Can you have too much travel and adventure in one month?
We managed to not be at home any weekends in March which was quite exciting really but also not helpful given that in an average week we generate enough washing to keep an average sized launderette going.
So what did we get up to on these laundry-avoiding adventures of ours?
Suffice to say, this was the biggest travelling adventure we’ve had since our wedding in May 2012 when we eloped to New York. We fell pregnant with Dylan (I love that expression, we fell pregnant, like we just tripped over and *poof!*, anyway I digress) , we fell pregnant with Dylan later that summer and our adventures have been a lot closer to home since (and virtually non-existent last year) so this was big news for us. We really did have an adventure! You can read more about surviving a beach holiday with small children here; the bits I want to remember here; and my (not great) beach body appraisal here.
Going into London isn’t so much an adventure in itself since we do that for work most days but we were… kid free! Which puts an altogether different spin on things. We celebrated our friends’ wedding in West London with a ceremony in Holland Park and reception at the Loft Studios in Kensal Green. It was amazing! And then we spent the next day mooching around Notting Hill and catching up with friends. The hotel, The Portobello Hotel (booked through Mr & Mrs Smith, so you know you’re on to a good thing) was an absolute find and were I to have a different life, this would become my “go-to” hotel in London (until then it will be back to the last train home – who am I kidding? – back to Uber).
We spent Easter in Edgworth, Lancashire. Edgworth is a picture-postcard village surrounded by rolling countryside. The village and local area is outstandingly beautiful and we spent our time there walking, catching up with friends (Mr Brightness grew up here), getting rained on a lot and warming up in country pubs.
The big wow for us this weekend though was the accommodation, Meadowcroft Farm B&B. My sister and her husband are regulars to Meadowcroft but this was our first time, and we will definitely be back! The B&B accommodation is set in a converted self-contained barn with a sweeping view. You feel as though you are happily ensconced there on your own when you are just a short walk from the village.
It was absolutely perfect for a family with small children. As well as all the things to make the grown-ups’ holiday more comfortable (homemade cookies on arrival; fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher; The White Company toiletries; underfloor heating – love!), our amazing host Stephanie had set up our room for the boys with children’s toys and books and Easter treats; our youngest son’s cot even had an age-appropriate sleeping bag ready for him in it.
Even better, the view from the kitchen windows overlooked the farm’s stables; a fascinating view for young children which allowed us longer time to enjoy our home-cooked breakfasts which Stephanie would come in to make us every morning (think farm fresh eggs, sausages and bacon from the village butcher and homemade muffins). When can I go back please?
A photo I took in Edgworth appeared in What Katy Said’s “My Happy Capture: March Round-Up”. If you haven’t seen it this is a lovely community on Instagram sharing things that make you smile (in our case, Mr Brightness, pushing a weighty double buggy over a really big hill in high winds).
So that’s it. A bumper adventure-filled month for us which has in an odd way made me like our new(ish) home, Kent, a whole lot more. I was going stir-crazy here at the beginning of the year but going away so much this month has made me realise that it’s a really nice place to come home to. Good vibes all round.
What’s up next?
An adventure of a different sort this month as I have just returned to work after maternity leave so we will be looking for adventures closer to home as we all settle in to our new routine (eeeek!).
And since it’s Dylan’s birthday this month, the first item to make it on to our Bucket List, ThomasLand, is looming! Gah! Any tips from ThomasLand veterans?
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