Happy Campers

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This weekend, the Bunny family went our first camping trip. Daddy Bunny recalls lots of happy camping memories from his childhood in North America, but it never quite appealed to me. I did try to convince friends to join us on a camping trip a few years ago (I figured going with friends and other kids will make it more bearable for all) but my attempt failed and I just never bothered again.

Roll on a few years, our school PTA organised an annual family camping trip to Debden House. After much deliberation and encouragement from other mums over bottles of wine one night, we signed up and off we went, on what was predicted to be a very wet weekend. And oh my, what a joy it was. Even the weather was very kind to us and was very hot and sunny during the day. It was so joyous to watch the kids (about 30-40 families from school in our cordoned off area) having a whale of a time playing freely, parents hurdled around the BBQ, marshmallows and jokes around the bonfire, topped off with a late night organised walk around the woods which had the kids shrieking with excitement before they all crashed into their tents, fast asleep with the beautiful sounds of the raindrops falling on our tents.
It was A LOT of gear to pack for just a short trip. We had a borrowed tent, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, warm clothes, wellies and some food supplies. Not sure what we could have done without, will give that some thought before our next camping trip. Yes, there will be another one, sooner than you might think :o)

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Easter Holidays

The Easter School Holidays is in full swing over here.  What a busy period it’s been with Missy being off school, so much so that my lovely new blog hasn’t been updated all week. We stayed in London and have had such a great time, even the weather has been kind to us. With 4 days left to go, here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to so far.

In no particular order, Missy’s holiday has been peppered with playdates, sleepover, outings to the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), the Royal Air Force Museum and the cinema to watch the hilarious Mr Peabody & Sherman, (I love animations that manage to be equally engaging to both the older and younger audience, Mr Peabody did well on this and I’d recommend you see it).  We had a really fun day out with Missy’s school friends/mums visiting a local farm and playground followed by a picnic.  A friend hosted an Easter party that went down really with the 14 kids attending and the parents. I made a bunny cake for the easter party which I had reservations about but it went down well. Daddy Bunny joined the party in the evening and we found ourselves happily strolling home way past my bunnies’ bedtime. I even enjoyed a glass of Prosecco on this day and hoped JD would be okay (well, of course he was).  We had a family picnic this week wandering through the 2.46-hectare Epping Forest where Daddy Bunny and Missy fed the geese and birds my homemade bread (and where I made a mental note to get a baby carrier for JD before we venture back to the forest. The pushchair is just no match for the woodlands). My bunnies and I spent yesterday with Missy’s Godbrothers and some other friends at the beautiful country park, Trent Park, where the kids went cycling, kite-flying, went on the adventure playground before heading back to her Godbrothers’ house for another Easter egg hunt, some more games and dinner/tea.

We’ve taken a pause today but we did go to see Grandma (my mum) briefly where Missy was given even more easter eggs to add to her haul.  Naturally, as she’s not allowed to eat too many chocs and sweets, we’re giving her a helping hand (or mouth?) lol.  Throughout the hols, we have managed to keep up Missy’s reading and writing. We’re proud that she’s doing so well and she relishes the independence. We’re back on the road tomorrow and will try to provide an update on the latter part of the Easter hols for the next blog.

Havn’t downloaded pics of our camera yet but below some related clips/pics. What has been the highlight of your Easter holidays?

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I still find this glass sculpture by Dave Chihuly absolutely magnificent,

I still find this glass sculpture by Dave Chihuly absolutely magnificent.