Half term has begun….

The holiday started with a visit to Butser Ancient Farm, to find out more about the Roman and Celtic way of life….

The twins are studying the Romans and Celts for their homework project this term, so twin girl jumped at the chance to see what she had been learning in action.

We researched the Round Houses…

Then  we visited the Round houses, beautiful dark places, with fires in the center creating a smoky haven of heat.

The kids taught me that fires would have been crucial to the way of life, for food, heat, comfort, and light.

We found the design for Twin girls piece of jewellery that she is going to create.

Then we moved onto the Roman way of life.

And built a mosaic.

And we tried the Roman game of Hopscotch.

Then we spent some time being archaeologists.

And we found some treasure.

All in all  – a pretty fantastic day out.

I love more my home, but I am the first to admit that it needs a wee bit of work and a bit of love to restore it to its former glory.  However, when it comes to home improvements love is often measured by monetary spend.

So I have been slowly improving the home bit by bit, one stage at a time.  If I see a cushion in the sale I grab it to breathe life into an old chair.  If I catch a glimpse of some chic bric a brac in Age Concern, I rescue it, clean it and bring it home to put on display.

And I decorate my walls with art from The Binary Box.

Not heard of them?

The Binary Box are a store which sell eye-catching, colourful wall stickers.  We have two beautiful ones in our home, an enormous map of the world that sits in our dining room and a fabulous blossom tree which has pride of place in our bedroom.

They are the first thing anyone comments on when visiting our home.

They breathe life into walls, create atmosphere in rooms and really stamp orginality on the home.

Plus – they don’t break the bank.

Designs include kids murals, Banksy, Christmas designs, pretty much every type of wall art you can think of, they cover.

This is to be my next purchase – to brighten up the lounge.

I am also mightily tempted to pop this lady out in the hall as well.

I have been a huge fan of the Binary Box for a few years now, my old house was adorned with their wall art and it would seem the new one is going the same way.  The Binary Box very kindly gave us the blossom tree to add sparkle to our boudoir but I would highly recommend them regardless.

The quality of the stickers is fantastic, they don’t peel or fade.  They are easy to put up (so my husband tells me) and you really have to closely examine them to see that they are stickers at all.

A huge thumbs up from us!

Buying a static caravan is a big investment that needs careful financial consideration. You don’t need to worry about paying the whole lot in one go, but whether or not you’re taking out a finance package, you should think about the additional costs you might incur. So here’s a quick breakdown of what’s included and what’s not when you buy a holiday home at Haven.

Included:

Access to the park’s activities and facilities

One of the main benefits of staying on a holiday park is undoubtedly the access you get to the great facilities, activities and entertainment that will keep the whole family happy. Kids and teenagers will be the first to complain about being bored but on a holiday park there’ll be something to keep them occupied all week.

Most facilities, such as the heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, are included as standard but as holiday home owners you’ll also be entitled to special privileges on park. For a group of 4 or 5 this is great as it gives you 15% off on purchases around the park – great if you’re eating out! All you need to do is show your privilege card and you’ll also get free sports and leisure activities to save you getting your wallet out.

Not included:

Running costs

After you’ve finished choosing the correct caravan park for your static caravan, it’s time to think about finance. Buying a static caravan isn’t just as simple as paying for the caravan; you’ll also have running costs to pay. This includes your water, gas and electricity bills and to make sure you’re not caught short, it’s a good idea to budget for this. Generally water bills tend to cost around £500 while average gas and electricity bills are around £420.

Site fees

Another additional cost you’ll incur is site fees; covering park maintenance, security, landscaping and the use of the park’s facilities. These fees can be quite costly so it’s best to look into them in advance to avoid any nasty surprises.

One handy tip is to ask how much the site fees are on different parks and on different pitches. Some pitches have higher site fees than others so doing your research could save you some money. You could even treat yourself to a meal out with the money you save!