Three days in Leeds

3 days in Leeds - Trinity Kitchen (2)

When rail ticket retailer The Trainline asked me to write a blog about what to do in Leeds, it was harder to decide what to leave out than what to put in. So much new, good stuff has arrived in the city in the last few years, and though I included genuine favourites of mine I ...

Packing a capsule holiday wardrobe

Black and white gingham cotton top from Marks and Spencer via Octer, Laura Ashley sunglasses, Alphabet Bags Explore bag

While planning our European road trip, I've been putting quite a lot of thought into packing clothes for the month-long holiday and its various climates. I don't think we'll see huge differences in the weather but whereas in Croatia and parts of Italy temperatures are usually around 21-22°C when we'll be there, it will be a ...

Our European road trip

Europe road trip | Yorkshire to London

As I've mentioned in passing a couple of times on the blog, we're planning a road trip around Europe this summer. It's safe to say we've ummed and ahhed about whether it's the right thing to do, with a baby who will be five months old when we depart. But my husband has qualified for an eight ...

How to go camping with a baby

What you need for camping with a baby

We're keen campers, and basically we usually spend as much time as possible in a tent during the summer months. So it was quite an important test for us to see how the baby would cope with camp. We've just returned from his first camping holiday - nearly a week on the Dorset coast. He was three-and-a-half ...

Our camping holiday in Dorset

South west coast walk Golden Cap to Charmouth, Dorset, England UK

We're recently back from nearly a week of camping in Dorset. You might have read about our short break in a cottage in Pateley Bridge, but this was a slightly longer holiday (five nights) that was further away and - crucially - the baby's first time in a tent. I'll write another post about how we managed ...

Things to do in and around Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales

After blogging about the cottage we stayed in on our first family 'holiday' - a few days in Pateley Bridge - I wanted to let you know about some of the things you can do in and around this pretty North Yorkshire market town. Here's what we got up to. Walking As I mentioned in ...

Our first family break in Pateley Bridge

The Gamekeeper holiday cottage, Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales. Rent from Gorgeous Cottages

Recently we went on our first family 'holiday'. It was just a few days away in Yorkshire, but still a noteworthy event. We stayed in Pateley Bridge near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, which is in Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Staying at The Gamekeeper cottage, we were not likely to forget that. Found a mile-and-a-half ...

Life lately…

walk with pram in sunshine

Of course, life lately has been mostly taken up with meeting the needs of the new little person in our lives. Last week I blogged about Sam being a month old already. As scary as it is how quickly time is passing, it's fascinating watching him grow and become more alert, responsive and playful. ...

Weekend at Oulton Hall

Review: spa weekend at Oulton Hall hotel, Leeds, West Yorkshire

My husband has never had any type of spa experience. He was even very uncomfortable having a massage from a physiotherapist after a back injury. When, in the past, I've said I thought he'd enjoy a spa day if he tried it his look told me I had a lot of persuading to do. But when I received an invitation to spend ...

Our 2016 travel plans

Travel. Planning a road trip in Italy. (800x536)

The days are getting longer and lighter, and I'm starting to remember what it's like to feel the sun on my back. Instinctively, my brain turns its attention to travel plans for 2016. I think - as I do most years - of road trips and campsites and the sea, of long, carefree days and watching the sunset. Then a little someone ...