The Lakes, owls and Peppa #littleloves

The Lakes, owls and Peppa #littleloves

You might have noticed that I missed last weeks #littleloves. Well, we were away for the week and I just didn’t manage to put the post together. So this week I am sharing the things I have loved over the last two weeks. It’s been a busy two weeks too.

Last week was our half term and we had a week away in the Lake District. The first few days weren’t the best if I’m honest. E came down with hand, foot and mouth and was pretty ill for the first couple of days. We even ended up at the out of hours GP in the early hours of Monday morning. We had some pretty horrendous nights sleep and E was ill and not happy but because we were away you feel like you have to keep going especially for F. Luckily E picked up pretty quick and after a few days of staying local or only going out for a few hours, we were finally able to get out and explore fully. We made up for lost time and packed lots in. We went Gruffalo hunting in Grizedale forest, went on a Windermere lake cruise, visited Wray castle, Sizergh castle, Brockhole and walked round Derwent water. You can read more in my blog post on all our October adventures.

We got back Saturday and went straight to my friends Halloween party. We all had a fantastic time. My friend hosts the best kids parties, I should get her to guest post. The decorations were great and she had found lots of great Halloween activities and games on Pinterest. Guess who left her phone at home though so I have no photos to share. On Sunday we should have had a quiet day at home to catch up with the washing etc but I heard about a Halloween event at our local National Trust site so we went there for a few hours.

Here’s what else I’ve loved this past fortnight.


I’m still writing my post on children’s books we loved in October. It should be published on Monday. The holiday cottage we stayed in was packed with kid’s book and games/jigsaws (mostly Orchard toys which we love). F was in heaven. They had a few Winnie the witch books which I mentioned in 7 Halloween books for children. I also posted last week about the best books for babies and toddlers.


On Sunday I watched F hold an owl. Now, this might not sound a big deal but she wouldn’t even stroke one when we saw one at a similar event a few weeks back. The difference was that this time she saw her friend doing it and wanted to have a go herself. You should have seen the smile on her face while she held it. Definitely worth ignoring the housework for! I also loved watching her trick or treating. By the time I got in from work on Tuesday she was beyond excited to go out. Last year she wouldn’t say “trick or treat”. This year she started out a little timid but bless her she did say it at every house and was very excited.


Whilst on holiday I came up with the idea for a new linky. Now I’ve thought about starting my own linky for a while but I couldn’t come up with an original idea that I thought anyone would join in with. Then I came up with the idea for #bloggerpinparty which as I type this has 15 blog posts linked up in the 14 hours it’s been live. I’m really pleased (I was worried no one would join!). In case you are wondering, you’ve still got time to join in. The linky is for any blog posts relevant to families as long as there is a vertical pin in it (can be hidden). The idea of the linky is not only to get comments on your blog post but also to get it pinned on Pinterest and hopefully increase your traffic from Pinterest.

Over half term F made lots of crafts at various events we took her to. She made a Gruffalo mask and fairy wand at Grizedale forest, a paper crown and a woodland crown at Wray castle and an owl mask and a pine cone bird feeder on Sunday. She loves anything like this and if I’m honest, I do almost as much as she does.


Wellies and waterproofs. There wouldn’t be a Lake District if it didn’t rain! Thankfully though the weather improved around the same time as E started feeling better so that was a bonus.

F finally fits into this gorgeous dress that I bought her to wear last Christmas.


E saying “Peppa” whenever Peppa Pig comes on the tv. She only really says Hiya, bye, mama, dada, gandad and we think she tries to say F’s name. “Peppa” is very clear, typical second child, F had no doubt never seen Peppa Pig at 16 months!

And lastly…

I hope you all have a great weekend. I’m working tomorrow but hopefully, we’ll be out having family fun on Sunday.

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  1. November 3, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Oh yes the Lake district just wouldn’t be the same without rain, we went once in July and ended up buying full wet weather gear even down to waterproof trousers! Sorry to hear that E was poorly, it’s always difficult away from home. Have a good week #littleloves

    • Claire
      November 4, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      So true! Still beautiful in the rain though.

  2. November 4, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Sounds like you had so much fun away and so many great adventures here too. Lovely photos of Autumn fun. #littleloves

    • Claire
      November 4, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      We did. Thank you

  3. November 4, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Poor E being ill, and poor you! That pic with the canoe looks like it’s in America or Canada, so beautiful! I’ve always fancied going the the lakes. Will have to check out your new linky. Have a great week x

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Please do check out the linky. It’s open until the end of Wednesday. I know what you mean about the photo looking like Canada.

  4. November 6, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Sounds like you had a lovely week away, minus E being ill. Glad she picked up quickly though! Gorgeous pictures this week, that first one is just beautiful. So Idyllic. Have a wonderful week xx

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you. I love taking photos in the lakes.

  5. November 7, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I absolutely adore the Lake District, despite the rocky start it looks like you had a lovely time. Wray is gorgeous and it’s fabulous that you got to take part in crafty activities! Have a wonderful week x

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