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How Does Your Garden Grow

I thought I’d change it up a little this week and get some snaps of one of the local parks which has some “lovely” gardens.

Sadly when I got there post yummy picnic it all looked rather drab and sorry for itself. I’m not sure if this was how it was meant to look, or if budget cuts had something to do with it, but it all just had a neglected feel to it.

There was so little colour, weeds everywhere and just a rather forlorn look about the place.


lookiin kinda festive

Felt rather festive seeing holly and red berries around the place.



There were a few splashes of colour, but nothing like what I’d expect at this time of year.

mini yellow blooms

mini purple blooms

mini blooms


On our way out I spied this tree, the gorgeous red leaves just screamed autumn.

between trees

The boys were rather brave and went exploring up these rather spooky stairs.

spooky steps

I ended my rather disappointing stomp around the gardens even more miffed to some cheeky bugger had bought the house I’d been saving for.

Just look at this front door, don’t you want to go exploring inside!!

front door

I’m hoping next week I have a prettier post!


Camping or Glamping

Him indoors keeps threatening suggesting we go camping.

Apparently his family used to do this a lot when he was a kid, the stories he shares with me are supposed to make me want to pack up a tent, grab some marshmallows and head off in to the wilderness to ‘get back to nature’.

let's go on an adventure

But you see, stories of bags bursting open on the roof of your car as you’re speeding along the motorway to a campsite, leaving a trail of unmentionables covering window screens, sun burnt feet on the designated driver, slugs inside your tent, torrential downpours and accidentally stepping on a rabbit REALLY do not make me want to go camping.

In fact, they make me want to pack an overnight bag, book myself in to a swanky spa hotel, lock all the doors and windows and pretend the great outdoors does not exist.

Alas, I think this is one of those things that he may just win, the kids would love it and I guess I could manage roughing it for a weekend but I thought I’d make a handy list of what I’ll need hubs to buy in order for the weekend to be a success, that’s how thoughtful I am.

camping essentials

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These are just a few of the things I’d need, obviously there’s more….fluffy socks, marshmallows, coffee, sunshine, stars, log fire, warm jumpers, chocolate, umbrella…

I must admit, the idea of the shopping trips we need to go on before we can go camping has me rather excited, perhaps camping isn’t so bad after all!

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Have you been camping, what do I need to make it a ‘home away from home’?

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