Bees and Hybrid Bluebells (Hyacinthoides x massartiana)

Hyacinthoides x massartiana, Hybrid Bluebell, bee

I have turned into a full scale bluebell addict this year.  Or bluebell nutter - one or the other.  I am loving the seas of blue stretching out by the side of the road and taking the children up into woodland to explore.  This time last year I was still really poorly following my surgery, doped up on antibiotics and painkillers - this year is different.  This year we are getting out there and Continue Reading

Wonderful Whipsnade

Actually mummy and HPMCQ

You know we love Whipsnade Zoo and this year is proving to support that statement even more.  Last week we had a glorious day up there with the wondrous bloggers that are Annie,Vanessa, Penny, Kirsty and Helen and their respective tribes so 17 of us in total.  We had the joy of sharing our favourite space in beautiful sunshine without the wind blowing us off our feet and with cameras, cake, much Continue Reading

Siblings – April 2014


I haven't joined in with the Siblings linky before - but as the Sealion Keeper turns 9 at the end of this week and the Cheetah Keeper will turn 7 three weeks after that it seems a good time.I'm still slightly confused as to how I have an almost 9 and almost 7 year old without breaking them too badly.  The tiny little bundles of noise that I held in my arms in 2005 and 2007 have grown up into Continue Reading

Exploring Wick Wood

Bluebells in Wick Wood

We spent Easter Saturday morning exploring Wick Wood in St Albans.  A well kept secret (ooops!) this small piece of woodland and adjoining playing field is well known to those who live in the North of the City - but an area of mystery to those of us who live over on the 'South' side.  I'd been to Guiding events at 'The Wick' (as the playing field is known) many years ago but have no recollection Continue Reading

Dino Supersaurus Review


As part of our role as Parragon Book Buddies we are lucky enough to receive something from them every month.  In February Parragon launched the Dino Supersaurus range of action packed activity book and true to their word, a large sparkly green jiffy bag was delivered containing two of their excellent books. The Cheetah Keeper has loved the adventures in Dino City and the battles between the Continue Reading

Easter Bluebells

Easter bluebells, Batchwood, St Albans, bluebells

Easter is late this year and this combined with good wet ground (did you notice it rained earlier this year??) and glorious sunshine, the bluebells that I would expect to be glorious in mid-May are looking pretty amazing now.   The Bluebell Wood at Whipsnade Zoo needs another couple of weeks at least to be at that 'perfect' stage (but they are always late) but the ones at Runnymede looked glorious Continue Reading

Butlin’s Bognor Regis – In Pictures

Skyline Pavilion, Butlins Bognor Regis, Butlin's

We've been home from Butlin's Bognor Regis for a week now - it's given us a chance to reflect on our week, talk about it and generally absorb our experience.  An 'experience' it definitely was - a holiday in the 'a change is as good as a rest' sense.  Butlin's in the Easter holidays, with children, is definitely not for those wanting to kick back, enjoy the peace and some downtime.  If we go Continue Reading

National Trust Runnymede

National Trust, Runnymede, Magna Carta Memorial

This week we've been out exploring in the sunshine.  Despite the children having what I regard as a ridiculous amount of holiday homework (the Sealion Keeper is 8, she has a dinosaur project, times tables again - despite having done the same exercise 4 times already, maths, more maths - this time to develop a game with instructions and a substantial reading list) I have been determined to get out Continue Reading

Easter Craft – Eggs in Baskets

Easter Eggs in Baskets

On our return from Butlins, the Sealion Keeper was desperate to try out some Easter craft.  Having caught up on her life support system Blue Peter (if it's not on Blue Peter, it doesn't exist at the moment) she was really keen to try out their 'eggs in baskets' make, which was really cool.  To be fair, as Easter craft goes, this is pretty awesome - getting foil wrapped eggs into string baskets Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Butlin’s Bognor Regis

Skyline Pavilion, Butlins Bognor Regis, Butlin's Ambassadors

Disclaimer.  This post may not contain absolutely everything you need to know about Butlin's Bognor Regis so if I've left anything out... sorry. For the Grammar Police - it is Butlin's, not Butlins.  The top geezer was Mr Butlin, therefore his holiday camps become Butlin's - ie they belong to him.  If I get it wrong somewhere in here...sorry.  I mean well. Moving on... We've spent the Continue Reading