PointShoot Post #8: Summer holidaying in Suffolk

In keeping with the spirit of mindfulness, Catie’s Point Shoot linky  (Diary of an Imperfect Mum) provides me with an opportunity to practice adopting a ‘gratitude attitude’.
Remembering, through quick snaps taken on my phone, the things I may otherwise take for granted in my busy life, if I didn’t take a moment to stop.
It’s a chance to consider those family moments that may otherwise get lost in the fast pace of everyday life.  The photos generally aren’t posed so don’t interrupt the ebb and flow of the day.  Instead they are a record of those tender and special moments that regularly occur, between all the tears and tantrums, but can all too easily be missed.
Hopefully these posts may spur on  others to keep a ‘gratitude log’ or something similar too.
It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

My  last ‘Point Shoot’ post was about a local trip out whereas this one is a record of our recent ‘staycation’ holiday to Suffolk.

The highlights:

  • We lucked out with our accommodation recommended to us by a friend, so thank you Rachel!
  • Staying on a farm meant we watched the children  delight at feeding the animals everyday.  The goats were especially a hit – twin 1 particularly loved going to visit them.

Two children feeding goats

  • And when it was rainy we had great fun in the swimming pool.   Our eldest has not enjoyed swimming that much up until this year and so seeing him swimming across the pool full of confidence and joy was fabulous.  He would ask to stay in as long as possible and even had two swim sessions on a particularly  bad weather day.  His sisters loved it when their grandparents played in the pool with them too.

3 children standing read to get in a swimming pool

  • Talking of grandparents….it was lovely that they joined us for part of the holiday too and very kind of them to give me and the hubby a few hours off one day for a delicious meal out.
  • Days out to Colchester Zoo and Flatford Mill were a hit with all the kids – not always the case when you have a 4 year age gap between siblings.  Twin 2 loves to copy  her big bro so held the stick insect at the zoo after he had done.  And I held it too!
  • We were all pretty in awe of getting so close to a sloth.  The eldest also enjoyed an icecream  while watching the elephants, giraffes and zebras as well as lots of other interesting animals too, as the twins had a much needed nap.  He wowed us with his knowledge of animals and wildlife as we walked round.

Young boy looking at elephants in zoo

Young boy holding a stick insect

  • Flatford Mill had lots of family friendly activities to do as well as impressive scenery.  The eldest and twin 2 (do you see a theme emerging?!) enjoyed pond dipping as well as big bro being engrossed when doing a nature trail around the RSPB garden.
  • Twin 1 instead was very content to play hide and seek with her Grandad.  The eldest also did spoon carving and despite it being hard work and taking a long time, his perseverance was impressive.

Flatford Mill

  • We got to visit the seaside for the first time this summer  – not once, but twice.
  • Our first trip to Mersea Island included a lunch out for us all (a rare event as meals out can be quite stressful at the moment) enjoying fish and chips (of course!).
  • The second outing was to Frinton-On-Sea with it’s beautiful sandy beach which the children LOVED.  Twin 1 was in her element building sand castles and twin 2 adores paddling so she had great fun in the sea.  The picnic on the beach went down well too (even with the addition of a bit of sand in the food).

Toddler paddling in the seaBeach huts at Frinton on SeaFather with 2 children on the seashore

We had a super week away – and it was so good to be altogether without any work stresses for me or the hubby.

Hoping you’ve had some lovely family moments too this summer holidays.

If so I’d love to hear about them.





  1. September 6, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    The swimming pool looks awesome for the kids. Great holiday and nice of the grandparents to give you guys some time. #FamilyFunLinky

  2. September 8, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Ah it sounds like a lovely holiday. Good accommodation is always a massive plus in my book! I’ve always wanted to go to Chester zoo, perhaps one day. And yay for grandparents, an uninterrupted meal out is worth it’s weight in gold these days eh! Lovely way to take stock and appreciate so many moments of your holiday. Thanks for sharing it with us at #familyfunlinky

  3. September 8, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    HA I’ve just re-read and realised is was co-chester zoo – I thought that didn’t make sense when I was writing it as I didn’t think Chester and Suffolk were in anyway close!! Sorry – blonde moment xx

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