Sunflower Picking at Farmer Copley’s

One of my favourite parts of the year is our trip to Farmer Copley’s for some pumpkin picking.  Well this year, they have opened up a new part of the farm for some PYO fun, this time sunflowers!!!!  And I think it’s also gonna be an annual trip for us.

I went along with my friend Sam to grab some lunch and then go find the sunflowers. We were really surprised to find it so quiet and the whole time we were there we were alone in the field.

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folly! at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

I haven’t been to Fountains Abbey since I was a teenager on a school trip, and it’s been on our list of places to visit for a while.  In fact, I even stuck it in my post of places I wanted to visit this summer.  So when we were invited along to a bloggers picnic at the end of July I was very excited.

The picnic was held at the Studley Royal Water Gardens side of the beautiful World Heritage Site. When we arrived we were greeted by the immediate beauty of the grounds as we drove through the deer park.  We then made our way up to the Banqueting House where the picnic was being held.  Sat in front of the intricately designed banqueting house, surrounded by a wildflower garden and all the trees was just the perfect setting for any picnic.   Continue reading

There’s a party in the woods.

Luca turned six at the start of July and for months beforehand we spent hours searching for birthday party ideas.

I hate soft play and we go to enough soft play parties that I knew I didn’t want to add our own into the mix.  Some of the other ideas we had turned out to be ridiculously expensive for what you got and so we got a bit stuck.  Being pregnant I didn’t really want to host a party at our house this year either.

Then a friend of a friend suggested Greenman Learning.

Greenman Learning is a forest school local to us who hold all sorts of classes for both children and adults, and holiday schemes, but they also host parties too. It sounded perfect as we love being outdoors and for a summer party where better to be than in the woods?

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Summer Fun in the Woods at Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory is about half an hour from our house yet it’s somewhere we have never visited. Until now.

We saw that over the summer holidays they had loads and loads of activities on offer to keep the kids entertained. Most of them were activities from the National Trust list of 50 Things to do Before You’re 11 3/4. We’ve been working our way through the list slowly but surely so having somewhere close by that makes ticking some of them off without having to plan them yourself is always a bonus.

In fact, we had so much fun we visited twice.

The first visit was for the geocaching event.  We took Luca and his friend Kieran.  After a quick briefing from the geocaching expert, we were handed our GPS device and sent on our way.  The boys absolutely loved following the compass and watching the metres count down to the geocaches before searching around to find the hidden container. Continue reading

Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Picking

One of my single most favourite things about Autumn is pumpkins. We eat loads of them, I decorate the house with mini ones and we carve a fair few for Halloween. And we love to pick our own.  It’s just not the same picking one up from Tesco with your weekly shop, all perfectly round and perfectly orange.  So we were thrilled when we were asked to go to Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Picking Festival.  Nothing beats tramping through a muddy field, deliberating over which colour, size and shape you want to take home.

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In a Nutshell ~ July 2016

July was an absolutely jam packed month.  It seemed to go on forever but in the best possible way.  We did so much brilliant stuff.  So without further ado, here is our July in a nutshell. Continue reading

Fairburn Ings

After seeing You Baby Me Mummy’s photo on Instagram of her little lady feeding the ducks, I realised I’ve never taken Luca to feed the ducks.  I decided this must be rectified soon and as Ant was off work the very next day we went on the hunt.  

After taking to Facebook to find the best places to feed ducks near us we opted for Fairburn Ings.  This is an RSPB reserve and a stop off for lots of different birds during their migration.

It has been a place I have visited many times as a kid but I haven’t been for such a long time.  It has changed massively since I last went, it is now a conservation site with a cafe, children’s play area and volunteers on site to answer any questions you may have.  There are walkways all around including wheelchair and buggy accessible ones, and little areas set out for different activities, like the duck and swan feeding platform and the pond dipping areas.  For £2.50 entrance fee per car there is quite a bit to take in.  

We headed for the cafe first to buy a bag of duck and swan feed, £1 for a big bag, as bread is bad for them.  We then grabbed a hot chocolate as it was quite nippy out and sat and watched the cameras set up in the nest boxes around the area.  It was quite interesting to watch some of the birds building their nests and I want to go back when they have laid their eggs.

We then headed outside and went for a stroll around some of the walkways and peek out of the hide.  We were lucky to get quite close to a few birds on our little walk and Luca got very excited to see a robin so closely.  

After that we headed out onto the feeding platform, after all that’s what we really came for.
There were tons of swans and ducks all waiting for some food and it was lovely to walk among the reeds and see all the wildlife.

It really is a beautiful place to visit and we have already decided we are going to go on one of the longer walks once the weather gets a bit nicer, hopefully we’ll end up in one of the local pubs for a cheeky drink and some food.

All in all we had a lovely day, just wish we could have gotten a bit closer to the swans and ducks to feed them.  The hunt is still on for up close and personal duck feeding.

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Wildlife Wandering

I feel extremely lucky to live where we do. We are surrounded by lots of beautiful places to visit and even more fields, woods and public footpaths to wander at our leisure that we make regular use of.  One sunny afternoon my mum and I, decided to take Luca on a little walk to make the most of the beautiful weather and stretch our legs.  We took him to a local business park called Thorpe Park in Colton, bear with me on this one.  Once you driven through all the buildings to the far end there is nothing but open land and fields.  I love it here as there is no landscaping, no planted flowers just nature doing its thing.  After reading Centre Parcs resident photographer, Rich Heath’s, top tip of “seeing what nature is on your doorstep” this place couldn’t have been better as there is often lots wildlife to spot around here. As soon as we were out of the car and walking down the footpath Luca shouted out ‘Horse’. When my mum and I looked up there was absolutely nothing to be seen but Luca was adamant he’d seen one.  We think it was probably one of the many deer that frequent that area. Every time I’ve been we always have the pleasure of watching the Red Kite flying around and hunting.  This picture does it absolutely no justice but he’s there if you look closely. 

There are some well trodden footpaths working there way around which means its nice and easy for Luca to walk on too. As we slowly made our way through the fields and down to the level crossing, we stopped to admire and smell all the wildflowers and blow numerous dandelions clocks.  We also spotted lots of bugs but nothing I managed to capture on camera. Luca adores bug hunting and is often spotting things before me, hence why I never manage to catch a photo of them as he has usually scared them off.  There were lots of butterflies this day, a dragonfly or two and a huge bee.

Once we got to the bottom of the fields and to the level crossing for a bit of train spotting we sat with the sheep and had a quick drink before we decided we had walked our little feet off (or not in Luca’s case as he was piggybacked most of the way), we headed back up the hill to a regular haunt of ours, Franco’s Ristorante, for a well deserved ice cream, or beer in my case!