We probably have a fire in our garden most weekends. We love it, especially in the autumn, that smoky, earthy wood scent. The dancing flames, perfectly hypnotic, helping your to unwind and de stress after a hectic week. Amongst other things, Mr W. is a woodworker, so we have lots of wood off cuts to … Continue reading Building a campfire- an exercise in family bonding.
Ok, so anyone who knows me, or reads my blog, knows that I am a huge advocate of playing outdoors, whatever the weather. I very much believe that as long as you and your children are wearing suitable clothing and protection, then there is no need to stay cooped up inside. There is a whole … Continue reading Playing in the Autumn Rain
Dear A, I have just been reflecting on your first term and school and how far you've come. How much you've grown and developed as a person. (How cheeky you are getting at times!) but mostly how amazingly well you are doing as a fully fledged school child. Your school Nativity was one of the … Continue reading A Letter to my daughter after her first school Nativity.
Who doesn't love a good old Christmas bake off? I know we do. All those lovely smells of cloves and ginger filling the house and making it feel all festive. Each year I make sure we squeeze in a couple of baking sessions. Not only does it put us in the festive mood, it also … Continue reading Christmas Baking -Tick!
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope it was fantastic for you. As you may have noticed, I decided to take a break from blogging over the Christmas period. It's such a special time, probably the only time that all your family and friends are all off work and school together. So I really wanted to make … Continue reading Do Christmas Crafts -Tick!
As Banana is now four (and because I am slightly addicted to buying children's books) I decided this year, that I'd create a book advent calendar. This basically involves wrapping 24 Christmas themed books, numbering them and then opening a new one each evening for our bedtime story. It's something I've been wanting to do … Continue reading Do a Book Advent Calendar – Tick!
This Christmas, rather than spending all of our budget on toys that my girls simply don't need, we decided that we'd spend a bit extra on doing something extra special. So I decided to scour the internet for special Christmas events that we could attend and enjoy. One event that really stuck out was … Continue reading Visit Santa – Tick!
Every year for us, Christmas kicks off when we go and watch the Christmas lights get switched on. I hate that some places do this as early as October! But thankfully, we have found that Ironbridge Gorge, our local World Heritage Site, don't switch on their Christmas lights until the last week in November/ first … Continue reading Watch the Christmas Light Switch On – Tick!
I have decided to do a short Christmas Bucket List which is separate from our Winter list, and try and complete as much as possible throughout December. It's such a special time, I thought it deserves a list all of its own! 🙂 Book Advent Calendar √ View See the Christmas lights switch on. √ … Continue reading Christmas Bucket List 2016
The weekend just gone was, in my book, the last weekend of Autumn. The last weekend in November before December drowns us in glitter and tinsel. I was determined, therefore, to make sure that we ticked the final item off our Autumn Bucket List 2016. So, we grabbed my mum and nephew, and my girls … Continue reading Spend time at the lake – Tick!