Sunday, 7 May 2017

Badminton Horse Trials

Yesterday we went to Cross Country day at Badminton.  It takes about 3 hours from Cambridge, although the last few miles takes a long time (it added about 45 minutes) just to get in to the ground! I have always loved watching it on the television but actually going gives you a real feel for how large the jumps actually are and how tight some of the turns are!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Review of our April to do list

Review of our April to do list:
  • Enjoy a trip to Herefordshire
 We had a great trip. The highlight for me was our walk on the Breacon Beacons and canoing down the Wye.

  • Visit some National Trust Places in the Spring
Locally we went to Wimpole and Ickworth and whilst on holiday we visited Stowe and Croft Castle

  • Attend the Cambridge Literary Festival
P and I went and had a great time, although I did not enjoy queuing for over an hour to buy Jacqueline Wilson's new book.

  • Go to Kew Gardens
Sadly, we couldn't fit this in!
  • Enjoy some Easter baking
We made easter biscuits, chocolate nests and P made some low sugar sweets from her science magazine, Whizz Pop Bang.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Literary Festival

On Saturday, P and I went to Cambridge Literary Festival (I was going to take E but she had a gym competition and the older 2 were (supposedly) revising). We heard the amazing Jacqueline Wilson talking about how she got in to writing and how the Jackie magazine (for those of us of a certain age) was named after her!
 We also heard Mark Lowery - who was very very funny but maybe slightly old for P.

Monday, 17 April 2017


We re-visited Stowe in the Spring which was just as lovely I remember it with all its quirky temples and follies!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Holiday in Herefordshire

We had a week in the lovely Herefordshire countryside.  In glorious unseasonably hot (where we got burnt as it never occurred to me to pack suncream) we walked in the Brecon Beacons completing the glorious horseshoe ridge walk which including joining the hordes at the top of Pen y Fan.

 We found tadpoles!!!
The next day we went back and did the waterfall walk which we had done a few years ago. It allows you to actually walk behind Sgwd yr Eira which is amazing.

 On my mum's birthday we visited Croft Castle. We went inside the castle which is set up to reflect life there in the middle part of the 20th Century before getting to explore the parkland including the beautiful old oak trees and the bluebells just starting to appear!

 We visited the stunning Tintin abbey
 and the girls enjoyed the junior Go-Ape course in the Forest of Dean. (P said it was the best thing she did this holiday).

The big 3 and the husband vanished to try caving at the near by Clearwell Caves, but as P is too young we stayed and explored the Forest of Dean where we walked the Sculpture Trail (which I remember walking with my dad years and years ago) and the Gruffalo trail.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt @Cambridge Botantical Garden

Today we went to the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens for their Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt. It is free with entry (£5.50 per adult with children going free) and runs from Saturday 1 April to Monday 17 April 2017. The girls had to follow a map, find the bunnies and answer questions before claiming their chocolate bunny place.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Ickworth spring walk and Easter Egg Hunt

We went to Ickworth for a spring walk and another easter egg hunt. We walked around the red trail whick led to some small woods we had never been in before! 

 We also enjoyed the Easter Egg hunt in the formal gardens and stumpery where the girls had to search for numbers and then crack a code which was more tricky than the Wimpole hunt, although they did get a different prize.