We have just got back from a two week holiday and we've already hit the ground running and are back into normal life with a vengeance. I wanted to do a quick holiday diary so we could remember what we did. It's going to be a long one so here goes:
Friday (4th Sept)
Josh had a car crash at the end of August (not his fault) so before we could go on holiday we had to pick up a courtesy car! All the paperwork and phonecalls have been such an annoyance but on the plus side we got a fancy Ford S-Max to take on holiday so we enjoyed a smooth journey to Wiltshire to begin our glamping holiday. We arrived quite late so the evening was a flurry of cooking tea, unpacking and trying to sort out the girls. We stayed in a safari tent on an organic farm - it was great!
We spent the day relaxing around the farm as there was plenty to do and explore. Josh's highlight was a farm tour where he got to drive a gator and feed the cows.
We met up with my sister and family in Corsham for church, went for lunch and then spent the evening back at the tent with them.
We had a lazy day with a yummy cooked breakfast at a local farm café and a stroll along the canal and the Caen Hill locks.
We went for a walk in the morning, which felt very autumnal with the hedgerows bursting with blackberries and sloes. We met up with some old university friends in the afternoon/evening which was really fun.
Longleat day! We went 'on safari' and loved exploring the rest of the park. Ivy loved it and we thought it was great too! We also paid with Tesco vouchers which took the sting out of what would have been a very expensive day!
We had another relaxed day in and around the glamping tent. In the evening we took Josh's Granny out for a meal as it was her 80th birthday.
We had to pack up and say goodbye to the glamping farm (which made us sad!) but then it was off to meet up with all of Josh's family for a weekend in the Cotswolds celebrating his Granny's birthday.
We had lots of family time including games, tennis, swimming and eating.
More of the above but with the addition of me falling out of a canoe into a lake much to everyone's amusement. Ivy also discovered she likes swimming. It was a really fun time.
We packed up the holiday house and visited the Cotswold Farm Park with Josh's parents. It rained a lot but it was a really good day out between the showers. We then made the journey down to my parents' house in Devon.
I spent the day helping clear out some of my sister's house. It was a long and hard day but I think we made some headway with what needed to be done. We still hadn't booked anywhere for the rest of out holiday so we spent Tuesday night scouring the internet and decided...
...there was no where we wanted to go (in the time we had) more than back to the glamping place in Wiltshire! There were still plenty of places we still wanted to explore and we managed to get a late availability deal. It was pouring with rain all day and Ivy was ill so we stretched out the journey by driving on A-roads and stopping at various places before arriving at the tent. It was one of my favourite evenings of the holiday - we made a roaring fire as soon as we arrived and cozied in for the night with the rain pounding outside. Ivy woke up in the night with a raging temperature which wasn't great so we didn't have much sleep!
The rain stopped and we enjoyed a glorious day at Castle Coombe and went for a walk. Both the girls were ill and grizzily though so we ended up driving around the Wiltshire countryside heading for any little village that looked good on the map. We found some beautiful places and very posh houses!
We managed to (accidently) find a pram-able walk and went for a great five miler; it was one of the only walks we actually managed where we were able to walk properly without one of the girls making a fuss!
My sister and brother-in-law met us in Laycock and babysat the girls so we could have a meal on our own - it was bliss! They then came back to the tent with their kids for a meal, fire and fun. Ivy enjoyed riding on an electric tractor!
We headed off home early so we had time to sort things out at home and for Josh to write his sermon for Sunday. Our holiday was sadly over!