A Family Holiday in North Cornwall #AD

A Family Holiday in North Cornwall #AD

When Airbnb got in touch and offered to pick up the tab on a holiday somewhere in the UK, we didn't have to think too hard and chose a family holiday in North Cornwall. Clara and I have fond memories staying in Cornwall as we spent our honeymoon nearly 7 years ago. I also have great memories of visiting Cornwall for family holidays as a child. I passed the task of finding our Airbnb property to Clara and was really pleased when she discovered a sweet renovated barn in Camelford. Camelford is a…continue reading →
Kayaks and Paddle boards in Weymouth

Kayaks and Paddle boards in Weymouth

Ever since M started swimming lessons I promised him I would take him kayaking once he learned to swim. Over the last year he's worked so hard achieving various tasks set to him and eventually learned to swim. In fact a couple of days ago he achieved his Stage 2 swimming badge and moved to a new Stage 3 class. So as a reward for all his hard work I took him to enjoy a day of kayaks and paddle boards in Weymouth with our friends from West Country Mum. Even though this…continue reading →
International Geocaching Day 2017

International Geocaching Day 2017

Since we got Beau we've been on the search for longer more interesting hikes than the ones we are used to taking M on. Beau is the kind of dog that really needs a walk that wears him out as he's quite a bouncy pup. The more logs he can jump over or hidden holes he can rush into, the better. On Saturday we headed out not realising it was International Geocaching Day. By chance I opened my Geocaching app on my phone and spotted a cache about 350 meters from where we…continue reading →
Fun festival family time

Fun festival family time

I've lost count of how many people keep asking us if we are enjoying having lots of family time this Summer holidays. Now that M is at school it is easy to think that we look forward to the Summer holidays for a break and some family adventures. Except both C and I work full time, so half term and Summer holidays are just regular weeks to us. We manage to book the odd day off with him, but the rest of his time is spent between lovely grandparents that help us out.…continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Easter Egg Hunt at Farmer Palmers

Easter Egg Hunt at Farmer Palmers

Easter weekend was definitely a full on family adventure weekend for us. Clara's mum had very kindly given us vouchers for our local farm, so we decided to attend the Easter Egg Hunt at Farmer Palmers. We always love visiting Farmer Palmers as it's got the right amount of activities to keep M busy for the day. With an indoor play area, hay bale slide section, bouncy castles as well as animals, there is always something M can enjoy. When we first arrived M headed straight for the ride on tractor trailers. I…continue reading →
A London trip and Lego

A London trip and Lego

Just over a week ago I got an invite to London to learn about the new Google Home smart device designed to make you more present at home. With it being the Easter holiday half term I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take the day off work to take M on a trip to London to see Google HQ and the Lego Store. M loves visiting London as much as we do, especially when trains are involved, so to save on the congestion charge and car park fees I decided…continue reading →