Local Fun

Summer Afternoons at Shugborough

We are very lucky to have several National Trust properties within about an hour of where we live, which is partly why we decided to invest in an annual pass – there are so many places nearby that we want to explore that it seemed silly not to really.  The closest one to us (literally…

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Fun In The Sun At Trentham Gardens

I have written several times before about how much we love Trentham Gardens – it seems that no matter how many times we visit there is always somewhere new to explore and something new to discover.  We spent the afternoon there one sunny Saturday near the beginning of the summer holidays, making the most of the…

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Rope Swing Adventures

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul” ~ John Muir One of our favourite local places to visit is Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It stretches far and wide, from Milford at it’s northern tip, Cannock in the South, it’s eastern edge falling just shy of Rugeley,…

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Adventures with friends

May has seemed like a really busy month and yet it feels like we haven’t really ‘done’ very much.  Looking back through my diary and my camera roll it’s mainly been commitments at the girls’ school, work-related stuff and birthdays that have been keeping us occupied.  As a result I realised that we’ve not actually had any adventures out and…

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Making New Friends

A few weeks ago on a lovely, sunny Saturday, the girls and I headed up to Trentham Gardens for the afternoon.  Trentham is somewhere we go several times a year – it’s one of our favourite places to visit as there are loads of things there for the girls to enjoy whatever the season – the lakeside walk and…

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In Search Of Bluebells…

Every year for the last few years, since the girls have been old enough to properly appreciate it really, we’ve headed off on a family adventure in search of bluebells.  It’s become a bit of a tradition as it’s usually around the time of my birthday that they’re all in bloom (though this year they’re a…

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A Sunny Spring Sunday

As I sit here typing this it’s the middle of the Easter holidays and we’ve not long arrived home from a week-long holiday in Cornwall.  The husband is on his way back from taking the teenager home (*sob* – we’ve loved having her for the week and wish she could stay for longer) and I’m taking a break…

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Fairy-spotting at Trentham Gardens

Trentham Gardens is one of our favourite local places to visit and we usually go at least once in each season – it’s beautiful there year-round, with the ever-changing landscape and garden displays and there is plenty to keep family members of all generations entertained. Summertime shows off glorious bursts of colour (the wildflower meadows are my…

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A Sprinkle Of Snowdrops

One Sunday at the start of February we made the hour-long journey further north to spend the afternoon at Rode Hall in Cheshire. Our previous visit to Rode Hall was in May last year.  My birthday is at the beginning of May and I like to make a visit somewhere to see the bluebells as they’re usually in bloom…

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Searching for Treebeard

A couple of weekends ago, on one of our regular-as-clockwork Saturday morning trips to the local library to make sure that Ella (our resident bookworm) was stocked up with enough books to last her for the whole week, I spotted a small display near the self check-out machines.  Whilst the girls were choosing their books I wandered…

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