Like most people, I like nothing more than a holiday. For me, a simple change of scenery is enough and while Harry is still small we will not even dream of heading abroad. At four-years-old, he is harder to entertain in a confined space for any length of time than he was as a baby, so a flight abroad frankly fills me with dread and that is before we get on to the issue of flight prices; from what I have seen, he would be charged full price. Whilst I understand that from a business point of view (i.e he would need a seat to himself), it still annoys me.
So, the few times we have had a break as family we have stuck to a UK break. Or, more specifically, a small hamlet in Devon called Hope Cove. We are very lucky in that my family have a holiday apartment there with views out to the sea. We don't manage to get there nearly as much as we would like though since neither the husband or I drive, although the husband is currently waiting to sit his test. The last time we went was two years ago this summer, for my sister's birthday celebrations.
With no mobile phone signal, Hope Cove really is a place where you can switch off. As soon as I catch the first glimpse of the sea, I feel a weight lifted from my shoulders; this is a place where I can feel that my troubles and stresses are a world away and yet feel all at home as well.
The UK really is full of beautiful places to visit and with no need for hanging around in airports, entertaining children on flights or the worry of delays or strikes, this country is a great place to holiday, particularly for young families.
UK Breakaways have launched a competition for bloggers to share their passion of a particular place in the UK, whether it be writing about your memories or a guide of what to see and do, they want to know. With a first prize of £250 cash, as well as prizes for second and third places, what have you got to lose? Head over to their site at http://www.ukbreakaways.com/competition to find read the terms and conditions if you fancy your chances!
I stumbled across Podcast's brand new linky What's the Story? quite by accident last week.
The idea is to share a photo, any photo you have taken at any time along with the story behind it.
I can't remember exactly when this photo was taken, although it was sometime last year but I do know exactly where it was taken.
Sunset from Hope Cove in Devon, is quite possibly one of the most peaceful, beautiful experiences I have had. This particular shot was taken on the path heading down to one of the two coves in the village. My favourite place to view the sunset here is sat on the terrace of the Cottage Hotel which is nestled into the cliff. Somewhere I do have a series of photographs that show the sun sinking and they are very striking. I hope I just haven't labelled them correctly and can share them with you in the future.
To be honest, I am not even sure that Hope Cove is big enough to be classed as a village! The sense of relief I feel when I arrive here is immediate, such is the calmness of the area. It is a black out as far as mobile phone signal is concerned so for me, almost permanently attached to my phone, it is a place where I can truly relax and switch off.
I cannot wait to visit again once the Summer holidays are over and the apartment is available. I just need to convince the husband that he really should just get a copy of his license again so we can hire a car as getting there by public transport is tricky, long and expensive.
If you want to look at more stories behind some stunning photos, click on the image below.
I am also linking up to Oliver's Madhouse Magic Moments as this place, that sunset, is always a magic moment for me.
Having just got back from a trip to the beautiful Hope Cove, I just had to share the song that is a firm favourite of mine and my siblings when we are there. None of us really know why it started but it's become a sort of tradition to sit in the family room of the Hope and Anchor at least once on a visit and put this tune on the juke box, along with a few others. Unfortunately we didn't manage it this time as the only time we went to the pub was during the footy match last night!
If you want to see a few more bloggers share their sound track for the week, head over to I Want My Mummy.