191. HDYGG

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191. HDYGG

I visited family in Gloucester at the weekend and snuck round to my mum's garden to see how things are growing. I so was impressed with how much colour there is already! It was a beautiful sunny day, so good to be reminded of just how great it is to be in a garden on a hot day.

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On spending more time outdoors

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On spending more time outdoors

At the start of the year I vowed to walk every day. It was a small change that's made a big difference.

Being outdoors is one of those things that many of us know are good for us. Like reading more, spending less time online, drinking less alcohol. But it's often one of those things that gets pushed to the sidelines when we're time pushed, when actually those are the times when we need it the most.

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190. HDYGG - Exbury Garden re-opens for Spring

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190. HDYGG - Exbury Garden re-opens for Spring

Regular HDYGG-ers will know that I often share photos from local Exbury Gardens. The Gardens close over Winter and have just re-opened for 2017. Monday, when they opened was a wet and rather dreary day and truth be told I did sulk a little about that. But fortune favours the sulkers and on Tuesday I awoke to blue skies and sunshine. I knew exactly where I needed to go!

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A Guide to Exploring the New Forest with Kids

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A Guide to Exploring the New Forest with Kids

One of the great things about the New Forest is that there are so many places to walk and explore with children.  In this post I'm sharing some tips for making the most of walking in the New Forest with kids, along with some advice on motivating those who are less keen to walk!

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HDYGG 189: Visiting Mayfield Nurseries, Southampton

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HDYGG 189: Visiting Mayfield Nurseries, Southampton

We were invited to visit by our friends at Comic Relief, to see how some of the money raised by Red Nose Day is used in our local community. In previous years I've shared many stories from projects in Africa, but only 50% of money raised goes on to fund projects abroad, the other 50% is spent here in the UK supporting local charities. Did you know that wherever you live in the UK, the chances are there's a good cause within 30 miles form you that receives support from Comic Relief.

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188. HDYGG - Spring at The Hillier Gardens

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188. HDYGG - Spring at The Hillier Gardens

Blue skies! Huzzah! There have been fleeting flashes of blue skies this week and I've been loving it. True to our stereotypical Britishness 90% of my social timelines have been filled with people talking about 'loving the sunshine', accompanied by the obligatory photos of mugs of tea being held in the garden.

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187. HDYGG

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187. HDYGG

Helleborrrrrrrrres! The first pinks are showing! I must admit that I *might* have gone a little overboard on taking photos of hellebores at the weekend. Soz. (not really)

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Snowdrops at Welford Park

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Snowdrops at Welford Park

"We think the snowdrops here at Welford Park were planted by the Norman monks to decorate their Church for the feast of Candlemas, and also for medicinal use. The monks harvested snowdrops and used to rub them on the temple of people suffering from “mal au tete”. Close to the snowdrop woods we have also found wild aconitum, petasites and mistletoe all of which have strong healing properties." 

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