Summer 2014 Bucket List

School is nearly out for the summer and it is time to make some plans!

Summer 2014 Bucket List // 76sunflowers
Last year we made our first Summer Bucket List and crammed it with a mountain of things to do - maybe a few too many!?
Armed with our glittery card we set to work making this year's poster. We went for a pictorial look this time to represent our wishes and ended up with far less on the list than last year - some of which are already planned so cheating a little bit there! We still have a bit of a challenge though to make sure the rest of the things happen.
Maybe this time we will tick them all off.
Watch this space!
Summer 2014 Bucket List // 76sunflowers

What's on your 'to do' list this summer?

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365 #29 {Sun & rain}

British summer showed its true colours this week.
Glorious sunny days, cloudy days when I still managed to get sunburnt and then the rain.
Boy oh boy did it rain.

365 #29

Project 365 day 194 - Smoothies // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 196 - Presents // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 196 - Cake // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 197 - Bandstand // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 198 - Loom bands // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 199 - Sunflowers // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 200 - Saltwaters in the rain // 76sunflowers
Day 194
A new recent purchase is assisting me in my consumption of fruit and is producing some rather delicious smoothies. I need to get my hand on a juicer now.
Day 195
Presents wrapped for the soon to be eight year old.
Day 196
Eight today! Apparently the age to develop teenage attitude already. Fun.
Day 197
A bit of cloud, drizzle and apparently sunshine as I managed to get sunburn on a picnic in the park with our September school starters.
Day 198
Illness hit me today so I spent the day recuperating and when the children came back from school we did a bit of looming.
Day 199
Still not right today so no work. I got some fresh air in the garden and couldn't believe how overgrown it is. One lone surviving sunflower was standing tall and proud.
Day 200
The rain came back today, a hangover from the past two night's storms, and I realised just how great Saltwater sandals are in this weather.
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365 #28 {Counting the days}

I am ready for the summer holidays now.
The kiddies are ready for the summer holidays now.
We all just need to stop for a bit and have one big lie in.
Just hope the sun keeps on shining.

365 #28

Project 365 day 187 - Sunday sun // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 188 - Blogging // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 189 - Sunflowers // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 190 - #postcircle // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 191 - Passports // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 192 - Mr Happy tea cup // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 193 - Alliums // 76sunflowers

Day 187
Gorgeous weather again for a Sunday. Once the weekend chores were done I sat in the garden with a cup of Earl Grey and a magazine. The children left me to it. Thankfully.
Day 188
Some blogging catching up to do today. Camp Bestival posts published. Now I need to get planning.
Day 189
The sunflowers and wildflowers at the bottom of the garden are really coming on now.
Day 190
Another reminder to catch up with some #postcircle mail. A lovely postcard came through the letterbox today.
Day 191
Finally the passports arrived following a few phone calls, errors by the post office and a bit of worry. Today they landed safely on my doormat today.
Day 192
This mug always makes me chuckle and it was a nice Happy Friday snap for the #IGTeaClub.
Day 193
We went to the Cotswold Wildlife Park today for an early birthday treat for the girl. It was set to be a lovely day but we can't seem to win with her at the moment. Anyway I found my favourite alliums, albeit past their best but still looking beautiful. 

How has your week been?

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Growing up with Camp Bestival {Camp Bestival 2014}

This summer sees our fifth trip down to Lulworth to experience Camp Bestival.
The children love it, the adults love it.
Year on year the festival develops and grows and I just love to see the changes in my children too.
It has helped with their confidence, their independence, their life skills... - I am sure they could put the tent up without me this year.
But, importantly to me, it has provided everlasting memories.

Growing up with Camp Bestival // 76sunflowers

Top ten extras to bring {Camp Bestival 2014}

It's less than four weeks to go until Camp Bestival 2014 begins.
Time to start making those lists.
I have blogged a lot in the past about camping with children and have prepared a tried and trusted packing list here.
But what about those Camp Bestival specific 'extras'?
Well look no further.
Here are my top ten extras to bring list!

365 #27 {Summer countdown}

I have been counting the days to the summer holidays this week.
Everyone is winding down and tiredness is hitting everyone.
Relaxation was needed.

365 #27

Project 365 day 180 - Pass the Pigs // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 181 - Lego // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 182 - The Simple Things magazine // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 183 - Fussball // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 184 - Sunflowers // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 185 - Friday dinner // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 186 - The Quarrymans View // 76sunflowers

Day 180
A lazy Sunday finished with a game of Pass the Pigs. This move may have been fixed.
Day 181
The children have taken to coming home from school and playing with Lego rather than going straight for the television. This makes me happy.
Day 182
A chilled out day for me and I settled down with the latest edition of The Simple Things - if you haven't seen it I recommend a look.
Day 183
I met the family after work in a local pub for a quick summer drink. The kiddies occupied themselves on the rather ageing fussball table.
Day 184
The husband brought home sunflowers today after he misunderstood a text I sent - he thought I was low. Love him.
Day 185
It's Friday, I'm tired and I needed this.
Day 186
Summer fair for the children's school today then we popped out to a pub I hadn't been to before. The views were lovely.

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Happy July!

Happy July // 76sunflowers

A new month.
The sun shines on.
The holidays to look forward to.
And new shoes!

Saltwater sandals // 76sunflowers

What's making you happy this July?
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dan le sac & Scroobius Pip are back! {Camp Bestival 2014}

Sunday has always been my favourite day at Camp Bestival.
The last day of what has always been a fantastic long weekend.
The day when we try and get all the planned things done.
But also a day to unwind and take it all in.
Sunday last year saw just me and the children unwinding in the Literary Tent listening to some Spoken Word from my all time favourite bearded poet Scroobius Pip.
A relaxing time before we refuelled with some food and cider before meeting up with friends.
The evening saw a very proud moment for me when the girl joined me at the barrier for dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip.

dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip - Camp Bestival 2013 // 76sunflowers

So seeing Messrs le sac and Pip back on the bill, for which sounds like their last tour in a very long time, possibly forever *sniffs*, at Camp Bestival this year makes me, and the girl, very happy indeed!

Ticket Info
Ticketline / 0844 888 4410 /
Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £195 Adult Tickets are for anyone aged 18 or over on 31/07/2014
Student Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £180 Student Tickets are for Students with valid ID between 31/07/2014
Age 15 to 17 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £113 Age 15 to 17 Weekend Tickets are for anyone aged 15 to 17 on 31/07/2014. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 30*
Age 11 to 14 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £88 Age 11 to 14 Weekend Tickets are for anyone aged 11 to 14 on 31/07/2014. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 26*
* NB: All teens (aged 11 to 17) MUST camp in the same area as their families with a maximum of 2 teens per adult (over the age of 26)
Age 5 -10 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £20 These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21*
Age 4 and Under Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - FREE (but ticket still required) Age 4 and Under Weekend Tickets are for anyone aged 4 and under on 31/07/2014. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21*
Camping Plus Plot - £125 Advance Car Parking - £11 Campervan Ticket - £72 per vehicle Caravan/Trailer tent ticket (includes a car parking space) - £83
All Tickets: - will incur a booking fee.
- are non-transferable and cannot be re-sold.
Check out my experiences here.
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Disclaimer: I am receiving family Camp Bestival 2014 tickets in return for previews and reviews of this year's festival. As always, views and opinions are my own.

365 #26 {From sun to rain}

This week has flown by and as I sit typing this I so wish it was last weekend again.
A much needed weekend away with the husband.
The sun shone and now the rain is back.
And we're half way through this project!

365 #26

Project 365 day 173 - Kings of Leon at Milton Keynes Bowl // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 174 - Wild by Cheryl Strayed // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 174 - Blue Peter badge winner! // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 176 - Sunflower // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 177 - Wild by Cheryl Strayed // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 178 - Stormy sky ahead // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 179 - Hook a Duck // 76sunflowers

Day 173
The second day of our weekend away led us to sunny Milton Keynes for the amazing Kings of Leon. I sunk a few ciders in the blazing sun and had a stonking time with the husband. It was much needed.
Day 174
A rather quiet day today following a 5:30 a.m. alarm as the husband had to get back for work. Another downside of owning your own business. I chilled with some healthy food following the weekend and got stuck into a new book.
Day 175
The girl was rather excited to receive her green Blue Peter badge today. She had built a Minibeast Hotel in the garden a while back.
Day 176
Back to work day. In the evening I wandered down the garden to check on the sunflowers. Not quite there.
Day 177
Early to bed with the new book. It was a spot on recommendation from one of my #postcircle pen pals.
Day 178
The rain certainly arrived today. I looked out of the back window and saw a noticeable divide in the outgoing and incoming weather.
Day 179
School Fayre today with some stubborn ducks that refused to stay up. I know how they feel.

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365 #25 {Much needed break}

It's been a funny old week.
Me time to full on at work and back to me time.
I like the start and end of that circle.

365 #25

Project 365 day 166 - Garden shack // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 167 - Weights & Yoga // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 168 - Thistles // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 169 - #happymail #snailmail #postcircle // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 170 - Chickens // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 171 - Doombar Friday tipple // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 172 - Kasabian & Kings of Leon // 76sunflowers

Day 166
The morning after the night before. The garden was a calm place for a quiet moment following a busy birthday BBQ on Saturday which resulted in bulging recycling boxes from the empties. The late night football didn't help either.
Day 167
Time to myself - I always feel much better with the world following a round with the weights and the yoga mat.
Day 168
Overgrown hedgerows on the walk to school - amongst the nettles though a pretty thistle was found.
Day 169
Incoming happy mail again today!
Day 170
The hot weather means the doors are wide open in the conservatory and the chooks become uninvited house guests.
Day 171
A cold ale was needed tonight. Just the one though as we have a busy weekend ahead.
Day 172
The in laws are here to babysit and it's concert day number 1! We're off to Leicester today to see Kasabian then over to Milton Keynes to see Kings of Leon. This makes me very happy! :)

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365 #24 {Signs of Summer}

Summer was finally here this week.
Days of sunshine from dawn to dusk always makes the world a happier place.
This week saw another birthday so more cake.
Something else to smile about.

365 #24

Project 365 day 159 - Outgoing #happymail #snailmail #postcircle
Project 365 day 160 - Garden flowers
Project 365 day 161 - Happy school run
Project 365 day 162 - Vegetable patch
Project 365 day 163 - Incoming #happymail #snailmail #postcircle
Project 365 day 164 - Happy Birthday Husband!
Project 365 day 165 - Afternoon drink

Day 159
A day to catch up with some outgoing happy mail and some time to doodle.
Day 160
A look around the garden for some flowers but this was all I could find - chives and something I'm unsure of.
Day 161
I'm enjoying the school run again, especially on sunny mornings.
Day 162
A warm Summer evening and I thought I would snap the Californian poppies but they had closed up for the night - the potato plants are looking good though.
Day 163
Incoming happy mail today. The note was light hearted and not as heavy as the image might suggest.
Day 164
The husband's birthday and a second attempt at the cake as I managed to burn one the night before - I blame the faulty timer.
Day 165
Afternoon drinks with friends for the husband's birthday. Our pub of choice was closed for a wedding reception so we went elsewhere. They were also hosting a wedding reception but were still open to the public so we could gate-crash discreetly. Back home now for a BBQ and aiming to stay up for the football. We shall see.

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