I’ve always wanted to live on a Houseboat. Well, always until I had kids I should say – not so sure I could handle the confinement/water proximity now that I have my two little monsters. But there’s something exciting about the freedom and simplicity of a boat on a canal. Last week we had a day on a lovely boat with our family and it was so lovely. I’ve been a bit of a whinger recently with all my house refurbishments and piles of to-do lists, so having a day on the water was just what I needed to chill me right out. That plus quite a few glasses of Prosecco.
Last week we took a little trip with our family friends to Center Parcs in Elveden Forest. It’s probably the only holiday we’ll get this year as we’re doing our house up, and I was ridiculously excited about going (and equally depressed about leaving. Waaah). It couldn’t have been more lovely. We swam and walked and wobbled around on bikes, ate about 6 blocks of Camembert and drank just enough Prosecco to make us giggle like teenagers throughout the evening.
We spent a long weekend in Mersea Island with the grandparents last weekend. It wasn’t all plain sailing as we took our little threenager (um HELLO temper tantrums) but it was lovely to go to a quieter seaside than Brighton and to actually be able to build sandcastles with real sand, and play amongst some really pretty beach huts.
Hooray! Valentines is OVER! I know it makes me cynical and grumpy but I reeeeeally am not a fan. I hate the forced romance, the cliches and the commercial pounding. I hate the disappointment and the expectation. It depressed me when I was single and it irritates me now I’m not. So… yup. Maybe I should have a cup of coffee…. that’s an awful lot of hate for a Monday morning. Sorry.
This week, well, to be honest – its been raining and freezing for most the week so to say we have done a great deal…. would be a bit fat lie! Harper did get to spend some quality time with the grandparents which was a nice break.
Before kids I never thought I’d give mine an ipad. And yet here I am, it gets whipped out more than it probably should!
Sad sad faces that Christmas is gone. It seemed to be over before it really got going didn’t it? And now I’m joining the rest of the nation feeling grumpy, fat and poor. But we did have a really lovely time, so I can’t complain. It was the first time I had ever been away from my parents for Christmas and I was anxious about that (fully appreciating how wet that sounds given I’m nearly 34) and also nervous about having people over here. I never really thought about how much pressure there is to make Christmas dinner nice…. if it tastes crap then it’s crap for everyone! But thanks to Ocado and the immense amount of dinner options you can buy ready made (like, all of it), it tasted lovely. Phew!
A few mornings ago we got up and out really early to go and have breakfast with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centre in Brighton. We went there in the spring to meet the Easter Bunny and had such a lovely morning, so we were very happy to be invited back to meet Santa. We got to pull crackers, eat scrummy breakfasts, decorate Christmas tree biscuits and hang out with the big man himself. It’s was how every festive breakfast should be.
So, we’ve had a happy busy week! We spent two days in an art studio in Lewes doing a photo shoot and adding some finishing touches for a project we’ve been working on all year. We’ve put so much into it and to see it all coming together made us feel very proud and excited. We were happily getting under the photographers feet taking snaps of our kids as they behaved beautifully* throughout the shoot.
This week we braved the wind and rain and escaped to the countryside to go to one of our favourite places, Wakehurst Place. We quite often find ourselves there when we’ve got no plans as the fresh air, beautiful photo opportunities and really lovely cakes are worth the journey and inevitable naps in the car. We also hung out with cousins and had a splish sploshy visit to Blackberry Farm, right before the weather decided to go all mean and cold.
Now that we don’t live a few minutes round the corner from each other, each week we meet up and try and find something fun to do. Which isn’t always that easy when it’s hurricaney and pouring down! This week we had a chilly trip to Spring Barn Farm. We had our run of the outdoor play area (as no one else seemed mad enough to brave the wind). We got soaking feet so warmed up with a cup of tea and a big slice of cake!
This week we got all dressed up for a friend’s Halloween party. We ate spider cupcakes, played musical chairs and did a lot of flying around on our broomsticks. We also went to visit Grandma and Grandad and went to their local farm to do pumpkin carving and a lot of jumping on the outdoor trampolines. It was so nice to spend time with family and to be outdoors without coats in October!
This week we discovered an amazing new park in a little town halfway between the two of us – its called Big Parks Project in Peacehaven and it’s lovely. We had a very happy morning chatting whilst the little buttons went off and explored.
This week we had a day out in Hastings which was so nice, the sun was shining and we had an amazing burger at Pelican which is an awesome diner near the seafront. The kids sat the whole way through (with only a teeny bit of technological assistance…) and we got to eat our food without feeling like we had to force it down and get the hell out, like we normally do. Yey! We also went for an after-work stroll at Stanmer House, Brighton, ate too much strawberry ice cream and came home with a pocketful of conkers!
We’ve been a little frantic (and a tad stressed) with deadlines recently so we escaped to the countryside to get some fresh air and to press the big reset button on life this weekend. We visited Wakehurst Place in Sussex and the beautiful surroundings, sunshine and cake did just the trick. We also got some time to hang out with our little Frozen Princesses, funny little things.