On the hunt…

Easter this year pretty much involved nothing but chocolate…. …which was  somewhat of a shame for me, as, oddly, since I got pregnant, I can’t really stomach anything sweet, especially chocolate. Even mini eggs were out of bounds. Gasp. We spent one chaotic morning in the kitchen attempting to make ‘family chocolate cake’ – an activity…

If you go down to the woods today…

Getting muddy at Forest School… We have spent some lovely mornings recently at a local Forest School, a really fantastic way to get your children outside and into nature, learning little things along the way and embracing the liberating freedom of muddy hands and hide and seek among the trees. Of course, you’re still dealing…

Finding your Festive Spirit

Lovely things to do with big and little people… Take your Friends A Very Cowley Christmas: A lovely festive event at beautiful Cowley Manor, created in conjunction with Space.NK, Harvey Nichols , Whole Foods and Taittinger. There’s the expected Christmas shopping, but also a fashion show, several festive skincare and makeup masterclasses, as well as…

Leaves Underfoot…

I cannot get enough of autumn. Ever year, it rolls around and I think for a brief second that I’m not done with summer, and then I remember how happy it makes me – the colours of the trees, the feel of a chill in the air, fresh mornings and cold nights, burnt oranges and…

Rococo Gardens

A sunny day amidst the best of England’s green and pleasant land… The Rococo Gardens in Painswick were designed in the 1740s as a flamboyant pleasure garden for entertaining guests. The beautiful, quirky setting  has all the charm of an English country garden, coupled with some dramatic flourishes and intriguing buildings. With a flower garden, vegetable garden, a pond,…

Toddler Trail…

Last week, Munchkin and I headed over to Dyrham Park with friends for one of their weekly Toddler Trails – a free event for the under 5s during term time, featuring activities, crafts, songs and discovery in the Park’s glorious gardens. After negotiating our way down the very steep slope from the car park, in…

A London Adventure

Last week, we were lucky enough to be able to house-sit for some family friends in Putney, giving us six days back in the big smoke, mixing business with pleasure, showing Munchkin the big city, visiting our old stamping ground in NW London and seeing lots of friends. It was a lovely change from normal…

Farm girl

Out and about on the farm… One of the many great things about Munchkin getting bigger and more grown up (aside from the better sleeping, the walking, the communication, the ability to amuse herself etc etc), is the slow realisation that all those great ‘attractions for children’ now apply to you too. It’s fantastic being able…

Light Show

Every year Westonbirt Arboretum lights up a walkway through the trees during the festive season. The usually tranquil retreat becomes ablaze with colour and music, fairies dart between the trees, branches appear to hover in the sky, bubbles float down from above and flickering colours transform the ancient oaks into works of art. It is…