You may or may not have noticed that last week was half-term. As my boyfriend Pete is a teacher, that means he had a whole week off work. As you can imagine, I tend to save up many jobs for him to do during his holidays (last summer he renovated and decorated our kitchen), but this time he was keen to make the most of his time off. As I am now officially heavily pregnant (and all the grumpier for it), I stipulated that it had to be somewhere close to home and NO camping.
After a little bit of research, we decided on the Kent Coast. Itâ€™s less than two hours’ drive from our house and there are also fast trains from King’s Cross that take just over an hour. We drove to Ramsgate first with the idea of walking either to Pegwell Bay or Broadstairs. When will I learn that taking a toddler anywhere near a beach means that he will want to strip off all his clothes and stay there for hours??! We were in no rush, so we hung around Ramsgate for a bit, ate a hearty lunch at Corbyâ€™s Tea Rooms and ended up driving to Pegwell Bay for a walk while the toddler slept.
We rented a cottage from Airbnb in the cute seaside townÂ of Deal – it’s a bit smaller and more picturesque than the bigger towns and there are some fantastic places to eat (we had a great breakfast at The Black Douglas). We were lucky enough to have glorious weather the next day and headed to Botany Bay – Iâ€™m always amazed by just how beautiful some of the scenery is in the UK and this huge, secluded beach is no exception. Thereâ€™s some great rock pools, too. If youâ€™re interested in visiting the Kent coast area, this article from the Guardian is a nice starting point and this website is great for planning activities and where to go.
In other news:
1. Speaking of travel, Iâ€™ve always wanted to visit the Highlands and this four-day road trip sounds perfect. If youâ€™re feeling more adventurous, this guide from Lulutastic on travelling around Europe with your kids is really useful and makes it sounds amazing!
2. Iâ€™m continually feeling guilty for not doing enough pelvic floor exercises so Iâ€™ve been using this app – itâ€™s really easy to use and you can set (subtle) reminders on your phone.
3. Kind of love the idea of this after the babyâ€™s born.
4. I bought this Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil on a whim as there was a 3-for-2 offer on in The Body Shop (I was also buying my favourite face wash as a present) and Iâ€™m really loving it. I just massage it onto my face at night after cleansing and it leaves my skin feeling so soft in the morning. Also, I think itâ€™s helping to fade some of my spot scars.
7. Didnâ€™t Rose look gorgeous at her friendâ€™s wedding? I loved her tips on putting together outfits for the wedding season.
8. How do you feel about kidsâ€™ TV? Of course I love it for itâ€™s magical ability to keep George quiet and entertained for half an hour and Iâ€™m quite partial to Frozen, but I find most of it barely tolerable. Nicky, on the other hand, loves Peppa Pig possibly more than her son Oscar. How about you? Do you secretly love any kids’ TV shows?
What have you been up to this weekend? Have you been anywhere nice for a short break recently?