Local Fun

Wildflowers at Trentham Gardens

As I write this, the last of my summer blog posts, we are already three-quarters of the way through September.  I’m really not quite sure how that happened.  For a start, the weather has been absolutely lovely over the last few weeks (with the occasional exception of the odd rainy day or chilly morning) and so…

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A Treasure Trail in Acton Trussell

One Sunday a few weeks ago we were at a bit of a loss as to what to do.  We’d exhausted pretty much everything on our Summer Bucket List (which was relatively short anyway as I wanted a slower, more simple summer than the usual mad-busy craziness that I normally create by packing as much…

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Canal Walk and Strawberry Picking (Part 2)

This is Part Two of a rather lovely and unplanned afternoon spent at the Canalside Farm, Shop and Cafe in Great Haywood. You can find Part One, with lots of photos from our walk by the canal, here. Once we’d finished our walk we headed back to where we began to search out a snack – we’d built up…

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Canal Walk and Strawberry Picking (part 1)

Absolutely ages ago I had a cuppa with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time.  Usually we meet at one of our homes but on this occasion we fancied a change and decided to go out.  She suggested the Canalside Cafe in Great Haywood, about 15-20 minutes away from where I live.  I’d…

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A Weekend With Friends

A couple of weeks ago my best friend and her husband came to stay with us for the weekend.  It had been over a year since we last saw them and we’d been trying to arrange it for months and months and months.  They live three hours away in Southampton, she is very close to completing her PhD and her husband…

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Climbing Mountains

Last Saturday I was in a bit of a funk.  We’d not really done much during the week, the girls were starting to get whingey and were spending far too long on their Nintendo DSs and Minecraft despite my best efforts, and I was desperate to get out of the house and have a really good, long walk.  We…

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A Forest Adventure

We are incredibly blessed to live very close to Cannock Chase – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It’s home to wild deer, hundreds of miles of biking trails and woodland walks, plus several family friendly activities such as adventure play parks, Go-Ape and the Stick Man activity trail (previously the Gruffalo Trail).  I love going for…

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A Walk in the Bluebell Woods

The bank holiday weekend was a bit of a washout where we are.  Both Saturday and Sunday were mostly rainy with only the occasional glimpse of sunshine in between the torrential showers.  We managed to nip out to our local Waterstones (Ella’s favourite shop!) so she could buy a book with her pocket money, we watched DVDs and did some painting. …

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