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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

Jessica and Sophie at the school desk in the Black Country Living Museum

Exploring the Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Canal Tunnel

One of our favourite places for a day out is Chiltern Open Air Museum, which is fairly close to where we live.  I love the feel of stepping back in time and seeing how people lived, and worked in an open-air museum and so, when we had a weekend away, staying near Birmingham, at the end of August, the Black Country Living Museum sounded like the perfect place for a family day out.… 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 Friday Focus 02/09/16 – Savouring the end of summer

A summer full of fun and adventure is coming to an end. This week especially has been about trying to savour the little moments, trying to slow down time, to fully enjoy the moment and make the most of it. We’ve done so much together this week and always at the back of my mind has been the acute awareness that this time next week Jessica will be in school.… Read more

Jessica and Sophie with their cousins posing inside Madame Gazelle's schoolroom at Peppa Pig World

The Friday Focus 26/08/16 – Family time

This week has been all about spending time with family. My twin sister and nieces came to stay for a few days at the beginning of this week and the four cousins have, as always, had a wonderful time together. Jessica was very sad when they had to go back home again though!… 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