Walking Away the Post Holiday Blues

I was in a cruddy mood last weekend. We had come home on Friday afternoon after just shy of 3 amazing weeks away to our town which is full of traffic, queues and charges for carrier bags (that stumped the hubster after shopping and paying with card due to no UK cash before realising bags were needed!)

After telling the hubster how down I was feeling we decided to have a chat about how best to improve our home life, declutter and destress, and most importantly how to find a better balance long term. In the short term and at that moment in time we both knew that some fresh air would do us good and improve not only mine but his mood too

There was a pumpkin festival at Victoria Country Park on Saturday and last year a record had been set for the largest pumpkin in the UK. We decided to head along this year and see the giant pumpkins and whatever else there was on offer. It seems everyone within Hampshire thought the same and the queues backed up onto the motorway some 4 miles away

We parked up in a nearby village and took a slow family walk with my mother-in-law to the country park to have a look around. Sneakily I spotted some pumpkin curry for a very reasonable price of Β£3 but J had other things on her mind, a bouncy castle she had spotted as she entered the area. She played on it for her allocated time and as soon as her time finished and she got off she asked to go on it again but we wanted to see what else there was and to look at the giant pumpkins

Walking to the Pumpkin festival with her baby in hand
Walking to the Pumpkin festival with her baby in hand. I love her curls, they are so beautiful and I hope she loves them as much as I do. Everyone says they are so beautiful
I love her cheeky face on the bouncy castle
I love her cheeky face on the bouncy castle
Lots of massive pumpkins!
Lots of massive pumpkins!
Giant pumpkin!
Giant pumpkin!

Full of jet lag and with a tired child we didn’t really get chance to absorb it all though we played with conkers, decorated gingerbread men and played with homemade play doh which was some of the best homemade mix I’ve used. After settling for the very last of the delicious pumpkin curry we had spotted earlier and a few minutes of Punch and Judy we decided to call it a day and head home where we could all relax

Playing conkers with daddy
Playing conkers with daddy
Play doh recipe
Play doh recipe
Decorating a gingerbread man
Decorating a gingerbread man

Thankfully the weather had been good to us on our return to the UK and we were blessed with sun on Sunday too. After a slow and relaxing start to the day and the mandatory food shop the hubster suggested we all go to another Country Park and finish off the day with a dog walk before starting another manic week of work ahead

J is loving having Lexi again, she’s really missed her and you can tell by the way she’s interacted with her since coming home. Β As soon as we were out in the field she picked up the ball and flicker and started running around with her. J also found the muddiest puddle she could find and had an unfortunate tumble. I won’t lie, the hubster and I laughed when we saw it happen and saw her covered in mud, and like all good parents(!) as we rescued her we took a photo of her. it didn’t dampen her spirits and she was soon running around happily with Lexi

These two are as thick as thieves
These two are as thick as thieves
In the puddle
In the puddle
A bit of mud never hurt anyone did it?!
A bit of mud never hurt anyone did it?!

We sat for a bit as the sun was starting to set watching J throw the ball for Lexi and realised that although our routines were looming and our 23 days off as a family unit was coming to a close, we are a much closer household than before, and we really are very lucky with what we have

My lovely family
My lovely family

Linking up with Fiona at Coombe Mill for this weeks Country Kids linky

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

and Beth at Life as Mum / Kirsty at Something Crunchy Mummy for the first time for Just Another Linky

And the awesome Whatever The Weather linky with Chloe at Life Unexpected and Jenny at Monkey and Mouse
Life Unexpected

8 thoughts on “Walking Away the Post Holiday Blues

  1. I love a good holiday though haven’t done a long one like this since before we had Coombe Mill. Even a week away leaves me struggling for the first few days afterwards, it is a great time to shake yourselves down and think what you want out of life and do something before acceptance and normality settle in again. I must say the carrier bags feels a real PR stint, instead of recycling my bags as bin liners i now have to go out and buy expensive bin liners and shopping bags! Anyway that rant aside I love the look of the Pumpkin festival and WOW to that prize winner, I don’t think I’ve ever sen a pumpkin like it! A lovely way to spend some post holiday time together and reevaluate life. Thank you for joining me for Country Kids.

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  2. I always find coming back home after a long time away is a bit weird to start with and the blues do set in. Great idea to get out to a local event and the pumpkin festival looks brilliant – they are enormous! As much as I love travelling, I also love where I live – and it looks like you guys do too! #countrykids

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  3. I find it really difficult to get back into to it too, especially when you’ve had an amazing time away. There’s definitely something to say about getting some fresh air to get back into life at home again, we do live in a beautiful country and it’s nice to see the kids just being kids and having fun. It looks like J and Lexie are going to be great friends for life. I always like to have something to look forward whenever I’m sad that one thing has ended, planning our holiday next year is what’s keeping me going just now!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather πŸ™‚ x

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  4. Wow those pumpkins are so huge!!!! What a brilliant day out. I really wish we had something like this near us. I am so jealous of her curls! I can’t wait for my daughter to finally sprout some hair. we’re wondering if it’ll ever even touch her ears! I love that you can do activities like decorate gingerbread men. It sounds like a fab day out and even though you’re so sad to be back from your lovely holiday, I’m really glad that your family unit are so much closer for it. Precious family time and making memories like this are definitely what it’s all about. Thank you so, so much for sharing this on #whatevertheweather x

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