How to survive the summer holidays

So, firstly an apology because that title is misleading, I don’t actually know how to survive the summer holidays, I’ve never had to do it before! As this is Molly’s first summer break between finishing nursery (which, by the way, I was not emotionally prepared for!) and starting big school, I am approaching it both with […]

Forum Books Kids! A review

Forum Books Kids is an independant book shop situated in Corbridge, Northumberland (a lovely little village with some gorgeous shops that’s well worth a visit whether you’re into books or not!) We most definitely ARE into books and so we made a special trip just to visit the bookshop with the intention of finding a […]

The Parlour, Wheelbirks: A review

On a rare Sunday afternoon with absolutely nothing to do we decided to go out for a drive, with no intention of doing anything in particular, just to go on a mini-adventure and see where the day took us. As it happened it took us to a lovely little dairy farm tucked away in Northumberland […]

Molly and Sophie have afternoon tea: Review of Lionmouth Rural Centre

Why should adults have all the fun? Is presumably a question that the LionMouth Rural Center in Esh Winning, County Durham asked themselves when they came up with the splendid idea of putting on afternoon tea for children. Having heard about this I suggested to my friend that we take the littlies there for her […]

Why Library’s are awesome…

This morning Molly and I went to the library. We’re rubbish library members really, we don’t visit enough and we’re always late back with our books but we’re usually forgiven after being given a few stern words and the librarians best “this is just not good enough” face and then we remember why we love […]

Broom House Farm: Review

Broom House Farm  is a livestock farm in the Witton Gilbert area of County Durham. It’s an amazing resource that we’re extremely lucky to have on our doorstep and we frequent often! In fact, we were there when I went into labour with Molly and it was one of the first places that we took […]

An evening of “Sun down at Gibside”

We were recently invited to join some friends of ours at  Gibside’s Beer Garden for an evening of food, drink and music. Not ever being ones to turn down any of those things we gladly accepted the invitation although we weren’t sure what to expect – a beer garden at a National Trust property? Whatever […]

A day out at the Bowes Museum’s YSL exhibition

My friend and I, both being a bit obsessed with clothes and one of us being an expert in Museum textiles (sadly not me) were both dying to go and see the YSL exhibition at the The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. It’s perhaps not the sort of thing that you would expect to take a […]

A day out at Washington Wetland Centre

On a rare mid-week day off (albeit in the school summer holidays so it was far from quiet) I decided to join my parents and Molly on an excursion to Washington Wetlands Centre. As I understand it, Molly and her grandparents are frequent visitors here as they enjoy watching and photographing the birds and Molly […]

A lovely Summer Fete

We recently heard from a crafting friend about Vallum, who amongst other things produce award winning ice cream, cheese and artisan breads, host foodie markets, crafting fairs and pop-up restaurants and grown their own flowers, herbs and vegetables to use in their patisserie, deli and restaurant. They also have a an outdoor children’s play paddock and offer […]