Days out

Sophie on her bike looking at the 'Earth' information board

A journey through the planets at Ruislip Lido

When hubby and I first moved in together, we lived in a little flat in Ruislip. Ruislip Lido was one of my favourite places to go for a walk. It’s…

Sophie walking down the lane next to Hardy's Cottage towards the memorial

A walk in the woods around Hardy’s Cottage

One of the things I love about having National Trust membership is being able to use it to break up long car journeys. A stop-off at a National Trust property…

The Rainforest biome at the Eden Project

A visit to the Eden Project

The Eden Project has been on my list of places to visit for a while. Being in Cornwall and staying at Coombe Mill over Christmas was the perfect opportunity to…

Sophie standing next to the steam train at Lappa Valley Steam Railway

All aboard a steam train to see Santa at Lappa Valley

One of my happy memories from our last family holiday with Jessica was a ride on the Isle of Wight steam railway. The girls loved the steam train ride and…

One of the trains turning around on the turntable at Ickenham Miniature Railway

Thomas’s first train ride at Ickenham Miniature Railway

Ickenham Miniature Railway is a bit of a hidden gem. We only discovered it existed a couple of years ago. It’s been a while since we last visited so we…

The Gruffalo and dancers grooving along in the Gruffalo Christmas Groove

Festive fun at Chessington World of Adventures: A Winter’s Tail

Last year’s festive day out enjoying A Winter’s Tail at Chessington World of Adventures was a special one for us. It was our last family day out before Jessica’s Fontan…

Sophie standing on a stile next to hubby in front of some autumn trees

A geocache hunt in Harmondsworth

I have to confess that sometimes I drag my family out for an outdoor adventure purely because I need to write an outdoors post for the Country Kids linky! Our…

The wreaths around the Peace Memorial

Sophie’s first Remembrance Sunday parade

Each year, Jessica and Sophie’s Girls’ Brigade company takes part in the local Remembrance Sunday parade. Jessica took part in two parades while she was with Girls’ Brigade, but this…

The creepy clown scarecrow

Spotting spooky scarecrows: a Halloween trail at Black Park

During half-term we headed to Black Park to take part in their Halloween trail. Sophie and I had arranged to meet up with her friend F and his mummy. Black…

Sophie posing in front of the Howl'o'ween sign at Chessington

Howl’o’ween fun at Chessington World of Adventures

October half-term seems to be all about Halloween-themed activities and days out. The girls loved trying out the “Howl’o’ween” attractions at Chessington World of Adventures last year. This year, it…