Early March Collected

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We are somehow almost halfway through March already, and although the blossom and the daffodils are blooming it still really feels like winter. I’ve not shared much that I have been up to lately, so I thought a little catch up post was in order! Our home is full of spring flowers, but it is still too cold for time in the garden or planting at the allotment. Instead we have been wrapping up warm and heading outside on mini adventures, that often seem to involve cake!

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We spent an afternoon exploring nearby Wallingford, searching out a good independent cafe, and just wandering along the pretty side streets. This is often my favourite kind of afternoon; without a plan and without organised fun, just free time to slow down and catch up with my family. I love hearing Mia and Joe’s stories from the week, and so often in the busyness of the weekday routine we miss pieces of each others news.

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Bean and Brew is a really lovely cafe in the cente of Wallingford. It looks so small from the entrance, and we were almost put off taking the buggy inside, but there was plenty of room and a whole upstairs level. It was just nicely busy, and we had almost the whole upstairs to ourselves. I can imagine spending a whole afternoon settled into one of their comfy archairs if I was visiting by myself!

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Such a beautiful old door and crumbling brick wall. I imagine there is probably a walled garden behind belonging to The Old Bakehouse.

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Our Mother’s Day was spent at the Earth Trust planting an edible bouquet of nasturtiums, pansies, soft herbs and salad leaves. Mia and Joe loved putting the compost into the pots, but other than that they had limited interest in the gardening activities. They just wanted to run and play, which is just what they usually do here, so totally understandable…even if I did end up making my own Mother’s Day gifts!

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And they made me breakfast in bed, so when the day starts like this everything else is forgiven. Mia even made the pancakes and cinnamon apples herself, with a little help from her Dad. Homemade cards, with lots of pom poms and glitter made it all pretty much perfect.

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I had a wonderful catch up with some old friends last weekend. We visited the Varsity Bar in Oxford for cocktails and cakes, and happily spent the whole afternoon just chatting away. The Varisty Bar has a roof terrace with the most amazing views over Oxford.  It’s well worth a visit if you are in Oxford, and their lemon and cranberry muffins are the best!

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I hope you have a really lovely weekend! We are planning a trip to see the lambs and baby pigs (again at the Earth Trust!) at their very popular lambing weekend.

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