Saturday, 19 April 2014

Morden Hall Park - Country Kids

During the week the boy had been asking me to go to the farm but for one reason or another we didn't get round to it so on Monday we got our bottle of water and change of clothes and set off to the farm.

Unfortunately when we arrived the farm was closed, silly mummy had forgotten that the only day we couldn't go to the farm was a Monday, it's ALWAYS closed on a Monday.  With a very disappointed little man on my hands I thought it the perfect time to go and visit Morden Hall Park.  I had been meaning to take the children there for ages so it was as good a time as any. 

We started the 20 minute walk from the farm to the park but with little man being a little on the lazy side it took us a bit longer, especially when he decided that I had to carry him.  Once there it was brilliant.  
















I took so many photos on the walk around that it was hard to choose which ones to post.  







After walking around the park for a little while I took little man to play in the natural play area.  He had such an amazing time and it was awesome to watch him playing freely in the open space.  














We loved the park so much that we returned on good Friday for the Easter trail and this time the teen princess was with us making it even more special.





Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Super Easy No Bake Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of my favourite desserts so I thought I'd have a go at making some myself.  The results were delightful and it hardly takes any time to put together.



You will need:
approx. 200g unsalted butter, melted
250g digestive biscuits
1 vanilla pod
100g icing sugar
600g philadelphia light
284ml double cream

For the topping:
25g icing sugar
500g strawberries

1. Put the biscuits into a food bag and crush with a rolling pin (I gave min a good bashing, great for taking out any frustration!) once suitably crushed add to a bowl with the melted butter and mix to ensure the butter coats the biscuits.  Place this mixture into your glasses (I also made one in a loose bottom tin as the mixture does make enough to do about 6 glasses but I only wanted 2)  leave in the fridge for about an hour to firm up.

2. Remove the vanilla seeds from one pod using the back of a knife (alternatively you can use a teaspoon of vanilla essence.)

3. Place your philadelphia, icing sugar and vanilla into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.  Add the cream and mix again.  Add this mixture to the glass. (leave to set in the fridge over night)

4. Using a food processor or blender puree 3/4 of your strawberries with 25g icing sugar and 2 tsp of water (saving the rest of the strawberries for decoration)  add this to your glass then decorate with the remaining strawberries.  Just for an extra touch I added caramel curls and there you have it!

I'm looking forward to trying some different variations as cheesecake is an awesome summer dessert.


This is the one made in a tin.  If you do make it in a tin be sure to grease the tin and add lining paper so you can take it out easily.




A Favourite Place

I don't have a favourite place as such, anywhere I can be with my family and feel happy is a nice place to be.  

I especially love being around nature.  I like to hear the birds sing, watch the squirrels play, see the ducks legs move frantically in the water as they glide seemingly effortlessly across it.  I love to watch the dogs being walked and I love to smell nature all year round.

I love to visit somewhere new, to have the adrenaline rush of exploring somewhere I've never been before.  I love to find hidden treasures in the heart of busy towns and to pick up stones that hold memories for years to come.

Most of all I love the feeling of peace I get from walking among the trees  and the rivers, the miracles given to us to have that little bit of heaven in our lives.

I'm linking up with Tara at 'The Gallery', head over and check out some more favourite places.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Pocket Full of Poetry

"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility." William Wordsworth

Poetry has always had me in it's nest like a hatchling, left me calling out for more of it's bitter nourishment, sometimes leaving me fulfilled and other times leaving me confused and wanting more.  



My mother taught me to recite nursery rhymes at the age of 2 and by the age of 8 she had me reciting Wordsworth word for word with animation.  Studying creative writing at university encouraged me to further explore style and form.  As such my love of poetry both reading it and writing it turned into a passion.  I have been planning to launch a page on my blog dedicated to poets new and old who want a different audience and a platform to share their poetry.

For me it is a way of discovering talent  I may not have come across. 

Poems can be submitted in either written or spoken form (through video) and can be anonymous or submitted with a short profile. Poets wishing to submit poetry should email me at gailannhouston1@gmail.com

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Country Kids

Being in London there is of course always lots to do but being in London also means that doing things often costs a lot more.  This week I decided to treat the children to a movie.  We hadn't seen Frozen, even though it's been in the cinema for ages, so we got up early and got kids AM tickets.  The film was brilliant but after being sat in a dark cinema on such a beautiful day the children were begging for a run around and some fresh air.

We went to a local park that has been regenerated in the last couple of years.  I remembered enjoying this park as a child, watching the ducks on the river and and playing on the swing but it was nothing like it is today.  The park was buzzing with people.  There were the dog walkers, the skateboarders, the families, the ladies who lunch, the footballers and the small groups of teens but still enough space to be alone if you wanted to be.  It was lovely.

The best thing about it for me was the giant sand pit filled with children playing, who needs the beach when you have one of those?  Unfortunately both my phone and camera batteries were dead and having to rely on the teen to send me the photos has not worked out to my advantage as she's away from home and has drip fed me the photos bit by bit meaning I don't have the ones I want the most.  But here are the few she did send...






It's great when you can make your children feel like champions


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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