Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Busy Times

The start of September is always such a busy time for us.

Ben turned 5 on the first of September!!! He was so excited this year as he got to have his first real birthday party.
He had a fancy dress party, with lots of his little friends, both from school and outside. It was held in a scout hut and the lady who organised it ran the whole party!!! Bonus!!! The only thing I had to remember was the birthday boy and the cake!

Ben had asked for roller boots and has spent the last few weeks perfecting his skating skills!

Two days later it was my birthday. I was 38 this year and it felt very odd. I can't believe I am heading rapidly to 40 now and I am having trouble accepting that. I don't want to be in my late 30's! 

My birthday was also the first day back to school, and Bens first day in reception.
Both children were excited to be in new classes and neither Ben nor I cried so I would class that as a successful first day!

The building work in the house finished last week after 9 weeks too. The loft looks amazing, and will be a fabulous new bedroom for Megan. Ben has got a brilliant den under the new stairs, leading off his bedroom which will have a light in soon.

All the work we had done is fantastic. As well as the loft and new stairs, every room has had work done in it. Ben's room has a new wall, new ceiling and den. The bathroom has a gorgeous white suite, stunning lights and new airing cupboard. Our room has a new ceiling and light. Downstairs we have a new wall and new ceiling. It is all lovely, but now comes the fun part of decorating. Mr W is currently tiling the bathroom which will look amazing when it is done. He is also building a massive shed off the side of the house which we will use as storage and space for our trailer too. Really looking forward to that being completed as the house is just full of stuff needing to be stored. All our camping stuff, two suitcases and a new bed we bought off eBay for Ben last week are currently residing in the living room, never mind the boxes of clothes, bedding and towels all over the place!

It will be worth the mess to get everyone in their own newly decorated bedrooms at some point. Megan asked whether she would be in her room by Christmas. I replied, "we'll see!"

On our initial renovation plans we have included a downstairs extension, which we are planning on having done two years from now. I joked to Mr W that I would be amazed if everywhere was decorated before that!!! And to be honest I will be!!!!

So a busy and exciting start to our Autumn......

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Devon Week 2

Our second week at Whitehill the weather was a bit cooler but that didn't stop Megan from going in the pool at least once a day! Ben was less keen but still had a fair few dips too.
Before we came away I had used some of our tesco clubcard vouchers for days out in Devon, so we had tickets for Kents Caverns and Pizza Express.

Kents Caverns is in Torquay and is a great day out.

 As well as the caves, there are woodland trails, digging for gems, activities for the kids, cafe and shop. There is a guided tour of the caves, which is really interesting and gives you a bit of history of how the caves were, who lived in them and how they were found. Megan found this really informative. Ben's best bit was when all the lights were switched off and we could experience just how dark it would really of been!!!

Whilst we were in Torquay we went to the harbour and then had tea at Pizza Express. A real treat after cooking in the tent all week!!!

We spent a day at Paignton Zoo, as this was somewhere Mr W really wanted to go, to give him the chance to use his proper camera! It is a lovely zoo, which is a great selection of animals. Mr W and Megan even managed to spot the elusive cheater, even though he was hiding in his house!

We had a lazy day around the camp site, playing, swimming and following another treasure trail!!! 

Ben made a little friend, and they spent a lot of time playing football together and riding down the little hill near the tent.
We did something that we have been wanting to do for the 3 years we have been going to south Devon.
We went on a steam train and river cruise. 

We left on the steam train from Paignton to Kingswear, where we went on the foot ferry across the River Dart to Dartmouth. We had a lovely time wandering around Dartmouth, which is a beautiful little town.

We ate our picnic on the harbour watching boats coming in and out and then went on the river cruise. This was great as lots of points of interest were pointed out to us as we sailed along and we even saw a mermaid!! A stone one admittedly, but still a mermaid!!!
Ben slept for the whole cruise, catching up on all the late nights!!!

After our cruise it was time for ice cream and another wander, followed by tea overlooking the river.
We caught the evening train back later on back into Paignton.

We went to one of my favourite beaches, Broadsands.

I love wandering up and down and collecting shells, and Megan and Ben loved this too. We had a small collection to bring home!

We took a trip to Becky Falls, which had beautiful falls to walk down to, a few animals to pet and feed and the opportunity to hold and touch a variety of animals. Megan enjoyed this, as it was somewhere she wanted to go to.

Finally and sadly our two weeks came to an end, but we squeezed in a spot more crabbing!!!
Our last day was warm and dry so we could pack up fairly easily. once we had done this Megan had a final swim and we went into Paignton for battered chips for lunch and a play on the geo park play ground.  We enjoyed a final stroll along the prom and had a last ice cream overlooking Paignton harbour before leaving Devon again and heading back home, eager to see all the building work that had been done while we were away!!!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Devon Week 1

We have just come back from another lovely holiday in Devon at Whitehill Country Park.
We arrived at the tail end of hurricane Bertha and the first night was a bit hairy, big winds and rain but once again our Montana stood strong.
After setting up, unpacking and putting away our tesco delivery when had a well earned drink and Chinese takeaway.

During our first week we had lovely weather, a couple of showers which we dodged and it rained a little at night but apart from that it was t shirt weather.

We spent some time on Goodrington Sands, collecting shells and flying kites.
The children, Megan in particular, spent a lot of time in the pool too. She was in at least once every day and sometimes twice. Ben found it a bit chilly, but still managed to have a good few dips!

We visited one of our very favourite places, Pennywell Farm, and spent a lovely day, holding animals, exploring willow mazes, pond dipping, tractor rides and pig racing!

In Brixham we had a lovely wander around, and went onto tho Golden Hind, which Ben really enjoyed.

We ventured into Cornwall and visited The Eden Project, which we have never been to. They had a dinosaur exhibition on with very realistic dinosaurs!

We took a trip from Torquay to Brixham on the ferry and although we didn't see any dolphins this time, we still enjoyed the trip across the bay.

One of the best days involved crabbing at Stoke Gabriel. We caught loads, bucket fulls!!! The secret is putting bacon into the nets, but don't tell anyone!!!!

So during our first week we did lots, we spent a relaxed time together too, enjoying family time.