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days out

Our day in Chawton part one: Jane Austen’s House

I have long been a fan of Jane Austen’s novels and remember my grandparents visiting her home three decades ago and bringing me a gift. The Hampshire sign near our home say ‘Jane Austen country’ but it was only last week that we finally visited her former home ourselves. We also went to St Nicholas […]

An afternoon at Shaw House, Newbury

Last weekend we went to Newbury to visit the vegan fair and we needed something to do in the afternoon and I picked Shaw House. Shaw House is a stately home situated just 5 minutes’ drive to the north of Newbury town centre. It dates from the 1500s when the Dolman family bought the property. […]

Our trip to STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon

Last Monday we celebrated our first day out of the summer holiday, later than planned due to Matthew’s self isolation. To cheer him up, we decided to go to STEAM in Swindon. We purchased tickets in advance as this is necessary as part of the Covid guidance to reduce numbers to allow social distancing. Masks […]

Hever Castle visit September 2020: history and hand sanitiser!

I last visited Hever Castle as a teenager and every time we drive past on the way to Chris’ mum I wish to go. Wishes come true! To mark the end of the summer and enjoy a final day out before school started for the kids, we visited on Saturday 5th September. Tickets for the […]

Did we complete our summer bucket list 2020?

So today, we are back at school for the first time since 20th March. How did we get on with our summer bucket list to make this summer awesome and stick two fingers up at Covid?! Visit a castle: we only completed this at the weekend with a trip to Hever Castle. Have a pamper […]