Two weeks off can be a trying time for parents. Keeping the kids stimulated, letting them get some friends time, getting a balance between education and homework but also having a ‘holiday’ and juggling enough fresh air with the weather. Phew! You end up needing a holiday to get over the time off you’ve just taken to look after the little darlings.
Well it can be like that…..
It all started when we needed to leave mummy alone to study, so starting from our usual ice cream supplying base at Totland Pier we walked to Alum Bay around the shoreline. Now this is an adventure of the Huckleberry kind with rock climbing, cliff scaling and rock pools but my daughter can be as much Beverley Hills as Bear Grylls so I was concerned how she’d enjoy it. I needn’t have worried in that respect, ‘Daddy! A fossil! Can you help me dig it out?’ every 2 minutes was a different sort of challenge! A pit stop for the 2p machines at The Needles Pleasure Park and a game of soldiers at Headon Warren before taking that route back to Totland and even Ferb (our dog, he likes an escapade too! ) was tired.
Once the kids had slept on it they decided that the previous walk was missing something…..some friends, so we added Maddy (in real life Princess Anastasia) and Harvey (Harry Potter). This time we ended up at the same ice cream stop but via Golden Hill Fort/Brambles/Colwell Bay and some tree climbing, Hide and Seek, paddling and base making.
The boys somehow still had some energy so we took Ferb on a bike ride to Yarmouth, ( Ferb didn’t literally ride a bike, that would be daft, he hasn’t got a helmet yet) down the Causeway and back through Fort Victoria Country Park. It was a beautifully tranquil evening and generally flat going so
perfect for a bike ride to end the day.
Some friends gave us a gift of an English Heritage membership so the kids escorted mummy to Osborne House to educate her in their Horrible Histories inspired History knowledge. This was a museum that didn’t disappoint, favourite moments including The Swiss Cottage, the children’s toys and the bathtubs.
A few other things we squeezed in were Huck taking part in the IOW football festival on the Easter weekend at the music festival site at Seaclose Park. Daddy took in the football whilst mummy and Tink enjoyed walking the dog by the river. Various other excursions included taking our cousins to Cineworld and further enjoying the most sunshine hours in the UK; had a BBQ, had an evening drive along the Military Road and ate ice creams on Ryde seafront.
We’d emphatically ticked all the boxes we set out to, bar one. So Daddy and Mummy indulged in an evening at the Isle of Wight Surf History Exhibition launch party at Dimbola Lodge. After all parents need a holiday too.