Thursford – organs and steam engines

Thursford Collection steam engines and organs - Bubbablue and me

Sometimes we visit some really random places.  Many of those that I’ve remembered since my own childhood, and the Thursford  was one of these. On a rainy day on our Norfolk holiday, we decided to change plans from the beach and head indoors.  The Thursford popped up as an alternative and N seemed keen to check out the steam engines. I always think hanging around until 10am for places to open is a pain when we’re ready to leave hotels… Continue Reading “Thursford – organs and steam engines”

Exploring National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall

National Trust visit Felbrigg Hall - Bubbablue and me.

As children we holidayed a couple of years in north Norfolk, so I was keen to return to some of the places we’d visited back then. It was a real blast from the past although I tend to only remember names rather than details. But it was 30 years ago, so to be expected! On our first afternoon on holiday, we’d had a bit of time after Cromer before heading back to the hotel.  The weather had looked better by… Continue Reading “Exploring National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall”

Amazona Zoo Cromer – an educational visit

Day out Amazona Zoo Cromer - Bubbablue and me .

As you might have read before, I do like to cram in days out when we’re on holiday. We rarely spend a full day at one location when we’re on our own.  Both N and I (although him more), like to have a few hours whizzing around, and then get bored and want to get away and do something else or chill out.  So we did have at least 1 mad day on holiday when we did quite a few… Continue Reading “Amazona Zoo Cromer – an educational visit”

North Norfolk seaside visits – Cromer and Wells next the Sea

Beach days out in North Norfolk - Bubbablue and me

Our recent break in Norfolk was a bit of déjà vu for me, having summer holidayed near Sheringham 3 times as  achild.  I’d chosen Norfolk rather than a city break further inland, so we could get out to the beach and seaside a few days.  It didn’t work as well as I’d hoped, because I booked the hotel really late meaning the nicer hotels nearer the coast were booked up.  With slow Norfolk roads, it was nearly an hour journey… Continue Reading “North Norfolk seaside visits – Cromer and Wells next the Sea”

Lambourn open day – meet the horses family fun

Meeting horses at Lambourn open day - Bubbablue and me

As a child I loved horses and always wanted to learn to ride. But my ballet teacher put her foot down – no riding if I was learning ballet with her. So instead I would read every book possible and visit local horses to see them.  So when I was introduced to Lambourn Open Day and offered tickets to the event by In The Paddock, I was keen to have a look and introduce N to horses close up. Our… Continue Reading “Lambourn open day – meet the horses family fun”

Easter Egg hunt at Upton House

Easter egg hunt at Upton House- Bubbablue and me

It’s been a while since I’ve been to our nearby National Trust property, Upton House. And a few years since I took N for a Cadbury easter egg hunt there. The first time we took N’s youngest cousin with us, and this time we invited him along too.  At 8 he’s still willing to look for Easter eggs, and he and N always love being out and about together. With my family membership I could get the nephew in too,… Continue Reading “Easter Egg hunt at Upton House”

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”

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”

Mottisfont – an outdoor National Trust visit

A winter visit experience at National Trust Mottisfont for family fun - Bubbablue and me

With National Trust membership, I always feel like we should make the most of it whenever we’re away. So on our February break in the New Forest, we stopped at Mottisfont on the way home. N wasn’t impressed at doing another National Trust visit, but given I’d taken him to Peppa Pig World he owed me!  Once he knew there would be lunch boxes and water involved, he was happy.  He even told me to get out my camera to… Continue Reading “Mottisfont – an outdoor National Trust visit”