Easter part one


So Easter came and went pretty quickly didn't it? The first week was spent pretty close to home, trying to get outside in the still pretty chilly sunshine as much as possible. Things aren't always the easiest when both the boys are at home for long periods of time as Rohan just becomes impossible to be around Theo without being really physical with him meaning they have to mainly be separated. It's not much fun and to be honest I'm not particularly looking forward to the long 6 weeks of the Summer!

My sister did come to visit towards the end of the week and that was a great distraction, we went on walks, baked, had a mini easter egg hunt in the garden and visited the beautiful Ethicurean for tea and cake. We had a potter around the garden admiring the flowers and the beautiful view, I always feel pretty lucky that this is on my doorstep!



Getting Festive at Avon Valley adventure and wildlife park!


Last weekend we decided to start the festive season early (actually is it even considered early? Things seem to start before then now anyway!) Anyway, we were invited to visit Father Christmas in the North Pole (actually Avon Valley adventure park!) and go on a Christmas adventure!

We always try and fit in a little visit to Father Christmas over December and with Theo turning 8 in January I'm pretty conscious of how long he's still going to believe in it all, as well as that Rohan is becoming so much more aware of his wider surroundings and really enjoying activities too, so we thought it would be the perfect place for them to visit and both enjoy!

We arrived just in the nick of time (a warning, if you're going then make sure you read the ticket properly and arrive ten minutes before unlike us!!) but even though we were there slightly on the late side everyone was really accommodating and waited for us before it all started. First of all we entered into a small cave like room filled with foliage and lights to meet two very enthusiastic elves! It was a great introduction and really set the tone for how the whole experience would go. We had to use magic to get through the door and walk through a wintery tree lined path to meet the other Elves, in the toy making workshop. The children then had to help the elves make some teddy bears (and then give them back again which I was surprised none of the children complained about!!) as well as use some Christmas spirit to get the machines all working. It was so well done and all the children were completely captivated! Rohan loved watching the Elves as they jumped around lots and just giggled with delight every time they came near, they made sure they said hello and interacted with every child which was lovely.

Next we travelled on to the gingerbread workshop where the children could decorate their own biscuit (and thankfully keep!!) and had a story read to them by the three Elves; Snap, Crackle and Pop. Rohan pretty much just sat and ate most of his chocolate whilst we helped him decorate and Theo got properly stuck in to the decorating, including wearing the sweet chefs hat!


Once we'd finished the last workshop we entered into the Yuletide Square and the Enchanted village with about an hour to spare before taking the magic portal to Santas Grotto. It just felt so magical with dozens of snowy Christmas trees lining the square, rides and Christmas music! We entered into the dark and cosy village full of tiny Elf houses, decorated trees and reindeers and visited the mail room where Theo wrote a little letter to Father Christmas before it being whizzed off. He liked the mail room so much that he volunteered his services to help out! We had our photo taken with some snowmen and showed Rohan all the lights and the (fake) snow before heading back outside for our free hot chocolate and enjoyed some doughnuts too (because it's totally ok to have just sugar for lunch in the North Pole right?) 


After we'd finished up our snack we visited two real Reindeer (Donna and Blitzen if I remember correctly!) and the boys were able to feed them themselves which I think Rohan was very intrigued by! The whole feel of the village and square was really magical and I'm pretty sure Theo believed that we were actually in a different place to where we started and I just thought the scale and detail of the event was brilliant. We managed to a little go on the rides just before we had to go on to the next part of the experience to meet Father Christmas. I liked how we didn't feel rushed though and had the full hour in the village to be able to explore properly.


The last stop was upon the virtual reality shuttle which took us on a long journey around the world to see the sights before arriving at Santas secret location. Rohan loved the ride so much and again giggled through the whole thing! We were taken in a small group into his cabin filled with trinkets and pictures where Santa Claus and Mrs Claus greeted us and asked what the children wanted as gifts, it was all pretty magical and very believable! Next the children were given presents with their names on (a really lovely touch I think!) before having a photo opportunity. Non of it felt rushed at all and there was none of that panic to try and get your photo in quick and move off again.

Finally our experience was drawing to a close, and we took a little train ride out of the village and arrived back in the park where we could spend the rest of the day to enjoy the grounds, animals and indoor play area. We honestly had the most magical experience and it was such a great way to kick off the festive season! I thought that the level of detail and entertainment that you get for your money (considering it includes entry to the park also) was brilliant and it really was a whole days experience, compared to paying a tenner at the local shopping centre for 5 minutes! I know the tickets have all pretty much sold out as I speak, so if you can't make it this year I highly recommend getting in early and booking next year!





We were gifted the experience in exchange for a review but all words and images are my own! x

Getting Festive at Avon Valley adventure and wildlife park!


Last weekend we decided to start the festive season early (actually is it even considered early? Things seem to start before then now anyway!) Anyway, we were invited to visit Father Christmas in the North Pole (actually Avon Valley adventure park!) and go on a Christmas adventure!

We always try and fit in a little visit to Father Christmas over December and with Theo turning 8 in January I'm pretty conscious of how long he's still going to believe in it all, as well as that Rohan is becoming so much more aware of his wider surroundings and really enjoying activities too, so we thought it would be the perfect place for them to visit and both enjoy!

We arrived just in the nick of time (a warning, if you're going then make sure you read the ticket properly and arrive ten minutes before unlike us!!) but even though we were there slightly on the late side everyone was really accommodating and waited for us before it all started. First of all we entered into a small cave like room filled with foliage and lights to meet two very enthusiastic elves! It was a great introduction and really set the tone for how the whole experience would go. We had to use magic to get through the door and walk through a wintery tree lined path to meet the other Elves, in the toy making workshop. The children then had to help the elves make some teddy bears (and then give them back again which I was surprised none of the children complained about!!) as well as use some Christmas spirit to get the machines all working. It was so well done and all the children were completely captivated! Rohan loved watching the Elves as they jumped around lots and just giggled with delight every time they came near, they made sure they said hello and interacted with every child which was lovely.

Next we travelled on to the gingerbread workshop where the children could decorate their own biscuit (and thankfully keep!!) and had a story read to them by the three Elves; Snap, Crackle and Pop. Rohan pretty much just sat and ate most of his chocolate whilst we helped him decorate and Theo got properly stuck in to the decorating, including wearing the sweet chefs hat!


Once we'd finished the last workshop we entered into the Yuletide Square and the Enchanted village with about an hour to spare before taking the magic portal to Santas Grotto. It just felt so magical with dozens of snowy Christmas trees lining the square, rides and Christmas music! We entered into the dark and cosy village full of tiny Elf houses, decorated trees and reindeers and visited the mail room where Theo wrote a little letter to Father Christmas before it being whizzed off. He liked the mail room so much that he volunteered his services to help out! We had our photo taken with some snowmen and showed Rohan all the lights and the (fake) snow before heading back outside for our free hot chocolate and enjoyed some doughnuts too (because it's totally ok to have just sugar for lunch in the North Pole right?) 


After we'd finished up our snack we visited two real Reindeer (Donna and Blitzen if I remember correctly!) and the boys were able to feed them themselves which I think Rohan was very intrigued by! The whole feel of the village and square was really magical and I'm pretty sure Theo believed that we were actually in a different place to where we started and I just thought the scale and detail of the event was brilliant. We managed to a little go on the rides just before we had to go on to the next part of the experience to meet Father Christmas. I liked how we didn't feel rushed though and had the full hour in the village to be able to explore properly.


The last stop was upon the virtual reality shuttle which took us on a long journey around the world to see the sights before arriving at Santas secret location. Rohan loved the ride so much and again giggled through the whole thing! We were taken in a small group into his cabin filled with trinkets and pictures where Santa Claus and Mrs Claus greeted us and asked what the children wanted as gifts, it was all pretty magical and very believable! Next the children were given presents with their names on (a really lovely touch I think!) before having a photo opportunity. Non of it felt rushed at all and there was none of that panic to try and get your photo in quick and move off again.

Finally our experience was drawing to a close, and we took a little train ride out of the village and arrived back in the park where we could spend the rest of the day to enjoy the grounds, animals and indoor play area. We honestly had the most magical experience and it was such a great way to kick off the festive season! I thought that the level of detail and entertainment that you get for your money (considering it includes entry to the park also) was brilliant and it really was a whole days experience, compared to paying a tenner at the local shopping centre for 5 minutes! I know the tickets have all pretty much sold out as I speak, so if you can't make it this year I highly recommend getting in early and booking next year!





We were gifted the experience in exchange for a review but all words and images are my own! x

Recently around here: A Festive Noah's Ark Zoo


 So we're gearing ourselves up for the start of Christmas and I had that moment when you're planning your diary and you count how many weekends there are actually left until Christmas and it takes you back a bit! Suddenly things get a lot busier and harder to fit everything in, so when Noah's Ark Zoo invited us for a day out we thought that would be a great way to start our Christmas activities and see what they had in store.

We've not been to this zoo, or any zoo for a long time even though Theo has been asking to go, so it was a great chance to have a day out together and do something that we all enjoy. We've not been here since the addition of the elephants so it was great to see them, as well as their new Christmas tree forest (which they seemed to enjoy destroying!) We were shown around in a group with the park leader, which was great to get an insight into all that was going on, then we really enjoyed being able to explore and take our time afterwards. They currently have a 'History and mystery' Christmas trail which takes you around the (huge!) grounds for you to spot Christmas trees and answer some quiz questions, all lit by 100's of fairy lights which makes it lovely and magical. Whilst Noah's Ark does have a Christian background it's easy to enjoy it from whatever religion you believe or don't believe in, and just enjoy the zoo for what it is, a great place to observe and learn about the animals, and get into the festive spirit. Theo loved feeding the birds with his own feed bag, petting the animals in the farm area and discovering the giant Tortoises.

We stopped for pizza and hot chocolate in the cafe to warm up which was really good, and then carried on our exploring afterwards, but not without a play in the massive play barn. Noah's Ark certainly doesn't disappoint with the amount of playgrounds dotted around the place which makes it a great place to spend the whole day. Theo loved climbing the lookout platforms and taking in the view and getting a good look at the animals, and particularly enjoyed his close encounter with the Tiger!

They have a number of fun things coming up over the next few weekends, which would be great to check out:


Saturday 9th December: Ark Angel choir performance at 2pm in the Ark Arena. Come along and join in with some festive favourites as our Zoo Keepers sing some tunes to fundraise for the Crisis Centre.
Saturday 16th December: Come and watch a festive performance of the Christmas story with real animals. The Portishead Brownie group is kindly putting on a Christmas Nativity for you all at 2pm in the Ark Arena. The nativity showing is included in the entry price.
Saturday 23rd December: Come along and get involved with your very own Christmas Nativity with real live animals. At 2pm in the Ark Arena we're inviting you to get involved and tell the Christmas Story. All props and script will be provided just turn up on the day and get involved.
So we had a great day, it wasn't too busy either which is great when you're not a fan of the Christmas crowds and I loved seeing Theo being able to explore and run around in all the space.


Here's a little video of our day:



Recently around here: A Festive Noah's Ark Zoo


 So we're gearing ourselves up for the start of Christmas and I had that moment when you're planning your diary and you count how many weekends there are actually left until Christmas and it takes you back a bit! Suddenly things get a lot busier and harder to fit everything in, so when Noah's Ark Zoo invited us for a day out we thought that would be a great way to start our Christmas activities and see what they had in store.

We've not been to this zoo, or any zoo for a long time even though Theo has been asking to go, so it was a great chance to have a day out together and do something that we all enjoy. We've not been here since the addition of the elephants so it was great to see them, as well as their new Christmas tree forest (which they seemed to enjoy destroying!) We were shown around in a group with the park leader, which was great to get an insight into all that was going on, then we really enjoyed being able to explore and take our time afterwards. They currently have a 'History and mystery' Christmas trail which takes you around the (huge!) grounds for you to spot Christmas trees and answer some quiz questions, all lit by 100's of fairy lights which makes it lovely and magical. Whilst Noah's Ark does have a Christian background it's easy to enjoy it from whatever religion you believe or don't believe in, and just enjoy the zoo for what it is, a great place to observe and learn about the animals, and get into the festive spirit. Theo loved feeding the birds with his own feed bag, petting the animals in the farm area and discovering the giant Tortoises.

We stopped for pizza and hot chocolate in the cafe to warm up which was really good, and then carried on our exploring afterwards, but not without a play in the massive play barn. Noah's Ark certainly doesn't disappoint with the amount of playgrounds dotted around the place which makes it a great place to spend the whole day. Theo loved climbing the lookout platforms and taking in the view and getting a good look at the animals, and particularly enjoyed his close encounter with the Tiger!

They have a number of fun things coming up over the next few weekends, which would be great to check out:


Saturday 9th December: Ark Angel choir performance at 2pm in the Ark Arena. Come along and join in with some festive favourites as our Zoo Keepers sing some tunes to fundraise for the Crisis Centre.
Saturday 16th December: Come and watch a festive performance of the Christmas story with real animals. The Portishead Brownie group is kindly putting on a Christmas Nativity for you all at 2pm in the Ark Arena. The nativity showing is included in the entry price.
Saturday 23rd December: Come along and get involved with your very own Christmas Nativity with real live animals. At 2pm in the Ark Arena we're inviting you to get involved and tell the Christmas Story. All props and script will be provided just turn up on the day and get involved.
So we had a great day, it wasn't too busy either which is great when you're not a fan of the Christmas crowds and I loved seeing Theo being able to explore and run around in all the space.


Here's a little video of our day:



Giveaway: Win A Trunki and a family day pass to The Wildplace Project Bristol!


A few weeks ago we were invited on a little day out to The Wildplace project with the wonderful Trunki as part of their ongoing campaign to help raise money for a brand new giraffe house. There we were met by the team and introduced to their newest member of the Trunki family, Gerry the Giraffe. We were there to learn a little more about the conservation work that the zoo is involved in and why they've teamed up with Trunki to help raise the money for the giraffe house. With every sale of Gerry the Giraffe, £5 is donated to the zoo to help raise money for the conservation work for giraffes in the wild. 


We've not actually been to Wildplace before, since it being a fairly new addition to Bristol and we were all pretty excited to get out of the city and explore. We set off to find the animals and hear some great talks by the keepers on the different animals they have there and the work they are doing with them and the site. We loved seeing the Meerkats being fed, meeting the red river hogs with their beautiful face markings and funny ears and seeing the brand new baby lemurs (born the night before!). After lunch we had a bit more of an explore around discovering the woodland where the wolves reside and watching them stalk around through the lookout point. Theo loved looking for the cheetahs and playing in the little African outpost building. 

We had such a great day, and Theo's not stopped talking about his visit since. I think another visit is definitely in store in the warmer weather so we can spend a little more time in the playgrounds and try out the barefoot trail.

If you would like to win your child a trunki of your/their choice PLUS a family day pass to The Wild Place project in Bristol, then you can enter at the end of this post! Good luck! 




Giveaway: Win A Trunki and a family day pass to The Wildplace Project Bristol!


A few weeks ago we were invited on a little day out to The Wildplace project with the wonderful Trunki as part of their ongoing campaign to help raise money for a brand new giraffe house. There we were met by the team and introduced to their newest member of the Trunki family, Gerry the Giraffe. We were there to learn a little more about the conservation work that the zoo is involved in and why they've teamed up with Trunki to help raise the money for the giraffe house. With every sale of Gerry the Giraffe, £5 is donated to the zoo to help raise money for the conservation work for giraffes in the wild. 


We've not actually been to Wildplace before, since it being a fairly new addition to Bristol and we were all pretty excited to get out of the city and explore. We set off to find the animals and hear some great talks by the keepers on the different animals they have there and the work they are doing with them and the site. We loved seeing the Meerkats being fed, meeting the red river hogs with their beautiful face markings and funny ears and seeing the brand new baby lemurs (born the night before!). After lunch we had a bit more of an explore around discovering the woodland where the wolves reside and watching them stalk around through the lookout point. Theo loved looking for the cheetahs and playing in the little African outpost building. 

We had such a great day, and Theo's not stopped talking about his visit since. I think another visit is definitely in store in the warmer weather so we can spend a little more time in the playgrounds and try out the barefoot trail.

If you would like to win your child a trunki of your/their choice PLUS a family day pass to The Wild Place project in Bristol, then you can enter at the end of this post! Good luck! 




Summer in the city (plus Trunki Paddlepak GIVEAWAY)

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With the start of the holidays and endless long days stretching before us Theo and I have been trying to take advantage of our time without the restrictions of nursery drop offs and pick ups. Although I'll be the first to admit I do miss those few hours in the afternoons to myself, it has given us a chance to leave the little bubble of our neighbourhood in search of new adventures.

In term time I find its so easy to get sucked into your daily routine, and when at nursery Theo used to start at 12.30 and end at 3.30, meaning we usually stayed close to home in the mornings, just going to swimming lessons or to the park. Sometimes it's easy to forget you live in a bustling city with so many fun, and free I might add, things to do just a short bus ride away.

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Bristol is an amazing city, and it's times like these I fall in love with it all over again. I love how each area is different from the next, with its own set of parks and shops and interesting things to see and do. I love the centre and the docks which never fail to cheer me up with their soft bustle of people enjoying walks by the riverside. I also love how easy it is to get out to the countryside and explore the wealth of amazing parks and forest walks. Readers of this blog will know how much I love to escape the city and I have a few firm favourite places to gallivant off to. One other thing I love about Bristol is that without a doubt, particularly in the summer months, there is always a festival or event happening somewhere in the city. There's the nature festival, local street fairs, the big harbourside festival (which we actually tend to avoid as its so busy!) the amazing balloon fiesta and many many more. We have also been loving the Shaun the Sheep trail and it has been the basis for many a day trip so far this summer. It gets us out the house, is free and easy to do at our own pace - plus a great way to explore the city!

A few weekends ago we decided to head south in the city to Bedminster to check out the local street art festival that is upfest. We hardly ever venture south of the river, but every time we do we always say "we should come here more often" and this time was no exception. Theo has always been happy to tag along on our adventures, but now that he's getting older we've been encouraging him to make his own choices about what we get up to, and really taking an interest in his surroundings. He has his favourite places to visit in the city, but I think the great thing about growing up in a city like Bristol is that it really opens children up to a wide range of diversity and I really want Theo to embrace that.

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So before we set off on our adventure to the south Theo packed his new Paddlepak bag for the day and we encouraged him to think of the things he may need. It's the perfect size for him to carry around his things and its great as it encourages his independence more.  We were also recently given this fun Kidizoom camera from Vtech for Theo to try out and to document our outings. We've been contemplating getting a camera for Theo for a while now, as he always takes an interest in taking pictures himself with my camera, which is great, but does put me a little on edge! So being able to give him a camera that is so easy to use, as well as durable (it has already been dropped a few times!) has been great. He picked up how to use it straight away, and I love the double viewfinder meaning that its easy to use like a traditional camera. He's already discovered how to put filters and add in extras to the photos and has played around with the video function too. I think it's great that it's his own piece of technology that he can fully explore and use with ease, it's been great for him to be able to share and show his friends how to use it too, and they are already a fan of the back camera for selfies! 

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We stopped for food at one of our personal favourites, The Burger Joint before joining the crowds to look at the artists taking over and painting murals over the cities buildings and walls. Music poured out into the street and we wandered around just soaking up the atmosphere.

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After a while we decided to escape the crowds and head to the park just around the corner where we lazed on the grass whilst the boys played in the playground. Before long it was time to head home, but we did manage to fit in a few Shauns along the way!

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So I thought I'd also share a few of the photos that Theo snapped with his camera from the last few weeks, I quite like seeing his perspective on things, but perhaps he could learn a few tips...(I do love them quite a lot!) 

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So here's your chance to win the Trunki Paddlepak of your own! Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Summer in the city (plus Trunki Paddlepak GIVEAWAY)

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With the start of the holidays and endless long days stretching before us Theo and I have been trying to take advantage of our time without the restrictions of nursery drop offs and pick ups. Although I'll be the first to admit I do miss those few hours in the afternoons to myself, it has given us a chance to leave the little bubble of our neighbourhood in search of new adventures.

In term time I find its so easy to get sucked into your daily routine, and when at nursery Theo used to start at 12.30 and end at 3.30, meaning we usually stayed close to home in the mornings, just going to swimming lessons or to the park. Sometimes it's easy to forget you live in a bustling city with so many fun, and free I might add, things to do just a short bus ride away.

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Bristol is an amazing city, and it's times like these I fall in love with it all over again. I love how each area is different from the next, with its own set of parks and shops and interesting things to see and do. I love the centre and the docks which never fail to cheer me up with their soft bustle of people enjoying walks by the riverside. I also love how easy it is to get out to the countryside and explore the wealth of amazing parks and forest walks. Readers of this blog will know how much I love to escape the city and I have a few firm favourite places to gallivant off to. One other thing I love about Bristol is that without a doubt, particularly in the summer months, there is always a festival or event happening somewhere in the city. There's the nature festival, local street fairs, the big harbourside festival (which we actually tend to avoid as its so busy!) the amazing balloon fiesta and many many more. We have also been loving the Shaun the Sheep trail and it has been the basis for many a day trip so far this summer. It gets us out the house, is free and easy to do at our own pace - plus a great way to explore the city!

A few weekends ago we decided to head south in the city to Bedminster to check out the local street art festival that is upfest. We hardly ever venture south of the river, but every time we do we always say "we should come here more often" and this time was no exception. Theo has always been happy to tag along on our adventures, but now that he's getting older we've been encouraging him to make his own choices about what we get up to, and really taking an interest in his surroundings. He has his favourite places to visit in the city, but I think the great thing about growing up in a city like Bristol is that it really opens children up to a wide range of diversity and I really want Theo to embrace that.

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So before we set off on our adventure to the south Theo packed his new Paddlepak bag for the day and we encouraged him to think of the things he may need. It's the perfect size for him to carry around his things and its great as it encourages his independence more.  We were also recently given this fun Kidizoom camera from Vtech for Theo to try out and to document our outings. We've been contemplating getting a camera for Theo for a while now, as he always takes an interest in taking pictures himself with my camera, which is great, but does put me a little on edge! So being able to give him a camera that is so easy to use, as well as durable (it has already been dropped a few times!) has been great. He picked up how to use it straight away, and I love the double viewfinder meaning that its easy to use like a traditional camera. He's already discovered how to put filters and add in extras to the photos and has played around with the video function too. I think it's great that it's his own piece of technology that he can fully explore and use with ease, it's been great for him to be able to share and show his friends how to use it too, and they are already a fan of the back camera for selfies! 

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We stopped for food at one of our personal favourites, The Burger Joint before joining the crowds to look at the artists taking over and painting murals over the cities buildings and walls. Music poured out into the street and we wandered around just soaking up the atmosphere.

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After a while we decided to escape the crowds and head to the park just around the corner where we lazed on the grass whilst the boys played in the playground. Before long it was time to head home, but we did manage to fit in a few Shauns along the way!

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So I thought I'd also share a few of the photos that Theo snapped with his camera from the last few weeks, I quite like seeing his perspective on things, but perhaps he could learn a few tips...(I do love them quite a lot!) 

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So here's your chance to win the Trunki Paddlepak of your own! Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A half term DIY nature explorer kit!

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So with half term just around the corner I thought I would share a little DIY activity box that I put together for Theo. Inspired from a while ago by Lia's wonderful classroom in a box I decided to make Theo a nature explorer box, full of everything he might need to go on a little nature hunt in the woods or wherever!

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- I downloaded some great little nature hunt cards with lots of pictures of things to spot and tick off, which my sister kindly laminated me making them weather ready for our adventures. I thought that these would be great for inspiring us what to look for and are great as they have changable cards from season to season. 

- I included a paper bag to bring home any treasures we may find, such as feathers, seeds, leaves, flowers, sticks etc. 

A compass just for fun, to get into the spirit of finding our way and pretending that we're real explorers. 

- A bug viewer to study the creatures close up (without touching!)

- A magnifying glass to peer under logs and stones and look at the details of the things we find

- Some pens and a notebook to perhaps do some drawings of stick in some of our treasures that we find

- A bird spotting book to try and identify any birds we see (I'm planning on adding a tree and flower spotting book too!)

- and finally a pair of binoculars, because no nature kit is complete without them! 

I mostly found these objects from what we already had lying around the house, but picking up a few items here and there! 

On Sunday we took the opportunity to test out the kit and explore a woodland near by to us that we only recently discovered. We had great fun trying to spot some of the items from the cards and searched through the woods for hidden treasures. 

I hope this half term gets you out and exploring, and perhaps you could make your own little nature explorer kit! 

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and of course I made a little video of our walk! 

A half term DIY nature explorer kit!

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So with half term just around the corner I thought I would share a little DIY activity box that I put together for Theo. Inspired from a while ago by Lia's wonderful classroom in a box I decided to make Theo a nature explorer box, full of everything he might need to go on a little nature hunt in the woods or wherever!

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- I downloaded some great little nature hunt cards with lots of pictures of things to spot and tick off, which my sister kindly laminated me making them weather ready for our adventures. I thought that these would be great for inspiring us what to look for and are great as they have changable cards from season to season. 

- I included a paper bag to bring home any treasures we may find, such as feathers, seeds, leaves, flowers, sticks etc. 

A compass just for fun, to get into the spirit of finding our way and pretending that we're real explorers. 

- A bug viewer to study the creatures close up (without touching!)

- A magnifying glass to peer under logs and stones and look at the details of the things we find

- Some pens and a notebook to perhaps do some drawings of stick in some of our treasures that we find

- A bird spotting book to try and identify any birds we see (I'm planning on adding a tree and flower spotting book too!)

- and finally a pair of binoculars, because no nature kit is complete without them! 

I mostly found these objects from what we already had lying around the house, but picking up a few items here and there! 

On Sunday we took the opportunity to test out the kit and explore a woodland near by to us that we only recently discovered. We had great fun trying to spot some of the items from the cards and searched through the woods for hidden treasures. 

I hope this half term gets you out and exploring, and perhaps you could make your own little nature explorer kit! 

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and of course I made a little video of our walk! 

Our half term in pictures

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So whilst I probably complained a little, and I certainly feel a bit drained, we did have a really good half term. I quite enjoyed having our days free to go on adventures a little further, or not having to rush back for nursery in the afternoon. Here's a little glimpse into our half term. You may or may not have seen that we added some new members to our family last weekend, two lovely rabbits named Digger and Marble. They live outside but whilst it's a little wet and we haven't built a run they are coming inside to have their exercise, and of course lots of cuddles!

Theo and I ventured into town one sunny afternoon, with hints of Spring in the air we wandered down to the docks to cross the fog bridge and into @bristol for an afternoon of exploring. We then walked to town to meet Rob for a family cinema date to see Big Hero 6, safe to say there wasn't a dry eye between us and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We ended the evening with a pizza and a very tired boy on the bus home.

Later in the week we visited Dyrham park once more to get a dose of fresh air and for a brief ten minutes got caught in a hail/sleet/snow storm! Probably our only glimpse of snow this year, but it was exciting all the same. 

In the end it flew by, and this week we're back to the routine of nursery days. I know I'll regret putting this in writing, but I'm actually looking forward to the Easter holidays...

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Our half term in pictures

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So whilst I probably complained a little, and I certainly feel a bit drained, we did have a really good half term. I quite enjoyed having our days free to go on adventures a little further, or not having to rush back for nursery in the afternoon. Here's a little glimpse into our half term. You may or may not have seen that we added some new members to our family last weekend, two lovely rabbits named Digger and Marble. They live outside but whilst it's a little wet and we haven't built a run they are coming inside to have their exercise, and of course lots of cuddles!

Theo and I ventured into town one sunny afternoon, with hints of Spring in the air we wandered down to the docks to cross the fog bridge and into @bristol for an afternoon of exploring. We then walked to town to meet Rob for a family cinema date to see Big Hero 6, safe to say there wasn't a dry eye between us and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We ended the evening with a pizza and a very tired boy on the bus home.

Later in the week we visited Dyrham park once more to get a dose of fresh air and for a brief ten minutes got caught in a hail/sleet/snow storm! Probably our only glimpse of snow this year, but it was exciting all the same. 

In the end it flew by, and this week we're back to the routine of nursery days. I know I'll regret putting this in writing, but I'm actually looking forward to the Easter holidays...

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A family walk, Blaise estate

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So I have a bit of a problem, I can't even go on a little walk without taking a gazillion photos. I know it's probably not what people want to see over and over again, which is why there aren't a huge amount of people who come and see them anyway! But I just can't stop, and I feel the need to publish them here.

But I guess that's whats important right, not doing things (or stopping!) just because you feel other people might not like it (unless it something morally wrong, obvs). This blog is my space to do what I want with really and I'm not sure why I even feel guilty that I'm sharing another twenty or so photos of a quick walk we took a few weekends ago. I'm not sure why I care about whether people care either! This is the whole funny thing about the internet and blogging, when do you stop being yourself and publishing what you want in order to fit the mould of what is popular at the time, surely if everyone just posted what they thought would look like an on trend post then everyone would be posting the same thing over and over, and perhaps that is what is happening! I know I'm probably guilty of doing similar but it just all feels a little crazy sometimes. I'm not even sure where this has come from, I just had a feeling of "do people really want to see this" when putting together this post. Then it hit me that this blog is supposed to be a visual diary of our family, and in years to come will I care what people thought of it and if was 'popular' or will I be glad that I have this small event captured and catalogued to look back on and cherish. I think I know the answer to that one.

Anyway, these were taken a few weekends ago when I mentioned that we'd had a weekend of running errands and nothing spectacular (we all need those right?) We decided to go to the cinema on a beautiful clear sunny day and even though we all enjoyed the film (Shaun the sheep!) I longed to get out in the last of the suns ray and shake off any feelings of being cooped up. We were planning on visiting a firm favourite for times like these, Blaise castle, but upon arriving found it to be heaving with runners for an event. We hastily backed out and found our way to the back entrance of the estate along a quiet road. We found a meadow backing onto the edge of the woods and even though we didn't technically cover many miles, maybe not even one, I feel like we did enough to feel the fresh air in our lungs and lift our spirits. Sometimes it's all thats needed, nothing grand or over the top or planned out, just a quick stop and a reset.

So there you have it, some thoughts that came tumbling out, and of course some photographs!