Travel: A Literary London Itinerary

It’s no secret that I love London. It’s my favourite city to visit though I don’t think I’d want to live there, especially not with two young kids! I was born there though, and I think that helps me feel tied to it in some way. I love reading history books about London, or historic novels set there and one day I’d love spend a weekend exploring my favourite parts of London from the books I enjoy so much. Using London Serviced Apartments as a base to explore the city here’s my literary London itinerary…

Lavender Loving

On Monday last week, I bundled the kids in the car and drove up to the outskirts of London to find Mayfield Lavender Fields. Now I may be succumbing to a cliched ‘instamum’ fad but who cares! I wanted pretty pictures of my adorable offspring sat amongst the lavender! Little did I know the little blighters would do as much as they could to foil my attempts at getting a picture perfect shot; refusing to obey orders and running in opposite directions! I also couldn’t get the case off my camera to replace the battery so I was really up against it! But I’m actually pretty pleased with the photos I did manage to get! I’ve been trying not to use my camera on auto and have also been trying…

Go Ape Alice Holt – Review & Video!

Who’d have thought you could have so much fun attached to some wires with metal hooks swinging amongst the trees? Well you can, and I did at Go Ape Alice Holt on the Hampshire/Surrey border. The course is celebrating it’s tenth year and I was invited along to give it a go! Now I had done Go Ape once before, but it was about eight years ago and I had forgotten almost everything about it, other than it was exhilarating and a bit of a challenge! So I arrived with an open mind and a willing friend to keep me company, Donna. She’d never done it before and I’m not sure she knew what she was letting herself in for, but it’s definitely ticked her ‘do something crazy’ off her…

Travel: Riverside Cottage in Hampshire

Down a leafy lane in Hampshire round a bend in the road a yurt will come into view, with lavender fields beyond. Behind you, there’s a thatched cottage, nestled in amongst a large and lovely garden. Over the lane is a private stretch of river, peaceful and serene.  Riverside Cottage is where I spent two days and nights last week, on a Bloggers’ Retreat, and it was just what I needed! No herding kids, no traffic, no mess, plus comfy beds, a relaxing atmosphere and a bunch of new found friends.

Travel: Camping in Rye & Camber Sands

The weekend before last we packed our camping gear and drove off to Rye on Friday one Sam had finished work. The Monday before we’d decided we should make the most of Sam having a weekend off work, plus it was Fathers Day that Sunday! We roped in our friends to come with us and met them half way there to head off together. Sam had found a reasonably priced campsite (it was just under £100 for two pitches for two nights) on Pitchup, called the Hare and Hounds. We arrived at about 6pm, and started to pitch up, whilst the kids got busy kicking a football around and getting used to the place. The tents are pitched around the edges of a field with an area in the middle perfect…

Travel: Bluestone Wales – Everything you need to Know

Family time is so important to us, we don’t get to spend as much time together as the average family due to shift work so when we get the chance to have uninterrupted family time we grab it with both hands! When it’s somewhere like Bluestone Wales that is completely geared towards families then even better! We just spent four days at Bluestone and as I write this on the way home in the car I already can’t wait to go back. As we packed up the car and left the kids were shouting ‘Bye Bye holiday house, bye bye golf buggy, bye bye swimming pool…’ and clearly didn’t want to leave! I don’t blame them either. At Bluestone you live in a lodge surrounded by nature, with rolling mountains on…

Wanderlust: Visiting Thailand

I fell in love with the descriptions of Thailand in the book ‘The Beach’ by Alex Garland, and then of course the film starring Leonardo diCaprio. The beautiful beaches, the calm sea, the mountains and the lush greenery. I’ve wanted to visit ever since. although I know finding a secret community far away from everyone else is probably a long shot! Flights are also not the cheapest either, so I’d really want to make the most of it and travel around the country whilst we’re there. In an ideal world we would keep the cost down and a) not take the kids and b) stay in some hotels to make it cheaper but it would make the trip so much better if money were no object and we could take…