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When I imagine what I would do when I get a moment to myself, which is quite rare these days, I have these grand ideas about perhaps running myself a bath, reading a book, turning off all tech and unashamedly eating a box of chocolates to myself.

What usually happens is I’ve forgotten to unload the dishwasher, or hang the washing out, or done some sort of life admin which has been vying for my attention for weeks.

So when I was able to leave all the chores behind just for one night and meet some friends in Worcestershire for a spa beak, it was pure unadulterated bliss! I may not have run myself a bath, but I got to eat a lot of good food, from cream tea to a big steak, and relax in a hydrotherapy pool filled with Malvern water. Oh, and have a relaxing de-stressing massage, too. It was just what I needed.

The October Digest: Healing Water, Fighting Zombies and Rainy Devon

Halloween preparations started early in our household this year, as Monkey’s excitement reached fever pitch after we were invited to a preview night of Chessington World of Adventure Resort’s Howl ‘O’ Ween fest. Eating doughnuts and drinking hot chocolate as well as going on his favourite rides in the dark made it a fun and entertaining evening. As well as testing my mettle when I had to face deranged killer Zombies in their pop up attraction Creepy Caves Unearthed. Thankfully, Monkey did not have to go in there with me, being much too young…

The October Digest: Healing Water, Fighting Zombies and Rainy Devon

Next up was heading to a nearby farm called Garsons, where we could pick our own pumpkins. We were astonished how busy it was – but we managed to find one we all thought was the perfect size and shape! Being half term, the cafe was also full to the brim, but we rounded off our visit with a slice of cake and tea – which was needed after squelching around in the rain.

The town where I live really gets into the Halloween spirit, so we decorated our house with cobwebs and scary skeletons, and went trick or treating for several hours. It was just amazing to see how some families had gone to town with the spookiness of the night and brilliant to be part of such a giving community. Monkey and his friends had a blast – and their sweet haul was immense.

With family visiting us over the half term period, we kept quite local. However, we did get to enjoy three nights in north Devon in a small seaside hamlet called Combe Martin. Even though Storm Brian was just about to hit the South West, Ireland and Wales, we still decided to make the most of our time away.

The October Digest: Healing Water, Fighting Zombies and Rainy Devon

The weather may have been awful at some points, but by the end of the weekend, our patience was rewarded with clear skies and a bracing walk on Woolacombe Beach. Sometimes it’s about who you are with, and what you can do together that’s the more important factor and, even when we were all drenched in squally rain, we still giggled and had ice cream in the car. I’m still smiling at Monkey’s determination to lick it all even though he was shivering from the cold!

This coming month will be filled more with family and friends events, but I will try to sneak in some trips. Although what with attending The World Travel Market next week, as well as trying to organise for our South Africa adventure, which is looming closer and closer, I’m not sure it will be possible. I’ll be sure to fill you all in soon…