Confidently Go

Time for a cuppa?

Today for many, is the day work will restart.  This week at some point, schools will go back and generally it’s ‘GAME OVER’ on the holiday season! Read More


Too Busy to be Inspirational?

Inspired People

This quote is one I have recollection of seeing in the not too distant past Read More

A Sticky Post

Every blog I write I ask myself at some point ‘so what’.  What’s the …’annd?’ for my lovely readers.  Last week we went away with extended family and whilst ever it was never my intention prior to going to take pictures of ‘X’ to make a post about ‘Y’ I snapped away at whatever took my eye.

Two of my favourite things together: Trees and Champers!

Two of my favourite things together: Trees and Champers!

I like it that way.

It is unforced, natural and makes post-writing pleasurable (bit like that champagne!)

Looking through the pictures I thought there was good content for a post but who wants to see holiday snaps… really…? It wasn’t like we were holidaying with the Beckhams else the answer would’ve been everyone!

Play was in my mind… but what about it?  The woods are good for you?  Yeah we know that…

We were aware we’d taken lots of toys away with us to prepare for every eventuality and most of them had gone untouched… My thoughts marinated.  As I picked up my daughter from school and opened the car boot I saw two sticks we brought home from the vacation.

And there it was.  Two sticks we had brought home with us.


Sticks were the most used and played-with commodity by three children over a four-day period.  Man has been using sticks since time began yet here in 2014 sticks were IT!

Happy as sand girls!

Happy as sand girls!

Toast au naturel!

Toast au naturel!

Needs a bit of work!

Stick Toast – holey and half toasted!

My kind of beautiful

My kind of beautiful

The kids used sticks to make dens

They hit trees with them

Used knives to whittle the sticks down

To carve their names in

To walk with

To play-fight with

To dig with

To cook with

Their sticks were known to them individually and were called ‘my stick’.

The sticks were left outside restaurants and shops… hidden in bushes so none else ‘pinched’ them whilst they were out of their owners hands.

Sporting activities were experienced, lego, nerf guns, toys, buckets and spades were bought but the constant, throughout our time in the woods, were the toys the woods themselves produced, free of charge.  Sticks!

Sunday at The Country Club

Sunday at The Country Club

Clubless Golf

Clubless Golf

Pancake heaven - yes, I managed another food shot!

Pancake heaven – yes, I managed another food shot!

Hanging up helmets  after a Hack.

Hanging up helmets after a Hack.

Dappled Light

Dappled Light – a sight that never gets old

Colander lights

Colander lights & these three models make for a cute window!

Magical Sunset

Magical Sunset

‘Annnd’? well, in a day and age (oh crikey how old do I sound!) where learning and play on screens is a given, it made me think about how well our kids can adapt back to basic play with nature… maybe they’re better at it than we might allow for… they just need the opportunity.


Incidentally, we stayed at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest, where we have been on numerous occasions and would thoroughly recommend to anyone!

The DEEP calls to Deep

Recently we took a family trip to The Deep, Hull, East Yorkshire.  As the only submarium in the world, it is home to rare species and thousands of water creatures!  Regardless of the reason for going – it WILL call to something in you.

People of all ages marvelled at the world we know so little of.  There was an overwhelming sense of how huge the underwater world is and how important it is we do our part to look after it.  The DEEP is interactive – not just the man-made/deliberate points of contact but the sea creatures themselves interacted… they show-boated!  The sting-rae’s and sawfish in particular seemed to deliberately come close where they swam by the huge glass-fronted area in their aquarium where strange creatures on two feet were stood.  In the lagoon, one particular fish came right up to the glass and mimicked my 10-year old nephew as he slowly walked up and down the glass opening and closing his mouth…it was no coincidence – this creature was connecting as if to say ‘hi!’.

Well worth a visit and ranked 10/10 by the small people in our party.

Tip for visiting –

Definitely pre-book online; save yourself 10%, skip the queues  & your ticket gives you a 12 month pass too!

Friday I’m in LOVE!

Tomorrow it is officially LOVE day world-wide!   Read More

Using our LIKE’s to find our LOVE’s

Have you thought about how many times a day we are given the chance to ‘like’ something. Read More

5 things to do when you’re not sure what you want to do!

Picture 'liked' on Pinterest

Picture ‘liked’ on Pinterest

Upon leaving school I didn’t know what I wanted to do … who really does at 16?!

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