Ten Things to do in Spring

Spring is my second favourite season. I love the sense of anticipation that comes when the weather starts to brighten, blossom comes out and flowers begin to appear. Easter is wonderful and a great religious time for us as a family, but spring isn't over with the Easter holidays and here are some fun activities that we have either done or are planning to do for spring in the Kirsch household.

1. Enjoy the bluebells
This is a no-brainer for me. I love walking in the woods when the bluebells are out - it's just so beautiful! I'm hoping that our local Gomm Wood will be showing some bluebells soon but if not, then we'll probably head to Hughenden or Ashridge which are always a good bet.

2. Get gardening
There is so much to do in the garden once the weather starts brightening up. Ours needs a bit of work right now after we moved in last autumn.

Shell Photo Frame

We were lucky enough to spend some time last May with friends in Devon. It's definitely one of our happy places and has been our main holiday destination for the last few years. We spent a particularly lovely day with my Mum and sister at Dawlish Warren - a day of paddling in the sea, sand castle building, shell collecting and fish and chip eating!

At only a couple of months old, Ollie didn't do much except enjoy cuddles with his Nana, but Lily got stuck in to everything the beach has to offer


Last week I co-hosted Candid Cuddles with the lovely Becky (aka Cuddle Fairy). It was great fun and I loved setting aside the time to visit everyone's posts - I was able to find some new people to follow too!

I usually try to link up a quote that has inspired me, or resonated with me that week but this week I thought I'd try something different.
My children are a huge part of what inspires me to keep going - they're also my main source of laughter and happiness. Of course, Ollie doesn't say much right now, but Lily is a proper little chatter box and comes out with some great little comments. I'm trying to save them all at the moment so I can remember them and here are a few of my favourites.

Review - Lockey Farm Park

Matt had a day off today! It was lovely. I really miss having him around during the week and it's easy to underestimate the value of an extra pair of hands when you have two kids. Originally, Matt booked the time so that we could visit Chessington World of Adventures but finances wouldn't allow it and so instead we decided to re-visit somewhere we'd taken Lily a couple of years ago - Lockey Farm.

The farm is just outside of Reading - just 30 minutes or so from where we live in High Wycombe, it's a working farm with a decent farm shop, cafe and a play area and it's all free. Yep. Free. How rare is it to find a lovely activity for an afternoon out without paying a fortune?

There is an opportunity to contribute to the upkeep and addition of new attractions by popping some cash in the brightly coloured pig by the front gate but it isn't compulsory. Once through the gates you may encounter the odd animal (like a chicken, or last time we went Lily tried to befriend a cockerel).

Candid Cuddles

Today I'm co-hosting the Candid Cuddles linky with Becky over at the Cuddle Fairy and I'm so excited to be included that I have chosen to share two lovely quotes!

I'm a big fan of the Candid Cuddles linky and try to link up whenever I can - I love reading other people's quotes and enjoy creating my own images to display a quote that has resonated with me that week.

Disney Princess Tag

I'm sorry, I just couldn't help myself. I just love Disney.

1) Which Princess do you like the least?
Snow White. She's just a little too sweet for me and frankly, I'm jealous of her house-cleaning animals. I live next to a wood and the squirrels don't come and do my washing, the little buggers.

2) Which Princess do you adore most?
Anna. She's still sweet, but feisty. I love that she does everything for her sister despite everything.

3) Which Princess do you relate too most?
Belle. All I want to do all day is read.

4) Which sidekick do you wish you had?
Mushu! He has all the best lines!

Addicted to... scarves

Yep. Not the most exciting addiction in the world. If I'm honest, probably not even an 'addiction'. But I do love a nice scarf. In fact, I have more scarves than I have pairs of shoes. I love that a scarf can easily be used to dress up an outfit that might normally be boring, and for someone who likes to wear black, it can be a really good way of introducing colours and patterns.

So I was very excited when I came across the Lylia Rose website - it's not only a fab blog (definitely worth a read) but they also have a lovely boutique section with some gorgeous accessories.

Given my love of scarves, it is unsurprising that of all the beautiful things on the site, these are my favourites:

I really like this Chevron Print Scarf - I'm late to the chevron trend but I love the simple and striking palette on this scarf.

Spring Walk Scavenger Hunt

I don't know what on earth is going on with the weather at the moment but I've given up on trying to predict what it's going to be like and I'm not letting an overcast sky put me off from heading out. I'd normally head into town early in the day and perhaps spend an hour or so at Lilymae's Play Cafe but, the problem is, they've now closed.


I miss them already. It was always lovely to pop in there and know that even if you're on your own, you'd still see a friendly face. The team there were great and over time I've begun to see them as my friends.

Jungle Days

After all our fun and games at Eden High Wycombe the other week, we headed back there last Thursday for their puppet show with Jungle Jim.

It was a fun packed 20-25 minute show performed by a ventriloquist with a range of puppet characters that went down well with Lily and a little friend from nursery. Ollie also enjoyed the show, although he was a bit bemused by it all and wasn't keen by big bangs at the end!

Happy Birthday Dad

This is my Dad. Mark Jolly. Father of four and mini cab driver from Sydenham in south east London.

Today is his birthday. We should be celebrating.

How (not) to write the perfect blog post

So today, I am alone! It's the Easter hols so I'm not at work like I usually am on a Friday but the kids are at nursery because I wanted a lie in didn't want to disrupt their routine. The house is quiet, or would be if I wasn't playing music, but it's peaceful. The washing is on, it's reasonably tidy. Now, time for blogging...

Or so you would think. Here is my tale of writing the elusive 'perfect' blog post.

Step one - have an idea.

Chuckle, think to yourself what a funny blog post that would make.

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