Me & Mine Project {April 18}

So just like that we're into May already!  The boys were in Italy for their Easter Holiday the first two weeks of April and the last two weeks have flown by because we have been back to school runs and normal routine.  If you read my Siblings Project post for April you'll know that it was tough for us being apart for so long even though we knew the boys were having a great time and were well looked after. It was amazing to be reunited though and to have them back home.

Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory – A Half-Term Day Out

We had three days together just me and the boys and one with something already planned so when it came to Monday evening I was scouring the internet to find a cheap local day out for us as I knew the weather was going to be quite good the next day.  I found out about the snowdrop gardens and woodland walk at Hodsock Priory near Blyth, North Nottinghamshire, just off the A1 between Worksop and Doncaster, so decided to head there for a look around and some fresh air.

Breakfast at Bill’s Nottingham

Bill's in Nottingham is in a beautiful building. It used to be a bank. The ceilings are high but it feels quite cozy at the same time with sofa benches and velvet cushions on the wooden chairs.  There were a few people in the restaurant at 10am but it was fairly quiet which was great for us as we got served immediately.  There is a separate children's menu and the portions for the boys were great.

Hello Spring! – Family time at Gedling Country Park

Gedling Country Park was an old colliery and was officially opened after paths were installed for walking and cycling in 2015.  The playground was added in autumn last year and the boys love it.  There is a large area for toddlers with a sand pit, floor trampoline, swings, slide and a roundabout and then another large area for older children with swings, two slides and a climbing frame among other things.  The boys favourite is the zip wire.  There are also picnic benches so you can take food to eat.

Half Term Breakfast at The Pudding Pantry, Nottingham

This was the fourth time visiting the Pudding Pantry for me, third for the boys.  When we really enjoy going somewhere, we go back again and again and we always order the same thing!  I know we should probably try something different but I think we like to stick with what we've had before and know we love!  The staff are so friendly, the service is fast and the food (and drink) really is delicious. 

A half-term trip to Jamie’s Italian

The Nottingham restaurant is set in a beautiful old building which was actually a merchant's townhouse and has three floors including the cellar which houses the toilets which have been done up with period features.  We were sat at a round table for 8 people in a semi-private room off one of the main rooms.  This was great for the kids as it meant that when they had finished eating they could get up and walk around without bothering other people eating.