I can’t resist the sunshine even when it’s cold outside. There’s something about a cold, crisp day that makes me feel alive. Going out for a walk and then coming home with pink cheeks from the cold to warm up with a hot chocolate is my favourite way to spend a winter’s afternoon.… Read more
Every eighteen months or so, our church organises a weekend away. It’s a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, time to reflect on our faith and to build friendship. For the girls, it was mostly about having time to do crafts and to have fun outdoors and getting to be with our extended church family.… Read more
One of the things I love most about getting out and about exploring is discovering new places on my doorstep. One day last month Sophie and I went for a walk down a little lane near our house. We’ve walked down it once before with Jessica but only for a short distance before Jessica got tired and wanted to turn back.… Read more
I’ve never attempted to build a scarecrow before but when I spotted on Facebook that a nearby farm shop was organising a community fundraising day to build a scarecrow and help raise funds for CalAid, I thought it sounded like fun. Family time together plus doing something for a good cause – what wasn’t to like? They were also collecting clothes for the refugees in the Calais jungle which was very handy as I’d just had a big clear-out.… Read more
We’ve always been a family who like to get outdoors as much as possible, especially when it’s warm and sunny. Staying safe in the sun is extra-important at this time of year – the risk of sunburn is at its peak between March and October in the UK. Over-exposure to the UV radiation is a major cause of skin cancer, with sunburn in childhood being a key risk factor. Teaching our children how to stay safe in the sun whilst still being able to have fun is so important and Boots Soltan have created a fabulous online resource for parents and schools to help our children learn how to be sun-safe.… Read more
Earlier in the year, we created a nature collage in the garden and with the girls’ twin cousins visiting from Luxembourg and Grandma planning a lunch for everyone in the garden, it seemed a good opportunity to repeat it.
The thing I love most about this activity is how easy it is to set up. I taped two large sheets of coloured card inside the tuff spot, drizzled PVA glue across them and then left the girls to find whatever objects they wanted to stick to the cardboard.… Read more
The early part of this week was mostly spent confined to a hospital room after Jessica was admitted to hospital on Monday with low oxygen sats and a chest infection. With Jessica feeling poorly and needing a little oxygen to help bring her sats back up, she wasn’t too bothered about being confined to bed – as long as there were jigsaw puzzles, drawing boards and Daddy’s iPad to help keep her entertained.… Read more
Langley Park is one of our favourite places to visit. Usually, we just visit the Temple Gardens and the play area but this time I decided to try and walk down to the arboretum with the girls. The arboretum is around half a mile from the car park which I thought would be a reasonable walk with Jessica, especially as she had coped so well with doing the Stick Man trail recently.… Read more
The Stick Man trail is at Wendover Wood.
We’d read all about it – it sounded quite good.
One day we got ready to head out the door
for Stick Man, yes Stick Man – the trail to explore.
We start at the café and stop for a snack,
I think: should we buy an activity pack?… Read more
A mild winter’s afternoon, sunshine and dressing up – the perfect combination for making an ordinary moment out playing in the garden into a magical fairytale moment. It is amazing just how much magic can be found, if only you step into the wonderful world of childhood imagination.
Little Red Riding Hood was making her way to Grandma’s house.… Read more