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Mud glorious mud with vintage apple crates

Mud glorious mud with vintage apple crates

When you move to the country you prepare yourself for so many things, the one thing I wasn’t really that prepared for was the relentless streams of mud that seem to end up on my wooden floors. The children are good and will kick boots off but it’s normally exactly that. Muddy boots kicked off with mud flying everywhere. The one thing we could do to prevent this was organising a way of storing muddy boots, and the way we…

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Putting the PitPat through it’s paces

Putting the PitPat through it’s paces

We had a unusual request a few weeks ago. As a blogger you get requests to review all sorts of things. This felt like one of the more unusual. It’s not often you hear about something that basically works as a fitbit for dogs. I had a chat with Penny (we all chat with our dogs don’t we?!) and we both agreed to test it and put it through its paces. The PitPat calls itself a dog activity monitor. Don’t…

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Tuesday’s thoughts – Being a exausted working mum

Tuesday’s thoughts – Being a exausted working mum

I have been working crazy shifts. Working though the night and working till 11pm with the odd 7am shift thrown in. It works around the children and childcare and I am lucky to be able to swap shifts when i need to but I am tired. Worn out. Shattered. Eyes drooping, squinting at the TV as if I was drunk, fighting the urge to go to bed at 8.30pm, unable to conduct a sensible conversation exhausted. I’m propped up on…

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Time for a new logo

Time for a new logo

Writing and sharing everything on a blog has been a whole new experience for me. I had no idea when I started this journey, how to build and set up a website so I am pretty proud of what I have so far achieved. The logo I have always used was set up for me with help from a friend and although I love it, the time has come to set up my own personal logo. I have had a…

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Animal Tracking with children

Animal Tracking with children

Before becoming a mum spending time walking in mud and splashing in muddy puddles was not on my list of ways to have a good time. Things have certainly changed! We spend so much time outside and living in the country we are lucky to have so much nature on the doorstep. As part of the Autumnal RSPB challenge we have been out and about looking for animals and animal tracks. The RSPB also have a downloadable sheet to try…

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Pond Dipping and rock pooling

Pond Dipping and rock pooling

Have you heard about the RSPB wild challenge? Sometimes it is helpful to have some extra ideas for things to do outdoors. If you are struggling for some ideas then pop over and give the wild challenge a go. The children (and us adults) are really enjoying working through the list of activities. We have already built a bug hotel and hedgehog cafe so next on the challenge list we thought we would do rock pooling and pool dipping. Both activities…

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To France and back again – Travelling tips

To France and back again – Travelling tips

We fell in love with France last year and we did the thing we always said we would not do, we came back again this year. We even visited one of the same sites as last year. I have always felt it is a big world and we need to see as much of it as possible but France has made me change this way of thinking and I would happily go back again next year. I am by far…

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Caravanning with children

Caravanning with children

Last summer we headed off to France for a couple of weeks towing the caravan. Dylan was 7 years old and Matilda 16 months. We have always camped and we had long weekends away with the caravan but France was the longest time we had been away with the caravan. I thought it would be worth sharing some of the things I have learnt from taking the children away on a caravan holiday. I am sure plenty of people have…

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Magic Fairy Wings in May

Magic Fairy Wings in May

We have had a birthday boy in the house this month. I honestly do not remember him being so excited about a birthday before. I also do not remember ever struggling so much to come up with birthday present ideas before either. All he wanted was a venus fly trap. We managed to get that sorted but then what else? He loves to be outside and has become more and more involved in creating all sorts of homes for different…

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Wilderness Festival – 2012

Wilderness Festival – 2012

Wilderness 2012 Review I am normally a Glastonbury Lady so when asked to review a much smaller festival I really went with an image in my head of 5 stalls, 1 stage and a handful of people! The website for Wilderness (although somewhat confusing to navigate) was beautifully illustrated and presented and this carried on throughout the whole festival. We were also very lucky with the weather and this always makes for a more enjoyable festival. On arriving, we headed…

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