Originally posted 31 July 2017
How are you? What have you been up to this July? Can you believe it is almost August? The kids are now off school and we have 6 weeks ahead of us (well 5 weeks now), with lots of little adventures planned. We are looking forward to attending a summer wedding by the seaside; a little holiday on the coast and then a family celebration at the end of this month. And in between, I am sure there will be many day trips and in between those, I suppose there will be some jobs to do around the house (yawn!). I am going to squeeze in some writing too!
Earlier this month, before the end of the Summer term, I went on a little solo adventure to my lovely Mum’s place in Somerset. I went without the kids and although I missed them, I loved spending quality time with my Mum, catching up on life and cuddles, without all the noise and interruptions that are an inevitable part of having my brood around. My cousin picked me up from the station and we spent a lovely few hours in Mum’s garden, drinking tea, eating large slices of delicious home baked carrot cake and spotting butterflies….
Soon after I arrived at Mum’s, I was itching to head out into the countryside for a refreshing and rejuvenating walk. So as Mum rested, I popped out briefly the evening I arrived, and the morning of the following day too. And gosh how wonderful it was and how richly I was rewarded with lungs full of fresh air, exciting and breathtaking sightings of wildlife, pretty gardens, cottages and countryside scenes….
Along the lanes towards Dunster…
And into the deer park where the Exmoor wild ponies roam free. Aren’t they just beautiful?….
I was very taken with this sign. We can’t wear signs around our necks telling people to ‘take care, sensitive area beyond’ but I feel it would be a good reminder sometimes….
Into the village….
I visited Dunster Castle too (pictured above from the deer park), the first National Trust property I visited, which convinced me to join about 4 years ago. And I haven’t looked back! Visiting National Trust properties is one of my favourite pastimes! I will write a blog post all about my experience of the National Trust soon, but in the meantime the following pics are all taken in the beautiful grounds and gardens of the castle….
As is the done thing when visiting Mum, a quick visit to the beach is a must…
What a lovely little break I had! I am dying to go back and see Mum again soon and I do so wish she was nearer for cuddles more often. But I will treasure the memories from this trip, until I can make some more next time.
I am so happy when I am taking pics my lovelies, so I will report back again soon with another slide show of holiday adventures. Until then, take care of your lovely selves and lots and lots of love from me!