Yeo Valley, the National Trust and Hunter Boots

I wonder if there is anything I could add to that as a title that could make me sound any more irritatingly middle class? I suppose if I was wearing a Joules gilet while I typed, that might do it. I don’t have one though, not yet anyway.

*cue Joules getting in touch to offer me a gilet to review*

I’m not going to make any excuses though. Sometimes, (by which I mean all of the time), being a blogger means that you get to enjoy some really special days out. Today was one of those days, when you get to just do nice things.

We were invited down to spend the day in the Yeo Valley gardens in Blagdon. Yeo Valley had teamed up with the National Trust to offer some blogging families the chance to roam around their grounds and tick of some things on the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4′ list. We’ve been members of the National Trust for several years and Belle has completed 47 of the 50 so far – about time too as she only has a few months left before she is 11 3/4. (If you have an apple tree in your garden that Belle could come round and eat an apple from then please let me know.)

Fortunately the weather today was fantastic, unlike Monday, and we got to build mini dens, hunt for mini beasts and catch falling leaves in the beautiful autumn sunshine. The ground was a little soggy still underfoot though, so Belle was very glad of her new shiny purple wellies, sent to her by Country Attire. If you’re looking for somewhere to get yourself kitted out for a day out with the National Trust then you can’t go wrong with Country Attire – they sell everything from Hunter boots to Barbour jackets and yes, you guessed it, when I checked (having already written my intro) they do stock a range of Joules gilets.

We had an absolutely fantastic day collecting autumn leaves, decorating pumpkins and creating nature art. Here are some of our favourite pictures from the day:

Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley

Grass trumpet

Yeo Valley

Nature collage

Nature collage

Nature collage

Hunter Boots




Yeo Valley yogurt

Thank you Yeo Valley – I did have a wonderful day!

That’s not all…

From October to January this year, Yeo Valley fans can win one of ten fantastic holidays each worth £1,000 on special packs of its natural and fruity yogurts. Simply pick up a big pot or one of its 4-pack varieties from any major supermarket, visit the Yeo Valley website and enter the code on the pack for the chance to win one of ten unique breaks to a magical National Trust cottage, for a tranquil ‘staycation’ in spectacular locations across the country.

In addition to this fabulous offer, Yeo Valley is giving away 250 family passes every day, giving families the chance to experience the National Trust’s enchanting places absolutely free of charge. Visit one of over 250 historical or natural sites across the UK, ranging from the great houses and castles each with their own story to share, to lighthouses and gardens for a fun family day enjoying the outdoors. Autumn is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy walking, and it also gives children the chance to tick off some of the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you‘re 11 ¾’ activities. Simply pick up a scrapbook at participating locations and get exploring.

What’s your favourite thing about autumn?

P.S. If you follow Country Attire on Twitter or Facebook and talk to them using the hashtag #CATrickorTweet before midnight on October 30th then you are in with a chance to win a pair of Hunter boots of your very own!

Disclosure: We were entertained for the day by Yeo Valley and were sent Belle’s Hunter Boots for the purposes of review by Country Attire.



  1. 29 October, 2013 / 6:12 pm

    Woah, you work quick! It was a gorgeous day in such a beautiful location. Belle could have eaten a tea crab apple from the tree near the catch a leaf activity! Might not have tasted too good mind! Lovely to see you albeit briefly x

    • admin
      31 October, 2013 / 8:36 am

      I am nothing if not super efficient Viv ;-)

  2. 29 October, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    Oh wow, sounds like it was a great day. And am very jealous of Belle’s boots. They’re the ones I wanted, but fat calves means I ended up with a boring pair of men’s Hunters as they were the only ones which would fit. Wish they’d do different width calves!

    • admin
      31 October, 2013 / 8:39 am

      I am exactly the same Emma. I went on a farm trip recently actually and it was a bit embarrassing as I borrowed some wellies and then got stuck in them. I had to get the bus driver to pull me out.

      These claim to have a ‘more generous calf area’ –

      I might have to measure myself up and have a proper look at what’s available.

  3. 30 October, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    It was a lovely day, if a little annoyingly middle class admittedly. Must say I have welly envy as my purple hunters are not shiny.

    • admin
      31 October, 2013 / 8:36 am

      It is ALL about the glossy finish :-)

  4. Cas
    31 October, 2013 / 8:06 pm

    I have a very new apple tree which I think has an apple still on it. Failing that we can scrump one from my neighbours laden overhanging tree:) Come on over xx

  5. 31 October, 2013 / 11:01 pm

    love your photos and i was impressed with your daughter using soil like glitter on the glue on her wild art picture. (love her boots too!) we may have borrowed this iudea *ahem* x

  6. 6 November, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    I love Belle’s boots! Hunter’s are definitely the best wellies. Love to see you, it was such a fab day x

  7. 7 November, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    What beautiful photos. And I am super jealous of Belle’s boots!

  8. 8 November, 2013 / 11:23 am

    ya yep that is the most middle class title ever. I can’t talk though Wilf and I now have two different pairs of Hunters…think we may have a problem ;) I wonder if it works like cheese, they say the more varieties of cheese you have in your fridge the more middle class you are. xx

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