• Pumpkin picking at Llynclys hall farm shop

    It’s already nearly that time of year where the crisp leaves have fallen on the floor, the tights and boots come out and it’s time to get pumpkin picking ready for Halloween. There is nothing quite as fun as going to a pumpkin patch and selecting a pumpkin that’s just right for you and your family. In our local area there are few quite a few pumpkin patches but one that we really loved visiting last year was Llynclys Hill farm shop. The pumpkin display I don’t think can be beaten and they are striking to see. Llynclys Hall farm shop As the name suggests there is a farm and…

  • How to make sloe gin

    It’s that time of year where the berries are starting to flush deep reds and purples ready for picking. My absolute favourite thing to do and something that has turned into my little tradition is to make various foraged berry gins, vodkas and whiskeys. The most famous one must be good old sloe gin. In this post I will show you how to make sloe gin. Getting the sloes It can be a little a little tricky to find the ripe, deep purple sloes unless you have a patch in your local area that has a few sloe bushes. All I can say is look for the long thorns in…

  • Our first family trip to Birmingham

    This is a collaborative post. Even though we live just about an hour from Birmingham, it’s one of those places that we never really explore even though there are plenty of destination space on our bucket list. I have been itching to take the boys because there is so much for them to see and do outside of our pretty little town. You really are spoilt for choice in Birmingham, a vast array of places to eat, traditional and modern takes on bars, children’s activities and numerous hotels to provide a pit stop for a hard days shopping at the bullring – or maybe even you are travelling a bit…

  • Butter making in a jar boredom buster

    The cries of “I’m bored” are enough to send any one stir crazy and of course the 6 weeks holidays is littered with the phrase. I’m still pretty exhausted from having another bout of pericarditis and so keeping the kids occupied whilst trying not to over do it is always the challenge. This butter making in a jar activity is super easy to let them get on with and they are always fascinated by it, not the mention there is something to make yet another snack with at the end! What you will need A really clean jam jar or Kilner jar Tub of double cream, ours was 500ml Salt…

  • Lavender fields to visit in the UK

    You can’t help but notice the colour palette if the UK along side the changing months, the yellow of Rapeseed, pastel delphiniums, Red fields of poppies and right now, July & August, is the time to find out a lavender field. Not just for the blue, violet, pale pink and white tones, but the classical relaxing scent of lavender itself. With the help of some fabulous bloggers, I have put together a mini guide of the best lavender fields in the UK. So please let me know if you have one you love and we haven’t added! Morbrook lavender, Underton – Shropshire I have added this because its right on…

  • Our £9.50 Norfolk Sun holiday to Caister-on-Sea

    Almost annually we go on a Sun holiday and we love them. We have had such great experiences and been to so many different places and at a fraction of the cost and, it becomes a sort of addiction to go again! Now this isn’t an Ad or a sponsored post this is just because I think giving a Sun holiday a chance is one of the best things you can do, especially if you have kiddies and want a quintessential seaside holiday, which I always do as it reminds me of my childhood. This year we decided to go to Norfolk, it was my families go to holiday of…

  • What I have learnt after a year of grief

    I have been dreading this day since it happened. 365 days ago my Dad died after suffering from rare bile duct cancer, cholangiocarcinoma. Forever and yesterday ago all at once. I haven’t been able to write about it as it seemed too much of a confirmation that it had actually happened. It still doesn’t feel real to me but there are slices of my day when a dose of reality hits me and knocks me for six. 365 days ago you were still here, in your final hours, but you were here, with me, with all of us. We spoke and hugged and hung on your every moment and breath.…

  • World Cholangiocarcinoma awareness day 2019

    I’ll pretty much guarantee that 95% of you haven’t heard of cholangiocarcinoma or realised that it had its own awareness day. I wish I had never heard of it, beyond all my hopes, wishes and dreams as cholangiocarcinoma took my Dad away from me and my family, March 26th 2018. How I wish the name wouldn’t feel synonymous and almost part of my Dad, but now I hear that word I know what it does and what it did to us. As today is world cholangiocarcinoma awareness day, I felt it important to share the signs and symptoms of this horrible, relentless diseases that took my dad. What is it?…

  • Chicken pox tips for when the pesky pox strikes!

    Over Christmas we were lucky enough to have an extra sprinkling of magic.. chicken pox on Christmas Eve! It was bound to happen really now he is at school and it was rife in Freddie’s class. Here is our story and some of my Chicken pox tips. We found the initial spot on Freddie’s arm just by his arm pit, it was just a small blister really, easy to miss but I just had a feeling that this was the start! This was Christmas Eve night and by Christmas Day there were six over his body. Two days later there were many more spots all over his body – quite startling how fast and…

  • A new baby – #thankyoumidwives

    I’m lucky in the fact that I really enjoyed both my labours. It’s something that I treasure when I think about the whole story of “them” and with Dexter’s labour in particular it seemed so familiar that I was able to zone out and trust what was coming next with each stage, I really focussed and the midwives did exaclty what they needed to do. Of course the midwives has a big part in this and luckily for me Freddie was delivered by one of my school friends. She listened; she encouraged and she guided me to follow my body’s instinct. I was so relieved when she knocked on the…