To the east coast

3865d9e32f5fd6cec7729a6efde6a262One of the surprising advantages I have discovered to having little ones, is the opportunity to properly discover this lovely island that we live on. I really love to travel, and before children visited so many exciting countries. I have to admit that I hardly knew the UK at all though; I had never traveled further north in England than Birmingham, and not further east than London. Quite shocking considering I have lived in this country my entire life!
So, I decided to make the most of these years, where having small children discourages me from jumping on a plane, and to explore the beautiful country around me. Since Mia was born, we have had some wonderful UK-based holidays. We have explored Kent and Sussex in an old VW campervan, stayed inside the North York Moors national park in a wooden cabin in the forest, and taken many trips to south Cornwall.
Next week, we are off to stay in Woodbridge, Suffolk, and I am so looking forward to discovering a new coastline, and a whole area of the country. I cannot wait to visit old seaside towns, the Sutton Hoo site, and famous candy-colour beach huts at Southwold. And if the sun comes out, that will be amazing too!
Any recommendations for where to visit and what to see in Suffolk? I’d love to hear!
PS. I know that flying with little ones is totally possible (and we have taken Mia on a short-ish flight), but personally I find it a bit too stressful, so maybe in a few years, when I’m feeling brave enough! x

The garden, the blossom and the trampoline

I have loved watching the very inspiring BBC Four Goes Slow series recently. What a refreshing idea to watch journeys and crafts completed in real time. The series also reminded me that I don’t take nearly enough film footage of Mia and Joe. I always love looking back at videos I have taken, particularly of natural everyday moments. Home movies are the best, and I can’t stand them being too planned or rehearsed….real and ‘slow’ is best! I have some film of Mia aged 2 playing in the garden, she doesn’t realise I’m filming and runs about, bossing her daddy around…not much has changed there!
I have hardly any videos of Joe, so thought I’d have a go at making one of him in his natural environment, the garden!
My film-making skills are really terrible and need so much work! I had lots fun adding a little bit of editing though, maybe I’ll share another little family movie in future.
Joining in with Natalie’s weekly linkup at Little Jam Pot Life,  Let them Be Little.

Little Jam Pot Life

 P.S – No Barbies were harmed in the making of this film!

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Mia and the horseJoe's carA portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015

Mia: mid-laugh, I love it when she really gets the giggles. Mia has a similar silly sense of humour to me, and I find her laughter so infectious!

Joseph: he has borrowed Mia’s toys and climbed into my bed in the daytime…if he’s not running around outside, this is where he is happiest

Joining in with Jodi, and many other lovely bloggers, over at Practising Simplicity for the 52 project.

Springtime Bluebell Walk

Bluebell walk

Legend says that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments…according to the Woodland Trust anyway, and I am sure they would know! I am quite willing to believe that these beautiful blue-carpeted woodlands are a bit magical.

bluebell treeCothill woodsWe are lucky enough to live near to quite a few bluebell woods in Oxfordshire, the most impressive is Badbury Clump which we visited a couple of years ago. This time we stayed a little closer to home and went to explore Cothill woods, near Abingdon.

Woodland

It’s so peaceful there and relatively undisturbed, it was just us and what sounded like hundreds of pheasants in the woods! Mia bluebell hunt

DSCN3101Bluebell woodMia fieldAnd a little walk along the river too, where we saw loads of geese in the field. It also started to pour with thunder rain at this point in our walk, so we ran back to the woods!