I’ve not really ventured too far… Since mid-January and the birth of Peanut, I’ve been pretty much confined to the house and my local area.
I’ve only recently being able to walk any distance and drive again. Meanwhile, poor Monkey has been chomping at the bit to go somewhere other than the local park.
A few weeks ago, we were all in dire need of a change of scenery and a day trip to Whitstable was just the tonic. Not only was it refreshing to be by the sea, but we even managed to get a family photo together!
We walked along the harbour to the beach, and promised Monkey we would go crabbing after our delicious luncheon of oysters, fish and chips, washed down with wine and fine ale at The Lobster Shack by East Quay. It’s one of those buzzy, noisy restaurants, where you have people queueing to order, and waiting for tables – we were so lucky to grab one before an influx of hungry punters rocked up, looking on enviously as we devoured our food.
After wandering to our favourite spot to go crabbing, we soon realised the tide was too far out and Monkey was disappointed we couldn’t catch any on this occasion. However, we soon made it up to him with the most gigantic ice cream from the quaint little parlour called Sundae Sundae on the high street.
Having not been back to the seaside town since our staycation there last year, it was fantastic to return, cementing our real love for the area – hubby and I even spent some time perusing the estate agent windows, day dreaming we could perhaps buy a little bolthole for ourselves one day.
Next week, Monkey and I have a date night together. Since the baby’s arrival, I’ve been aware that it’s important to spoil him with my time, so when Chessington World of Adventures Resort invited us to road test their brand new Gruffalo Rive Ride, I felt it was a great opportunity for us to be able to spend some time together. He’s most excited, though, to be meeting author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Alex Scheffler – in fact, I am, too. We’re both huge fans.
Although there hasn’t been much in the way of physical travelling, there has been plenty of travel planning in the last few months. Not only have I just applied for the baby’s first passport, which will hopefully arrive in plenty of time before our city break in Lisbon next month, I’ve been finalising the last details of a half term holiday in Sardinia, Italy with Delphina Hotels and Resorts. We are so looking forward to some sunshine… my weary bones feel it’s been far too long!
There are plenty of other possible trips in the pipeline for 2017 (I’m negotiating as we speak), but I’ve been busily booking and researching our biggest trip of the year – Christmas in South Africa. It’s a popular time to go, which has meant I’ve had to plan well ahead of time. To my surprise, some accommodation options are already fully booked up, which has made my job even harder. But that’s the fun part of planning a road trip isn’t it? Weighing up options and budgets and trying to find the best deals. I do enjoy this part.
We only have two weeks, so we’re keeping it relatively simple. With a young boy and baby in tow, we don’t want to be spending too long driving around. So our plans are shaping up nicely and we’ve picked some points of interest along the Garden Route doing a loop from Cape Town.
It seems so far away and I’ve yet to prepare for Portugal which is only just round the corner!
In other news, MTM is undergoing a major spruce up, with a new look and major new features coming that will hopefully enhance the experience of the user. We’re not quite there yet to unveil the changes but I’ll be sure to keep you posted on progress.
It seems spring has finally sprung and I am certainly enjoying being able to wear my sunglasses again. So on that note, I’ll wish you all a great month whatever you’ve got planned.
May you all find a marvellous adventure…