Friday, 24 October 2014

My wanderlust list - Yorkshire

If you were asked - where is the one place in the UK that you would most love to visit, what would your answer be?

We are lucky to live in the beautiful West Country, an area steeped in history - we're just a stone's throw from the stunning city of Bath, and Stonehenge is less than an hour away. When we go away for short breaks in the UK we tend to head south; usually to Dorset, Cornwall, or Devon, but one place I would really love to visit is up north - Yorkshire.

The Aire Valley, Silsden  (Image Credit: M. Dobson)
I have heard wonderful things about Yorkshire, and have been tempted by all of the stunning scenic photographs shared by friends on social media. It features over 800 attractions, from world heritage sites to ruined castles and abbeys, mining museums and galleries - there is something for everyone.

Fountains Abbey, Ripon  (Image Credit: M. Dobson)
There's accommodation to suit everyone's needs, including backpackers barns, cheap hotels, countryside campsites, & self-catering townhouses. If we were taking the kids, I've heard great things about Billy-Bob's Ice Cream Parlour, which boasts a fantastic playground & undercover barn with dedicated area for smaller children away from the bustle of big kids, & where we could enjoy a delicious ice cream or food in the 50's style diner.
Bolton Abbey  (Image Credit: M. Dobson)
If we were enjoying a child-free break, I have been told that we should head into Leeds city centre where we'd be spoiled for choice with restaurants, attractions, shops, arts & culture, and nightlife - and most of the attractions are free! With museums, galleries, food & drink, shopping, and nights out where we can be entertained at a gig, cabaret, or comedy club, or even just to head out to a bar or club, I think both of our tastes would be well catered for.

Yorkshire is right at the top of my must-visit list for all of these reasons, and more. Where is top of yours?
Ilkley Moor  (Image Credit: M. Dobson)
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Before they fly the nest #Flying100

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer"

There are so many places that I want to visit that I don't even know where to start. I have a list as long as my arm of places I want to go and things I want to see, and most importantly places I want to show my children. One day they will all be grown up and going off to find their own adventures and it is so important to me to make these memories and share adventures with them now before that time comes. I have the rest of my life to see the world, I have a short space of time to see it with my kids before they fly the nest. With A being sixteen and making plans for university, those times are not far away.

One of the top places on my list was Paris and we were lucky enough to have finally made it there this Summer. The sights were breathtaking and the children were in awe of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. We rode the metro, and took them on an open top bus tour of the city and revelled in the history and beauty of gay Paree under blue skies and sunshine.


Another of my top spots is New York City. I daydream about walks through Central Park and visiting the zoo, gazing up at the Empire State building, paying our respects at Ground Zero, taking a cruise on the Staten Island ferry to soak in the sights of the Statue of Liberty & the Manhattan skyline, and watching a show on Broadway - and a visit to NYC wouldn't be complete without taking the kids to the American Museum of Natural History!

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Staying in the US, next on my list is San Francisco. Cycling across the Golden Gate bridge, taking the ferry to Alcatraz & touring the "The Rock", taking a ride on the cable cars & enjoying the spectacular city views, seeing the sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf! From what I've read, it would take weeks to see everything San Fran has to offer, but we'd do our best to cram it all in.

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But probably the number one place I want to take my children is Walt Disney World in Florida. It is a dream of mine to get it all booked up and not tell the children until the day before we leave, when I would set out the suitcases and tell them to get packing. To see their faces! I know that it will take me years to save but it would absolutely be worth every penny just for that moment. For us, it really would be the place where dreams come true.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of commercial flight, #flying100 invites you to find out more about the history of commercial aviation with a fun timeline, read stories about the future of travel, and leave your own stories in the perspectives section.

What destinations are on your travel bucket list?


This post is an entry for the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge, celebrating how flying allows us to make memories and ‘be there’, in association with #Flying100. Find out more at http://bit.ly/flying100

Monday, 20 October 2014

{Autumn Bucket List} Autumn Picnics & Woodland Walks



The sun finally came out so we grabbed our opportunity to kick through some dry leaves during a little stroll around a local wooded area where we like to walk our Chorkie, Florence. Vita Coco Kids asked us to share a favourite spot for a picnic, and this place is lovely as it's just down the road from our house - Florence loves to run around the trees looking for squirrels! With the weather in our favour the girls & I packed up our basket & headed off to sit in the sunshine while Flo had a run around and got some exercise.


E had her favourite - cream cheese mini bagels and a fruit & yoghurt snack, washed down with a carton of Vita Coco Kids apple & blackcurrant natural fruit-flavoured coconut water. Vita Coco Kids are free from colourings and preservatives, and are not artificially sweetened. They are ideal to pack for a picnic, or in school lunch boxes. In the Summer you can even freeze them, then cut the top of the carton off and enjoy it as a refreshing ice pop!

Available in two flavours - Apple & Blackcurrant, and Mango & Pineapple - Vita Coco Kids can be purchased at Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Ocado, Amazon, Holland & Barrett, Whole Foods, and Planet Organic, as well as some speciality and health stores, and other independents.

 

Just because the Summer has passed by, it doesn't mean we can't all still get out and enjoy a picnic. Autumn is a beautiful time of year with the changing colours of the leaves, and it makes an afternoon in the great outdoors that much more enjoyable. Just remember to wrap up warm and take a blanket, perhaps a flask of soup and some bread rolls, and make the most of the sunshine and these mild Autumn days while they last.

 

Meal Plan Monday 201014


Mon 20th Oct - Honey dill chicken with rice & vegetables

Tues 21st Oct Caribbean lamb with cumin roasted sweet potatoes

Weds 22nd Oct - The kids are having pizza, as the Mister & I have been invited to Garfunkel's to preview their new Christmas menu

Thurs 23rd Oct - Cottage pie topped with root vegetable mash

Fri 24th, Sat 25th, Sun 26th Oct - We're off for a long weekend away with the kids leaving my wonderful niece in charge of the house and the dog, so the plan is - there is no plan!

I've joined in with Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky with this post
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