Walking around Queen Pool at Blenheim Palace

Walking around Queen Pool at Blenheim Palace

We’re lucky to have a number of wonderful places to explore on our doorstep.  It often means that we don’t take as much advantage of them as we should.  Monkey and I needed to get out for some fresh air last weekend and I didn’t want to drive too far,… Continue reading »

Having fun with Scheich dinosaurs – review

Having fun with Scheich dinosaurs

Like most children of his age, my 7 year son is obsessed with dinosaurs.  It’s always amazed me how quickly he picked up all of the, sometimes incredibly hard to pronounce names, and can reel them off to me verbatim. It’s like he was born with the information already programmed… Continue reading »

Getting used to new flooring downstairs

Getting used to new flooring downstairs

Last week the fitters had been and I was starting to sort out where everything would now go.  We’ve been getting used to new flooring downstairs and it’s such a delight. If you’ve been following my house renovations story, you’ll know that we’ve been in chaos downstairs since October really.  First… Continue reading »

Finding inspiration from How to Train Your Dragon

Finding inspiration from How to Train Your Dragon

There’s no secret that my son is a reluctant writer and although he loves books, he’s still not the happiest independent reader.  He’s much better than he was, but homework is always a battle and a change in reading band recently had a few issues.  But we plod on, doing… Continue reading »

Gifts Hub launch two new personalised children’s books

Gifts Hub launch two new personalised children's books

You all know I’m a sucker for a good book, and my son has grown up surrounded by them.  I’ve read to him pretty much from birth and story time has always been a special time for us both.  Quiet time, to just be together and enjoy a good story…. Continue reading »

Personalised prints from EllieBeanPrints – review and giveaway

Personalised prints from EllieBeanPrints

I’m a strong believer in fate.  When I was 18 I left home (a story for another day) and I needed somewhere to live pronto.  Someone overheard my conversation and put me in touch with her friend who’d been let down on a house share.  The next day I met… Continue reading »

Booms, Bangs, Fizzes #BritishScienceWeek

Booms, Bangs, Fizzes

To celebrate British Science Week which runs from 10th-19th March, Monkey and I have been trying the Booms, Bangs, Fizzes set from John Adams. We’ve not really tried too many science experiments at home, so we were both rather excited to try out this set, which contains details to conduct… Continue reading »

Snails pace – My Sunday Photo 120317

Snails pace - My Sunday Photo 120317

We’re looking at wildlife photography at the moment on my college course.  I have a bit of a thing about snails but every time I’d looked for some in the garden they were all fast asleep.  But earlier in the week I walked home in the rain from dropping Monkey… Continue reading »

Project 365 2017 Week 10

Project 365 2017 Week 10

Project 365 2017 Week 10 Day 64 – 70 the week the new carpet was fitted. Sunday 5th March  – Day 64 Our new living room carpet is being fitted on Tuesday, but as Daddy P is home on Sundays, we needed to get all the furniture moved and the carpet and underlay… Continue reading »

The Wild Garden – review and giveaway

The Wild Garden

As a child I can remember loving rub down transfer books, but I haven’t seen one for a long time.  It’s certainly not something that my 7-year-old has ever seen before.  When Usborne Publishing contacted me about the recently published The Wild Garden, it brought back so many memories from… Continue reading »