Visiting Painswick Rococo Garden in February

At the end of February we went out for a day trip for the first time in what felt like FOREVER.

We have been in lockdown in the UK since the start of January 2021 and we have not been allowed to leave our local area.

It’s the third lockdown we’ve had and this is probably the toughest as it’s been winter. It’s been freezing cold and we’ve been trapped indoors, had a lack of sun, lack of entertainment, no gym to go to for exercise and escapism, no socialising, the kids have been home the whole time climbing the walls whilst we try to work at the same time… it’s been quite crazy and cabin fever has definitely been setting in… and did I mention it’s been freezing cold?!

Even before this year started we were in lockdown in November and even in December (and for most of 2020) we had restrictions on meeting others, meaning we only met up with one household on Christmas Day indoors and that was it.

Life has certainly been very different and travel plans and days out have totally been put on hold, often leaving us feeling like a prisoner in our own home! We both work from home and have been at home more than ever, day in day out, groundhog day everyday for months on end!

It’s now March and we will be allowed to start seeing one other household from the end of the month, then hopefully we can travel again mid-April. The UK will be gradually easing lockdown restrictions, so things won’t be looking normal for quite a while.

But at least the weather will start to improve now, making local walks more enjoyable and appealing for us and the kids. At least if we can get outdoors more often without being freezing we can lift our moods and feel less trapped.

There has literally been no days out or travel for us for months, but we decided to visit Rococo Garden at the end of February which is around 5 miles from our home and as it’s an outdoor attraction it is allowed to be open for local visitors.

It’s the only attraction local to us that we can legally travel to right now and I will share our thoughts on visiting Rococo Garden in February in this blog post and lots of photos too!

Continue reading “Visiting Painswick Rococo Garden in February”

Top tips for creating a personalised travel scrapbook journal

Following on from my recent blog post of creative ways to use your travel photos, I thought I’d explore how to create a stunning travel scrapbook in a little more depth.

Aside from simply sticking printed photographs in a notebook, here are some top tips so you can create a really great travel scrapbook that you’ll love to flip open and browse!

Continue reading “Top tips for creating a personalised travel scrapbook journal”

Creative ways to use your travel photos

Whilst we can’t travel much right now because of the lockdowns due to coronavirus, we can think about future travel plans as well as reminisce over previous travel adventures. 

One of the best ways to recall travel memories and experiences is to look through our old travel photos.  Not only is this a fun thing to do, but it’s a great opportunity to find our faves and proudly display them.  But how and where should we display them?

If you’ve a bunch of travel photos that you love and that deserve more than sitting on your smartphone gallery or hidden in a folder on your laptop, then it’s time to get creative with your travel photos and proudly show them off!

Not sure where to begin?

Here are a bunch of ideas to get you started.  Read on for loads of creative ways to use and display your travel photos.

Continue reading “Creative ways to use your travel photos”

Can’t go out for Valentine’s? Here’s how to create a restaurant experience at home!

It really sucks that we can’t travel right now.  Not only can we not travel, but we can’t even leave our local area.  We can’t even travel around our own towns and cities, as my local police force made clear recently – if the distance we travel for exercise is further than we’d class a local pub, then we’ve travelled too far!

I also read the next lockdown review is on February 22nd, so that means no romantic weekends away for Valentine’s and sadly not even the opportunity to go out for a date night at a restaurant.

If you normally celebrate Valentine’s Day and you’re disappointed with this news then what can you do?  How can you make it special whilst looking at the same four walls you’re super bored of seeing every day right now?!

Continue reading “Can’t go out for Valentine’s? Here’s how to create a restaurant experience at home!”

Quirky date ideas + things to do as a couple in Gloucestershire

Born and bred in Gloucestershire, I have lots of ideas for quirky date nights and days out as a couple in and around Gloucestershire if you’re looking for something a little more than a standard evening meal in a restaurant!

Read on for lots of fun date activities and romantic spots to take your beau in the home of the Cotswolds.

Continue reading “Quirky date ideas + things to do as a couple in Gloucestershire”

Why a 4 berth caravan is the ultimate family staycation dream

Almost all of our travel plans were scuppered this year.  Luckily we did manage to visit Ben’s brother in Castelo Branco in Portugal in February, just in the nick of time before the first lockdown ensued and a short family staycation to Fishcombe Cove in Devon before the second lockdown kicked in.

We really did miss out on a summer holiday this year and having thought about it, I believe it’s the first year since me and my husband have been together that we haven’t been on a summer holiday!

Next year we really hope we can make up for what feels like lost time and lost travel experiences in 2020.  This year has certainly been very different and it almost feels like many of our lives, dreams and ambitions have been put on hold.

I really hope 2021 will begin to get back to normal and travel plans can resume!

We’d been hoping to visit the Lake District for our 2020 summer holiday.  A place my husband Ben is very familiar with as he was born in Penrith!  He lived his childhood until age seven in the Lake District and has many fond memories.  

He’s returned as an adult and is always talking about the beautiful landscape.  I have never been and can’t wait to see the amazing beaches and mountains – my two most favourite natural scenes. Let’s hope this is possible in the new year.

Why a 4 berth caravan provides the perfect staycation experience

One thing we have been discussing, when we can travel again and eventually make it to the lakes, is how to create extra room for our family.   

Continue reading “Why a 4 berth caravan is the ultimate family staycation dream”

3 ways Canada is different from the United States

Canada and America have always had a fun little game of ‘who’s better,’ ever since the countries were founded.  Although there will never be a complete answer on this, despite both sides being wholly convinced they’ve won, there are many differences to account for!  Here are three ways Canada stands apart and why it’s so hard to compare the two nations!

Continue reading “3 ways Canada is different from the United States”