Last week we visited Wiltshire as part of a collaboration with Visit Wiltshire, and while I want to talk a little bit more about what we got up to tomorrow (or possibly later on in the week because being organised isn’t one of my core skills…) I wanted to share with you one of the parts of our trip and some of the images I managed to capture at Old Wardour Castle, a stunning English Heritage site just outside of Tisbury. When you think of Wiltshire and heritage sites, most people think of Stonehenge and while we fell madly in love with those ancient stones (which according to the boys have either been put in situ by a pack of rats (toby) or dinosaurs (Roo) so take that alien lovers) which we saw from afar, it was the history and magic of Wardour castle that stole my heart for sure.
The castle ruins are beautiful, the perfect place for a family picnic but I think it was the history that is attached that really left me feeling so excited for the kids to take back to school. We climbed all the way up to the top of the tower, stopped in every “room” to read the signs and imagine what life would have been like “back in the day”. The boys imagined that they were knights protecting their castle and Reuben left chattering about Parliamentarians and Royalists.
One of the things that really saw us through the whole weekend, and proved themselves as my new favourite brand, was the kid’s new shoes from Bobux.
Shoes. Every parent’s nemesis is finding a pair of shoes that will not only fit their kid’s feet, but will be long lasting and stylish. It doesn’t feel like that should be a tall order, but as it happens, it is.
Shoes are either too narrow, too wide, too flimsy or too boring like somehow being stylish detracts from being a shoe. you can’t have both – unless of course you want to pay £250 for something that your kids will drag through gravel and kick off in the middle of the living room for you to fall over? No? Me neither.
What I have discovered is a brand called Bobux, and all three of my tinkers are wearing their shoes because, well, they are more stylish than a Kardashian and sturdier than a lumber jacks hob nail boots (ok maybe I’m exaggerating a touch, but they are pretty epic). One of the things that I think works so well about Bobux is that they have been designed with a child in mind – will they want to run about, do they need something hard wearing, do they need something washable? All these things are something that parents consider when buying shoes but they seldom translate. Incidentally Bobux is a brand developed by parents and was the first brand to come up with an all leather Soft Sole for their shoes.
I know this is a post of few words, but I don’t really have much to say on these shoes other than how blummin’ fabulous they really are. From Edith’s tiny feet, to Reuben’s giant size 1 feet at the age of 6, all of the children have fallen in love with their shoes and refuse to wear anything else.
H : )
Toby wears: Blaze Hi Dragon
Reuben wears: Blaze snow wolf
Edith wears: Activ Pink/Black brush
P.s – In the above bottom picture, we’d just explained to the kids that they were essentially sat on old shitter… Reuben’s face is a picture!