Our Summer Holiday Round-Up

Dear Diary,

I’ve just returned from walking the dogs. Outside it’s one of those rare, golden, last of the summer evenings. Still just about warm enough not to need a jacket but a hint of crispness is settling. The whole world seems like it is bathed in a golden haze. The fields have been ploughed and the leaves are just on the cusp of turning on their annual light show 🍂🍁
Somehow we have reached September. Summer is almost over and Autumn is just round the corner.

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What a Summer it’s been! The first time in my ten years as a parent, that I have had the whole six weeks off with my child/ren. It’ll probably never happen again as I’m not having any more babies / maternity leave so I had wanted to make the absolute most of this one. And we certainly did! Here’s our Summer 2016 highlights:

  • We kicked off our six weeks of summer with a family holiday to Tenerife with Thomas Cook and whilst I wouldn’t visit the island again any time soon, we did have a mostly enjoyable week.
  • An Olympic weekend followed in London with family. It was SO hot that weekend! I think it got way past 30degrees and the older children took full advantage by camping out in the back garden. So much fun!
  • If you look back on my Summer Bucket List you’ll see that one of the things we wanted to do was visit Chester Zoo. It’s the biggest and best zoo around with so much to see and do for everyone. I vlogged the day for YouTube and I’m so glad I did. I love photographs but there is something so special about looking back at video footage once the kids are grown up.

 

  • Another utterly gorgeous weekend followed, this time in Yorkshire. We had brilliant weather for all our trips – we were so lucky! It was on this trip that I captured some of my all time favourite shots of the kids.

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  • Last but certainly not least was our family holiday to France. We stayed at the Le Brasilia campsite with Eurocamp and it was utter magic. We had heard good things about Eurocamp holidays but this exceeded any expectation we arrived with. I didn’t review it, vlog or even take many pictures as I was there having a true blogging break. I really wish I had taken more pictures but I did capture a few lovely ones. This is one of my favourites of Zak and Sophie playing on the beach.

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All in all a wonderful Summer. I wasn’t one of those parents whooping for joy that the kids were going back to school this year. In fact, I felt quite deflated by it and wished we could have hung on a little bit longer.

Still, it was a Summer to remember and we can look forward to Autumn now. Autumn is without a doubt my favourite of all the seasons. In fact, I can feel another bucket list coming on….

xxx

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  1. Julia
    September 14, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Sounds like you enjoyed a wonderful summer. Autumn will bring more happy days I’m sure

  2. September 17, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Ah what a lovely, positive blog to read first thing on a Saturday morning. Memories of Summer. It certainly feels autumnal this morning. Gorgeous photos too. Alison x #fortheloveofblog
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  3. September 17, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I love your description of the leaves putting on their annual light show. Perfectly sums up Autumn – my fave season. A mix of warm days and cooler nights with the countdown to Christmas starting. I always prefer Autumn fashion too like Beauty, Baby and Me #fortheloveofBLOG
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  4. September 17, 2016 / 9:37 am

    You have had a wonderful summer and some lovely memories for you all. I love the zoo video, we went to Bristol zoo recently and loved it. Going to a zoo is one of my favorite days out x
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  5. September 17, 2016 / 9:39 am

    What a summer! It is a wonderful time of year but I am looking forward to autumn. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  6. September 17, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Wow you really have made the most of Summer holidays, some lovely memories to look back on x
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  7. September 17, 2016 / 11:12 am

    What a lovely reflection of the summer. There’s something about those slightly cooler evenings or the damper mornings that’s a sure sign that autumn is on its way #fortheloveofblog
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  8. September 17, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Beautiful photos, Fi. You had such a gorgeous summer. Love the idea that you vlogged for a day – I completely agree that video really serve as fantastic memories . I’m going to try and do a little more vlogging of life for my youtube channel – you’ve inspired me! I love autumn too – looking forward to reading your bucket list #fortheloveofBLOG
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  9. September 17, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    What a great summer you’ve had. The kids must have loved having you there all summer. You’ve obviously all loved it #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. September 17, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    Wow what a great summer! Such a shame that tenerife was disappointing. I’m not a big fan of the area either and prefer smaller hotels, but as you say, it was a break away and you could all enjoy the time together. I haven’t been to Chester Zoo for years but used to love it as a kid. Loved your vlog. x #fortheloveofBLOG
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  11. September 17, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Ahh what a gorgeous Summer you have had! We are planning to go to Eurocamp next year, I might have to pick your brains!! We love Chester zoo, probably our favourite zoo, and loved the Vlog! I hope Autumn is equally lovely for you and your family. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  12. September 17, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Definitely have to agree with you that photos may say many words but videos can be even better. Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG
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  13. September 17, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Fi, I’m delighted you enjoyed Eurocamp. We’ve been on some amazing hols with them (and KeyCamp) to France and Italy (Lake Garda…The Bella Italia). We stay in the static caravans but with their pitched roofs, proper showers and kitchens etc they are more like little bungalows. The facilities on the sites are great too. Yep, sometimes, it’s nice not to vlog, blog etc and just enjoy the break. Glad you had fun!
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  14. September 17, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Awww you really made the most of your super summer, making super summer memories! #fortheloveofBlog

  15. September 18, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Making family memories is so much fun in the summer. There is so much to do and see. Although winter does have Christmas and that’s nice for the little ones as well. #fortheloveofBLOG

  16. September 18, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Such a jam packed summer, looks like you all had a fab time! I’m with you, Autumn is easily my favourite season but it’s even better when you have a successful summer to look back on! #fortheloveofblog x

  17. September 18, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    Wow you really packed in a great summer! Perhaps a review of Eurocamp as a future post idea? I’d definitely love to know more as I’d consider going in future. Chester Zoo is fab, isn’t it? We went pre-Baby Lighty (I was 9 weeks pregnant!) and loved it! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  18. September 18, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    aww lush, loads of lovely holidays, lucky you! Eurocamp sounds good too – it must have been if you really didn’t blog/vlog/tweet haha! or was there really no wifi/4g ;-)) hehe. #fortheloveofblog
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  19. September 18, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    This is sooooo beautifully written – a ‘review’ could be dry but you have used such sweet, evocative language and included some fab photos that this really was a joy to read. I also love how you ‘set the scene’ of the beginning of autumn – just lovely. xx Zak looks like he is such a lovely big brother btw. x #fortheloveofBLOG x
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  20. September 19, 2016 / 11:55 am

    I’d love to know more about your French holiday – it’s something we’ve been considering but don’t know anyone who has been. Perhaps you could let me know?
    It looks like you had a great Summer. I’m always a little sad when Summer is over, but then there is always something else o get excited about. The Christmas countdown will be on before we know it (I’m inwardly groaning too!). #fortheloveofblog
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  21. September 20, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    It got to 36c in London that week I think! So hot! and a little too much for our little guy I think. I use to love Eurocamping as a kid. Glad you had a great time.
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  22. September 21, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Sounds like you had a great summer and like you i enjoyed the 6 weeks holiday with both kids. I LOVE Tenerife , after Dubai it’s my favourite holiday destination#fortheloveofBLOG

  23. September 22, 2016 / 3:56 am

    Oh, summer always goes too fast, but autumn brings its own memories always. #fortheloveofBLOG

  24. September 23, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Sounds like a lovely summer! Such a sweet picture of the kids on the beach! #fortheloveofBLOG

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