One of my driving forces in upping sticks and moving from London to the Countryside was the desire for the children to have what I see as a "proper" childhood. Living in London was a carousel of activity after activity, not because they did a lot per se, but purely because I have three children! They never "played out" which is what my childhood memories are made of and HAW was at boarding school in the far north of Scotland and consequently spent the majority of his time climbing trees and building camp fires. His school even had their own lifeboat squad as they were remote and costal.
Although I am a proud Londoner born and bred, I have hankered for a more relaxed, way of living for over a decade. My criteria for the house move had to be space, freedom but also easy access to London, you can take the girl out of London, but you'll never take London out of the girl!
Where we live is idyllic, surrounded by fields and stunning dog walks, and this is on our door step across the lane:
The kids have settled in well and our house has been like Piccadilly Circus over the summer with friends coming to stay and play. The last few days of the holiday, I had 10 children and 4 mums to come and stay. There was only one solution, the kids in the garden and the mums in the kitchen and thanks to Persil who are encouraging children to be "mighty" and have "one mighty night" under the stars we had the kit needed to do just this!
We pitched our tent, got the kids in their PJ's, and sat back with the Pimms and let the kids be kids as only they do best!
They had an amazing time - a picnic in the tent, lots of "scary" stories and trips to the loo with the torches before crashing out and snuggling under the stars. It was the perfect end to the perfect summer holiday. The kids are definitely on the way to being the "free range kids".I have long hoped they would be.
I've always been a fan of Persil small and mighty, it is the only washing product that shifts the dirt my kids pick up playing football and rugby and so was uber excited to see that they had a new innovative product included with the bottles. It has a new bio formula that offers better all round cleaning and a greater ability to tackle oily stains and a new enzyme to break down red stains such as blackcurrants. It may just look like a new container to put the liquid into, but it actually pioneers a new triple cleaning system which includes a stain eraser ball which geniusly pops out from the middle of the bottle and is then used to treat stains before washing. The real test for me, would be on the cricket/rugby/football whites and the grass stains that are synonymous with them!
So did it work?
Watch out for an updated post, coming to this blog soon!
Peace and Love
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