As much as I love spending so much time in the van, sometimes you need your creature comforts around you to make you feel at home. These slippers are perfect for that. Whatever the weather; fresh out of the sea or wind blown up a mountain - these beauties warm me up a treat. See the full range at Women’s Sheepskin Slippers
We have just come back from a wonderful long weekend of Norse fun at the Jorvik Viking Festival in York. Thor did not bring any thunder… I am not sure if that means he was happy or sad? I for one was very happy with the sun beaming down and the lack of raging storms. The whole event was brilliant. If you have even the slightest interest in vikings (or the amazing History Channel’s series) I would recommend you go. Also, if like me you have a thing for grubby, long haired sweaty men with a penchant for natural fibres you will be in heaven….or valhalla!
The Norse warriors are re-staking their claim on York with a mammoth Viking Festival this week. The whole city comes under Viking reign with encampments, a parade, feasts, sword fighting, mead, folk music, storytelling, shows, crafts, markets and more.
There is a Viking strong man competition along with best beard contest but the spotlight this year will be on warrior women. All this is culminating with a battle spectacular on Saturday night.
I don’t think I have ever stayed anywhere like the Jam Hotel before……and it was just as much fun as it looks! I would go so far as to say I felt pretty hip staying there (I realise just by using the word ‘hip’ I have become instantly un-hip!!).
When you think of places to fill a child with glee Brussels may not come to mind first. However, the combination of chocolates, waffles, chips, comic books, the birthplace of Jean-Claude Van Damme and a statue of a small boy weeing may change your mind! There is also the bonus of it being perfectly acceptable to say ‘Manneken pis’ as many times as possible without anyone being able to tell you off!
Dear Eurostar cleaning staff,
I am writing this to wholeheartedly apologise for making your life more difficult on Sunday evening.
I travelled home on the Eurostar from Brussels to London on Sunday evening after saying goodbye to my husband who is working abroad. I then proceeded to board the Eurostar on my own with my three young children in tow.
In early February on a grey rainy afternoon we found ourselves trudging through the forest looking for a huge den to accommodate all 9 of us along with my (rather heavy) cast iron fondue set. This adventure is best not to be taken too seriously - you don’t want to go far carrying a cast iron fondue set and there is always the threat of the meths spilling out everywhere - but the hot bubbling reward at the end is worth it!
If you want to thoroughly wear your children out take them to National Trusts Anglesey Abbey. To keep them occupied there is a 2-story tree house, woodland xylophone, secret garden, willow tunnel, discovery cabin to route around in, hammocks to lounge in, fortresses to protect, hay bales to run on and a dream dome for you to contemplate why you haven’t got quite as much energy as these little people! That’s all just in Hoe fen - then there is the rest of the gardens, the house, the mill and the restaurant.
This 16th Century Manor House is the boys favourite National Trust property. The interior was created by a collaboration between the National Trust and the BBC to reflect the house’s use through the ages. This is not a great spot for a Heritage purist, but if you are a little person who likes dressing up, playing chef and climbing in four poster beds, then it is the stuff dreams are made of.
If you ever find yourself unsuccessfully trying to persuade your little people out the door into the great outdoors, you may need some geocaching in your life! Treasure hunting, orienteering, a secret quest and scampering around in the leaves with the thrill of the find around the corner – what’s not to like?