Category Archives: Holidays

I Love You

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We’ve been away for a week in Wales for our annual ‘Big Fat Family Holiday’, 1 big creaky old house, 4 generations squeezed in together, lots of rain, much fun!  Whilst there we decided to hold a photography competition. Simple rules – the photo had to be taken on the holiday, no effects, no cropping, everyone votes for their favourite on the final night.  I wish I had copies of everyone’s entries as we actually all surprised each other with the standard of the shots!  I have, however, got the winner  – my younger sister’s entry…

Suddenly it all made sense why she had been scanning the beach for hours and hours!

Nice one sis, totally love it!

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A very berry weekend…

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This weekend we went ‘P.Y.O-ing’ and headed straight to Elsie’s favourite fruit – the strawberry patch!

We were expecting slim pickings as the farm’s website said bad weather had resulted in a slow crop, but there were loads everywhere!

Our basket full we headed off to get some gooseberries and blackcurrants…

 

After having such a nice time picking the fruit I then had a sudden panic moment when just about to pay – thinking we’d got a bit too carried away and totally had no idea how much it was going to cost!  But breathed a sigh of relief when we got all these (plus the ones in Elsie’s tummy… ok and mine) for £8, cheaper than the supermarket and much much more fun!

Now what to make with it all, mmmmmm decisions, decisions…

To find your nearest fruit farm check out this website!

Fun at the Fair

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We went along to Greenwich Fair today and were thoroughly entertained by Mr Punch and his wife Judy…

It got a bit tense at times, but on the whole the kids (and adults) loved it…

Then it was off to see some less traditional attractions, such as a ‘The Pig‘ and a vegetable nursery called ‘The Allotment

A fun and fairly random day!

Portmeirion

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We spent the bank holiday weekend camping in Snowdonia National Park in Wales, beautiful but very wet!  We decided to visit Portmeirion, on the coast in Gwynedd, and, if you are going to do anything outside in the rain, this is surely one of the better things to do…

Used as the set for the 60’s television series ‘The Prisoner,’ Portmeirion was built by Clough Williams-Ellis to show how a beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it.  He started work in 1925 and spent 50 years building it.

 

In amongst the little shops there is so much detail hidden around the place…

I loved these roses on the gates to the garden…

The village is surrounded by woodland, which hides this beautiful Chinese Lake…

Hello Yellow Calais

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Whilst it seems all of my friends have recently been jet setting off to far flung places – Cuba, Egypt, Rome… we decided to keep it real and go for a more low key (affordable/minimal stress with toddler) mini break – camping in Calais, oh yeah!

And it was sunny! It was the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway with a toddler who hates being in the car for too long – nearby but also far enough to feel we had a proper get away, with the added excitement of getting a ferry!

 Plus it was France, and France means food! We had to squeeze in all the yummy french food whilst there…

We stayed on a great campsite in Licques (called Pommiers des Trois Pays) complete with a warm outdoor swimming pool and a brilliant baby bath!  Situated in the middle of the national park, we went on a lovely bike ride (although uphill with an Elsie on the back was not so lovely) and explored the nearby villages and towns.  St Omer was the nearest big town with an impressive cathedral and some cute shops…

Loved the stained glass windows

 Our final day was spent touring the coast, stopping at Boulogne-Sur-Mer to visit the brilliant aquarium – complete with giant tortoises and penguins!

And then it was back on board the ‘big big boat’ (phew just made it!) to take us back to a very wet and rainy England, but feeling very refreshed indeed.