Our incredibly kind neighbour has just donated five sheep to our fledgling smallholding. It couldn't have been a better present, as they're the breed we were hoping for - Southdown - which have a reputation for being small and easy to handle for incompetent idiots like us.
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 ….
I must admit to being a bit of a geek. Train spotting was never really my thing, it always seemed a bit futile standing watching the trains and never actually going anywhere. Besides train platforms are a bit of a dangerous place for young kids. I have however discovered something much more exciting, and something that you can really get the kids involved in whilst visiting some wonderful places – Ferry Spotting.
Hooray! It's cow time. The field behind us has become home to a herd of organic beef cows and Bill and Evie are sooo excited.
By the time Manny had had a bite to eat and spent twenty happy minutes mimicking Shayjay’s black cat, Mary, it was clear that the weather was taking a turn for the worse. The wind was high and the rain seemed to race horizontally up the field past the house.
Well another amazing day in the Lakes. I can’t believe the weather we are having and the kids are off school. Today we went with some friends to the river. When we got there a big stone throwing competition was soon on the go.
We very rarely get hot, sunny days in South Wales (as we usually class "hot and sunny" about 12 degrees with no wind) so last weekend was the ideal time for some outdoor fun.
Within walking distance of our house is a small wood where we often have family walks. The children love to go and play hide and seek there and it has the all-important ‘stream’.
With clear blue skies and a weekend free of birthday parties it was time for us to get out on the bike. After a few minutes of cycling we were out onto quiet country lanes. Orla loves to spot animals in the fields as we cycle along and her seat being in front of me makes it really easy to point things out to her and talk to her as we go.
This week we’ve been out and about in the vegetable garden. This year we’ve decided to try and create raised beds, which are just perfect for a toddler who wants to copy mummy in the garden. Faced with such enthusiasm, there was only one thing to do, buy a very small watering can and set him to work!
We’ve had quite a few days out in Thetford forest recently – it’s England’s largest lowland forest, a great place for walking the dogs and generally poking around. Over the past couple of weeks the weather has been unusually warm and this seems to have had quite a dramatic effect on some of the more slithery residents of the forest.
Something totally different from the farm... Well, we were lucky enough to receive free Golden Tickets to the special preview opening of the first ever Pepper Pig World at Paultons Park near Romsey.
Today we stayed in the garden. We are in the process of making our lawn bigger but at the moment we have half lawn and half soil. I put the kids’ sand pit on the soil for them to play in but for some reason they would rather play in the mud. As today was quite a warm day the soil was dry....well it was till the kids decided to put bucket after bucket of water and make a huge muddy mess!