For my birthday a couple of years ago 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.
Oh my word this has been the most stressful, busy, brilliant week ever. Swindon, Trevornick, Southampton, Norwich. Hotel, tent, hotel, another hotel tomorrow and Thursday a boat. I cannot wait to not be travelling and have my own bed!! It has been epic though.
Here are my top ten moments from the last 7 days:
- L has finished nursery!!! I managed to stay composed whilst at nursery and whilst with L. But I’m not ashamed to say I had a good cry when I was by myself. It is the end of an ear, he had been going since he was 9 months old and we’ve had a lot of ups and downs. Now it’s over and I’m going to miss it.
- Thursday thank to the parents I got some time to myself. I did so much laundry, packed for holiday, got through a load of blog admin and wrote so much. I also got a couple of his bedroom walls painted and called Argos about his bed delivery, they had reduced it by £70 the day after we ordered it, but refunded it with no hassle at all, so hands up to them, fab service and L is going to love the bed. It’s so cool. It was just a really good, and really needed day.
- After a fairly horrific drive to Swindon on Friday. A drive that took two hours longer than it should have done thanks to the bank holiday traffic, a drive that left both myself and husb feeling fairly broken. We happened across Coates Country Park, 15 minutes from our hotel and the perfect stop for a fractious child and parents. We had a good walk round the water’s edge, L had a great time in the playground and we all felt a lot better for it. It really turned the day round and L had such a good time he wanted to go back the next day!
- Tintagel. We spend nearly all day on Saturday at Tintagel. It was still a long drive from Swindon to Cornwall but it had been a lot smoother than the previous days travel, other than dealing with some work related drama, which is a long story and not a highlight. The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold, L was swept away by the tales of King Arthur, Merlin, the Knights and the Round Table. We walked miles, explored everywhere and soaked up the atmosphere. It was a brilliant day out. Really perfect.
- Arriving at Trevornick and settling into our comfortable Eurotent after all the driving of the last two days and all the walking round Tintagel was a dream. We had dinner on the site so I didn’t have to faff with cooking or washing up and then we went to have a little explore and ended up spending all evening at the beach. It wasn’t planned, it just happened, it was perfect.
- Sunday saw a lot of rain and frazzled tempers. L had been too excited to sleep properly and I had been listening to the wind and rain my mind buzzing with plans. But we went to Lands End which is somewhere husb had always wanted to visit and got to have a bit of a walk before the rain set in and the mist got so bad you couldn’t even see the lighthouse out to sea. We had pasties which was on my Cornish holiday tick list, along with a cream tea but I didn’t manage that one, boo. We also got to hang out with Shaun the Sheep at the Aardman interactive display at Lands End which was brilliant.
- Finally watching The Greatest Showman. One of my favourite things about our Eurotent was the DVD channel. A kids film in the morning, family film at 5pm and a grown up film in the evening. So G&T poured, child in bed, snuggled in my sleeping bag I finally got to watch it and now don’t feel so left out.
- The most fun day at Holywell Bay Fun Park. We got there at 10.30am when it opened and didn’t leave until it closed at 5pm. L loved all the rides, we got soaked together, we got lost together, we raced, we rode trains, we panned for gold and we played foot golf. It was honestly brilliant and we could walk to it from our tent! Oh and the ice cream from Daisy’s Ice Cream Parlour was amazing, so tasty and great value for money, the portions are huge!
- To break up the drive from Cornwall to Norfolk we booked at stay in Southampton but we decided to break that drive up by stopping at Launceston Castle, where we continued our search for the missing round table, L is obsessed and had a picnic lunch. Then as we didn’t find the missing table at that castle we also stopped at Old Wardour Castle and spent a happy hour exploring and climbing and searching for knights and missing tables. I didn’t like to tell him we were far away from the myths and legends surrounding Tintagel, in fact I may use to my castle loving advantage for a while to come!
- Arriving at our DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Southampton, being greeted by warm chocolate cookies and sinking into a comfortable bed where I go to curl up with L whilst he listened enthralled to the book I had hurriedly downloaded about King Arthur and his Knights. I love watching these ideas take a hold of his imagination and getting to read to him and learn with him and explore these ideas. I hope he will be as excited history as he is now as he gets older. It’s purely selfish really, but it will be something we have in common and we can explore castles and museums together.
I’m really glad I write down a few positives from each day and then go back through them each week. 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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