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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Music for this generation

Music for this generation

I’m a child of the 70s (I know you would never guess ) I have a sister and brother roughly 15 years older than me. I grew up having everything from punk to Elvis being played in different rooms of the house. My sister was a huge Adam and the ants fan and had her room covered in pictures, my brother loved Blondie and her face hung from all his walls. Dad loved Elvis and still does but he was…

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Working and Playing at Blissfields 2016

Working and Playing at Blissfields 2016

  This is the fourth time we have worked and played at what I consider one of my most favourite festivals. It is small but so perfectly formed. I really don’t have any negatives about this festival and it is now my son’s favourite. Blissfields is always the first weekend of July and it is now known as the festival that is always sunny. This year we did get the odd shower but nothing compared to the rain before the…

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The flying seagull project

The flying seagull project

  We first met the Flying Seagulls at Wilderness Festival in 2012.  One of the first areas we tend to head for is the children’s area at any festival. Within minutes we noticed the Seagulls, and who could miss them? In every children’s area they tend to attract the largest crowds, never an empty seat when they perform unless they have you dancing, jumping around and becoming part of the show.  They become the backbone of every kids’ area they…

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