Not quite normal yet

Not quite normal yet

Last week our new normal changed ever so slightly. With the government announcing new guidelines for lock down and new procedures being placed in public places, we decided to venture a little further from the house for some exercise. We are very lucky to live quite local to the coast, so a drive to our local beach isn't much more than 25 minutes. We hadn't planned to visit the beach, but with us passing by on other business, we just couldn't resist setting our feet down on the sand. We are an outdoor…continue reading →
Finding Fossils in Dorset

Finding Fossils in Dorset

Long before we were confined to our home, the little dude and I spent some time travelling to Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset to find some fossils. Located on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Wareham, Kimmeridge Bay is a must visit for any fossil hunter. Access to the beautiful bay car park is via a toll road, which costs £5, but once that is paid, the car park is free. It was rather a wet, cold and blustery day on our visit, but that didn't stop us from trekking down the muddy slopes…continue reading →
Raising a rock star

Raising a rock star

Ever since our little dude could pick up rocks he was filling his pockets with them. Shiny ones, small ones, large ones, rough ones, smooth ones and ones that didn't even look like rocks. He also started collecting shells, gemstones and fossils, determined to create a collection that could rival any great museum. At the time it could have been any passing phase, but nearly 4 years have passed and his passion for rocks and fossils has grown. We are lucky to live super close to the Jurassic Coast, the best place in…continue reading →
A Summer on the Sea

A Summer on the Sea

One of the best purchases to enter our home this year was a Stand Up Paddle Board. Clara was hooked from the very first moment she tried it and has encouraged us all to love it ever since. This Summer we've tried to get out on it as much as the weather has allowed and managed to ignite a passion for it in the little dude. I'm still being convinced, but I am certainly a convert to the activity as a Summer on the sea is ok by me. We are very lucky…continue reading →
Easter Egg Trail at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Easter Egg Trail at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

I know you probably read the title and thought, EASTER?! But if you read our busy post, you will understand why it's taken me so long to get round to sharing how we spent Easter. Last year we had such a lovely time taking part in the Easter egg hunt at Kingston Lacy, that we decided to return this year. It was a gorgeous sunny day, with lots of visitors making their way round the trail, which was really nice to be part of. Kingston Lacy set their Easter egg trail around the…continue reading →
Adventures closer to home

Adventures closer to home

This year we decided to make it our mission to save money without it impacting our lifestyle too much. We are huge lovers of being outdoors and packing a picnic for an adventure somewhere, but we found out last year that a lot of our extra spends came from travelling, coffee shops and car park fees. We are lucky enough to live in the middle of a beautiful County with so much to see and do, from woodlands to beaches and National Trust properties. This gives us the perfect opportunity to explore our…continue reading →
Christmas at Kingston Lacy – 2018

Christmas at Kingston Lacy – 2018

A couple of years ago we started the tradition of visiting a National Trust property at Christmas. Our favourite National Trust property is a local one, so we felt it wasn't Christmas without a trip to Kingston Lacy.  We decided we also wanted to explore the beautiful illuminated gardens after dark. So we booked some House tickets for 5:30pm and planned to explore the gardens afterwards.  On our arrival we could tell it was a popular day to visit as we struggled to find a place to park. It was a pretty cold…continue reading →
So good to be outdoors – Autumn Walk 2018

So good to be outdoors – Autumn Walk 2018

When our little man was born we started a family tradition to get outdoors with our cameras for an Autumn walk every year. It's such a great opportunity to capture some lovely images of M during such a colourful season. But this year it was starting to look like we were going to miss our first, annual Autumn Walk in 6 years. The weather, illness, busy schedules and no spare time, were all factors in preventing us from getting outdoors as a family. Suddenly a window opened up in our diaries and the…continue reading →
Picking our pumpkin for Halloween

Picking our pumpkin for Halloween

A couple of years ago we started a tradition where we visited our local PYO farm to pick our pumpkin for Halloween. We had a lovely time each visit, so we planned to visit every year as M grew. The tradition took a break last year though due to a mega busy calendar, so this year we made sure we kept a day free to visit. The day we chose to visit ended up being a glorious sunny day, which was a big change from the wet and windy weather we'd been having.…continue reading →
Stand Up Paddleboarding – New Adventures

Stand Up Paddleboarding – New Adventures

Back at the start of the Summer, whilst the Sun was giving us some of the best Summery days we've ever experienced, we headed to the beach. We've always loved a beach trip, but this particular beach trip Clara discovered a love of Stand Up Paddleboarding. I'd given Stand Up Paddleboarding, otherwise known as SUP a go last year and wasn't very good. I didn't even attempt standing up as I was quite wobbly just on my knees. But with a few tips from West Country Mum and the kind loan of their…continue reading →