Oct 09

Flying Long-Haul with Babies and Young Children with Virgin Atlantic, Part 1: Flight booking tips

We are counting down the days until we head to California. As it gets closer the reality of flying long-haul solo with an in-lap infant and a soon-to-be 4 year old is dawning on me. Whilst I try and wriggle my flight-averse legs under a hopefully slumbering toddler, my husband will be lording …

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Oct 07

Wildlife Wednesday: Why Hedgehogs Need your Help this Autumn!

The Baby Routes house has gone a bit bonkers over hedgehogs this year. These curious little creatures are a British countryside favourite and yet when was the last time you saw one? Increasing amounts of roads to cross, reduced vegetation, more fences and boundaries and the use of pesticides and slug pellets have all made …

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Oct 06

The Family Travel Show: Win tickets to Olympia, London

Travel is one of my great loves. Discovering beautiful and fascinating new places, learning about a new culture and discovering a million little granules of knowledge that you’d never have acquired at home – these are just a few of the reasons why I love exploring the world. Travelling with kids makes that experience even …

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Sep 30

Wildlife Wednesday: 8 Activities for Autumnal Optimism

Autumn is upon us in all its gleaming conker and whirling leaved glory. Despite the wonders of the season and the promise of winter fun ahead, most of us have the odd little pang about the end of summer as we put away the barbecue. If you’re one of those people prone to winter …

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Sep 16

Wildlife Wednesday: ‘S’ is for…

Roo is back to preschool again and is now going several days a week. It’s hard to believe that next year she will be going to school full-time and the switch to pre-school has brought it home to me that our time with just the two of us is ticking away. Given her autumn …

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Sep 12

The Ridgeway National Trail: Heading north at last!

A month ago we headed out of the house with the usual assortment of hiking boots, baby carriers, water bottles and rain coats. Our destination for the day was just south of Swindon and our aim to continue our family challenge of walking the Ridgeway National Trail in family-friendly chunks.

We started walking the Ridgeway …

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Sep 09

Wildlife Wednesday: Toadstool Time Again

Wildlife Wednesday: Fungi and toadstools,

It’s happened. September is here and with it autumn seems to have come scurrying along at its heels. Whilst I’m reaching for an extra jumper and wondering how long I can leave it before putting the heating on, outside one of the most richly rewarding seasons is kicking off. We don’t have to go far …

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Sep 07

Bringing Nature Indoors with Oriel Hicks at the Phoenix Craft Studios, Scilly

Close your eyes and imagine an artist’s palette of Agapanthus Blue, Tresco Aquamarine, Dappled Seal Grey, St. Martin’s Sand Gold or Hotentot Pink. Perhaps throw in some Storm Black, Sea-Mist Silver and Heather Green. If you’ve been to the Isles of Scilly then this is no doubt how those glorious …

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Sep 01

Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting


A few weeks ago, I leapt at the chance to volunteer a review of The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting by Zion Lights, as part of a project by The Wild Network. If you’ve not heard of Project Wild Thing or The Wild Network and you believe in getting kids away from screens and …

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Aug 25

Our Escape to the Countryside at Busses Farm, Sussex

As the rain hammers on the window as I write, my mind is back in the sunshine of the Yoghurt Rooms campsite two weekends ago. We were there for Escape to the Countryside – a small, back-to-nature family festival held on organic Busses Farm in rural Sussex. Roo spent most …

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