postcards from Barcelona (2)

A few snapshots from the weekend spent leisurely wandering the bustling, sloping majestic streets of Barcelona. We visited an independent print and illustration fair, rode the funicular railway, gazed up at tall buildings, meandered between families and locals out walking in the fair evening weather, visited the flea market, played with water fountains, ate burgers, stopped for coffee and took in the view over the whole city, listening to brass bands pass like ants below.

Take me back!

postcards from Barcelona (2)

A few snapshots from the weekend spent leisurely wandering the bustling, sloping majestic streets of Barcelona. We visited an independent print and illustration fair, rode the funicular railway, gazed up at tall buildings, meandered between families and locals out walking in the fair evening weather, visited the flea market, played with water fountains, ate burgers, stopped for coffee and took in the view over the whole city, listening to brass bands pass like ants below.

Take me 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.


wise words fesitval


I was lucky enough to be invited over to Canterbury for the Wise Words Festival happening over the weekend. As soon as I looked at the programme I was really excited to be part of it and be there to experience it.

For those of you who don't already know, the Wise Words festival takes place around various locations in the city of Canterbury. There are free events for the all, adults and children, as well as tickets for talks, performances and music. Each event showcases local and beyond talent including storytelling, poetry performance, writing workshops, spoken word street slams, alternative city tours and live music. With each one aiming to "reawaken wonder and encourage curiosity". And it certainly did!

...

On Saturday we awoke to some rain and hoped it wouldn't last all day. But not ones to be deterred by a slight drizzle we packed our bag for the day and headed out into town. Our first stop was at the Three Cities Garden where we stepped into a (slightly damp) Wonderland. We were invited to have a tea party with the white rabbit, who poured us pink tea into tea cups and sipped a little himself straight out of the pot. We celebrated our un-birthday, ate a biscuit or two and listened to strange facts. We then made our own red rose to please the Queen, who made a scary appearance, whilst we had to stand to attention.



After this we took a walk to visit the Yurt in the Fransiscan Garden, where Charles Bennett was just about to start a reading from his new poetry collection. As inviting as being in a dry and cosy yurt  listening to poetry was, Theo was a little to fidgety to listen! Instead we walked on to Browns cafe where we booked ourselves onto a punt for story telling later on in the day, and warmed up with a hot drink. On our way back we stopped and listened in on Tristan Gooleys fascinating walk around town to share his knowledge of Natural Navigation.


We stopped on the high street to pay a visit to the Alternative Tourist Information Station and were entertained by the Wind Up Dolls which Theo had great joy in winding up himself, and squealing in delight when they ran off to dance!


By lunchtime the rain had eased up, so we stepped off the busy high street and had our picnic in the quiet calmness of the Fransiscan Garden, before making our way back to the punts in time for our trip with Story teller Emily Parrish. We were treated to blankets and hot water bottles as we got comfy for our trip down the backs of Canterbury. We spotted fish and eels in the water as we made our way under low bridges, hearing some history and then listening to the wonderful story teller Emily. The rain held off and it was a very relaxing way to spend an hour.

Later on I whilst Theo napped I made my way with my sister to the Marlowe theatre to see Tristan Gooley give a talk about the work he does as a Natural Navigator. He is truly inspiring, and is amazing to see someone so passionate about his work and interest. He showed us examples of how to navigate the land using nature's signs, such as the direction plants and trees grow, the stars, puddles on roads and sand dunes. He shared stories of his solo voyages across the Atlantic and tales of navigation in many foreign lands, as well as those very close to home. It was a fascinating talk!

After a break and a refresh at home, my sister and I headed back into Canterbury in the evening for a storytelling performance by Xanthe Gresham. I was unsure of what to expect, but I like that about storytelling. You don't need to know anything about the subject, or the story teller, as you are instantly transported into the story and their world. We were told many stories centered around the character BabaYaga, each interlinking with the same theme running throughout. The stories were at times humorous, with the audience invited to help play parts in the story using their voices and props all the while being captivated by the storyteller. I've not been to many story telling performances, but this one really was something great!

After a jam packed day, and being a little soaked through we went to bed exhausted but inspired and happy! Ready to do it all over again!

This post was originally written for the Wise Words blog. But I thought I'd share it here too! 

wise words fesitval


I was lucky enough to be invited over to Canterbury for the Wise Words Festival happening over the weekend. As soon as I looked at the programme I was really excited to be part of it and be there to experience it.

For those of you who don't already know, the Wise Words festival takes place around various locations in the city of Canterbury. There are free events for the all, adults and children, as well as tickets for talks, performances and music. Each event showcases local and beyond talent including storytelling, poetry performance, writing workshops, spoken word street slams, alternative city tours and live music. With each one aiming to "reawaken wonder and encourage curiosity". And it certainly did!

...

On Saturday we awoke to some rain and hoped it wouldn't last all day. But not ones to be deterred by a slight drizzle we packed our bag for the day and headed out into town. Our first stop was at the Three Cities Garden where we stepped into a (slightly damp) Wonderland. We were invited to have a tea party with the white rabbit, who poured us pink tea into tea cups and sipped a little himself straight out of the pot. We celebrated our un-birthday, ate a biscuit or two and listened to strange facts. We then made our own red rose to please the Queen, who made a scary appearance, whilst we had to stand to attention.



After this we took a walk to visit the Yurt in the Fransiscan Garden, where Charles Bennett was just about to start a reading from his new poetry collection. As inviting as being in a dry and cosy yurt  listening to poetry was, Theo was a little to fidgety to listen! Instead we walked on to Browns cafe where we booked ourselves onto a punt for story telling later on in the day, and warmed up with a hot drink. On our way back we stopped and listened in on Tristan Gooleys fascinating walk around town to share his knowledge of Natural Navigation.


We stopped on the high street to pay a visit to the Alternative Tourist Information Station and were entertained by the Wind Up Dolls which Theo had great joy in winding up himself, and squealing in delight when they ran off to dance!


By lunchtime the rain had eased up, so we stepped off the busy high street and had our picnic in the quiet calmness of the Fransiscan Garden, before making our way back to the punts in time for our trip with Story teller Emily Parrish. We were treated to blankets and hot water bottles as we got comfy for our trip down the backs of Canterbury. We spotted fish and eels in the water as we made our way under low bridges, hearing some history and then listening to the wonderful story teller Emily. The rain held off and it was a very relaxing way to spend an hour.

Later on I whilst Theo napped I made my way with my sister to the Marlowe theatre to see Tristan Gooley give a talk about the work he does as a Natural Navigator. He is truly inspiring, and is amazing to see someone so passionate about his work and interest. He showed us examples of how to navigate the land using nature's signs, such as the direction plants and trees grow, the stars, puddles on roads and sand dunes. He shared stories of his solo voyages across the Atlantic and tales of navigation in many foreign lands, as well as those very close to home. It was a fascinating talk!

After a break and a refresh at home, my sister and I headed back into Canterbury in the evening for a storytelling performance by Xanthe Gresham. I was unsure of what to expect, but I like that about storytelling. You don't need to know anything about the subject, or the story teller, as you are instantly transported into the story and their world. We were told many stories centered around the character BabaYaga, each interlinking with the same theme running throughout. The stories were at times humorous, with the audience invited to help play parts in the story using their voices and props all the while being captivated by the storyteller. I've not been to many story telling performances, but this one really was something great!

After a jam packed day, and being a little soaked through we went to bed exhausted but inspired and happy! Ready to do it all over again!

This post was originally written for the Wise Words blog. But I thought I'd share it here too! 

you are invited...

I'm so very excited to finally be able to share some wedding preparations with you! All of our invites have been sent out and received (I hope!) so I can reveal what we have been working on for the last few months.

I say we, because most of the work (and A LOT of work at that!) was done by my very talented sister Sarie. She's always been a very talented illustrator and designer but I was blown away by the work she put in and the results! Each invitation has been individually screen printed...front and back from a hand cut paper design. The RSVP is hand water-coloured, and all hole punched to fit together in a sweet design.

I know that it's something she loves doing, as well as blog design (like my beautiful header!) and other creative projects she has going on. I think she should definitely start up her own business taking commissions, don't you?! So watch this space for her upcoming blog, but you can always email her if you want to employ her very talented services!


you are invited...

I'm so very excited to finally be able to share some wedding preparations with you! All of our invites have been sent out and received (I hope!) so I can reveal what we have been working on for the last few months.

I say we, because most of the work (and A LOT of work at that!) was done by my very talented sister Sarie. She's always been a very talented illustrator and designer but I was blown away by the work she put in and the results! Each invitation has been individually screen printed...front and back from a hand cut paper design. The RSVP is hand water-coloured, and all hole punched to fit together in a sweet design.

I know that it's something she loves doing, as well as blog design (like my beautiful header!) and other creative projects she has going on. I think she should definitely start up her own business taking commissions, don't you?! So watch this space for her upcoming blog, but you can always email her if you want to employ her very talented services!


holiday flashback

As you know we're having a little holiday in Berlin, just the two of us! But I thought I would share a little glimpse of our very first family holiday to Barcelona last Summer. Theo was only about five and a half months, and he looks so small and different. It was great to get these photos back, and to have them to keep forever and to one day show him about our fun trip to see his crazy Aunty!


Hanging out on the city beach!






We found an amazing secluded cove, with clear waters to swim in and a quiet beach to relax on...



We headed to Girona to stroll around the deserted Sunday streets







I love the look of these photos so much, everything looks to bright, blue and fresh, especially compared to my more recent photos of our autumn adventures. It's amazing to see the different lights and tones that the seasons produce. I hope this splash of colour and brightness cheers you as much as it did me! We can only wish to have a bit of a better summer next year right? If not we'll be heading off to Spain again!

holiday flashback

As you know we're having a little holiday in Berlin, just the two of us! But I thought I would share a little glimpse of our very first family holiday to Barcelona last Summer. Theo was only about five and a half months, and he looks so small and different. It was great to get these photos back, and to have them to keep forever and to one day show him about our fun trip to see his crazy Aunty!


Hanging out on the city beach!






We found an amazing secluded cove, with clear waters to swim in and a quiet beach to relax on...



We headed to Girona to stroll around the deserted Sunday streets







I love the look of these photos so much, everything looks to bright, blue and fresh, especially compared to my more recent photos of our autumn adventures. It's amazing to see the different lights and tones that the seasons produce. I hope this splash of colour and brightness cheers you as much as it did me! We can only wish to have a bit of a better summer next year right? If not we'll be heading off to Spain again!

Out and About: Badgers Hill

I thought I would go back to my trip to Kent to share with you some photos from the wonderful Badgers Hill.


I've visited a few times before when spending time with my sister, as it was always a short drive away from Canterbury, and a great place to spend the afternoon. The place is an amazing eclectic mix or farm shop, petting farm, cafe and wooden statues, wind chimes and trinkets galore! Now that my sister has moved to the countryside, Badgers Hill is a very short drive away, and even walkable (if it wasn't threatening to tip it down!) So on my last morning we took a trip there before I headed off home, as we knew Theo would love it, and it would be good for him to have a little run around before the long car journey. And we were right, he loved it, and so did I!


First we fed the chickens and the geese (probably the best fed and happiest chickens around!) Before having a little peek around the farm shop...


Did I mention they make their own cider and apple juice too? Well they do.


We stopped for a little big bite to eat, as they do in fact serve the best ploughmans you have ever seen or eaten, the bread was still warm. Theo got to sit in an amazing vintage highchair in the greenhouse with grapevines creeping inside, it was all very lovely! They also have a bit where there are lots and lots of wind chimes hanging up of various sizes, and seeing as Theo loves making music we had so much fun showing him all the different notes. It really is beautiful!


Lastly we had a walk around the rest of the 'farm' and to see the donkeys. It was such a lovely way to end a great little trip to Kent.

It reminds me of when I worked in the farm shop where my mum used to live, which was the most perfect little job! I would love to work at a farm shop/city farm/ outdoor type place again, or even eventually run my own! I know I know, dream on...

Out and About: Badgers Hill

I thought I would go back to my trip to Kent to share with you some photos from the wonderful Badgers Hill.


I've visited a few times before when spending time with my sister, as it was always a short drive away from Canterbury, and a great place to spend the afternoon. The place is an amazing eclectic mix or farm shop, petting farm, cafe and wooden statues, wind chimes and trinkets galore! Now that my sister has moved to the countryside, Badgers Hill is a very short drive away, and even walkable (if it wasn't threatening to tip it down!) So on my last morning we took a trip there before I headed off home, as we knew Theo would love it, and it would be good for him to have a little run around before the long car journey. And we were right, he loved it, and so did I!


First we fed the chickens and the geese (probably the best fed and happiest chickens around!) Before having a little peek around the farm shop...


Did I mention they make their own cider and apple juice too? Well they do.


We stopped for a little big bite to eat, as they do in fact serve the best ploughmans you have ever seen or eaten, the bread was still warm. Theo got to sit in an amazing vintage highchair in the greenhouse with grapevines creeping inside, it was all very lovely! They also have a bit where there are lots and lots of wind chimes hanging up of various sizes, and seeing as Theo loves making music we had so much fun showing him all the different notes. It really is beautiful!


Lastly we had a walk around the rest of the 'farm' and to see the donkeys. It was such a lovely way to end a great little trip to Kent.

It reminds me of when I worked in the farm shop where my mum used to live, which was the most perfect little job! I would love to work at a farm shop/city farm/ outdoor type place again, or even eventually run my own! I know I know, dream on...

Out and about

So I thought this might be nice if it became a little regular feature, especially as I am discovering a new area of Bristol.

Sorry it's been a little quiet on the blog again, my sister is visiting for a week and we have been pretty busy!

Here is a little peak at what we have been up to:



On Sunday we went out for a walk to my new local park. The weather was bitingly cold and the sky was milky, my favourite thing about this time of year. But when did it suddenly become winter? Maybe it all happened the day we moved house and moved to a new area?

The park is only 10 minutes walk from the house, and something which hopefully I will take full advantage of. It's a beautiful park, and I know when I am having a low day where nothing seems to go right I can bundle Theo up into the pram and go for a little walk.

The park feels secluded and secret, as soon as you walk through the gates it opens up in front of you and takes your breathe away! I had no idea it was hiding here, and what a treasure it is. There are hills and windy paths, a lake and an adventure playground. A little kiosk for the summer and even an ice cream van.


We met up with a friend who lives close by and we had a little fun with the babies and the playground. I'm so excited to see them grow older and explore more of the park and play for hours (whilst I sit and drink tea and read a magazine....)


It was a lovely walk, but really cold, so we hurried home with tired babies and warmed up with tea!

More adventures to come soon!

Out and about

So I thought this might be nice if it became a little regular feature, especially as I am discovering a new area of Bristol.

Sorry it's been a little quiet on the blog again, my sister is visiting for a week and we have been pretty busy!

Here is a little peak at what we have been up to:



On Sunday we went out for a walk to my new local park. The weather was bitingly cold and the sky was milky, my favourite thing about this time of year. But when did it suddenly become winter? Maybe it all happened the day we moved house and moved to a new area?

The park is only 10 minutes walk from the house, and something which hopefully I will take full advantage of. It's a beautiful park, and I know when I am having a low day where nothing seems to go right I can bundle Theo up into the pram and go for a little walk.

The park feels secluded and secret, as soon as you walk through the gates it opens up in front of you and takes your breathe away! I had no idea it was hiding here, and what a treasure it is. There are hills and windy paths, a lake and an adventure playground. A little kiosk for the summer and even an ice cream van.


We met up with a friend who lives close by and we had a little fun with the babies and the playground. I'm so excited to see them grow older and explore more of the park and play for hours (whilst I sit and drink tea and read a magazine....)


It was a lovely walk, but really cold, so we hurried home with tired babies and warmed up with tea!

More adventures to come soon!