Festive shows – Cinderella and the Lost Slipper

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N’s at that inbetween age where he’s getting a bit old for the pre-school type of theatre shows (or we’ve seen the ones we’d want to see), but isn’t old enough for full on theatre shows and musicals yet. Last year we decided that our local Mill arts centre’s Christmas showing was too old for him, but this year Cinderella and the Glass Slipper looked more likely. We were given tickets to go along to the show so we took… Continue Reading “Festive shows – Cinderella and the Lost Slipper”

Christmas at Blenheim Palace – light fantastic

Christmas lights at Blenheim Palace - Bubbablue and me

When Blenheim Palace first announced their Christmas at Blenheim light show, I was always champing at the bit to be able to get hold of tickets.  But then I heard the cost.  When you are a National Trust member you get to see amazing shows like the displays and installations at Waddesdon for free. So as annual pass holders it was disappointing to see how much it was going to cost. But with it being the first year the light… Continue Reading “Christmas at Blenheim Palace – light fantastic”

How to pick pumpkins and Millets Farm Centre visit

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While I hate saying goodbye to the lovely summer weather we had in September, I do love autumn. Not only because it’s my birthday month but also for the colour, mists, sunrise and sunsets, bonfires and more. Pumpkins were never really on my mind until a few years ago when we went pumpkin picking at Hatton Adventure World. Autumn Last year we slacked and just bought one from the supermarket. But this year we wanted to go again. Because picking… Continue Reading “How to pick pumpkins and Millets Farm Centre visit”

Autumn art installation at Blenheim Palace

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My birthday weekend was much like any other, apart from a big night out. But it was perfect weather unlike the birthdays of my childhood where it always seemed to rain, aiding my avoidance of the birthday bumps at school! So I decided that I’d make the most of our newly renewed pass and take N to Blenheim Palace. Of course, it’s not that simple getting N off the farm. His reasoning was that he spent the Saturday with me…food… Continue Reading “Autumn art installation at Blenheim Palace”

Exploring Oxford buildings at Open Doors weekend

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I’ve heard about Open Doors weekend in the past, but never got round to making the most of it. But this year I remembered to look it up. Falling on the weekend when my car was in for a service, it worked out really well. I would have a morning in Oxford to play with – N decided to stay on the farm, so I didn’t have to look out the child friendly events. Open Doors is an annual event… Continue Reading “Exploring Oxford buildings at Open Doors weekend”

A little slice of local railway history

banbury north signal box - Bubbablue and me

I’m not a railway buff. N isn’t a particular railway fan. Unless of course we go on a train, any type of train. Then he gets really excited. I was surprised when N drew a picture of his train set when his homework asked him to draw his favourite toy! But when a friend mentioned that there were tours left to go round the decommissioned Banbury North signal box, we decided we’d take our boys to visit. Surely it would… Continue Reading “A little slice of local railway history”

Farming and family fun at the first ever BBC Countryfile Live

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As soon as I spotted the BBC were doing the first Countryfile Live show, and that it was local to us, I knew we would be going.  We’re farmers (well, N tells me I’m not, but I live on a farm and am married to one) and watch Countryfile every week.  As I’m sure most farmers do.  So of course it was an essential day out for us. We were lucky enough to get hold of tickets (blimey, by that… Continue Reading “Farming and family fun at the first ever BBC Countryfile Live”

Visiting Castleyard cafe and mooching round Oxford

Castleyard Cafe at Oxford castle - Bubbablue and me

I love a day out in Oxford and having lived there for 3 years, and in the county for most of my life, it’s great to have some little gems of places to eat out for different occasions.  We were recently invited to Oxford to try out the newly revamped Castleyard Cafe at Oxford Castle.  N wanted to stay on the farm, so instead I headed to Oxford to meet up with Mary from Over 40 and a mum to one… Continue Reading “Visiting Castleyard cafe and mooching round Oxford”

Stonor Park failure and Henley-on-Thames walk

stonor park flowers and henley on thames walk - Bubbablue and me

I’m always on the look out for photo opportunities and when I spotted the Spring flowers and tulip festival at Stonor Park I thought that would be perfect to take lots of pretty flowers pictures.  So back in Spring we headed off for the trip there. On the website it mentioned that with National Trust membership you could get in 2 for the price of 1, but children don’t pay until they’re 6 so we didn’t need to pay for N… Continue Reading “Stonor Park failure and Henley-on-Thames walk”

A spring walk to enjoy blossom in the park

cycle and spring walk in the park - Bubbablue and me

It’s felt like April’s whizzed by, but on the other hand the weather’s been all over the place so it’s hard to believe we’re nearly in May.  Every weekend N asks to go on a bike ride or to go to the park so last weekend I agreed that we’d load the bike in the car and go to the park in town. Usually we’re at the park early mornings when it’s empty, but this time we were there after… Continue Reading “A spring walk to enjoy blossom in the park”