Week in Review #15

Week in Review #15

Our weekdays last week were fairly uneventful with various plumbing people and a boiler service man visiting the house, so a lot of the week was spent at home. Luckily we had a Bank Holiday this weekend, which meant we had 3 days with Daddy. We decided that we would stay at home rather than go away, and we enjoyed a fantastic 3 days in and around London. Here’s what we got up to:

Family visiting

My parents, my brother and his fiance visited us on the Saturday. We had a lovely day relaxing at home with tea and cake, before going for a long lunch at a local restaurant. We all enjoyed a delicious lunch, and our little one was so well behaved eating all her lunch and being happy is everyone’s company. My Mum is still raving about how well behaved she was now, she did knock a glass of water over me though. After lunch as the weather was lovely, we got to spend the rest of the afternoon outside in the sunshine.

IKEA trip

We had planned a trip to IKEA to purchase some baby-proofing essentials, and to choose a new table and chairs for our kitchen. I was fairly organised with this and had written a list of exactly what we needed. You need a list for IKEA otherwise you come home with nothing but picture frames, cushions and candles. Still with a list, we forgot to purchase the kitchen cupboard door stoppers and plug socket covers. But we did get the drinks cabinet doors we desperately needed, picture frames, glasses, mirror and rug. Our little one also had another bout of travel sickness after my husband drove too fast around a roundabout, so our trip to IKEA started with a full strip down in the toilets and my hands stinking of baby sick. Luckily now whenever we go in the car I now travel with spare clothes.

Visit to Chartwell (National Trust property)

On Bank Holiday Monday (the worst weather of the weekend) we had planned a trip with friends to Chartwell in Kent, which is a National Trust property. The weather wasn’t too bad, a little damp, but no rain. Chartwell is a lovely property, where William Churchill used to live, it also has extensive grounds with lawns running down to a lake. We didn’t go into the house, with the little one, but instead made use of the grounds. There are beautiful walks down to the lake in the valley and up on the woodland paths, we even managed all the paths with the buggy too. I particularly enjoyed seeing all the bluebells under the trees, they are so pretty when they look like a carpet.

The restaurant at Chartwell is lovely serving home cooked food, and huge portions of cake. I enjoyed sausages and mash, whilst my husband had the beef bourguignon, we then had the biggest slice of chocolate cake that I had ever seen. More walks were required after lunch to walk off all the food.

We had a lovely day at Chartwell spending time and catching up with friends from University that we hadn’t seen for a while, we decided that Chartwell was an ideal location for us all to meet us as the drive out of London was about 45 minutes for each of us. It would make an ideal place for a visit in the summer when the sun is shining, and a picnic can be consumed.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my week.

Claire x

The Pramshed


  1. A mum track mind May 5, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Sounds like quite a nice week! I love a long bank holiday weekend at home, it’s so rare to get any time at home as a full family these days that it feels like such a treat. I must get down to IKEA for baby-proofing essentials soon – Sophie is only 4 months but I don’t think it will be long before she’s on the move! Eek! #fortheloveofBLOG

  2. bridiebythesea May 7, 2016 / 9:28 am

    Sounds like a lovely week! I love a good IKEA trip and it made me smile about your little one feeling sick after hubby drove round the roundabout too fast…happens here too! Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      I hope that this travel sickness phase passes soon, we experienced it again today. Thanks for commenting 🙂 Claire x

  3. Squirmy Popple May 7, 2016 / 9:50 am

    Sounds like a lovely week! It’s always nice when Daddy is around for an extra family day. I know what you mean about IKEA – every time I go there, I end up with at least five things I didn’t intend to buy. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      It has that affect on you, doesn’t it? Thanks for commenting 🙂 Claire x

  4. Baby Anon May 7, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Sounds like a fun and productive weekend! We went to a family event last weekend and my behaviour too was commented on (they should have seen me later 😉 ) Chartwell sounds lovely. And baby-proofing, I’ll be honest, I don’t like the sound of that 😉 #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Ha ha! I hope you weren’t too naughty 😉 Baby-proofing, we need to keep you out and protect you 🙂

  5. Lauren May 7, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Sounds like a lovely bank holiday weekend! I need the IKEA baby proofing in my life- even though she can’t crawl, she rolls like a wild thing and has already (I’m a little ashamed to admit) bumped her head rolling into things.
    I need to go in search of bluebells! A good excuse to get out and about tomorrow I think!

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      Hope you have a fab day out in the sunshine, and find some bluebells. Claire x

  6. Mrs Lighty May 7, 2016 / 10:13 am

    Ooh you were brave, going to IKEA on a bank holiday weekend!! Wasn’t it rammed?! Although I didn’t know they did baby proofing bits, so I think I need to get down there and have a look. Chartwell is fab, isn’t it? I think from what you’ve said, you probably live in a similar location to us – we’re just on the Essex / Havering border…? Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:45 pm

      We’re in London which is great for lots of NT properties in Kent, Sussex, Surrey…Would love to go in Summer when we can enjoy a picnic. IKEA wasn’t too bad, we went early, pretty much as soon as it opened. Thanks for commenting lovely 🙂 Claire x

      • Mrs Lighty May 8, 2016 / 6:28 am

        We’re in Havering (so technically London – just!!) and yes it’s great for all of the surrounding properties 🙂 I used to have membership through work and we miss it badly! Xxx

        • The Pramshed May 8, 2016 / 7:19 am

          Lucky to have membership through work 🙂 I’ll look up where Havering is, as I’m not sure 🙂 x

  7. Nursery Whines May 7, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Sounds like a lovely weekend, apart from lKEA. How is it that a place full of home furnishings, half of which you already own, feels the most uncomfortable and hellish place on earth?! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      We were in and out pretty quick…..stick to the list, stick to the list…..(forget items on list) ha! 🙂 Claire x

  8. rachelbustin blog (@RachelBustin) May 7, 2016 / 10:40 am

    I love National Trust places! Great for family days out! I must be missing something as i have never been to an IKEA! Mind you the closest one to us is 3 hour drive away! xx


    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      You should go Rachel for the experience, but go with baby, when you’re not hungry, when you need to buy cushions, candles and picture frames, and go when you have the patience of a saint 🙂 xx

  9. Ali Duke May 7, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Sounds like a lovely week, although I have to say I hate going to places like Ikea, I am more of an online shopping person lol.

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      Same here! But there were a few things we needed from IKEA….doors for an existing IKEA drinks cupboard, so had to make the trip. Online shopping is so much easier 🙂 xx

  10. Laughing Mum May 7, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    haha! A trip to Ikea is essential for the long weekends lol… Sounds like you had a good week!

  11. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) May 7, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I’ve never been to Chartwell, but it looks lovely. I keep putting off a trip to IKEA even though I really want to go – I just know I’ll end up spending a fortune!

    Aw, the sick thing made me smile. I’ve been scanning in all the old family photos all week and there are so many of either my brother or I in pants and vest in the car, sick covered clothes shoved in a carrier bag somewhere out of shot… xD #fortheloveofblog

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:59 pm

      I hope the car sick goes soon, we had it again today! Argh! You should take a trip to Chartwell it is gorgeous 🙂 x

  12. Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum May 7, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, I love an IKEA trip, our nearest is 2 hours away so is usually a full weekend event 🙂 I’m very pleased to see that cake played a part in your weekend too! #fortheloveofBLOG x

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 9:59 pm

      Cake always plays a part in my weekend (yum!) It played a part today too. I hope you had birthday cake today 🙂 x

  13. Jo - Mother of Teenagers May 7, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    I agree with you on IKEA – I am a disaster every time if I go without a list but it’s so easy to get distracted as there is always something you just must have. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      There is always something extra you need 🙂 x

  14. everythingsrosieandgeorge May 7, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Sounds like a lovely bank holiday weekend 🙂 I desperately need a trip to IKEA but I know I’ll do just as you said and end up with 100 picture frames and no essentials, MUST remember a list! xx #fortheloveofblog

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Ha ha! Why are we so sucked in by the picture frames? xx

  15. Kaye May 7, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Any week IKEA is involved is a good one, haha. I’ve only ever been once as we don’t have one that close and I can’t wait to go again (though it can be rather stressful)! Chartwell sounds fab, we love the National Trust properties. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      It is fab, I hope you get to visit it. If you go again take a list, and be prepared to buy loads of picture frames 🙂 x

  16. Kate May 7, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Chartwell sounds like a lovely place. The grounds sound beautiful. Sounds like you had a nice week. I always enjoy parenting when family are around, as it takes the pressure off a bit, having other people to give my daughter attention! How old is your little one? #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:05 pm

      It makes it so much easier when there are others around to look after your little one. My daughter is 9 months old 🙂 x

  17. thetaleofmummyhood May 7, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Sorry to hear to little one gets car sick, it’s an awful feeling and can’t be nice at all. We are member of the National Trust so it’s good to read about properties worth visting! Also, good on you for braving IKEA!


    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      Car sickness is terrible we experienced it again today 🙁 x

  18. occupation:(m)other May 7, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Ahh sounds like a lovely week! Although ikea gives me the shivers with or without baby sick to contend with. Chartwell is a lovely place to visit…and your meal sounds yum, I think I might be hungry! #fortheloveofBLOG

  19. babiesbiscuitsandbooze May 7, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    Sounds like a lovely week. Glad you enjoyed your time with family and friends! Love bonus days with Daddy too hehe. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:04 pm

      Love a long weekend, luckily there’s another one soon x

  20. emetomumblog May 7, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    oh no re the travel sickness. i must admit that is a fear of mine for my boy. i really really hope he doesnt end up with it :/ hats off for going to IKEA too – i bloody hate that place. well i dont mind it at 8pm on a work night ! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:09 pm

      I hope it ends soon, we had it again today in the car – argh! X

  21. Azaria Lynch (@beingMrsLynch) May 7, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Sounds like a lovely week. We are planning an IKEA trip in the near future and we always forget bits. this will be our first trip with our little one so that will be interesting now that she is trying to walk.

    Azaria- Being Mrs Lynch

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:09 pm

      I think I should write a blog post on how to survive IKEA with a 9 month old…so many comments on it. Take a list that’s all I say, and know where the items are that you need first 🙂 x

  22. Mrs T (@SothisismeMrsT) May 7, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    sounds like a good week especially the visit to Chartwell thanks for sharing #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      A great week, Chartwell is a fab place 🙂 x

  23. queenofmycastlesite May 7, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    bank holidays are the best. they are like mini holidays. 3 long days packed with family fun. Sounds like you had exactly that. IKEA is just the best. minus the sick. 🙂

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      It was a busy packed weekend, luckily we have another one in a few weeks time x

  24. Something About Baby May 7, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Sounds like a great bank holiday weekend! I always love a trip to Ikea – and always come home with a million picture frames that I don’t need! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      Same here, and then you don’t put a picture in it for ages ha ha x

  25. manstayshome May 7, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    A list for Ikea is essential! That place is a time vacuum – and you’re right about coming home with picture frames, etc – we have so many that I haven’t got around to hanging…

    Thanks for sharing #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 7, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      A like the thought “time vacuum” that is very true! I hope you get the picture frames hung up soon 🙂 x

  26. Mummy Rules May 7, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Chartwell sounds like a lovely day out, oh and sausage and mash is the best comfort food ever!!! Sorry to hear baby was sick in the car again though (last time we were tweeting with ThisMumsLife you mentioned it – in Wales?) I suppose at least you were prepared this time though!?! IKEA with a list…very sensible thinking, but I wonder if anyone has ever achieved it!! Have a good week this week too. Thanks for the invite to link up again xx #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 8, 2016 / 7:16 am

      Yes the car sick is still here, it’s pretty much everytime we go somewhere – eek! I’ll be washing the car seat again today. So glad you could link up again this week, have a great week yourself xx

  27. alexsbabyblog May 7, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    When I read about your hands smelling of baby sick ‘mum life’ just comes to mind haha. At least you always remember to bring spare clothes! Everywhere I go now someone tells me I either have baby poo or spew on my top and I just reply ‘I know’.
    Sounds like you had a lovely time, I love it when Ash has time off work to spend with us too. x

    • The Pramshed May 8, 2016 / 7:17 am

      I spent all yesterday with my hands smelling of sick as our little one was sick again in the car! Argh! We took about 5 spare outfits with us yesterday as we had a lot of driving to do. Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂 x

  28. Jane Taylor May 8, 2016 / 8:54 am

    Ha! It feels like I have spent my last 6 months in Ikea with the two Ikea hack makeovers we have done. Plus the extra visit due to my husband hauling a pax wardrobe upright without back panel in place –> Pax wardrobe becomes broken heap –> Ikea trip for Pax wardrobe mark 2!

    I love visiting stately homes and National Trust properties etc with the family. And the restaurants are always amazing! Glad you had a great time. #fortheloveofblog

    • The Pramshed May 8, 2016 / 9:39 am

      Thanks Jane for your lovely comment! Love a Pax wardrobe, they are massive, we have one which is slowly falling apart. The restaurants are fab, lovely home cooked meals xx

  29. Kat May 8, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a lovely week! 🙂 Ours wasn’t as exciting, the bank holiday threw me out of sync a bit though! #fortheloveofblog

    • The Pramshed May 8, 2016 / 8:49 am

      Thanks Kat! I know what you mean about longer weekends, throwing you off schedule x

  30. wendy May 8, 2016 / 11:12 am

    Sounds like a great weekend! The national Trust property sounds great, one we will have to visit I think. Your comments on ikea made me laugh, we went on Friday WITH a list and managed to spend 80quid on stuff we didn’t need and only got about one thing on the list..oops!xx #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 8, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      Ha ha! Why does IKEA do that to us….I can see myself writing a blog post on it. We had a lovely weekend thanks hun 🙂 x

  31. beautybabyandme May 8, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    Sounds like a nice week hun – and we’ve had the nice weather too! Love a bit of Ikea but I do get a bit carried away in there! xx #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 8, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      It’s so easy to get carried away isn’t it? The nice weather has continued into this weekend, love the sun 🙂 x

  32. Helena May 9, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Great to meet up with family and nest with Ikea. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 9, 2016 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks Helena, we had a fab weekend 🙂 x

  33. anywaytostayathome May 9, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    What a lovely long weekend. I love it when you find that perfect place to meet up with friends, something enjoyable to do, great for the kids and in the middle!! We have a few go to places like that with various friends and it really makes meeting up so much easier. #fortheloveofBLOG

  34. Silly Mummy May 13, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Sounds like a lovely Bank Holiday! & I read somewhere recently that IKEA is now considered to be one of the best free activities to do with small children, as they all love that shop! I’m unsure about the definition of free though – who goes to IKEA and doesn’t buy a load of stuff they don’t need?? #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed May 14, 2016 / 4:44 am

      Who doesn’t come back with candles and picture frames!? 🙂 x

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