A Sunday Walk around Ringstead Bay

A couple of weekends ago, after a damp Saturday, we decided to spend Sunday afternoon wandering around Ringstead Bay, a pebble beach near Osmington.

We visited Ringstead once in the summer holidays and the views in the bay are beautiful. In the summer, we paid £5 and parked in the beach cafe car park which is only a short walk to the shore. This time, we decided to make use of our National Trust membership (It’s a No-Brainer) and park in the car park on top of the hill and then walk down to the beach.

When we got there, a herd of sheep were crossing the road in front of us and TJ found this absolutely hilarious. He grabbed some grass and tried to feed some of them, but they were having none of it!

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Crabbing at Poole Quay

After a pretty eventful Easter Holidays (Week 1 and Week 2), we decided to fit in one more little adventure before going back to work and school on Monday.

TJ has been talking about going crabbing for ages so we decided to take him on a trip to Poole Quay.


If you haven’t been before, crabbing is a really fun thing to do for a very cheap set up. Basically, you need a large bucket, a hand line, a net and some bait. All in all, you can buy all of this for about £5 and there are lots of places along the Quay where you can buy a crabbing kit.

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Easter Holidays – Week 2

Well, even after a crazy first week of the holidays, we still had a lot that we wanted to do before we went back to work and school.

On Saturday, we had a fantastic time at Dewflock Farm. We had visited Kingston Maurward earlier in the year for their lambing weekend but this offered something different – the chance to give the lambs a little cuddle! For a nominal entrance fee, we were able to walk freely around the farm, looking at the cows, watching some sheep shearing and eating some of the lovely homemade food on offer. The best bit was being able to sit on hay bales in a little pen to cuddle and feed the  lambs. We couldn’t believe how tame they were. TJ absolutely loved having one of them sit on his lap and he was really gentle and patient with them. Whenever you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he always says, “A farmer, a policeman and a daddy” so this was a great experience for him.

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Easter Holidays – Week 1

Of all the school holidays, the Easter break is by far our favourite. Half terms go too quickly, the Christmas holidays are too busy doing Christmassy things and the summer holiday is, dare I say it, too long! Generally the Easter holidays see a change in the weather, lighter evenings and lots of different activities put on to get you out and about.

We started our holiday on Friday straight after school with an impromptu trip to the beach. TJ loved making sandcastles and even managed a quick swim in the sea. Weymouth beach is just lovely – lots of soft sand and shallow waters which mean we can relax and watch TJ splash around without a worry.

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Legoland!

After TJ’s Lego Party in February, we decided that we would take him to Legoland during the Easter holidays. He absolutely loves making various buildings, animals and vehicles out of Lego as well as putting together the different sets he has. 

We managed to get a really good hotel deal online where we got two days for the price of one in the park and an overnight stay in a hotel near Heathrow with full English breakfast included – all for well under £200! 

We got there just before 10am on Sunday morning and the queues were already massive to get into the park. Luckily, TJ is pretty patient and we were probably only waiting for about 20 minutes which wasn’t too bad. We had done a bit of research before we went and knew that TJ really wanted to do the Driving School so headed straight there. As he is only 5, we could only go on the L-drivers but he didn’t mind at all. He loved driving round the little track and picking up his driving license afterwards.  Continue reading

Lambing Weekend – Kingston Maurward

One of the annual events that we really look forward to is the Lambing Weekend at Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens.

We only live a short drive away and as season ticket holders, we get into the event as part of our membership (which is very reasonably priced at only £50 a year for 2 adults and up to 3 children).

TJ was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday, so it was nice to get out in the fresh air and to see all of the animals. They have lots of other events and activities on during the Lambing Weekend such as guinea pig fishing, pony rides, face painting and a bouncy castle.

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A Hectic Half Term!

As we both work in education, we are very lucky in the fact that we get to spend every school holiday together as a family. Looking back at photos from our half term ‘holiday’, it’s no wonder that we went back to work slightly jaded after a very busy week!

On Monday, it was TJ’s 5th birthday. We had family down from Exeter and went bowling which was great fun. TJ did really well and managed to be pretty patient when waiting for his turn. There was a very amusing moment when he actually tried to kick the ball down the alley like a football! Needless to say, it travelled about a metre before it stopped dead and we needed to call for help. Whoops! We had a lovely lunch in Pizza Express (TJ’s choice) before ending the day with a ‘disco bath’ thanks to a rather awesome lightbulb and a stack of glowsticks.

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Snow and Sunset – what an amazing weekend away

This weekend we booked to go to the Brecon Beacons to celebrate my birthday. In light of recent events (Our Happy Place), we very nearly cancelled it but decided a change of scene would do us the world of good.

Before setting off (at stupidly early on a Saturday morning) we did a bit of research and decided that we would head to Merthyr Tydfil and then drive straight into the Beacons from there. The journey was super easy and we got to cross the Severn Bridge which none of us had done before.

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Our Happy Place

After a lovely walk/ride along the Rodwell Trail last weekend,  we were brought back down to earth with a bang on Monday when we received the sad news that TJ’s great grandad had passed away. He was 94 years old and one of the kindest, most generous and caring men you could have ever met. He adored TJ and the feeling was completely mutual.

As you can imagine, this week has been tough. Losing someone you love is hard enough, but nothing prepares you for having to try to explain to a 4 year old that he won’t see “great big grandad” again. When we first told him, his reply was, “I wish I had a magic wand to stop you both crying and to make grandad better again”. Sometimes life through the eyes of a child is so beautiful and naive.

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A beautiful Sunday walk – The Rodwell Trail

I have to say that the past few weeks have been pretty tough going. There wasn’t much time between seeing the New Year in and going back to work/school and it’s taken a while to adjust. Add to that 5 birthday parties, a couple of nasty viruses and  trips to Exeter for the past couple of weekends to visit TJ’s poorly great-grandad and we don’t feel that we’ve really had much quality family time of late.

This weekend, we decided to go to Devon straight from work on Friday night to see grandad and then head back on Saturday (for a double birthday party!) so that we could have a ‘home day’ on Sunday.

When we woke up this morning, the weather was beautiful. Minus 1, but with a bright blue winter sky and we knew we needed to get out and about for some fresh air. TJ was super excited when he saw the video a couple of weeks ago of his friend M riding his bike that we decided to go for a walk/ride along the Rodwell Trail in Weymouth.

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