Friday Focus 19/08/2022 – Holiday

We’ve had a lovely time away this week, enjoying a holiday in the Lake District. We spent the first couple of nights glamping near Ullswater followed by three nights staying in “the moon” (Premier Inn) in Ulverston, where we enjoyed some time catching up with a friend.


The word 'holiday' in yellow


It’s been lovely to have some time away as a family and to be able to switch off and relax for a few days. Staying in a glamping pod was fun, although I think it would have been better for us if we’d brought proper pillows rather than inflatable camping ones which were not very comfortable. Sophie and Thomas slept well though (once we’d managed to get past the excitement of it all and actually get them to go to sleep at least!). I have to admit it was a relief to transfer to “the moon” and sleep in a proper bed again! The campsite was nice though and it was lovely to sit outside in the evening having dinner while watching Sophie and Thomas having fun in the playground.


We’ve enjoyed a couple of boat trips and a trip on the steam train, plus a visit to Beatrix Potter’s house, Hill Top, and the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction which the children loved. We also headed over to North Yorkshire one day to catch up with family who live in that area which was lovely. It’s been a nice balance of visiting places and people whilst also having some downtime for us.


Windermere viewed from a boat



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Sophie and Thomas sailing rafts on the river; Sophie and Thomas holding a geocache disguised as a log; Thomas exploring a tunnel on a hill; a scene showing Jemima Puddleduck and Mr Tod, the fox; Sophie and Thomas looking at the waterfall at Aira Force; a thoughtful-looking Sophie sitting next to Thomas on a steam train; Sophie and Thomas with Daddy and his cousins - "#365daysofgratitude 2022 - Week 33"


  • Day 224 – I am grateful for a fun afternoon making rafts and sailing them on the river.


  • Day 225 – I am grateful for geocaches.


  • Day 226 – I am grateful for a cooler evening sitting outside and watching Sophie and Thomas enjoying the playground.


  • Day 227 – I am grateful for a lovely afternoon of stepping into the world of Beatrix Potter.


  • Day 228 – I am grateful for walks with beautiful views.


  • Day 229 – I am grateful for a lovely day out travelling on a steam train and a boat.


  • Day 230 – I am grateful for a lovely afternoon catching up with family.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Sitting outside our glamping pod enjoying a moment of quiet after putting Sophie and Thomas to bed.


A red moon seen from the veranda of a glamping pod


  • Sophie’s delight at getting a Tom Kitten and Peter Rabbit stamp in her National Trust passport at Hill Top


Sophie holding up her National Trust passport with Beatrix Potter character stamps


  • Sophie giving me a medal for being brave and facing my fears when I took over the driving from Daddy and had to negotiate the single-track hilly roads myself. Thankfully the one time we encountered a coach coming the other way was when my husband was driving!


  • Skimming stones while waiting for the boat after visiting Aira Force waterfall.


Sophie, Thomas and Daddy skimming stones at Ullswater


  • Playing vintage games at the Lakeland Motor Museum.


Sophie and Daddy playing a vintage motorcycle racing arcade game


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12 thoughts on “Friday Focus 19/08/2022 – Holiday

  1. It sounds like you have had a lovely holiday. The glamping sounds like an experience, I’m glad the kids slept well. It looks like a fun filled week, lovely photos! x

    1. The Beatrix Potter attraction was brilliant – Sophie and Thomas both loved it. Would definitely recommend for a day out with kids.

    1. Thanks Anne. It was a fun experience (although if we try it again, we’ll bring proper pillows!)

    1. Absolutely although going camping or glamping does make sleeping in a proper bed feel absolutely blissful!

    1. Thank you, we had a lovely time. The Lake District is such a beautiful part of the country – well worth a visit.

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