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”

Living Arrows 2017 week 16 – outdoor fun

Living Arrows 2017 week 16 fun at Upton house

I’d been meaning to return to Upton House (National Trust) for a while now, and had been hoping to see the new 1920s displays and the refilled mirror lake.  But we went today for the Easter Egg hunt and the mirror lake was still empty and complete with JCB digger in it N had a great time with his cousin, they spent a lot of time rolling down slopes, running around and just generally having a bit of rough and… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 16 – outdoor fun”

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”

Camping essentials you wouldn’t always expect

the unusual camping essentials you sholdn't forget to pack - Bubbablue and me

I’m a big list person.  Without them I’d forgot a lot, so going on holiday definitely needs a list.  But going camping for the first time in years, I was initially a bit stumped on what equipment I’d need. Beforehand, I asked around work colleagues who were camping fans, and had a search online.  Tents were a nightmare to choose because there were so many, and all the reviews were different.  There weren’t that many helpful guides on what you… Continue Reading “Camping essentials you wouldn’t always expect”

Family fun with Geronimo Festival – giveaway

Justin Fletcher at Geronimo festival

Last year we experienced the family fun that was Geronimo Festival.  It was a beautiful day, and spending it at a children’s festival was perfect for N and my godson.  They had a ball and it was great to see them enjoying everything.   This year Geronimo is being held at Arley Hall in Cheshire on 27-29th May.  It’s a great opportunity to get outside with the children over the bank holiday weekend. The entertainment is all targeted at children. So… Continue Reading “Family fun with Geronimo Festival – giveaway”

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”

Kite flying and nest building – kite giveaway

Get kids outdoors with kite flying and nest building - Bubbabue and me

There are some great benefits to living where we do. The view. Living close to family. Plenty of space for N to play in. The downside is that it’s pretty breezy because there’s no shelter from other houses or hedges etc. The bonus of that of course, is that it’s great for flying kites.  When I say kites, I mean easy light ones, not massive stunt kites.  I think we’d have to go up our hills to use those. We… Continue Reading “Kite flying and nest building – kite giveaway”

My Sunday Photo – kite flying in the sun

kite flying in March sun

This week’s My Sunday Photo is the first day this year we’ve properly spent out in the garden.  It’s still too water logged on the grass really, but we got the kite out for some kite flying.  Of course, as soon as we got it unfurled, the wind died down and N got bored trying. So while he went off and cut the grass (with scissors), I enjoyed some relaxation and kite flying. Taking me back to my childhood.