Dunston Hall hotel – family friendly break

family friendly stay at Dunston Hall Hotel - Bubbablue and me (1)

I love going away. Home is great, but I much prefer getting out and about.  And feeling like you’ve really had a good break.  Even more so now we have N, because if we stay at home, holidays would be spent with him going out on the farm.  Our latest break was a last minute choice (as usual) to Norfolk. When it’s just N and myself going on holiday we tend to stay in hotels rather than cottages or B&Bs.… Continue Reading “Dunston Hall hotel – family friendly break”

Living Arrows 2017 week 17 – natural playground

Living Arrows 2017 week 17 - happy in a natural playground

We’ve just come back from a few days away in Norfolk. I was able to relive some of the places my mum took us when we were children holidaying there, but it wasn’t as fulfilled as I’d planned because N wasn’t well.  He’s still not right – still saying he’s hot and cold on occasions, and a headache that’s coming and going.  So I’m a little concerned after a few days of this. Hopefully he’ll have had enough rest over… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 17 – natural playground”

The magic of stationery for National Stationery Week

Magic of stationery for National Stationery Week - Bubbablue and me

Stationery.  It’s a little bit magical.  Not the boring pens and reporters notepads you used to have as children.  Nowadays you can get everything in the way of stationery.  For my teenage self writing diaries I’m very jealous of what we didn’t have.  Working with National Stationery Week I’ve been reflecting on my love of and journey with stationery. When I was a girl, the most exciting thing was having a diary and different coloured cartridge pens other than the… Continue Reading “The magic of stationery for National Stationery Week”

Project 365 2017 week 16 – Easter break

on the promenade at Cromer

It’s week 16 of 2017’s Project 365, photo a day for a year.  This week included our Easter break – I was off work this week too.  So I took N away for a few days. We had a nice break, although he wasn’t well – hot and cold, and had a headache, which keeps coming back.  So it’s certainly dragging on.  I’m just hoping after a relaxing weekend he’ll be ok to go back to school. He’s still not read… Continue Reading “Project 365 2017 week 16 – Easter break”

Lambourn open day – meet the horses family fun

Meeting horses at Lambourn open day - Bubbablue and me

As a child I loved horses and always wanted to learn to ride. But my ballet teacher put her foot down – no riding if I was learning ballet with her. So instead I would read every book possible and visit local horses to see them.  So when I was introduced to Lambourn Open Day and offered tickets to the event by In The Paddock, I was keen to have a look and introduce N to horses close up. Our… Continue Reading “Lambourn open day – meet the horses family fun”

Tips on coming out with your blog

Going public with your blog- Bubbablue and me

Since starting blogging, I’ve been surprised at how many people haven’t told friends and family about their blogs. It never occurred to me not to make mine public even though I set it up for me, and then N to be able to look back on when he’s older. I happily set mine live, told my mum I was doing it and that was it. The OH isn’t interested – he thinks it’s a waste of time. Otherwise as long… Continue Reading “Tips on coming out with your blog”

Easter Egg hunt at Upton House

Easter egg hunt at Upton House- Bubbablue and me

It’s been a while since I’ve been to our nearby National Trust property, Upton House. And a few years since I took N for a Cadbury easter egg hunt there. The first time we took N’s youngest cousin with us, and this time we invited him along too.  At 8 he’s still willing to look for Easter eggs, and he and N always love being out and about together. With my family membership I could get the nephew in too,… Continue Reading “Easter Egg hunt at Upton House”

Living Arrows 2017 week 16 – outdoor fun

Living Arrows 2017 week 16 fun at Upton house

I’d been meaning to return to Upton House (National Trust) for a while now, and had been hoping to see the new 1920s displays and the refilled mirror lake.  But we went today for the Easter Egg hunt and the mirror lake was still empty and complete with JCB digger in it N had a great time with his cousin, they spent a lot of time rolling down slopes, running around and just generally having a bit of rough and… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 16 – outdoor fun”

My Sunday Photo – purple flowers

My Sunday Photo - purple flower beds at Upton House

This beautiful display of purple flowers was at Upton House, our nearby National Trust property. I took N and the youngest nephew for the Easter Egg hunt.  I was a bit disappointed because the mirror lake still is filled in despite them originally saying March it would reopen.  The boys just enjoyed  rolling down the slopes in the gardens.