Tin Box Traveller Diaries: May 2017
Hurray! Spring is finally here and we’ve been feeling a few hints of the warmer weather just around the corner. Sadly though May has given us few opportunities to get out and enjoy it. It’s very unlike us but read on to find out what’s been keeping us indoors and away from our usual outdoor adventures. It’s all good, I promise!
Here are my highlights from what we got up to at home, away and on the blog in May:
- I mentioned last month that we had bought a house in Devon and this month we’ve finally moved in. Yes, that’s what’s been curtailing our days out and travels. Most weekends have been rammed with trips to DIY shops, packing boxes and then unpacking them again. Ugh! But we’re thrilled to be finally be in our new place and becoming proper Devon residents after 18 months of renting. The picture above is a sneak preview of what it will look like when we’ve finished decorating. It was designed by my talented friend and interior designer Diana White.
- Right at the beginning of the month I discovered I have a relative in the UK family travel blogger community. In a random chat over wine at the Traverse travel influencer conference Carrie from Flying with a Baby and I stumbled upon the fact that we have the same Great-Great-Great-Grandfather. Wanderlust is obviously in our genes!
- I forgot to mention last month that Tin Box Tot has got her school place for September. She can’t wait to start. Now I have to break it to her that she’ll be going five days a week rather than the three days at nursery at the moment. My long weekends are not going to be the same without her!
- Our big house move limited our travels a bit this month. Sadly we had to cancel a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon so we could shift all our furniture. June is going to make up for it though with lots of weekend breaks planned. Watch this space!
- May wasn’t a total travel write-off though. In the final few days of the month we flew to for a week with Al Fresco Holidays at the Pin Parasol campsite in the Vendee region of France. I’ll share more about our trip in June.
Every time we visit Saltram in Plymouth we discover something new. Today we took a circular walk from the Georgian house through the woods and meadows. The girls cycled most of the way, spotting bluebells, cows parsley and wild garlic as we went. Scroll through for some more pictures from our wander. Do you have a favourite place for a Sunday walk? #Saltram #NationalTrust #visitDevon
- In-between visits to the shops for wallpaper, paint and lampshades we squeezed in a wonderful Sunday walk at Saltram in Plymouth. This is somewhere we visit a lot because there are great foot and cycle paths around this National Trust estate.
- I also took the girls to Plymouth on one of my days off where we did some pre-holiday jobs and climbed the Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse on The Hoe.
- My most popular post of the month was a competition I ran with Lava Accessories to win one of their Lava Brightsounds 2 portable wifi speakers. It was a fab prize! I’ve got another competition coming up in June so keep an eye out.
- I also wrote about visiting Southampton on the Hythe Ferry, what I wore during a weekend in London without the kids, my top event picks in Devon this summer, our some beautiful ideas for capturing travel memories at home, preparations for our holiday in France.
- In June I’m looking forward to staying with Darwin Forest Country Park, Woodovis Park and Andrew Hayes Holiday Park.
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