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Farm Shops are great places to look for organic/local produce for your children to eat.
Several shops sell weaning boxes at reasonable prices.
April 2013 Post: Pick Your Own Farm’s in North Hampshire and Berkshire
September 2013 Post: Review: NorthDown Orchard Deliveries
Local Farm Shops
Manydown Farm Shop – Worting Road, Basingstoke
Family run award winning butcher, pie and sausage maker and farm shop.
- Scrapps Hill Farm, 550 Worting Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire
- Tel: 01256 460 068
Newlyns Farm Shop – North Warnborough, Hook
Newlyns Farm is an award winning farm shop located in North Warnborough and Andover, both in North Hampshire.
- Lodge Farm, Hook Road, North Warnborough, Hook
- Tel: 01256 704 128
Portland Farm Shop (no website) – North Waltham
Farm shop selling free range eggs, seasonal local vegetables,fruit, honey and preserves. Some PYO when fruit is ready.
- Portland Farm, Popham Lane, North Waltham, Basingstoke, Hampshire
- 01256 398593
Holdshott Farm Shop – Heckfield
We have been providing fine food including free range & organic meat, poultry, fruit and veg to Hampshire, Berkshire and the UK for over 40 years.
- Holdshott Farm Shop, Holdshott Farm, Heckfield, Hook, Hampshire, UK, RG27 0JZ
Telephone/Fax: 0118 932 6650
The Wellington Farm Shop – Hook
Offering the highest quality locally sourced fresh meat, cheese and produce, Wellington Farm Shop provides discerning rural residents a shopping experience synonymous with the fine food stores of London.
- Park Corner Farm, Welsh Lane, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0LJ
- Tel: 0118 932 6132
Bowtells Farm Shop – Alton
The Bowtell’s Farm Shop stocks Free Range and traditionally grown Free Range Pork, Free Range Beef, Free Range Lamb, dry cured bacon and award winning sausages.
- East Tisted, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3QG
- Tel: 01420 588418
Mill Farm Organic Shop – Alton
We are a small traditional family run farm, farming to Soil Association Organic Standards. We have had our full organic status for 6 years now. We have two farm trails/walks open throughout the year on and around the farm.
- Mill Farm, Isington, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4PN
- Tel: 01420 22331
The Birth Reflection service is offered to all women who have delivered at the North Hampshire Hospital.
The service gives mothers an opportunity to discuss with a midwife, any aspect of their antenatal, labour or postnatal experience. On telephoning the number below, the mother will be offered an appointment either in her own home, or at the hospital and the midwife will hope you resolve any problems within an hour-long first meeting.
Further details or an appointment please telephone 01256 313327 and leave your name and number and your call will be returned within 48 hours. You can also email: Birth.Reflections@hhft.nhs.uk
A baby’s brain is growing fast, developing in response to her surroundings through the senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight and movement. Babies are naturally curious about the world and the more experiences they are offered, where they can choose, the more those experiences will feed their curiosity.
The treasure basket is a collection of everyday objects chosen to stimulate the different senses. It is one way of giving babies a wide range of experiences that help the brain to make connections and develop – and helps to keep them happy! Babies learn from the treasure basket by looking, touching, sucking, licking, banging, picking up and dropping. It gives babies the chance to explore and decide for themselves what they wato to play with. Babies’ curiosity about the contents of teh treasure basket means that they will often concentrate for longer and longer periods of time.
We often forget that, until a baby can move independently, her choices are limited to what the people around her will give her to play with. Through repeated handling of a variety of objects, babies learn many abstract concepts to do with the physical qualities of objects, such as coldness, smoothness, heaviness and prickliness.
Making the treasure basket
- A treasure basket should not tip over too easily
- Fill the basket with objects, so that your baby has plenty to choose from
- Babies often want to put everything into their mouths. Make sure that everything you choose for the basket is safe
- Everyday items from around the home are best. The purpose is to offer interest through smell, taste, sound, touch and sight (e.g. from colour, form, length, shininess)
A basket could contain
- Natural objects – fir cones, big shells, large walnuts, pumice stone, fruit: apple, lemon
- Objects made from natural material – woollen ball, little baskets, brushes (test bristles are firmly attached)
- Wood – rattles, spoons, egg cups, bowls, pegs, napkin rings
- Metal – spoons, tin lids, tea strainer, garlic squeezer, bunch of keys
- Odds and ends – little notebooks, small purses, small cardboard boxes, inside of kitchen roles
Using the treasure basket
- Sit nearby and watch to give your baby confidence. There is no need to talk or intervene unless your baby clearly needs attention.
Make sure that your baby is seated comfortably and safely, with cushions for support if necessary
- Check the contents of the basket regularly, cleaning objects and removing any damaged items
- It helps to change some of the items in the treasure basket from time to time
- Try not to take charge and hand baby objects as this can sometimes be overwhelming for the baby
If you have an older child try providing a distraction for them to play with so your baby can explore at their own pace.
Taken from: http://www.peeple.org.uk/node/152
For those days when you really need spoiling!
Alton Road, Basingstoke, Alton, Hampshire RG25 2JT
At Audleys Wood Hotel we delight guests with our traditional afternoon tea in Hampshire. What better place to enjoy this fine tradition than in the grand drawing room of this historic country house. Gaze out the ceiling high windows whilst savouring each of our carefully prepared cakes, dainty sandwiches and the finest leaf tea, served to perfection.
- Full Afternoon Tea costs £15.50 per person and Cream Tea costs £8.50 per person.
- Upgrade to a Royal Afternoon Tea and enjoy a glass of Champagne for £24.50 per person.
Tel: 01256 817555
Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8TD
Located in the Manor House, The Library has been restored to its former glory as an elegant, beautifully appointed residents’ lounge. Decorated in warm earth tones, The Library boasts an abundance of lush armchairs, supple sofas and coffee tables for relaxation and luxury.
- Traditional afternoon tea, The Library’s speciality, is served daily from 3-5pm.
Tel: 01252 853000
Cream tea £15.00 per person – Scones, preserves and tea (available Monday to Friday)
- Full tea £22.00 per person – Sandwiches, cakes and scone (available Monday to Sunday)
- Champagne tea£30.00 per person – Sandwiches, cakes, scones and a glass of Canard Duchene (available Monday to Sunday)
Afternoon tea is served from 3.30pm until 5pm from Monday to Saturday and from 4.00pm – 5.00pm on Sundays.
Tel: 01256 764881
Rectory Road, Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG23 7EL
Afternoon Tea served between 2pm and 5pm, seven days a week, either on the Garden Terrace or in the Library.
- Afternoon tea is priced at £17.95 per adult and £8.95 for children.
- Full Afternoon Tea with a glass of Reynier Champagne £26.95 per person.
To Book please contact reception on +44(0)1256 783350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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2 x basic tailored trousers in black, grey or brown
1 x pencil skirt in black (dress this up or down)
1 x pair of good fitting jeans
1 x jacket (short style)
1 x winter coat in black, camel, navy, charcoal or red
1 x rain mac in standard beige, camel or statement colour
1 x pair of leather gloves
1 x hat in statement colour of the season
1 x scarf in statement colour of the season
1 x pair of boots black
1 x pair of heels in black
1 x pair of flat shoes in black or brown
1 x pattern shirt/top according to latest trend
1 x cardigan long style in statement colour or black
1 x shirt top long sleeve in black
1 x shirt top long sleeve in white
1 x pattern dress in statement seasonal colour
1 x plain shift style dress in black
1 x pair of leggings
2 x jumpers in seasonal colours (polo, scoop, crew, cowl or round neck)
1 x woollen shawl in seasonal colour or black ( a great alternative to a coat and this look can be very stylish and sophisticated)
2 x tops in seasonal styles and colours
1 x basic white tailored blouse
1 x skinny belt in black
1 x wider belt in statement colour
1 x hand bag (larger style for day wear) in black
1 x clutch bag for evening in black, silver, pewter bronze or gold
Neck scarves in a variety of colours (these help you to co-ordinate your outfit and complete your look)
Statement trend jewellery (don’t be scared to be bold)
Opaque tights (come in a variety of colours these days and look fabulous with heels or boots)
Putting you and your baby first.
- Discuss life as a new parent with the NCT qualified group leaders.
- Explore issues from crying and sleeping to the reality of parenthood.
- Meet other new parents in your area.
Find your nearest course now at: https://www.nct.org.uk/courses/antenatal
If your bag doesn’t have a compact changing mat, buy a travel version or disposable ones. . If you’re going to Europe, nappy sizes are the same as in the UK, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding suitable ones.
There’s no need to take all your equipment away with you – a favourite toy and a fold-away or inflatable baby bath will do the job. It’s wise to pack baby-friendly toiletries as you may not be able to find the ones you normally use. If a bath is part of your bedtime routine, try to stick to it – but don’t worry if things change while you’re away, just enjoy it. Your little one will soon slot back into her normal routine once you’re home.
A travel cost is a must for overnight stays. All models fold down for storage and come with a carry case and handle. Many hotels and holiday cottages provide cots, so check before you go. Baby sleeping bags save on bedding and are ideal for travel. They’re available in a range of weights, so buy a light one if your going somewhere warm. And think about packing a portable safety gate if you’re staying in a holiday house or cottage.
Useful tips for trouble-free travel
- Pack twice the amount of clothes you think your baby will need – to cope with any leaks or travel sickness.
- If you’re going on a long motorway journey, try to plan to travel at your baby’s nap time and allow for feeding stops.
- Allow longer for your journey and build unscheduled stops into your itinerary. Make sure you’ve got time to cope with any additional feeds and nappy changes.
- If your baby has a comforter or uses a soother, take it with you and pack a spare one in case you lose it en route!
- You don’t need to take all the toys you use to entertain your baby at home. When you’re on holiday, she’ll be stimulated by the change of scene, pace and family all being together.