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  • Anne Sorry to hear you haven't been well but it does sound like you've had a festive week. I love your homemade Christmas jumper, it's so... 15 Dec
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Debs Random Writings

day out

Leaf peeping in the Leaf

If I’d managed to draw up an autumn bucket list this year, leaf peeping would have been way up high on the list. Not just stepping out of the front door and admiring our local trees. We do that every day and they really are a wonderful sight at the moment. No, I really mean heading further afield and seeing a glorious display.

So this weekend, we headed down to Stourhead, where they do it on a grand scale. We’ve been a few times.

Now, to add to the fun, we had borrowed an electric car for the weekend. To test if it would work for us country living explorers. A Leaf. You can imagine how many jokes everyone managed to fit around going in a Leaf to see leaves. It also became quite a game to see the electronic trees growing on the dashboard. These grew as their father drove more efficiently. Our on board forest peaked at 2 and a bit trees.

Fortunately for us, Stourhead had a lot more trees and they were real. Continue reading

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I-Spy in Kent (abridged, part 2)

I’m back playing author of my imaginary “I-Spy in Kent” book. I’d say there are two positives with my version of this I-Spy book. It’s a slim volume, with only 10 points to check off, so a mighty quick activity. And secondly, you can sit down with a cup of tea, wherever you are and tick off the list, just by looking at the photos.

I’ve left out the sights that can be spotted in most areas of the UK, such as road signs and petrol stations. I’m focusing on more of the features that make Kent stand out. Like last time.

With no further ado, I present items 4 to 10:

Fourth item on I-Spy list

I’m going to jump straight in with the fourth item on my list, although this one was top of the children’s list when they were doing their research before we headed to Kent this summer.

I-Spy The Shell Grotto in Margate. tick. Continue reading

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I-Spy in Kent (edition one)

(oast houses and hops growing)

We spent last week in Kent. Maybe not an obvious destination, but I had a list of sights to find. One to rival an “I-Spy in Kent”, if ever a book existed. I wanted to show the children a different part of the country and point out what made it special. I’d spent many holidays as a child, visiting relations in the county, and I wanted to share this area with my own children.

First three list items were cherry orchards, oast houses and hops growing. Not that common in Somerset.
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