Easter adventures part two


We took our annual trip down to Teignmouth for the second part of the Easter holidays, me with the boys for most of the week with Rob joining us for the weekend. We were having our house decorated so we needed to be out the way for most of it but visiting Rob's grandparents and being by the sea is one of our favourite things to do so it really wasn't much hassle!

We timed it just right with the mini heatwave hitting at just the right time meaning we spent a few days down by the seafront, and Theo even went properly swimming! Rohan was still pretty apprehensive about the water, think he may be more of a warm med kind of boy!

This visit will be our last proper one to Teignmouth itself as Rob's grandparents are due to move to a nearby town in the Summer. Before I'd met Rob I'd never really been to this part of Devon, but it's safe to say that it's one of our favourite places to visit. We've been here so much over the past 9 years that it's crazy to think how much of our lives have changed. We've seen me visit right at the end of my pregnancy, through all of Theo's infant-hood to him staying down on his own like a big boy and to Rohan being born. We've had a visit to the hospital when he was pretty poorly and enjoyed introducing him to so much that we love here.

We've been on countless steam trains, played in the sea, eaten 10,569 ice creams, been to the zoo, museums, play parks, the aquarium, explored surrounding towns, visited all the charity shops, been to the cinema, had takeaways, eaten chips on the seafront, celebrated Easter's with woodland egg hunts, and most importantly have spent so many wonderful weeks with Rob's grandparents. I've always been made to feel so unbelievably welcome and like part of the family from the very beginning, and can just see how much joy visiting brings both the boys. We've all been throughly spoilt whenever we've visited and it just makes me feel so happy about the adventures and time we've spent down there. I know we'll be able to visit Teignmouth again when they move, as it's really not far and we have a new place to explore with them, but I just thought it deserved it's very own mention. I'm going to go and have a look through old posts now and probably cry at how much time has passed!


We of course also visited the pier and for the first time Rohan had a good old explore and just loved watching all of the lights and the machines, I think we may have to also get him addicted to 2p machines like the rest of us!




Then it was time for one last Easter egg hunt in the beautiful nature reserve just down the road from the house, it's been our place to go for the past three or four years and Theo is just about still believing! We had to tell him that the Easter bunny will move locations when they move and that also every child is assigned their very own bunny when they are born...not sure that one will really last!


Thanks Teignmouth x

Postcards from Devon part three

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So before we go on holiday next week and I have another thousand photographs to go through and share I thought I'd put up the last of our trip from Devon, from what seems like months ago! I actually think that these might be my favourite set from that trip. Rob joined us for the end of our mini holiday in the Easter holidays and we took a trip over to Dawlish Warren for a play on the seafront and perhaps a little go on the 2p machines...

After our last beach trip got cut a little short by the sea mist rolling in we were more than happy to have another paddle and play on the beach. It was great to see Theo's confidence with the waves and the sea grow over the few days, and I hope that this means over the summer when (fingers crossed!) it's warmer we can go a little further in! 

At the weekend we're heading over to Norfolk for some of our dear friends wedding and we couldn't be more excited! Following that we're taking our bell tent and camping with it for the first time along the beautiful Norfolk coast. I can't wait to show Rob and indeed Theo the places and beaches I used to visit when I was little and share my seaside experience with them. 

I have a few more posts lined up this week (hopefully!) but as of next week we're going pretty off grid with no electricity and probably not a lot of internet! I feel like I need a little holiday, and I just can't wait! 

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Postcards from Devon part three

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So before we go on holiday next week and I have another thousand photographs to go through and share I thought I'd put up the last of our trip from Devon, from what seems like months ago! I actually think that these might be my favourite set from that trip. Rob joined us for the end of our mini holiday in the Easter holidays and we took a trip over to Dawlish Warren for a play on the seafront and perhaps a little go on the 2p machines...

After our last beach trip got cut a little short by the sea mist rolling in we were more than happy to have another paddle and play on the beach. It was great to see Theo's confidence with the waves and the sea grow over the few days, and I hope that this means over the summer when (fingers crossed!) it's warmer we can go a little further in! 

At the weekend we're heading over to Norfolk for some of our dear friends wedding and we couldn't be more excited! Following that we're taking our bell tent and camping with it for the first time along the beautiful Norfolk coast. I can't wait to show Rob and indeed Theo the places and beaches I used to visit when I was little and share my seaside experience with them. 

I have a few more posts lined up this week (hopefully!) but as of next week we're going pretty off grid with no electricity and probably not a lot of internet! I feel like I need a little holiday, and I just can't wait! 

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Postcards from Devon part two

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So it's been quiet once again whilst I catch my breath from all the travelling we've been doing. I've been revelling at being quiet and getting back into normal routine and trying to sort out the many many bits of life admin and catching up with friends. 

I've been sorting through the back log of photographs from the last month, and as you can guess there's quite a few! Looking back over this set of photographs makes me feel calm and slightly peaceful, as the sea itself does. It's amazing the pull the sea can have, even through an image. So I'd thought I'd share them here with you, whether they have the same effect on you or not! 

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Postcards from Devon part two

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So it's been quiet once again whilst I catch my breath from all the travelling we've been doing. I've been revelling at being quiet and getting back into normal routine and trying to sort out the many many bits of life admin and catching up with friends. 

I've been sorting through the back log of photographs from the last month, and as you can guess there's quite a few! Looking back over this set of photographs makes me feel calm and slightly peaceful, as the sea itself does. It's amazing the pull the sea can have, even through an image. So I'd thought I'd share them here with you, whether they have the same effect on you or not! 

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Postcards from Devon, part one

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So I seemed to have taken an unplanned little holiday from the blog, but truth be told I feel like I've been so busy that it all just seems to slip to the wayside, typical as I have tons I want to share with you! I've probably got lots to share with you as we've been so busy doing exciting things, which is always good. I feel since the beginning of spring I've woken from my hibernation, ready to see people and get out of the house and the city and get back to what I enjoy most. Seeing old friends, staying with family, being by the sea and in the fresh air, remembering what it is to be me and just enjoying time with those closet to me. I'm not sure whether I've made myself keep busy over the past month or so as I knew it would be quite emotional, but I've managed somehow to do it and surround myself with people I love and who understand me, and for that I'm really grateful. There has been lots of catching up and that comfort of knowing that friendships don't change even though your lives do, has been really reassuring. I'm starting to feel a little bit more like me.

Anyway, I'm not entirely sure where that came from, but it seemed to flow onto the keys without me realising! So since the Easter holidays we have been travelling here, there and everywhere, and whilst I remember I'm going to try and share some snippets of those trips. 

Now any long time readers of this blog will know the little love affair I have with Devon, and I'm afraid to say that it's not going to go away any time soon, so soz, you'll just have to deal with the millions of pictures that it urges me to make whilst I'm there. Staying with Rob's grandparents feels like staying in a little holiday home, its always so comfortable and we are made to feel so welcome. I love the little adventures we plan to do together and I know Theo loves it too. 

This time I travelled down to Teignmouth on my own, meeting my mum at Rob's grandparents to hand over Theo after his weekend away camping (so we could get down to some serious d.i.y)  We took a little walk to the beach to show my mum the seafront before saying our goodbyes. Rob wouldn't be joining us for a few days whilst he was back at work. The next day we set off early to travel on the Dartmouth steam train, which involved a ride from Paignton and a ferry ride over to Dartmouth along the beautiful coast line. The journey one the strain and the ferry were of course hugely exciting, and we spent the afternoon looking around the quaint town, browsing in charity and book shops, eating delicious ice cream before heading back on the return journey. Perfect! 

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Postcards from Devon, part one

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So I seemed to have taken an unplanned little holiday from the blog, but truth be told I feel like I've been so busy that it all just seems to slip to the wayside, typical as I have tons I want to share with you! I've probably got lots to share with you as we've been so busy doing exciting things, which is always good. I feel since the beginning of spring I've woken from my hibernation, ready to see people and get out of the house and the city and get back to what I enjoy most. Seeing old friends, staying with family, being by the sea and in the fresh air, remembering what it is to be me and just enjoying time with those closet to me. I'm not sure whether I've made myself keep busy over the past month or so as I knew it would be quite emotional, but I've managed somehow to do it and surround myself with people I love and who understand me, and for that I'm really grateful. There has been lots of catching up and that comfort of knowing that friendships don't change even though your lives do, has been really reassuring. I'm starting to feel a little bit more like me.

Anyway, I'm not entirely sure where that came from, but it seemed to flow onto the keys without me realising! So since the Easter holidays we have been travelling here, there and everywhere, and whilst I remember I'm going to try and share some snippets of those trips. 

Now any long time readers of this blog will know the little love affair I have with Devon, and I'm afraid to say that it's not going to go away any time soon, so soz, you'll just have to deal with the millions of pictures that it urges me to make whilst I'm there. Staying with Rob's grandparents feels like staying in a little holiday home, its always so comfortable and we are made to feel so welcome. I love the little adventures we plan to do together and I know Theo loves it too. 

This time I travelled down to Teignmouth on my own, meeting my mum at Rob's grandparents to hand over Theo after his weekend away camping (so we could get down to some serious d.i.y)  We took a little walk to the beach to show my mum the seafront before saying our goodbyes. Rob wouldn't be joining us for a few days whilst he was back at work. The next day we set off early to travel on the Dartmouth steam train, which involved a ride from Paignton and a ferry ride over to Dartmouth along the beautiful coast line. The journey one the strain and the ferry were of course hugely exciting, and we spent the afternoon looking around the quaint town, browsing in charity and book shops, eating delicious ice cream before heading back on the return journey. Perfect! 

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Postcards from Devon

Teigmouth Devon in winter

Devon. If ever there was a place we might escape the city from permanently I think it might have to be here. Every time we visit my heart does begin to wonder whether we could make that move, to live by the sea. I'd like to hope and dream that one day it could happen, as it would be such a big move! 

These photos are self explanatory, our day spent in Teignmouth visiting the pier a year after the big storms ripped half of it away, playing on the 2p machines til our hearts content, blowing bubbles in the wind along the bracing seafront and taking a little ferry with dogs for companions across to Shaldon. We ate lunch, hunted for shells and played on the beach before returning back across the ferry, Rob and I making our own way home walking through the village and back over the water to Teignmouth. It was a good day. 

Teignmouth Devon in winter
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Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
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Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
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Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
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Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
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Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
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Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
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Postcards from Devon

Teigmouth Devon in winter

Devon. If ever there was a place we might escape the city from permanently I think it might have to be here. Every time we visit my heart does begin to wonder whether we could make that move, to live by the sea. I'd like to hope and dream that one day it could happen, as it would be such a big move! 

These photos are self explanatory, our day spent in Teignmouth visiting the pier a year after the big storms ripped half of it away, playing on the 2p machines til our hearts content, blowing bubbles in the wind along the bracing seafront and taking a little ferry with dogs for companions across to Shaldon. We ate lunch, hunted for shells and played on the beach before returning back across the ferry, Rob and I making our own way home walking through the village and back over the water to Teignmouth. It was a good day. 

Teignmouth Devon in winter
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Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
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Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
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Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
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Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth pier Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
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Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
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Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
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Teignmouth Devon in winter
Teignmouth Devon in winter
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A winters walk: Weston Super Mare

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To continue with our Christmas adventuring, I thought I'd share some of our little jaunt to Weston-Super-Mare. 

On a bitterly cold day we drove to the seaside town with the clear blue skies and winter sun streaming through the windows. We let the dog and the child loose on the beach, whilst we found sticks and wrote our names in the sand and watched as dogs relished in the freedom of the beach in wintertime. 

This is my favourite time to visit beaches, with the windswept sharp air clearing out those winter spider webs, people taking long walks and dogs frolicking in the sand and freezing sea. The beach was filled with a buzz of people still in the cheery Christmas spirit, gearing up for the new year. 

We stopped in a cafe for fish and chips and took a little stroll around the town itself, admiring the shops and cafes stuck in that seaside time warp. I hope it never changes. We stopped by the arcades and had a flurry on the 2p machines before heading back to the beach as the sunset for one more run and play. The light threw deep orange and red shades across the buildings and our faces as the sun dipped behind the land and the cold started creeping in. 

A winters walk: Weston Super Mare

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weston super mare winter beach seafront
weston super mare winter beach seafront
weston super mare winter beach seafront
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To continue with our Christmas adventuring, I thought I'd share some of our little jaunt to Weston-Super-Mare. 

On a bitterly cold day we drove to the seaside town with the clear blue skies and winter sun streaming through the windows. We let the dog and the child loose on the beach, whilst we found sticks and wrote our names in the sand and watched as dogs relished in the freedom of the beach in wintertime. 

This is my favourite time to visit beaches, with the windswept sharp air clearing out those winter spider webs, people taking long walks and dogs frolicking in the sand and freezing sea. The beach was filled with a buzz of people still in the cheery Christmas spirit, gearing up for the new year. 

We stopped in a cafe for fish and chips and took a little stroll around the town itself, admiring the shops and cafes stuck in that seaside time warp. I hope it never changes. We stopped by the arcades and had a flurry on the 2p machines before heading back to the beach as the sunset for one more run and play. The light threw deep orange and red shades across the buildings and our faces as the sun dipped behind the land and the cold started creeping in. 

A weekend in Devon part one


I don't think I'll ever tire of fleeing the city and driving down to the reassuring coastline of Devon. It's been many months since our last visit with the beach and seafront changing with the seasons. As the sun dipped beneath the horizon and the murmurations of starlings swooped high above our heads we caught the last of the light on the beach as I'd promised Theo to take him to see the sea. The tide was low and grey sea lapped on the cold sands as we walked along and under the pier before we called it a day and headed back through the hibernating seaside town just as the twinkling lights came on. We warmed up at home with tea and crumpets and settled in for the evening. 

A weekend in Devon part one


I don't think I'll ever tire of fleeing the city and driving down to the reassuring coastline of Devon. It's been many months since our last visit with the beach and seafront changing with the seasons. As the sun dipped beneath the horizon and the murmurations of starlings swooped high above our heads we caught the last of the light on the beach as I'd promised Theo to take him to see the sea. The tide was low and grey sea lapped on the cold sands as we walked along and under the pier before we called it a day and headed back through the hibernating seaside town just as the twinkling lights came on. We warmed up at home with tea and crumpets and settled in for the evening. 

a weekend in Brighton


A few weeks ago (yes I'm very behind!) we took a trip to Brighton over the bank holiday weekend to visit family and friends. It had been over a year since we'd last visited, and the city by the sea was pulling us back.

We arrived on the Sunday to glorious sunshine, and met our friends at their new home. After a little lunch we strolled to the nearest park for a play and a good old catch up. We then headed to the seafront and a visit to the pier, something we didn't have chance to do on our previous visit! 



Both the pier and seafront were ridiculously busy with everyone out enjoying the warm weather. I was determined to show Theo the pier and relive my childhood memories of running over the slats peering at the sea below. We let him have a go on a few rides, the carousel and the helter skelter, but steered clear of the heaving arcades, however strong the lure of the 2p machines were! 



After we'd had our fill of the pier we escaped the crowds and walked to find a quiet spot to sit, chat and have a drink whilst Theo napped. 

The rest of our trip was spent dodging rain whilst we browsed in the toy, comic and vintage shops of the lanes, met with friends for coffee and visited a very soggy fete. It's not often I say this but in hindsight I'd wish we'd visited the Sealife centre, and perhaps planned our day a little better! 

But fear not, Brighton, we will be back! 

a weekend in Brighton


A few weeks ago (yes I'm very behind!) we took a trip to Brighton over the bank holiday weekend to visit family and friends. It had been over a year since we'd last visited, and the city by the sea was pulling us back.

We arrived on the Sunday to glorious sunshine, and met our friends at their new home. After a little lunch we strolled to the nearest park for a play and a good old catch up. We then headed to the seafront and a visit to the pier, something we didn't have chance to do on our previous visit! 



Both the pier and seafront were ridiculously busy with everyone out enjoying the warm weather. I was determined to show Theo the pier and relive my childhood memories of running over the slats peering at the sea below. We let him have a go on a few rides, the carousel and the helter skelter, but steered clear of the heaving arcades, however strong the lure of the 2p machines were! 



After we'd had our fill of the pier we escaped the crowds and walked to find a quiet spot to sit, chat and have a drink whilst Theo napped. 

The rest of our trip was spent dodging rain whilst we browsed in the toy, comic and vintage shops of the lanes, met with friends for coffee and visited a very soggy fete. It's not often I say this but in hindsight I'd wish we'd visited the Sealife centre, and perhaps planned our day a little better! 

But fear not, Brighton, we will be back! 

sandcastles on the moon

Last weekend, all three of us filled up to the eyeballs with cold, drove to visit my sister in Kent for a little extended birthday treat. You may remember last year we made the same journey to see the wonderful Oily Cart. We were all blown away by it last year that we decided to make it a little annual trip (well until Theo is five as he will sadly be too old to go!)

 This years performance was equally as amazing. It was called Mr and Mrs Moon, and was about the lady who lives in the moon, who comes down to earth (via long stretches of fabric from the ceiling none the less) to visit all the children and see them make sandcastles. The whole set was featured around a giant circular sandpit, where the children sat for the performance with their bucket and spades, free to start building whenever they want. The story features travelling up to the moon by a ladder drawn in the sand, a giant balloon containing all the wind from the moon, aliens and a real wind machine. It was amazing. There tour is coming to a close now, but if you want to take little ones to some spectacular theatre that is made for them, around them and to engage them properly then don't bother going to an over priced cbeebies sort of thing, go see Oily Cart, you seriously won't be disappointed!

So enough of my gushing (but seriously, just GO!) we spent the rest of the weekend having more adventures.

After a horrendous night of rain and wind Saturday turned out to be gloriously sunny, and bitterly cold. Even so we took a little trip to the lovely seaside town of Whitstable. We took our time whilst Theo napped wondering the small streets peering in lovely looking shops and browsing in charity shops. We weaved our way to the seafront where the wind picked up and the rain threatened to come in. Even so we enjoyed finding pebbles and rocks and hurling them back into the sea, trying to skim them over the surface. Soon our tummies began to rumble to we headed to the harbour for some fish and chips, obviously.

 Theo took the photograph of me standing next to the fisherman. He took the camera and instructed me to stand next to him and say cheese. So of course I obliged, and the boys got skillz...

The next day after our little walk to the woods  we took a trip to the wonderful Badgers Hill to meet up with my dear cousins who were visiting for the day. We of course ate one of the amazing ploughmans that they offer, had a good catch up, snooped around the shop with all its delights and fed the animals roaming around the grounds. We then said our goodbyes and hit the road for the long journey home. Once again we had such a wonderful time in beautiful Kent, but as usual the weekend went way too fast.


sandcastles on the moon

Last weekend, all three of us filled up to the eyeballs with cold, drove to visit my sister in Kent for a little extended birthday treat. You may remember last year we made the same journey to see the wonderful Oily Cart. We were all blown away by it last year that we decided to make it a little annual trip (well until Theo is five as he will sadly be too old to go!)

 This years performance was equally as amazing. It was called Mr and Mrs Moon, and was about the lady who lives in the moon, who comes down to earth (via long stretches of fabric from the ceiling none the less) to visit all the children and see them make sandcastles. The whole set was featured around a giant circular sandpit, where the children sat for the performance with their bucket and spades, free to start building whenever they want. The story features travelling up to the moon by a ladder drawn in the sand, a giant balloon containing all the wind from the moon, aliens and a real wind machine. It was amazing. There tour is coming to a close now, but if you want to take little ones to some spectacular theatre that is made for them, around them and to engage them properly then don't bother going to an over priced cbeebies sort of thing, go see Oily Cart, you seriously won't be disappointed!

So enough of my gushing (but seriously, just GO!) we spent the rest of the weekend having more adventures.

After a horrendous night of rain and wind Saturday turned out to be gloriously sunny, and bitterly cold. Even so we took a little trip to the lovely seaside town of Whitstable. We took our time whilst Theo napped wondering the small streets peering in lovely looking shops and browsing in charity shops. We weaved our way to the seafront where the wind picked up and the rain threatened to come in. Even so we enjoyed finding pebbles and rocks and hurling them back into the sea, trying to skim them over the surface. Soon our tummies began to rumble to we headed to the harbour for some fish and chips, obviously.

 Theo took the photograph of me standing next to the fisherman. He took the camera and instructed me to stand next to him and say cheese. So of course I obliged, and the boys got skillz...

The next day after our little walk to the woods  we took a trip to the wonderful Badgers Hill to meet up with my dear cousins who were visiting for the day. We of course ate one of the amazing ploughmans that they offer, had a good catch up, snooped around the shop with all its delights and fed the animals roaming around the grounds. We then said our goodbyes and hit the road for the long journey home. Once again we had such a wonderful time in beautiful Kent, but as usual the weekend went way too fast.


out and about : Clevedon

This weekend we decided to try and do something together as a family. Sometimes the weeks fly by and you realise without meaning to that you haven't actually spent any real time together. We wanted to do something new, and of course not costing much money so we decided to take a trip to Clevedon with the intention of visiting a National Trust, but ending up just spending a few hours at the beach and walking the pier.

We climbed over the rocky beach, walked down the jetty, looked in rock pools, spied Wales across the water and made our way down the pier to the pavilion at the end for a bit of shelter from the weather. There's something about the seaside in the colder months, it's just so refreshing, open and a bit wild. I love that feeling of being a bit windswept and huddling in a cafe with cold noses and wrapping your freezing hands around a cup of tea.

The rain held off luckily, but the wind was ridiculous, at one point I was genuinely worried that Theo was going to be picked up by a gust of wind and thrown over the edge of the pier! True story...