It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.
My last ‘Point Shoot’ post was a bumper Christmas holiday edition. This one is a record of a glorious day at the beginning of our February halfterm holiday. We have begun to utilise the English Heritage family membership which we were generously gifted by the in-laws for Christmas so today saw us heading off to Battle, Sussex for some Norman Conquest fun. The day really was a perfect mix for me as a Mum – spending time with the family, as a History teacher – visiting an important historical site (which I have never visited before – eek!) and as a mindfulness practitioner – enjoying the outdoors and family time – such a good way for me to press the pause button in the mind and be grounded in the present.
- 3 excited kids and a bright sunny day = no issues getting ready this morning!
No repeating instructions to get shoes on even. The three of them were raring to get on with the journey. We listened to twin 2’s ‘pop music CD’ as she calls it and the ‘new nursery rhyme CD’ as per twin 1’s request. Big bro was buried in his books!
- The beautiful views and the bright sunny day. Enough said.
- Exploring the towers and turrets and observing this moment when big bro and twin 2 had a cuddle whilst looking out across the Sussex countryside.
- Picnicking in February! The hubby made a round of sarnies that were greatly appreciated by us all. We loved eating them outdoors and then being able to spend time in the playground. Twin 1 enjoyed climbing, tunnelling and finding sticks while twin 2 and the eldest loved playing in something similar to a hamster wheel!
- We had a super walk around the battlefield where the kids were really excited by the knights they ‘met’. The girls also asked to stop at a sign to look at the picture of the battle – ladies after my own heart! They were really interested and curious which was lovely to see.
- The twins loved puddle jumping. In fact all three of them getting a little muddy on the walk only added to the laughter and giggles!
- Café time! Twin 1 loved her scone and jam so much that she licked the plate clean which made us all laugh together. Our son cut his Victoria Sponge cake up into 3 equal pieces to share out with his sisters without being asked to. Ahhhhhhhh.
All in all a lovely start to the February break. We will definitely return to Battle in the summer as there is lots to explore.
How has the start of half term gone for you?
I’d love to hear.