You see, I love the outdoors. My whole family do. But I’m a terrible camper as I need my peace and quiet at night and something soft for my bones to lie down on. I don’t sleep a wink if I’m sleeping in a tent next to someone snoring or playing their ukulele, and get woken at 4am by the dawn chorus. And if there isn’t a loo or tap within a few metres, constantly taking my kids to the loo or making trips to fill up on water doesn’t constitute a holiday for me. So my long-suffering husband has sworn never to go camping with me.
But then a few years back a friend told me about Featherdown Farms where B. It was love at first sight. Continue reading
Today is the not insignificant day that my kids return to school after the end of a wonderful summer break. Each year, it brings out mixed emotions in me. On the one hand, a quiet delight that I get a break from being 24/7 carer who is asked a question every few minutes, yet on the other a large sense of sadness that the much needed, long stretch of no-agenda, chilled out, ‘kairos time’ with my two children has come to an end.
And so, all too soon, half term is over. Somewhat reluctantly, my two are returning to school but propelled by the joy of telling their friends about the highlight of their week, that trip to Harry Potter Studios.
It was a week of that was special because we didn’t actually do anything much or fancy. It was a week of special ordinariness. Sometimes, I think that’s the way kids like it best. Continue reading
For those of you who are new to this, this is where we get to share with each other our favourite finds – things we’ve discovered that make life more tasty, fun, easy, enriching, or even challenging (as you’ll see this month I had one of those!). I start by sharing mine, and then you share yours either by linking up your post, or replying in a comment if you don’t have a blog.
So without any further ado…. Continue reading