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Bluestone – No such thing as bad weather

Bluestone – No such thing as bad weather

It rained and rained then rained some more. From the second we arrived till the second we left it rained but as my husband always tells me “there is no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing”. Well the wellies and waterproofs got put very much to the test at Bluestone but do you know what? It did not spoil a single second. With so much to do and see it really did not bother us. Bluestone very kindly…

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My Top Five Festivals for 2017

My Top Five Festivals for 2017

I think with all the grey skies at the moment and the January blues seeming to hang on, what we all need is summer and of course festivals. I have had several people ask what festivals I recommend for families, so I am listing my top five for 2017. With a big drum roll needed here is my top five in no particular order. Blissfields Festival – 6th – 8th of July – Winchester I am a little bit biased when…

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Carry on caravanning

Carry on caravanning

We have always camped. For years it has always been in tents but last year we decided it was time to upgrade to a caravan. Don’t get me wrong I love a tent but I was so tired of all the packing of bags and trying to organise the kit in the tent. We wanted to get abroad and simply cannot afford the prices; this seemed like the only way we could do it. We love getting closer to nature,…

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Living in the Sticks

Living in the Sticks

  I’m not sure where the past six years have gone. The time here at Garden Cottage has flown by.  At times it is hard and has been a huge challenge but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I lived in Manchester for 18 years. Dylan was born at Salford Royal and has spent so much time visiting Manchester over the years he thinks of it as home as much as living in Herefordshire. I grew up in the…

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Gotta New Rose

Gotta New Rose

I am a very lucky lady.  The team at Rose and Rebellion asked Matilda and I to have a go at using their inbetween carrier. We already have the baby and toddler carrier and we love it so jumped at the chance of trying out the larger size. The main difference between the two is pretty much down to the weight that you carry but the inbetween carrier also has a extra chest strap and is just a little larger….

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Quick Play Ideas

Quick Play Ideas

  Quick play ideas You may be filled with dread at the thought of doing any play ideas which involve paint and glue. On a day off from work with little time to fit everything in it is not always my idea of fun. That’s why I am keen to share some ideas for quick play. Honestly all of these activities took me minutes to throw together but can keep a young child amused for ages. You don’t need to…

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Sharing is caring on behalf of baby loss awareness week.

Sharing is caring on behalf of baby loss awareness week.

  “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” – Maya Angelou October the 9th till the 15th is Baby loss Awareness week. I have titled this ‘sharing is caring’ because it is important for those who have lost to be able to talk about it and it is important for you to listen. In between my son and my daughter I had a missed miscarriage. It was early days and a long time ago but…

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Greenman Festival. Those were the days, my Friend.

Greenman Festival. Those were the days, my Friend.

As I sat down in the Caravan awing on Friday night, the children asleep, Mrs EBF out enjoying the festival, I thought about how I would write this review. It occurred to me that this year is my 26th year of attending Music Festivals in the UK. I was never a “Lads Holiday” kind of bloke, my idea of a fun summer was in a field somewhere with my friends, listening to music that we all were obsessive about. My…

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Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

We have just got back from the most wonderful two weeks in France. We finished the holiday off with two days at Disneyland Paris. We stayed at a caravan site a short drive away which we came back to at night ready to do it all again the following day. I have heard of people going for one day but I have no idea how you fit it all in. It was hard enough getting it all in over two…

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Hampton Court Castle and Garden.

Hampton Court Castle and Garden.

Today we visited a hidden gem in Herefordshire. Hampton Court Castle and Gardens can be found between Hereford and Leominster (close to the junction of the A49 and A417). Free Parking, it cost £13 for adults to go around the castle and gardens and £7.25 for children over 5 (under 5 free). You can pay to just go around the gardens and that would save you a few pounds off each entry. Set in beautiful grounds you can easily spend…

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