Benefits of playing outdoors

Benefits of playing outdoors

Both of my children spend a lot of time outdoors but Matilda was born here and being a younger sibling she has been out with big brother and the dog pretty much since a week old. Today whilst outside she picked up some leaves and told me she was going to make a puppet show. Totally her idea, totally her creations. I just observed as she picked leaves, flowers and sticks and put them together to make ‘puppets’. When created…

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How can I make my garden more wildlife friendly?

How can I make my garden more wildlife friendly?

Alot of us would like to have more wildlife come to visit our gardens and for good reason too! Some of the UK’s most loved animals are in decline and at risk of extinction. Lawsons, a builders merchant who specialises in landscaping supplies has pulled together a list of things we could all do in our gardens to help prevent this.   Provide Food & Water• The first way to attract wildlife to your garden is to provide them with a source of food and…

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Driving me round the bend

Driving me round the bend

This summer, we are spending three weeks towing our Caravan though western France into Spain. We start our journey from home to Portsmouth, then the Ferry to Caan, on down though Le Mann, Ile de Rae, Biarritz and then in Spain and the ferry home from Santander. 860 miles. 860 miles towing 1.75 tonnes with three bikes on the roof, two children in the back, dog in the boot, wife navigating (and mediating!).  There has been a recent survey about distractions while driving. I’m…

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5 Natural holidays to try out in New Zealand

5 Natural holidays to try out in New Zealand

5 natural holidays to try out in New Zealand New Zealand is full of natural wonders. With its astonishing landscape inspiring movies and literature for years, it is one of the most impressive natural landscapes on earth. For those looking to visit New Zealand, choosing a natural break is certainly a good way to go. Rather than citie scapes, choose natural landscapes that are millions of years old. Travel to New Zealand is often a once in a lifetime experience…

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Staying connected in the countryside

Staying connected in the countryside

This year marks our tenth anniversary of moving from the City back to the countryside. When we took the decision to move, we wrote a list, Pros and Cons of living in both the city and the countryside. Lifestyle, freedom, entertainment, employment etc. One of the things we absolutely did not think about was how to stay in touch. In the city we had a choice of mobile networks that all worked, we could choice cable, satellite or broadband, find…

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