For my birthday last year I was given a great book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends. To help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday since and on Wednesday’s (or late on a Tuesday) I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites.
Well we are home after an epic holiday. I’m almost caught up on the laundry and I’m thoroughly exhausted! It’s been a busy week but so much fun, with a few calm moments too.
So here are my top ten moments from the last 7 days:
- After all the excitement of Diggerland I was worried L wouldn’t want to do anything else. He surprised us, being brilliant everywhere we went. Sure there were tired moments and a fair few no’s. But there wasn’t a single tantrum and that is definitely something to be happy about!
- Going to Prudhoe Castle which was beautiful. L found a hole in the wall to hide in. His very own cave. We had a lot of fun in his little cave.
- Heading into Northumberland to check out some of Hadrian’s Wall. We went to Chester’s Roman Fort to look and it was so much better than I expected. I had visited parts of Hadrian’s Wall when I was a lot younger and remember being fairly non-plussed by what could have been any old wall anywhere. Chester’s Roman Fort offered so much more on top. We loved it.
- An evening out on the deck of our lodge with a glass of wine. This may have happened more than once to be fair. A lovely way to spend the evening.
- Walking to High Force Waterfall. It was an easy and very pretty walk. L was really excited to see the fall at the end of it. Although it did lead to an awful lot of ‘why’ questions!
- Whilst we’d been at High Force I’d been looking at a map and seen that we had driven past Bowlee Visitor Centre that had a short, child friendly walk to more waterfalls and a cave. This had completely passed us by when we had been looking for days out but it is an absolute gem of a place. We went to the cave, L didn’t find a bear, saw the waterfall. Checked out the bird hide, played at the mud kitchen then stopped at the cafe for a delicious minty chocolately tray bake delight and a drink. Such a great stop.
- Husb heading out for a round of golf so L and I got some one on one time which was nice. We went for a walk. Ate our dinner out on the deck. Watched some Fireman Sam and then when he went to bed I got some to myself. So lovely.
- Going to Beamish. It is so large we nearly didn’t go as I thought it might be a bit of a waste on L. Not that he wouldn’t enjoy it but that we would be frustrated that we had paid to go in but only visited a tiny proportion of what was on offer. Add to that the foul mood L woke up in and we actually headed off in a different direction with a different plan. L fell asleep within seconds of heading off but when he woke up he asked to go to Beamish. He’d seen the leaflet and asked to go on the train busses AKA trams. So we went. Spent the whole day there and had a really good time. So much so we went back the next day.
- Going for a nice long walk before we headed home. We walked from our lodge into the nearest town, which only took around 20 minutes but was just the perfect walk to do with a toddler. We walked alongside the river, crossed the train track, through the farm, over the stepping stones (although we walked through the river on the causeway as L didn’t fancy the stepping stones) to a playground before going to the shop. Perfect for a toddler. On the way back it was mainly alongside the river, but we did go back over the train track and got a good look at the station. A really nice way to spend our last morning.
- After over 6 hours travelling getting home and sleeping in our own bed!
I’m really glad I write down a few positives from each day and then go back through them each week, or in this case month. It helps keep me focused, calm and therefore happy. It is also a great way to keep a note of the things we’ve done.
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