Spring walk and running races in the park

Spring park walk - Bubbabue and me

Like most children, N loves the simple things in life. Just going to the park so he can ride his bike or scoot and he’s happy.  The other day he requested a park trip, so we headed there for a spring walk, with me hoping I’d get to photograph blossom. I was disappointed there wasn’t more blossom in our local park.  Just the one lopsided bush amongst the boughs of a tree.  Other people walking past must have thought me… Continue Reading “Spring walk and running races in the park”

How to choose a tent for family camping

How to choose the perfect tent for a family camping trip - Bubbablue and me

Now Spring has arrived, we’re thinking forward to camping again.  Our camping trip with friends is booked, although some are dragging their heels about getting organised and actually booking.  People are also indecisive whether husbands are going too.  Secretly I’m hoping that we have rainy weather in the run up and then beautiful weather from the day before we go and during our break. Because then the farmers will all need to harvest and won’t be able to come.  Evil,… Continue Reading “How to choose a tent for family camping”

Signs of spring – my joys of spring

Joys of spring - Bubbablue and me

I’ve shared previously what I love about autumn and winter, but spring seems to make everything hopeful.  Instagram goes mad for it, people shake off their coats (we hope) and get thinking about summer.  So here’s my take on the joys of spring, through the season: My signs of spring Lighter evenings Spotting the first newborn lambs in the field Blossom on the trees Leaves emerging to take away the bareness The first cut of the grass Gorgeous sunsets Daffodils… Continue Reading “Signs of spring – my joys of spring”

Mottisfont – an outdoor National Trust visit

A winter visit experience at National Trust Mottisfont for family fun - Bubbablue and me

With National Trust membership, I always feel like we should make the most of it whenever we’re away. So on our February break in the New Forest, we stopped at Mottisfont on the way home. N wasn’t impressed at doing another National Trust visit, but given I’d taken him to Peppa Pig World he owed me!  Once he knew there would be lunch boxes and water involved, he was happy.  He even told me to get out my camera to… Continue Reading “Mottisfont – an outdoor National Trust visit”

Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Palace House and Top Gear

Day trip to Beaulieu for the motor museum and palace house - Bubbablue and me

One of the first attractions on my list of places to visit on our recent holiday to the New Forest was Beaulieu.  I’ve been twice before, once as a child on a 2 family holiday and once with the OH a few years before having N.  Both times it’s been great, so I knew N would love it as well. Of course going in February did mean some activities weren’t open like the vintage bus ride, but we could still… Continue Reading “Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Palace House and Top Gear”

Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World

Day trip to Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World - Bubbablue and me

I never thought I would take N to Peppa Pig World.  But holidaying in the New Forest, I found we couldn’t really avoid it.  It always helps with negotiating for places I want to visit if N gets his choice first.  So a trip to Paultons Park was on the cards for half term. The timing worked really well. Paultons Park opened the season on the first day of our half term.  We chose the sunniest looking day and it… Continue Reading “Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World”

Walking and fossil hunting in the New Forest

Walk and fossil hunting in the New Forest - Bubbablueandme.

Once N gets something that interests him he keeps going on about it. Last term they were learning about dinosaurs and fossils at school. So he’s been wanting to go fossil hunting. So it was lucky we were holidaying in the New Forest and could check out some of the fossil hunting beaches. Fossil hunting at Barton on Sea The only problem is that I know less about fossils than he does. I’ve never been fossil hunting, I’ve never seen… Continue Reading “Walking and fossil hunting in the New Forest”

Friends together at National Trust Stowe Gardens

making friends at Stowe Gardens - Bubbablue and me

It always seems like an effort to get out for a walk at home. It’s a lot easier if I have to get out and go for a purposeful trip out.  Mary from Over 40 and a mum to one and I had arranged to meet up with our boys at Stowe Gardens.  Luckily the day was dry and mild although foggy.  So the usual reflective lake wasn’t showing its true beauty. Monkey and N have only met fleetingly once… Continue Reading “Friends together at National Trust Stowe Gardens”

Half term break at the Crown Manor House Hotel, Lyndhurst

Family hotel - the Crown Manor House hotel in Lyndhurst, lovely high street hotel in Lyndhurst, New Forest - Bubbablue and me

We rarely go abroad, but I do like to get away from home as much as possible.  That means short breaks during school holidays.  Most of our holidays are 4-5 days long, and most are just N and myself.  The OH just doesn’t do holidays (we’ve had one since N was born 6 year years ago), and if we stay at home when I’ve got time off, N always ends up wanting to go out and work on the farm. … Continue Reading “Half term break at the Crown Manor House Hotel, Lyndhurst”

Eating out with children in Lyndhurst New Forest

Eating out with children Lyndhurst New Forest - Bubbablue and me

I love eating out and going out and going on holiday in the UK. We usually do bed and breakfast which means eating out every night. Annoyingly, despite N being a good eater, I daren’t spend money on more adventurous cuisines in case he won’t eat them. He gripes about the indian and chinese foods at school, and his version of chicken fajitas excludes guacamole and sour cream so when we were away for a few days in the New… Continue Reading “Eating out with children in Lyndhurst New Forest”