‘You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”


We made it to half term. At one point this week I wondered if we would.  With both boys tired out and Harry especially emotional. I had forgotten just how hard that first half term is when you are in reception.  Although he has done so well, coming home and reading with me each day and practising his letters and word songs.  This is the first school holiday where both of us are on holiday, so we had planned to be in Italy. But cancelled that several weeks ago, before they went on the quarantine list.

Instead, we have found a house in Kent. It will be the first trip this year for us which is not a press trip and so I won’t need to do any work while there. Don’t get me wrong but I am constantly grateful for the opportunities the blog gives us. But I am also looking forward to switching off.   I did wonder if we wouldn’t make. But we did and we are here!  We don’t have that many plans partly because of the weather not looking great and because we need to decide and pre-book.  One thing I did do is book Bodiam Castle for a stop on route. Not that Kent is actually that far from us.  However, the boys still want to try and complete their National Trust  Passports. Which as you can imagine is not going to happen any time soon… something else to blame the virus for.

I took the opportunity to get this week living arrows photos while we were there.  It was a bit busier than I thought it would be, but with the one-way system in place, the boys still got to explore the ramparts and pretend to be kings. All with a trusty stick. Although I do think it was the size of the carp that really captured their imaginations. Harry exclaimed they were  100m long and it spun off into a  fantasy story of riding magic carpets as we tried to walk down the stone staircases.

It was the perfect start to our little relaxing break .  Wishing you all a relaxing half term.

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  1. Glad to hear you were able to get away for a few days, even if it wasn’t the holiday you had originally planned. We managed a couple of days away too and it’s definitely making me feel more ready to face this next lockdown!

  2. Wow! What a magical capture. We’ve not been to Bodiam castle before. That walkway over the water is EVERYTHING! I really want to go. #LivingArrows xx

  3. Heather Norrington

    We love a castle! Haven’t been to Bodiam yet but it looks fab so will definitely try to check it out. Thanks for the piece on the National Trust Passports. I can’t believe I’d not heard of these, but my little girl would love collecting the stamps so I’ll investigate further.

  4. Margaret Gallagher

    Magical adventures for you all looks amazing

  5. Bodiam Castle is so beautiful! I love it. Last time we went it rained the whole time! x

  6. Katrina | ChatterFox

    I’m so thankful we live in a country that has such things as The National Trust. Although times are very different and the virus has stolen so much from us, at least we’ve got some lovely places to explore- even if we don’t have the weather!

    Katrina x

  7. Aww lovely photos! Hope you all had fun exploring, and are having a relaxing week together xx

  8. rachelswirl

    I love spending days out exploring castles and such-like. Oh, what I’d do to be doing something like that at present – such lovely photos by the way!

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