Wandering around the ruins of Hailes Abbey

Wandering around the ruins of Hailes Abbey

We took Daddy P to the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire railway last Sunday for his Fathers Day treat.  It’s well worth a visit if you are ever near in the Cheltenham area, and I’m sure I’ll be writing about it soon.  The weather behaved itself and we decided to make a slight detour… Continue reading »

Things to do for free in Coventry City Centre

Things to do for free in Coventry City Centre

Last month we decided to head to a city I’ve never explored before.  I’d been to Tile Hill College with the Institute of Export many years ago but had never ventured further.  We discovered a number of things to do for free in Coventry City Centre, and headed up the motorway… Continue reading »

Exploring Chastleton House

Exploring Chastleton House

Last Sunday we were in the Cotswolds to review a pub lunch and I was looking for somewhere to visit in the afternoon.  We’ve been to the area lots of times over the year but I was really looking for somewhere new to go.  Then the penny dropped, it was… Continue reading »

Springtime fun at the Manor #CountryKids

Springtime fun at the Manor

Monkey and I had had a fairly busy week last week so I had no plans for last Saturday.  It was going to be a ‘suck it and see’ kind of day, but when we woke up, the sun was out and it seemed sensible to get outside and enjoy… Continue reading »

Good Friday at Blenheim Palace #CountryKids

Good Friday at Blenheim Palace

I do love days that just seem to sort themselves out.  I had absolutely no plans for yesterday.  I’d figured that Monkey would be worn out from school and we’d just spend a day together at home chilling out.  He had a high temperature when he went to bed and… Continue reading »

Seeing Cliveden through the eyes of a child

Seeing Cliveden through the eyes of a child

I first visited the National Trust property Cliveden, in April 2009, the Spring before Monkey was born.  I fell in love with the place and have been meaning to return ever since. Fast forward nearly 7 years and we finally made it back last weekend.  We would be seeing Cliveden… Continue reading »

Boswell & Co Oxford

Boswell & Co Oxford

Considering how close we live to Oxford, we really are rather infrequent visitors to our famous county city.  Any excursions have normally involved driving along the A34 to the Park and Ride which may or may not be clogged up with traffic.  Towards the end of last year a new… Continue reading »

Sticks and cake at Waddesdon Manor

Sticks and cake at Waddesdon Manor

Knowing we would be indoors all day on Sunday at a museum, Monkey and I were both in need of some fresh air last Saturday.  We were somewhat relieved to see the rain clouds pass and blue skies emerge Saturday morning, so we packed up the car and headed out… Continue reading »

Exploring Kenilworth Castle

Exploring Kenilworth Castle

It’s total madness that I’ve not written this post up before now.  I’m looking out into the garden on a sunny, yes, sunny, January day and it reminded me of a sunny Spring day out we had last year with friends.  I’ve been fascinated by the Tudor period for as… Continue reading »

Winter wonderland adventures in Salcey Forest #weloveforests

Salcey Forest Stick Man Trail

When your 6 year old son wakes you up bright and early on a Sunday morning, shouting ‘Mummy it’s snowed, EVERYWHERE!’ you know you’ve timed things just right for some Winter wonderland adventures in Salcey Forest. We’d been wanting to try out the Stick Man Trail since it was launched at… Continue reading »