May 2017 Round-Up

May 2017 Round-Up

Wow – where are these months going?  Already I am writing up our May 2017 round-up. Time is passing so quickly, I sometimes wish I could stand and freeze time for just a second. We have been so busy lately, but I do enjoy a busy and chaotic life. I always think it’s a sign of having lots of fun. We have enjoyed some wonderful trips in Otis already this year. So much so that we missed the April round-up as we were in Scotland enjoying some quality time ‘unplugged’.

We had a really lovely time in April exploring the east coast of Scotland and spent the week at Thurston Manor in East Lothian. We were able to spend a day in Edinburgh, and enjoy a spot of sightseeing – exploring Edinburgh Castle and Camera Obscura.

Edinburgh Castle

We also spent a day out at Archerfield Walled Garden which was a particular favourite of ours (we ended up visiting twice. ) It had an enchanting fairy hunt and a wishing tree, full of the most beautiful colourful ribbons of wishes.

So moving on to May…Well May saw Lil_E’s 3rd birthday. 3…I still can’t quite believe where those 3 years have gone. She is our bright, happy whirlwind, and I don’t want anything or anyone to ever dull that sparkle. The kids definitely have too many ‘plastic’ toys, and I am really trying to live by the ethos of collecting ‘memories and not things’. So we thought we would enjoy a ‘raw’ and ‘organic’ glamping weekend for her birthday. It was really wonderful – we stayed in a Mongolian Yurt in Dorset and spent the weekend paddling in streams, sizzling marshmallows on the fire pit, and exploring Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.


The birthday girl also requested to visit Peppa Land, so off we went to find the famous Peppa and George, enjoy the views in a balloon ride, and jump in some muddy puddles. Needless to say we had a very happy 3 year old that day.

We have been lucky enough to visit Stonehenge this month. I have to say it is somewhere I have wanted to visit for so long, have you ever visited? I was not sure if it would be appropriate for the little ones, but they LOVED it.  I remain in awe of the fact that despite all the years of research, theories and myths, its purpose, and how it got there still remains very much a mystery.

Last weekend I attended a blogging conference in Manchester. I met a few of my lovely blogging friends that I have made over the last six months, who have been so friendly and supportive as I find my way. I also got to meet a few other inspiring and fabulous bloggers, too. I took so much away with me, and I am eager to put into practice what I learned.

Finally, last week highlighted the importance of family time; it is so very precious and it can change in an instant. Family and friends mean everything to us. After school we decided to grab our beautiful Mi Abode cool bag and head to the woods to enjoy a walk and a picnic. I think we missed the bluebells this year, but the light was stunning, and we enjoyed an evening of chatter and laughter and smiles.

So there ends our April – May round-up. We are off to Pembrokeshire this week with friends, and I am hoping for dry weather, adventures, laughter and memories (and a glass of wine or two)

I am linking my round-up with Life as Our Little Family for #MyFamilyAdvenutures and Coombe Mill for #CountryKids


Enjoy your bank holiday, I hope it is happy and fun.


Mrs S


life as our little family


Country Kids


  1. Ella
    May 28, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Beautiful pics! 😘

  2. May 29, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Looks like you have been really busy. I love your photos x

  3. May 29, 2017 / 6:38 am

    What a lovely month. My eldest would love peppa pig land! I like the sound of your yurt stay. Beautiful photos. Enjoy Pembrokeshire

  4. May 29, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    What a lovely round up, the birthday celebrations sound fab, what better way to spend the weekend than toasting marshmallows. I love that you tour in your campervan, we have thought about hiring one once but never quite got round to it. I hope you have a great bank holiday and half term and thank you for joining in with #MyFamilyAdventures x

  5. May 29, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Looks like you guys had a wonderful time! I’ve always wanted to experience sleeping in a yurt! Loving all your photos 🙂 #countrykids

  6. May 30, 2017 / 8:10 am

    My goodness you have been busy. Definitely with you on the collecting memories and not plastic things ethos!

  7. May 30, 2017 / 10:16 am

    It sounds like you’ve had a fantastic month. So nice that you guys had a break in Scotland. Camera Obscura is a fav place of ours and I’ll be taking the kids again soon. I’ve always fancied doing a bit of glamping with the kids so might actually do this in the school holidays instead of going abroad, so many lovely places right here in the UK. Glad you enjoyed BlogOn I thought it was fabulous too 🙂

  8. May 30, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Oh wow what a fantastic roundup – your trip to Scotland sounds amazing and so does the raw glamping for your little ones birthday – I agree about collecting memories over anything else

    Just popping over from Country Kids

    Laura x

  9. May 30, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    Wow what a busy month for you taking in Scotland and Dorset and many places in between. I love the idea of giving them experiences rather than plastic toys, and the yurt sounds a lovely break. I too was at Blog On which was an inspiring day #myfamilyadventures x

    • otisandus
      June 4, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      Ah did you enjoy Blog On it was great and I met so many lovely people. I definitely believe in the making memories part too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting xx

    • otisandus
      June 4, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks so much we have enjoyed such a fab month. Love that my kids enjoy the great outdoors! xThanks for stopping by x

  10. May 31, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Wow you really have traveled the country over the past couple of months. I’ve loved seeing your posts along the way and of course the gorgeous photos on Instagram. From woolly hats in Scotland to sundresses in Dorset, what a magical time you are having with those adorable girls. I hope Pembrokeshire is going well and I’m looking forward to hearing all about it already.

    Thank you for joining me for #CountryKids

    • otisandus
      June 4, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks so much Fiona, it is lovely to record our trips I am amazed at what we have squeezed in this month too 🙂 Our beautiful girls do love the outdoors, and seems our gorgeous boy has enjoyed his first month of camping – nothing like starting young! Thanks so much for hosting and I can’t wait to share our recent trip with you next week x

  11. May 31, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Wow you’ve been to so many places this month. I love reading what you get up to and I agree our children grow up so quickly.#CountryKids

    • otisandus
      June 4, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks so much Helena, we love an adventure or two, I can’t believe what we have squeezed in when I looked back! thanks for stopping by 🙂

  12. June 1, 2017 / 8:32 am

    What a lovely couple of months you have had and I love all the photos of your outdoor adventures. I’m a big fan of collecting memories instead of things too. Glamping sounds like it was fun and I love the photo of the girls sitting by the stream. I can imagine your 3 year old was in her element at Peppa Pig World – we’ve been a few times and my girls love it there too 🙂 #countrykids

    • otisandus
      June 4, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks so much Louise we have had such a wonderful month making memories. Time passes so quickly doesn’t it!?

  13. June 4, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Time passes quickly. It never stops. Pics are really beautiful and brilliantly captured. #CountryKids.

    • otisandus
      June 4, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      It absolutely does doesnt it ?! Thanks so much, I love to take photos of our little family x thanks for stopping by x

  14. June 4, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    What a lovely month. You must be relatively near to me as Paultons Park is a short drive away and Stonehenge and Durdle Door are a longer drive but not massively, and it’s a great place to visit. That wishes tree and the ribbons is just beautiful #MyFamilyAdventures

    • otisandus
      June 4, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks so much Sherry we have had a fab month. We visited Paultons Park while we were nearby in Dorset! Nothing like a jam packed weekend 🙂 🙂

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