Monday, 16 April 2018

Lake District 2018

We had a great time walking in the Lake District. We found newts and lots of frog spawn. We enjoyed caves and hills!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018


We spent the afternoon at Ickworth. We started with a visit to the cafe - where G and I enjoyed the scone of the month (and decided we need to visit once a month).

We then enjoyed Ickworth's Easter Trail (£2.50 a child) - a short (if not a little muddy) walk around the estate answering questions posted on daffodils with facts about the estate. The answers to the questions then needed to be reordered to give a code word which needed to be spoken to the NT people at the start and in return they gave you an egg!  This is definitely one of the more tricky trails we have done - it was fun and all the girls enjoyed it (apart from I who is still at school :( ). It was also lovely to watch the lambs gamboling around.

 We then extended the walk with a visit to the trim trial and the playground!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


 As we came home from school early for us we had time to make biscuits. We used the recipe from this book:


Grandbunny’s Special Spiced Biscuits

170g golden syrup
67g brown sugar
60g butter
288g plain flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
beaten egg, to glaze (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and lightly grease oven trays. Combine golden syrup, brown sugar and butter in a pan. Stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Cool to room temperature.
2. Add flour and spice to a large bowl. Add cooled syrup mixture to bowl and stir well to combine.
3. Roll out half the dough to a 2mm thickness. Cut into shapes and place on prepared trays. Bake for 7 minutes or until golden.

Simple enough for P to do most of it on her own and they taste yummy!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Box Hill Walk

We went for a family walk around Box Hill which was quite a long way from Cambridge (almost a 2 hour drive!), but was worth it for some steapish climbs and wonderful views! It takes it’s name form the ancient Box Woodland that can be found on the steepest West-facing chalk face slope. Local historians says that witches once used to congregate in their Covens on Box Hill, because they believed the Box Trees enabled them to better interact with the spirit world.
The land is owned by the National Trust - so free car parking if you are members, although the car parks were busy and there is a cafe, shop and toilet facilities. The walk was muddy in places with steep steps up and down.

 The view from the Salomons memorial viewpoint on Box Hill:
 The final stage includes the famous stepping stones over the River Mole, although we decided to cross via the bridge so we didn't get wet feet!

There are a number of other routes you can walk and one has some natural play equipment for the kids which I am sure P might have liked!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

January to do list

On the January to do list we had:

  • Take part in the RSPB big bird survey
    We saw 2 robins, 3 blackbirds, a blue tit, a long tailed tit, 2 magpies, a woodpecker and a squirrel.  
  • Get the girls to cook a meal 
    This didn't happen - although E has done some baking
  • Get out running 
     I have been out running - getting out 2-3 times a week!
  • Celebrate 12th night 
    We had haggis and neeps and tatties 
  • Blog more! 
    umm - we haven't done too much so I am don't have much to blog about!
  • Try to encourage some reading and writing
    We haven't been good at this either other than normal homework - should try harder!!!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

RSPB Big Garden Watch

The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch is the world's biggest bird survey and regularly attracts nearly half a million participants. The records from people counting birds in their gardens provides a vital snapshot of the UK's birds each winter. The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 took place over this weekend (27th to 29th January 2018). To take part, you simply spend an hour watching the birds in your garden or local park over the weekend.   This is what we saw:

  And not a bird but enjoying the seeds all the same:

Monday, 22 January 2018

Bucket list 2018

Here is our bucket list for family days out 2018:

  • Walk up Snowdon
  • Walk up Box Hill
  • Holiday on Angelsey and see some puffins, visit Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and the copper mines
  • Go to Alton Towers
  • Visit Monkey World
  •  Have an underground train ride at the Postal Museum, London.
  • Rib ride on the Thames
  • Visit the historic Coffin Works, Birmingham.
  • Ride on the beach
  • Wild camp at Wicken Fen
  • Do a 'Big Camp Out' at a National Trust property
  • Re-visit the National Space Centre
  • Enjoy the science festival
  • Go star gazing on a Wednesday evening at the Astronomy department
  • Visit the Forbidden Corner