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 →
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 →