Enjoy Emberton Country Park even in winter

emberton country park - Bubbablue and me

Holidays and short breaks for me are the chance to explore and discover new places to visit. It’s an opportunity to experience new things and education N in what else is out there apart from farming.  It works pretty well, although sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan.  For example our attempt to visit Whipsnade which was so cold and then wet, we struggled to enjoy it as much as we would usually do. But choosing a random place to… Continue Reading “Enjoy Emberton Country Park even in winter”

Enjoy a country house hotel break at Chicheley Hall

chicheley hall hotel stay - bubbablue and me

I always laughed when people went away and stayed in hotels near home. Why stay an hour away when you can just visit for the day quite easily? But now I’ve had that experience, I’m rethinking. Actually if you need a break to get away from home, and give you the excuse to explore around that area, it’s a great idea. Plus saving 3-4 hours driving is a bonus – it means more time while you’re there.  We were asked… Continue Reading “Enjoy a country house hotel break at Chicheley Hall”

Family days out in Warwickshire

family days out in Warwickshire - Bubbablue and me

We love a day out whether it’s just a weekend day popping out somewhere, or a day out while on holiday.  I’m reliving my childhood visiting around the UK, near home and further away, and love sharing it with N. So if you’re looking for days out in Warwickshire, you’re in the right place. This series of days out posts are based on round ups of places we’ve loved on our travels.  Hopefully it’ll make them easier for you to… Continue Reading “Family days out in Warwickshire”

How to increase your Pinterest success with 6 simple tips

How to have pinterest success - Bubbablue and me

I love Pinterest. I’ve been using it since it was invitation only way back before I was blogging. And although I now use it for my blog, I’ve not converted my boards to be purely about my niche.  Like my blog, my Pinterest account is eclectic and never-ending, and I still want to use it for personal purposes. I have found over the last year that the focus I’ve put on it has helped make it my number 1 blog… Continue Reading “How to increase your Pinterest success with 6 simple tips”

My Sunday Photo / Project 52 2018 week 7 – Zebra fun

zebra selfie at Whipsnade zoo

Half term is nearly over for us – back to work and school on Monday.  N spent Monday and Tuesday working on the farm with his dad, and checking lambing progress – he has 10 ewes due to give birth, althoguh this year is a bit confusing because they’re not clear which of the 20 sheep are his and which are his cousins. I suppose they’ll just divvy them up once all have had their lambs. Then we had 3… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo / Project 52 2018 week 7 – Zebra fun”

Making instagram my happy place again – new hashtag communities

Enjoy instagram again new # communities - Bubbablue and me

If you’re on Instagram how do you feel about it at the moment? I used to really enjoy it. I joined before it was somewhere influencers were, before it was included in blog ranking calculations. When it was just about sharing square photos and finding like-minded people to follow without having to use Flickr. But over the last year as it’s become more business oriented, and the algorithms have hit many of us hard, it’s hard to get the same… Continue Reading “Making instagram my happy place again – new hashtag communities”

Camping etiquette – the dos and don’ts of camping with kids

Camping etiquette - Bubbablue and me

Whatever the holiday, even with children, you want to get away from the chaos of home and enjoy a relaxing time.  Some people think camping is a lot of hard work. But it doesn’t have to be if you prep in advance, make life easy with limiting the cooking you do, or go with friends so the children can all entertain each other, and you’ve more adults on hand to help out.  But having children on a campsite does make… Continue Reading “Camping etiquette – the dos and don’ts of camping with kids”

Family days out in Gloucestershire

family days out in gloucestershire - Bubbablue and me

We love a day out whether it’s just a weekend day popping out somewhere, or a day out while on holiday.  I’m reliving my childhood visiting around the UK, near home and further away, and love sharing it with N. So if you’re looking for days out in Gloucestershire, you’re in the right place. This series of days out posts are based on round ups of places we’ve loved on our travels.  Hopefully it’ll make them easier for you to… Continue Reading “Family days out in Gloucestershire”

How and why to use the Polarr photo editor

how to use Polarr photo editor - Bubbablue and me

If you’re just getting into your photography and want to use RAW images rather than Jpegs, you need an editing programme rather than the basics you might use online.  On recommendation I’ve started using Polarr, and want to share what I’ve learnt about it. Everyone seems to opt for Lightroom or Photoshop which do the job brilliantly, but in particular with Photoshop there’s a big learning curve.  There’s also a big expense.  With Lightroom you can pay a one off… Continue Reading “How and why to use the Polarr photo editor”

School Days – owl day

owl babies homework

This week’s school days was more eventful than normal. The last week before half term, and it feels like they’ve only just gone back after Christmas. Here’s this week. Sick day It’s not often N has a day off sick. This was his second day this year, which is a lot for him. On Sunday he came down with a horrible cold, which continued into Monday. So he had the day off (being bored – at least he does find… Continue Reading “School Days – owl day”