Thursday photo #173

As the Summer holidays come screeching to a halt, we’re left wondering where on earth the last six weeks have gone. It doesn’t seem like more than a few days ago that we were ushering the usual herd of children out of school for the last time, saying their goodbyes as if they’d never see each other again. Last minute preparations After another busy week including a trip to the fabulous Monkey Forest, Lia starts pre-school on Monday. I’ve seen so many blog posts and social media updates about how parents are horrified that this has come around so soon…

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Konfidence Golden Bucket Sand Art Competition 2017

I am a firm believer that swimming is one of the most important skills a child can learn. It allows them to be safe and confident around water and offers a lifetime of health benefits. This year we are Konfidence swimologists and I’m delighted to support their Golden Bucket Sand Art Competition. Golden Bucket Sand Art Competition This is a competition run by Konfidence in association with Trunki and Mark Warner. It’s in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance and encourages children to get creative at the beach this summer. All children aged under eight years old can take part. They simply have…

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Attracting wild birds to the garden with boxwild

One of my favourite things about where we live is that we back onto a nature reserve. It’s only small, but it’s full of trees, birds and wildlife. It’s a quiet estate and we rarely get disturbed by neighbours or passers by. But occasionally, the owls make a bit of a racket. They are definitely the sort of noisy neighbours I can cope with, it’s a lovely place to be. The children’s big bird gift box from Boxwild With the nature reserve so close by, I’ve always thought it would be lovely to put some food out for the birds. And when Libby…

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Thursday Photo #172

At the beginning of every week, I decide that this one will be quieter. We’ll do less, stay at home more. Perhaps potter around the shops. But then Libby asks me to do something, usually an item from her summer holiday list. And I remember that in a couple of weeks, she’ll be in a classroom and I’ll be sitting at home without her. So work goes on hold for another day, and off we go again. This week’s escapades On Thursday, we headed to Drayton Manor for the day. The girls wanted different things as usual, with Libby heading for the…

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Family travel tips #12

The summer holidays are still in full swing here. I feel like we’re packing things in to make up for the lack of time with the girls the rest of the year when they’re back to school. We’ve been on some fabulous days out, from theme parks to castles to secret gardens and everything in between. I hope your summer holidays have been equally exciting and I’m looking forward to reading about everyone’s adventures. Featured posts Perhaps it’s due to the summer holidays, but last weeks posts were all really exciting. There was one in particular though that I found incredibly inspirational. This post…

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Family fun at Drayton Manor Park

From the bottom of the big wheel at Drayton Manor Park, I glanced over at the fast rollercoaster. There, on the front seat, was a familiar little face. Suddenly, they were off. Backwards up the track to the top of the hill. A short pause and whoosh! They accelerated past me, the tiny little figure on the front seat with her eyes closed, clutching her aunty’s hand. Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Park To young children, Drayton Manor Park means Thomas Land. And in school holidays, it’s busy. There are reasonably long queues for all the rides, but they’re worth the wait. We headed…

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A morning stroll around the Walled Gardens at Croome Court

The girls leant their bikes against the wall and ventured into the secret garden. It was like stepping into the Georgian era. Being transported back to a time when the produce from this expansive garden would feed everyone on the Croome Estate. The history of the Walled Gardens at Croome Court 17 years ago, a couple by the name of Chris and Karen were looking for a project. The gardener’s cottage at Croome was perfect. Derelict and set in a vast plot of land, the property inspired visions of a transformation into an eight-bedroomed house. There would be a swimming pool, jacuzzi and tennis courts.…

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