From Ragley Hall to Coughton Court National Trust

Kids photography tips at Coughton Court - Bubbablue and me

Sometimes a day just doesn’t go to plan.  I try to throw in a spontaneous day out, giving N a few options.  But mum usually knows best, on this occasion ending up at National Trust’s Coughton Court after an aborted trip to Ragley Hall. Ragley Hall disappointment After N requested a trip to Ragley Hall (the lure of the adventure playground overrode anything else suggested), I looked up the opening times as 10am with tours in the afternoon. We don’t… Continue Reading “From Ragley Hall to Coughton Court National Trust”

My Sunday Photo – Coughton Court statue

My Sunday Photo Coughton Court statue

This week’s My Sunday Photo wasn’t taken by me, but by N. We went to Coughton Court, a National Trust property during half term. N forgot to take his camera out of the car with him, so he decided he was using mine instead. Okay, so my camera’s pretty good on auto, but apart from taking down the highlights a little, this was what came out of the camera. Straight, all in photo, and with a bit of garden to… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – Coughton Court statue”

How to entertain the family at Snowshill Manor and Gardens

Snowshill Manor and gardens - Bubbablue and me

I’m always looking for a chance to use our National Trust membership and haven’t been for a while. So with the agreement that we’d go out for the day for my birthday, I only had to decide which site to visit.  We’re lucky because we’re only an hour from so many places, and I decided that Snowshill Manor and Gardens should be the next place to visit. Snowshill Manor is just into Worcestershire, so was just under an hour’s drive. … Continue Reading “How to entertain the family at Snowshill Manor and Gardens”

A blustery Rhossili bay walk

Rhossili Bay walk - Bubbablue and me

One of the things I love about holidays is getting out and about.  I’m not great at getting out around home, unless we go out for the day, but on holiday there’s always places I want to see and do.  This camping trip the weather wasn’t that great for doing much once we’d spent the 2 sunny days on the beach.  But once the rain cleared in the afternoons we did cram in a couple of extra detours to places.… Continue Reading “A blustery Rhossili bay walk”

It’s too damn hot – day out at Feast Waddesdon Manor

Feast at Waddesdon Manor - Bubbablue and me

I really don’t deal with heat well.  It’s obviously a family thing because our mum hated the hot weather (despite or maybe because of living in various hot countries as a child) and my brother despite tanning really easily, isn’t a fan either.  It just makes me want to sit in a cold room somewhere and not do anything.  But for the second year, Waddesdon Manor’s Feast has fallen on a super hot weekend.  When I buy tickets in advance… Continue Reading “It’s too damn hot – day out at Feast Waddesdon Manor”

Enjoying natural play at Anglesey Abbey and Gardens

Natural play at Anglesey Abbey and gardens - Bubbablue and me

We’ve pretty much been to every National Trust property near us, but holidays mean there’s more opportunity to explore and discover new places. Many appear on other blogs I’ve read, but on our way home from Norfolk, I wanted to stop off to break up the journey and make the most of our membership.  A random place I spotted was Anglesey Abbey and Gardens, so off we headed. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we arrived, but it turned… Continue Reading “Enjoying natural play at Anglesey Abbey and Gardens”

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”

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”

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”

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”