A Trip to Bakewell, Derbyshire – Home of the Bakewell Tart

When we stayed at Darwin Forest we realised that Bakewell was pretty close by and so made a trip there to buy a Bakewell Tart. We love this sort of impromptu trip, feeling like real tourists and exploring somewhere new – all in aid of sweet treats! Bakewell was absolutely beautiful and you could tell it was mainly a tourist town. There were shops selling Bakewell Tarts wherever you looked…

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Festive Bakewell Tart Recipe

A Bakewell Tart is such a classic recipe that I thought I’d try it with a festive twist using Christmas jam for a lovely festive twist with this Festive Bakewell Tart. If you’d rather, you can use normal jam for a classic bake. Do I have to make my own pastry for the Festive Bakewell Tart? You can make your own pastry case for this recipe but I like to…

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Me & Mine {January 2019}

This month has been a really lovely month for us as a family. I usually don’t like January and I would go so far as to say that January is usually my least favourite month. But this January has been so different. I think because we organised a break away to Darwin Forest at the start of the month, making the most of an extra inset day, we started the…

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Liked & Loved {January 2019}

This time each month I share the things that we’ve been loving throughout the last few weeks. So here is what we’ve loved in January: Reading This has been such a lovely month and it’s one where I have got back into reading. I’ve read five books this month and the one that has really stayed with me is How To Be Happy. This book really made me realise that…

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A Family Weekend at Darwin Forest – Luxury Lodge Holidays

As the children had an inset day at school at the start of January, we took advantage of the last weekend of the Christmas holidays and stretched out our time together with a brilliant self catering family weekend in Derbyshire at Darwin Forest. Our drive to rural Derbyshire brought us to the outskirts of the Peak District, home of Darwin Forest. We were immediately impressed as soon as we drove…

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Gifts the Whole Family Can Enjoy

At this time of year we always like to think of gifts that we can all enjoy together as a family – or that we can gift to other families for them to enjoy together. So here are a few ideas of great family gifts this Christmas. Games Games are always a favourite in our house and you can’t beat classic Monopoly as a great family gift idea. But, if…

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Afternoon Tea at Moggerhanger Park, Bedfordshire Review

Last week we were invited to have afternoon tea at Moggerhanger Park in Bedfordshire. It tied in nicely with a spa break Lucy and I were going on and if there’s one thing we both love it’s afternoon tea, a chance to relax and a nice stately home. Moggerhanger Park is a Grade 1 listed Georgian house set in acres of parkland and woods. It’s the most complete surviving example of…

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