Summer Holidays 2013

I know I’m rather late with this but I wanted to write a little something about our summer.

We didn’t have a holiday this year due to the extension being started on our house (you can’t have everything can you?!) so we spent most of our summer holidays at home – or at least outside, but near home!

The weather was glorious wasn’t it? Such a welcome change from the dismal grey summer of last year. And what a difference it makes to our lives having the sun shining every single day. We were able to actually PLAN days out instead of worrying what the weather would be like!

We spent a week at my Dad’s which was like a mini getaway, a change of scene for myself and the kids which was lovely. He lives in Lancashire so lots of lovely days out around the beautiful countryside there as well as the obligatory Blackpool day trip! You gotta love the Vegas of the North!!



Back home we practically spent the entire summer in the garden, the paddling pool was always in use and I think my kids spent most days in their swimwear

We had picnics in various parks, walks in the nearby countryside, fun days out at local attractions. The children had lots of playdates and sleepovers.

There is one local park we like to go to which has a super splash area, perfect for cooling off on hot days and actually it felt just like being on holiday. If I lay down on my towel by the pools and shut my eyes (not that one can do this for longer than a few seconds when there are small children to keep an eye on) I could easily imagine being on holiday listening to the waves of the sea or sitting by the hotel pool!!



When the weather is playing ball here in Blighty, it can’t be beaten. It really is wonderful. I didn’t even think about a holiday, in fact staying at home is a lot less stressful. I can’t stand all the running around pre-holiday, making sure we have everything which, for myself, my OH (yes I organise him too) and four children is not an easy task. And who needs a holiday when you can laze your days away at a lido like this?


We had a lovely summer. I didn’t want it to end.


I also had a TAN. Yes folks, for the first time in the history of me I didn’t need to go abroad to obtain an actual, proper sun tan – I got one from staying right here in England!!!!! I was immensely proud of it and worked on it as much as I could, let me tell you!


  1. Looks like you had a fab holiday near home or your Dad’s in Blighty. (Can’t believe my first summer away from UK and the weather was gorgeous)

  2. How wonderful to take a trip back to the summer time. It was fabulous wasn’t it. You did so much, looks like you all really took advantage of it all. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

  3. Woohoo to the tan! Looks like a fabulous summer had by all 🙂

  4. I feel warmer and happier just looking at this! I so meant to do this kind of thing too, time just ran away. Well done you, doesn’t matter when you do it – did you know research says looking at holiday pics makes us happier!

  5. I am so jealous of the lido near you!! what a fantastic summer lets hope next summer is equally as good if not better!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  6. Lovely photos!

  7. Looks like you had a lovely summer

  8. Lovely photos and memories of a great summer – like you I was amazed we actually had a decent summer in England for once!

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