National Trust membership to combat Winter blues

What is it about Winter that makes it so miserable? Is it the dark nights and cold days, or is it the way we deal with it? This is only the second time in my memory when I haven’t found Winter completely joyless. The first was when I spent the start of the season in New Zealand and Australia, coming back in Mid-December. This year though, we’ve stayed put and still managed to enjoy the colder months. I’ve been wondering why that was, and I think it might be down to our National Trust membership. Getting outdoors with National Trust…

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Good things and bad things

Is it a struggle to find out anything about your child’s day? When my eldest started preschool, we’d have the same conversation with her day in, day out. “What did you to today?” “Sing songs, play toys.” We never got much more out of her than that. Some days, her teachers would tell us that she’d ridden the pony, or made a new friend. She never mentioned it. Other days, she’d be a bit subdued when she came home, and we had no idea why. Talking over dinner One thing we’ve always insisted on with our children is that we…

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Murmuration of starlings UK

For the past few months, there have been some incredible photos on social media of the murmuration of starlings around the UK. So last weekend, I did some research to find out what the murmuration is all about and when and where to see it. What is the murmuration? Every day at sunset, the murmuration takes place as starlings come in to roost. Flocking together in their thousands, the birds perform a breathtaking aerial display.  At first glance, a few starlings swoop around the sky. Then moment by moment, they are joined by more birds. Gathering momentum, they form a…

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Valentines gift ideas to add a little luxury

It’s always difficult to think of Valentines gift ideas with Christmas only just behind you. So, I always think of Valentines day as an excuse for a little treat. Something luxurious that you wouldn’t buy for yourself. Things with an indulgent feel about them, whether you’re buying them for a partner or just treating yourself. Coolstuff have some fabulous Valentines gift ideas, plus you can win a massage cushion for the ultimate indulgence. Ice bottle cooler Ideal for Valentine’s evening at home, this ice bottle cooler will keep your drinks at just the right temperature. It also makes a beautiful feature. Simply…

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Thursday photo #245

The Christmas holidays really seemed to drag here. The girls didn’t go back until last Wednesday and it seemed like such a long time between Christmas being over and school starting again. They’ve been back over a week now though, and it seems as if the holidays never happened. We are all firmly back into our routine and I’m finally finding the time to work. A weekend outdoors At this time of year, I always struggle with being indoors too much. The children go a bit stir crazy and we all end up stressed. With the Winter being so mild…

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