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A Summer Bucket List

Last Friday’s post inspired me to do a summer bucket list.  Here goes …

1. Gardening.

As some of you may know, we moved into a new house last May.  And while we’re mostly settled, there are still a lot of things to be done, especially outdoors.  The plan is to section the garden where we can plant a few vegetables away from little T’s play area.  That way (hopefully), there won’t be any accidents, like plants being trodden on or broken by a stray ball or child.

I also want to plant some flowers and herbs.  When I say “plant” it mostly means helping the husband out, since he is the one with a green thumb.  I have been known to kill plants by over-watering them.

2. Play Area for T

In the summer time (or maybe even before T breaks up for school), we can finally purchase a trampoline for T and have the time to set it up, and find a proper designated spot for her paddling pool.  You see, most of the garden slopes a bit and we want to find an area that is flat, if not find ways to make it flat.  A paddling pool that tilts won’t be any fun at all.

We also want to set up proper wooden swings in the garden.  We’re lucky to have some trees with branches that look strong enough to hold swings, so hopefully, we’ll be able to put up at least a couple of them for T and her friends to swing in.

3.  Get Organised 

As mentioned, while we are mostly settled and only have a few boxes left, there are still loads to do and stuff to sort out.  The boot room is a mess and you can hardly find anything in our cupboard under the stairs.  Not to mention, pictures, and paintings to be hang on the wall.

4.  Host BBQs and Pool Parties

Once the garden has been tended, the bbq cleaned, it would also be nice to host a few bbqs and pool parties for friends and family.  It helps when you’ve also become friends with the parents of your children’s friends.  When their invited, it’s usually a family affair which is even more fun.

5.  Camping

We love camping.  We also hope to do more of this in the summer break.  Here’s hoping though that the weather will cooperate.  It doesn’t even have to be far, though I would love to go camping somewhere in Wales. But actually, anywhere is good.

6.  Walks on the beach and woods.

We’re lucky to live in by the beach and also some woods nearby.  When the husband isn’t busy, it’s easy for us to just jump in our car and have a little play on the beach, whether it’s rock-pooling, beach combing, or just lazying around on the sand.  Same goes for exploring more of the woods or even some that are a bit of a drive away.

7. Road trips

As mentioned, we also plan to do loads of road trips to Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park.   We’ve never been so we’re really looking forward to that and also exploring the area.  Maybe even staying the night somewhere.

We also plan to utilise our National Trust and English heritage memberships more this summer, especially since we’ve hardly used both this year.

8. Visit London and Watch Matilda

It’s been awhile since we’ve visited the capital.  I think the last time we visited was in December 2014 when we watched The Snowman.  It’s about time we visited again and watched another show, especially since T seems to love musicals.

 That’s about it for now, I won’t be surprised though if I end up adding more to this list, but hopefully, we will be able to tick all of them off before the summer ends.

What about you?

Do you have a summer bucket list too?

Do share.

Off to Bucks! Plus, a Christmas Greeting and song

We’re off to Buckinghamshire tomorrow to spend the holidays with my lovely in laws.  That’s about a five-six hour drive from where we live in North Cornwall, and this depends on the traffic and our stops – with a four-year-old, that will mean loads of them.  I’m sure most of you will know what it’s like.

1.  Clothes all packed.  Tick.  2.  Toys and books all ready to go.  Tick.  3.  Presents all packed and hopefully hidden away from prying little hands and eyes.  Tick.

I think we’ve got all things covered and here I am watching “The Holiday”. Yep, that romantic-comedy with Kate Winslet (I heart her) and Cameron Diaz.  I’ve seen it loads of times.  But I still like watching this crap once-in-awhile.  What can I say?  I’m girlie that way 😉  Why is Jude Law so blimming cute?  Oh well.

Anyway, we’re going up to London on the twenty-third to watch the show “The Snowman”, we’re all excited to see it, especially Little T.  Hopefully we’ll have time to drop by Somerset House to do some ice-skating – that will mean my daughter and husband, I can’t skate for the life of me, even if my very life depended on it.

Then it will be the twenty-fourth, then Christmas day!

Are you like my daughter, brimming with excitement too?

Just in case, I’m not able to greet you all lovely folks out there, I’m doing it now …

And here’s a little Christmas song from T.  Enjoy!

Are you all set for Christmas?

I bet you guys are too!

We're going on a Road Trip!

Here’s one-year-old T, keeping herself busy with a Cbeebies magazine.  We also brought loads of her favourite picture books, toys which we would give to her every time she became impatient during the very-long-road trip. At that age, she also loved “In the Night Garden” and would listen to the soundtrack again and again, which drove us mad, but seemed to calm her down.

The last time we went on a road trip was after little T turned one.  We travelled all the way from Cornwall-Bristol-Birmingham-Chester-The Lake District and finally to a small cabin near the woods in Loch Awe, Scotland.  And on our way back to England, we dropped by Heptonstall in Yorkshire to visit my favourite American poet’s grave, Sylvia Plath.

And here’s our little cabin by the woods in a tiny little village called Dalavich.  This was our home for ten days.  Yes, it rained A LOT, but we also had sunshiny days, enough for us to be able to explore that area of Scotland.  We even managed a ferry trip from Oban!

Our next trip will be from Cornwall to Dover and take a ferry to Calais.  From there we drive to Picardy, where we’re booked to stay in a villa at Eurocamp for ten days.  Since little T is starting school this September, we also decided to take her to Disneyland in Paris.  It will be her first time (mine too!) so we’re really looking forward to that!

I love the countryside (anywhere in the world) so the plan is to explore as much French countryside as we can and also do a day-trip to Belgium and Germany.  But we’ll see what happens when we get there. One thing we learned from our last road-trip is to be prepared for plans to unravel (especially when travelling with a little one).  Like that time Scotland, when we were on our way to catch a train to see the Scottish Highlands and little T vomited all over her fleecy.  While we did bring change of clothing for her, we didn’t have an extra fleecy or cardigan she could wear under her coat.  This is Scotland folks, while it was early Autumn when we were there, it was still too cold to travel around with a just a coat on. So we changed our plans and decided to go to Oban and buy her a new fleecy.  But it turned out to be a nice day-out for us after all in spite the change of plans – that’s when we decided to hop on a ferry to see Balamory, but we didn’t have the time to get off.  It was really just a ferry-ride and see What’s-the-strory-in-Balamory-wouldn’t-you-like-to-know from afar.

My word of the week is therefore – excited! And what makes this road-trip even more special and exciting is that I have two family members whom I’m really close to, coming all the way from home, to join us in this road-trip –  double-triple-quadruple-yay!

So the first week of July will probably be spent showing my lovely family around Cornwall.  By then they would’ve had a few days in London and in Bath (they love Jane Austen).  Then we drive off to France for ten days!

Are you going somewhere nice over the holidays too?

Do you also enjoy road-trips like I do?

This post is linked up with #WOTW and #PoCoLo

Have a lovely weekend folks!