Saturday, 25 October 2014

Hardwick Hall

We begun our half term holiday at Hardwick Hall, Nottinghamshire. It has been a long, long time since our last visit but we enjoyed it just as much. Unfortunately, it was a miserable day, but we still managed to have plenty of fun spotting ladybirds and playing in the autumn leaves.

After a good romp in the leafy orchard, we had a little sit down in the herb garden whilst Mr Bee played with his newfound stick. Maybe he was a dog in an previous life, picking out sticks far bigger than him and refusing to give them up.

After a thorough walk around the gardens, I snapped the last of the flowers, the beautiful dahlias. We headed to the lovely cafe for a cream tea and then we found the woodland play trail. Mr Bee adored the woodland play areas, as usual, however this time he explored the whole thing all by his self, no holding hands! Little adventurer :)

and we found more ladybirds!
After a full day at Hardwick, we made the short trip to our campsite in the heart of Sherwood Forest for our little autumn break.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Half Term

Half term, October break. Four full weeks of school are over and I am pleased to report that he is loving school and thriving. Louie has come on leaps and bounds, with his reading, writing, grasp of maths and also, his swimming.
Our first ever half term break has been a sleepy one. Quiet and close to home, we have played lots of lego and trains. We baked delightful 'harvest braids' and made carrot soup, our new favourite.
Now it is time for our annual autumn camping trip, so we will see you when we get home!

Sunday, 19 October 2014


Each week that the Great British Bake Off was aired, I was challenged to bake something different for my work colleagues. With the stress of moving house, I think I missed two weeks, but I did bake so many different things! Iced bun fingers, boston cream pie cupcakes, schicttorte and gingerbread men come to mind, but I am sure there were more goodies than that!
Anyhow, since bake off, I have made a delicious chocolate pie (homemade pie crust and filled with a chocolate custard) and today I baked wholemeal chocolate and cranberry cookies. Not to mention the weekly loaf of bread that has become my Wednesday ritual.
I am so, so glad to be back into my baking routine again so please be prepared to be bombarded with my new favourite recipes and makes!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Village Life

I'm back at long last! We have been living in our new house for a month today and we have only just had the internet installed. It as been a long few weeks! 
It is safe to say that we are enjoying ourselves in our new house and in the village we are now calling home. Here are some photos we took a few weeks ago when we went on a little exploration. Everyone seems so friendly and we were even invited into someones home for a model train exhibition which Louie was thrilled with. So now we are settled, I hope that we can resume documenting our everyday.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Stowe Landscape Garden

A week or two ago, we visited Stowe, a National Trust property that has been on my to do list for a year or so. It was a long overdue visit, but as I imagined, it was a spectacular view in its autumnal glory.
We are still working on getting the internet fixed up so I do apologise for the delay, but hopefully we will be back in business some time next week!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Apologies for the lack of posting, we are currently completely off grid after moving in to our new home at the weekend. In the sticks, we have zero mobile coverage and we are still waiting for someone to come and hook us up to the phone line, internet and TV!

It's quite nice really to have some peace and quiet, but I'm sure it will be welcome when it comes to being fixed up.

It has been a stressful few weeks so yesterday's trip to a (very) local spa was well needed. A very quiet day of doing not a lot, being looked after and pampered went down rather well.

I hope all of my lovely readers are having a lovely week and I promise to get back to the usual posting schedule as and when I can!

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Our Week

Another little instagram dump from our very, very busy week. After getting the keys to our home last week, we have been frantically moving our belongings in to our new house. What with work and school now, it has been incredibly stressful! I can't wait for it to be Saturday already so that we can get moved and settled in for good.

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