Friday, 31 October 2014

Half-Term Fun at Westonbirt

I decided to take the kids to Westonbirt Arboretum this half-term, I have a membership but usually find that we don't use it enough, it's been so long since our last visit that there is now a new visitor centre!

It was well thought out and designed, with toilets, information point and even a coffee stand, which are all well placed after a longish drive!

As you followed the path to the woods, there was this lovely shepherds hut which today played host to the volunteers with the childrens trail, they were all very helpful and happy to explain, we got a map, with a trail quiz and pencils and even paper bags to put all our treasure in.

The trail took us down paths we'd never explored before and the kids liked finding all the quiz stops along the way, they happily participated in all the art in nature activities.
The trail was a good length, we took the buggy for the littlest, who's now three as she got tired along the way. The paths were muddy so we were glad of our hiking boots/wellies but the weather was lovely, so mild for this time of year.

 The autumn colour was out but it's not been a spectacular display apparently due to the weather we've had this year, but the red leaves are my favourite and I thought they were stunning.
I think that there might be more Autumnal colour in the Silk Wood where the Japanese Acer's are but sadly we didn't have time to go over there on this visit.

At the end of the trail at the education centre they were helping the children make clay mushrooms and leaf crowns using their treasure from their bags.

The older girls were sceptical about having a go but when they saw what was happening they joined right in and enjoyed it, the volunteers here were also really welcoming and helpful.
A lovely end to a lovely day.

Special thanks to my chief photographer for providing the images and letting me use them ;)

Friday, 3 October 2014

20 things you might not know about me!

20 things you might not know about me

Thanks to being tagged by my daughter on her blog, here are some facts about me!

Question 1: How tall are you?
I am about 5.6, which is only slightly taller than my ten year old daughter!

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
I love roller-skating.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
Fuzzy photos and too many adverts.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
People that don’t say Thank You.

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?
One of my favourite’s is Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen

Question 6: What’s your favourite Etsy shop that isn't yours?
One Little Pug.

Question 7: What’s your favourite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
Free time?! What’s that?!

Question 8: What’s your favourite junk food?
Biscuits, I am helpless against them!

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
I used to have a Labrador when I was younger and it’s a big wish of mine to get another dog SOON.

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?
I read a lot of crafty non-fiction books from the library, I don’t get much time for fiction but I did recently read ‘Little Women’ and loved it.

Question 11: What’s your favourite beauty product?
I don’t do beauty!

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
I mistakenly tried to open the wrong car door in a car park; I couldn’t understand why it wouldn’t work! In my defence they were the same car model, although ours is black and this car was dark blue!

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tea of course!

Question 14: What’s your favourite movie?
Too many to list, the last good film I watched was Driving Lessons.

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
I was me!

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Question 17: PC or Mac?

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

Question 19: Favourite celebrity?
John Cusack

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?
Umm, maybe the Yarn Harlot?

Thank you Tall Green Giraffe!