The Snowman and Nutcracker concert at Coventry Cathedral

The snowman and nutcracker concert at Coventry Cathedral - Bubbablue and me

I’ve never been to Coventry Cathedral but recently we combined our love of music with Christmas and headed off there for The Snowman Tour concert. I’d seen it advertised a while back, and as N loves the Snowman and quite enjoyed the Paddington concert last year, I booked for us to go. I’d planned for it to be a good festive treat with us spending the afternoon in Coventry. I’d hoped to check out the transport museum that I’d been… Continue Reading “The Snowman and Nutcracker concert at Coventry Cathedral”

Paddling pool and scooter fun in Stratford-upon-Avon

scooting and paddling pool fun in Stratford upon avon

Despite us only having weekends to really do many activities, I feel like we managed to cram in a lot over the holidays.  Sometimes free is best, and perfectly suitable for young children. N loves going to the park, and with no splash parks or good parks in town, we quite often head to Stratford-upon-Avon for an early morning play and relax.  We usually pop N’s bike or scooter in the boot too, so there’s plenty we can do at… Continue Reading “Paddling pool and scooter fun in Stratford-upon-Avon”

Igniting an interest in cycling for children

Igniting an interest in cycling for children - Bubbablue and me

I’ve written so many times about N’s love of cycling and his bike, but recently that interest in cycling was brought alive by a last minute email from our neighbour about the Women’s Tour of Britain race. I’m usually quite up on what’s going on in and around our area, and book in visits and events in the calendar well in advance.  But sporting events seem to pass me by.  Being in a lovely rural area, complete with lots of… Continue Reading “Igniting an interest in cycling for children”

Monkey fun at Twycross Zoo

day trip to Twycross zoo - Bubbablue and me

At the end of the Easter holidays I wanted us to go on a nice day trip to finish off the break.  N wasn’t keen to leave the farm, but I suggested a couple of options and Twycross Zoo made the grade in his eyes.  We’re lucky where we live because we’re able to get to a lot of places within an hour.  Early on a Saturday morning, we had no traffic issues round Birmingham getting to Twycross. Although it… Continue Reading “Monkey fun at Twycross Zoo”

A blustery walk at Burton Dassett country park

walking at Burton Dassett Country Park - Bubbablue and me

On new year’s eve, despite the wind and rain we did manage to get out for some fresh air.  I’d aborted going to Burton Dassett Country Park one day because it was really windy, but the next it wasn’t quite as windy so we decided we’d head out for a walk. Luckily we didn’t take the kites, I think we’d have taken off if the kites hadn’t snapped.  It was so windy there.  We snuggled up in hats and coats… Continue Reading “A blustery walk at Burton Dassett country park”

Christmas at Warwick Arts Centre – Gruffalo’s Child and The Lost Gift

Warwick Arts Centre Christmas - Lost Gift and Gruffalo's Child with lantern ceiling

I’ve refound my love of Warwick Arts Centre.  It’s only 25 minutes drive from us and it has so many great theatre shows, concerts and exhibitions, we really should make more use of it.  We saw Paddington Bear’s First Concert a few months ago, and around the same time I booked for both of their family Christmas shows. The first one, The Lost Gift was a spontaneous decision and I didn’t really know much about it.  But given we would… Continue Reading “Christmas at Warwick Arts Centre – Gruffalo’s Child and The Lost Gift”

The elegant combination of a baby shower and afternoon tea

afternoon tea at mallory court food - Bubbablueandme

When I was pregnant with N, baby showers weren’t really that prolific in the UK, although a pregnant colleague and I did have a ‘baby shower’ afternoon tea goodbye with our team. I’ve never really been one to automatically think of going for afternoon tea either (I don’t drink tea, so I guess the name might be a bit of a forgetful thing), but when my NCT friends started having 2nd and 3rd babies, we’ve got into the habit of… Continue Reading “The elegant combination of a baby shower and afternoon tea”

Paddington’s First Concert with City of London Sinfonia

double bass at rest at the Paddington's First concert

I love to go to the theatre and concerts but haven’t been to many since having N.  I’ve been aiming to get him to appreciate and enjoy music (other than AC DC which still seems to be his first love, now extending to the Foo Fighters), and when I was looking for Christmas events I spotted the Paddington Concert that was at Warwick Arts Centre, brought to Warwick by the City of London Sinfonia. I always forget about Warwick Arts… Continue Reading “Paddington’s First Concert with City of London Sinfonia”

Going back to the war years at National Trust’s Upton House

Experiencing the War years at National Trust Upton House

The other weekend my best friend and her son came to visit.  We only see them about once or twice a year, so it’s always great to catch up.  The added bonus is that we have an immaculate house because I cleaned it from top to bottom the week before! They arrived on the Saturday and we wanted to get out somewhere nearby where the boys could run around.  We both have National Trust membership so decided to visit Upton House. … Continue Reading “Going back to the war years at National Trust’s Upton House”

Enjoying the gardens at National Trust’s Packwood House

picture frames at Packwood House cafe

It seems like such a long time ago, nearly 4 weeks, that N started school.  I’d taken his first day off work in the hope of meeting friends who were in the same boat, to celebrate and commiserate, but it didn’t work out.  Friends were working, or had appointments booked in, or their children weren’t starting on the same day. So I decided that I would go on a National Trust visit.  Last year we really made the most of… Continue Reading “Enjoying the gardens at National Trust’s Packwood House”