Month 4 of my monthly review and I think it’s actually one of my favourite things to do on here as I often forget what we’ve been up to. It’s been so nice looking back over April, it was once again as wild and busy as March but with much less focus on work and more focus on family and travel
We started the month in Devon and within the few weeks we have had we’ve visited Dorset, West Sussex, North Yorkshire, Cheshire and of course places within our home county of Hampshire. I’m currently writing this while I visit my best friend in Cheshire and although it’s been a busy month and we have travelled a lot I’ve enjoyed doing it with my little crew. We’ve talked without the normal home life distractions and made more plans and adventures. And so here is our round up of April (done by county this month!)
The last few days of March and the start of April saw us on the last few days of our first family holiday in Devon and my goodness it was the best holiday we have had to date. The weather was gorgeous, we saw some beautiful sights and visited the most amazing places. My heart was left in Devon and if I could pack up and move there tomorrow I would
We visited the White Lady Falls and Devils Cauldron in Lydford Gorge, somewhere the hubster and I had visited 8 years ago. It was as beautiful as last time, but it was quite a scary walk, and one I’m not sure I’d be comfortable doing again with J unless she was a bit older
We also took J to indoor rock climbing while away and all I can say is my goodness that child is fearless, she scaled it to the top and then jumped from the tall poles that most adults struggled with. Such a proud mummy moment (even if I was terrified) and one of the highlights of our trip away
The weather at the start of April was just glorious and we really have been so lucky in the south. Our favourite beach – West Wittering – has featured for the first time in 2017 and as I sat and watched J splash with Lexi in the water I had a feeling of contentment. We had such a great time although it was very cold and I’m looking forward to more beach day adventures as the year progresses
I also had a spa day with my cousin in Bournemouth and a walk along the beach afterwards, it was a stunning day and so nice to catch up with her – we often have our 2 young girls in tow and it was nice to have uninterrupted adult conversation and a grown up meal. I actually don’t have any photos from the visit but I’m really pleased we did it and we have vowed to do it again one day soon
Durdle Door is a place the hubster and I have visited on several occasions pre J but decided to go to on a sunny April day with a possible walk to Lulworth Cove which didn’t actually end up happening. The waves were high but calm and as with most children J thought she knew best and kept edging closer and closer to the water until a wave took her out and she ended up soaked and having to wear her daddy’s body warmer on the way back to the car. We laughed so much and it’s one of those moments engrained in my memory, especially when her wellies poured water out afterwards
J and I have had a couple of visits to Mottisfont Abbey which we adore although it’s been pretty busy over the Easter holidays with the Easter Trails. J was really excited to do it and get some chocolate at the end of it (always a bonus for a child!)
We have also had an abundance of bluebells in April and everywhere we look we see them. We’ve visited a country park on a couple of occasions and they look and smell so pretty
April held our Easter meet up with our good friends and a trip to Brimham Rocks for some adventure and another Easter trail. I decided not to take many photos of our trip away, but I absolutely adore this one. Our lovely friends and us, on the top of a rock after I had been running back and forth to the camera and tripod whilst their screams of encouragement attracted quite an audience – note to self, must get remote fixed!
A girls weekend away for me (dog included) while the hubster had a boys weekend and a trip to Trentham Gardens has finished off April. I am always envious of everyone’s beautiful photos at Trentham Gardens, especially as last time we visited we had to cut it short due to J being ill, but this time we managed to walk round the lake, play in the play area and see the beautiful tulips. A very cold and windy day but beautiful nonetheless.
May has a girls weekend to Center Parcs planned, a one day festival and some scaled back weekends with my family. It’ll be nice to be in the home county for a bit and to spend a weekend with my best friends. Here’s to a May with less miles on the car!
Linking up with Kerri-Ann at Life As Our Little Family for the My Family Adventures linky