Days out

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…

Lee. Uncle Adrian, Uncle Peter, Wayne, Jamie and Uncle Pete with me, Sophie and Thomas

Cheering on Team Jessica in the Great South Run

Last weekend, several of Jessica’s uncles and her cousins ran in the Great South Run to raise money for Little Hearts Matter in memory of Jessica. My brother Adrian and…

Sophie sitting on hubby's shoulders looking at the hearts in the Little Hearts Matter tree

Remembering Jessica: The Little Hearts Matter memorial walk at the National Memorial Arboretum

The day after Jessica’s funeral, we attended the Little Hearts Matter memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum. Six months on from the last day of her life, we returned…

Sophie standing next to a WW1 plane

Learning a little about World War 1 at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum has always been one of our favourite places to visit. We used to go quite regularly but hadn’t been this year. I’d been cautious about visiting…

A Tyrannosaurus Rex and dinosaur eggs in Black Park

Walking with dinosaurs in Black Park

At some point during the school holidays, there is usually a themed trail to follow at Black Park. The girls and I have done quite a few different ones –…

Sophie with the "Oh Bollards" sculpture

Going on a Gromit hunt: Gromit Unleashed 2

The Gromit Unleashed 2 trail has been on our summer activity wishlist ever since we heard it was coming to Bristol. However, with Thomas arriving at the start of the…

Sophie with her fairy garden

Creating a fairy garden at Iver Environment Centre

Iver Environment Centre has been running family fun sessions throughout the summer holidays. There have been lots of different sessions to choose from, such as pond dipping, bug hunting, flower…