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 three


We arrived back from our Cornwall holiday for a quick pitstop back in Bristol before heading back East, to my hometown for a friends wedding and to see my dad. It's always a weird sensation going back with my little family, showing them the places of my childhood. It was the first time Rohan had been there too, so that was good to feel like we were introducing him there. We spent a few days there before Rob, Rohan and I headed to Mersea Island for our second wedding (two in two weeks!) and had such a great time.

We passed the rest of the time spending it on little day trips to castles, walks around parks and climbing trees. It was a good Summer. Our first as a family of four and we felt so lucky to be able to take a holiday all together at last!




We decided to spend the last part of the holidays and bank holiday weekend down in Devon for one last little trip and mini holiday. Going down to Teignmouth is always such a treat, it's our little holiday home, where we know we can escape to when we need to most. We get to stay with Rob's grandparents where we're always made to feel so welcome and do all those lovely seaside holiday things. We played on the beach, went to the pier, swam in the lido, went to the zoo and of course played on the pier. It felt like we managed to snatch a little more of the summer before it was September once more and summer was over as quickly as it began...(other than it being a ridiculously warm September!)


So that was Summer; part three


We arrived back from our Cornwall holiday for a quick pitstop back in Bristol before heading back East, to my hometown for a friends wedding and to see my dad. It's always a weird sensation going back with my little family, showing them the places of my childhood. It was the first time Rohan had been there too, so that was good to feel like we were introducing him there. We spent a few days there before Rob, Rohan and I headed to Mersea Island for our second wedding (two in two weeks!) and had such a great time.

We passed the rest of the time spending it on little day trips to castles, walks around parks and climbing trees. It was a good Summer. Our first as a family of four and we felt so lucky to be able to take a holiday all together at last!




We decided to spend the last part of the holidays and bank holiday weekend down in Devon for one last little trip and mini holiday. Going down to Teignmouth is always such a treat, it's our little holiday home, where we know we can escape to when we need to most. We get to stay with Rob's grandparents where we're always made to feel so welcome and do all those lovely seaside holiday things. We played on the beach, went to the pier, swam in the lido, went to the zoo and of course played on the pier. It felt like we managed to snatch a little more of the summer before it was September once more and summer was over as quickly as it began...(other than it being a ridiculously warm September!)


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 Scotland 7


So I've done it, I've reached the very last set of photographs from our holiday to Scotland. Yes I took a lot of photographs, and yes I'm slow at getting round to sharing. But holidays aren't all about coming home and sharing all the memories straight away for me, its about savouring them over the months and reliving moments that may have faded from your memory slowly over time. 

We spent our last day in the cottage hiding from the rain in the morning before packing up a picnic of leftovers and heading out towards Loch Lomond for our final adventure. As the rain ceased the heavy clouds clung to the tops of the hills and the mist rolled over, and we even caught glimpses of sunshine through the breaks. Unsure of a destination and with no real plan in mind, we travelled around the lochs and through villages, some touristy, some not. Around lunchtime we decided to stop and found a lochside road stop, where we ate lunch and investigated. We were so glad we did, as we found little coves and secluded pebble beaches with clear water lapping at the edge. The sun found its way out through the clouds, and it wasn't long before the pup and the boy ventured in. The views were spectacular, and perfectly ended our love affair with Scotland. 

The next day we packed up our things and left our sweet cottage on the side of the hill and drove to Dunoon to take the ferry across the loch this time. On the other side at Gourock, we stopped at a funny open air heated swimming pool, and dared to walk in the freezing rain to the pool in our costumes for a swim. The water was salt from the loch, and a very strange experience! We stayed as long as we could bear it before warming ourselves at a cosy cafe for lunch. Then our long drive down through Scotland towards Cheshire began, staying in a hotel for the night, before heading to our last treat of the holiday...a day at Alton Towers! 





Postcards from Scotland 7


So I've done it, I've reached the very last set of photographs from our holiday to Scotland. Yes I took a lot of photographs, and yes I'm slow at getting round to sharing. But holidays aren't all about coming home and sharing all the memories straight away for me, its about savouring them over the months and reliving moments that may have faded from your memory slowly over time. 

We spent our last day in the cottage hiding from the rain in the morning before packing up a picnic of leftovers and heading out towards Loch Lomond for our final adventure. As the rain ceased the heavy clouds clung to the tops of the hills and the mist rolled over, and we even caught glimpses of sunshine through the breaks. Unsure of a destination and with no real plan in mind, we travelled around the lochs and through villages, some touristy, some not. Around lunchtime we decided to stop and found a lochside road stop, where we ate lunch and investigated. We were so glad we did, as we found little coves and secluded pebble beaches with clear water lapping at the edge. The sun found its way out through the clouds, and it wasn't long before the pup and the boy ventured in. The views were spectacular, and perfectly ended our love affair with Scotland. 

The next day we packed up our things and left our sweet cottage on the side of the hill and drove to Dunoon to take the ferry across the loch this time. On the other side at Gourock, we stopped at a funny open air heated swimming pool, and dared to walk in the freezing rain to the pool in our costumes for a swim. The water was salt from the loch, and a very strange experience! We stayed as long as we could bear it before warming ourselves at a cosy cafe for lunch. Then our long drive down through Scotland towards Cheshire began, staying in a hotel for the night, before heading to our last treat of the holiday...a day at Alton Towers! 





Postcards from Scotland 5



It seems only fitting to perhaps post these set of photographs. They are perhaps my favourite from our whole trip and the most perfect end to a perfect day spent soaking up this beautiful country.

So yesterday Scotland voted no to independence, and even though a little of me feels disappointed that such a momentous moment in history didn't quite happen for those who wanted it, I am glad that we still remain United. For to lose Scotland from our fair isles would be a great shame. Not just for the beauty, but for the people and the passion. I'm proud of a Nation that stands up for what they believe, for when given the chance, so many want to have their say and to believe that this will all encourage change for the future, in a positive way. So without being too political, I just wanted to say I'm thankful and proud for peaceful democracy, that isn't of course without it's faults but that hopefully works.

These photographs were taken after our trip to the beach, whilst on the Island of Bute. After a delicious pub dinner and local ale we started our trip back to the cottage winding our way back once more around the Lochs and through the hills. As we rounded a corner a huge inviting hill came into view, and with a split second decision I pulled over into a lay by and we decided to burn off some dinner and climb to the top to see the view. A we were not disappointed. We climbed through the bracken, lay on the heather and admired the reaching views across the joining bodies of water. 


Postcards from Scotland 5



It seems only fitting to perhaps post these set of photographs. They are perhaps my favourite from our whole trip and the most perfect end to a perfect day spent soaking up this beautiful country.

So yesterday Scotland voted no to independence, and even though a little of me feels disappointed that such a momentous moment in history didn't quite happen for those who wanted it, I am glad that we still remain United. For to lose Scotland from our fair isles would be a great shame. Not just for the beauty, but for the people and the passion. I'm proud of a Nation that stands up for what they believe, for when given the chance, so many want to have their say and to believe that this will all encourage change for the future, in a positive way. So without being too political, I just wanted to say I'm thankful and proud for peaceful democracy, that isn't of course without it's faults but that hopefully works.

These photographs were taken after our trip to the beach, whilst on the Island of Bute. After a delicious pub dinner and local ale we started our trip back to the cottage winding our way back once more around the Lochs and through the hills. As we rounded a corner a huge inviting hill came into view, and with a split second decision I pulled over into a lay by and we decided to burn off some dinner and climb to the top to see the view. A we were not disappointed. We climbed through the bracken, lay on the heather and admired the reaching views across the joining bodies of water. 


Postcards from Scotland 3


So much Scotland still to come. I've been slow, non-existent, once more on this blog. Illness and no free time has kept me from updating, even though there are thoughts, ideas and a huge amount of photographs, stories and memories I want to share, finding the time to commit and write them out is increasingly tricky. 

I feel as though I kind of want to run away, hide and forget about it all, but here I am once more with excuses. No one is making me write and share but myself, I have no one to answer to, but still I feel guilty. So I'm sorry. 

But back to Scotland, and the most magnificent drive from Glasgow to our holiday cottage, through pouring rain, winding roads and misty hills. We were joined by my sister and Paul for the remainder of our holiday exploring the lochs and hills around us. Even though the weather was a shock from the previous months of sunshine we weren't disappointed as it made for some spectacular scenery. It was good. I long to go back! 

Postcards from Scotland 3


So much Scotland still to come. I've been slow, non-existent, once more on this blog. Illness and no free time has kept me from updating, even though there are thoughts, ideas and a huge amount of photographs, stories and memories I want to share, finding the time to commit and write them out is increasingly tricky. 

I feel as though I kind of want to run away, hide and forget about it all, but here I am once more with excuses. No one is making me write and share but myself, I have no one to answer to, but still I feel guilty. So I'm sorry. 

But back to Scotland, and the most magnificent drive from Glasgow to our holiday cottage, through pouring rain, winding roads and misty hills. We were joined by my sister and Paul for the remainder of our holiday exploring the lochs and hills around us. Even though the weather was a shock from the previous months of sunshine we weren't disappointed as it made for some spectacular scenery. It was good. I long to go back! 

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After our long journey up the length of the country we spent a lazy morning with family, before heading off to catch a train into the centre of Glasgow. The weather once more was kind and lit up the whole city, matching the optimism and welcome of the place for the Commonwealth games. 

We walked around the bustling centre soaking up the atmosphere. Glasgow is full of absolutely beautiful architecture, it's definitely a place to have to remember to look up in. After a few hours we headed out to quieter parts, to catch a ferry across the Clyde to the amazing Riverside Museum. We spent the rest of the afternoon shading from the sun, pressing buttons, riding on pretend bikes and taking in the impressive structure of the museum itself. We just had time to enjoy and ice cream and some chips sitting on the pop up beach just outside before heading home again.

The next day Rob and I headed into Glasgow early, leaving Theo to play all day with second cousins to his hearts desire. We had tickets to watch the swimming, and took the opportunity to have a little day to ourselves. The venue was out of the city, which gave us yet another glimpse of the beautiful city. The pool was set in a grand park with views stretching back over Glasgow. The swimming itself was great, full of excitement and pride, and great to get swept up in the support for local competitors. 

After the event finished we made our way back into the centre to find somewhere for lunch and stumbled upon a great tapas place. We walked around a little more, before our tired legs and sun warmed skin made us retreat back home for an evening with a house filled with people. 

Glasgow, you were beautiful, and even though I have only visited twice, we are determined to return once more to spend a little more time exploring! 

postcards from Scotland 2


After our long journey up the length of the country we spent a lazy morning with family, before heading off to catch a train into the centre of Glasgow. The weather once more was kind and lit up the whole city, matching the optimism and welcome of the place for the Commonwealth games. 

We walked around the bustling centre soaking up the atmosphere. Glasgow is full of absolutely beautiful architecture, it's definitely a place to have to remember to look up in. After a few hours we headed out to quieter parts, to catch a ferry across the Clyde to the amazing Riverside Museum. We spent the rest of the afternoon shading from the sun, pressing buttons, riding on pretend bikes and taking in the impressive structure of the museum itself. We just had time to enjoy and ice cream and some chips sitting on the pop up beach just outside before heading home again.

The next day Rob and I headed into Glasgow early, leaving Theo to play all day with second cousins to his hearts desire. We had tickets to watch the swimming, and took the opportunity to have a little day to ourselves. The venue was out of the city, which gave us yet another glimpse of the beautiful city. The pool was set in a grand park with views stretching back over Glasgow. The swimming itself was great, full of excitement and pride, and great to get swept up in the support for local competitors. 

After the event finished we made our way back into the centre to find somewhere for lunch and stumbled upon a great tapas place. We walked around a little more, before our tired legs and sun warmed skin made us retreat back home for an evening with a house filled with people. 

Glasgow, you were beautiful, and even though I have only visited twice, we are determined to return once more to spend a little more time exploring! 

Postcards from Scotland


We set off for Scotland with the morning already warmed from the early sun, set to cover nearly 400 miles in one day. We loaded the car with belongings, snacks and stories with a broken fan and no air conditioning. 

As we drove the long roads up our beautiful country the sun shone over the rolling countryside that eventually turned into dales and peaks. Theo dozed in the car as we passed cities and towns, forests and parks. 

The further North we travelled the more excited we became to see signs to cities so well known but that we have yet to visit. We made a mental list and promise to return to explore and stay at beckoning places such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester. I would happily drive up the big open roads again, and journey across the country to visit these places. First on our list is Newcastle, we know so little about this city but would happily stay in one of Newcastle's Travelodges as a base to explore this great city. 

After a few hours of driving we decided to stop once we reached the Lake district, after being teased by the unfurling landscape. We stopped at a National Trust at the edge of the National Park, had a picnic by the waters edge and cooled off with ice cream. After a lounge and a game of hide and seek or two we headed back on the road for the final stretch to Scotland. The roads were wide and empty and driving them became a pleasure as we were all kept silent by the beautiful views rushing by. 

We eventually made it, hot, tired and just a bit sweaty to family in Glasgow, which would be our base for city exploring for the next few days. 


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Postcards from Scotland


We set off for Scotland with the morning already warmed from the early sun, set to cover nearly 400 miles in one day. We loaded the car with belongings, snacks and stories with a broken fan and no air conditioning. 

As we drove the long roads up our beautiful country the sun shone over the rolling countryside that eventually turned into dales and peaks. Theo dozed in the car as we passed cities and towns, forests and parks. 

The further North we travelled the more excited we became to see signs to cities so well known but that we have yet to visit. We made a mental list and promise to return to explore and stay at beckoning places such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester. I would happily drive up the big open roads again, and journey across the country to visit these places. First on our list is Newcastle, we know so little about this city but would happily stay in one of Newcastle's Travelodges as a base to explore this great city. 

After a few hours of driving we decided to stop once we reached the Lake district, after being teased by the unfurling landscape. We stopped at a National Trust at the edge of the National Park, had a picnic by the waters edge and cooled off with ice cream. After a lounge and a game of hide and seek or two we headed back on the road for the final stretch to Scotland. The roads were wide and empty and driving them became a pleasure as we were all kept silent by the beautiful views rushing by. 

We eventually made it, hot, tired and just a bit sweaty to family in Glasgow, which would be our base for city exploring for the next few days. 


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