Halloween Fun

October has arrived and with it sudden cold wind and rain. But despite the miserable weather it is also time for Halloween fun for the kids so wellies and waterproofs were out this weekend. We headed out to the Pumpkin Patch on a farm near Milton Keynes. I’ve never heard of pick your own pumpkins…

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Go Eventing

If you are looking for a day out with family, friends or both then eventing has a lot to offer.  I’ve often heard it coined as the ultimate equestrian test and can’t disagree.  Horses and riders compete at dressage, cross country jumping and show jumping much like a horsey triathlon.  These are three very different…

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Bedroom for a Boy

When we first moved to our rambling old farmhouse, there was one bedroom that hadn’t been inhabited for decades.  The plaster was crumbling off the walls and the ceiling was sagging, but it’s proportions were stunning with beautiful wooden floorboards, a fireplace and shuttered window looking out onto the garden. It was known as the…

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Barn Doors

The kids are always wanting to paint and although I’m pretty relaxed most of the time, the paint wielding bravado of a three year old, does leave me nervous and sweaty inside the house. After I found a little pink and orange hand print on my linen curtains I banished paint to the barn outside.…

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Glamping

It’s Summer and my husband has some time off. For our kids this is a rare chance to spend some time with daddy. Without being too corporate about it our eldest has white boarded her wish list of great stuff to do. We have a white board and a pin board in the utility room…

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Giffords Circus

Last week we all went to the circus.  But this was no ordinary circus, this was the Gifford Circus and we stepped into a magical world where every detailing from the pattern on the big top, to the stage backdrops, the costumes and even the enamel mugs for the coffee during the interval was perfect. …

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Slip and Slide

School is officially out! We have hot weather on the way according to the forecast and the kids are running wild. Our two have a four year age gap and are girl versus boy so sometimes we can struggle to entertain them together, however the biggest hit of the Summer so far is the slip…

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Kids Outdoors

We are lucky to live in the countryside and to have so much green space to run about in.  I love it.  I love the birds singing, the seasonality, watching the garden come to life in May and living in wellies. I’m always keen for the kids to enjoy the great outdoors.  Sure I give…

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