. It’s not something many parents have an understanding off I mean why would you it could be 20-30 years since you were in one .

That is why I’m writing this blog to help you through this stressful experience which should be a special moment. But why me ?

I worked in nursery education for several years before becoming a chaperone for children on TV. I trained in early years education gaining my HNC and NC in this . So hopefully I can pass some of my experiences onto you to help you make a decision and of course I have just got Thea accepted into our 1st choice nursery.

Being Dyslexic I can ramble on and not always get to the point so for this blog I’m going for bullet points with a brief explanation if needed.

1) what do you want ?. Do you want want a term term nursery, do you want extended hrs, do you want a local nursery, or a nursery that teaches a specific type of learning. Whatever you want please let the nursery know l,ask them or be forward and tell them this about your and children needs.

2) Listen to advice from family and friends but please don’t take this as gospel as everybody has different needs. Don’t feel pressured into sending your child somewhere just because a friend or family member goes there.

3) Preparation people check reviews out of nurseries again you will some brill and some not so. Just keep an eye out for same positives or criticisms as if they are all saying same just like any reviews there maybe some truths in it.

4) Check the official reports on Ofstead and The Care Inspectorate to see your nurseries grades. Right I’m going to be honest here. I’m not 100% on these reports. Why ? For nurseries 3 years + it’s an inspection every 3 years and for under 3 it’s 2 years and there has been issues in the past that settings can get good scores but that may not be the case everyday in the setting.

5) Talk to your children find out their interests find out how the nursery can develop those interests. Every child is an individual as how they will cater for their individual needs.

6) A nursery tour you will everything good about the nursery it maybe the nursery is a business. Don’t ever be afraid to ask any questions you want to walk away with a clear mind.

7) This is one I picked up from fellow parents. Watch how the nursery workers interact with your child. Are they interacting or are they just selling the nursery to you. Which maybe great but you are not spending up 11hrs in the place

8) Extra curricular activities examples football, french, drama, art classes, music to name a few sound awesome and if free great. But if they cost this can cost a small fortune again just ask the price , we picked a nursery that doesn’t have extras like this.

9) Finally my best advice You will know when you know. I know how vague but after talking to parents about this, this is the feedback I got. If you have a bad feeling don’t just go it will be alright check more nurseries or go back and ask questions. At some point you will find a nursery and it will feel welcoming , warm ,fun and meet all your needs at this point you have found your nursery.

I hope this blog helps and if you any questions just ask !.