When The Kids Just Aren’t Feeling It

for the past couple of years my love for photography has grown massively.

I love looking at other people’s styles of photography, I love seeking out places that I think would look good to take photographs of and I always have the best props to hand…my children.

I have had no formal training when it comes to photography so I’m still very much a point and shoot kind of lady and just hope that I am going to capture the image I have in my head.

The kids apart from my 14 year old don’t have a problem with my continual photo taking and to be honest don’t notice to much as I prefer to try and get pics as the play rather than staged shots.

However from time to time I do try and get some images I have to get them to work with me for.

Today however was probably not the best day to try this as they clearly were not in the mood for it and this was captured magnificently in my photos!

I got home after standing in a field of rape flowers disappointed with them not looking how I wanted, when actually they tell a really good story.

I hadn’t asked permission to be there so I was half freaking out I was going to get attacked by the farmer whilst my children gave me their best ‘natural’ poses!

All I will say is their personalities shine through immensely in these images and now I love them more than the perfect ones I had in my head…well almost!

Beetle Collecting At Mayfield Lavender

For those of you that know me will know that from the start of June I’m on tender hooks awaiting the magnificent lavender at the Mayfield Lavender fields to raise its pretty purple head.

I never fail to get excited by the sight and can visit time and time again and never get bored.

We don’t normally visit as early in the year as this, but after seeing a Facebook post inlisting the help of ‘beetle busters’ I knew I had to get over there with the boys.

The lavender is being eaten away by the greedy rosemary beetles which are listed in the top ten plant pests.

All that is required is for you to pick up a jam jar from the shop and go out on the hunt.

We didn’t have much success as number four wasn’t in the best of moods and refused to go to far into the fields today, but number five had great fun trying to capture anything he could!

I was gutted that I didn’t take a camera along today as I underestimated how pretty the fields were already.

I have to say one of my highlights was this lonely poppy peaking its red head through a sea of purple.

We had another spectacular afternoon aside from the moaning from number four and would highly recommend coming over to do some beetle hunting yourselves.

Even though we didn’t have much success the boys still got a sweet for trying hard and I treated them to an ice cream so I could sit and take in the splendid sight for that little bit longer!

Taking Five In The Poppies

After a morning of never ending housework, badly behaved children and a monumental change to our Counrty as we know it I decided to pack up a bit of lunch and take the youngest two out in the fresh air and forget about the dreadful morning I had just had.

The other day I had spotted a field of poppies not far from me that looked perfect to explore and take some photos. I adore flowers in their natural surrounding and I know I would love this as much as the lavender fields we visit several times in the summer.

I wasn’t entirely sure if we should have been in the field and the boys were not to happy with me pulling them across a huge muddy area that filled their Crocs with grit and dirt.

Once they were in they loved looking at the vibrant colours that seemed to span for miles.

I only had my phone with me unfortunatly so I think we may need another trip back with my camera very soon.


Popping Back To Find Peter Rabbit

Last year we took a trip to Limpsfield Common, Surrey to take a walk in the bluebell woods where we were over the moon to discover the wooded area was home to some magical little homes that housed Peter Rabbit and his friends.

I had caught sight of some bluebells popping their heads up over the past few weeks so decided to make a return visit today.

Number four was so excited about going and this time decided he wanted to write a letter to leave in the little post office when we got there.  It had clearly left an impression on him last year as it could recall it all perfectly.

We first came across the pretty little home of the hedgehog’s that number five was most taken with.


We didn’t stop here for long as number four had a firm grip on his letter that he was eager to leave for Peter Rabbit.


We made our way through the delicate bluebells in search of more of the miniature houses that the children so love.

The bluebell weren’t so abundant this year but I’m not sure if we were a little early.

Number four caught sight of the tiny post office and made a beeline straight for it.

He placed his letter inside and both the boys had a little cuddle with Peter Rabbit.  There was more than a little strop when number five realised he couldn’t take it home with him!

Strop dealt with they made their way over to a large area that was covered with felled trees.  They love nothing more than clambering on tree trunks and picking up sticks so this was perfect.

We finished off our trip with a swing on the newly added ‘Squirell Nutkin’ tree swing.  It is in such a tranquil spot  I could have sat there all day.

Everything about this place is simply stunning and well worth a visit with or without the bluebells.


Fairy And Snowdrop Hunting At Gatton Park

If any of you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you will have noticed by now that I’m a real lover of Spring flowers.  They signify the start of warmer weather and bring a welcome display of colour after the gloomy months we have post Christmas.

One of the best places to go and see the snowdrops raising their pretty heads is Gatton Park in Reigate.  On the first Sunday of every month they open the doors and allow visitors to come and explore the beautiful park and gardens.

  
At this time of year the immaculate gardens are littered with snowdrops and are a real sight to see.

   
   
The children love investigating the winding pathways and uneven staircases. Number five loved the pretty pond that could be crossed by stepping on the stones.

   
 
Inside the house you can grab yourself a cup of tea whist the children colour or make a snowdrop card as a memento of their day.

   

  

 

Our last trip of the day was down to the play trail where the children climbed poles, made music on the wooden instruments, jumped aboard the tractor and most importantly tried to wake the fairies at their cute little house.

   
    
 
 

We spent several hours over there exploring everything the wonderful house and gardens has to offer and I’m keen to come back and try out their toddler afternoons with he youngest two!

   
   
  

Wicked Wednesday’s:No More Photos

When we turned up to Priory Farm in Nutfield the other day I was so exited to see the field full of sunflowers.  I knew I was going to have loads of great photo opurtunities, well that’s what I thought as number five was not so keen on the idea!