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 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”

Longdown Activity Farm

Life in general and holidays seem to have got in the way these past few weeks and I’ve struggled to find time to put pen to paper so to speak. Hopefully April will see calmer times and a much needed catch up as I have so many photos from our adventures

A couple of weeks ago we visited Longdown Activity Farm for Mother’s Day and took my mum along with us. We last visited on Father’s Day in June last year, and it’s quite nice as parents go free depending on which day you’re celebrating. Mum hasn’t been to any farms or zoos with us since having J, and it’s been years since she last visited Longdown with me as a little girl so it was nice to experience it with her and for her to reminisce from when I was young

As soon as we entered the farm we went straight to the hens and see if there were any eggs available for collection. J found one in the access holes and was pleased as punch, taking it straight to the farm shop and receiving a big sticker. She was a little sad to see it go, but I promised her that at the end of the visit we would buy some eggs to take home, hopefully including the one she had found

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The next stop was the calf shed and bottle feeding the calves. J got straight into it and the calves greedily gupled on the bottle as she was holding it. Mum and I helped her as she fed the calf and the hubster looked on, snapping away at the camera. I mentioned a while ago that there’s so few photos of mum and I, and even fewer of mum, J and I, so this was a perfect opportunity to rectify that and I find that I struggle being on the other side of the camera but he did a pretty good job!

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Adventure Fun at Staunton Country Park

On a Wednesday I like to make the most of the day with J and on this occasion it was business as usual. We originally thought about going to the beach although the weather forecast was not looking promising so we decided to visit a country park instead

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Fairy Door Fun {Ordinary Moments Week 31 – 4/8/15}

Last Wednesday J and I decided to go on an adventure to Furzey Gardens which had been recommended to me by a colleague. In the past I have been a little reluctant to take her to new “big” places on my own as she can be a bit of a tearaway at times and she loves running off. On top of that the hubster likes to explore new places with us too so we generally wait until he’s off though this time I decided I was going to be big and brave and have a day out with my girl and off we went to look for fairy doors

I was told that there are approximately 40+ fairy doors in the gardens and that although it wasn’t a huge place to visit it was quite mystical with all of the plants, fairy doors and structures throughout to keep everyone in the group entertained

We first entered into the gardens and J and I found a couple of doors, some pretty flowers and a scarecrow which she said to me was as high as the sky and as high as daddy (even though it was seated!) She even asked me to take a photo of it so we could show him when we got home

This fairy door was by the entrance
This fairy door was by the entrance
With the really tall scarecrow
With the really tall scarecrow
Taken with my new camera, not my SLR. I've been told its a bridge camera which is  effectively a mix and I have to stay, I love it!
Taken with my new camera, not my SLR. I’ve been told its a bridge camera which is effectively a mix and I have to stay, I love it!

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Fun at Longdown Farm {Ordinary Moments Week 25 – 21/6/15}

Today is a very special day for us, it’s Fathers Day. Whilst I have my dad around, the hubster’s passed away some years ago, so we always like to make a day of it. We gave the hubster J’s handmade card this morning (it came out okay!) with breakfast in bed and as a special occasion we decided to visit Longdown Activity Farm in the New Forest as the weather was looking nice

Starting as we mean to go on, a day of J and daddy and lots of photo opportunities!
Starting as we mean to go on, a day of J and daddy and lots of photo opportunities!

Having not been since I was about 7 I didn’t quite know what to expect but as soon as we arrived the lady at the counter told us there was calf feeding taking place and advised us to head over to the calf shed. We were instantly given a bottle of milk and J was allowed to feed the calves! I was shocked, we had expected to have some animal feed throughout the day and feed by hand but not this. J initially needed a little assistance from the hubster but soon got the hang of it

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