Rayrigg Meadows in Windermere

Rigrigg Meadows is located on the shores of Windermere, just before you get to Bowness. Its a nice walk around through woodland and waterfalls and the water edge itself. you do have to pay for car parking and it can get quite expensive in Windermere, I think it costs about £3 for 2 hours and up to £10 all day. There are also toilets in the car park but you have to pay to access those. I went here for Sunset and Sunrise on 2 separate days, the Sunset worked out pretty well, however Sunrise didn’t happen and it was…

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Camping in Seahouses – Springhill Farm

  At last, we made it on to our first camping trip, and actually survived it. We took delivery of our first folding camper at the beginning of the year but due to having no tow bar on any of our vehicles and the time of year we put off until we got some essentials sorted. Guess what came today. I can wait to go on real engish holidays. Anyone recommend any? Anywhere in the country pic.twitter.com/qxfh4DJu8X — lewis brown (@adventure_brown) January 16, 2018 So for our first trip we wanted to stay reasonably close to home just in case,…

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Family photos by a professional photographer

In our family I am usually the one behind the camera taking the photos and as a result I’m hardly ever in the images. Unless I set up my camera on a tripod, set the timer and dash back to get in the shot. It’s time consuming and doesn’t usually get the results I am looking for. When we go out for days or even go on holiday, all the photos I take are of the kids enjoying themselves or with the missus and  kids. I rarely feature in any of the photos taken on my camera. The missus takes…

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Bamburgh Castle sunset photography

I have recently been camping in Seahouses, and with the beautiful Bamburgh Castle right on my door step I needed to go and photography this wonderful structure. For those who don’t know, the castle is located in Northumberland right on the North East coast, it stands high on top of the hill overlooking the North Sea. The Castle itself ofers so many photo opportunities and from so many different angles. It is part surrounded by sand dunes which make for a good foreground. I opted to stay in the dunes from the south beach, However if you want to shoot…

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Dad tips to store your children’s toys

Both of our children already have so many toys between them and yet we still seem to be collecting more. We all do it, we’re all guilty of over purchasing to some extent, and we’re all guilty of letting all the toys stack up, both old and new, most of them getting forgotten about. We live in a throw away world nowadays and yet we sometimes find ourselves never throwing anything away. Children can have so many toys, most of which just never get regularly played with. Then what happens? They end up at the bottom of a pile never…

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The Perfect Destinations For A Scenic Getaway

The best holiday destinations are visually impressive. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing trip or an adventurous excursion, you should aim to visit somewhere that has a lot to offer in terms of natural (or even manmade) beauty. Of course, there are a lot of places that fit such a description. If you’re stuck for future travel ideas then here are some of the perfect destinations for a scenic getaway. Scotland. We’ve talked a lot about the beauty of Scotland before. The shores of Loch Long in Argyll provide a natural paradise with stunning fir tree forests and the crisp…

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The Perfect Accommodation for a Family Break

Many parents worry about travelling when their children are young. Often putting it off entirely or staying relatively close to home and avoiding long drives and air travel until their children are older. This can be a shame. Travelling with young children can be wonderful. They view the world with such innocent wonder, exploring everywhere without discrimination or fear. This can be contagious. As an adult, your sense of wonder may have been deadened slightly. Travelling with a child and their infectious excitement can bring it all back. Yes, you need to be more organised and plan a little more.…

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Rusty Rivets Lab Playset GIVEAWAY (promotional)

  I have some exciting news for you all, one being a new series of Rusty Rivets is on its way and secondly we have a fabulous giveaway just in time! I have been tasked to host a giveaway of The Rusty Rivets lab playset in Partnership with Nick Jr. The new series of Rusty Rivets airs on tv from Monday 23rd April 2018! Never heard of it?? You can watch a clip here, Rusty Rivets are from the creators of the well known Canine hero’s show; Paw Patrol and is just as gripping and fun as the six pups.…

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Summit to eat, the perfect outdoor food

How many times have you been camping, went on a hike, or even gone to a festival, and the food you take just isnt suitable or palatable once it comes to eating it? Or it just takes up far too much room in your bag? I was recently approached by Summit to Eat to take a look at their dehydrated food. It got me excited as these are the types of things that appeal to me when I go out on photography trips, but even more so now as we have just bought a folding camper and plan to have…

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Day out at Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

If your from North Yorkshire you may have heard of Birchfield Ice Cream, it is a family working farm that in recent years has grown to quite a attraction, but not yet that commercial where you avoid it like the plague! We have been coming here for quite a few years now when we visit my parents in law caravan in Ripley and love each visit.  I thought it was about time I shared this little gem with others! Every year they offer lots of different events throughout the season, but the two main events we always make sure we…

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Yuzu and Honey Hot cross buns recipe

  Apart from getting excited about the Easter Bunny visiting, oh and mini eggs, what else do you think of when it comes to Easter? Well for me it has to be traditional Hot Cross Buns! That sweet flavour of cinnamon and fruit mixed together with a good cup of tea is amazing!  So when I was asked to try make my own by Yutaka, the same company that brought you the Yutaka Noodles, I jumped at the chance. I was told they would be a little different from the normal variation we were so used to as the recipe…

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The Benefits of Travelling Alone

Travelling with your family is fantastic. It’s a great chance to bond and create shared memories; it means you’ve always got someone there next to you and it’s wonderfully good fun. Travelling with young children is different, but in many ways better. Children see the world through such innocent adventurous eyes; they just want to rush around and get stuck into everything. They can teach us a lot, and very much show us the way. But, there’s also a lot to be said for travelling alone, and if you’re not currently in a position to travel in a group or…

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Kielder Water and Forest – a place for night photography

Living in the North East of England offers so many opportunities for days out, camping trips and best of all photography opportunities. I have a collection of images that I dont always share right away and await for the right time to share them, usually when I feel like I need a boost to remind me of the amazing places we have on our doorstep to explore. If your a big Countryfile viewer like us then you may have seen the episode a couple of weeks ago showing Kielder Water. It was a good episode showing just how amazing the…

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Twiddle Ons Review

Ever heard of Sock Ons? They were designed to go over babies feet to keep their socks in place. Well the same designers have now released Twiddle Ons using the same concept but with foot finding toys attached to them. We were gifted these just at the perfect time for Elijah who has just started to roll and lift his legs up to find his feet. Chewing at his own toes has become somewhat of a new pass time to him! So i was eager to get these onto his feet to see what he thought. As you can see…

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Fix up, Look sharp – in decent pants and socks!

It seems once you are over the age of 16 years old it becomes mandatory for your parents or other family members to buy you some form of underwear or socks when it comes to birthdays or Christmas.  To be honest I can understand why they become the stable gift as pants and socks are a necessity, lets be honest, and such an easy gift to choose.  My mam has been buying me various styles and brands of boxers for many years now and if I am honest the sizes she has had to purchase have also varied greatly too! I have…

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Date Night Cinema Trip – with a baby in tow…

Me and my partner have been long standing members of the Cineworld Cinema Card. Many moons ago before we had kids we used it frequently and enjoyed seeing films nearly weekly. However since Zach came along we probably use it once or twice a month, which i guess still makes the monthly cost worthy but is a shame that we dont get to see all the films we want too. When Zach turned around two we have been taking him to see all the new kids films that have been released and he loves it. He calls it the “Big…

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Our annual Forest Holiday Trip – Ardgartan Argyll

We have been using Forest Holidays (watch my video) for around three years now and have visited three out of the nine locations across the UK. It is a place that offers luxury, peace and nature. All three of which are high on my agenda for a good holiday! We first visited in 2014 when Zach was around 12 weeks old – it was his first holiday and we loved it. So much so that we return at least once every year but mostly around twice a year – either as our family unit or with extended family.   This year…

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Escape Key – 27 seconds to spare…

If you go out and socialise quite a lot with friends it can sometimes get a little repetitive the things you do. It mostly might mean a few beverages out at the pub, food out, bowling or maybe the cinema.  Add on a few years and you may be grown up enough to have meals at each others homes or when you have kids your socialising becomes “playdates” at the latest child friendly venue. It can all get a little boring if were honest and the lure of staying in with your comfies on and a new series on Netflix…

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Date night steak recipe for two

When you think of a steak recipe, what springs to your mind? What if I was tell you to try it with cabbage and cheese? Not convinced? Does this look good? Right now you scrolled passed the image and salivated as you did – we can get to the recipe! This is something great to cook for a date night, or a special occassion. I cook this meal a lot for date night. I love steak and so does my partner so its win win! So what ingredients do you need? Steak of your choice, go to your local butchers,…

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Totally natural photography – taking photos of your kids

Ive been scrolling through a lot of images recently, both my own and online just for a bit inspiration. What I have noticed about my images compared to others is how natural they are. How I never get my son to pose for a photo, I always let him do his thing. How do I capture them? it really is easy, as long as you know your camera and you know what type of shot your looking for then you should know what settings to use, unless your using your mobile of course, by settings im presuming your using a…

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