Here's a confession... as far as I can remember, our kids had never been to see Father Christmas in his grotto. Was it because it felt a bit kitsch, or perhaps simply because preschool or school had always done the job for us by providing Father Christmas or Dutch Sinterklaas at the right moment? Either way round, Santa's grotto was now shrouded in mystery and magic equal … [Read more...] about Santa’s Grotto at Wyevale Garden Centre and the Dreaded “Does Santa really exist?” Question
Oxford and around
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
A stunning palace, with it's own lake, forests, landscaped parklands- this is Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Combine this with the popular TV series, Countryfile, which makes me proud of the beautiful British rolling hills and stunning coastlines. You have Countryfile Live 2016 with presenters and all! It makes me want to pull on a pair of wellies and meet outdoorsy … [Read more...] about What to expect at Countryfile Live 2016 at Blenheim Palace?
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
A week ago I spotted an advert at the children's centre for a production at Oxford Playhouse's Taylor Burton studio- it was about dinosaurs and aimed at 4 to 8 year olds. Perfect for Hugo, who's obsessed with dinosaurs at the moment and for Angelina, who really enjoys theater. Except it was during school time- Friday 1:30. Parenting dilemma! Should I take kids? Shouldn't … [Read more...] about Truancy and dinosaurs