My week … the one with a hotel stay

This week I had a few days holiday, we have slightly different term times, so I have a July break, return to work and then the end of our school year is at the start of August. In previous years this has led to lots of juggling childcare and work days, but with Mr S at home now, its much more relaxed and easier. This year its him whom is organising all the treats and days out. The children finish a week apart from each other and return with a similar gap so our holidays seem to stretch out over 8 weeks this year.

Its been a week of organising and little jobs. On Monday, Mr S and I followed a hike he wanted to try, it was perfect walking conditions and it was nice to be out and be with each other for a few hours with no distractions. I also caught up with a friend over an al fresco lunch later in the week, the food and company were perfect. On Tuesday, I popped over to big town to do a bit of essential shopping. I also ordered the school uniforms online this week, M&S have their 20% offer and I got the sizes I needed, later in the summer it always seems my children’s sizes are out of stock and uniform buying becomes more stressful than it needs to be. I like to be planned and organised, it helps me to enjoy my time with others.

On Thursday, Mr S and I did some serious ‘adulting’ by attending a Mencap seminar on wills and trust funds. Our son has special needs and whilst he has amazed us all with his progress we don’t know what his future holds and need to start making plans for when we die. I know this may sound totally morbid and depressing and we intend to be around for a very long time but its strangely positive. There is a lot of work to do but we now know how to start the process.

I’ve continued to watch the Euros this week and its been semi finals. I was such a nervous wreck in the England game, perched on the edge of the sofa, peering through my fingers when it got a little too stressful. I am now writing this to distract myself from tonight’s final between Italy and England. There will be more to follow …

As I’ve had time off, its always a treat to read, I finished So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter and have made a good start on The Comfort Book by Matt Haig. There’s not many books I buy in hardback upon publication, but his non fiction work is so insightful that I was keen to read it.

The highlight of our week was a trip to Longleat. We picked up the children from school on Friday and drove to Trowbridge where we had booked a night in the Premier Inn. It was a great pit stop, we were next to a plaza of restaurants , a cinema, a lovely park and a M&S food hall (perfect to buy our picnic for Sat). Our Italian dinner was taken al fresco (it was a gorgeous sunny evening and I’m more comfortable outside than in at present) and then we walked around the park and chilled before an early night. Longleat was great, its a family favourite and there is always something new to discover. On this visit, it was the new crocodile and koala enclosures which captivated us. Longleat is mainly outdoor so there were little changes to our normal trips, a few attractions were closed but there was still so much to do and see. You really noticed all the extra sanitary measures and I did feel comfortable at the park.

Next week is a busy one for the children with lots of end of year treats. However, as Covid cases rise again, I am not sure that both will make it to the end of term without being told to isolate if bubbles burst. Fingers crossed as with the school years they’ve had they deserve a special ending. Have a happy week.


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