A few weeks ago we thought it would be an excellent idea to drive hundreds and hundreds of miles from one side of the country to the other for a little break. We’re trying to fit in as many breaks with Harper as we can before she starts on her school adventure in September.
So we packed up pretty much all our belongings and drove six hours to Pembrokeshire for a week in a cottage with my brother Darren and his girlfriend Katie. We went to Cornwall with them last summer and thought we’d scared them off holidaying with us because of the lack of sleep. Luckily they were up for more fun this year. I’ve not been to Wales since I went to university in Cardiff and met some of the best people in my life there.
The thing I love about holidaying with other people is the prospect of a potential break or help with the kids. Grayson has been going through a phase of getting up about half-four every. single. morning. Although I’m not sure you can call it a phase when it’s been going on for two and a half years! So the idea of us not being outnumbered by children was an exciting prospect. D+K did not disappoint and we were spoilt with home-cooked food, two gigantic birthday cakes and endless love and patience. They probably need a holiday to recover from ours but they get medals for their efforts! I’ve officially fallen to eighth favourite on Harper’s list after the grandparents, Darren, Katie and Daddy. Auntie Katie was amazing at getting Harper to try new foods without bribery. I seriously want that as my superhero power. She munched her way through steak, olives, pickles, feta, quiche… and on the list goes! Grayson on the other hand played it safe with chocolate cake. Every time I point a camera near him now he shouts the word “chocolatey”. I’m still not sure if he was barking his orders at me or it’s the new ‘cheese’.
We stayed near Fishguard in a beautiful cottage with the biggest garden which backed onto an orchard and a stream. The owners have a seriously enviable amount of green space! There was a summer house in the garden which the kids took as their dining room and so as not to wake the whole house up we would head out there when we were up early. It was quite serene drinking a cuppa at sunrise with the kids wrapped in blankets and doing jigsaws…. serene and very out of character. I think I like the Welsh version of Harper and Grayson a lot!
We did a lot of exploring, rock-pooling, mermaid making and spent the majority of our time covered in mud, sand and seawater. The kids couldn’t get enough of it.
Back when I first went to meet Nick’s parents nine years ago their house was full of amazing photos that his dad, Alf, had taken. I’d not been interested in photography up until I saw one particular photo Alf had taken. It was a close-up of a puffin giving a side eye with a fish in his mouth. I seriously thought it was the best photo I’ve seen (and still think so). That was the moment I wanted to start taking photos and haven’t stopped since. We went to the home of puffins, Skomer Island, and I naively thought I’d be able to take my own puffin portrait. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be.
One thing I did learn is you can’t take a good shot of a puffin unless you’re really close to it or have a really good lens!
Our rock-pooling nets have been weapons in our house for months, so I was really pleased they got some actual use while we were away. Harper did spend a lot of time putting hers over Grayson’s head (even with all sorts of creatures in it). They’re now going to remain safely in the car until our next beach trip!
I think this is one of the nicest photos I found on my camera. I didn’t know the boys had taken it until I started writing this post!
I’ve got more snaps from our trip to share soon! I didn’t want to bore you to tears in one post!
~ Laura xx ~