I have been looking at houses for what feels like years now, trying to find the right house for our family. They are either too small, or too dark, too new or not enough “toy space”. One thing I have been focussed on though is the garden. I want the right garden, no negotiations. It has to be a big garden. It has to have space for the children to play, the grown ups to relax and the furbabies to run around. Quite a large list and quite impossible with our budget.
We are a family of seven: two (almost) grownups, two under 7’s, two dogs and a cat. During the week, we are probably the average family, doing ordinary things. School run routines, work, walking the dogs, feeding, playing, cleaning and sleeping. You know the usual things. So, at the weekends, and some week nights depending on the beautiful sunshine, we love to get out and about. We are always on the go, but when do we get time to ourselves?
I found out about a great little survey that Muddy Puddles have open at the moment, they want to find out what children get up to outside, their favourite activities and what makes them happy when exploring the outdoors! I wanted to share it with my readers too. It’s a great survey that encourages you to answer it with the children – you cannot predict the responses you will get.
“Learning” is an odd word. For many, it brings back memories of being sat in rows of tables in front of a blackboard, reciting the eight times table until it becomes seared into the mind. However, learning can be so much more than that! A lot of emphasis in today’s day and age is put on classroom-based learning, and while this is important, it is not the be-all and end-all.
I adore the beach at Wells-Next-The-Sea, from the carpark with the new Joules hut to the miles and miles of sand. I do not think we have ever been there and had a bad experience, it’s great for the dogs and the children as there is just so much to do and so much space to explore too.
This week Daddy has been uploading photos to a shared drive, so I have come across some of our family fun moments that I hadn’t seen before. Along with the collection of happy memories, are these. They make me smile. I remember it like it was yesterday, the kiddies played hide and seek with Daddy and then pretend sword fights. It was a great walk.
We took a trip across to Norfolk on Sunday to visit some friends who had just moved house to a lovely, remote, location. The village was lovely and we made the most of the weather to get some fresh air at the park. The children had fun playing with some friends and so did Daddy! The weather is really starting to turn frosty, time to wrap up nice and snuggled.
More often than not the home garden goes unused or unnoticed. Well in my house it is more that I do not get time to spend in the garden as much as I would like. A garden does not have to only be for looks, it also can be a great area to entertain guests and a relaxing haven for the whole family. Using outdoor furniture you can extend your house out into the garden: creating an extra room in a way. You can do this easily by looking at things such as the layout of your garden. Any old garden can be turned into a magical grove with some high quality garden benches and tables. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
One of the joys of having a nice garden is that you can let your children play in it occasionally. Unfortunately, there are plenty of outdoor safety hazards that can make your garden a dangerous place to let children roam. Especially when you have a greenhouse and dogs, like we do it could be a safer place for kids! If you want to make your garden as kid-friendly as possible, start with the following 10 tips:
I saw this extremely cute image online and it made me think of the fun we have as a family and what fun we will have on Sunday, Father’s Day 2016. This will be the sixth Father’s Day for Daddy, it’s amazing how quickly time flies. Here is a little collection of fun posts from over the years with fun activities for you to do with Dad (or all the family really!):