A visit to Mottisfont National Trust

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I'm a recent convert to the National Trust but you can't stop me going on about it at the moment! I'm making the most of our membership over the summer and one of the top places on my list was Mottisfont, near Romsey in Hampshire. Over an hour's drive from us, so I was really hoping that it lived up to the hype, and I think it's safe to say that it did! I'm a big garden lover, and love visiting gardens for inspiration, and the fact that Mottisfont has so much to do for children makes this one a hit with our whole family.   The Walled Rose Garden We headed for the formal rose gardens first, as Max's patience for gardens ...

Sharing the Blog Love #4

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Welcome to the fourth week of #SharingtheBlogLove! I run this linky with Laura from Dear Bear and Beany, and we were really pleased that so many of you guys joined us again last week - and if you're joining us again, a big welcome back! It really is a pleasure to read all your wonderful posts and it's amazing for us to hear how much you are all loving this linky as much as we are enjoying hosting it. It was really tough to select our favourites this time around - congratulations to our featured bloggers, we really hope you enjoy reading their blogs which you can find in our showcase posts - please head over there and show them all some love – we ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 4

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Welcome to the 4th Sharing the Blog Love Blogger Showcase! If you're a new linker - welcome! And if you're a regular (can we say regular now at 4 weeks in?) - it's lovely to see you again! I'm really enjoying hosting this linky - it's brought me to so many blogs that are new to me and I've loved reading all of your posts. It's often so hard to find the time to read as many blogs as I'd like to so I love reading them all here. It's so lovely to be able to showcase our favourites here - I really hope you enjoy reading them. Just a quick note to say do please make sure that you ...

When you’re no longer the favourite parent

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There's been a noticeable change lately in Max. It's fair to say that he's always been a mummy's boy. He's very attached to me, and even at over 2, the separation anxiety is still with us and I can't leave a room without hearing the cries start. That's not to say that he's not always had a great relationship with his Dad - John is a fabulous Dad and it's always been clear how much Max adores him. But it's always been me that he's more comfortable with; me who he'll head to for comfort and cuddles. As the primary caregiver, I suppose it's natural that I would feel like the 'favourite parent'. But I've noticed a big change lately in ...

Living Arrows 29/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth - Kahlil Gibran Yesterday we visited Mottisfont National Trust in Hampshire, which has rapidly shot to the top of my favourite National Trust places ever! They had this fabulous water play area for kids, full of dams and gates to let the water through. Max loved playing with all the gates, pumping the water and paddling!    

5 Happy Things #18

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This has been a week of highs and lows - my emotions have been all over the place! It was my birthday on Thursday, which always brings lots of happiness, but I was so sad to wake up to more horrific news yesterday of the events in Nice. I don't want to dwell on it here on my blog, as I just don't have the right words to express how I feel about it, or to help anyone, but my heart goes out to all of those families affected by such an awful attack. I hesitated to post this today, as it seemed somewhat frivolous and insignificant in the wake of such sad news, but I think that these are the ...

Sharing the Blog Love #3

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Welcome to the third week of #SharingtheBlogLove! I run this linky with Laura from Dear Bear and Beany, and we were really pleased that so many of you guys joined us again last week - 37 of you wonderful bloggers joined us! We've had so many lovely comments and feedback from you about how much you love this linky, and how many amazing comments you're getting. It was really noticeable this week that lots of you are commenting loads, so thank you so much! It really feels like we're building a little community and I love that. We loved reading all your posts again this week – it’s a real pleasure to read them all. Both Laura and I have chosen our 4 favourites for our ...

Sharing the Blog love – Showcase 3

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Welcome to this week's #SharingtheBlogLove Blogger Showcase! Laura and I were really pleased to have so many of your lovely posts to choose from again. We have each managed to choose our 4 favourites and we really hope that you’ll enjoy reading them. Just a reminder that to be selected as a featured post, you must have added the badge and done the minimum commenting.   The Frenchie Mummy I loved The Frenchie Mummy's post on Finding Happiness - a bit controversial perhaps, but I like a controversial read! Her post recognises the seriousness of postnatal depression, but admits the difficulties of being a new mother. That it's normal to struggle in the early days, to wonder what on earth you've let yourself in for. To ...

The Garden in July

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It's fair to say that June was more a month of recovery for us after the flood disaster back in May, but I'm hoping that July will bring us back on track. I feel like all the work in restoring has put us way behind in the day to day maintenance that a garden needs though, so July certainly needs to be a month of lots of weeding! But the thing I've been most excited about has been the ability to sit outside and enjoy the garden properly! We've dusted off all of the furniture, and even managed to eat outside which Max thought was a complete novelty! There's something a bit magical and holiday-like about eating outside, isn't there?     I love ...

Living Arrows 28/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth - Kahlil Gibran   I love this shot of Max with his Daddy - we found a series of wood stepping stones and the two of them loved jumping from one to the next. It took Max a while to warm up to it, but once he did he thought it was the best thing ever! How can that smile not completely melt your heart?