A couple of weeks ago, Rick and I took the kids along with Owens best buddy Asher to Clovermead Adventure Farms for some fun before school began. Owen had been once on a field trip and thats how I found out about this place, he couldn’t stop talking about it! We aren’t originally from London and I’m still discovering fun things to do with family around the city and I have to tell you… this place is a gem!!
Owen and Asher took the lead and had a blast bouncing on the jumping pillow, racing through the mazes, timing each other climbing the rock wall and cooling off in the mist maze. Ella and I visited the animals around the farm and I wish I had captured all the expressions she had that day, she was in heaven!! She loves all animals and there were baby kittens in the barn with their mother–I completely melted! 🙂
Aside from how much effort Clovermead has put in to making this a great place for kids and their families, what I appreciated most was how easy and accessible the washroom area was. They had a great big washroom around the one side that I could easily fit my stroller in to and a seating area just outside where I had space to feed Ella and then get back to playing with the big kids. This is such a big one for me and makes such a difference for parents with little ones.
Rick’s favourite part was spending time with the Beekeeper! He was like a little child asking a million questions, he was in his element! The Bee Keeper opened up a beehive which was really interesting, and took a male bee out to show the kids what they looked like up close. BTW I thought I would be so uncomfortable being around so many bees but HONESTLY there must be something in the air where they don’t feel like bothering you, or getting too close, they must be just happy to be at the bee farm and leave you to be in peace.
On our way out, we sampled a few different varieties of honey and honey spreads before picking our favourites to take home. We had such a great experience and can’t wait to go back! We just found out they have a pumpkin festival so we will definitely be back for that, too!
To find out more about Clovermead, visit them at Clovermead.com
“Suzanne, wake up! There’s this amazing deal I found for flights to Italy!” this is what my husband said to me as he woke me up in the middle of the night from a dead sleep. We had not booked our honeymoon yet and I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to leave the kids but this was the best way to get me to say yes, to have me be half asleep and agree. 😉 In the morning that was that, we had two weeks to plan our trip to Italy.
We decided our first stop would be in Rome. We stayed there for two days exploring the streets and eating all the delicious food that we could, stopping for drinks outside of the Coliseum. That was pretty amazing, it was almost unreal drinking a beer and having the Coliseum right behind us, it was the most beautiful backdrop! We also toured around stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. On our last night in Rome, we had the pleasure of dining with a local who took us out for Gelato at Bar S Calisto. If you are in heading to Rome this fall, YOU HAVE TO GO! It was cheap and the best Gelato that I’ve ever had. My recommendation is a scoop of Chocolate, Coffee and the whipped cream they put on top–Amazing!!
The following day we took a bus to Sorrento where we would spend the rest of our trip. We stayed at a B&B called Maison Kalea that had only been open for not even a year, it was spacious and clean and new. They had beautiful tiles in the bathroom and throughout the B&B which was more like a small hotel. We had breakfast there each morning and spent our days by the beach, eating pizza & pasta and a lot of seafood. Other days we would do some shopping, exploring, and my favorite days were the days I’ll talk about next.
Capri, this was my favorite part of the trip. I could have stayed and flew in my kids, we could have lived happily ever after! Lol 🙂 It was beautiful, and less busy, it felt more relaxed. Everywhere you looked it was the most perfect view, we got the first class version of this when we got stuck on the side of a cliff…. yup…. in sandals… walking up and down these tiny brick stairs, finally making it back to the city center. When we sat down at the first hotel we saw to eat, the server looked at us, we looked at him and we all started laughing as he offered us some water, we clearly looked like we needed some! We ordered a bottle of wine and stuffed seafood pasta and took a deep breath to enjoy the view and to unwind after our impromptu hike. I looked around at this hotel and it was so comforting and elegant. The swimming pool looked over the outdoor dining area and the rest of the hotel was just as impressive. I was so happy there!
Another favorite for me would be our last day in Sorrento when we took a private boat around the Amalfi Coast, this would be another TO DO if you’re making your list for your travel. The boat cruised around the Amalfi coast stopping in the middle of the sea for us to swim. We were also served lunch and drinks before stopping in Amalfi, then in Positano where we did a little more shopping and exploring. Swimming in the Sea surrounded by so much beauty was so surreal.
As I write this and think about all of my favorite parts of our honeymoon, I have to say that the highlight of the trip was being with my husband. I’m so happy that we ended up leaving the kids with our parents and we didn’t wait to take our trip together like I had originally wanted. We had the opportunity to have date nights over and over again, he made me smile and laugh more than I ever have, and we had each others full attention. I can honestly say I fell in love with my husband all over again.
More on Italy and the wonderful food to come… 🙂