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”

Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Palace House and Top Gear

Day trip to Beaulieu for the motor museum and palace house - Bubbablue and me

One of the first attractions on my list of places to visit on our recent holiday to the New Forest was Beaulieu.  I’ve been twice before, once as a child on a 2 family holiday and once with the OH a few years before having N.  Both times it’s been great, so I knew N would love it as well. Of course going in February did mean some activities weren’t open like the vintage bus ride, but we could still… Continue Reading “Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Palace House and Top Gear”

Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World

Day trip to Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World - Bubbablue and me

I never thought I would take N to Peppa Pig World.  But holidaying in the New Forest, I found we couldn’t really avoid it.  It always helps with negotiating for places I want to visit if N gets his choice first.  So a trip to Paultons Park was on the cards for half term. The timing worked really well. Paultons Park opened the season on the first day of our half term.  We chose the sunniest looking day and it… Continue Reading “Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World”

Friends together at National Trust Stowe Gardens

making friends at Stowe Gardens - Bubbablue and me

It always seems like an effort to get out for a walk at home. It’s a lot easier if I have to get out and go for a purposeful trip out.  Mary from Over 40 and a mum to one and I had arranged to meet up with our boys at Stowe Gardens.  Luckily the day was dry and mild although foggy.  So the usual reflective lake wasn’t showing its true beauty. Monkey and N have only met fleetingly once… Continue Reading “Friends together at National Trust Stowe Gardens”

Eating out with children in Lyndhurst New Forest

Eating out with children Lyndhurst New Forest - Bubbablue and me

I love eating out and going out and going on holiday in the UK. We usually do bed and breakfast which means eating out every night. Annoyingly, despite N being a good eater, I daren’t spend money on more adventurous cuisines in case he won’t eat them. He gripes about the indian and chinese foods at school, and his version of chicken fajitas excludes guacamole and sour cream so when we were away for a few days in the New… Continue Reading “Eating out with children in Lyndhurst New Forest”

Winter walk at Stowe Gardens

Winter walk at Stowe Gardens - Bubbablue and me

We had a really lazy Christmas holidays. Usually N can’t wait to get out on the farm, but this holiday, he mostly only went out for an hour or so.  My anticipated free time to spend blogging didn’t happen, and instead we spend a lot of time chilling out at home.  In between Christmas and new year, I was determined to get out though, and with Stowe Gardens not far away, I decided we should go and check out their… Continue Reading “Winter walk at Stowe Gardens”

Living Arrows 2017 week 1 – reflections

LIving Arrows 52 at Stowe

I’m joining in Living Arrows again this year.  It’s lovely to be able to look back and see all the photos I’ve taken of N over the past year, and see how much he’s changed.  If you want to join in, it’s a lovely friendly community to take part in, you can find its home over at What the Red Head Said – click through the badge below. In between Christmas and New Year, I wanted to make use of… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 1 – reflections”

My Sunday Photo – serenity at Stowe Gardens

My Sunday Photo sun over Stowe Gardens

We had a morning at Stowe Gardens the other day, before the crowds arrived. Giving us time to decide how far to walk and where.  The advent trail was largely ignored in favour of us going where N fancied. It was a beautiful crisp winters day and the sun was beautifully reflecting everything in the lake.

Round up of 2016 and looking forward to 2017

Best of 2016 and looking forward to 2017 - Bubbablue and me

Another year is almost over and it’s time we’re all making plans for the upcoming year. I have to admit that I don’t really do resolutions…or planning goals for the year. Because I know I’m unlikely to stop biting my nails after 30 odd years. And goals change so much, it’s enough that we have to do them for work. So I usually have broad aims. For the blog and social media, I’d like to have a better year than… Continue Reading “Round up of 2016 and looking forward to 2017”

Festive shows – Cinderella and the Lost Slipper

cinderella show banner

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”