Fields of Dreams – The Confetti Flower Fields

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This time last year, my Instagram feed exploded with photos of the most beautiful pastel coloured flower fields - pinks, blues, and purples as far as the eye could see. I love a flower field of any description, so I headed straight off to look up the Real Flower Petal Confetti Company, who own the fields, and discovered that for just over a week every July, they open their flower field to the public, who can wander amongst the delphiniums. I actually had a diary note for the start of June to check when they would be opening the field this year, so when I looked it up and saw that their open week this year coincided with our trip ...

A Family Visit to Kew Gardens in Summer

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After months of agonising, I finally took the plunge earlier this year and bought a membership for Kew Gardens. We live reasonably close, but given that I'm already an RHS and National Trust member, it seemed like it might be overkill. But 4 years of visiting the same gardens have left me craving somewhere new, and when the new Temperate House opened, it was the final push I needed to take the plunge. A single membership to Kew Gardens is great value for money if you have a young family, as you can bring in a guest with you for free, and children under 4 go free. So I bought my husband as my guest and we only had to pay ...

Me and Mine: June 2018

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Oh June, you've been absolutely amazing! This is what summer should be like, and it feels so good after the last few years of a brief heatwave in May and then a washout for the rest of summer. We've had the best month as a family, and we're really making the most our last few months before Max starts school. Max is getting really excited about going to school in September. We had a parents evening at the start of the month and I think it was the turning point for me, where it finally seemed like it was close. The realities of stay and play sessions and buying uniform make it impossible to put to the back of your mind ...

A Trip To Canons Ashby National Trust

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When we were staying at Chicheley Hall a few weeks ago, I was keen to make the most of our time there, so when I saw Canons Ashby was just down the road we made a beeline for it on our route home on the Sunday. It's a National Trust property that I've seen photos of in people's instagram feeds, but when I'd researched it, it didn't seem to have a lot there, so we've never made the trip as it's a fair drive for us. This was the perfect opportunity for us to see what it had to offer. We were some of the first visitors to arrive, so it was lovely and quiet, and we were greeted at the ...

Strawberry Picking at Crockford Bridge Farm

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I remember back in January one day, I asked Max what he'd like to do and he very excitedly told me "strawberry picking". The poor guy has waited patiently until finally strawberry season is upon us and our local PYO farm at Crockford Bridge announced their strawberries were ready for picking. My husband took the boys a few weeks ago while I was away, but on a drive back from a weekend away last week we drove past the farm and Max piped up from the back "we go on a strawberry hunt today?" And so we did! Crockford Bridge is one of the best PYO farms around - they have a huge range of crops and are great at updating their ...

What To Do When Parents Won’t Let You Visit Their New Baby…

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I was on the train the other day, and I was sat behind a group of young women who were discussing one of their sister in laws, and how she'd recently had a baby. The girl leading the conversation was very put out that she'd not been able to visit to see the baby yet (a week after it had been born), and that her mother in law was devastated to have only been allowed to see the baby twice. They were very focused on the fact that apparently she'd had an straightforward birth, and unanimous in saying that when they had a baby they would be wanting everyone to see it. The phrase no-one has a right to stop people ...

To My Son On Your First Birthday

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To my darling Ben, Today you've reached your first birthday and I don't think you even have a clue how amazing that is to me. It seems like just yesterday that we brought you home from the hospital, a tiny little thing that had me marvelling at just how small newborns are.  Looking back now, it seems impossible to think that you've not always been a part of our family - you were so chilled out and slotted in so seamlessly that it feels like you've always been with us. You've grown so much in this first year, just as I knew you would, and yet I still find every new milestone amazing. When you first came along you were utterly dependent ...

How We’re Doing With Our 2018 Bucket List

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Well, here we are in June and I thought it would be good to see how we're doing with progress on our 2018 bucket list. It feels like we've been pretty busy this year already, and I know we've ticked off quite a few.   General We've made reasonable progress on our 'general' list, given that we're halfway through the year. We've not managed to visit the zoo, or Camber Sands yet, but they're in our plans for the summer. We've actually managed not one, but two family photo shoots, one for me and the boys in the bluebells with And Then She Clicked, and a second with the whole family with Hazelnut Photography with a trip to Claremont Landscape Garden. And we have ...

Me and Mine: May 2018

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Well where did May go? It feels like this month has flown by - we've been so busy enjoying the good weather this month, it's felt like summer has come early and we've been loving it. It's been a month packed full of lovely visits to our favourite places - it's so true that April showers bring May flowers, because everywhere is blooming beautifully at the moment. We've had numerous trips to Wisley to see the orchards, the azaleas, and the allium, and it's reaffirmed why it's my favourite place to visit. We even discovered some wonderful new spots that we've never seen before, including a fabulous hidden bridge covered in wisteria - after 4 years of regular visits it seems ...

Ben at 11 Months: A Baby No More…

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I think I've been burying my head firmly in the sand, but you are coming ever closer to that first big birthday milestone. Somewhere in the haze of sleep deprivation, we've made it through a whole year, and it feels like I've blinked and it's whizzed by. It's an odd stage when you think about it - no longer a tiny baby who curls up on my chest to go to sleep, but not yet a toddler either. You're a long way from walking still, not even pulling yourself up, and yet you have that insatiable curiosity about the world that is pure toddler. Finally, I feel like we've turned a corner with your sleep, and I can't tell you how ...