France holiday part two: pedalos & pools and the beach!


(read part one of our Eurocamp holiday here!)

Friday

After our little trip to the supermarket to stock up on French goodies we decided to check out the pool. We'd passed it on our way in and had a glimpse at the water slides which I know Theo was dying to go on, so we changed and made our way over. The sky was looking a bit heavy so it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

The pool complex had this great glass roof that could be opened or closed meaning it as perfect for if the weather wasn't too warm or raining, or feel like you were still outside if the weather was nice and sunny with the roof open. Inside (if the roof was closed!) they had a large pool with lots of different steps, jets and a little jacuzzi area, this was pretty good for playing games and letting Rohan have a good kick around. There was also a dedicated baby/toddler pool which had its own dedicated little slides which were great, it was also the warmest pool. Then inside there were two different types of slides, a twisty one that went outside and in the dark then a really fast slide that three of you could go down in a row. None of the slides were that busy and each had their own plunge pool at the end. We were pretty surprised at just how fast the fast one was, but for a 7 year old, he was in his element. In addition to the inside pools there was also an outside part that had a lazy river with bridges and ramps. There is also the main bar and restaurant located by the pool, which looked pretty good.


After a few hours Rohan had had enough so we left Theo and Rob playing in the pool (honestly Theo could've stayed in all day) and walked the short way back to our home just as it decided to start to pour down. I love that cosy feeling of once you're all dry of sitting and watching the rain pour down. We sat on the decking under the canopy drinking tea and relaxing before the others returned and we started dinner.


Once we'd eaten dinner and the rain had cleared up, we decided to explore the campsite a bit more. I knew there were a few lakes and we wanted to get our bearings and ended up doing nearly a complete lap of the park. I love going out for an evening walk and it was a great way to get a feel for the place. Just past the swimming pools we found the fishing and boating lake, there was also a great play park by here where Theo played for a while. There was also a covered ping pong place, as well as extra things like trampolines, mini go cart track and other things you can pay extra for (we didn't actually get time to try any of these out, yet another reason to stay a little longer next time!)

It was so peaceful walking around the park, seeing families out together and it really felt like we were on holiday. I love how bedtime routines aren't as strict and it was great not having to worry about getting up early for school and our daily routine.


We saw that you could hire out pedalos too, so made a note to come back the next day and chose which one we wanted (I wanted the swan or flamingo but Theo chose the dragon!)

We then found the beach lake, complete with a beach side bar and restaurant too. I loved how there was the option of having this beach to go to as an alternative to the pool, and we couldn't wait to come back the next day and try it out too.


Saturday

We managed to check out the Eurocamp kids club and sent Theo off for the morning session of games. It's always a bit of a relief having a few hours break and I know it does Theo so much good to be around kids his own age for a while. They actually had kids club for all ages (from 6 months to 17!) including Rohan, but we didn't get round to doing one with him, but next time we will definitely check it out as I'm sure he'll love it. We spent a few hours just relaxing back at the holiday home having a slow morning until it was time to pick him up again. We had a little lunch back at the home before gathering up our beach things and heading to where we'd explored the evening before.


First stop though, the pedalos. The sun had been teasing and trying to come out properly all morning, and decided too just as we got out on the lake, so it was pretty hot, especially with all the pedalling! I think it was the first time Theo and I think he really enjoyed giving it a go, Rohan seemed to enjoy it too as it's pretty relaxing when you're not the one having to pedal and can just watch the water, and he looked very cute in his life jacket! We had half an hour (which Theo got a bit panicked about keeping to?!) which was actually the right amount of time for us all especially Rohan.


So next stop, the beach! I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the beach most of the time. I love being close to the water and being able to swim in the sea, but I have a slight phobia of putting my feet down, unless it's super clear. I also am not the biggest fan of the sand to have to sit on, I don't mind playing in it, but I HATE it when it get's all over your things especially if you're trying to eat.

But luckily the pool had lovely grassy banks with sunshades to lay your towels down, which meant that no sand went near our belongings and the sand was just there to play on. As the whole beach and lake are man-made the sand was lovely quality too and not gritty and horrible. The water was great too, and had a good gentle slope which did actually get pretty deep right out in the middle, I don't think I could stand up (but was also a little afraid to put my feet down to test!) You were also able to take your big inflatables out on the water which was great for floating and playing games. It was also pretty big so even though there were lots of people playing and swimming it didn't feel overcrowded at all.


Theo loves being buried in the sand, so of course we had to do this. Rohan on the other hand was all about the water, and this holiday seems to have really cemented the fact that he is happiest when he's in it. He had no fear about shuffling into the water and just wanted to splash around! We do have a baby float for him but I think he wants to be free now! We just need to find him a float to put around his waist to keep him a little more upright as there was quite a lot of face plating the water going on!



It was so good to see the boys being able to finally play together in the water, they loved splashing and chasing each other (Rohan's actually pretty fast and was able to bumshuffle even in the water!)


We all were able to get in and play together, and after a while Rohan and I just sat and watched Theo been thrown in the water over and over again by Rob, much to the delight of them both. Rohan just sat giggling.

After a while we got out and treated ourselves to an ice-cream from the bar, as well as some chips and a beer whilst we dried off. They did more food too, but there wasn't much option for vegetarians (as a lot of it was rotisserie chicken!) but we did note that they did crepes too! We had such a fun afternoon hanging out at the beach, and the best part of it was that we didn't have to pack up the car after and drive home. We just walked the short way back and got ready to have a bbq!

It was a really great day, and we ended it by drinking wine and playing card games together on the decking.


I also made a little video of our days so check out that!

France holiday part two: pedalos & pools and the beach!


(read part one of our Eurocamp holiday here!)

Friday

After our little trip to the supermarket to stock up on French goodies we decided to check out the pool. We'd passed it on our way in and had a glimpse at the water slides which I know Theo was dying to go on, so we changed and made our way over. The sky was looking a bit heavy so it was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

The pool complex had this great glass roof that could be opened or closed meaning it as perfect for if the weather wasn't too warm or raining, or feel like you were still outside if the weather was nice and sunny with the roof open. Inside (if the roof was closed!) they had a large pool with lots of different steps, jets and a little jacuzzi area, this was pretty good for playing games and letting Rohan have a good kick around. There was also a dedicated baby/toddler pool which had its own dedicated little slides which were great, it was also the warmest pool. Then inside there were two different types of slides, a twisty one that went outside and in the dark then a really fast slide that three of you could go down in a row. None of the slides were that busy and each had their own plunge pool at the end. We were pretty surprised at just how fast the fast one was, but for a 7 year old, he was in his element. In addition to the inside pools there was also an outside part that had a lazy river with bridges and ramps. There is also the main bar and restaurant located by the pool, which looked pretty good.


After a few hours Rohan had had enough so we left Theo and Rob playing in the pool (honestly Theo could've stayed in all day) and walked the short way back to our home just as it decided to start to pour down. I love that cosy feeling of once you're all dry of sitting and watching the rain pour down. We sat on the decking under the canopy drinking tea and relaxing before the others returned and we started dinner.


Once we'd eaten dinner and the rain had cleared up, we decided to explore the campsite a bit more. I knew there were a few lakes and we wanted to get our bearings and ended up doing nearly a complete lap of the park. I love going out for an evening walk and it was a great way to get a feel for the place. Just past the swimming pools we found the fishing and boating lake, there was also a great play park by here where Theo played for a while. There was also a covered ping pong place, as well as extra things like trampolines, mini go cart track and other things you can pay extra for (we didn't actually get time to try any of these out, yet another reason to stay a little longer next time!)

It was so peaceful walking around the park, seeing families out together and it really felt like we were on holiday. I love how bedtime routines aren't as strict and it was great not having to worry about getting up early for school and our daily routine.


We saw that you could hire out pedalos too, so made a note to come back the next day and chose which one we wanted (I wanted the swan or flamingo but Theo chose the dragon!)

We then found the beach lake, complete with a beach side bar and restaurant too. I loved how there was the option of having this beach to go to as an alternative to the pool, and we couldn't wait to come back the next day and try it out too.


Saturday

We managed to check out the Eurocamp kids club and sent Theo off for the morning session of games. It's always a bit of a relief having a few hours break and I know it does Theo so much good to be around kids his own age for a while. They actually had kids club for all ages (from 6 months to 17!) including Rohan, but we didn't get round to doing one with him, but next time we will definitely check it out as I'm sure he'll love it. We spent a few hours just relaxing back at the holiday home having a slow morning until it was time to pick him up again. We had a little lunch back at the home before gathering up our beach things and heading to where we'd explored the evening before.


First stop though, the pedalos. The sun had been teasing and trying to come out properly all morning, and decided too just as we got out on the lake, so it was pretty hot, especially with all the pedalling! I think it was the first time Theo and I think he really enjoyed giving it a go, Rohan seemed to enjoy it too as it's pretty relaxing when you're not the one having to pedal and can just watch the water, and he looked very cute in his life jacket! We had half an hour (which Theo got a bit panicked about keeping to?!) which was actually the right amount of time for us all especially Rohan.


So next stop, the beach! I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the beach most of the time. I love being close to the water and being able to swim in the sea, but I have a slight phobia of putting my feet down, unless it's super clear. I also am not the biggest fan of the sand to have to sit on, I don't mind playing in it, but I HATE it when it get's all over your things especially if you're trying to eat.

But luckily the pool had lovely grassy banks with sunshades to lay your towels down, which meant that no sand went near our belongings and the sand was just there to play on. As the whole beach and lake are man-made the sand was lovely quality too and not gritty and horrible. The water was great too, and had a good gentle slope which did actually get pretty deep right out in the middle, I don't think I could stand up (but was also a little afraid to put my feet down to test!) You were also able to take your big inflatables out on the water which was great for floating and playing games. It was also pretty big so even though there were lots of people playing and swimming it didn't feel overcrowded at all.


Theo loves being buried in the sand, so of course we had to do this. Rohan on the other hand was all about the water, and this holiday seems to have really cemented the fact that he is happiest when he's in it. He had no fear about shuffling into the water and just wanted to splash around! We do have a baby float for him but I think he wants to be free now! We just need to find him a float to put around his waist to keep him a little more upright as there was quite a lot of face plating the water going on!



It was so good to see the boys being able to finally play together in the water, they loved splashing and chasing each other (Rohan's actually pretty fast and was able to bumshuffle even in the water!)


We all were able to get in and play together, and after a while Rohan and I just sat and watched Theo been thrown in the water over and over again by Rob, much to the delight of them both. Rohan just sat giggling.

After a while we got out and treated ourselves to an ice-cream from the bar, as well as some chips and a beer whilst we dried off. They did more food too, but there wasn't much option for vegetarians (as a lot of it was rotisserie chicken!) but we did note that they did crepes too! We had such a fun afternoon hanging out at the beach, and the best part of it was that we didn't have to pack up the car after and drive home. We just walked the short way back and got ready to have a bbq!

It was a really great day, and we ended it by drinking wine and playing card games together on the decking.


I also made a little video of our days so check out that!

So that was Summer; Part One


So that was that, Summer has passed in a hazy blur once more. I think we spent more time by the coast than we did in the city and for me that's always a good thing.

Not long after school broke up we packed up the car (with A LOT of stuff) and headed South for a week of camping in Cornwall. We drove to the Lizard Point, an area we'd both not really explored since we were children and made it our home for the week. We went camping last year in our bell tent but had to cut it short due to my horrible morning sickness in early pregnancy with Rohan. So we were determined to make it work this year, with a five year old and a baby. We definitely upped our camping game though and even had a pitch with electricity which helped!

The first few days we were gifted great weather, so of course were drawn to the beach. I think we may have started with the best as we visited Kynance Cove just down the road and joined the crowds as we walked over the beautiful heather topped cliffs down towards the sparkling blue sea. We managed to find a spot and pitch our beach shelter just in time for Rohan to have his first three hour long nap on the beach. Sometimes there's nothing more comforting than the memory of falling asleep on the beach, still being able to hear the noise of the waves crashing, the shrieks of playing children and conversation all around you.

We paddled in the crystal clear waters, jumping over waves taking in the beauty of the scenery. After a long afternoon with the picnic complete we climbed to the top of the cliff to have our first cornish cream tea and ice cream whilst looking over the bay.

The next day was followed by much of the same, we headed to a different beach armed this time with a wet suit and a body board and tried our hand at surfing the waves a little. Theo was apprehensive at first, and after a little (massive) meltdown, I manage to persuade him how fun it was and he gave it a go eventually, and did really like it! Rohan had another mega beach nap and we stayed until the the sun started to hide behind the forming clouds and evening was drawing in. That evening we went to get fish and chips and eat them by a harbour side. The perfect holiday day.

We might just skip over the next day, as it rained ALL day. It was hard to believe that the day before we'd been laying on the beach and applying suncream. We spent the morning on the campsite at the indoor pool and play area before attempting to visit a very wet Falmouth and go to a museum. To cut a long story short, the museum had a massive queue as the rest of Cornwall apparently had the same idea, and it was pretty expensive to go in, so we admitted defeat and found a cafe for some cream tea and hot chocolate before trudging back home again for a cozy night in the tent!

The rest I'll save for another time!



So that was Summer; Part One


So that was that, Summer has passed in a hazy blur once more. I think we spent more time by the coast than we did in the city and for me that's always a good thing.

Not long after school broke up we packed up the car (with A LOT of stuff) and headed South for a week of camping in Cornwall. We drove to the Lizard Point, an area we'd both not really explored since we were children and made it our home for the week. We went camping last year in our bell tent but had to cut it short due to my horrible morning sickness in early pregnancy with Rohan. So we were determined to make it work this year, with a five year old and a baby. We definitely upped our camping game though and even had a pitch with electricity which helped!

The first few days we were gifted great weather, so of course were drawn to the beach. I think we may have started with the best as we visited Kynance Cove just down the road and joined the crowds as we walked over the beautiful heather topped cliffs down towards the sparkling blue sea. We managed to find a spot and pitch our beach shelter just in time for Rohan to have his first three hour long nap on the beach. Sometimes there's nothing more comforting than the memory of falling asleep on the beach, still being able to hear the noise of the waves crashing, the shrieks of playing children and conversation all around you.

We paddled in the crystal clear waters, jumping over waves taking in the beauty of the scenery. After a long afternoon with the picnic complete we climbed to the top of the cliff to have our first cornish cream tea and ice cream whilst looking over the bay.

The next day was followed by much of the same, we headed to a different beach armed this time with a wet suit and a body board and tried our hand at surfing the waves a little. Theo was apprehensive at first, and after a little (massive) meltdown, I manage to persuade him how fun it was and he gave it a go eventually, and did really like it! Rohan had another mega beach nap and we stayed until the the sun started to hide behind the forming clouds and evening was drawing in. That evening we went to get fish and chips and eat them by a harbour side. The perfect holiday day.

We might just skip over the next day, as it rained ALL day. It was hard to believe that the day before we'd been laying on the beach and applying suncream. We spent the morning on the campsite at the indoor pool and play area before attempting to visit a very wet Falmouth and go to a museum. To cut a long story short, the museum had a massive queue as the rest of Cornwall apparently had the same idea, and it was pretty expensive to go in, so we admitted defeat and found a cafe for some cream tea and hot chocolate before trudging back home again for a cozy night in the tent!

The rest I'll save for another time!



Cornwall adventure

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Since we found out the results and things have somewhat calmed down a bit I'm trying to get myself back into some sort of normal routine. That means finally getting round to finishing some posts that have been sitting here half written before everything was interrupted with multiple trips to hospitals and all the stress that came with the last few weeks. It's also lovely to look back on the parts of Summer that we enjoyed, in a sort of unaware blissful haze.

Now that the days are drawing in, the trees are turning and Autumn is well and truly making itself noticed it seems hard to think just over a month ago we were still hanging out at the beach.


We were lucky enough to be invited to stay once more at Trevella Park for a mini break before school started. We hadn't been back to Cornwall for a few years since our last stay (instead heading way north to Scotland for our summer holiday last year!) and were really over to moon to be able to spend a few days right at the end of the summer, as a family of three, before the big start of school.

We were staying in a mobile home once more, and Theo remembered our stay from last time and was super excited to get there and explore. On our first day we took advantage of the morning sunshine and went for a swim altogether in the outside pool, before deciding to make the most of the weather and drive down to St.Ives. I can't recall ever visiting before, so I was looking forward to exploring this well known little seaside town.


We of course headed straight for the beach and made a little camp for a picnic (a seagull managed to snatch a sandwich out of my hand though!). The beach was so vast and beautiful, with the tide right out and perfect for paddling. The crystal clear water was so inviting it was hard not to just get drawn in and just spend hours gazing out.

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We of course headed straight for the beach and made a little camp for a picnic (a seagull managed to snatch a sandwich out of my hand though!). The beach was so vast and beautiful, with the tide right out and perfect for paddling. The crystal clear water was so inviting it was hard not to just get drawn in and just spend hours gazing out.

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We stayed for a little while longer before packing up and dusting off our sand covered feet we decided to have a little visit to the Tate which stood just above the beach. First stop was obviously tea and cake overlooking the beach below.

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Although we like to visit museums with Theo we've not really ventured much into the world of art galleries with him, and I had to say I was a little nervous (especially after filling him with a massive cake) how he would react and behave. But I had little to worry about as the space is just so interesting and engaging that we had no trouble at all. There was a little trail for kids to do, which Theo took to with great enthusiasm, trying to find all the segments of pictures throughout the galleries. I was really impressed with the exhibitions and loved the interactivity of most of them.

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After we finished up there was just enough time to have a little walk around the town as the shops and cafes shut for the day. What a beautiful place St.Ives is, and definitely on our list of somewhere to go back to!

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Cornwall adventure

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Since we found out the results and things have somewhat calmed down a bit I'm trying to get myself back into some sort of normal routine. That means finally getting round to finishing some posts that have been sitting here half written before everything was interrupted with multiple trips to hospitals and all the stress that came with the last few weeks. It's also lovely to look back on the parts of Summer that we enjoyed, in a sort of unaware blissful haze.

Now that the days are drawing in, the trees are turning and Autumn is well and truly making itself noticed it seems hard to think just over a month ago we were still hanging out at the beach.


We were lucky enough to be invited to stay once more at Trevella Park for a mini break before school started. We hadn't been back to Cornwall for a few years since our last stay (instead heading way north to Scotland for our summer holiday last year!) and were really over to moon to be able to spend a few days right at the end of the summer, as a family of three, before the big start of school.

We were staying in a mobile home once more, and Theo remembered our stay from last time and was super excited to get there and explore. On our first day we took advantage of the morning sunshine and went for a swim altogether in the outside pool, before deciding to make the most of the weather and drive down to St.Ives. I can't recall ever visiting before, so I was looking forward to exploring this well known little seaside town.


We of course headed straight for the beach and made a little camp for a picnic (a seagull managed to snatch a sandwich out of my hand though!). The beach was so vast and beautiful, with the tide right out and perfect for paddling. The crystal clear water was so inviting it was hard not to just get drawn in and just spend hours gazing out.

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We of course headed straight for the beach and made a little camp for a picnic (a seagull managed to snatch a sandwich out of my hand though!). The beach was so vast and beautiful, with the tide right out and perfect for paddling. The crystal clear water was so inviting it was hard not to just get drawn in and just spend hours gazing out.

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We stayed for a little while longer before packing up and dusting off our sand covered feet we decided to have a little visit to the Tate which stood just above the beach. First stop was obviously tea and cake overlooking the beach below.

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Although we like to visit museums with Theo we've not really ventured much into the world of art galleries with him, and I had to say I was a little nervous (especially after filling him with a massive cake) how he would react and behave. But I had little to worry about as the space is just so interesting and engaging that we had no trouble at all. There was a little trail for kids to do, which Theo took to with great enthusiasm, trying to find all the segments of pictures throughout the galleries. I was really impressed with the exhibitions and loved the interactivity of most of them.

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After we finished up there was just enough time to have a little walk around the town as the shops and cafes shut for the day. What a beautiful place St.Ives is, and definitely on our list of somewhere to go back to!

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Postcards from Devon part three

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So before we go on holiday next week and I have another thousand photographs to go through and share I thought I'd put up the last of our trip from Devon, from what seems like months ago! I actually think that these might be my favourite set from that trip. Rob joined us for the end of our mini holiday in the Easter holidays and we took a trip over to Dawlish Warren for a play on the seafront and perhaps a little go on the 2p machines...

After our last beach trip got cut a little short by the sea mist rolling in we were more than happy to have another paddle and play on the beach. It was great to see Theo's confidence with the waves and the sea grow over the few days, and I hope that this means over the summer when (fingers crossed!) it's warmer we can go a little further in! 

At the weekend we're heading over to Norfolk for some of our dear friends wedding and we couldn't be more excited! Following that we're taking our bell tent and camping with it for the first time along the beautiful Norfolk coast. I can't wait to show Rob and indeed Theo the places and beaches I used to visit when I was little and share my seaside experience with them. 

I have a few more posts lined up this week (hopefully!) but as of next week we're going pretty off grid with no electricity and probably not a lot of internet! I feel like I need a little holiday, and I just can't wait! 

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Postcards from Devon part three

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So before we go on holiday next week and I have another thousand photographs to go through and share I thought I'd put up the last of our trip from Devon, from what seems like months ago! I actually think that these might be my favourite set from that trip. Rob joined us for the end of our mini holiday in the Easter holidays and we took a trip over to Dawlish Warren for a play on the seafront and perhaps a little go on the 2p machines...

After our last beach trip got cut a little short by the sea mist rolling in we were more than happy to have another paddle and play on the beach. It was great to see Theo's confidence with the waves and the sea grow over the few days, and I hope that this means over the summer when (fingers crossed!) it's warmer we can go a little further in! 

At the weekend we're heading over to Norfolk for some of our dear friends wedding and we couldn't be more excited! Following that we're taking our bell tent and camping with it for the first time along the beautiful Norfolk coast. I can't wait to show Rob and indeed Theo the places and beaches I used to visit when I was little and share my seaside experience with them. 

I have a few more posts lined up this week (hopefully!) but as of next week we're going pretty off grid with no electricity and probably not a lot of internet! I feel like I need a little holiday, and I just can't wait! 

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Adventures from Kent

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I seemed to have lost a little of my blogging mojo (if that's what you call it). It often goes this way, for a few months I seem to have lots I want to write about and share but then suddenly real life takes over and I find it hard to get back into the groove. So forgive me if there's only been reels of photographs of recent adventures but I feel I need to go through the back catalogues and get them cleared before I can move on. I don't know why I always apologise for these sorts of posts, because surely if you're here and have been a reader of this blog for a while and keep coming back then perhaps you're the type of person who doesn't mind such posts and even expect it (and dare I say enjoy them?!)...so should I just get on with it without this massive preamble? Perhaps I should...

Over the Easter holidays you may remember we became slightly stranded in Kent whilst visiting my sister. What was supposed to be a quick weekend stop became a three or four day mini holiday whilst we waited for my car to be fixed. On a bright but ridiculously windy day we headed out to north Kent coast line, through Margate and on into Ukip land (good job not voting Ukip, though Thanet). I seriously love this coastline with the famous white chalk cliffs and beautiful little seaside towns like Broadstairs, and wide beaches to explore. So after our jaunt around Margate we headed over to a pretty secluded beach called Botany Bay. Had it not been so windy it would have been glorious, but all the same the wide sands and rocky coast was pretty inviting and we stayed a while watching the wind lift the sand off the surface and make it dance across it in mesmerising patterns. The dog and the child were let loose and I looked on as Theo dashed into the sea and climbed on rocks and cliffs. We eventually called it a day when the wind had battered our heads enough and headed back to the car for the post beach sleepy drive home I remember so well from my childhood. 

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Adventures from Kent

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I seemed to have lost a little of my blogging mojo (if that's what you call it). It often goes this way, for a few months I seem to have lots I want to write about and share but then suddenly real life takes over and I find it hard to get back into the groove. So forgive me if there's only been reels of photographs of recent adventures but I feel I need to go through the back catalogues and get them cleared before I can move on. I don't know why I always apologise for these sorts of posts, because surely if you're here and have been a reader of this blog for a while and keep coming back then perhaps you're the type of person who doesn't mind such posts and even expect it (and dare I say enjoy them?!)...so should I just get on with it without this massive preamble? Perhaps I should...

Over the Easter holidays you may remember we became slightly stranded in Kent whilst visiting my sister. What was supposed to be a quick weekend stop became a three or four day mini holiday whilst we waited for my car to be fixed. On a bright but ridiculously windy day we headed out to north Kent coast line, through Margate and on into Ukip land (good job not voting Ukip, though Thanet). I seriously love this coastline with the famous white chalk cliffs and beautiful little seaside towns like Broadstairs, and wide beaches to explore. So after our jaunt around Margate we headed over to a pretty secluded beach called Botany Bay. Had it not been so windy it would have been glorious, but all the same the wide sands and rocky coast was pretty inviting and we stayed a while watching the wind lift the sand off the surface and make it dance across it in mesmerising patterns. The dog and the child were let loose and I looked on as Theo dashed into the sea and climbed on rocks and cliffs. We eventually called it a day when the wind had battered our heads enough and headed back to the car for the post beach sleepy drive home I remember so well from my childhood. 

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Postcards from Wales; Our holiday at Bluestone Wales resort

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bluestone wales park resort winter

I woke up on our last morning at Bluestone, warm and drowsy and I peeped out of the curtains to find the landscape painted white with a thick frost glistening in the morning sun. I threw on my coat and stepped outside to capture the beautiful light and low lying mist hanging in the valley below.

Still full of cold we had a slow morning packing up our belongings to leave the lodge. It was such a shame to leave early, I think we all would have liked another swim and a little more of an explore of the surrounding areas and beaches.

We did have time to go back into the woods for another mini walk, and even though the thick trees protected the lower layers of the ravine from the frost, it was filled with beautiful mist that clung to the tree trunks with sunlight filtering through.

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bluestone wales park resort winter
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bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
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bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
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By the last day we'd really got our bearings of the place, and could have easily spent another day enjoying the facilities, visiting the park, going for a long nature walk, discovering nearby beaches, going for a swim and perhaps another play in the adventure centre. It felt a little odd that we hadn't been out in the 'real world' for four days, but had been happy in our bubble and holiday routine and having everything we needed within the park itself and our lodge.

Once we returned from our misty walk we packed up the door and said goodbye to our upside down house and headed towards Tenby to have a look around and some lunch. We walked through the quaint high street, popping into a few shops before deciding where to eat. After we filled our tummies we took a short walk down to the seafront and admired the colourful houses standing out against the dreary grey sky. We then hopped back into the car and headed up the coast to Saundersfoot for a brisk and bracing walk on the beach. We stayed until our hands were numb and the sharp January wind became too much and walked back to the car pockets heavy with different stones and treasures we found. I do love the beach in winter, but something about these vast expanses of sand stretching out as far into the distance did make me long for warmer weather and for long hazy days spent relaxing at the beach.

I made a promise to myself to come back and explore properly in those summer months!

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We had such a lovely break, and despite Theo being ill we managed to pack lots of fun in! We found the resort a perfect place for a family break and it really made us enjoy the activities together. I'd love to stay in the warmer months, maybe hire bikes and spend more time exploring the local area. It is truly beautiful and definitely made me want to come back! 

Thanks to Bluestone Wales for inviting us to stay - we really did have a brilliant time! 

Postcards from Wales; Our holiday at Bluestone Wales resort

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bluestone wales park resort winter
bluestone wales park resort winter
bluestone wales park resort winter
bluestone wales park resort winter

I woke up on our last morning at Bluestone, warm and drowsy and I peeped out of the curtains to find the landscape painted white with a thick frost glistening in the morning sun. I threw on my coat and stepped outside to capture the beautiful light and low lying mist hanging in the valley below.

Still full of cold we had a slow morning packing up our belongings to leave the lodge. It was such a shame to leave early, I think we all would have liked another swim and a little more of an explore of the surrounding areas and beaches.

We did have time to go back into the woods for another mini walk, and even though the thick trees protected the lower layers of the ravine from the frost, it was filled with beautiful mist that clung to the tree trunks with sunlight filtering through.

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bluestone wales park resort winter
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bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
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bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
bluestone wales park resort winter camp smokey
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By the last day we'd really got our bearings of the place, and could have easily spent another day enjoying the facilities, visiting the park, going for a long nature walk, discovering nearby beaches, going for a swim and perhaps another play in the adventure centre. It felt a little odd that we hadn't been out in the 'real world' for four days, but had been happy in our bubble and holiday routine and having everything we needed within the park itself and our lodge.

Once we returned from our misty walk we packed up the door and said goodbye to our upside down house and headed towards Tenby to have a look around and some lunch. We walked through the quaint high street, popping into a few shops before deciding where to eat. After we filled our tummies we took a short walk down to the seafront and admired the colourful houses standing out against the dreary grey sky. We then hopped back into the car and headed up the coast to Saundersfoot for a brisk and bracing walk on the beach. We stayed until our hands were numb and the sharp January wind became too much and walked back to the car pockets heavy with different stones and treasures we found. I do love the beach in winter, but something about these vast expanses of sand stretching out as far into the distance did make me long for warmer weather and for long hazy days spent relaxing at the beach.

I made a promise to myself to come back and explore properly in those summer months!

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We had such a lovely break, and despite Theo being ill we managed to pack lots of fun in! We found the resort a perfect place for a family break and it really made us enjoy the activities together. I'd love to stay in the warmer months, maybe hire bikes and spend more time exploring the local area. It is truly beautiful and definitely made me want to come back! 

Thanks to Bluestone Wales for inviting us to stay - we really did have a brilliant time! 

Postcards from Scotland 4


So it doesn't always rain in Scotland, and when it doesn't then a beach is always a good idea. 

I've longed to explore the coast lines of Scotland, and other than taking the trip as far north as I could get and ferrying myself over to Orkney and Shetland Islands a few years ago, the urge is still very much there. Where we were staying was not so much the coastline, but nestled amongst the great lochs such as Loch Lomand and Loch Long providing us with stunning views. But to search out a beach we took a drive to a small island called Bute. 

With our car packed with all the necessities for a day on the beach we travelled over the hills and around the great expanses of water on newly surfaced roads iced like great wedding cakes. The scenery unfolded, and held us in awe as every corner we turned provided us with more stunning scenery. We arrived at a small ferry crossing and with excitement of the memory of childhood ferry rides we boarded the car ferry. A short drive on the other side and we reached our destination of Ettrick Bay. The calm water glistened in the sun as we gazed out to the horizon with the peaks of the Isle of Arran in the distance. We spent the day as you would expect, we picnicked, built sand castles, ate ice cream and relaxed. The water itself was so calm and shallow that we could take a slightly water nervous three year old out far away from the beach and rebuild some confidence. We spotted tiny fish and crabs swimming through the clear water and later as the tide receded we searched in the pools and rocks that it left behind. 

It's hard to pick just one day out of the holiday, but if pushed I'd say that this was my favourite. My mum and Andy met us on their own trip to Scotland, and it felt good to be out exploring this beautiful place. As the day wore on to evening the dogs were let off leads and we watched as they bounded over the sand and through the water with sheer delight. If there was ever to be a perfect beach day, then I think we might have come very close. We left feeling happy with a warm glow, perhaps from our slightly pinked skin. 

We also were very happy to have a chance to test out Theo's new swimwear from Sunuva, which provided a UPV 50+ to protect his skin. We loved the design, and luckily for you they are currently in the sale! And his jellies made for the perfect rock pool searching accessory! 

We were sent the swimwear as a gift for review, but all words and thoughts are my own! 

Postcards from Scotland 4


So it doesn't always rain in Scotland, and when it doesn't then a beach is always a good idea. 

I've longed to explore the coast lines of Scotland, and other than taking the trip as far north as I could get and ferrying myself over to Orkney and Shetland Islands a few years ago, the urge is still very much there. Where we were staying was not so much the coastline, but nestled amongst the great lochs such as Loch Lomand and Loch Long providing us with stunning views. But to search out a beach we took a drive to a small island called Bute. 

With our car packed with all the necessities for a day on the beach we travelled over the hills and around the great expanses of water on newly surfaced roads iced like great wedding cakes. The scenery unfolded, and held us in awe as every corner we turned provided us with more stunning scenery. We arrived at a small ferry crossing and with excitement of the memory of childhood ferry rides we boarded the car ferry. A short drive on the other side and we reached our destination of Ettrick Bay. The calm water glistened in the sun as we gazed out to the horizon with the peaks of the Isle of Arran in the distance. We spent the day as you would expect, we picnicked, built sand castles, ate ice cream and relaxed. The water itself was so calm and shallow that we could take a slightly water nervous three year old out far away from the beach and rebuild some confidence. We spotted tiny fish and crabs swimming through the clear water and later as the tide receded we searched in the pools and rocks that it left behind. 

It's hard to pick just one day out of the holiday, but if pushed I'd say that this was my favourite. My mum and Andy met us on their own trip to Scotland, and it felt good to be out exploring this beautiful place. As the day wore on to evening the dogs were let off leads and we watched as they bounded over the sand and through the water with sheer delight. If there was ever to be a perfect beach day, then I think we might have come very close. We left feeling happy with a warm glow, perhaps from our slightly pinked skin. 

We also were very happy to have a chance to test out Theo's new swimwear from Sunuva, which provided a UPV 50+ to protect his skin. We loved the design, and luckily for you they are currently in the sale! And his jellies made for the perfect rock pool searching accessory! 

We were sent the swimwear as a gift for review, but all words and thoughts are my own! 

London Retro sunglasses giveaway

Hooray! Today's the day I've been looking forward to for the last month, the thing that's kept me going! We're off on our biggest me and him adventure yet and boarding on a plane to visit my sister in Spain.

We're hoping for warm weather and blue skies so we can warm our skin and wear sandals and sunglasses! With days at the beach planned and finding free things to do in Barcelona we're looking forward to spending our days exploring and revisiting old favourites from this wonderful city. I can't wait for Theo to experience it and be aware of being in a different country.

To celebrate our little holiday I've joined up with the excellent Glasses Direct to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a pair of London Retro sunglasses or glasses for themselves!





Glasses Direct offer a really great, quick service. There are so many different style to choose from and I did fall a little bit in love with quite a few of the frames, especially just the plain glasses version of my sunglasses. I just wish I needed to wear glasses full time, as I didn't want to take them off when I trialled them at home.

Glasses Direct offer an excellent free service, where you can trial 4 different frames for 7 days at home. Great for those who can't decide or not sure what styles suit you. I'm so glad I did this, as I had a few frames that I really liked the look of, but didn't suit me at all! I did however find the perfect pair, and I was super happy with the results. They're really lightweight but strong, and fit really well. My old pair of sunglasses had horrible nose pads that always fell off or got stuck in my hair when taking them off my head...very annoying!

So for your chance to win your choice of glasses all you have to do is enter below! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



London Retro sunglasses giveaway

Hooray! Today's the day I've been looking forward to for the last month, the thing that's kept me going! We're off on our biggest me and him adventure yet and boarding on a plane to visit my sister in Spain.

We're hoping for warm weather and blue skies so we can warm our skin and wear sandals and sunglasses! With days at the beach planned and finding free things to do in Barcelona we're looking forward to spending our days exploring and revisiting old favourites from this wonderful city. I can't wait for Theo to experience it and be aware of being in a different country.

To celebrate our little holiday I've joined up with the excellent Glasses Direct to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a pair of London Retro sunglasses or glasses for themselves!





Glasses Direct offer a really great, quick service. There are so many different style to choose from and I did fall a little bit in love with quite a few of the frames, especially just the plain glasses version of my sunglasses. I just wish I needed to wear glasses full time, as I didn't want to take them off when I trialled them at home.

Glasses Direct offer an excellent free service, where you can trial 4 different frames for 7 days at home. Great for those who can't decide or not sure what styles suit you. I'm so glad I did this, as I had a few frames that I really liked the look of, but didn't suit me at all! I did however find the perfect pair, and I was super happy with the results. They're really lightweight but strong, and fit really well. My old pair of sunglasses had horrible nose pads that always fell off or got stuck in my hair when taking them off my head...very annoying!

So for your chance to win your choice of glasses all you have to do is enter below! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



to the seaside!

It seems funny to think that just last week we were sunning ourselves on the beach, tasting our first ice-creams cones of the year and dreaming up all of our summer adventures. Good weather is fleeting on our fair Isle, and we've all learnt now that when it's here you have to get out and make the most of it. In all cases, a week later you'll be pulling out your coat and boots that you casually tried to put away for next winter, in full knowledge that you would need to be able to access them again for the next few months. And so it goes.

In order to stock up on vitamin d we headed out to Weston-Super-Mare last week, to join the masses for a good old day at the seaside. Even though the front is fun to drive by and watch the big wheel spin round and the donkeys going backwards and forwards along the sand, its probably best avoided with two children who don't seem to understand the concept of money, and therefore the lack of it. Also I suppose showing them that you don't have to spend lots of money on attractions when all you need is a bucket and spade and a friend!

We choose to visit a little park, with excellent climbing frames and water sprinklers to have our lunch and a run around first. Due to my pretty spectacular hatred of eating anywhere where sand may creep its way into my sandwich.

After wrapping up in towels, drying off and finishing our picnic we headed onto the sand to the right of the pier, where it's slightly quieter. The boys dug holes, made shapes and castles in the sand and discovered the delights of burying each other.

Given the space and freedom these two will run and chase each other for miles and upon discovering the vastness of the beach, they set about doing just that. Before being enticed back for ice cream. (Note to self, use ice cream as bribe to leave the beach, and therefore avoiding long persuasions to leave and reduce the risk of sand in said ice creams)


And so our day at the beach ended,  we drove back to Bristol with two sleeping boys in the back, satisfied from our successful (and cheap!) day out. 

to the seaside!

It seems funny to think that just last week we were sunning ourselves on the beach, tasting our first ice-creams cones of the year and dreaming up all of our summer adventures. Good weather is fleeting on our fair Isle, and we've all learnt now that when it's here you have to get out and make the most of it. In all cases, a week later you'll be pulling out your coat and boots that you casually tried to put away for next winter, in full knowledge that you would need to be able to access them again for the next few months. And so it goes.

In order to stock up on vitamin d we headed out to Weston-Super-Mare last week, to join the masses for a good old day at the seaside. Even though the front is fun to drive by and watch the big wheel spin round and the donkeys going backwards and forwards along the sand, its probably best avoided with two children who don't seem to understand the concept of money, and therefore the lack of it. Also I suppose showing them that you don't have to spend lots of money on attractions when all you need is a bucket and spade and a friend!

We choose to visit a little park, with excellent climbing frames and water sprinklers to have our lunch and a run around first. Due to my pretty spectacular hatred of eating anywhere where sand may creep its way into my sandwich.

After wrapping up in towels, drying off and finishing our picnic we headed onto the sand to the right of the pier, where it's slightly quieter. The boys dug holes, made shapes and castles in the sand and discovered the delights of burying each other.

Given the space and freedom these two will run and chase each other for miles and upon discovering the vastness of the beach, they set about doing just that. Before being enticed back for ice cream. (Note to self, use ice cream as bribe to leave the beach, and therefore avoiding long persuasions to leave and reduce the risk of sand in said ice creams)


And so our day at the beach ended,  we drove back to Bristol with two sleeping boys in the back, satisfied from our successful (and cheap!) day out.