Magical Garden Restaurants

Ian and I have been doing recces of various places in our bid for finding a place to live.  Our voyages have taken us all over the southeast (and beyond) to some lovely places and some less lovely places.  It has been a learning experience, and we’re getting closer to making a decision and finding ‘home’. On a recent journey out towards the southeast corner … Continue reading Magical Garden Restaurants

Camping with friends in Cornwall

Back in May we went camping.  It was our first family holiday and first holiday for Ian and I since our honeymoon back in 2010. Being seasoned campers (well, not really, we’ve just been camping a handful of times), we were mentally prepared for the work and effort that goes into camping.  Not to mention the freezing cold nights and perpetual feeling of being unwashed. … Continue reading Camping with friends in Cornwall

From Speeding to Spooked: Nearly Losing Control of my Car

So you’ve all gathered that I spend a heck of a lot of time in my car.  I take the kids out a lot, and we usually drive to most places because I’m not fond of the immediate area around the house.  Too many main roads for walking along and the parks aren’t great for two kids that are liable to run off in opposite … Continue reading From Speeding to Spooked: Nearly Losing Control of my Car

Our Top Ten Car Playlist

I’ve written about our life in the car before.  We spend an awful lot of time in our car, and as parents know, travelling with kids can sometimes be a little… painful.  One of the things that I have conditioned the kids to look forward to when they get in the car is music.  To coax Finley into the car when we’re off out, I … Continue reading Our Top Ten Car Playlist

A Birthday at the Seaside

Last weekend, we celebrated my elder son’s 3rd birthday.  A whole three years has sailed by at breakneck speed since I held my first child in my arms for the first time… Anyway, he’s a November baby, so to celebrate his birthday we thought that it would be absolutely perfect to head to the coast to soak up some of the fine British weather on … Continue reading A Birthday at the Seaside

The Complexities of Children and Cars

Before having children, driving and parking and everything else that went with getting around by car used to be relatively simple.  The most challenging aspects of car driving used to be forking out for car tax and avoiding speed cameras.  However, add a couple of kids to the mix, and car-using is suddenly a lot more… complex. I spend a lot of time in the … Continue reading The Complexities of Children and Cars

A Day Trip to The Watercress Line (Mid-Hants Railway)

You may have previously read about my dad taking us on rail journeys when we were children.  Be it anything from our local suburban stopping service to obscure little diesel lines out in the country, dad used to frequently take us on rail adventures new.  These journeys created a fire in us for rail travel. My love of railways still burns brightly.  I don’t know what it … Continue reading A Day Trip to The Watercress Line (Mid-Hants Railway)