Holidays in Swanage: part 2 – Geography class remembered

| Activities & education, Days out, UK holidays

portland bill lighthouse (2) c

Who says holidays can’t be educational?  Certainly not me, and I think I’m turning into my mum with the geography class as we’re on the move! When she took us on holidays in the UK, she would point out all the geographical features – rivers, meanders and oxbow lakes, dry stone walls, glacial features and […] Read more…


Britmums blog carnival – sit back and get ready to read

| Blogging & social media, Odds and sods

After waiting what seems like ages (there was a seriously long list ahead of me), it’s my turn to host the Britmums Blog Carnival.  This is chance for me and you to find new blogs to read, comment and subscribe to.   This month’s carnival has a bit of an informal parenting theme going on […] Read more…


Days out when visiting Swanage – part 1

| Days out, UK holidays

exploring Corfe Castle c

I mentioned that we had a big first this month, our first family holiday that included the OH.  Not for want of trying, but it finally happened and it went quite well.  I was worried that because I’m used to doing everything with N on my own, that get his dad interfering and doing his […] Read more…


Living Arrows 42

| On the farm, Photography

living arrows 42 - wall walking

I was attempting to get N to pose for me so I could take some photos for a review post I’ve got coming up, but he just wanted to climb and walk on the wall.  Then the funny faces started! Like this: Like Loading… Read more…


Boost your child’s reading confidence – Sparkup Magical Book Reader

| Activities & education, Books, Competitions, Reviews, Toy reviews, Toys & Gadgets

sparkup magical book reader

I’ve always tried to instill a love of books in N and it seems to be working so far. He’ll choose books to look at on his own, insists on certain books at bedtime, and loves it when he finds a new book that he likes.  He’s only just started thinking about liking letters (mostly […] Read more…


My Sunday Photo / Silent Sunday

| On the farm, Photography

john deere overalls and gator riding in the garden

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Project 365: photo a day week 42

| Photography

running around the garden

I don’t think I’m the only one to have struggled this week.  The rain hasn’t been conduscive to walking at lunch times, which means less opportunity to look round and really notice things to photograph.  With evenings and mornings darker too, I really need to work on manual settings to get some decent indoor photos! […] Read more…


Preschooler preamble – holiday talk

| Days out, Milestones, Observations

broken Corfe Castle c

N is a typical 3 year old, who never stops talking.  Or singing. Or asking questions.  Just making his voice heard.  But over the last week or so we’ve had some classic conversations that I just had to share. Now we all know that people say the English language is one of the hardest because […] Read more…


Gruffalo’s Child Trail and musical magic at Wendover Woods

| Activities & education, Days out, Music

music in wendover woods - bubbablue and me

After our disappointment at not seeing a Gruffalo at the end of the Gruffalo Trail in Salcey Forest earlier in the year, I really wanted to try another forest and see one.  So when I saw that the Gruffalo’s Child trail was the next one starting this October, I put a date in the diary […] Read more…


Music Exploration with children linky 7

| Activities & education, Music

musical exploration badge

It’s month 7 of my Music Exploration with children linky, so hopefully you’re getting inspired on getting your children introduced to music early on. The linky’s open from 15th (ok, so I’m a day late this month) and closes at the end of the month.  So plenty of time to link up any posts which […] Read more…


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