Prejudice and Pride at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Prejudice and Pride at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

At the end of last year we finally decided to become National Trust members and have been enjoying visiting our local sites regularly for the last few months. When we discovered they would be celebrating and exploring their LGBTQ heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride, 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we knew we had to get to one of their events. Our local National Trust house, Kingston Lacy was profoundly shaped by William Bankes. William Bankes fled England in 1841 to avoid prosecution for same-sex acts. He had…continue reading →
Beau’s introduction to Moors Valley Park

Beau’s introduction to Moors Valley Park

This weekend Beau had his first introduction to Moors Valley Park. If you are regular readers you will know that Moors Valley Park is one of our favourite places to visit. There is so much to do there that we can easily find something different to do each time we visit. With Beau now being fully vaccinated and enjoying time off the lead, we decided he would love Moors Valley just as much as us. Except, we hadn't accounted for the fact he was still a very excited puppy that just wants to…continue reading →
A gift of DNA with Groupon

A gift of DNA with Groupon

Disclosure: This post is sponsored A few weeks ago on Instagram stories I discovered one of the people I follow sent their DNA off to Ancestry to get a full breakdown of their DNA. I have always loved the idea of having my DNA tested to see where my relatives came from and add the info to my family tree. I also thought this would be a genius gift in the future for our little man. Not sharing DNA with M doesn't matter to me as blood or not, he has my heart.…continue reading →
Making positive life changes

Making positive life changes

It feels like Clara and I are great at working towards a specific fitness goal over the years, but we've never really got to our final targets. We've both had a target we want to reach, fitness and weight loss wise, but always seem to wander off the path towards them. But this year feels different and I am well aware that I've probably said that before, but honestly this time we are reaching targets we've not reached this well before. With us both needing operations in the not too distant future, lowering…continue reading →
Durdle Door with a dog

Durdle Door with a dog

Last weekend we jumped in the car with Beau and decided to go the beach. On beautiful sunny days we have the luxury of being only half an hour from a stunning beach. Except, life with a dog means you need to do a little more research when making a day trip. Our favourite beach doesn't allow dogs during specific months, so a quick Google and we were soon heading to Durdle Door with a dog and a very excited boy. Our journey to Durdle Door took us across the Poole chain link…continue reading →
Many changes in May

Many changes in May

May was a month full of change for us. Our lives seemed to have become packed with so much in such a short time, that May seemed to fly by. I've been busy taking Scout Leader training and running Beaver meetings each week, Clara's been busy training Beau and taking him to puppy parties (yes they are a thing) and M has been joining me at Beavers, getting used to our new addition and generally growing too fast. It wasn't until the 1st of June arrived that I took stock of how much…continue reading →
The visibility we desire

The visibility we desire

A few weeks ago as I was scrolling through Facebook a sponsored status caught my eye. It was an image of two people in, and by a pool with a little boy. On first glance I would have taken them as a family because I knew they were a family. Because it was my family on the page, right in front of me. Airbnb had chosen to work with us on a campaign about different types of family holiday makers. It was a campaign we wanted to work on because it helped us…continue reading →
The stage of independence

The stage of independence

Our little man has well and truly reached the stage of independence when he'd much rather play his own imaginative games than have Mama or Mummy join in. He's been at that stage for quite a while, but it's only recently when I've noticed we get five minutes to ourselves at the park, whilst M is off making friends and in his own world of play. Every stage of development has been my favourite, but when this one came it was quite bittersweet. We both love joining in with M at the park,…continue reading →
I don’t want him to fear life

I don’t want him to fear life

A few days ago M asked me if there were bad people everywhere. Without a second thought I told him that there were bad people all over, but they are outnumbered by all the good ones. Satisfied with my response he went back to his homework and I sat quietly with my thoughts and a heavy heart. I knew what had prompted his question. It had been all over the news, on the front of papers and discussed by parents at the school gates. 22 lives had been taken far too soon by…continue reading →
Being tourists in Weymouth

Being tourists in Weymouth

A few weeks ago I needed to collect some pebbles for my Beaver Scouts to paint into bugs during one of their meetings. Many years ago if we needed a pebble beach we would head to Brighton, but with us living in Dorset now, we decided to visit Weymouth. It was gloriously sunny, which inspired us to become tourists for the day, despite having visited Weymouth hundreds of times over the years. We bought ice creams, watched M enjoy a donkey ride and ticked one of my life list activities off by renting…continue reading →