Chessel Bay Nature Reserve is the only nature reserve in Southampton and is right next door to Willow's school! It is situated on the eastern side of the River Itchen where there is a narrow stretch of Woodland, salt marsh and a long strip of shingle beach leading to mud flats that attract a variety of birds and wildfowl such as Dunlin, Redshanks, Oystercatchers and Curlews as well as swans and ducks.
Little Trekkers Ambassadors
We must have the best customers in the World. They have been telling us for years about all the great things they get out and do with their families and we thought it was about time the World knew about it. This is not a ‘Places to go with the kids’ resource in a traditional sense. There’s lots of good websites out there already that can tell you the opening times and entry costs into the many hundreds of attractions that there are across the country.
This is about real experiences, in real places, by real families who get out there in this magnificent country of ours and do stuff. Great stuff! Stuff that you will look back on and remember for the rest of your life. Places that you may never have thought to go, things that you may never have thought to do. Told by those who have been there and done it, and want to pass it on to inspire other families to do the same. These are our Little Trekkers Ambassadors. They lead the way ….
We live about 30 minutes away from Fountains Abbey. As a World Heritage Site, it’s very definitely on the ‘Tourist Trail’, and with good reason. The Abbey ruins are quite spectacular and James loves exploring them, especially at Christmas, when they are usually lit up with coloured lights.
We finally gave in to Ieuan’s nagging last weekend and took a trip to nearby Oxburgh Hall. His motive for visiting was fish – yes, apparently the moat has some cracking eels in it and one or two monster pike and although Ieuan doesn’t fish he does love looking at fish. So off we went on a beautiful day last Sunday.
Ronan and Ardan always love visiting their Granny and the farm where she lives.Some of the cows have had calves so the boys visited them in the sheds.
And where better than the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, a veritable feast of things to do and see. The entrance ticket is valid for a year which is just as well because you can spend days and days exploring; there are ships, submarines, lifeboats, sheds, model boats, ropes to make and a police museum (?) amongst other delights. Saturday, however, was train day.
It’s finally that time of year when the flowers are starting to bloom and some of our birds have started their courtship singing. We’ve been busy closer to home recently putting up some bird nesting boxes in the garden. We’ve put up one with a round hole for blue tits and another open fronted box for Robins or Blackbirds.
We have 2 chickens at home. We have had them from very young so they are very friendly. If you leave the front door open they are more than happy to come in, but I am not as keen as they aren’t toilet trained, so they get told to get out!
Last weekend we visited Moreton Morrell Agricultural College, which was advertising a Lambing Weekend. We had a brilliant afternoon’s entertainment for a small fee (well worth it). As well as the animals Sasha and Joshua had great fun investigating the various tractors; Joshua was most impressed by the one with wheels taller than him!
Spring has well and truly sprung here in Italy. Many people would describe our garden as overgrown and unkempt, however, we prefer to think of it as an explorer’s garden ;-)
Cousin Arthur’s new favourite place is West Stow Country Park so we’ve been there a few times recently. The first attraction is the excellent playground which is suitable for all ages and both boys loved playing on the equipment. It does get pretty busy on a nice day but the kids don’t mind that.
Nothing like getting kitted up and heading out in the rain! This weekend we went for a walk in the Valdivian Botanical Gardens, a lovely place just next to the river. Here we found some Murta berries – these are little berries endemic to the Valdivian temperate rainforest, and just coming into season.
Our free time is spent at the water’s edge with Luke & Mollie insisting on paddling no matter what time of the year! Usually backpacks are involved on a day out as little legs will only go so far on a beach walk or checking out rock pools, but the recent snow meant road closures & no way of getting out & about to explore.