Cassiobury splendour (26/05/18)

A couple of years ago we posted photos of the splendid azaleas and rhododendrons in Cassiobury Park. These all grow in a singe, large patch just north of Café Cha. They didn’t appear last year (at least we’re pretty sure they didn’t  – we looked a number of times!), but here they are in 2018, a…

Cutteslowe Park and Jacob’s Inn, Oxford (14/10/17)

Looking for a day out? We had a great day in Oxford recently visiting Cutteslowe Park and having brunch at Jacob’s Inn.  With Oxford being only an hour’s drive away on a weekend, it’s an ideal ‘day out’ distance. Both locations are near one another and away from the city centre, so there’s no need…

Summer in Cheslyn Gardens (16/08/17)

We’ve had many lovely afternoons in ‘Watford’s best-kept secret’. Last year we posted pictures of Cheslyn Gardens in late-September – here are a few taken this year in mid-summer:

Shenley Park: Music to Watch Flowers By (12/08/17)

At the end of July, Shenley Park hosted the ‘Music to Watch Flowers By‘ family music day in their Walled Garden. Shenley is surprisingly close to Watford – a 15-minute or so drive down the A41 and out the other side of Radlett. We trundled up from the field where we were parked with our…

Badger’s Crossing charity day and miniature railway (06/08/17)

Writing here a long time after the event, but we wanted to post a few pics of the excellent afternoon we had at the Badger’s Crossing miniature railway charity day last August in Watford. This is a biennial charity event put on by a family who own a large garden up on Hempstead Road.  They have…

Wrest Park (14/05/17)

Wrest Park is an English Heritage property about 45 minutes drive from Watford and makes for a great family day out.

East Herts Miniature Railway and Van Hage Garden Centre (01/04/17)

The East Herts Miniature railway is in the Van Hage Garden Centre in Great Amwell. The garden centre itself is a great destination for mooching around: it’s massive and our toddler loved wandering around but the main attraction for him was the railway – he could have stayed watching that for ages!

Stockwood Discovery Centre (11/03/17)

Having heard about the Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton on The Smallest of Things blog, we decided to check it out on a rainy weekend day. With it only being a 25 minute drive from Watford, it was a handy, FREE, indoor place to visit with an energetic toddler. First stop was the Discovery Hall, which featured…

Moving to Watford: One Year On (13/12/16)

It’s a year since we moved to Watford from London. But did we? We’re still having conversations with friends and colleagues over what really constitutes ‘London’. We both work in the capital and consider Watford – as it’s on the tube and a quick overland hop into Euston – still part of Greater London. Our commutes…

Cheslyn Gardens – Watford’s best kept secret (22/09/16)

We’ve spoken to a few people who’ve lived in Watford for many years and have never heard of Cheslyn Gardens. That’s a shame, as it’s one of the town’s best kept secrets. The council-owned gardens is at the north end of Nascot Wood Road, so to be fair isn’t likely to be stumbled across unless you live that end of town….

Cassiobury Park in bloom (05/05/16)

Cassiobury Park doesn’t have a lot of flowers so we were very pleasantly surprised to come across a clump of colourful azaleas and rhododendrons in the north east of the park.