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The Easter break seemed to come and go in a flash! And the past month has seen us do so much, that I’m pretty knackered. So it’s lucky that next week I’ll be jetting off to the Canary Islands for a week in the sun – and what a luxury, I will be without the children! I’m sure I’ll still be waking up early, but it will be strange not to have to get up and do 10 million things before 8.00am.  That said, I will miss them terribly and be insisting on FaceTiming them every evening!The April Digest: Hunting For Fossils, Heatwaves and Days OutAfter all the fun of devouring far too much chocolate over several Easter Egg Hunts at the beginning of the month, we went on our road trip adventure exploring Dorset and the Jurassic Coast. The weather was shocking during the first few days. In fact, the rain was so heavy, it kept us up all night in our little holiday caravan, which meant our first proper day saw us all exhausted! But we soon picked up the pace, helped by the sunshine finally making a long-awaited appearance. We packed so much into our trip but made sure we took it at a leisurely pace and prioritised beach visits as well as plenty of ice cream stops. After all, that’s what seaside holidays are all about, right?

The April Digest: Hunting For Fossils, Heatwaves and Days OutOn our return home, something mystifying happened. The UK was in the grip of a heatwave. Unbelievable I know! It was scorching and one day it even hit a whopping 28 degrees – totally unheard of in April and something that hadn’t happened in over 70 years!

Work really has been full on of late – and I have deadlines coming out of my ears. So it’s been really lovely to take a break (that’s the great thing about working for yourself, you can choose your hours) and enjoy the fantastic weather, which has since disappeared!

We took the baby on two day trips – one to our closest National Trust favourite, Polesden Lacey and the second, to another National Trust in Sussex, Nymans – somewhere I haven’t been to in several years. Both have the most beautiful grounds, full of bright flowers and colours. Plus the great thing about going mid-week is that not many people are around – it felt like having a secret garden all to ourselves.

The April Digest: Hunting For Fossils, Heatwaves and Days Out

On both occasions, it was great to be able to enjoy being outdoors, and let the baby wander at his own pace. He really is such a little explorer and like his brother likes nothing better than to be moving around. It was also a great opportunity to be able to get away from my laptop and spend some quality time with him.

April also saw my husband and I celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary – nine years since we tied the knot in the stunning village of Ravello in the Amalfi Coast. We didn’t do too much to mark the occasion except open a wonderful bottle of Chablis which we bought several years ago during our road trip around Burgundy. I am glad we waited for a special occasion as the wine was delicious and well worth the wait.

Ravello Wedding | My Travel Monkey

Hopefully, I will feel more rested and reinvigorated after my stay in Tenerife and I’ll look forward to bringing you all the news of what I get up to from there – do keep an eye out on my Instagram feed and stories for real-time updates.

Until next time, wishing you all a great month!