About 4 years ago, shortly after Josh and I got engaged I decided I’d like to start a blog to document our Wedding planning and the start of our family life. I was an avid reader of other blogs and I desperately wanted to join in and share my thoughts on my own little online space, mainly for my own personal benefit as I wanted to be able to look back on it in years to come. So I started a very basic blog and I think I wrote about five posts but I was never brave enough to share it publicly.
Fast forward to August 2015, a wedding and a
baby toddler later I decided to finally bite the bullet and do it properly. I didn’t really know what I was doing with regards to the set up and design process but I somehow figured it out with lots of help and tips from my lovely online friend Alice who blogs over at New Young Mum. Alice I are the same age and her daughter Amelia is just three months older than Bella. Sadly we live about three hours apart but after months of chatting online we finally managed to get together in person last week and we had such a great day.
As we are both National Trust members we decided to meet at Sheffield Park Gardens which was about an hours drive from me and two from Alice. We were super lucky with the weather as it was a gloriously sunny day, the girls were even able to run about without cardigans.
The gardens at Sheffield Park are absolutely beautiful and bursting with colour at the moment. Apparently May is in fact their busiest month all year and you can totally see why, it’s by far the prettiest National Trust place I have ever visited and it’s probably the biggest too, you could easily spend all day there enjoying the various walks and taking in the stunning views. We decided to make the most of the sunshine by taking our own picnic to enjoy on the grass, although we were in fact mobbed by a group of very feisty ducks so next time I may check out the little tea rooms instead 😉
Bella and Amelia got on so well which wasn’t surprising really as I think they have very similar personalities. And by that I mean they are both feisty, head strong, independent little girls 😉 It didn’t take long before they were chatting away to each other, holding hands and cuddling. They were so adorable together and Bella hasn’t stopped talking about her new friend Amelia all week.
We actually did quite a lot of walking considering we had two toddlers in tow, we even managed to get lost for a while, not that it mattered too much as the girls were so busy exploring and throwing stones into the water at every opportunity to even notice. We hunted down the bluebells and the girls loved frolicking in them together while we snapped some photos of them like typical Mama bloggers 😉
Overall we had such a lovely day with Alice and Amelia and we’re already hoping to get some dates in the diary to get together again over the summer. If you’re local to Sheffield Park I would definitely recommend a visit, I can’t wait to go again soon, I have a feeling we may even become regulars as it’s just so beautiful and I’d love to see how it changes throughout the different seasons.