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At the ripe old age of five POD has adopted a love for all things pretty but she adores the great outdoors just as much. Whether it be climbing trees, rolling down hills or making potions for fairies, being outside is definitely a happy place. POD isn’t put off by the weather either, she said recently she loves the rain as she can jump in muddy puddles – a tell tale sign that she loves to get messy!
If you’re a regular here, you’ll know we love tennis. Both myself and The POD Father played regularly before POD came along in 2010. Last year we got to dust down our rackets after a five year hiatus, largely thanks to Mark Warner Holidays, and POD even had a go herself. On the back of the Aegon GB Davis Cup win, the LTA has recently been giving away free six week tennis courses as part of their #TennisForKids initiative. We’ve loved being part of this campaign with BritMums and we’ll be writing about it very soon. POD’s relished the four lessons she’s had thus far so the first Great British Tennis Weekend couldn’t have come at a better time.
Having recently visited the glorious Hatchlands Park to see the bluebells, we were back to show POD their swanky new treehouse. Managed by the National Trust, Hatchlands Park is a superb place for families especially. As well as the mansion, there’s more green space than you can shake a stick at, lots of trees to climb and an adventure play area. Oh and at this time of year bluebells too.
It doesn’t seem five minutes since we were in Ghent but the weeks seem to be flying by at the moment don’t they? We’ve travelled to Belgium a few times now but this was the first time we’d visited Ghent. Seen as one of Europe’s best kept secrets, it has many medieval landmarks lining it’s mostly traffic free streets.
There are a number of places that are great for bluebells at this time of year. Although we’re a little bit spoilt in Surrey, our favourite has to be Hatchlands Park. Managed by the National Trust and located a stones throw away from Guildford, it’s somewhere we head to regularly. While we mostly visit as a family, on this occasion it was brilliant to meet up with a couple of my favourite people, Mummy Barrow and HPMcQ.
I distinctly remember wandering round JoJo Maman Bebe while I was pregnant. It was refreshing to find a shop that offered a choice of beautifully tailored designs rather than a plethora of pale pink and glitter. We purchased a sleepsuit that day and some other bits as we didn’t know whether POD would be a boy or a girl at that stage. A few weeks after her Christmas Day arrival in 2010, we were back at JoJo Maman Bebe and we’ve shopped there regularly ever since.
Moving from the big smoke to Surrey in 2010 is one of the best decisions we ever made. POD arrived on Christmas Day that year and she’s grown up enjoying the outdoors whatever the weather. She always says she loves it when it rains as she can jump in muddy puddles and catch raindrops on her tongue.
It’s raining and I’m finding it increasingly distracting. It’s not particularly noisy but something has caught my eye outside and I can’t help but look. What I’m excited about is a bush. A bush outside the patio window adorned with purple berries. Like glistening jewels, each berry is momentarily encased by a raindrop before it falls to the ground. What I see however is one berry and a raindrop on the cusp of being separated. That’s what I want to capture, the very thought giving me butterflies and sending me outside.
If you asked me what my favourite programmes were as a child, The Clangers would definitely be up there. Originally broadcast back in the Seventies, it told the story of a family of murine creatures that lived inside a hollow planet. The Clangers consist of Mother Clanger, Major Clanger, Granny Clanger, Tiny Clanger and Small Clanger. Other planet inhabitants included the Froglets, a trio of orange aliens, the scrap metal Iron Chicken, the blue cow-like Sky Moos plus the Soup Dragon and her baby. Speaking only in whistles, they ate green soup, provided by the soup dragon, and blue string pudding!