Mouse Hunt

Searching for a little mouse in a beautiful wilderness… We are lucky enough to have the most incredibly creative, imaginative and playful activity group locally called Playcircle, whose drop-in play sessions, story sessions, seasonal parties, and now even a mini summer festival, are filled with glorious singing, music, songs, crafts and activities. Run by lovely mummies…

Thank you for not sharing….

As your children start to get older, and begin to really interact with their little friends, so too comes the inevitable minefield that is ‘proper behaviour’ – most specifically sharing and playing nicely – and all the adult expectations that come along with it. Sharing is one of the most challenging things I’ve come up against as…

Stop being childish…?

Sometimes, when you’re talking to your children, it’s easy to use certain phrases that you hear every day or have heard other parents use, without really thinking about them. I can often be talking to Munchkin and say something, that, with hindsight, was completely stupid, unhelpful, misleading, confusing or plain daft. Phrases, sentences, questions come…

Hide & Seek…

Or, 24 things I have had to hide from my toddler today… So, we are at the Beady Little Eyes phase of toddlerdom at the moment. Munchkin wants everything all the time, even at the most inopportune moment, naturally – and has developed a razor-sharp sniper vision for spotting some teeny-weeny corner of something she simply-must-have-right-now-absolutely-now-or-the-whole-world-will-implode….

Easter traditions

Last year, when Munchkin was about nine months old I wrote about how I wanted to start marking seasonal holidays and events throughout the year in a way that becomes an annual family tradition. This year it’s been all about colours from these wonderful baskets that I snagged here (can you believe it?). Pop a few…

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…

Pure joy…

Seeing the world through tiny eyes… Sometimes it takes your child to make you just stop and marvel at the wonderful simplicity of the world around you… Running down a quiet lane… The soft golden coat of your new best friend… First bubbles… Scrunchy leaves underfoot… Jumping into a heap of pillows… Settling in with your…

Harvest Festival on the Farm…

One of the things I love about living in the country is the fact that we all feel so much more connected to the seasons. It’s easier to get seasonal produce here and – crucially – to know what is seasonal. The more we grow in our garden, the more we start to be aware…

Loving the leaves…

Autumn has come to Gloucestershire… This is by far and away my favourite time of the year. I love the golden leaves, the smell of the fresh, crisp air, the blue skies and the low sun. The smell of the radiators as you first turn them on, the heat of an early autumn log fire,…

Wellies and such things…

If this was a fashion magazine, I’d be calling this ‘transitional wear’… …as it is, it’s just a bloody marvellous polka dot coat…(£1.95 from a charity shop, thank you very much)… And a fabulous pair of wellies… (£10.99 H&M) Does it get any better? Puddles to splash in, whole worlds to discover…  

The pitter patter of penguins…

Making friends with meercats… A rainy Sunday is hell on earth if you have little children who are at the stage of wanting to move around. After several wet weekends we decided to get out and about, and, with Munchkin’s growing fascination with the animal world, Cotswold Wildlife Park seemed to be the place to…

Gorgeous Gifford’s Circus…

Running away to the circus… …and taking Munchkin with us! Every year when the circus rolls into town we go for an afternoon of picnicking on the common and being wowed by the energy, artistry and wholesome beauty that is Gifford’s Circus. Last year we took Munchkin when she was barely eight weeks old. She slept…