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 →
Keeping our relationship strong

Keeping our relationship strong

One of the most important observations I made when we became parents was that even though our new human was now our favourite human, we would make sure to keep our relationship strong. In the future that human would grow up to possibly start a family of their own and fly the nest and I want to make sure Clara and I still love the bones of each other. We've had our ups and downs over the years. Various challenges we faced tested us not only as people but as a couple. But…continue reading →
A tip to Studland Bay, National Trust, Dorset

A tip to Studland Bay, National Trust, Dorset

Last weekend we were blessed with more beautiful weather, so Clara suggested an afternoon trip to Studland Bay, a National Trust beach in Purbeck. We usually visit Studland Bay in the Winter, so it was a nice change to experience it with the sun high in the sky. It was a totally different experience as expected! We had no idea the beach was a popular water sports area, with paddle boards, speedy boats and banana boat rides proving popular with the hundreds of visitors on the beach. Luckily we'd arrived just before 4pm,…continue reading →
Beach Bank Holiday

Beach Bank Holiday

Well I didn't think we could beat the first Bank Holiday in May, as the weather was STUNNING! But seriously, we were spoiled for a second time with even hotter weather than the first. With thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon, we woke, dressed as quickly as possible and packed the car for the beach. Luckily we only live 20 minutes from one of the most beautiful beaches in Dorset, so we weren't worried about getting stuck in endless Bank Holiday traffic. As we pulled into the car park it was very obvious that…continue reading →
Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

This year Clara and I promised ourselves we would spend more time catching up with friends. Since moving to Dorset we've found it harder and harder to catch up with those that live a few hours from us. We are lucky that the great thing about our close friends is our ability to pick up where we left off. So we've not been worried about drifting apart from our friends, but it's always nice to make sure they know how much we enjoy seeing them. Clara decided to kick off our promise for…continue reading →
Welly walk at Kingston Lacy

Welly walk at Kingston Lacy

I am so over the wet and  miserable weather. I am certainly not a fair weather adventurer, but there are only so many pairs of trousers I own and having to constantly wash Beau's muddy paws prints off them is getting a bit tiresome. But I do love getting out and about, even in the mud, so a welly walk at Kingston Lacy was the perfect adventure last weekend. The great thing about the woodland walk at Kingston Lacy, is that we can take Beau on it. The starts just to off the…continue reading →
New Year, New Adventures

New Year, New Adventures

As 2017 came to an end we decided that the New Year would bring lots of new adventures. 2017 passed so fast with so many new changes that we felt we didn't get to enjoy as many adventures as we had wanted to. So 2018's goals were to enjoy the moments more and spend more time experiencing things rather than spending on material items. What better way to set this goal firmly in our sights than by heading to our favourite beach with M's new bike, Beau and a promise of a hot…continue reading →
Moors Valley Park final adventure

Moors Valley Park final adventure

We chose to spend one of our final full days of adventure with M in 2017 at one of our favourite places, Moors Valley Park. The time off over Christmas is one of the longest times we get all together as a family of three, so it was important to us to make the most of every minute. Illness and various things had got in the way of us getting out more over Christmas, so Moors Valley seemed the perfect location to take in the fresh air and just enjoy each others company.…continue reading →