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Dens in the Wood

Most kids love building a den, whether it be with the sofa cushions indoors and outdoors, and the more traditional rustic type with branches, sticks and twigs from trees.  Indeed whatever foliage you can lay your hands on.  Nothing beats that cosy toasty feeling when the making is complete and you can crawl inside.  Its […]

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Music and Sundials at the Horniman Museum & Gardens

  I wanted to share with you our day out at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in South East London.  We had never trekked across south London to visit before and I had always assumed that it was a mini-version of the Natural History Museum.  To some extent it is, but it so much more, […]

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Bugs, Scarecrows & Hollow Tree Trunks

I love days out when you are never quite sure what to expect.  When you explore, discover  and experience things in different ways and for the first time.  Our recent day out at Kingston Lacy near Wimbourne in Dorset ticked all of these boxes.  We went in search of bugs and all things buglike, but […]

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Nature at the London Wetlands Centre

My family and I just love the London Wetlands Centre.  We have enjoyed so many visits over the years.  My son held his 6th birthday party there, when the sun shone for us even in January.   Our visit on Sunday did not disappoint.  In fact it was perfection and lovely to revisit it after a gap of […]

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A Perfect Day Outdoors – Helped by a Trail with Sticks

What’s your idea of a perfect day outdoors?  Often it depends on your mood, invariably the weather plays an important part and it is usually very difficult to please everybody. Well last weekend we came as close to perfect as possible.  Thank you weather for performing for once.    Thank you also to The National Trust […]

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Snowdrops, Ladybirds & Grapefruit at the Chelsea Physic Garden

Since a recent garden visit had been cancelled due to the snowy weather I had been looking forward to visiting Chelsea Physic Garden’s Snowdrop day.  It is a garden I have not seen for about five years.  I have always considered it a real gem and it really lived up to expectation.  It is only just […]

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Enchanted Woodland

Enchanted Woodland: A Garden At Night

What a treat.  A night time walk in an enchanted garden, full of light, shadow, glimpses of majestic trees and other delights.  I couldn’t think of anything that could be more charming. After dressing for the Arctic, we were stuck in London Friday night traffic for 50 minutes on our way there and my 7 […]

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Stourhead Revisited: The Beauty of Autumn Colour

Last year we visited Stourhead, Wiltshire, one of the best landscape gardens in the country.  It was so beautiful we couldn’t resist returning again this year.  There are over 600 species of trees and shrubs in the landscape gardens assuring a fantastic long-lived autumn display.  The expectation was for a good spectacle of autumn colour […]

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The London Wetland Centre: A Great Garden in the Heart of London.

If you hadn’t thought of a wetland as a garden, then please think again. All the elements of natural beauty, native planting, seasonal interest, open space, and water are present in a wetland. For me and for my son the London Wetland Centre is a fantastic garden. We had one of our many visits there […]

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Gardens to Visit with Your Children in October

The Eden Project Cornwall   Thousands of families will currently be thinking about where to go in the autumn half term holiday with their kids. If you live in London, the South East or Scotland there are some great ideas on garden destinations.  The winter garden at Hillier’s garden in Hampshire will be looking particularly […]

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