The day we went to school on the ferry

Chichester Harbour has its own foot ferry which runs around the channels in the harbour and can be hailed by anyone who needs a lift. Back when we first started visiting this area (and before we lived here permanently) it was a huge novelty. Every time friends visited we take them on it to have lunch at the pub iacross the water and we’d take our bikes on it to cycle to the beach… and then a weird thing happened, we moved here full-time and we forgot all about it. Life and routine gets in the way and suddenly you stop and take check and realise it’s 5 years since you last used it!

But this week we broke our ferry fast for the very best of reasons. Theo had a school day out and the drop off point was at one of the villages the other side of the harbour. 25 minutes by car or a short drive to the shore and a 5 minute ferry trip. Why on earth would we do anything else?!

We got to the shore in good time and called the skipper Andy on his mobile, a few minutes later and he and his dog Bruce bought the boat on to the beach and we hopped on board.

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Weald & Downland Food Festival

Last weekend we had a brilliant day at the Weald & Downland Food Festival. For those of you not from the Chichester area, the Weald & Downland is an outdoor museum set in 40 acres of Sussex parkland and they hold several events every year. Over the Easter holidays we renewed our lapsed annual family membership and we’ve been visiting regularly since, but this was our first time at the food fair.

I am generally not one for big events, I dislike the traffic and parking problems and I don’t like feeling I’m paying a premium for things because I’m a captive audience, but persuaded by rave reviews from other local friends and because our annual membership got us in for free, we decided to give it a go.

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Home Life Project – May 2018

What a glorious weekend it has been, one where I have found myself wanting to savour the moments and hold on to memories for days when the weather isn’t quite as wonderful. We had several lovely outings this weekend and I’ll be blogging about our trip to the Weald & Downland food fair later this week, but for this post I wanted to share photos of our bank holiday Monday. Normally the Home Life Project centres on the two days of the first weekend of the month, but this month as it was a bank holiday, I rewrote the rules and decided to use the pictures I shot today, which after all was technically still part of the weekend.

Our day begun with that bittersweet moment of childhood having face painting rubbed off your face by your parent! Then we had some old friends to visit for lunch. It really had all the ingredients of a perfect bank holiday. Sunshine, a walk in the country and lunch outside and the children were (mostly) good. I’m so glad I have photos of it.

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Dyson Cool desk fan review

Although summer seems like a long way away today, I am hoping my newly acquired Dyson desk fan might turn out to be extremely useful during hot summer nights this year. Dyson have been making their distinct bladeless fans since 2009, but the latest batch of models claim to be 75% quieter than the previous generation of Air Mutiplier models, making them perfect for sticky summer evenings, but are they worth the hefty price tag?

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Home Life Project – April 2018

I need to start this blog post with an apology, for the first time ever, I completely forgot it was Home Life Project weekend until late on Saturday night, which means I didn’t send out the email reminder on Friday. In truth the Easter holidays have been a complete whirlwind and not of the good kind. A whirlwind of toddler tantrums, juggling work and household chores and rainy days. The kind of whirlwind (or should that be whirlpool?) where you can barely keep you head above water.

Jim was only home for 24 hours this week which meant for all except Sunday I barely surfaced to think, but hurray for Sunday when there was someone else to share the load and as you’ll see, I even managed to squeeze in a plumbing job for him while he was home just so he didn’t miss out on too much of the domestic load.

This Home Life Project was my first one with my new camera and after 6 months of wading through with a combination of less than suitable loan cameras, I finally felt like I was back in the room.

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Hello. I'm Clare.
I'm a photographer, maker & marketeer based on the West Sussex/Hampshire border. This blog focuses on creative family living through photography, design, crafts and interiors. Read more

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