I wrote a poem last month, Remember How We, in which I lamented the loss of our carefree pre-children travels to my husband.
Although we both love travel and have been lucky to visit some amazing places our wanderlust has been somewhat extinguished since the birth of our second son.
The truth is, we’ve been a bit chicken about the volume of stuff we would need to bring with us, getting both the boys to sleep someplace new and the most fearful of all, the cost!
This, along with a crazily busy year last year, means we’ve been virtually grounded since last February, bar spending the Easter weekend in Dorset (one of my favourite places).
We know that we need to shake things up a bit (and more to the point, shake off our slippers) and get back out there.
I set myself a goal, to write a bucket list and to go to at least half of those places so that I had something to measure that against at the end of the year.
The bucket list is still in progress (I’ve never been one for homework, even if I set it myself) but the process has galvanised us into action and we’ve had a great month visiting new places and laying down some travel plans for 2016.
Here’s our progress finding adventures so far…
- It being January and all and us being National Trust members, this was only going to go one way. Cue lots of trips to local National Trust sites making use of our membership cards. We have had some great family days out this month at Knole Park, Ightham Mote and Scotney Castle jumping in puddles (not me), den building (a little bit me) and drinking hot chocolate (me, me, me!). A special mention has to go to the Wildernesse Camp at Scotney Castle which is fantastic! A great site, perfect for den building, swinging, tree climbing, log balancing and all things guaranteed to delight excited little (and big) people.
- I HEART WHITSTABLE I cannot say that enough! Great places to eat (our favourite for lunch with the boys is Elliott’s @ No. 1 Harbour Street, purveyor of world’s best fish finger sandwich), fantastic shops (the interiors & antique shops particularly worth a mention for all things vintage), bracing walks and football on the beach, beautiful scenery, there’s something for everyone. We spent hours on the beach watching the waves, looking at shells and crustacean fragments, skimming stones, watching the boats and then sat by the sea eating oysters washed down with Kentish craft ales at The Forge (doughnuts and ice-cream for the little people). Go as soon as you can!
- We had a snow day! This was possibly our most fun day this month and it was a total fluke on a number of levels. First off, it snowed. Awesome! Next, in our local park with friends, they bumped into friends of theirs, WITH A SLEDGE, who were just leaving. This could have been bad timing but the kind hearted folks lent us their (pretty fantastic, built in 1905) vintage wooden sledge! So we sledged, built snowmen, threw snowballs and then warmed up in The Lodge Coffee Shop. All in all, an amazing day.
What’s up next?
I’ve not managed the bucket list (yet!) but I have made some progress: we have a clear week in March when we are going to (gulp!) Go. On. Holiday! We don’t know where yet and are busily researching – this is the fun bit! Well, that and the holiday hopefully. As ever, any suggestions send ’em through!
Also, one just for me – having seen so much mention of them I’m also thinking about going to a blogging conference. I know nothing about these, they’ve only recently come on my radar so I would love any feedback – are they fun, interesting, useful?Have you been to one? Would you recommend it? If I only make one which one should it be?