The Wales v England football traffic putting paid to our plans to visit Cardiff International Whitewater Centre for their 1st birthday party, we decided to stay closer to home and test M's new Teva Logan booties at Bryngarw Country Park.
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 have been taking our daughter outdoor and indoor (museums, exhibitions, etc.) in her Little Life backpack since April 2010. Over the months, we have visited France, and made quite a few hikes in Quebec and Ontario.
We live in Switzerland, just outside of Zurich. We spend a lot of time outdoors all year round. We camp, swim (in the beautiful local lakes), snow ski, sled, hike, make fires in the woods, and play outside in the back garden. We just like being out and about. We travel a lot, but some of our best adventures happen right on our own doorstep.
I guess we are an unusual family in that we spend part of our time in the UK and part of our time in Italy. This means that every product we buy for Arlo has to make the grade if it's going to take up precious luggage space on one of our many adventures. In the last year Arlo has been carried around The Peak District, sledging in the Italian Alps, and sailing on the Italian lakes.
Every year, in the month of February, the Outaouais region (which consists of the Ottawa and Gatineau regions) celebrates winter with its famous Winterlude festival. And it is a great festival! Some of the activities to do: skate on the Rideau Canal, eat a beaver tail (don't worry, it's made out of fried dough;) and look at the ice and snow sculptures.
Flying with babies and small children – a sentence that all too frequently strikes fear into the hearts of parents. Arlo’s at that awkward age where he doesn’t want to sit on my lap for 5 minutes let alone a two-hour flight, and is partial to wiping soggy biscuits on men in smart business suits! 16 months and 16 flight segments later I’ve got it down to a fine art so I thought I’d share my tips with you.
Every year we go to the Boat Show(s) and Dinghy Show and every year we contemplate buying a Wayfarer; last year we bought a tent instead. This year Daddy has been eyeing up a 48ft Jeanneau but as we would have to sell the house, I have just ignored him. After the Dinghy show I got wind of him bidding on eBay... Thankfully he was outbid...The first time.
Well this weekend we didn’t get far at all but as the weather was so nice we had to have a walk out and exercise the dog. Mira was lucky enough to get a ride on a horse called Kes, she is 16.1 hands high but Mira didn’t care.
'Mummy, those frogs are having a cuddle!' exclaimed Bill, pointing at the mating frogs on their Nanny's windowsill. Awkward conversations avoided (for now) we decided to go on a search for the 'froggies eggs'. Armed with nets and wellies, we trundled off into the New Forest and found a lovely pond for dipping.
This winter we went to Sweden, It was a last minute holiday so we didn’t really have any idea what to expect. Well, it was probably one of the best holidays we have had yet! We have never seen so much snow. The weather was blue skies every day bar one, and although the temperature never got above -6 with us all wrapped up it was fine. The coldest we saw was -19.
What is the best thing about living in a country with a tradition of eating, drinking and socialising late into the evening? At 8.30 on a Sunday morning Lake Maggiore is ours and ours alone, well apart from the odd eager duck ready to please its first visitors of the day.
We took a trip to Kuala Lumpur recently when Daddy had to go there with work. It's amazing how adaptable children can be! The children, with blonde hair and blue eyes were the constant centre of attention but they took it in their stride giving everyone lots of smiles.