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Tin Box Traveller Diaries: February 2017

There’s nothing I love more than heading off on a new adventure. But sometimes it’s good to be at home, reflect, enjoy each other’s company and to plan for future trips. That’s what February was all about. We didn’t travel (well, not as a family) but I still have lots of fond memories and feel ready for our next set of adventures. Watch this space and my social media for stories from our upcoming trips to Somerset, East Devon and Cornwall.

Here’s what we got up to at home, away and on the blog in February:

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London street - Tin Box Traveller Diairies February 2017

  • Right at the beginning of the month I hitched a ride to London with Mr Tin Box. His ever changing job in the Royal Navy has meant he has been working just outside the city for the past three months. I had a digital writing course to run there for work so we car pooled from Devon. The Tin Box girls were left in the care of their grandparents while I spent a night and day in the big smoke. I found a great little apartment just across the road from the Charles Dickens Museum – the house where the famous Victorian author wrote Oliver Twist. Sadly didn’t have time to visit. Next time maybe!
  • Mr Tin Box spent a few days in North Africa in the last week of February. This marked the end of the job he’s being doing in London so we didn’t mind him being away for the weekend. From the pictures he sent me it didn’t look like his trip was all work. There may have been some poolside lounging going on too. At least one of us saw some sun in February!


Tin Box Tot birthday - Tin Box Traveller Diaries February 2017

  • February is a big month for birthdays in our house which also meant lots of visits from the grandparents. The Tin Box girls loved being spoilt and I enjoyed having a few extra pairs of hands around the house.
  • Once all the excitement of birthdays and visitors had passed we had a few weekends to recharge at home and see friends locally.
  • Tin Box went in for a service this month ahead of our 2017 caravan adventures. She passed all tests with flying colours – phew! We’re now looking forward to getting her on the road at Easter. Top tip: always locate the locking wheel nut before you put a car or caravan into a workshop. It saves hours of rummaging around in the garage…


Tin Box Baby at Woodlands Theme Park - Tin Box Traveller Diaries February 2017

  • The grandparents visiting is always a good excuse to go to Saltram House – one of our closest National Trust properties. We took a walk down to the River Plym, returned to the house for a saunter  around the gardens and treated ourselves to tea and cake in the newly refurbished Chapel Tea Room. Delicious!
  • We also took the grandparents for walks at Berry Head near Brixham, Blackpool Sands near Stoke Fleming and Gara Rock near Kingsbridge.
  • We finished the month with a visit to Woodlands Family Theme Park, which, like many Devon attractions, has low season entrance prices at the moment so is a bit of a bargain day out. Even better, you can also return the next day it is open for £1. We’re off there again next weekend!


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