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Tuesday Shoesday – Our his ‘n’ hers walking shoes & a ramble around the castle on the hill

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hubby and I celebrated a day early because it was a really sunny day yesterday and we wanted to take advantage of the lovely weather and go for a walk. So we bundled up with our coats, scarves and gloves (it might have been sunny, but it was still a little nippy!) and headed out into the Suffolk countryside for a walk.We planned our walk around Framlingham Castle – Ed Sheeran’s ‘castle on the hill’ – so that we could take some photos of the stunning landmark in the winter sunshine. I’d been inspired to enjoy a low-cost day out after reading an article full of ideas for Valentine’s Day on a budget, so a walk (with a packed lunch!) was just the ticket. With it being half term (and a ‘Knights and Princesses’ event taking place inside the castle) it was a busy spot for a Monday morning, but all the other walkers we met were in good spirits. What I didn’t bargain for was just how muddy the paths around the picturesque mere would be. At least it gave us a chance to test out our new walking shoes – this terrain certainly put them through their paces. If my feet could stay comfortable and dry in this environment, then I’m pretty sure that the shoes will stand up to anything we throw at them in the future.

When my husband suggested walking around the castle moat, I was hesitant. I wasn’t planning on going for a paddle! He insisted that it was a ‘dry moat’ (well, I’ve never heard of a dry moat before, have you?!) so we climbed down the stairs and fair enough, it was pretty dry… as far as moats go.Interestingly enough, there were some lovely views from the moat looking up at the walls of the castle. It feels really imposing from below and the blue sky set off the stone castle walls beautifully. Even looking back into the sunshine created some really impressive silhouettes of the ancient walls.

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4 Low-cost + fun days out for the school holidays

We’re mid-way through the summer term and that means one thing – a sunny half term break with nothing to do! This is one of my favourite holidays of the school year, because it’s warm enough to get outside and enjoy last days of Spring, yet it’s not the over-priced days of the summer holidays when you’re likely to burn to a crisp if you venture out into the midday sun. I’ve shared a few ideas for fun days out on my blog this year so here’s my round-up of things to do during the half term holiday.Suffolk coastal travel guide southwold pier attraction-17Suffolk coastal travel guide southwold pier attraction-91. Go to the coast and enjoy some cheesy fun at the great British seaside. Eat ice-cream while sitting in a deck chair, feed 2ps into arcade machines and enjoy fish ‘n’ chips on the pier. Read my review of Southwold Pier and check out my ideas for a day out with the kids at Blackpool too.schol holiday ideas for half term summer 2015 blackpool travel tripsouthwold pier attraction suffolk seaside travel guide-162. Stay indoors on rainy days at a museum. Check out photos of my recent visit to the National Railway Museum in York and my tips for surviving a visit to the museum during the school holidays! If you’re planning to visit a museum during the holidays I’d recommend checking the website before setting off as they often plan special workshops for children during the school holidays and it can be a free way to get your kids interested in the exhibition. I visited the new ‘Shaping The Body’ exhibit at York Castle Museum and blogged about it at Easter. It’s a really fun exhibition (I loved the Victorian Street!) and they even having a dressing-up area for children.national railway museum york half term school holiday trip ideas and tips-6 york castle museum shaping the body exhibition exhibit school holidays day out trip

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York Castle Museum – Shaping the Body exhibition

The eagle-eyed of you may have spotted that I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I was away on holiday in Yorkshire last week. So this week I wanted to tell you all about my trip to York and share some photos of a fantastic exhibition that I went to. It was in York Castle Museum and I was temped to visit the exhibition after spotting a rather eye-catching image online last month.kim kardashian bustle photo york castle museum vintage retro shaping the body exhibitionRemember Kim Kardashian’s infamous champagne bottle photo that ‘broke the internet’ recently? Well, the York Castle Museum has recreated that image to coincide with their Shaping the Body exhibition, which launched on 25th March this year. Pretty cool, huh? It just goes to show that displaying a rounded rump has been a fashion staple for centuries!york castle museum shaping the body exhibition exhibit school holidays day out tripyork castle museum shaping the body exhibition exhibit school holidays day out trip-2york castle museum shaping the body exhibition exhibit school holidays day out trip-9 york castle museum shaping the body exhibition exhibit school holidays day out trip-14I was expecting a very corsetry-focussed, undergarment-based exhibition for adults but, in fact, the Shaping the Body exhibit was also about outer-garments throughout the years, clothing trends and construction methods. As I wandered through the halls, two further parts of the exhibition were revealed to me; learning about how food and lifestyle shapes the body too. These sections included kitchen scenes of the past century (including a very 80s-looking kitchen that I swear could have been my own childhood home at some point!) and the foods that we eat, plus an exhibit on professions and how work has shaped people over the years too. Very interesting indeed.

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A relaxing day out at the Suffolk Punch Trust

It’s half-term this week and we’ve been enjoying a few days off, sorting out all the things that you never usually get round to during a normal working week. But it’s not all been hard work; My husband and I decided to have a relaxing day out earlier this week and visit a local attraction with the rest of the family. We headed to the Suffolk Punch Trust for a long, leisurely walk around the fields and through the woods to enjoy the calming effects of nature. I wanted to share my photos with you today and perhaps inspire you to get out and about yourself this autumn for a chilled-out ramble.day out at the Suffolk punch trust horse visitor attraction-12 day out at the Suffolk punch trust horse visitor attraction-9 day out at the Suffolk punch trust horse visitor attraction-17Having never been to the Suffolk Punch Trust farm before, I didn’t know what to expect; would it be a bustling visitor attraction packed full of children during half-term? Or would it be literally just a field? Well, I’m pleased to report that it was somewhere in-between. It was pleasingly quiet and certainly a relaxed environment, with a warm visitor centre and museum, a café serving reasonably-priced hot food and drinks, and plenty of animals to see. With good weather on our side, we wrapped up warm and headed out onto the farm.day out at the Suffolk punch trust horse visitor attraction-30 day out at the Suffolk punch trust horse visitor attraction-15 day out at the Suffolk punch trust horse visitor attraction-6The map showed the route around three walks, and we plumped for the medium walk for our first ramble around the farm. We spotted cute pigs and tried to spy bulls in the field before heading up to the paddocks. The farm is so well spaced out that we didn’t really see any other families walking around the routes, so it was very calm to able along enjoying a bit of quiet time in the great outdoors.

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Map Geek – Land by Anthony Gormley

I can’t believe it, we’re nearly at the school half-term holidays again! Where did the last 7 weeks go? If you’ve got children of school age you probably base your life around the academic calendar too and are looking forward to, or dreading (!), the impending half-term break. I thought I’d share with you a recent trip that we took to the Suffolk coast to give you a little inspiration for a day out during the holidays and, if you read on, there’s also a chance to nominate someone special to win a holiday to Majorca, but more about that later on!Antony Gormley LAND art exhibition sculpture for the landmark trustAntony Gormley LAND art exhibition sculpture for the landmark trust-9The reason for my recent trip to the seaside was to visit an art installation. To mark their 50th anniversary The Landmark Trust commissioned five art installations by Anthony Gormley as part of its LAND sculpture series. Each sculpture was created in response to the location and was installed on five different Landmark sites across the country. The sculpture that I visited was on the Suffolk coast so it was a fun visit to the seaside and an ideal day out for the school holidays.Antony Gormley LAND art exhibition sculpture for the landmark trust-15 Antony Gormley LAND art exhibition sculpture for the landmark trust-10 Continue reading “Map Geek – Land by Anthony Gormley” »


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The National Railway Museum at York

I know that many of you will be enjoying a little bit of time off this week for the school holidays and I wanted to share my experience of visiting the National Railway Museum with you to give you inspiration for something to do with the little ones during half term (including my tips for surviving the visit!). I visited the museum during the last half-term holiday and was surprised to find that I actually really enjoyed the day out. national railway museum york half term school holiday trip ideas and tips-6My husband and I were taking a break in Yorkshire and, even though we didn’t have any children to take with us to the museum, we still really wanted to visit Paddington bear make the trip into York to see Paddington the trains so we drove into York for the day. Having no prior knowledge of the National Railway Museum, I was totally surprised by the scale of the exhibits – those trains are huge! national railway museum york half term school holiday trip ideas and tips-3 Continue reading “The National Railway Museum at York” »


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Back to school – why its the best time of year!

Its September and the new school term is starting, and for most of my life this has meant packing up my satchel (yes, I still have one) and heading off to school, 6th form, college and university. And I love this time of year. It’s a new beginning, with new possibilities – you’ll be meeting potential new friends, there’ll be new lessons to be learnt and new things to experience. Not to mention the new stationary you’ll be needing to buy. You’ll certainly need an academic diary, a fresh notebook and a couple of new pens (maybe even a pink one for important notes) and definitely a highlighter for all those texts that you’ll be studying this year…At university, it’s also Freshers’ week and that’s the craziest week of the year, with non-stop nights out for the first fortnight and wacky fancy dress themes – tis the time of year to take the photos that are going to be blu-tacked to your walls in your uni halls for the rest of the year! So get your uniform on for ‘skool disco night’, grab your neon tutu and legwarmers for ’80s rave night’ and remember to wash off your blue facepaint after ‘smurf night’ and make it a Fresher’s week to remember!

And finally, September is also the best time of the year because it’s nearly Christmas. Yes, the shops will be clearing out their summer swimwear and bbq-kits and hauling in crates of cards, tons of tinsel and my favourite thing ever – fairy lights! And I’ll be getting just… too… excited!

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