Last week Summer finally arrived in the UK and by perfect coincidence we had planned to spend the week in our caravan. I love spending time in the caravan, the time we spend in it gives us the opportunity to get back to basics – life seems much easier when we only have room for essentials and aren’t distracted by the rest of our belongings.
Our destination this time was the heart of the Norfolk Broads, in my opinion the perfect place for us to embrace some of life’s simple pleasures…….
Sitting on deserted beaches and spotting seals watching us amongst the waves.
Preparing and eating simple but delicious meals ‘al fresco’
Enjoying the solitude of the Broads at dusk from our canoe.
Watching kingfishers skirt above the water, their iridescence catching in the sunshine.
Sitting, appreciating the warmth of the sun on our faces just watching the world go by.
The feeling of bare toes in soft warm sand.
Lazy unhurried mornings……..and afternoons and evenings.
These were some of the simple pleasures that we enjoyed last week. How about you? What are your favourite simple pleasures?
This bank holiday weekend saw us taking a short trip with the caravan to a little site not far from the West Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge.
Hebden Bridge is a lovely place to spend a weekend, a hub of crafts and creativity it is full of independent shops and is situated on the Rochdale Canal and close to the Pennine Way.
Here are some highlights of our weekend.
Walking along the Rochdale Canal we passed some interesting communities living onboard canal boats and making the most of self sufficient living on the banks.
We passed many other families along the way who were also enjoying the canal.
And a trip on a canal boat took us to a lovely pub serving homemade food and real cider.
The next day we visited Hardcastle Crags, a beautiful wooded Pennine valley. After a quick call to the farmers market to buy handmade pasties and puddings for a picnic lunch we set off on our way. Donning our walking boots we explored rivers, rocks and waterfalls.
It was a great opportunity to see creatures in their natural enviroment.
Not only did we have a wonderful weekend it was also a chance to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Categories: Family, Simple Pleasures, Travel
Tags: caravanning, Caravans, family, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, Rochdale canal, simple pleasures, travel, Yorkshire
Ok, so he may be a little heavy handed in the garden……
We have always tried to encourage our son to get out and help in the garden. Nowadays as he’s approaching his teens things are a little different but if the activities include either a bonfire if it’s cold or a BBQ if its warm he’s happy to join in.
Children love being outdoors so here are a few ideas to encourage them into the garden:
- Go on a hunt for flowers, berries, leaves or insects
- Plant seeds (inside or outside)
- Create vegetable, fruit and leaf prints
- Simple supervised tasks such as deadheading or watering plants
- Watch a butterfly or tadpole develop
- Place carrot tops in water & watch them sprout roots and leaves
If you have any other ideas I’d love to hear them! Hope the sun shines where you are this weekend and that you manage to get out and have a great time!
A few months ago I reached my
40th a significant birthday and as a result of this I’ve been thinking more and more about lifetime ambitions. Now I first became aware of the term ‘Bucket List’ when the film of the same name came out in 2007. It stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill men who go on a road trip with a list of things to do before they kick the bucket.
So I’ve been thinking about what I would like to achieve and this week have compiled my “Bucket List”
1. Learn to ride a horse.
2. Climb a mountain
3. See my Son grow up to be happy and live the life he wants to.
4. Live by the sea.
5. Create a beautiful garden.
6. Grow old and happy by my Husbands side.
7. Live in a foreign country, even if its just for a few months.
8. Keep ducks.
9. Buy a campervan and tour around the British Isles.
10. Visit the Pyramids in Egypt.
I’m sure that there will be many, many more things added to this list as time goes by and hopefully I will be able to cross a few off. Now its your turn – what’s on your bucket list?
Our Home From Home
One of the best decisions we have made as a family was to buy a caravan. Whilst caravanning may not be as cool as its close cousin camping, having a caravan has allowed us to explore the length and breadth of Great Britain.
This, our current caravan is actually the third caravan we have owned. We bought our first one in 2004. It was a lot smaller, older and more basic but as novice caravanners with a 4-year-old son it suited us perfectly. After a couple of years of owning it a local farmer wanted rid of the one he used whilst visiting agricultural shows. As he needed the space in his barn where it was stored in a hurry he so sold it to us cheaply and so for a short time we owned two caravans!
Last Easter in the Lake District
We have been fortunate to own our current caravan now for the past 4 years and with its mod cons it has enabled us to extend our caravanning to an all year round activity (we have even caravanned in the snow!). It has allowed us to explore the length and breadth of Great Britain – from the tip of Cornwall to the wild coast of Scotland and introduced us to some wonderful family activities, canoeing, boating, cycling and geocaching are just some that we now enjoy.
Stunning Derwent Water
Even after 8 years of caravanning we still have an endless list of places we want to visit. So far this year we have planned four trips, the first of them being next week staying within our own county of Yorkshire. The following trip is one that I am very excited about 4 days on the shores of Lake Bala in Wales followed by 4 days staying on the Mawddach Estuary. Plenty of time to canoe, walk and cycle – we even have set Mount Snowdon in our sights!
Later in the year we then have a couple of trips to the lakes planned, one on the shore of Coniston Water and the other on Derwent Water.
So next time you are stuck in traffic behind a caravan please don’t get angry, smile and wave – it could be us!
The weather has been so damp and miserable in our part of Yorkshire this week but these are the things that have made me cheerful.
1. The view from my kitchen sink
View from the kitchen
Even if it’s pouring down with rain outside this view never fails to lift my spirits.
Beautiful Apple Blossom
The blossom makes me hopeful, it’s a sign of things to come.
3. My Gardening Books
This week's reading material
I may not have been able to get outside to garden because of the weather this week but with the aid of my books I have been able to plot and plan for the weeks ahead.
4. The first cup of tea of the day
The best drink of the day
The best drink of the day – need I say any more.
5. Fresh Eggs
Which came first?
We were gifted a dozen freshly laid eggs this week and they were delicious. We have been thinking about having hens for a while now but in this case the eggs have definitely come before the chickens.
These are the things that have made me happy this week, I’d love to hear about the things that have made you smile.