so long September


As the dark evenings draw in and a sudden chill to the air catches us off guard, I suddenly realise that the long awaited Autumn is definitely here and we have to say so long to the long summer days for another year. 

I know I have been one to complain about the hot muggy weather we had of late, but I am going to miss the Summer. It's been a good one and we've been treated to many a long, cloudless day, where we can leave the house in just single layers. There's no fuss with coats and hats and we will miss those days picnicking under the shade of great leafy trees. But all things must end, and I know that we have packed our Summer full of good memories, and knowledge that next year will be just as good. 

So here are a few photographs from the last of our Summer days, spent on days out with trains and gallivanting around the centre of Bristol. 

So long Summer, see you next year! 

so long September


As the dark evenings draw in and a sudden chill to the air catches us off guard, I suddenly realise that the long awaited Autumn is definitely here and we have to say so long to the long summer days for another year. 

I know I have been one to complain about the hot muggy weather we had of late, but I am going to miss the Summer. It's been a good one and we've been treated to many a long, cloudless day, where we can leave the house in just single layers. There's no fuss with coats and hats and we will miss those days picnicking under the shade of great leafy trees. But all things must end, and I know that we have packed our Summer full of good memories, and knowledge that next year will be just as good. 

So here are a few photographs from the last of our Summer days, spent on days out with trains and gallivanting around the centre of Bristol. 

So long Summer, see you next year! 

A family walk

Over the Easter weekend we decided to jump in the car and head down to Devon for a few days. The weather wasn't great, we were all tired and nothing beats a breath of fresh air down by the coast.

On Easter Monday the rain had stopped pouring and we decided to take a trip to the South Devon Railway, for a little ride on the trains once more. Two in the space of a few weeks for a certain little boy!

We drove to the outskirts of Totnes and walked along the river and over the bridge to the old station and line. The platform itself is decked out in old tourism posters, signs and lamps as well as offering a little book stall and a shed full of train memorabilia.

Once again more photos after the jump!





We walked through the carriages, chatted to the ticket collector and gazed out at the passing countryside.

We arrived at Buckfastleigh station, alighted the train and set about exploring. There were lots of different engines to see, a big red double decker bus and lots of vintage cars. We stopped for lunch with all the old people, before taking a look around the shop and the model railway.

After lunch we headed back onto the train, but not before Theo got to have a little sit inside the cab!
Theo was treated to a band new train by his dear Granny, got very excited about meeting an owl on the platform before dropping off to sleep the moment we got in the car! We made a quick visit to the seafront once back in Teignmouth as the clouds broke and the sun shone down. We had a lovely relaxing weekend! 



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A family walk

Over the Easter weekend we decided to jump in the car and head down to Devon for a few days. The weather wasn't great, we were all tired and nothing beats a breath of fresh air down by the coast.

On Easter Monday the rain had stopped pouring and we decided to take a trip to the South Devon Railway, for a little ride on the trains once more. Two in the space of a few weeks for a certain little boy!

We drove to the outskirts of Totnes and walked along the river and over the bridge to the old station and line. The platform itself is decked out in old tourism posters, signs and lamps as well as offering a little book stall and a shed full of train memorabilia.

Once again more photos after the jump!





We walked through the carriages, chatted to the ticket collector and gazed out at the passing countryside.

We arrived at Buckfastleigh station, alighted the train and set about exploring. There were lots of different engines to see, a big red double decker bus and lots of vintage cars. We stopped for lunch with all the old people, before taking a look around the shop and the model railway.

After lunch we headed back onto the train, but not before Theo got to have a little sit inside the cab!
Theo was treated to a band new train by his dear Granny, got very excited about meeting an owl on the platform before dropping off to sleep the moment we got in the car! We made a quick visit to the seafront once back in Teignmouth as the clouds broke and the sun shone down. We had a lovely relaxing weekend! 



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a family walk

Not so much a family walk, but an outing, but all the same we went on a little adventure on Sunday to visit the steam train at Bitton on the Avon Valley Railway.

We've visited Bitton a few times, once on a stop off on a cycle ride to Bath, and another just the boys to ride the diesel train. But this was our first time riding the big steam engine. In fact I think, if you can believe it, it was the first proper time Theo has ridden on a steam train. Gasp! For a massively train obsessed child you would have thought he'd have been on thousands in his three short years, but asdie from mini steam engines and the one at the Mshed, this is (it can't be though?!) the first time we've travelled in proper carriages pulled by a large steamy. So obviously very exciting for us all.

We had a lazy morning and eventually left the house to meet my Mum and Andy for our little adventure, and purchased our tickets in the traditional waiting room, we had a quick packed lunch on the platform whilst Theo entertained us by running around waving his new flag and pointing out all the very exciting things around the station!

Once again I got a little snap happy, so click below to see the rest!





After a short while the train pulled in and filled the platform with that enticing smell and billowing clouds of steam. We went to take a look at the engine, and Theo discovered that in fact the steam close up isn't that great!

Theo spent most of the journey with his head out the window watching the countryside rush by, feeling the wind and hearing the noises of the train gathering speed. He stepped back inside to excitedly get his ticket stamped by the conductor, and ran down the corridors of the carriage.
We stopped at a station down the line and watched the engine change direction before taking us back on our way. Our tickets meant that we could stay on the train for as long as we like, taking how ever many journeys we wished, and we noted that next time, in perhaps warmer weather it would be a nice idea to get off the train and walk a mile or so to a nearby pub for lunch before returning and alighting the train back again.

We finished our journey with one very tired out boy, and headed home to cook a roast dinner to finish off our lovely Sunday adventure!

a family walk

Not so much a family walk, but an outing, but all the same we went on a little adventure on Sunday to visit the steam train at Bitton on the Avon Valley Railway.

We've visited Bitton a few times, once on a stop off on a cycle ride to Bath, and another just the boys to ride the diesel train. But this was our first time riding the big steam engine. In fact I think, if you can believe it, it was the first proper time Theo has ridden on a steam train. Gasp! For a massively train obsessed child you would have thought he'd have been on thousands in his three short years, but asdie from mini steam engines and the one at the Mshed, this is (it can't be though?!) the first time we've travelled in proper carriages pulled by a large steamy. So obviously very exciting for us all.

We had a lazy morning and eventually left the house to meet my Mum and Andy for our little adventure, and purchased our tickets in the traditional waiting room, we had a quick packed lunch on the platform whilst Theo entertained us by running around waving his new flag and pointing out all the very exciting things around the station!

Once again I got a little snap happy, so click below to see the rest!





After a short while the train pulled in and filled the platform with that enticing smell and billowing clouds of steam. We went to take a look at the engine, and Theo discovered that in fact the steam close up isn't that great!

Theo spent most of the journey with his head out the window watching the countryside rush by, feeling the wind and hearing the noises of the train gathering speed. He stepped back inside to excitedly get his ticket stamped by the conductor, and ran down the corridors of the carriage.
We stopped at a station down the line and watched the engine change direction before taking us back on our way. Our tickets meant that we could stay on the train for as long as we like, taking how ever many journeys we wished, and we noted that next time, in perhaps warmer weather it would be a nice idea to get off the train and walk a mile or so to a nearby pub for lunch before returning and alighting the train back again.

We finished our journey with one very tired out boy, and headed home to cook a roast dinner to finish off our lovely Sunday adventure!

How to kill a morning and have a mini adventure

These past few weeks have been pretty manic what with me starting a new job and still trying to catch up after the disastrous and disruptive week we had at the beginning of the month. Meaning that we've had little opportunities for outings and adventures recently, which I feel a little bad about!

So when I asked Theo one morning last week what he would like to do for the day, and he answered go to the big station, I thought it was the perfect way to kill the morning, whilst doing something fun, a little out of the ordinary (for us) and relatively cheap and easy. So a trip on the local trains it was!

I've mentioned before that sometimes we like to just go and sit at our local station for half an hour and watch the trains (wild, I know) for something to do, but we rarely actually have to get the train anywhere. Probably because I have a car, and that we live half an hours walk from two stations that they just aren't that convenient for us. So this is still quite a novelty and a fun little adventure for Theo (and me!).



We arrived at the station just in time for a train, and watched it arrive and boarded. We found a seat and waited for the tunnels, and talked about the things whooshing by the window. Theo loves talking to the ticket collector and is in charge of paying for the ticket, and keeping it safe.
We arrived at the 'big station' (Temple Meads) and found a bench to sit on and watch trains pulling in and out of the station. We could see the rain lashing down in showers outside and felt content to sit in the dry talking and watching the world go by. Eventually our tummies started to rumble so we made a dash for it in a break in the weather and headed to a cafe close to the station for a sandwich.


We made our way back to the station and boarded our train home, satisfied from our mini adventure on the trains!

How to kill a morning and have a mini adventure

These past few weeks have been pretty manic what with me starting a new job and still trying to catch up after the disastrous and disruptive week we had at the beginning of the month. Meaning that we've had little opportunities for outings and adventures recently, which I feel a little bad about!

So when I asked Theo one morning last week what he would like to do for the day, and he answered go to the big station, I thought it was the perfect way to kill the morning, whilst doing something fun, a little out of the ordinary (for us) and relatively cheap and easy. So a trip on the local trains it was!

I've mentioned before that sometimes we like to just go and sit at our local station for half an hour and watch the trains (wild, I know) for something to do, but we rarely actually have to get the train anywhere. Probably because I have a car, and that we live half an hours walk from two stations that they just aren't that convenient for us. So this is still quite a novelty and a fun little adventure for Theo (and me!).



We arrived at the station just in time for a train, and watched it arrive and boarded. We found a seat and waited for the tunnels, and talked about the things whooshing by the window. Theo loves talking to the ticket collector and is in charge of paying for the ticket, and keeping it safe.
We arrived at the 'big station' (Temple Meads) and found a bench to sit on and watch trains pulling in and out of the station. We could see the rain lashing down in showers outside and felt content to sit in the dry talking and watching the world go by. Eventually our tummies started to rumble so we made a dash for it in a break in the weather and headed to a cafe close to the station for a sandwich.


We made our way back to the station and boarded our train home, satisfied from our mini adventure on the trains!

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- A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2013 -

Planning days out with this one is fairly easy, as long as it involves trains of some sorts. Sometimes just a trip to a station, without even boarding a train is enough as we sit and wait for the arrival of several trains talking about the tunnels, signals and tracks. We wave to the driver and guard and talk about where the passengers may be heading to, and watch it depart then we too leave the station. But this time we boarded the train as well off on a little adventure. 

Joining in with Jodi once more! 

three / fifty-two

- A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2013 -

Planning days out with this one is fairly easy, as long as it involves trains of some sorts. Sometimes just a trip to a station, without even boarding a train is enough as we sit and wait for the arrival of several trains talking about the tunnels, signals and tracks. We wave to the driver and guard and talk about where the passengers may be heading to, and watch it depart then we too leave the station. But this time we boarded the train as well off on a little adventure. 

Joining in with Jodi once more! 

a trip to bath




We woke to another grey drizzly day, but with Rob's Gran visiting we decided to take a little trip on the trains to Bath for a look around. Obviously the train journeys were the best part of the day for Theo, but we filled the rest of it with hot chocolate, chasing birds, browsing in a toy shop (and leaving empty handed with no fuss hooray!) reading and browsing for new books and enjoying a lovely lunch whilst Theo napped. We then hopped on a train back home, stopping for a cup of tea at the in laws before heading home for the evening. A lovely little day trip! What have you been up to this weekend? 

a trip to bath




We woke to another grey drizzly day, but with Rob's Gran visiting we decided to take a little trip on the trains to Bath for a look around. Obviously the train journeys were the best part of the day for Theo, but we filled the rest of it with hot chocolate, chasing birds, browsing in a toy shop (and leaving empty handed with no fuss hooray!) reading and browsing for new books and enjoying a lovely lunch whilst Theo napped. We then hopped on a train back home, stopping for a cup of tea at the in laws before heading home for the evening. A lovely little day trip! What have you been up to this weekend? 

waiting for trains

I'm so very behind on this poor blog, I feel I've been neglecting it slightly. Once you have a little break I find sometimes it's hard to get back into it. But I'm trying, I have plenty of things I want to write about so perhaps I should just get on with it yeh?

Last weekend we visited Devon once more and as usual this involved some sort of train spotting activity. After we'd had our fill of a few passing trains we took a little stroll through the woods, spotted some deer and admired the autumnal trees, before returning home for some good food and tea. It was a perfect way to spend a Saturday!

waiting for trains

I'm so very behind on this poor blog, I feel I've been neglecting it slightly. Once you have a little break I find sometimes it's hard to get back into it. But I'm trying, I have plenty of things I want to write about so perhaps I should just get on with it yeh?

Last weekend we visited Devon once more and as usual this involved some sort of train spotting activity. After we'd had our fill of a few passing trains we took a little stroll through the woods, spotted some deer and admired the autumnal trees, before returning home for some good food and tea. It was a perfect way to spend a Saturday!

eastern adventures

So I hope you've all recovered from your Christmas comas? We're slowly getting back to normal here! My sister is staying with me for a couple of days, and of course Rob is still off, so it definitely still feels like the holidays. But anyway before I get into that I thought I would share with you the first part of our trip to my hometown.








Our journey over went really well, and we made it in record time! On Friday we had a little wander around the town and a browse in charity shops and spent time with Grandad. It's been so lovely to spend proper time together as a family, as it's not often that we get to without having a million other things we should be doing. Theo once again took quite a liking to my dads cats, who I might just add have no objections to be laid on, this one even prompted it by lying down in front of Theo quite a bit!

On Saturday my dad cooked up a mammoth curry for lunch, and my grandma and some family came over. After we all went to have a ride on the long anticipated steam train. When we were little I remember riding on the train in the bitter cold, trying to spot the teddy bears, going through the tunnels and finally visiting father Christmas in his grotto! So I was so excited to be able to share this with Theo, especially with his epic love of all things train related!


















It's fair to say Theo had a mind blowingly awesome time, and he didn't cry when Father Christmas came to give him a present, and he said thank you ever so politely! I really enjoyed it myself too, and he sat with his grandad most of the way. It's really important to me to be able to share with Theo some of the things I did when I was little and from my childhood. Theo is probably going to grow up in Bristol, which I'm happy about, but sometimes it does make me feel a little jealous that Rob gets to share lots of things with Theo and show him the things he did as a child more than I do.

So that's about it for today, it's taken me a while to write this post and get back into the swing of blogging! I have been enjoying my break very much, I hope you all had a wonderful few days off too, and spent it with your family!

eastern adventures

So I hope you've all recovered from your Christmas comas? We're slowly getting back to normal here! My sister is staying with me for a couple of days, and of course Rob is still off, so it definitely still feels like the holidays. But anyway before I get into that I thought I would share with you the first part of our trip to my hometown.








Our journey over went really well, and we made it in record time! On Friday we had a little wander around the town and a browse in charity shops and spent time with Grandad. It's been so lovely to spend proper time together as a family, as it's not often that we get to without having a million other things we should be doing. Theo once again took quite a liking to my dads cats, who I might just add have no objections to be laid on, this one even prompted it by lying down in front of Theo quite a bit!

On Saturday my dad cooked up a mammoth curry for lunch, and my grandma and some family came over. After we all went to have a ride on the long anticipated steam train. When we were little I remember riding on the train in the bitter cold, trying to spot the teddy bears, going through the tunnels and finally visiting father Christmas in his grotto! So I was so excited to be able to share this with Theo, especially with his epic love of all things train related!


















It's fair to say Theo had a mind blowingly awesome time, and he didn't cry when Father Christmas came to give him a present, and he said thank you ever so politely! I really enjoyed it myself too, and he sat with his grandad most of the way. It's really important to me to be able to share with Theo some of the things I did when I was little and from my childhood. Theo is probably going to grow up in Bristol, which I'm happy about, but sometimes it does make me feel a little jealous that Rob gets to share lots of things with Theo and show him the things he did as a child more than I do.

So that's about it for today, it's taken me a while to write this post and get back into the swing of blogging! I have been enjoying my break very much, I hope you all had a wonderful few days off too, and spent it with your family!

home

 We're back after a little trip to Devon again, where Theo and I went to stay with Rob's Grandparents whilst Rob went on a stag do. The weekend consisted of walking to the sea front, looking in charity shops, watching trains, visiting a garden centre leisure park, riding on a mini steam train, petting some animals, watching a steam train, looking at more trains, playing with trains and tractors...did I mention that a lot of trains were involved?!

We had a lovely relaxing weekend, and it was great to get so much fresh seaside air. Theo learnt how to say Grandpa too, which is great but he still refuses to say Mummy or Granny...

On Friday before we went our separate ways Rob and I visited a wedding venue...and I think we're pretty sold on it. I've already started to work out logistics and plan bits in my head, and have gone a bit mad on pinterest...There have been so many wedding anniversary's floating around the internet recently, and it makes me so excited to get married and to share that happiness!                                                                       

home

 We're back after a little trip to Devon again, where Theo and I went to stay with Rob's Grandparents whilst Rob went on a stag do. The weekend consisted of walking to the sea front, looking in charity shops, watching trains, visiting a garden centre leisure park, riding on a mini steam train, petting some animals, watching a steam train, looking at more trains, playing with trains and tractors...did I mention that a lot of trains were involved?!

We had a lovely relaxing weekend, and it was great to get so much fresh seaside air. Theo learnt how to say Grandpa too, which is great but he still refuses to say Mummy or Granny...

On Friday before we went our separate ways Rob and I visited a wedding venue...and I think we're pretty sold on it. I've already started to work out logistics and plan bits in my head, and have gone a bit mad on pinterest...There have been so many wedding anniversary's floating around the internet recently, and it makes me so excited to get married and to share that happiness!