Apr 17

Family Days Out: Henley River and Rowing Museum

Henley River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames is one of our most local museums. It is super family friendly attraction we are lucky to have on our doorstep although until recently I had no idea just how much it has on offer for children.  I have popped in there for coffee and cake many times …

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Apr 07

Fourteen alternative activities for non-skiers on a ski holiday.

It’s the Easter holidays and half my Facebook feed seems to be full of friends posing on skis at the top of scenic, sunny mountains. You’re probably wondering what the point of this post is. After all, if you’re going on a ski holiday, surely that means you are going with the express …

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Apr 01

Wildlife Wednesday: Spring Wild Walk

Despite the current high winds which have felled a fence panel,toppling branches from the trees and buffeting the red kites about dangerously, I love this time of year. There is something about watching the natural world wake up, the trees come to life, the birds increase the volume of their singing. I even welcome the …

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Mar 31

Lonely Planet Kids Books Review

 

Whilst my own collection of dog-eared travel guides lounge on my bookshelves, guarding the treasured memories of many a memorable adventure, it had never really occurred to me that there might be a similar source of inspiration and travel dreams for children to pour over too. Sure – Roo has an atlas aimed at older …

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Mar 22

Family Days Out: Oxford University Museum of Natural History

On the hunt for a fun (and free!) family day out we decided it was high time we visit Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History.  It’s funny. With Oxford within easy reach of us you would think we would have explored every corner of this famous city. Yet in over four years our visits …

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Mar 18

Swiss Spring Carnival: Fasnacht in Einsiedeln

Spring is well on its way. I have been marking the change of the seasons with walks out in the weak sunshine, listening to the birds’ excited chatter and smiling every time I see a new bulb clawing its way through earth recently released from Winters’ iron clasp. My modest celebrations of the coming of …

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Mar 04

Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Kids, Part 1: Presents for Green-Fingered and Nature-Loving Kids

Baby Beth has just turned one. In the run-up to her birthday I had the usual researching frenzy for outdoorsy gifts as well as ideas for generous friends and family asking for present inspiration. We eventually opted for a convertible trike that goes from parent-guided push-along to a fully toddler powered set of wheels. Beth …

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Feb 28

Amongst the Swyncombe snowdrops

From several feet of of powdery, crisp snow back to a greeny-brown drizzly mush. Returning to the UK from Switzerland last week was a bit of a shock to the system, even if it is quite nice not to have to take half an hour to dress the girls before venturing out the door! Patrolling …

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Feb 14

Hello from the snow!

This time last week I was feeling rather relieved at having a) made it past the Swiss Airlines’ check-in scales after numerous repacking attempts and b) arrived safely in Zurich after flying solo with aforementioned neo-scalebusting luggage, a 3 year-old and a baby. All without, I hasten to add, losing any bags or children. The …

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Jan 28

Walking the National Trails in Family Friendly Sections

There’s nothing like a long distance walking challenge for seeing the best of the UK countryside and giving you a goal to motivate you into your walking boots. The UK has some fantastic National Trail as well as hundreds of slightly shorter trails criss-crossing the land, all of which you can find the official details …

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