Well, we couldn’t get to the cinema last night to see the new Trolls World Tour movie. So, we decided to turn our living room into the cinema instead and hired the new Trolls World Tour movie from Sky Store Premiere from @skytv.

It was so much fun. The movie is brilliant. We absolutely love both films and it was perfect as the kiddies go to jump about the living room, whereas usually they would be seated quietly. It was nice watching them loosen up and not feel stressed that they were making noise!

Of all the fun lockdown activities, making our own Premiere movie night was perfect. I don’t really want to talk too much about the movie but let me confirm it is absolutely brilliant and a definite must watch from The Constants.


#trollsworldtour #skystorepremiere #lockdownfun #activities #indoorfun #homecinema 💞

Well, we couldn’t get to...

I’ve been working in the conservatory over the past few weeks, whilst it’s not been so hot. This has been my #windowview.

I love watching what they get up to: this was their homemade circuit. They each did an activity for 30 seconds, then moved on to the next thing.

They’ve made a bird box today, also flapjack and apple crumble.

They amaze me. I worked for 5 hours and they did some great things! It’s amazing how many activities they are trying and things they are learning during lockdown.

Noah said to us at breakfast today: “I’m going to miss this family time”. It was so raw and made me feel really tearful. I too will miss it. We all agreed that we would miss it and it’s been nice having all our meals together. Talking together. Playing and learning together.

It’s going to feel bizarre when things go back to normal: work and school!


I’ve been working in the...

We all live in a #yellow... pop up tent! A yellow... pop up tent. A yellow... pop up tent. 🎵 Not a submarine in our back garden today.

Daddy pitched this yellow pop up tent in the garden and the kiddies sat in it for ages. It was moved to various shady areas throughout the afternoon, but served its purpose of entertaining the kids for a while.

Now, what you may not be able to tell from this photo is that this tent is not very wide. They had to lay in a foetal position and couldn’t stretch their legs out. For some reason this tickled me. Seeing their feet poking through the sides every now and again!

It’s the small things that make me smile. The @myhousethismonth challenge today is 5 things about me, so here’s 5 things that made me smile today:

1 ~ the yellow pop up tent
2 ~ watching Gary Barlow and his Croony collabs
3 ~ Isla and Daddy’s delicious homemade brownie
4 ~ Noah & Isla watching #GBBO & their comments about the celebrity bakes
5 ~ I got something finished for work this afternoon (made me feel productive)

What about you? What’s your 5 things that made you smile today... #mummyphotoaday #mygardenthismonth #myhousethismonth

We all live in a...

I usually get a lot of feedback about our front garden, but as no one is going to see it in all it’s glory: I’ll post a photo or two! It’s full of life and colour.

In the last few days everything has decided to #flower, the tulips have come out in yellow and red, the hyacinth is popping up in purple and white... and so many other pretty flowers and plants, that I don’t know!

I’ve set myself a task to find out what the other plants and flowers are. Without asking my family. I will just double check with them once I’ve guessed. I’m sure I annoy them constantly with my “what’s this?” what’s app messages.

I inherited this garden from the previous owners. The late husband was a professional gardener/landscaper and you can tell. I have things in the garden that are not popular and the established borders are set out perfectly. They loved in it from brand new. So, this is a definite “grow your own“, I just need to master the upkeep now!

I’ve got a lot of learning to do and I’m determined to understand these gardens by the end of the Spring.

You can just make out the camellia in the last photo. I can’t wait for that to bloom fully, it’s a stunning flower and brightens up the view from our living room.


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Today, we had another day in the garden. Some chill time and lots of fun with an #activity or two! Happy Sunday.

Daddy and I moved the old patio and rubble (which will have to live in our garden until the recycling centres open back up) and I think we’ve hidden it rather well. If you spot it I’ll be most impressed.

Where the rubble had been is now where you can see the outdoor dining area. It’s been out of action all winter, which we wouldn’t have used in any case. It’s opened the garden up even more now we’ve cleaned it all! It’s amazing how much space this garden has.

When we bought the house, the garden was full of stuff: rockery, pond, vege patch, pagoda and a 10ft greenhouse. It made the garden feel quite small, it’s amazing what a bit of hard work and a little vision can achieve. I knew this garden had the potential to be a perfect family space.

I cut the grass, tidied up some more of the bushes and watered everything. Whilst the kiddies played this game... they love it. But they do get rather competitive!

What activities have you been up to today?


Today, we had another day...

We made the most of the day today and it feels good! Whilst Daddy finished off the final 13 patio slabs (which look incredible), I sorted the garden.

I pruned all the bushes, weeded the flower beds, got rid of a lot of thorny weedyness, painted the potting shed door and filled an entire green bin. 😂 I even trimmed the grass edge with grass scissors.

I am loving the garden more and more. I hope that the sun keeps on shining so that we can get it looking how we want before Summer. Making the most of #lockdown. It was lovely as our neighbours on either side, both over 60, offered advice and help today. Deano nearly ran out of sand and one neighbour dropped some over the fence. It’s nice to have a sense of community even though we are all in our homes.

We’re looking forward to playing in the garden tomorrow and making the most of this space.

#myhousethismonth #mygardenthismonth

We made the most of...

We have joined the rest of the country and made a #rainbow design in our living room window. The kids have drawn one on a piece of paper and also used window felt pens to design a 🌈 on the pane itself. It looks pretty. The kiddies are very happy with them. They lit up when the neighbours asked for them to make them rainbows for the window.

I love this part of the front garden, you can just see the flowers are about to bloom any day now. Daffodils are hiding in amongst the tulips, hyacinths full of a deep purple, the Heather has come up a nice reddy purple too. By the front door there is a sea of purple from the aster (I think that’s what they are). Can you see the beautiful Camellia to the left of the kiddies too? It’s about to bloom with its bright pink flowers. The yellow Jasmine is just starting to grow on the right side of the kiddies, can you see it climbing up the wall?

There’s so much going on. It looks beautiful. I don’t remember it looking this pretty last Spring. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention. Or maybe these things have grown from random seeds I planted last year and forgot about. I can’t remember what I planted though 🤦🏼‍♀️ Does anyone else do that?

Have you seen many rainbows in the window of people’s homes?


We have joined the rest...

A very happy birthday to my first furbaby, Rambo. He is 13 today. I can’t believe he’s been in my life for 13 years, we’ve done so much and seen so many places. It’s gone so quickly.

He is so good, his temperament is just perfect. He’s not a yappy dog. He barks to mark his territory but that’s it. When the kids were toddlers, they would pull his fur out in clumps and he would just lay there. He cleans the other pets in the house and always makes sure the kids are safe at night time. It’s so cute. He’s such a loving, fatherly dog.

This little man is my follower at the moment; more so than normal. He follows me everywhere. If I’m on the loo, he will sit at the bathroom door staring at me. When I’m in the bath, he pushes the door open and sits next to me and stares. Right now, he’s currently snuggling under the duvet.

Let’s hope we can go and explore somewhere new in the summer, with amazing views and miles of countryside. Our favourite.

Thanks for all the adventures Rambo 🐾 and the snuggles! We love you lots.

A very happy birthday to...

5 Ways to Get Your Kids Loving Nature Again

The Digital Detox for Children: 5 Ways to Get Your Kids Loving Nature Again

The summer holidays are here, the sun is shining, the back doors are open and our beautiful natural world is just waiting to be explored by youngsters. Yet these days we might find that our kids prefer sitting in a dark corner with the glow of an iPad screen lighting up their faces, or hiding indoors with a smartphone stuck to their hand.

The lower slopes of Orme looking down at Llandudno - photo from Great Escapes Wales

Today’s digital savvy toddlers are learning to use the iPad before learning how to speak. Children are so hooked to their electronics that 40% of 8 to 12 year olds say that they’d rather sacrifice their summer holiday than give up their mobile phone for a month. Like all parents, I’ve often wondered whether our children have fallen into the digital world so deeply that they’ve forgotten how to unplug and enjoy time without technology.

Here are my top five ways to get kids loving nature instead of apps this summer – parental participation is required too!

Grow Your Own Delicious Garden Treats

The first step to getting kids to love nature again is to get them into their own back garden. Children love to have a purpose, so growing delicious fruits in your garden is a great way to keep kids engaged with nature over time. Plant strawberry bushes, blackberry bushes, or even some small apple trees. Explain in which seasons the fruits will be ripe and ready to pick, so that your little ones can look forward to snacking in the garden.

Plant apple trees in the garden

Create Your Own Outdoor Art

An art project is a great way to get kids excited. Instead of colouring at the kitchen table, get everyone outdoors and collecting sticks, stones, flowers, leaves and whatever they can find. Use these all natural materials to draw and print on a large paper canvas. Leaf prints are always fun for really little children, and nature collages can make art more of a challenge for older ones.

Go Fossil Hunting along the Coast

Take your kids away for a couple of days (with a pre-warning that their gadgets won’t be coming with them) to go fossil hunting. Children are fascinated by the idea of dinosaurs and will love learning about history in a hands-on way.

The National Trust have a full list ofUK fossil hunting sites, but my favourite fossil hunting spot is The Great Orme in Llandudno, North Wales. There are trails all over the incredible carboniferous limestone headland on which ancient coral and large brachiopod fossils can be found. If you’ve only got little ones, there’s a tramway which runs between the Victorian seaside town below all the way to the top of the headland.

Nature Trail through a Welsh pine forest - photo from Great Escapes Wales

Exploring Wild Nature Trails

Encourage your kids to get out in the wild. The UK is home to some amazing nature trails, from woodland walks to mountain tops. Young kids will be more keen to walk if they have some activities to distract them along the way. Try tracking animal footprints, collecting feathers and making bark sketches.

Challenge older children to achieve something they’ve never done before! Reaching the top of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, or exploring an old castle, like Tintagel in Cornwall, are great excursions for older kids – and they’ll be able to tell their friends all about their adventures when they’re back at school.

The Great Orme from nearby Deganwy Beach - photo from Great Escapes Wales

Stargazing and Moon Spotting

When night rolls in, get the family together for a moonlight adventure in the garden. Being out at night is exciting for children, and it’s a great way for them to unwind before bed. Lay down a big picnic blanket and gaze up at the stars. See if anyone can spot some constellations! Moon spotting can be fun for younger kids and they can start keeping track of how the moon changes and when the full moon might come along!

Do you have any other ideas for getting the kids to disconnect from their gadgets and reconnect with nature this summer?

Author Bio: Ben grew up in Conwy, a world heritage site on the North Wales coast. He loves waking up to sea views and exploring beautiful North Wales with his two young sons in his free time. Ben runs Great Escapes Wales, a website providing self-catering holiday cottages in North Wales.


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  • Charlie
    August 18, 2014

    Article looks super! I remember growing blackberries with my grandma when I was young, I really loved it but was always overly impatient for blackberry season to come around!

#Recipe: Strawberry jam drop biscuits
5 Ways to Get Your Kids Loving Nature Again

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