The Winter Wonderland is a huge pop-up festive theme park in London's Hyde Park, returning each year. This year they are celebrating their 10th Anniversary, and the list of entertainment and activities is mind blowing. You can go ice skating, enjoy a glass of mulled wine at the German Christmas market (probably in that order!), whizz down an iceslide, enjoy a cup of hot … [Read more...] about Winter Wonderland Hyde Park
Blenheim Palace has always held a special spot in my heart: It's a beautiful estate just a stone's throw from Oxford. We've had many Sunday walks there and the kids have ridden the little train, admired the butterflies in the butterfly house, conquered the maze more often than I can count. I love following the seasons in the palace grounds, over 2,000 acres of 'Capability' … [Read more...] about Blenheim Palace, a winter wonderland family day out
For months I tried to pack and sort our lives while Dadonthebrink worked away during the week and some weekends. I found it impossible. I was tired and found lots of excuses to procrastinate due to my reluctance to move. The whole situation wasn't helped by my slower than expected recovery from my op and then my dad being taken seriously ill for weeks. It all just piled … [Read more...] about Moving to Sweden from the UK: Our moving logistics were a bit nuts :-D
Can I put up my Christmas tree in November already? Well, technically you can, it's your home. Although this is against most early Christmas traditions, where the Christmas Tree is a light during the darkest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Putting up a Christmas tree before Christmas is a trend driven by retailers and media who are pushing because of commercial … [Read more...] about It’s November…so why are so many Christmas trees up?!
Have you ever done something rather silly to capture that perfect picture? I'm thinking of something like going out on a cold winter night, stumbling along cold paths, dragging kids along. Ah yes, that! And then you go a step further! A step too far! Tonight we drove to our local National trust property, Waddesdon Manor, to see their winter light display byBruce … [Read more...] about Waddesdon Manor Winter Lights- ’twas step too far for me