3 August 2017

A Rainy Day Out

We're nearly at the end of the second week of our summer holidays now, which seems crazy - how has it only been a fortnight? This summer I appear to have made it my mission to load up my calendar with as many holidays, getaways and days out as I possibly can - and I'm bloody loving it. During the first weekend of the summer holidays, we had a weekend of camping (I'll tell you more about it later..) and now we're onto the second mini getaway - a few days away in the Lake District.

I'm insanely lucky in that my Mum and Dad have a yacht moored up on Lake Windermere, and over the course of my life my parents and I have always been darting up to the Lakes and back for holidays and days away. It means the Lakes feels like a second home to me, and I no longer feel like a tourist there - if anything, I'm totally a local! Having this special place and the facility to stay there has always been amazing, but now being able to share that with somebody is even more so - and I realise how lucky I am for this!

So over the last few months, it's been really lovely to be able to share in the experiences that the Lake District has to offer, not only with the wonderful Mister E but also with his three beautiful children. We've all been up a couple of times since the Easter holidays and have loved it - and this time was no different. 

Our first day and second days were full of sunshine and that British weather we seldom see - gorgeous blue skies, barely a cloud in the sky and plenty of opportunities to get our tans on (something we're both keen to do - I need to get my pasty self some colour!) ...then however, our luck ran out and we were left damp and miserable yesterday morning. With three kids to entertain however, and an inability for our spirits to be dampened like the weather - we opted for a trip to the Lakes Aquarium.

The Aquarium was quiet considering it was the summer holidays (and a rainy day!) so we had plenty of opportunity to walk around and take everything in. In fact, we even went around a couple of times to make sure the kids had taken everything in. With everything to see from tropical fish - including Dory and Nemo - to otter feedings, diving ducks, a huge carp tank and an underwater tunnel with amazing views of the fish from below - there was certainly loads for us to see and capture.

...Unfortunately, taking photos of fish and animals through tanks is pretty much impossible - so you'll have to cope with the few I do have... I promise it's worth seeing up close though!

There's loads of little opportunities for the kids to interact with the facts and statistics about the animals they're seeing. Lots of little information cards and a quiz for them to answer all the way around. I remember going when I was smaller, however, and having a chance to hold/touch some of the animals - this doesn't seem to be a thing any more unfortunately as I think the kids would've loved it!

For an online ticket price of £21.00 for 2x Adults and 3x Children, we figured it was a pretty good deal - check out their website for more details on admission prices and discounts etc. It didn't take us much longer than an hour to get around - so I wouldn't plan your entire day around just the aquarium but it's still worth seeing if you're that end of Lake Windermere.

When we were done at the aquarium we went for a little explore around the jetties at Lakeside and took a chance for a few snaps of us and the kids. This is where, when I was younger, my parents used to have a speedboat moored up - so it was a little trip down memory lane for me as well.

Getting back to the boat a little bit later on, after stopping for a proper pub tea and getting the kids a much deserved ice cream, it was time for these guys to write in their holiday diaries and for us to partake in a cheeky beer - or several... (we are on holiday, don't you know?)

Before we went away, I dug out three little matching notebooks I bought from Paperchase in a sale years and years ago - if you know me then you'll know my utter obsession with collecting notebooks and sketchbooks of any sort... Well, it's getting out of hand. Anyway, these ones have now been donated to the kids and we're hoping at the end of the summer holidays they will have a fab little diary to look back on and be able to remember what they've done for their six weeks off.

Totally a teacher thing to ask them to do, right? #sorrynotsorry

Once the kids had finished their holiday diaries and were tucked up in bed it was a chance for us to have a little sit up on the top deck of the boat in some much needed evening sunshine. After a pretty much insanely wet day, we felt we deserved the "chill time" in the fresh air...

Until it started raining again and we had to batten down the hatches for a night under the deck... Don't you just love the British summertime? Anyway, that's just one day of a whole summers' worth of plans from Mister E and I - next week we will be heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (third year running for me, taking his Fringe virginity though!) - then two weeks after that we will be heading off for a week in hopefully sunny, sunny Greece. Very much excited for the rest of the summer - what have you guys got planned?

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