Ducks on Ice at The Vyne, National Trust

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Dear Mummy, this week saw us dust off our jackets and finally get some fresh air. There was a break in the rainy weather and we managed to get out for an afternoon to The Vyne, Basingstoke in Hampshire. The … Continue reading

Funky Puddle Suits for kids!

Dear Mummy, now is the perfect time to invest in wet weather gear for children. We’re big fans of all-in-one puddle suits for kids! They are practical, can be folded away easily and great for families on the move. Presently … Continue reading

In the deep dark woods…

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In the deep dark woods… Dear Mummy it’s funny how some places just get better and better with age. The Vyne in Basingstoke is one of them. It’s a large National Trust estate. We’ve been many times before and each … Continue reading

Spooktacular events in Hampshire 2015

Festival Place Halloween

We’ve just heard of some special ‘spooky’ events coming up in Hampshire and wanted to share them with you. We’re massive fans of Halloween so love participating in pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and dressing up. These are the places we will … Continue reading

My Autumn Adventures

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Dear mummy, we’ve had a hectic week and have been enjoying the last of the summer sun. We’ve visited The Vyne (National Trust) a couple of times and played in their walled garden with the tractors and garden toys. We’ve … Continue reading

A spring in my step at The Vyne

A spring in my step at The Vyne

Dear mummy, you got a new camera for Christmas 2014, a Canon 700D. Makes a change from using your iPhone. In 2015 you’ve set yourself the target of learning about photography and mastering the skill of taking beautiful photographs. It’s … Continue reading

Top Ten Places in Hampshire this Easter!

Easter in Hampshire

Top Ten Places in Hampshire this Easter!

Dear mummy, here’s a little list I compiled of places to go and things to do in Hampshire this Easter! Easter is a lovely time in this neck of the woods and we love visiting gardens and farms in Spring. Here’s our top ten attractions.

  • Exbury Gardens, Southampton – Explore the Rhododendrons and jump on the steam train to see the Easter Bunny. We visited last year and had a great time!
  • Visit Marwell Wildlife, Southampton – To join in with the Easter Park Trail in the Zoo!
  • Build Lego at Bricks in Motion at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke – Watch the master builders create stunning displays out of Lego. We went last year to Lego Lost World and had a fab time.
  • See the spring lambs at Manydown Farm, Basingstoke – It’s lambing season along with Easter crafts and activities. We went last year and I made an Easter Egg card for my mummy!
  • Visit The National Trust at Mottisfont, Romsey and go to the Easter Bunny Ball and join in with the Easter Egg hunt.
  • Visit Wellington Country Park, on the Hampshire border of Basingstoke/Reading and join in with one if their themed days over the Easter break! We’re looking forward to visiting the Circus!
  • Visit The Vyne and join in with their Cadbury Easter Egg trail.
  • Finkley Down Farm, Andover – Pop down to the farm come rain or shine and see the little chicks and lambs!
  • Pop into Basingstoke Town and enjoy the events Festival Place have put on – Eat Street will be bringing live cooking demonstrations, entertainment and prizes. Also at the Top of Town in Basingstoke there will be Easter activities and entertainment too!

We hope you like our little list on activities over the Easter Break in Hampshire. Hopefully you can join in the fun! Let us know where you visit if you are local 🙂

Love Bella x

The List

My weekend in pictures

Dear mummy, last weekend was such a whirlwind and what better way to showcase it than through images! We’ve linked up for the first time with @snowingindoors (who knows a thing or two about photography) and @youbabymemummy for ‘Point and Click’. We love trying out new Linkys and it gives my mummy and I a great opportunity to virtually meet up and comment on other bloggers posts too 🙂

My weekend in pictures If you haven’t heard my mummy attended #Blogfest at the weekend in the big smoke. London always lends itself to photo opportunities and mummy wasn’t disappointed when she reached Kings Cross and saw this giant poppy! She took my turtle on an adventure and he loved the tube. She was overwhelmed by the response to her post about Blogfest and here are some of the photos which were taken during the day too.

She’s already used her #clearaplate in support of Project Sunlight and filtered through her Blogfest goodie bag which was amazing (she’s currently eating the chocolate while writing this post) My mummy has also reviewed her notes from Blogfest with the view to put into practice some of the wise tips shared on the day.

My weekend in pictures 1

Sunday was a complete contrast to the previous day, my mummy was no longer in the industrial capital but infact outdoors at The Vyne, National Trust, which is our home away from home and the best woodland playground a little kid like me could ask for.

My weekend in pictures 3

It’s our local haunt and we’ve been many times as it’s just down the road from us. We loved finding all the ‘fire’ leaves as my mummy likes to call them, the gorgeous red and burnt orange leaves which are scattered on our walk. They are so beautiful and we couldn’t resist taking photos of them.

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We’re at home in the outdoors as a family, it’s the one place where we are truly free, we love mud, puddles and mucking around and hope these photos capture that!

lots of love Bella x

Bonkers for Conkers at The Vyne

Bonkers for conkers

Sunday 28, September 2014. Dear Mummy, we’ve gone bonkers for conkers this year! Our annual conker hunting trip to The Vyne ended in a huge success when we stumbled on a hidden Horse Chestnut tree off the beaten track. We can’t disclose … Continue reading

Meanwhile….down on the farm….

Meanwhile……down on the farm…..

Friday, March 14, 2014.

Dear mummy, I have my farmyard animal Boden dress on and I am raring to go!

It’s late Friday afternoon and we head to our local National Trust haunt The Vyne. We’ve only got a couple of hours to spare before I go to grandma’s house, so mummy and I spend it running around like mad animals in the walled garden.

We meet a lovely National Trust man who is hosing down all the children’s toys ready for the weekend. I grab a tractor and mummy drives me around the vegetable patch and flower beds. I stop to look at the daffodils, beep my imagery horn and mummy pushes me back up the path. I’m a bit small for this tractor and my feet don’t really touch the pedals so I disembark and help with the gardening.

I clear up sticks from the grass and put them in my wheelbarrow. I would make a great National Trust volunteer!! Only a quick diary entry today…as I’m staying at Grandmas house, and she says no phones in my cot.

Byeeeeee Bella xxx

Driving around on my tractorBig wheelbarrowOn my tractor Putting sticks in my wheelbarrow