Wednesday, 15 August 2012

A study in pink at Clumber Park

Noah and I spent a really fun day at a local nature park. Clumber Park is close by Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, and as you can imagine for such a historic park there is lots to explore. 

Ancient trees were perfect for climbing, woody mazes inside giant rhododendrons ideal for hiding, and we got lost meandering the winding paths around the giant lake. But my favourite place was the walled garden. A beautiful example of a classic English country garden, bursting with jewel coloured flowers and trees heavy with bulbous fruit.

I'm always drawn to the flowers, like the bumble bee busying itself, and today I photographed the pinks in every hue. 

Noah enjoyed a special trail they had for the holidays to find gnomes and fairies hidden amongst the plants. We didn't even mind the rain when it came as it was so warm.

A perfect day; what are your favourite gardens to explore with the kids?

Friday, 10 August 2012


It is summer holiday time here in the UK. Noah has almost 8 weeks of holiday from pre-school, classes and playgroups so we are getting out and getting away [hence my complete absence from the blogs!!]. We have spent hours catching over-sized crabs on the beach, rode miniature trains, boats and rides in the park, put countless 2p pieces into the gaudy slot machines at the seaside and camped in a small 2 man tent in a field with chickens pecking about outside. 

There is a different tiredness in the summertime; not the lethargy and weariness of winter as the nights draw in and comfort is found in a blanket and a cup of warming chocolate, but the exhaustion of too much sunshine, fresh air blowing the proverbial cobwebs and walking for hours on the beach just to get the last few moments of warm air on our skin.

So apologies for going MIA, I'm making the most of the days with Noah and the lazy, hazy nights, come September we'll be back in the old routine I'm sure. 

I hope wherever you are you're enjoying a little sunshine too. x

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Olympic inspiration

Yesterday I was lucky to go to the tennis at the Olympics with my Dad, we had a brilliant day and he told me on the way home that he could tick one of the things off his 'bucket list' - go to Wimbledon - fantastic. 

Inspired by the achievements of all the athletes and my Dad's small accomplishment I thought I'd post a little reminder to all my readers...something to bear in mind if you're thinking about doing anything 'someday'...

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