A Snowdrop Story

On one of the coldest weekends this winter I dragged my little family outdoors for some snowdrop-themed exploring. Every year I find that I go a little crazy at the sight of the first springtime flowers, and even if the weather is far from spring-like we head outdoors to parks and woodland to find snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils.

Welford Park near Newbury is well-known for being the home of the Great British Bake Off, but at this time of year the famous white tent is nowhere to be seen and the grounds are completely covered by snowdrops. Along the river banks and through the woodland areas tiny green shoots and white flowers had bloomed making a gorgeous white carpet of snowdrops.

Welford only opens it’s gardens for one month of the year for visitors to come and see the snowdrops, making it extra special. The grounds used to be home to a monastry and the snowdrops were grown alongside other medicinal plants by the monks living there. Over time they have spread to cover acres of the gardens.

Joe’s little pale hands and pink nose give some idea of how cold it was when we visited Welford. Completely, can’t feel your hands or toes freezing! And yes, gloves would have been a sensible idea, unless you’re three years old and know much better than your parents. I’m just glad he gave in and wore a cosy puddlesuit!

I really love the snowdrop’s simple white flowers and gentle raindrop shape. There were so many slightly different varieties of snowdrops in the gardens, all mixed together in little clusters or gathered around the base of trees. And I learned a brand new word to add to my floral lexicon….galanthus!

It looked almost like the woods were covered in snow; such a magical sight which was beautiful in it’s own right, but also that recognition that flowers mean the end of winter, and the start of the exciting spring flower season. In the space of a few weeks the jumps from snowdrops to crocuses and then hellebores and daffodils to bluebells.

A girl and her stick…Mia and Joe appreciated the woods and the mud, even if they weren’t too interested in the snowdrops. There was a tea tent at Welford too, and they can always be persuaded to go for a walk if promised hot chocolate or cake!

Welford has just closed again for the year (I wonder whether Bake Off will be filmed here this summer now that it has left the BBC). I’m sure they will open the gardens again next spring for their snowdrop weekends and I will definitely be hoping the visit again.



Don’t Worry, BEAR Happy By Nature!

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Have you seen that BEAR nibbles are currently working with The Wildlife Trusts to help get little ones…and their little paws…outdoors! What a perfect combination of healthy living and healthy (and yummy) snacking. Mia and Joe absolutely love BEAR snacks and have recently been trying our their new paws and claws nibbles. They are prolific snackers and it can be difficult keeping all of their snack options healthy and nutritious. BEAR’s pure fruit shapes are perfect though; they love the taste, the cute colourful packaging, and of course the collectable BEAR cards!


As part of BEAR’s partnership with The Wildlife Trusts they are encouraging children to get back to nature and enjoy play outdoors. Mia and Joe enjoy lots of outside time, and we are always looking for fun new outdoors activities. They had never tried yoga before (well, not since baby yoga at 3 months old!), and I knew it was something they would love. So making the most of a sunny afternoon, we set up a yoga mat in the garden to enjoy some fresh air and stretching!


Mia was very enthusiastic, and after I had persuaded her to warm up a little, she was busy inventing her own creative yoga moves!



It was a lovely mix of yoga and dance, and could probably catch on as the next big exercise trend…perhaps! With the sun shining, and the bees buzzing on the lavender in the background, we both enjoyed a happy few hours, getting back to nature with some gentle exercise.



And afterwards of course it was time for a little snack, and a nice cold drink!


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BEAR kindly sent us several boxes of nibbles to try out for review, and a yoga mat for the little ones to enjoy! All words and opinions are my own (and my children’s)…we really think they are yummy!