May is one of my favourite months of the year, not least because at the beginning it’s my birthday, which means there is always some sort of celebration. And while I kept it low key, due to the fact that next time it’s the big 4-0, I still had a lovely day spent pottering with the children and then being whisked up to London to enjoy the revelry of a boisterous and somewhat drunken dinner at Hawksmoor – a renowned restaurant famed for their exceptional steaks, and might I add, cocktails…
My birthday bank holiday weekend was then filled with lots of sunshine and laughter with friends not only on an outing to a local farm, as well as a BBQ, but Monkey even completed a one-mile fun run in the searing heat. I was so proud of him, as was his dad, who he left trailing in his wake!
It also saw me pack my bags, and head off for a week to Tenerife – after winning a competition last year in a random quiz! My partner for the week was my best friend, Emma, and we were both excited and apprehensive to be leaving the kids behind for such a long length of time.
We stayed in total at three hotels but preferred the hotter climate of Costa Adeje in the south of the island. We also fell in love with the Royal Hideaway, even leaving the rain in Puerto de la Cruz situated on the north side, to return there for our last night.
We ate well at some fabulous restaurants, had some pampering treats, plenty of wine and even did some sightseeing. But the main thing was to relax and read books, of which we did plenty. Would you believe though, I think I had too much sleep? My body didn’t know what to do with all the rest and I ended up suffering from an almighty migraine on our last two days. I realised now that I am someone who performs better under pressure, tiredness and lots of coffee!
And then before I knew it, the half term had crept up on us – how did that happen? While we haven’t planned to go away, the start of the holidays saw us travelling up to Manchester to visit family and we were able to break up the return journey by stopping off at Warwick Castle. Not only did we get to stay over in their new glamping tents, but we also got to spend a fun-filled day full of history and grandeur within the grounds. This was my first time there, and it really was a great experience of which I shall share with you all soon.
Phew, while June may not be so full of any planned trips, I also have a heavy workload to get through but I am hoping we get to go on some family outings if our schedules allow. We also have lots of birthday celebrations, as well as parties, so life as a working mum will get in the way of my best-laid travel plans. However, you all know me, I’ll sneak some stuff in, I’m sure…