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 →
The Gruffalo’s Trail

The Gruffalo’s Trail

Last year C and I took M on a Gruffalo Trail round Moors Valley Park. It was raining, M fell asleep and C and I ended up filling in all the clues on our own whilst M snoozed. This year our experience of The Gruffalo's Trail was very different. It was an unusually warm day, M was wide awake and in good spirits and we were excited to see how much he enjoyed it. The fab folk at the Forestry Commission are helping The Gruffalo celebrate their 15th Anniversary. This meant our favourite…continue reading →
Time at the park

Time at the park

In the lead up to C starting her new job this week, we've been trying to make the most of our family time at the park. One of the things we miss on the days C is back at work, is our lunch times together. So the ones we do get together are really special. We are lucky to live and work near some gorgeous parks with beautiful scenery. It's great watching M play differently at the park now that he can run. A field is no longer a boring grassy patch, it's…continue reading →
Monkey by name, monkey by nature.

Monkey by name, monkey by nature.

When we came up with a nickname to use on the blog for our little man, I chose a name I had long used as a nickname for myself. There was no special attachment to it, although we do both love Monkeys and visiting Monkey World, but it was a familiar nickname to us and so one we decided to use for our son. We never thought he would take his nickname so literally as he has done recently. The other day whilst visiting our local park, we were climbing up and down…continue reading →
Best View in Dorset

Best View in Dorset

On the A35 between Bridport and Charmouth West Dorset is a little farm shop with possibly the best view in Dorset. We travel this route at least once a month and occasionally stop to stretch our legs or enjoy one of their amazing chocolate brownies. Each and every time we stop, I drink in the beautiful view of the National Trust Golden Cap estate and the sea perfectly placed in the distance. It's become a bit of a tradition to take a picture when we stop. I could see this view every week…continue reading →
Days like this

Days like this

Today the sun shone, coats weren't needed and we all woke up happy. Days like this make me smile so much. It is so lovely to start to see a change in the weather as it has such a positive affect on us all. We have always been ones to take advantage of good weather. So as soon as we realised it was going to be a nice day, we headed to our local park. We swung on the swings, slid down the slide and spun on the roundabout until we fell over.…continue reading →
Gaining confidence

Gaining confidence

When I asked the Universe for a healthy happy child, I also asked for one with awesome climbing skills and bucket loads of adventurous confidence. It seems that universe was listening that day and even though our little man suffers from a little bit of social shyness, he makes up for it with his confidence in climbing, jumping and general rough and tumble playfulness. Visits to the park are one of our favourite things to do at the weekend. It's become a measurement of milestones, from week to week M seems to master…continue reading →
Into the Woods

Into the Woods

The other week an email pinged into our email box, it was an invite to make a video about our favourite way to enjoy family time. The prize, was to become bloggers for Center Parcs. C and I are both big fans of Center Parcs, so couldn't resist giving it a shot. It didn't take C long to suggest filming our video at our favourite place to spend time at, Moors Valley Park. We adore spending as much time as possible outdoors. We feel that M gains so much from being outside, running…continue reading →
Second chance

Second chance

Being a parent is like someone handed you a second chance at your childhood. Your house suddenly fills with toys you always wanted to own, your cupboards are full of foods you loved eating as a child and playgrounds become a great source of fun once again. But the best thing is, you get to experience this childhood with the most adorable, fun and crazy as can be little person/people. I've never really needed an excuse to climb a cargo net at the park or whiz down the giant swirling slide, but at…continue reading →
Bank holiday fun at Moors Valley Park

Bank holiday fun at Moors Valley Park

With the weather being unusually sunny for a bank holiday we decided to visit our local woodland area, Moors Valley Park. We are so lucky that it's less than 30 minutes drive from us. We'd visited a couple of times since M was born, but found him unable to really appreciate any activities on offer. Now that he's started interacting more and walking a few steps we felt it was a perfect place to take him. Plus we both really love visiting. The first adventure we embarked on, was a train ride on…continue reading →