Cotswold Wildlife park rough and tumble with friends

Cotswold Wildlife Park zebras - Bubbablue and me

April has to be one of the best months. It’s the start of (hopefully) more consistently good weather, and this weekend was certainly a great start to the month.  With 20C both days, we were lucky in that we’d already agreed to meet up with friends and go out for the day. So it was lining up to be a great day outdoors.  Picnics at the ready, we picked them up and headed off to an old favourite Cotswold Wildlife… Continue Reading “Cotswold Wildlife park rough and tumble with friends”

Camping essentials you wouldn’t always expect

the unusual camping essentials you sholdn't forget to pack - Bubbablue and me

I’m a big list person.  Without them I’d forgot a lot, so going on holiday definitely needs a list.  But going camping for the first time in years, I was initially a bit stumped on what equipment I’d need. Beforehand, I asked around work colleagues who were camping fans, and had a search online.  Tents were a nightmare to choose because there were so many, and all the reviews were different.  There weren’t that many helpful guides on what you… Continue Reading “Camping essentials you wouldn’t always expect”

Helping kids have broader life experiences – trip to Blenheim Palace

Broader life experiences and a day trip to Blenheim Palace - Bubbablue and me

I’ve said it before, if N could stay on the farm all the time helping out he would. He’d be quite happy trailing his dad around, or his uncle.  And apart from wanting to go on holidays, he would happily forego any days out with me.  Obviously this makes me sad.  I don’t get to spend much time with him as it is being at work and with school, so weekends are precious.  But more than that I want him… Continue Reading “Helping kids have broader life experiences – trip to Blenheim Palace”

An unplanned playground visit for Mother’s Day

We seem to be getting to know parks near us really well.  N loves them, and is putting his foot down about simply going to the park rather than to somewhere with more to see and do.  For Mother’s Day, I’d suggested we go to Blenheim – no.  Then somewhere in Stratford – no.  But the park in Stratford upon Avon was requested instead. With a promise of lunch out and an ice cream, N was in agreement that he… Continue Reading “An unplanned playground visit for Mother’s Day”

Kite flying and nest building – kite giveaway

Get kids outdoors with kite flying and nest building - Bubbabue and me

There are some great benefits to living where we do. The view. Living close to family. Plenty of space for N to play in. The downside is that it’s pretty breezy because there’s no shelter from other houses or hedges etc. The bonus of that of course, is that it’s great for flying kites.  When I say kites, I mean easy light ones, not massive stunt kites.  I think we’d have to go up our hills to use those. We… Continue Reading “Kite flying and nest building – kite giveaway”

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”

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”

A disastrous cinema trip and park fun

disastrous-cineman-trip-and-games-bubbablue-and-me

Up until now, I’ve never taken N to the cinema. While he does go through phases of watching films, he doesn’t always watch them in one go. So I’d always avoided the cinema with him. He did got to see Peppa Pig a couple of years ago for a friend’s birthday, but it was a collection of several short episodes so easy to digest and cope with. This weekend we didn’t have time to get away from town, so I… Continue Reading “A disastrous cinema trip and park fun”