I went to a blogger retreat in Somerset last weekend but as I am sick, it’s not a good idea to be too far away from my husband, who is also my carer. So, I thought it would be nice to have him and the kids stay nearby in a hotel.

I really didn’t expect them to have good weather, but it turned out to be a great weekend, with only a couple of showers.

Beach Time

They spent plenty of time on the beach on the Saturday, Dad even bought them buckets and spades. They do love the beach and it’s pretty nice at Minehead, particularly when they have the beach almost to themselves. I guess no-one else was expecting it to be so warm either!


Steam Trains

But the beach was not the only place they got to visit. They also stopped by the Somerset and Dorset Railway Museum in nearby Watchet. I felt a little jealous because I do love a good railway museum. I’ve been on a few steam trains, they are not always that comfortable but it’s like a journey into history. The kids really enjoyed the visit but Dad didn’t take them on the train as it would have taken up most of their day, what a shame.

They did talk about going up the hill to visit Dunster Castle but for some reason Star wouldn’t go. So they just went for a drive around the hills instead and saw some lovely sights.

Who Lives in a House Like This?

Yes, it really was someone’s family home.

Of course, it wasn’t all sight seeing and beach fun, there was lots of food and ice cream to be eaten as well. And the kids managed to persuade Dad into an amusement arcade.

I think they had a really great time. It was kind of strange they were only a few miles away from me, I couldn’t even speak to them because my phone had no signal. It was lovely to see them again on Sunday afternoon.

If you are interested in what I was up to while they were having all this fun you can read my Retreat post here.

Country Kids


Sometimes it can be hard to admit to yourself that you need a break, with work expectations, family obligations and societal pressures it’s no surprise that many of us don’t take regular breaks even if it is just for a relaxing weekend away. Roughly one third of adults in the UK don’t take their full annual leave entitlement and that not only impacts their mental health but their physical health too, being ‘fatigued’ and experiencing ‘burn-out’ are phrases we hear way too often. So, how do you know when you seriously need a break? The infographic below will help you identify some tell-tale signs…

Besides, holidays really are great, spending time with loved ones, exploring new places, creating memories and most importantly relaxing and pressing that reset button. Go on, take a break.


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