Every year a wonderful house in the pretty village of Chipstead in Surrey opens its grounds to allow the local flower show and fun run to take place.
This is always a favourite for our family as it feels like a step back in time with a traditional brass band, coconut shys, cream teas and Pimms tent.
We took a wonder around the gardens of the owners grand home and had a look at his collection of exquisite classic cars that number four wanted to have a drive in!
Next stop was a jump around on the bouncy castle, trying our hand at the tombola, a successful throw on the coconut shy and some cupcake making.
We had a pit stop and endulged in a scrummy cream tea whist listening to the fabulous brass band.
It really feels like you are on the set of something like the ‘Darling Buds Of May’.
There are lots of games and shows put on in the centre of the main field and plenty of stalls selling lovingly handcrafted goods, flowers and lots of yummy food.
We saved the show tent until last and left the little ones outside with my Dad so I could have a good look around without the worry of one of them destroying someone’s entry that they would have put so much time and effort into.
My Mum was a keen flower arranger many years ago and I am really getting into photography do next year we are thinking about entering ourselves!!
With five children to care for surely routine should be my top priority you would think. Well not in this house!
Don’t get me wrong when I’m rushing around first thing in the morning trying to iron uniform and find shoes I really wish I was more organised.
There have been so many occasions that I’ve had the radiator on in the blistering heat to try and get clothes dry that are needed, I’m constantly running back to the school with forgotten PE kits and school lunches, we are always running out of milk and cereal as I never remember what I need on the weekly shop.
But what are the children going to remember? Their perfectly packed PE kit or a last minute trip to the park, a beautifully scrubbed kitchen floor or a messy craft session, an empty washing bin or helping out making their favourite dinner.
Life passes us by so quickly and I would much rather be remember as a scatty Mum with a dirty kitchen floor and overflowing washing bin that tried to fill each an everyday with something fun than the other way round!
What is family life like for you? Do you find routine makes your life easier?
All winter long we are dreaming of sunshine filled days and long balmy evenings; then bam the sun comes out in full force and we complain about how hot it is!!
All jokes aside with this mini heatwave hitting us this week we all need to keep our little ones safe in the sun.
- Before leaving the house make sure that you keep the curtains closed to keep the sun out and the house a little cooler.
- Ensure that everyone has adequate suncream on and it is applied regularly.
- If possible invest in some UV protective clothing for your little ones so they can run around to their hearts content.
- Try to keep in the shade as much as possible; especially during 12-3 as this is the hottest time of day.
- If you have little ones in buggies then I would really strongly advice investing in a Snoozeshade. They give complete coverage from the sun, unlike those useless parasols you can buy.
- Hydration is key! It is so easy to become dehydrated so make sure you drink at regular intervals. It’s a good idea to pop some bottles of water into the freezer so they can defrost during the day. And who dosent love an ice lolly? These are a guaranteed way to get some fluid into your littlies.
- My little one came home with some sweat bands today and I decided to make them wet before putting them on to keep him cool.
- A paddling pool or a washing up bowl full of water to play in is one of the best ways to keep cool. Or fill up some water balloons and guns and all have a great big water fight!
- If you are breastfeeding make sure you offer your baby to the breast more as this will quench their thirst and no other water will need to be given.
- A nappy and vest is sufficient for them to wear in bed as we all now how horrible it is to be to hot at night.
- Keep an eye out for the warning signs of dehydration. Less at nappies, sunken fontinelle in babies, lethargy and yellow urine.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun!! We get such a short amount of beautiful sunshine in the UK that we need to make the most of it whilst it is here.