Sunday, 24 August 2008

Next year we're going abroad

Well, it was a cold, wet and windy week in Wales.

I admit, I set up the previous post to publish while I was away in anticipation of a blissful week of calm. It wasn't. It tipped it down all week. Daughter sulked, husband watched the Olympics, I drank wine and kept thinking "at least we're not in a tent". Cottage was cold and damp, the heating didn't work and the owners had disappeared.

We tried to make the best of it and get out and about. As we donned our waterproofs to go to a "Family Fun Day" at Picton Castle, daughter slipped and fell over in the mud covering herself and her beloved teddy "Tigger" who had been allowed out for the Teddy Bears' Picnic. Another family passed us and the mum summed it up for me as she said to her husband,

"What part of this is 'FUN'?!"


Next year we're going abroad.


Anyway, I did collect another Izzyism while away:

As we drove around Pembrokeshire, trying to admire the beautiful countryside shrouded in mist and rain, daughter kept shouting

"Winter vine, winter vine!"

Thinking this was some kind of plant, I was scouring the hedgerows to see what she was looking at.

Eventually husband enlightened me.

She was looking at the wind turbines.


19 comments:

A Confused Take That Fan said...

ha ha. Poor you. I came back from abroad and said, next year I am staying in GB!!
I think family holidays must be hard work whatever. Read this...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/main.jhtml?xml=/education/2008/08/23/faidle123.xml

Working mum said...

I read it and I like the idea of staying at home and hiring a cook and cleaner for the week. Will investigate ........

The Dotterel said...

That's not a bad idea - anyway, the weather's always better when you're at home. Add work into the mix, and it's pretty well perfect!

Suburbia said...

Sounds like our cottage in Cornwall! When I unpacked it felt as though I should put all the clean clothes (that we hadn't worn there but were kept in drawers) through the tumble dryer!! They seemed to carry the damp home with them.

We have ahd a fab few days at home though! (I 've ignored the cleaning!)

gigi said...

Sorry your trip was a rainy one! May be next years will go better.

MamaGeek said...

LOVE that kid-ism. And abroad? COULD be fun - of course it will! Color me envious, I'd love some new scenery like that.

Suzysoo said...

Oh dear, now it's my turn to have my foot in it!

Sorry it wasnt a dream hol, but bless Izzy, sometimes kids say the dearest things! Goes a long way to make it all worthwhile.

WORKING MOM said...

Yuck, that sounds like no fun at all, 'cept for the wine.

Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk said...

I can't tell you the amount of friends who have come back from a British holiday saying exactly the same thing! It's no fun in this country when the weather is like this. Might as well camp out in your back garden with the ability to run home if it really gets bad!

auntiegwen said...

Nothing like the family holiday to explode your last nerve, is there ?

I have very foolishly agreed to allow each child to bring a friend to our villa for the half term break in October.

Can you imagine how demented I must be at taking 6 kids, 4 of them teenagers to Turkey for a week ????? All by my own self ...

What posessed me ?

Killlashandra said...

Wow that does sound rough. It's so hard when the weather goes bad. Although you never know what the weather is really going to be like no matter where you go!

Lehners in France said...

Oh poor you in Pembroke. The people who have just bought our house live there and I have been told of their gloomy weather. Maybe that's why they are coming to France then for the "Winter Vines." Lovely, kids are so special. Debs x

cheshire wife said...

Sorry that you did not have a good week in Wales. After a cold and damp cottage, home must seem like bliss, even if you have not finished the decorating. How is the decorating going by the way?

Sass E-mum said...

Where would we all be, if it wasn't for the wine.

I recommend Club Vass for a holiday abroad. Great kids club/creche, small resort, friendly town and you can pretend to learn to windsurf. I always manage plenty of lying around in the sun...

Potty Mummy said...

I sympathise - I seem to spend a large part of my day translating Boy #2's mutterings for everyone else. Naturally he's a child genius - just a little misunderstood. Literally.

Working mum said...

Thank you for your comments. GB is wonderful when the sun shines, but when it rains, it really rains!

Sass - thanks for the recommendation, I was going to ask where you went. Decorating coming on a pace, I'm still painting, new radiators going in, electrician on his way to discuss lighting, blinds going up in our bedroom, so exciting!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

kids do say the sweetest things...
saz x

scrappysue said...

what fun - not! trust me, camping in the rain ain't no fun - i know :)

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Sorry about the damp holiday, but it sounds as if you are happy to be home! M xx