A Half Term Adventure… and a little film!

How was your half term?
Although we were plagued with sickness for the most part, we did manage a little day out last Friday to one of our favourite National Trust properties.
It takes a lot to keep us Martins down for long. 🙂
Fresh air is the cure for most things round here. And climbing trees helps too!

We were recently contacted by the lovely people at Yuubag, to have a look at one of their kids travel bags, and we brought it with us to test out on our adventure!

Some pictures below of our day, and a little film too, if you’d like to see!

We opened our Yuubag earlier in half term week, to have a proper look at what’s inside. They are really spacious and come with lots of activities to keep kids entertained on trips and whilst travelling!

We don’t often sit down together at breakfast time – normally Mr M and I are fetching juice or making more toast! But lazy days start best with lazy brunches, so we made a big breakfast to enjoy together. Eva was on juice duty! 🙂

Gorgeous Castle Ward!  Even on a very chilly day it is still beautiful, and the snowdrops were helping convince me that Spring is nearly here (she says, whilst still bundled up in MANY layers. I was made for a warmer climate, definitely!)

Climbing trees and cream teas! My kids have some kind of homing signal to things they can climb up/on/over.  It kind of kills me to watch, as they literally have no fear.  It’s that motherly thing of wanting them to explore and have childhood experiences, versus wanting them to stay with all their bones intact, isn’t it?  Anyway, safe to say I’m getting very good at smiling and clapping on the outside, whilst having a minor panic internally!
Oh, and please meet Frankie, Noah’s Koala.  He’s been angling for a moment in the limelight for months now! 🙂

We found this pretty door and had to take a picture.  One of my favourite childhood books was ‘The Secret Garden’, and I’ve had a bit of a fascination with walled gardens ever since.  Who knows, maybe someday we’ll have our own at Little Wood, and I can take tea there, under an oak tree! 😉

And a little vlog of our day…

For those that are interested, the girls duffle coats are from Mini Boden and Noah’s is from Bonprix.
Hair accessories are from lovelylittlesandco .
Mr M’s hat and scarf are from Next. My hat is from Hush and bag from Kate Spade Saturday.

E x

**Yuubag very kindly sent us a bag to take on our adventures. It was perfect for all our drinks and snacks (and the odd Koala too!)**


  1. February 25, 2015 / 10:25 am

    Sorry you guys were sick- seems to be the half-term thing no?! Lovely video though, you guys have some great bobble hat action going on, fab! Love seeing your adventures lovely lady 🙂 xx

  2. February 25, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Gorgeous photos and video Emma and looks like a lovely family day out. We were poorly most of the last couple of weeks too and I can’t wait til spring has sprung either! I need sunshine! I can’t wait until I have older children and we can have lovely days out like this together xx #sharewithme

  3. February 25, 2015 / 10:31 am

    What a gorgeous little trip out hon, and stunning photos as always. Glad you had lots of fun xx #SWM

  4. February 25, 2015 / 10:47 am

    Lovely blog. I love your daughter’s coat. Can’t wait until a little warmer so we all can have some new adventures.

  5. February 25, 2015 / 11:19 am

    I love all your bobble hats 🙂 Your video is lovely, it looks like a fantastic place to visit #sharewithme

  6. February 25, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    Emma your videos are STUNNING and what a great half term adventure together as a family. Your three children are so beautiful and always happy and smiling I love it. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  7. February 25, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    I say this all the time but what a gorgeous family you have Emma. Castle Ward looks like a gorgeous place. I think that will be a summer visit for us for sure. Oh, and you gotta love bobble hats eh! x

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  9. February 25, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Wow, what an amazing place, and your photos are gorgeous! Absolutely love them. (: Kaye @ helloarchieblue #sharewithme

  10. February 25, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    So gorgeous Emma, what a lovely place and a beautiful family too- you are all so colourful- I love what the girls are wearing. And another beautiful video too. xx

  11. February 25, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Gorgeous pictures my lovely. You lot have the most amazing bobble hat collection!!! xxx

  12. February 25, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    Love so much about this post… love your colourful kids, love Castle Ward, love the way Annie always seems to be running to keep up with the others! So cute!xx

  13. February 26, 2015 / 3:14 am

    Secret garden fan here too, gorgeous photo! Looks like a fab family day out!!

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