It’s finally time for another Five on Friday. I know, it feels like an age since I’ve blogged and I hope you’ll welcome me back and forgive me for being away so long.
To be honest, I’ve missed this space loads, but not as much as I would have missed my children if I’d tried to keep working over the holidays. As much as I wish I was one of those super duper organised Mama’s who can do it all, I know my limitations. I couldn’t risk being distracted, my littlest bolts and gets into mischief as soon as I do anything other than give her my full attention, and it was my last summer with my boy as a preschooler.
I think I made the right decision, this summer has been the best yet and my boy has started school happy. I hope you’ve been following along on Instagram?
I have so much to share with you going forwards, but first my five this week is about my highlights from the summer break.
O N E – London
Ah beautiful, exciting, vibrant London. We adore thee.
We have been planning a trip for a couple of years to take in the ‘dinosaur museum’ as SH calls it, (the Natural History Museum with the big dinosaur skeleton in the foyer), but due to our kids ages we felt it would be better to wait until SH in particular was old enough to really take it in. We are so happy we waited. Our best bit? The roaring T-Rex, meeting up with blog friend Becca of Keeping up with the Joneses and the spectactular view across London from the London Eye.
T W O – Mousehole, Cornwall
We adore Cornwall and really can’t stay away one year to the next. We love North Cornwall (Newquay, Watergate Bay, Padstow etc) and we love West Cornwall (St Ives, St Michael’s Mount and Mousehole). This time we stayed in Mousehole in West Cornwall, at The Ship Inn, a St Austell Ales pub with a family room. The landlady Mel is so warm and friendly, there are massive portions of pub grub and amazing cornish ales on tap.
This time round we also discovered the Rockpool Cafe, a really cool beachut style cafe with a licence which meant I got a Lamorna Fizz cocktail and the kids got ice cream every day. Over looking Mounts Bay we felt like we were in paradise.
We loved rock pooling with nets and a crabbing bucket (we ‘caught’ sea weed and nothing else!). The kids can’t wait to get back there and neither can we.
T H R E E – Abbotsbury Child’s Farm
We had a fab day at Child’s Farm. It rained pretty much the whole time we got there so we were impressed we still managed to while away a couple of hours happily in the barn, soft play and bouncy castle. SH put on his logical head with his Dad and made a marble run!
F O U R – Beach
Okay so I know this should probably sit under no. 3, but we have NEVER had such a good experience on the beach with our kids before so it deserves a mention all it’s own. I don’t know if it’s their ages or my stress head, but usually it’s an absolute nightmare on the beach and we end up leaving wishing we’d never bothered.
While we were in Cornwall we enjoyed a two hour beach stay and I couldn’t be happier about it. I was resigned to the fact that the beach and (my) kids don’t mix but we all enjoyed every minute of it, helped by the fact there were inflatables on the beach. Thanks to Mousehole for helping keep our kids entertained and restoring my faith that the beach and us will be friends in the future after all.
F I V E – Gin Festival Birmingham
Okay so clearly this was without my kids! But I think having had my children full time for 6 weeks I did deserve this little weekend foray with my two girlfriends Lynne and Corrie.
I have never been to a festival that is drink or food related so I had no idea what to expect. It was the most fun I’ve had with friends in ages. Quite sophisticated, a lovely day out with friends who love gin!
I was really impressed by how well organised it all was. We were given a Gin Festival glass that was our glass to keep, a pen and a badge which appealed to my inner child.
The gin’s were sorted into A, B, C and D at the bar and we had a ‘Gin Bible’ to tell us about them all. We also had the opportunity to chat to the gin makers themselves. My favourite gin was called Whitley Neill, tasters were served at the stand with Fever Tree Tonic and some orange zest squeezed in. We all enjoyed hearing first hand what ingredients were included and I’m kicking myself I didn’t pick up a bottle at the off licence.
I’ll be sharing more about my amazing trips to London, Cornwall and Birmingham in other posts.
Ah, it’s good to be back.