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Winter Garden at the Savill Garden Windsor

  Winter sunshine and a crispy morning with blue skies provided perfect conditions to visit The Saville Garden. I’ve visited this garden on a few occasions as it is very accessible from London.  The winter garden has been more recently developed since I last visited in the winter.  If you are a member of the […]

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Kew Gardens Christmas lights

Christmas Lights at Kew Gardens: A Magical Night time Journey

  Most of us don’t venture out into the garden at night.  Its too dark, too cold and not much to see.  Taking a tour around a large botanical garden, lit with over 60,000 lights of all colours, shapes and sizes is a completely different experience and well worth the effort to venture out on […]

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Stunning Studland Bay

Studland Bay by Poole Harbour in Dorset is a simply stunning sandy beach.  With our January walk it outlived all our expectations.  We have often visited it in summer, but never at this time of year usually opting for a bracing cliff top walk to match the time of year.  We started our trip at […]

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We Are Going on a Fossil Hunt

While everybody else has been ringing in the New we have been popping back in time by taking a look at the Old on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.  It is a great twist on a beach scavenge and we hoped that the recent storms may have thrown up and exposed some new fossils.   We have […]

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Enchanted Woodland garden Syon Park

Magical Nightime Garden – Syon Park

  We have just made a repeat trip to the Enchanted Woodland Garden at Syon Park, West London.  We first visited this time last year and yet again it was a magical, enchanting and inspiring experience. The gardens are lit, spotlighted and hung with decorations.  The organisers use the effect of changing colour, twinkling lights, […]

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A Walk Through the Ice Age

Well, I may have used a little artistic licence with this title.  However, we saw much more than we had bargained for on a winter’s day walk this week. It all started with a pub lunch.  Often not a good idea as the cosiness of a pub and a full stomach are not always conducive […]

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sledging in Richmond Park

A White Weekend

For once the snow was perfectly timed.  It started after 9.00am on Friday and continued throughout the day.  Those of you with school age children will know the significance of 9 o ‘clock. It meant that the school was open on Friday.  The school did, in fact, ask for children to be picked up early so […]

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Missing the Mistletoe

It was a rather drab, grey and damp day when we started a December walk before a late lunch.  To add a bit of interest I proposed that we went on a search for mistletoe.  ‘What’s mistletoe?’ queried my seven year old.  ‘Well it grows high up in the trees, has white funny shaped berries […]

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