Forest Mushrooms

Since stumbling upon a beautiful fairytale toadstool I’ve been longing to find them once more. After seeing someone post about a visit to Half Moon Common in the New Forest I decided it was a spot I wanted to go to, to try and find them once more.

A little bit of looking under ferns and by silver birch trees, and we gasped when we found what we’d come looking for!

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Visiting the Welsh Mountains

For years I’ve been saying I wanted to visit the Welsh mountains and that I wanted to climb Snowdon but we’ve never managed to get me there. A combination of motherhood, Disney trips and home life meant neither visit nor climb ever quite happened, until this weekend…

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Beautiful Bath

One of our favourite places to visit child free is Bath. We used to drive through it and look at it in awe, and I always said I wanted to visit. So when the hubster surprised me with a trip there last February child free, we made a decision to keep it our special place. We had a child free weekend recently, and before we knew it we had booked train tickets and were excitedly on our way there

The plan was… well we didn’t really have one. We wanted to walk by the river, stop for a coffee at one of the cafes on Pulteney Bridge looking out at the River Avon, and maybe indulge in a spot of shopping and lunch. The focus was to reconnect as a couple, and have some uninterrupted conversations, which are so rare and infrequent

Once again, the day flew by and it was lovely to spend some quality time together. We walked through Parade Gardens, seeing the river from the other side, had some lovely Tapas for lunch and found new spaces to visit, and more that we want to see another time

Bath you are beautiful, you take my breath away every time. And I can’t wait to go again and reconnect with the hubster in this special city

Exploring Trentham Gardens in Winter

Whenever we go ‘up north’ to visit our friend we always try to go to Trentham Gardens in Stoke on Trent. It’s peaceful, tranquil and beautiful – just what we need in amongst our busy lives

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5 Places to Visit and Walk in the New Forest

We love the New Forest and visit it many times in the year. I love how somewhere so close to a big city can be so vast, and I love how you can get lost in your thoughts whilst admiring nature and it’s beauty around you. I’m often asked where is best to walk, so here’s a round up post of some of our favourite spots

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Looking Back on 2017 and Looking Forward to 2018

I’m aware that time moves at a set pace by my goodness didn’t 2017 feel like it flew by? Since I’ve become a mum the days felt like they had moved quicker, and then when J started school it stepped up yet another notch, with more routines and diary bookings

I started 2017 saying it was going to be the year of health, adventure and family, and whilst there’s still room for improvement, overall I’m pleased with my progress:

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Me and Mine {October 2017}

And so we say goodbye to my favourite month in the calendar. The month of beauty in the skies and all around us, the month where we spend so much time outdoors and the month where we pick pumpkins, play in the leaves and naturally start thinking about cosy evenings with hot chocolates and marshmallows

October was simply wonderful for us; a weekend away, half term holidays, birthday parties galore, a new business position for the hubster and a new job for me. October is always full of adventure and anticipation, and is the one month I’m always sad to say goodbye to

We actually had a photo organised at the beginning  of the month, a photo with us and the dog taken by my cousin’s husband while we were on a walk, but then we went to the New Forest for a weekend and the sun shone. I just couldn’t help but set the camera up for another family portrait even though the dog wasn’t there, and it was funny to watch the hubster run to and from the tree – my remote still isn’t fixed and I was too short to jump up onto the fallen tree



This month:

Sherry has loved…

  • The feeling of accomplishment after a month of blogging every day. It’s safe to say I don’t plan on doing it again for a while but it was nice to explore my  creative side
  • Going on a mini break with the hubster and J in a camping pod
  • Pumpkins and pick your own in preparation for Halloween. The hubster rolled his eyes so many times when J and I arrived home with our treasures but he secretly loves it…I think!

The hubster has loved…

  • Going away for the weekend, having our family portrait and walking down by the river
  • Having a child free date night
  • Playing our new favourite game, Staccups 

J has loved…

  • Staying in a camping pod. She bounced with excitement when we arrived in, and it was a welcome change from school runs
  • Going to lots of birthday parties, playing with her new school friends and getting a head teachers award
  • Seeing her cousin and going on lots of outings with them

Lexi has loved…

  • Staying with her doggy pal Archie while we were away and being treated like royalty

We move into November at a rate of knots, the month dominated by 2 birthdays, family traditions and weekends of busy schedules. Every weekend between now and Christmas is busy and booked up that I’m looking forward to resting during the break

The outtake for this month is when child and dog decided not to play ball – at least the grown ups are looking!

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Visiting Mottisfont in Half Term

We’ve had our National Trust passes for a couple of years now but it’s been a while since we went to Mottisfont. I offered J a variety of things to do on the first day of her school holidays and she proudly told me that she hadn’t been to Mottisfont for a long time, and wanted to go there Continue reading “Visiting Mottisfont in Half Term”

A Day in the Forest {Blogtober #7}

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I’ve been meaning to write up our adventure in the New Forest for a while as it was a perfect day prior to J starting school. We went to Bolderwood in the New Forest to see the deer and do the Gruffalo Spotters Trail, something we’ve done in Cheshire but not in Hampshire

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A Trip to the Farm

After hunting online for a maize maze I found one in Basingstoke at Manydown Farm. The skies looked moody on Wednesday but as we’d never been before and I had both J and her cousin we decided to go ahead with our plan. J had been asking to spend a day with her cousin for weeks and when we told her that we’d booked it in she screamed with excitement

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