The Discovery Trail at Haldon has long been a favourite of ours and has always been popular with many due to its surfaced, reasonably flat paths, great views and play provisions en route. There are wooden musical instruments, benches, viewing platforms, dens and huts, all of which mean little legs can be encouraged to get … Continue reading The Discovery Trail – Haldon
'I saw you Mummy, lifting your arms up as you clapped,' said the 5 year old. 'Yes, I saw you, your eyes were shining Mum,' added the 7 year old, in a querying tone. They were absolutely right. I was there, at the end of their dance show, clapping and cheering and raising my arms in … Continue reading Dance Show Digressions
Such a busy week! As the end of term hurtles closer, so life speeds up and days expand to fit in all the extra activities planned by school and extracurricular clubs. The girls have worked for nearly 2 years towards a dance show that reached a crescendo with extra rehearsals, a dress rehearsal and 2 … Continue reading DevonDaze Diary – Ballet, Bras and Bloggers Bowling!
Rockbeare Manor is a beautiful country house, set in stunning grounds with a pretty lake. I was first introduced to it on an Active Mums bike ride from Cranbrook, when a group of us sneaked up for a peek at their dazzling daffodil display. I've since been back a few times and enjoyed their woodland bluebells … Continue reading Rockbeare Manor – a loop walk
This walk is a winner! I have a little wish list when I'm looking for new walks and it's rare to find one that ticks all the boxes. My ideal requirements are: Free/easy parking Dogs allowed Off road/traffic free Easy to extend or shorten to cater for children A loop/circular route so that you are … Continue reading A sunset saunter around Sowton
Last week was a funny one! After the blazing heatwave, the cloudy, grey mornings were a shock to the system, and the torrential rain caught me out completely. They say 'there's no such thing as bad weather - only unsuitable clothes' and goodness, did I feel unsuitably clothed a few times last week! Luckily, we … Continue reading DevonDaze Diary – a week of all weather!
The wonderful warm days that we keep having just make me want to get outside and soak it up - and the children immediately want to revisit all our favourite water holes so that they can splash and paddle while it's warm enough. One of our favourite local rivers is the Otter - there are great … Continue reading A Sunny, Splashy Spot – River Otter
I have a lot of messages from people keen to get out and explore Dartmoor but wanting a bit of inspiration and suggestions of where to go. It can be easy to think that the moor is inaccessible to those who aren't rigged out in loads of outdoors gear, or comfortable with maps and a … Continue reading Not sure about Tors – exploring the moor
The National Trust own or manage areas of countryside along the East Devon coast. They have details of a variety of walks through the area, many of which start at the main car park at Salcombe Hill. You can find the car park fairly easily by following the brown tourist signs to the Norman Lockyer … Continue reading Salcombe Hill, near Sidmouth
This Friday is National Cream Tea Day, and there are few better places to celebrate it than in our wonderful Devon. I'm very fond of a cream tea and have no strong feelings about the order of the jam and cream -maybe it's because I'm not from the South west originally? Either way, I'm happy … Continue reading National Cream Tea Day