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”

A London trip from 18 Stafford Terrace to Sky Garden

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On my recent weekend to London we visited some totally different places to normal. And a couple of extremes. From the discovery of 18 Stafford Terrace, to the light and airiness of Sky Garden. When we were doing our weekend planning, I was looking for things to see that were a little out of the norm, and came across Stafford Terrace. 18 Stafford Terrace We visited 18 Stafford Terrace on Sunday afternoon. It only opens a couple of days a… Continue Reading “A London trip from 18 Stafford Terrace to Sky Garden”

The Houses of Parliament and unusual London tours

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I’m a big fan of a tour, although it has to be the right one. I don’t do audio tours generally – because what if I want to go faster or slower or ask questions. Plus you don’t hear about as much as you would with a live tour guide. I have to say though, that I’ve not been on many. Usually I’ll just look to go round a tourist attraction on my own and see what I fancy. If… Continue Reading “The Houses of Parliament and unusual London tours”

40th birthday celebrations in London at K West hotel

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When my best friend announced a year ago that birthday parties were over-rated, she suggested that for our 40ths (within a couple of weeks of each other), we should leave our boys at home with their dads while we went on a luxury weekend break. My head filled with ideas of Morocco, Italy, France and more…until she suggested London. Not quite as exciting as I expected. But given it meant less time away from home, less holidays booked off work,… Continue Reading “40th birthday celebrations in London at K West hotel”

The Living Rainforest – worth a visit?

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It’s rare that I come away from a day out disappointed with a trip, so when I do it hits me a bit for six. Especially when it’s taken up part of the one precious day I’ve been able to take off work during half term to spend with N. I do blame him though – because it was his choice to go south to the Living Rainforest, rather than my choice of going north to the Black Country Living… Continue Reading “The Living Rainforest – worth a visit?”

Tamba Park using Jersey’s LibertyBus

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Our holiday to Jersey was the first time I’ve ever taken N away and not had our car. I have to admit it makes me jittery thinking I haven’t got it to rely on, but I needn’t have worried on this holiday.  LibertyBus kindly gave us family passes while for while we were on holiday, so we were able to explore the island. For N, he loves public transport.  Living where we do, the buses just aren’t viable to use. … Continue Reading “Tamba Park using Jersey’s LibertyBus”

A child friendly stay at Merton Hotel Jersey

child friendly break in merton hotel jersery - Bubbablue and me

Our summer trip to Jersey was a bit last minute (as so many of our holidays are), and booked on a vague recommendation.  Plus it was somewhere we could fly to without passports, so we could tick off N’s wish to go on a plane. I’d asked around before booking a hotel because I was struggling to find somewhere. Lots of hotels looked like they didn’t take children, other big brand hotels that in the UK I’d think of as… Continue Reading “A child friendly stay at Merton Hotel Jersey”

Summer circus fun at Odds Farm Park

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I’ve heard good things about Odds Farm Park, so when they sent us tickets to go over the summer holidays, we were there like a shot. We took a friend and her daughter with us, and the day turned out to be a beautiful sunny one too. Perfect for a day out. Odds Farm Park is near High Wycombe in the middle of nowhere and we arrived just after opening. There’s plenty of car parking and it needed it, with… Continue Reading “Summer circus fun at Odds Farm Park”

Dashed high expectations of National Trust’s Claydon

Visiting National Trust Claydon - Bubbablue and me

You know when you decide to go somewhere on a whim, don’t really take much notice of the information provided beforehand and end up at a place that isn’t really suitable or what was expected? That’s exactly how I felt about the National Trust’s Claydon. Whenever the new National Trust booklet comes out, or I do an online search for places near us, Claydon was always one of the nearby houses that was on my vague to visit list. We… Continue Reading “Dashed high expectations of National Trust’s Claydon”

A London day trip featuring a City Cruises river tour

London day trip river train and tram - Bubbablue and me

I love visiting London. I’d hate to live and work there, but to visit, I’d happily go and explore every corner of the city given half the chance. I try to take N each year because it reminds me of the trips my mum used to take us on a couple of times a year. We’re only an hour away on the train – although during the week it’s a disgusting price if you want to get into town at… Continue Reading “A London day trip featuring a City Cruises river tour”