backyard skate ramp

Everytime we head to the park the boys want to go to the skate ramps, not that they can skate, but they enjoy running up and down and sometimes (when not falling over and loosing a knee or elbow) also to scoot. Since we moved into our house our skater fiend friend Mick has been […]

first home grown strawberry of the year

Spring harvest With the some what changeable weather that we have had in recent weeks, we have not been in the garden as much as we would like. It has been however perfect conditions for the garden to grow, and we harvested and ate our first strawberry today.

gardening in the erm… garden

Gardening with kids One of the benefits of being back in the UK and not living in the Middle East, is that without the searing 50°C heat, we are able to grow plants and vegetables. Last summer we grew some tomatoes which the boys enjoyed planting, watering and picking. Most of the boys interest in […]

winter woodland colours

Most of the nature this Winter seems to have been of the very wet and cold variety. Trying to motivate small children to spend their afternoons on walks requires some planning, bribery or invention. Throughout the year there is a wealth of interesting things to find along our routes to keep them happy and moving, […]

sunny afternoon in the park

We are very fortunate to have lots of very good parks within a short walk or drive from our house. They each have their own unique feature that brings us back time and time again. During the winter months we need to make the most of any clear weather that we get and head out […]

muddy puddles in the common

Throughout the Summer and Autumn we went out into the woods and commons several times a week to look at the trees and plants and to get some fresh air. Since December we haven’t managed to get out too much as it seems like it has rained the whole time. With a nice break in […]

winter rock pooling

Having been rock pooling in the Summer several times, usually in the sun, but sometimes in the rain, H was keen to go rock pooling again. More often than not we both end up drenched, however this time I was a little less enthusiastic.  

a local park

Having visited most of the local parks in the area, we finally found probably the best park to visit on a sunny day. Consisting of a sunken pirate ship and a series of tree houses, in addition to the usual slide, swings and rockers, the park is based in a large green area and centres […]

Sheikhs Beach Dubai

For our last full day in Dubai we decided to spend the morning at the Sheikh’s Beach before the day got too hot. The beach is between the Palm Islands and the iconic Burj Al Arab.