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?

We invited 15 of Luca’s friends to come and join us on the Sunday before his birthday and the weather was absolutely glorious for it. Continue reading

21 Places We Want to Visit This Summer

The summer holidays are fast approaching for us, Luca has less than a week of school left and then we have 7 ish weeks of uninterrupted time together. For once I am not working over the summer break either. I can’t bloody wait, whilst also feeling slightly nervous about how I’m going to entertain him for that many days (46 if you’re actually counting) without completely losing my marbles!! Ant has two weeks off late in August so at least I will have an extra pair of hands around then, but for the most part, it’s just me, the kid, the dog and the bump.

So to help get us through the holidays without too many complaints of boredom, I’ve decided to make a list of places we can go as I always find parenting so much easier when we aren’t locked up in the house. I’ve got both free and cheap days covered for when we aren’t so flush for cash and more expensive ones too. And I’m hoping to do lots of places we haven’t been to yet. The list started off quite small but as I went along more places kept springing to mind. So we probably won’t do all of these things but it’s nice to have a list to refer to if we need it.  I’ve got lots of options to choose from now, depending on the day, and most of them should be dog-friendly too.  Always a bonus. Continue reading

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

Driving Diggers at Diggerland Yorkshire

Diggerland has been on our list of places to visit for ages. It’s so close to where we live and we’ve said we would take Luca a few times. We finally got to tick Diggerland off our list a few weeks ago.

The first thing we commented on when we arrived at Diggerland was how close the parking was to the entrance. It’s perfect for leaving bits in the car, like a picnic, if you wanted to. You can easily nip out to grab it as long as you get a stamp on your way out so you don’t have to pay on your way back in again.

As we walked through the doors we were greeted by our first digger to sit in for a photo.  Once we had been through the main entrance you walk out into the park itself.  Luca was astounded by all the diggers that greeted us.  Whilst Luca got his head around all the rides to choose from we nipped into the café to grab a coffee. As I ordered coffee’s Luca & Ant jumped on the coin operated, indoor go-karts. I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. Continue reading

Bank Holiday Weekend at the North East Coast

I’ve always hated the beach and the seaside.  From being a child it has never been somewhere I have enjoyed going.  However we have had a few trips to the north east coast with Ashleigh, my best friend.  Whitley Bay on the north east coast is Ashleigh’s home town and every time we have visited it has been an absolute blast, leaving me feeling happy and relaxed.

When we found out it was the Tall Ships Regatta in August, it seemed the perfect excuse to visit again.  This time with Daddy. My parents decided to join us too and so we hired a caravan for the weekend rather than take over Sheelagh & Trevor’s house again.

We headed up on the Friday, setting off late afternoon and trying to avoid the traffic for Leeds Festival.  We made relatively good time given that it was the bank holiday and so traffic was quite heavy.  When we arrived we checked into our caravan, emptied the car and headed straight to the fish & chip shop for our tea.   Continue reading

August in a Nutshell

Well what a month August turned out to be. We wanted to pack this summer to the rafters with fun as I was very aware that my time with Luca was about to reduced drastically when he started school.  I think it will always be remembered as pack full of fun we did.  Here is our August in a Nutshell. Continue reading

Our cheap summer holiday at home.

This year we made the decision to spend our annual family holiday at home.  We are currently saving like crazy for a house and so a far flung holiday was off the cards.   To save even more money we vowed to do it as cheaply as possible so we made a list of ideas of how to spend our days together.

Out of the six ideas on that list we did five of them and had THE best 17 days together making wonderful memories.  So without further ado, here is what we got up to. Continue reading

Messing about on the river – York Marina Boat Hire

On Sunday we hired a boat from York Marina boat hire and spent the afternoon messing about on the river. It was an absolutely brilliant day together as a family and we made some truly fabulous memories as we sailed up and down the river Ouse.

We arrived at the marina at 12:30 and had our life jackets fitted before my Dad was taken down to the boat for a quick safety briefing and to make sure he wasn’t going to cause total havoc on the river.  I think they must have had a heads up from someone. Continue reading