October half term in South Devon

With glorious autumn colours against the dramatic coastline and crisp brisk autumn weather, October half term is a fantastic time to visit stunning South Devon on a family break.

Dawlish on the South Devon coastAnd there are some great local events to entertain kids along with the usual attractions – from foodie delights to spooky celebrations. Here are a few of the best to try this October half term in South Devon. Continue reading

London Transport Museum depot open day

In a fairly unassuming shed, not far from Acton Town station hides a treasure trove. A very specific treasure trove.

Because this is the London Transport Museum depot, housing over 370,000 objects stretching back for almost 200 years. Tickets, trains, trams, buses, signs, machines, antique phones: all parked and piled a few minutes from one of London’s busiest roads.

Open day at the London Transport Museum Acton depotAnd twice a year, usually in March and September, this incredible store opens to the public. It’s trainspotter (and bus/tram-spotter) heaven – as well as a preschooler’s dream. 
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Countdown to Antigua

I do wonder sometimes how much Minnie will remember of all the trips we’ve been taking – but there’s certainly plenty to choose from in her three years of memories.

Because we’re off on her 13th overseas trip soon… and her third to the Caribbean. It took me more than three decades to achieve that!

antigua- elite-verandah-resort-beachI’m joining two other bloggers, Susanna from A Modern Mother and Jen from Jenography, making up the Elite Island Family Blogathon. Three families, two islands, over one month. And I’m taking the first of the three trips, heading to Antigua!
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Behind the scenes at the London Transport Museum: Acton depot

It’s been a busy day today – London Transport Museum’s depot in Acton, west London, has had one of its rare open days today.

So Minnie and I, along with two friends, their three-year-old and seven-week-old baby (I think I was still gearing up for walks in the park when she was seven weeks. In awe.) headed down to check it all out.

Girl in front of vintage sign at the London Transport Museum depot in Acton west LondonThere’s a full post still to come but if you happen to be in the area, you can still visit tomorrow as the next one is unlikely to take place before next March. Around 370,000 objects are stored there, including vehicles dating back over 100 years plus some of the design classics from the sign collection. Here’s a brief taste…

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Manatees at South Florida museum, Bradenton

I’m not sure how old I was when I first came across manatees. At least my twenties, I’m sure. After all, it’s not as if you find them everywhere in the UK (cat, dog, cow, sheep, manatee. Er).

But thanks to the faintly surreal Sarah & Duck on Cbeebies, one of my daughter’s favourite shows, she’s known about and been fascinated by ‘sea cows’ for ages. Who says kids’ TV isn’t educational.

Snooty the manatee at South Florida Museum, Bradenton on Florida's Gulf CoastSo I’d guessed one of the highlights of our trip to Florida’s Gulf coast would be seeing manatees at South Florida museum in Bradenton city. Not any old manatees either, this was a chance to meet Snooty – the oldest manatee living in captivity. Continue reading