The bluebells’ hour at Emmets Garden

It’s that time of the year when lots of charming woods and gardens turn blue. It’s the bluebells season and the sight of those flowers fills me with joy.

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After the snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils I am always delighted to see a new change of colours and the arrival of longer and milder days.

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10 family friendly places to enjoy in London

I initially wrote this blog post for a fellow blogger’s blog but I thought time had come for me to post on my own blog the updated version.

I love exploring, it probably comes from my own parents who were great at exposing us to a variety of places and taking us on various trips in France and abroad. Since moving to England more than 10 years ago I have done my fair share of exploring. Now, as a mum of 3 I am delighted to share with you my favourite family friends spots in London.

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Wether you are a mum/dad, an auntie/uncle or a grandparent, I can guaranty you will find a nice place to visit in this list. They have all been tested and approved by myself and I’m picky;)

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Beautiful autumnal colours in Buckinghamshire/Les belles couleurs automnales anglaises

🇬🇧 I love the fact that in Europe we have 4 seasons. I know, I know what you are all going to say with climate change (and the dreadful global warming) those seasons get slightly jumbled up and we sometimes have really mild winter to end up having cold Spring etc. However, you cannot miss autumn whether it’s cold or mild, with all the leaves taking yellow, orange, brown and red colours, the whole scenery changes and give you a beautiful array of shades. In this post I want to share with you a great little spot we visited the place for the first time at the weekend and where the autumn colours were incredible!

🇫🇷 J’adore le fait qu’en Europe nous avons encore 4 saisons. Ok, ok, je sais exactement ce que vous allez me dire, avec le réchauffement climatique, lesdites saisons sont parfois pour le moins confuses avec des mois d’hiver ultra doux et des printemps caillants! Toutefois il est difficile de se tromper avec l’automne car avec le changement de couleurs des feuilles et leur chute, c’est un vrai spectacle que nous donne Mere Nature! Dans cette publication j’ai envie de partager avec vous ma découverte pour une charmant petit coin que nous avons visité pour la premiere fois le weekend dernier et ou les couleurs automnales étaient fabuleuses!

Autumn colours in the UK

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A glorious late summer day at Hughenden Manor/Une superbe journée de fin d’été au Manoir de Hughenden

🇬🇧 We were in the UK for the last bank holiday of the summer and just decided to really make the most of it. Living in a 2 bedroom flat as a family of 5 has got at least one good thing: it encourages us to be out and explore as often as we can. We decided to head out for the day and have a pic-nic at the beautiful Hughenden Manor.

🇫🇷 Nous étions en Angleterre pour le dernier weekend de 3 jours du mois d’Aout et avec la météo qui nous était annoncé il nous fallait en profiter. Bien évidemment habiter a 5 dans un appartement est un élément supplémentaire  qui nous motive pour bouger et partir faire des petites excursions en famille!

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A fun family day in Alice Holt forest/Superbe journée dans la foret d’Alice Holt

Last bank holiday in the UK (End of August), back from our holiday in France but still willing to be as much outdoor as possible, I planned a fun day out in a forrest just 1h away from London. My fellow mum and friend Claire had mentioned to me this forest called Alice Holt and we had not had a chance to visit it earlier. Our bank holiday was calling for us to be out and explore.  Let me tell you all about Alice Holt!

Alice's holt forrest entrance

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Enjoying my local area/Profitons de nos quartiers

🇬🇧 It’s always so tempting to head to exotic places and only get excited at the sight of new amazing sites. I love travelling with an enormous passion but I think it’s important not to take for granted what we have got, sometimes on our doorstep.

That said, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to head to one of my local Farmers’ markets. The market is situated in Barnes, a very charming part of London (south west). The Farmers’ market is more a group of gourmet and delicatessen sellers but good fun nonetheless. I wanted to practise my photography more, capture colourful scenes and I was not disappointed.

I made my way from our place on foot keen to enjoy a good stroll and look around me. I love all those colourful doors in the UK, it really brightens the landscape, especially since the weather is not always that good. All the roses seem in bloom so it’s a nice sight all around.

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50 shades of pink/Variations en rose

🇬🇧 It’s that time of the year when this little pocket in the heart of Richmond Park in London – the Isabella Plantation – becomes a very very special place. A sight that I have seen nowhere else. Basically the place becomes a flowers paradise where all shades of pink can be spotted! It’s simply stunning.

🇫🇷 C’est l’époque de l’année ou cette petite enclave dans le coeur du parc de Richmond – la ‘The Isabella Plantation’ – située en proche banlieue londonienne (sud-ouest de la capitale) se transforme en un lieu enchanteur ou se mêlent mille et une variations de rose. Les azalées sont en fleur et ce lieu devient totalement magique, c’est vraiment grandiose!

Isabella Plantation, pond, azaleas

 

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Chinese Lanterns Festival/Les festival des lanternes chinoises

A mostly photography based post for today and on a Monday for a change as I just wouldn’t want you to miss on a cool event: The UK’s first Chinese Lantern festival taking place at Chiswick House and Gardens. I spotted it a while ago on Facebook and completely forgot about it until I got an email from my son’s teacher (they are currently studying China and the Chinese New Year at school) who reminded me just in time about it!

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