Tag Archives: country kids

Do you want to build a scarecrow?

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

Kenilworth Castle

A re-enactment of the siege of Kenilworth at Kenilworth Castle

One of my favourite books as a teenager was Katherine by Anya Seton – which tells the story of Katherine Swynford, the mistress (and later third wife) of John of Gaunt.  It was the book that sparked my interest in medieval history and where I first read a little about Kenilworth Castle, one of John of Gaunt’s castles.  It’s been on my list of places to visit for a while and when I realised we were staying nearby over the August bank holiday weekend, I was determined that we had to have a day out there.  Best of all, our visit coincided with the re-enactment event commemorating the 750th anniversary of the Siege of Kenilworth.… Read more

An afternoon exploring Baddesley Clinton

One of the things I miss most about summer is those beautiful warm afternoons.  Afternoons when the sky was so wonderfully blue, and it seemed as if there was all the time in the world to go and explore.  Watching my girls running off in front of me, hand in hand with each other, dressed in their sunhats and summer dresses.  Afternoons when we were just lost in our own little bubble, discovering new places and making the most of the time we had together.… Read more

Jessica and Sophie with their cousins in Madame Gazelle's schoolhouse at Peppa Pig World

A heart family day out at Paulton’s Park

Each year, Families of Ocean Ward organise a day out at Paultons Park for the heart children who have been treated on the ward, and their families.  It’s become one of the highlights in our summer calendar – the girls get to spend a day at Peppa Pig World and we get to meet up with other heart families too.  This time around, we also had Auntie Fizz and cousins Ebony and Erin staying with us, which made it even more fun.… Read more

The dragon we found at the end of our trail at Hughenden Manor

Hunting for dragons at Hughenden Manor

Sometimes the best days out are those where we are searching for fairies in the woods. Sometimes they are days when a little imagination turns a walk into a fairy tale adventure. Sometimes there are trails to follow and dragons to be found. But in each of those days there is always a moment; a moment when I stop and watch and know that for that instance in time, life feels utterly perfect.… Read more

The miniature fairground at Bekonscot model village

10 things we loved about Bekonscot Model Village

We’ve enjoyed a couple of days out recently at Bekonscot – a beautiful model village in Beaconsfield where 1930s Britain is recreated in miniature.  We first visited Bekonscot last year and the girls loved it so much that I included it on our summer activities list. It is such a wonderful place for a day out – there is so much to look at.  We had a wonderful time there.  Here are 10 things that we loved about Bekonscot.… Read more

Enjoying a family fun day

Friends of PICU is a charity which is very close to our hearts as it helps support children on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital, where Jessica has been cared for several times following her heart surgeries. The annual family fun day is one of the events we try to attend to help support the charity.… Read more

Fun with bubbles - one of 5 fun things to do in the garden

5 fun things to do in the garden

Regular readers will know that I love to get out and about with my family, visiting new places or exploring old favourites. With Jessica recovering from her cardiac catheter procedure this week, we’ve been taking it easy and just enjoyed time in the garden instead. The girls are happy just being outdoors and there are plenty of fun things we can do in the garden.… Read more

Riding the trains at Ickenham Miniature Railway - Little Hearts, Big Love

Ickenham Miniature Railway

Despite having lived in the area for more than ten years, I never knew that Ickenham Miniature Railway even existed until I read The Mummy Stylist’s account of her afternoon out there.  I used to go to the quiz night at the Coach and Horses in Ickenham with a group of friends every Tuesday night for several years and had no idea that there was an alleyway just down the side of the car park leading to a miniature railway.  Having discovered that the railway opened on the first Saturday of each month, I resolved that we would pay a visit the next time it was open.… Read more

A spring afternoon at Osterley Park

Since getting National Trust membership at the beginning of the year, we’ve been looking at different places to visit.  Osterley Park has been on my list for a while and so when I saw that our church was organising a day out there recently, I knew I had to sign up for it.  My mother-in-law also came along with us for the day and the girls were very excited about having a day out with Grandma.… Read more