Snapshot – October 2022

It’s been a while and I’ve lots to share about our adventures this year but to kick it off here’s a little snapshot post to get me back in the game. I’ll probably slot the adventures posts into where they belong chronologically too so this may not make much sense…

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Daytrips: Armagh Observatory & Planetarium

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium in Armagh City is open since 1968 but I first heard of it around five years ago and have wanted to go ever since. We finally made it in August  2022 when we spent the hottest weekend of the year in Monaghan, before the return to…

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Bumbles of Rice is Ten!

Yes, it’s ten years today since my first post was published. It was written on my couch in my “old house”, amid piles of post-holiday laundry. Back then I had two small boys who went to bed early and a husband who worked late and my blog was my evening…

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City Break with Kids in Paris – February 2022

I’ve always had a soft spot for Paris. I lived there for eight months when I was eighteen, as part of my language requirement for my degree. When I lived there I had less than no money, my job came with accommodation and pocket money pay. I made my tiny…

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Snapshot: January 2022

This January I am mostly not making resolutions. Here’s a little January update. Listening to…music practice. My daughter has recently taken up concertina and loves it so is practising loads. I’ve had very little music playing otherwise, enjoying the quietness. Watching After Life on Netflix. I avoided Ricky Gervais’ series…

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Aran Islands Daytrip from Doolin with Kids

Day trip to the Aran Islands  I’d wanted to go to the Aran Islands for years, but never quite managed it. When we stayed in Clifden a few years ago we had intended to visit but between one thing and another we didn’t get around to it. It’s too far…

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Tips for visiting Gardaland Theme Park, Lake Garda

We visited Gardaland when we stayed at Camping Bella Italia in 2019. (Read all about that trip here) There are a number of theme parks nearby, we chose to visit  Gardaland. There’s tons to do for all ages in the park, just pick the right bits for your adrenalin appetite!…

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Camping Bella Italia: Family Holiday Review and Tips

In the  summer of 2019 we finally visited Bella Italia in the Lake Garda area of Italy. I say finally as I’d been fascinated by Lake Garda and Bella Italia campsite for a few years, in part inspired by watching other bloggers’ holidays.  I’d heard that it books up fast,…

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What these real women want for Christmas 2021

Well here we are again, another year older, another year sicker of covid and masks and all those things. Another year of gift guides telling people that what we really want is fur-lined loafers and €500 eye cream. Cashmere bed socks might be the last word in luxury but there…

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