Exploring The Exeter Christmas Lights

Thankfully, the small one still likes seeing Christmas lights. So after school finished on Monday, we almost couldn’t not take her for a nose around town, taking in the early Christmas atmosphere. (Whilst avoiding the late night shopping crowds).

The picture is taken from Princesshay, and its view of Exeter Cathedral.

Photalife

Going to Parke in Devon #MySundayPhoto

Parke-Devon

Inspired by the DevonDaze blog, we decided to explore somewhere a little different today.

Have you ever passed somewhere a million times, and never noticed it was there? Parke is a National Trust property that is found on the road to Hay Tor in Dartmoor. In fact if you’ve ever travelled to Hay Tor from the Exeter direction, the chances are you’ve gone past Parke.

What you’ll find nestled there between Bovey Tracey and Dartmoor is massive estate that will probably take a few visits to explore properly. And if you go, check the cafe, even the Jacket Potatoes were amazing.

Photalife

Looking On… #MySundayPhoto

Sadly last weekend was taken up with juggling being ill, and working a weekend shift at work. So the weekend wasn’t great…

… but the Friday before gave us a chance to take the small one to see some fireworks. As the display went on she seemed to grow in confidence and wanted to get closer and closer to the display, and even appeared to toy with taking her ear defenders off.

It turned out that having Daddy “help” take them off was enough to convince her to keep them on.

Flip. That almost sounds like a plot to a flippin episode of Bing.

Photalife

Looking For Food and Drink in Exeter?

Fancy a bite to eat in Exeter?

Want somewhere new to grab some food?

What about somewhere different around Exeter for a drink?

The Exeter Food and Drink Trail brings together 47 different places in and around Exeter which  – from the looks of it – could all worth checking out for inspiration. Check out the video for more information.

Check out the VisitExeter site for more information.

Personally, I’m pondering seeing if I can visit them all in turn… (If only to see if that brownie is Gluten Free)

Keeping Kids Entertained During The Holidays

Welcome to the school holidays! If you don’t have kids, this probably means an easier journey to work, if you do this probably means you, or someone else needs to come up with ways to stop the little darlings from watching nothing but Cbeebies all day long.

But what can be done to entertain kids throughout the school holidays? Well here are a few ideas to help*.

Here is our list of ways to keeping kids entertained during the school holidays…

    1. Compile a list of all the local holiday clubs. GET TO ALL OF THEM.
    2. Picnics! AKA Uncomfortable meals surrounded by bugs!
    3. Run a marble run all over your house. When it goes wrong – remember – never again watch that episode of Topsy and Tim where Joyce managed to set it up ok.
    4. Run a treasure hunt around your local supermarket. AKA Do the shopping.
    5. Take all your toilet rolls and create a 1:1 scale model of the Eiffel Tower.
    6. Go on a quest. To the local family friendly pub.
    7. Bribe the kids into helping declutter the house (Good luck)..
    8. Explore the local park. No matter what the weather!
    9. Breakout that craft box. See how much glitter stays on the paper (that you’ve laid out to catch it), versus the amount that gets spread all over the bleddin floor.
    10. When all else fails. Cbeebies. Thank you CBeebies, for being you. (Not you Bing)

Any you would add?

*Obviously “help” is a subjective concept.

DIY Daddy

Imagination At Knightshayes #MySundayPhoto

Day one of half term found us zooming up the motorway, to explore the National Trust property at Knightshayes.

Plenty for little people to explore, and for this half term they have an autumn trail, to help keep kids entertained – and to frustrate parents when they realise they didn’t pay attention to the clues at the right times!

I also took the opportunity to take the glass ball out for a play…

Photalife