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A Purple Adventure...

on Monday, 12 August 2013.

This past weekend is the first weekend in a long time that we haven't had anything planned.  I love those kind of weekends, but I also want to make sure that we at least get out and about a bit. 

Therefore we woke up on Saturday and decided that we should go on an adventure.  

Here is where we ended up....


This is Hitchin Lavender- a gorgeous farm with miles and miles of the purple flower.  Mads loved exploring, running up and down the fields, and helping cut the lavender and putting it into her bag as you are allowed to cut one bag and take it home.  And of course I loved the photo opportunities!









The lavender smells so beautiful, and we had a great time exploring.  Mads was in her element although she was a little wary of the bees- of which there are hundreds!

It was a great morning out.  I love impromptu family adventures- they are always the most fun!  

I love that our girls are making us realise the most simple pleasures in life.


Those Special Kind Of Weekends...

on Wednesday, 10 July 2013.

Do you ever have a weekend that you know you will remember for a long, long time?

One that is full of laughs, full of fun, full of adventures and full of firsts?

Well we just had one of those.


Last weekend we headed off on a very long car journey in the sweltering heat to a Shorefield Park just outside Milford on Sea in Hampshire for three days of fun with my lovely friend Lucy and her family.  


We arrived on Friday late afternoon, after a very long, uncomfortable car journey in the heat, which should have taken us three hours but instead took us five.  We checked into our accomodation, a three bed luxury caravan with Lucy and her family next door, and had a look around the park.  Shorefield Park is really lovely, with lots of facilities for adults and little ones.  

We had the most wonderful few days.  Here is a little snapshot of what we got up too.


We headed to Paulton's Park, a family theme park and home to Peppa Pig World.  Mads had been excited for weeks to see 'Peppa' and the day certainly didn't disappoint.


It was so unbelievably hot and therefore of course the park was incredibly busy- at first we were a little worried about how long it would take to queue with impatient toddlers but we soon found our way.  We spent a bit of time in the amazing soft play area which of course was nice and cool.


LL and BG loved having thumb sucking lessons while their siblings charged around the Peppa themed soft play.


Some were more excited than others by the rides!


Peppa Pig World was packed so we headed off to the other bits of the park which were just as fun and we only had to queue for a max of 10 minutes for a ride.  Mads and BB went on their first ride on their own- we expected meltdown's but they loved it and went on some more after that!



Having a picnic.


We headed back to Peppa Pig World a bit later on where the queues were so much quieter and we got on a few more rides.  Mads loved it and I would definitely recommend it.  I was suprised how much more there was there- it isn't just for Peppa fans.


The next morning was just as hot so we headed off to the local beach- the children were having a wonderful time until we had a situation with a poorly seagull that cut short our stay!  


Shorefield had a really lovely outdoor pool which we had a great time splashing about in.  It was LL's first time swimming but it was a little cold for her so she didn't stay in long.  There is also an indoor pool that we went in later as well which she loved.



BG enjoyed chilling in the shade and LL snoozed while Mads and BB played on the amazing pirate ship playground covered in sand.



There were al fresco dinner dates in the early evening sunshine.



This happened every evening- we got tipsy, laughed so much and learnt interesting facts about each other in a little drinking game.


My little family in the sunshine.




We had the best weekend in the sunshine.  We couldn't have asked for better weather, the location of the holiday park was gorgeous, the facilities were perfect for our children and the adventures we had were great.

We have come away with sun kissed noses, and funny tales to tell.

Already firm friendships have grown even deeper and I can tell that this may well become a yearly tradition.  

But the main thing we have come away with?

Lots of happy memories.


Disclaimer- A big thank you to Shorefield Holidays for giving us a complimentary stay at their lovely holiday park, a big thank you to Paultons Park for complimentary park tickets, and a big thank you to Mr Sun for making an appearance all weekend.  Thanks to our lovely friends the Dear Beautiful Family for being the perfect partners in crime.  All words, photos and opinions are entirely my own.


Sunny September Weekends...

on Thursday, 13 September 2012.

As always is the way with good old Blighty weather, as soon as you pack away your shorts and get out your autumn warmers, the sun starts to shine again.

This past weekend we were busy all day Sunday so we decided to have a nice quiet chilled out day on Saturday.  We went to a local country park, which has acres of grass, bridges and lakes to explore, and had a picnic together.  There is also a great play area with sand all on the ground, which Mads loved and is great as she does have a tendency to get excited and fall over.

I wonder if this will have been the sunny day of the summer?  Although I love the sunny weather, I must admit to finding Autumn and Winter extra special- I love that time of year- the snuggling up on dark nights, Autumn walks and wrapping up warm, and of course Christmas.  Bryony wrote this post which I love and I agree with every point she made.

Anyway here is what we did to enjoy our last potential picnic of the summer...








A Lovely 80th Birthday Party.

on Tuesday, 11 September 2012.

Last Sunday it was my Grandpa's 80th Birthday and we went over to a garden party at their house.  There were about 20 of us there, and it was a really lovely celebration.  The sun shined the whole day, the food was lovely and Mads was the star of the show as she is the only little person on this side of the family.  

I adore my Grandparents and am very close to them both- I am very lucky we only live about twenty minutes away from them so we go over for dinner most weeks.  I also feel very lucky that Mads gets to know her Great-Grandparents and they love her to bits.

They live on a big farm in the middle of nowhere, and it was a beautiful setting for the party.  I have such fond memories of growing up having fun there, and I hope to give Mads some memories too.  All in all it was a great day and we had a lovely time.  Here is some of the hundreds of photos I took that day.


Not a bad view from your garden.


Mads loves feeding Grandma's 'big fish'.  I think they are Koi Karp possibly but as soon as she gets there she asks to feed them.  We count new ones every time but I think there is about 19.


Mads was on the go non stop all day- she missed her usual nap but that didn't stop her as there was just too much to do!


We did some cruising in our new wheels that Grandma (my Mum) bought over especially.


We had some laughs.


We cuddled with Grandma.


We shared ice cream with Great Grandpa the birthday boy!


We played in the pretty flowers.


We all ate cake.

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