30 July 2013

thirty / fifty-two

- a portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2013 -

We woke up to rain whilst camping, but we pulled on our raincoats and boots and went for a walk around the lake anyway. Not long after the sun decided to come out to greet us. 

A little late this week due to more galivanting around Cornwall for a few days! 

27 July 2013

trevella park

I haven't been on a proper holiday for a long time, we're fortunate to have had places to stay with family for our last few holidays, but sometimes it's nice to feel like we're really on holiday, to somewhere new and have it all ready for your arrival. When I was younger we used to drive all the way to France and stay at various caravan parks for our holidays, in big tents or caravans. Ones which had pools, holiday kids clubs and games rooms etc. I remember the smell of pine trees, eating artichoke and pistachio nuts and staying up late. I remember arriving at the parks and driving in through the gates, my dad would stop the car and go into the reception whilst we waited behind in the car eager to see our home for the next week or so. We'd make ourself at home quickly, checking out the pools and forming gangs and friendships with the other kids on the site. At night we'd look for fireflies and my dad would try and scare us by going in between the linings of the tent, we'd sleep in sleeping bags on funny red metal camp beds and go to sleep to the sounds of crickets and our parents and their friends talking.

I loved those holidays, I loved being in the tents and feeling adventurous and out in the open. Even though they are purpose built parks they still feel big and open and in the nature. You could ride your bike around the grounds, or walk to the beach, play games and go on adventures without ever feeling that you were confined. These are the memories of my childhood holidays, and it was something I was excited to experience as an adult with my own family.

We arrived at Trevella Park in the afternoon, pulled up at reception and it was my turn to be the one who checked in and received our keys for our caravan. We were given a map and details of the facilities, then the rest was left to us to explore. We drove our cars slowly around the park to where we found our mobile home waiting for us. My first impressions of the park were that of big open greens, spacious pitches and quiet surroundings. In our part of the park the caravans all faced round in a big circle, giving it a friendly atmosphere. As soon as we stepped into our caravan we were impressed at how clean it was, and that goes for the whole site too. We did what any normal person does when they are sussing out a place, we opened every cupboard and door in the caravan, sat on all the beds and sofas and had a proper nose around! We were impressed with the modern kitchen and other facilities, and wasted no time in checking out the other things the site had to offer, such as the heated outdoor pool. We were a short walk away from a playground and the pool, and it felt safe for Theo to run about out and around the caravan.

Over the next few days we made use of the facilities which including a larger 'adventure' playground, two fishing lakes which we had a run around, a mini golf course which we saved until the last evening and Ollie the Owl! All in all we had an awesome time staying at the park, and it really broke my heart having to leave. Theo asked about going to see the owl for days after and to go swimming in the pool! I'd like to think we'll visit again for another holiday in the future!

We were invited as guests to stay at Trevella park, but all words and thoughts are my own! 

25 July 2013

this is summer

This last month has been glorious, waking up to clear blue skies every morning definitely is healing for the soul! But being the true Brit that I am, I have to complain and say that it might have been a tad too hot (see I'm a Spring girl at heart, and that won't ever change!) But even so we've been trying to enjoy the weather the best we can, because it probably won't stick around for too long. So here is a collection of what we have been up to these past few weeks. Its been so idyllic that I've got a huge backlog of photographs to show and posts to write...I'll get there one day!

We spent an afternoon on the beach in Newquay on our last day on holiday, the day the weather decided it would be glorious, obviously.

We visited family in Essex, walked the longest pier in the world at Southend, rode on rides at the fair, ate ice cream and had a bbq. I ran 10k, then we had a family picnic and attempted to fly a kite.

We cycled to a national trust (28 miles in one day!) near Bath, then visited again meeting up with the lovely Amy and Bertie. We flew kites, had a picnic and played on the tractor.

We've also enjoyed friends coming over for bbq's and enjoying the warm evenings in the garden, swimming with friends and lazy days at home.

What have you all been up to? I would love you hear about your recent summer adventures, what you've been up to enjoy the weather or even to try and keep cool! 

23 July 2013

Cornwall adventure, day three

This was our last full day in Cornwall, sadly. It flew by so quickly! We decided to have a bit more of a relaxed day seeing as we had packed in so much the two days previous. In the morning Rob, Theo and I drove the short distance to Lappa Valley Steam Railway.

So of course Theo was in heaven, it was the best behaved we've seen him be in long while! We weren't too sure of what to expect when we arrived, we thought perhaps it would be a few trains to ride on, but we were surprised to see so much more to do than just that. There were three miniature trains to ride on, two that went through the woods. Then there was a boating lake with paddle boats, a mini golf course, ride on cars, peddle bikes, numerous playgrounds, a maze and a cafe and shop. Definitely enough to keep us entertained for the morning. Theo wasn't quite old enough for some of the activities, but as you can expect he wasn't too bothered and just wanted to ride the trains. We all had a lovely time, and even better when the sun decided to make an appearence!

 We then made our way home to meet back up with my sister who had spent the morning relaxing on the decking of the caravan soaking up the sun. We all went swimming in the in the pool once more, ate some late lunch and then decided to check out the walk to the nearest beach.

By the afternoon it felt like proper Summer as we headed through the fields and wondered along a stream until we came out to the river mouth and the wide sandy banks. We didn't make it any further than this as we enjoyed paddling in the crystal clear water and walking across the submerged footbridge. It was pretty surreal to be walking across the path, as the water was pretty deep either side of the bridge, and at one point we were even startled as a fish jumped up and over the bridge itself! The tide started to recede soon enough, and as we were leaving the bridge was once again above the water. It did feel pretty surreal, like we stumbled into a parallel universe for a short time!

On the way home we stopped to pick some Elderflowers, and even found some amazing tree swings where we screamed like children It was the perfect way to end our last day!

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