I have been non-stop for three weeks and it’s been a brilliant holiday! I won’t get out the home-projector and bore you with all the holiday snaps, but I will give you a whistle stop tour of the Easter hols in the Miles household, and this is where my husband and I both being teachers really comes into its own. Three weeks of family time and this year we have really made the most of it (as opposed to other holidays where we grump around at home getting under each other’s feet).
The holidays started with two trips to London with the kids, one by ourselves and one with friends. We took a boat trip, had a backstage tour of the Houses of Parliament (friends in high places!), popped into the National Gallery, watched street-theatre in Covent Garden, survived Hamleys and walked a LOT.
Last weekend my sister and I went to Edinburgh for the weekend. I hadn’t been since a day trip when I was 14 so it was all new and I totally fell in love with the place. The highlight was meeting my poetry pals for lunch which you can read about over in Supper and Syntax. But we walked and drank in the beautiful architecture and nooks and crannies (I feel that you should imagine the word ‘crannies’ being read in a Scottish accent). And everybody was SO friendly – chatting while waiting to cross the road, in cafes, in shops; just lovely, lovely people. I am desperate to go back again soon and having seen the gorgeous coastline as we travelled up past Lindisfarne I am keen to go on a bit of a tour…
After Edinburgh we did some family visits and there was much fun and football going on between cousins. I barely saw my cousins growing up (or now, to be fair) so I love that they all get on so well and seeing as they range from 4-18 it’s a surprising harmony.
And now it is the Easter weekend. Today we visited Sissinghurst Castle which is very near to me yet I have never visited. I went full of poetry and Vita Sackville-West (I really want to read her letters – what a woman!) and my kids’ heads were full of Easter Egg trails. Yes, it’s a National Trust property and that means Cadburys are in situ. Actually, their trail was all based around Alice in Wonderland and took us through forest paths full of dancing bluebells (my favourite flower) so I was very happy. The garden and house/castle themselves are just stunning. So, so beautiful. I plan to revisit by myself when I get a chance and have a proper wander and get all Bloomsbury.
Tomorrow it is lunch with the family which leaves us Sunday and Monday to eat too much chocolate and remember all the things we were supposed ‘to-do’ this holiday but ignored in favour of many more pleasurable things. How very hedonistic we are!
Are you still there or did I lose you in the second paragraph? If you are; Happy Easter!