Center Parcs Longleat blog

Center Parcs Longleat, Overview of 5 of our Favourite Activities

July 20, 2018 Family, Kids Travel

Center Parcs Longleat We were looking after the Boys for a long weekend while G and Mr G were at Mad Cool in Madrid, so we decided to take them to Center Parcs Longleat. We’ve never been to Center Parcs, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Longleat Center Parcs is only an hour and half away from us so we thought that would be perfect for a weekend as it’s not too far to travel. On the Friday weRead More

Zero Waste Only Buy Once

July 18, 2018 Environment

Why Only Buy Once ? For some people Zero Waste just means reducing plastic and waste.  It’s natural to assume that means you should buy less, which of course you should.  So why not start thinking about how to achieve Zero Waste Only Buy Once. But how do you do that in today’s disposable society.  If you buy well in the first place you can buy products that will virtually last you a lifetime.  That means buying good quality productsRead More

Camper Van Conversion

Our Dream VW Camper Van Conversion – Part 1

July 16, 2018 Family, Travel

Our Dream Camper Van Conversion Back in January I wrote a Blog about our Dream Camper Van. Well this dream is now becoming a reality. We’ve purchased a VW T6 Transit Van and we’re having it converted by a specialist camper van conversion company. It’s very exciting. When we finally decided we were going to purchase a camper van we started looking around. We couldn’t find one that gave us everything we wanted so we decided to purchase a vanRead More

50 things to do before you are 11 ¾

50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11 ¾ – PART 5

July 13, 2018 Family, Kids Travel

National Trust This is Part 5 of our National Trust has updated its list of 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾. This takes us up to 25 activities which is half the number on the National Trust challenge. We’ve done some of the activities at National Trust properties and others when we’ve been out and about, especially at the seaside.  Don’t forget the National Trust doesn’t just look after historical houses and gardens. They also look afterRead More

Zero Waste Shops

Zero Waste Shops 5 of my Favourites

July 11, 2018 Environment

What is Zero Waste? This Blog is about 5 of my favourite Zero Waste Shops.  But what is Zero Waste?  If you’ve been reading my Blogs and are already on your Zero Waste Journey you’ll know the answer.  But if you’re not sure here’s a quick answer. The simple answer: The aim is to send nothing to a landfill. Refuse what you don’t want, reduce what you need, reuse as much as you can, send as little as possible toRead More

A Walk to Watersmeet House for a Cream Tea

July 9, 2018 Food & Wine, Travel

Watersmeet House When we are in Devon we love combining a walk with an afternoon tea.  One of the prettiest locations we’ve found for a cream tea is Watersmeet House near Lynmouth.  Watersmeet House and the surrounding area is managed by the National Trust. The dramatic River Gorge and stunning scenery have attracted some of the great romantic poets over the years.  Southey, along with Coleridge, Wordsworth and Shelley were enchanted by Lynmouth and its surrounding area, comparing Watersmeet withRead More

50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11 ¾ – PART 4

July 6, 2018 Family

National Trust This is Part 4 of our 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ and we’re up to 20 out of the 50 challenges. Having a National Trust membership is perfect for families as the properties they look after are so varied and diverse that there’s always something for everyone to enjoy. The National Trust look after the coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, historic houses, gardens, mills and pubsRead More

Zero Waste Online Shops

My Favourite Zero Waste Online Shops

July 4, 2018 Environment

What is Zero Waste? The simple answer: The aim is to send nothing to a landfill. Refuse what you don’t want, reduce what you need, reuse as much as you can, send as little as possible to be recycled, and compost whatever you can’t.  The less simple answer: It’s really about redefining the system. We currently live in a linear economy where we take resources from the earth and then dump them in a giant hole in the ground. TheRead More

Curry on Barricane Beach

Curry on Barricane Beach Woolacombe

July 2, 2018 Food & Wine, Travel

We love visiting North Devon and stay in Croyde Bay every year.  I’d heard lots of excellent reports about the Curry on Barricane beach but hadn’t quite managed to get there.  However, on our latest visit we managed to squeeze in a visit to try it out. You can find Barricane Beach as you head out of Woolacombe towards Mortehoe. Woolacombe Woolacombe is just around the corner from Croyde bay and lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point (Croyde Bay). Read More

50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾

50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11 ¾ – PART 3

June 29, 2018 Family

If you’ve read Part 1 and Part 2 of my 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ you’ll know that my Grandsons have managed to tick quite a few things off the list so far. The National Trust list of 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ has something for everyone and it’s a great way to plan a day out if you’re stick for ideas. You don’t need to spend a lot of money andRead More

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