Rocket Gardens – Review

Last week, we were lucky enough to be sent a Large Vegetable Garden (Autumn Winter) to review from Rocket Gardens. The idea behind Rocket Gardens is that they take the hassle out of growing your own food. They do the tricky bit for you – growing the plants from seed into a small seedling that is ready to go straight into the ground. When our large vegetable garden arrived, it consisted of hundreds of tiny plants. They each had their own little bit of compost but they weren’t in pots. Instead, they were all packed into a cardboard box full…

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Will the countryside die with our generation?

Not so many years ago, playing outdoors was the staple pastime of children of any age. I remember spending day after day playing in the fields, building dens, climbing trees, looking for frogs in the pond and playing with friends at the park. As I got older, outdoor activities would include walking in the hills, cycling, climbing, running and playing cricket on the local sports field, using our jumpers as the wickets. Back then, if the weather was terrible we might watch television or read a book. But the days indoors were long, there wasn’t much to entertain you. I am…

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50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4

For the last couple of years, hubby and I have been National Trust members. We love the fact that there are so many different places to visit for the cost of a membership fee.  The other advantage is that many National Trust places accept dogs, at least in the grounds. One such place locally is the beautiful Brockhampton Estate.  And it’s a sign of Libby growing up that today when we went to take back the map from our walk, she was offered a scrapbook to record her 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4.  I’ve been vaguely aware…

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Woods Alive

Most weekends we try to get out and about at least one of the days. After a hideous day of rain yesterday, this morning was looking a bit more promising.  Breakfast was rather a relaxed affair with poached eggs on toast and chocolate croissants on the menu. Lia is able to feed herself now, but she hasn’t quite got the hang of doing it without any mess.  So after a rather urgent clean up and clothing change, we headed to the Worcester Woods Country Park. Today, they had woodland crafts and working shire horses in the woods for their Woods…

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Slimbridge Wetland Centre

It’s a while since we’ve been to The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Slimbridge Wetland Centre, in fact this was Libby the last time we went.  We decided that this was much too long ago, so we headed there today. Whilst it was really rather cold, in fact I’m pretty sure I saw some snow, we had managed to wear the right clothing so that the cold didn’t make a difference.  Lia loved watching the birds. In fact, I hardly heard a sound out of her all day, but every time I looked at her she was smiling at the birds.…

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National Trust Croome

I’ve always thought that days out as a family were a really important part of growing up, but with two children, it becomes really expensive for us all to go out. We’ve had our National Trust membership for a couple of years now, and it’s a really economical way to have regular days out without paying a fortune. We have visited numerous National Trust sites across the country, but one of our favourites is our local one at Croome in Worcestershire, so that’s where we headed to today. We met up with a couple of our friends and spent the morning walking…

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What’s your story?

Last  night, hubby and I were watching the Graham Norton Show and we got talking about what our story would be if we were in the red chair. If you don’t watch Graham Norton, the idea is this. You sit on a red chair and tell a short story. If it’s engaging and entertaining, you are allowed to finish your story. If it’s utter drivel or you’re just plain dull, you get unceremoniously ejected.  So in the name of entertainment, I’ve decided to tell you my story. On a hot summer’s afternoon, I decided to take my dogs for a…

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