To The Man In The Picture

I seem to turn to my blog when I’m hurting. Maybe it is still a little bit therapeutic.

Recently the world lost another soul. But this wasn’t a stranger, this was someone who is so loved, up and down the country and probably around the world.

You never really think about how many lives you touch until you are faced with loss. But this person touched so many lives. Including ours.

I had the most idyllic childhood. The older I get the more I realise just how lucky I was. One thing this childhood contained was the typical yearly holiday. But we didn’t just go anywhere. We went to one place.

Every single year.

This one place has been filled with hundreds of people and faces. It’s a second home for me and mine and it is the most beautiful place I have ever been.

Places like this are always made better by the people you meet. And my god didn’t we meet some amazing people.

We rented the same home every time we went. The people who owned the home became friends. They became real people that we really cared about.

As I grew up we stopped going. I became a moody teen and my brother and sister became adults with their own lives. But eventually, all of us hit that moment when we had to return. Sometimes for a night. Sometimes for several.

We always went back to the same people. People who never forgot us, who never stopped caring and welcomed us home each and every time we came.

I was so excited so give my own children that place we call home. To take them there when we need to escape. To see the people who always greeted us with a smile. Our holiday family.

But time is a bitch, Time takes things away.  Time is not always kind.

Which couldn’t be more true.

The man in the picture..

You made our childhoods amazing. You gave us such amazing memories. The photos and the stories, we wouldn’t have those if it wasn’t for you and your wonderful family.

All the time you gave, all the phone calls with dad, you were are a very special human to us.

Last year we came down. We knew the bad news. We wanted to come to thank you for everything you and yours gave us a family.

A second place we can escape to. A place filled with amazing memories.

And now you’re gone, I didn’t ever think to go to the same place and seeing those people, would give us those type of faraway connections.

But I know so many people feel the same.

Cannot imagine what the family are going through without you.

To anyone else you are the man in the picture, but your family are everything we love about escaping there.

The world lost an amazing man who touched so many lives. Those people are rare. This world needs more of those people.

We will never forget those memories. And our children will carry those memories on.

Thank you. So much, thank you x

We Are Going On A Sykes Holiday!

It’s that time of year, soon we will be off on our big family Sykes holiday! 

There will be 10 of us. 10. That’s many people. We haven’t been on holiday together in years, I can’t even remember the last time we all went away together. I must have been like 11, entering that awkward teenage stage so mum just stopped taking me away.

I can see why. 

We are working with Sykes to document our big fat sykes family holiday, we will be vlogging over on our youtube channel – so make sure you head over there and check it out. We will also be posting some stunning photos from north wales. North Wales might have to be one of the most beautiful places in the UK, with dramatic mountains and open spaces, it’s just stunning.

The girls are really looking forward to going away with their aunties, uncles and nanny and pappa, I am sure they will squeeze every penny they can out of them. I’m not even sorry.

Last year daddy couldn’t come away with us. Yes, sad face. However this year he will be there and he will have chance to relax and have fun. Something I think we all need.

I cannot express just how happy we are to one be going away for a proper holiday, but to be working with such a lovely company as Sykes cottages, who has a huge and fabulous array of holiday homes across the UK. They really have something for everyone, I am super picky. Like, really picky!

So if I love them, you will.

Right….. TO THE BEACH!!!!

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Oh, before we go, where are you going this year?! We would love to know!!!

 

 

 

One Place In The World We Love To Be.

If anyone ever asks where my favourite place in the world is, they are always a little taken aback when I say “Wales”  Well South Wales that is. A little place called Oxwich Bay on the Gower peninsular. Voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, which may come as a surprise to some.

But I have been holidaying here since way back when. It’s a place my family always return to, even more so since we all grew up.

I myself have never been abroad. I have always stayed right here in the UK, finding all the little jewels my own country has to offer and they are vast, albeit well hidden.

Oxwich bay doesn’t have a lot to offer attraction wise. But the beauty of this small village and the people who live here are enough to keep you coming back year on year.

The hotel practically on the beach has become the must have wedding venue. Set in the forefront of the beautiful forest the runs alongside the village, it’s a wonderful place to eat and stay.

Who doesn’t want to dine on the beachfront and watch the sun go down?

Just look how beautiful it is…

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The beach is stunning, with hundreds of rock pools and total freedom for the kids, we can spend all day here, hidden away from the world. Forgetting about the fact I have multiple sclerosis and just enjoy each other.

The sea is crystal clear and many a treasure can be found, and I’m not just talking about the hundreds of shells…

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I think Oxwich will forever be our got to place. Maybe it will even become the girl’s too? It’s a place untouched by commercialism, a place where you can forget the fast paced world and relax. Perfect.

The three things we love about Oxwich Bay?

The scenery, it’s stunning, even on rainy days.

The people. We have made friends for life here, that’s something we will never lose.

And finally, the fact its here in the UK. It’s so close yet remains so hidden and untouched.

 

This is our entry into the Tale Of Three Cities Competiton.

 

 

Wish I was There Photo Comp – Giddy Up!

Now it may not be the place sunshine was born, or be the top of everyone’s list, but to us, it’s a place where we have made memories a plenty. I am of corse, talking about Brean.

We have had fun come rain or shine and made the most of each day we had together, to be a family and enjoy the here and now.

As Beboo is only young, it has been important to me to stay close to home. Should we have any problems or illness, we are close enough to head home and make things all better. Yet still being far enough away for a holiday.

One thing we all shared on our most recent holiday was Pops’ first fair ground ride. I am a total wimp, so kind of expected her to follow suit. But she was so confident and completely put me to shame. I couldn’t have been more proud…

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Yes it was cold and rather damp, but she didn’t care. She went on every ride and this particular one more than once. I was so proud watching her go round and i have to say, it was very amusing watching her bouncing along!

Our holidays are far from exotic, but we always make the most of what we have. Often spending less means we can spend more time doing things we wouldn’t normally be able to afford. Like endless goes on the fair and the Husband spending far too much time at the amusements.

But such is, well, holidays?! 

This is my entry into the Wish I was There Photo Competition.