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

Get lost at Farmer Copley’s Corn Maze

After our great day out strawberry picking we couldn’t wait to get back to Farmer Copley’s for the Corn Maze.  We went at the start of the week and as usual took Luca’s friend, Rowan with us.

We arrived at the farm around 11:30am and headed straight for the corn maze.  After a quick briefing by a Corn Ranger we headed off into the maze. Flag and game sheets in hand. The flag is for if you get totally lost, you hold it up and wave it around.  A Corn Ranger will then come and rescue you.  Neat huh?  The game sheets consisted of three different games plus the rubbings game for younger kids. Continue reading

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

Holiday from home for cheap, our plans.

This year we are planning a cheap summer holiday from home. As you may know we are dreaming of owning our own home and this is a little closer to becoming a reality.  This means that we are on a real saving spree.  We aren’t having a proper holiday this year, no flights or far flung destinations for us *sob*.  Instead our two weeks off together will be spent at home making memories.

A holiday from home isn’t a new thing to us but we usually spend it visiting various places and maybe even renting a beautiful cottage or B&B for a few nights.   We always end up spending as much as it would have cost to go abroad really.  This year though we are doing everything on the cheap in an attempt to save as much money as we can. Continue reading

Our 1st Family Holiday Abroad.

In March we booked our first family holiday abroad and crossed one of the goals off my yearly to-do list.  We couldn’t have picked a better time to book it. The weeks before were very stressful ones so by the time our holiday came around I could not wait to board that plane and get away from it all. 
We flew the day after Luca’s 3rd birthday, in the early hours of the morning. We needn’t have worried about setting alarms as we were all woken by my parents dog, Lyla, having a meltdown as there was a huge thunderstorm, whilst their chocolate lab, Dibble, lay on the rug in front of the fire looking very confused by all the commotion going on at such an ungodly hour.  
After a very wet drive to the airport we queued for hours to check in and get through security and by the time we got through to the lounge the last call came to board our plane.  So much for eating breakfast at the airport!!!  Luckily this bad start to our break didn’t last. 

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