Merlin Farm: Giving a New Meaning to ‘Family Friendly Holiday’

Earlier this year I stayed in a five-star eco-cottage on Merlin Farm in Cornwall, just a short journey from my hometown in Devon. Merlin Farm offers a comfortable but eco-friendly experience, with many green credentials including recycling and compost facilities on site, electricity generated by their own solar panels, and highly efficient insulation and underfloor […]

Balance Bike Blog – Post 6

We were blessed with warm, sunny weather this weekend so the bikes were dragged out of the shed. J was keen to ride her bike around the garden. There is now no hesitation, she is off! I watched her whizz along, her feet flying lightly from the ground. Sometimes she held her legs up to […]

Balance bike blog – post 5

J is now riding this bike with confidence and at a proper biking speed. We’ve not gone far this week, but when I’ve been hanging out the washing she’s taken the opportunity to ride up and down the path next to the washing line. She’s been keen that I watch her, proud to show me […]

Balance Bike Blog – Part 4

Went out for a bike ride with the three children in the bitter wind and fading winter sun. The boys raced off, chivvying J to hurry up. Despite not having biked for two weeks, there was no hesitation from J to get back on the balance bike. We went out in the lane and she […]

Balance Bike Blog – part 3

This is a beautiful little bike. It is sturdy, but very light and made to a very high standard. It has one handbrake and a soft seat. So far our daughter’s only complaint is that it doesn’t have a bell! J is dinky, so the saddle and handlebars are at the lowest setting – both […]