Sunday, 5 September 2010

The Girl Is Back in Town

After a really traumatic start to the summer, I decided to get back to basics. I took my three babies (OK, one teenager, one pre-teen and a five-going-on 15 year old) and went camping for six weeks in Cornwall. It was make or break time in terms of the upset we'd had, but it was hard to imagine that a holiday wouldn't set right some wrongs, things were so bad. Now when I say camping, I mean camping, I hooked up my trailer, packed my tent and stuff  (including 11year old Laborador and 3 month puppy) and we camped in a field for 6 weeks- a cold water tap and a toilet 200 metres down the road, no TV, no computer or phone and do you know what happened?... My kids started behaving like kids again. They enjoyed the compulsory walks, early nights, make do cooking and washing, all of it Hurrah! We found mermaids on the beach:

Some were forced to swim in the sea:

Whilst others followed unwittingly, realising just in time that they could swim after all:

A great adrenaline-rush for some: tombstoning, not my cup of tea at all

Daddy joined us briefly to build a fortress against the sea:

Which didn't last for long

We played magical games with just a silk shawl for a prop:

Learnt new skills

Met magical creatures:

Won first prizes

Saw fantastic sunsets

But mostly we did this:

Lots of it


maggie said...

Hey girlie...Welcome back !!!

Felted House said...

This looks like the most magical holiday, they are beautiful photos. They'll remember it for always. Selfishly I'm very glad you're back, although I know you belong in Cornwall really! xx

Poppy Cottage said...

Wow!! What a special Mum you are. I hope that you managed to get in touch with yourself again. Your children will remember this last summer for the rest of their lives, it will be the special summer.

Welcome home xx

tammykingdon said...

Thankyou for your comments. Poppy Cottage- all Mums are special never forget that. I know I'll remember this summer as a very special time and hope my babies will too. I'm just struggling to get into the work mode now...

Cathy said...

What a great idea to up sticks and go camping for the summer. I am very pleased you all enjoyed it. Camping is very much a kids thing I think. They love the excitement of roughing it and it is amazing how well they do without TV and computers when they have to. (Love the sandy mermaid.)