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”

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”

Snowdrop trail walk at Evenley Wood Garden

Evenley Wood Garden snowdrop trail - Bubbablue and me

Last year we only caught a quick glimpse of snowdrops at Stowe, but this year I wanted to check out Evenley Wood Garden.  I’d never been but others have recommended it to me for snowdrop trails in particular. As it was the first weekend of opening, and the weather was miraculously due to be dry on the Sunday, I dragged N out with me to check it out. Evenley Wood Garden is near Brackley, so took us just under 30… Continue Reading “Snowdrop trail walk at Evenley Wood Garden”

Family things to do in Oxfordshire

Family days out in Oxfordshire - Bubbablue and me.

So often people don’t get out and about in their own area. Not us, and we’re gradually working our way around Oxfordshire. We’re lucky because we’re so close to many other counties within an hour’s drive.  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 things to do in Oxfordshire, keep reading. This series of days out posts are based on round ups of places… Continue Reading “Family things to do in Oxfordshire”

Project 52 2018 week 5 – Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

rallye monte carlo historique cars in Banbury

This week I was surprised to find the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique in town for the day.  I had a wander round at lunch time. Considering I’d not seen any advertising for it before the day, and that it was a weekday and raining, it was quite busy.  I didn’t get to see the cars driving round, but it was still nice to spot different ones, including Colin McRae’s winning Subaru.

How to pack for a camping trip

how to pack for a camping trip - Bubbablue and me

One of the worst things about going on holiday is packing. For one parent, that often means packing for the rest of the family as well.  For camping, that prospect can be even more off-putting because you need to take so much equipment and food with you. (Unless you’re wild camping with just a tent, but that’s not my cup of tea).  After 3 family camping trips I’ve got our packing system working well. For camping trip, I’m assuming it’s… Continue Reading “How to pack for a camping trip”

The best type of holidays for families

Pros and cons of different types of family holidays - Bubbablue and me

We love a holiday, although ours aren’t the normal once a year big foreign holiday. Poor N hasn’t been abroad yet (excluding a trip to Jersey and he didn’t need a passport for that), and given I don’t want to take him alone on a first foreign holiday, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.  Instead we do several staycations a year, including our annual friends camping trip. There’s so many holiday options nowadays, it’s a case of picking the most… Continue Reading “The best type of holidays for families”