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Monday, 16 April 2007

The unbearable lightness of being

Arrived home last night from, dare I say it, a quite idyllic break in Wales. The bar on our expectations had been set quite low: caravan holiday, in Wales, with three small children. How good could it be? It turned out to be the cheapest and simultaneously the best holiday we have ever had together. The constant sunshine helped of course, but mostly we just really enjoyed spending time with our kids doing the stuff kids love to do. A good beach, ice cream, fish and chips, walks in the countryside, farmyard animals aplenty, a steam train ride... it was a no-frills holiday for sure, but one the memories of which I will really treasure. I must heartily recommend the amazing caravan park on which we stayed - Blaenwaun Farm.
With the bags yet to be unpacked and no food in the fridge it was straight back to work this morning. The spot in Wales which we were visiting was a Blackberry Black Hole, so a couple of hours were spent this morning piling through the emails blocking up my Blackberry before heading off for the London Book Fair. It is always a little hard wrenching oneself away again after time off with the kids and today was no exception. There is that undeniably appealing and yet at the same time unbearable 'lightness' that you feel as you walk away from domestic life once more. Having said that, I'm sure I'm not quite as 'light' as I was before I left for the land of fish and chips and ice cream.....

2 comments:

Jan said...

Congratulations on coming home RELAXED..
Wait til you're leaving teenagers at home while you supposedly relax a few hundred miles away!
ONCE long ago,after much packing into the car of bags, equipment and treasures, we set off on holiday en famille ( or SO we thought).......only to get round the corner to discover we'd left the babe in his carrycot in the hall...

spymum said...

The London Book Fair - to me that sounds so glam!

Were there lots of famous authors there? Like Will Self? Or Toby Young? Just remember, if you ever need a PA/secretary/amanuensis to carry your bags or take notes I'm your gal!