Westbury Court Garden in June.

Westbury Court garden, near Gloucester, is the first garden that the National Trust rescued and restored. It was first laid out between 1696 and 1715 so it is a terrific example of an early garden that survived through history even when the house did not. I went there on a sunny June day and had the place almost to myself!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Sometimes Ignore Children.

Children can be really annoying. As parents we have to deal with crazy shouting, arguing, children repeatedly doing stuff they shouldn’t be and it’s all enough to drive us crazy! Being patient is tough and we are bound to get frustrated and look to discipline our children when this happens. Actually, ignoring your child when they sit on the sofa whilst covered in mud or when they make the ‘oop’ noise for the thousandth time may be more effective.

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Tricky Veggies: The 5 Most Difficult Vegetables to Grow

Growing your food is one of the simplest ways to enjoy freshly-picked and chemical free produce any time of the day. Doing so will not only save you money but more importantly, protect the environment by cutting back your home’s carbon footprint. Vegetable gardening is not as straightforward as planting seeds, watering, and waiting for them to mature into something delicious. It takes time, patience, and knowledge especially when it comes to deciding which plants to grow. Knowing which soil type is best for your plants is also important since not all of them will grow well using the same soil.

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5 Ways to be a Patient Parent.

‘I’m selfish, impatient and just a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” Marilyn Monroe.

It’s sometimes very tricky to be a patient parent isn’t it? It’s the hardest job in the world to keep calm when your child has broken a window, hasn’t slept all week or tipped pasta all over the floor! But no one ever said parenting would be easy and no one gives you a manual when your children are born. How can we be more patient as parents?

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30 days wild challenge

I’ve decided to try the 30 days Wild challenge this year. This is something that I wanted to take part in last year but found I was too busy. This year I am determined to do this even though I’m busy so will try to take a photo everyday and post it on my Instagram account. I will also post a blog post now and then to try and roundup what I’ve been up to. If you would like to take part take a look here .

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A visit to Corsham Court Gardens and Parkland.

Corsham Court is a privately owned house and gardens in the pretty little town of Corsham in Wiltshire. It is owned by the Meuthen family and has done since 1747 although the house is much older in parts. It has gardens and parklands designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown which sweep around the property and go on for 350 acres. A visit was in order to see the formal gardens, enjoy the parklands and visit the house which displays an extensive art collection. We visited on the May bank holiday but it was not busy. It’s the sort of place that you could visit for half a day and either enjoy wandering around Corsham visiting the Alms houses and school room or combine it with a visit to nearby Lacock.

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