Nov 18

Nature Crafts: How to Make Leaf Print Cards

 

Being an autumn baby, Roo has recently celebrated her fifth birthday. Now she is learning to write, the ensuing ‘thank you’ cards are becoming more Roo’s responsibility than ours. Luckily at this stage the writing bit it still a novelty not a chore! 

Despite Roo’s new enthusiasm for writing, …

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Nov 12

Days Out: An Autumnal Revisit to Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum has always been a place of seasonal pilgrimage for me since childhood. Although no longer West Country based, we still like to visit when we can particularly at this time of year.

Autumn this year has been wonderful. Last summer petered out into damp, windy days that dissolved the trees’ foliage into a …

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Oct 24

All Change

How is it Autumn half term already?

The last time I posted I was still sporting a humongous baby belly and basking out in what seemed to be an endless summer. Now the leaves on the oak tree in the garden are falling and we are overrun with apples (send your dessert apple recipe ideas …

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Aug 02

Days Out: Housesteads Roman Fort, Northumberland

It is almost impossible when travelling through Nothumberland to escape constant reminders of Roman Britain, even around 1600 years after the Romans finally left Britain!

We arrived in Northumberland on a Friday evening in June.  Despite being nearly 2300 at night, the sky was that deep murky blue-black …

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Jul 15

Kit Review: The Deuter Kid Comfort II Child Carrier

For us, a week’s family holiday in the wilds of Northumberland was always going to involve lots of outdoor time. Four year old Roo is a fantastic little walker. Beth though, at just two, still struggles to keep up on longer outings. ‘Longer’  meaning anything over 40 minutes…or anything over …

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Jul 06

Wildlife Wednesday: Visiting the Farne Islands, Northumberland with Children

Taking young children on a bird-watching boat trip might not spring instantly to mind. If you’re in Northumberland between April and July though, it really ought to.

You don’t have to be a nature buff to appreciate the Farne Islands nor do your children need to know their coots from …

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Jun 28

Family Days Out: The Swiss Museum of Transport, Lucerne

 

The Swiss Museum of Transport is a great day out by itself or combined with a visit to its beautiful lakeside setting near Lucerne. Covering everything from trains to planes and even space exploration, the museum is aimed at children and adults alike and offers something to interest, educate or …

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Jun 16

Review: Meet & Greet Service, Purple Parking at London Heathrow

We are really fortunate to have London Heathrow Airport as our closest airport. To have 80 different airlines flying to more than 180 destinations across the world is a big bonus when you enjoy travelling. We rarely fly from elsewhere.

Despite living under an hour away, getting to London Heathrow Airport …

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Jun 15

Wildlife Wednesday: 30 Days Wild Challenge – Days 8-14

The 30 Days Wild challenge for the Wildlife Trusts has been continuing this week in the Baby Routes household. After all the activity of our first week, it’s been another busy wildlife week here with nocturnal garden explorations, making plaster casts of deer tracks and some pond-dipping and microscope action. There’s also been …

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Jun 15

Outdoor Activities: Making an Animal Track Cast

After coming across the idea in a wonderful book of nature activities I picked up from a charity shop, I’ve been eager to try out making an animal track cast out of Plaster of Paris of some of those tracks we find out on our family walks. We gave it a first shot …

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