Blists Hill Victorian Town dog friendly family day out

Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire is a truly nostalgic family day out. Step back in time from the moment you arrive. Change your money into Pounds, Shillings and Pence at the Victorian bank then stroll around traditional shops to spend it. Dogs on leads are welcome everywhere except inside food shops and cafes. We spent a day at Blists Hill during October half term. Here’s what you need to know to plan your visit. Blists Hill Victorian town and shops After strolling around the welcome exhibition, the first store you come to is the bank. Friendly bank employees will…

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Thursday photo #295

New year is a funny time. I always feel ready to get back into a routine, particularly in terms of eating healthily. Yet with the children off school and a few other things happening, it’s difficult to get back to normal. This year, whilst we’re still not eating particularly well we’ve at least managed to get plenty of exercise and fresh air. Westonbirt Arboretum A few years ago, my husband took Libby to Westonbirt Arboretum, about an hour’s drive from where we live. It’s a national collection of trees with trails for children to follow, a treetop walkway and lovely…

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Thursday photo #294

As I write, the cat is under the tree trying to unwrap the remaining Christmas presents so he can play with the string. The girls had everything they wanted for Christmas except for a horse. I’ve heard Santa didn’t have space on his sleigh. Maybe next year girls. You’ll have to make do with Bubbles and Rupert for now. Time to relax I’ve never been particularly good at just stopping. I’m usually doing something for work, whether that’s writing, messing around on social media or just catching up with some admin. This time of year is always a relief though.…

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Considering a family holiday to Australia [AD]

In just 18 months, my husband will retire from his career. We always planned to take the children out of school and travel for a year in our camper van when he finished. The assumption was that we’d homeschool and they’d slot back into their classes on our return. Sadly, it’s looking likely that this won’t work. The girls’ school has become incredibly popular and the chances are if we take them out, they won’t get back in again. So instead we’ll travel during their school holidays. We’ll head to Europe in the Summer and get a tourist visa to…

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Thursday photo #293

Christmas holidays are in sight. Between them in the past week, the girls have done a nativity play, four ballet shows and a carol concert. We’ve all watched one pantomime and Libby has watched two. They’ve both been swimming twice and had a piano lesson. They’ve both auditioned for their school end of term concert and been chosen to sing on their own. School Christmas jumper day and Christmas lunch somehow slotted in there and today is their Christmas party. Even by our standards, it’s been a busy week. New year’s resolutions At this time of year, I always start…

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