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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Me and Mine {May 2018}

In what feels like forever I finally managed to put some words together for a little post about the month that was May. This year is whizzing by faster than the rest, and it’s not because we’ve increased our adventures, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Yes we’ve had weekends away most months, but with the hubster and I starting new roles / jobs and J settling into school, there’s a whole host of life admin, longer hours, expectations and responsibilities, that when it comes to the weekends (as long as she’s not at another birthday party) we like to take a step back and be together

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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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Me and Mine {March 2018}

Such a cliche but time really is whizzing by and I can’t believe we’re just about into Q2 of 2018. March has been a jam packed month, we were chatting yesterday and didn’t think we had done much, but when looking through the camera roll March was filled with snowy and sunny adventures

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Snow Days are the Best Days

Over the past few years much of the country has had snow at some point, whereas there seems to be a conspiracy for where we live, as we have been missed…until this week! This week, the south saw the first snow in 5 years – schools closed, my daughter woke me with eager anticipation to see snow for the first time in her memory, and so it began! Thursday started with a light dusting of snow all around, so off I went to work as I was in the midst of a busy week and the hubster stayed home on daddy daughter duty

In the afternoon a message circulated to site to state that the snow was getting heavier and the site was closing – the same message to us as many other companies were doing in the area. As you can imagine, the roads became incredibly busy and traffic was backed up to our site, and so I set off on foot for home some 6ish miles away

Reaching some fields I stopped and listened, there wasn’t a sound to be heard aside from some birds tweeting. It’s amazing just how infrequent this happens, and so I stood for a few minutes listening to the soundtrack of birds and emptiness before meeting up with the hubster and J for some fun in the snow

J had been out in the snow for quite some time, and so had that gorgeous red glow on her cheeks and nose, but also had the mood of an overtired and hungry child to accompany it. We played for a bit, took some family photos (March has been completed!) and then decided to set off home again with her newly purchased (and broken) sledge

Friday was just as good – I had a snow day and the hubster worked from home, so it was my turn to take J out and play with her. Olaf was built and hills were slid on, before we came inside for a bit to thaw out. J had caught the snow bug, and so ran outside in the back garden with Lexi, who instantly turns into a puppy in the snow and played for ages with J

Snow’s a funny old thing – I wanted it for so long that I was envious of everyone else, and when we had it I loved it for a day or two,  but because the south just isn’t equipped to cope with it I wanted it to be gone after the second day, feeling trapped in my own surroundings and not free to head out. Thankfully the skies agreed with me, and so on Saturday it started to clear

It has made the hubster and I talk about a winter holiday at some point, as J adored sledging, and we think she’s about the right age for it – not that we will be foregoing a summer holiday though – we all need our sunny weather!

The Ordinary Moments

Me and Mine {February 2018}

Didn’t February pass by quickly? We find ourselves at the end of the 2nd month of 2018 already and looking forward to March, the month that brings us spring and longer days

As I write this, the UK is in the midst of a week of freezing temperatures and snow, and the south is in eager and fearful anticipation of snow for the first time in several years. My car is packed with a blanket, ski jacket and snow boots, and although I have a lot to do this week, I am looking forward to seeing some snow

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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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18 Aims for 2018

I’m going to be honest and say that even though I know we’re in a new year I haven’t really thought about it being a ‘new year’ – kind of like I’m in denial. I know it’s because there’s a big change starting on Monday – did I mention I have a new job? Haha! But in all seriousness until I’ve started that I feel a bit like I’m in limbo and have procrastinated a lot about the fact it is January

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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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An Autumn Walk by the Water

Show me someone who doesn’t love autumn and I’ll show them every reason they should. It’s a shame that we’re near the end of it and that winter is nearly upon us, but as it’s my second favourite season I can’t complain too much. I sit writing this as much of the UK has been covered by snow, with more due tomorrow, and it feels as though my county is the only one which seems to have been missed. Next time I’m sure!

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