15 Best Children’s Books

We can all spot a good or bad children’s book, can’t we? As an English teacher, I would consider myself quite discerning when it comes to books for adults, although we all have our personal choices. Similarly, when it comes to children’s books, I believe there really is the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ and I... Continue Reading →

Have we found the Gruffalo’s house?

One of Ed’s favourite things to do is finding sticks. So, a walk on Crickley Hill, Birdlip is ideal for us and I’d highly recommend it for other families. We visited on a beautiful morning in April. It’s only a 15-minute drive from Cheltenham town centre and you really can ‘get lost’ in the woods.... Continue Reading →

Rainy Day Activities

As Ed sat in front of the TV while I completed a pile of marking today, I felt a bit guilty. Only a bit. Then I thought, I'll have a look in my '200 Boredom Busters' book (which I've never used) for some things to do for the rest of this (rainy) week. Whether I... Continue Reading →

A Trip to Sudeley Castle

We visited Sudeley Castle on a grey and wet Monday but still had a lovely time exploring the gardens, hearing about the resident ghosts and climbing the new play fort. Ed and I went along with some of our friends who have the yearly pass as they live nearby in Winchcombe. We have been before,... Continue Reading →

Knights in Shining Armour at Berkeley Castle

Are your children into castles and knights? If yes, then head along to Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire where you can experience fantastic sword fights and even a ‘Knights School.’ Along with dinosaurs and Star Wars, Ed’s other latest obsessions are soldiers and knights so we went for a visit over the Easter break for some... Continue Reading →

Gardening with Kids

Growing up, I didn’t know the difference between a crocus flower and a sweet pea. I wouldn’t have known where blackcurrants came from or different types of tree or garden bird. Now, I’m learning from my husband and we’re keen for Ed to grow up understanding and appreciating all things gardening. My mother would argue... Continue Reading →

10 steps to spring cleaning (Kondo style!)

Are you thinking of spring cleaning this rainy bank holiday weekend? I’ve had a go at simplifying Japanese ‘declutterer’ Marie Kondo’s ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ (After I found it among some clutter the other day!) 1) Get everything out of the cupboards, drawers and decide if it ‘sparks joy.’ 2) Do it all at... Continue Reading →

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