Adventures

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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Back in Beautiful Bude (Part 1)

Every year we visit Bude in North Cornwall for a week-long family holiday.  I’ve written before about how both my husband and I spent a lot of time there as children and how we’re now passing on the tradition with our girls by returning to the same place and making plenty of new memories together…

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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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Winter Walks

January is a funny old month.  It’s deep midwinter, the fun and excitement of Christmas is over and the promise of Spring is still a little too far away to feel tangible.  It’s dark and grey and cold and, if you’re anything like me, it can be hard to summon up to motivation to do…

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Cabin Fever

Chrimbo Limbo.  Twixmas. Whatever you call it, the week between Christmas and New Year is always a bit odd.  No-one is ever quite sure what day it is; there are late nights and even (*gasp*) lie-ins for the girls (this really does feel like a bit of a Christmas miracle – they’re so worn out from the…

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