We had an UNPLUGGED holiday in Appledore, Devon, where you'd be hard pressed to get mobile phone reception. There was a certain amount of writhing on the floor moaning "Noooooooo, I am going to DIIIIIEEEE of boredom, can we go home tomorrow? Can I play tetris on your phone? WHYYYYYYY???"
But, it was mostly really great. The drive there was long, and luckily my friend Cherise lent me her SatNav because NEVER ASK MY MUM TO NAVIGATE! We learned a lot about places on other pages in the map where there once lived someone Mum once knew, and that there is probably a really good river nearby where there are otters, and heard all about the Bristol Channel where the Pobble Who Had No Toes once allegedly swam, and the very useful fact that we were probably nearly at the M5, "About an inch and a half." We laughed and laughed, with the boys squeeezed into the back of my little car with an air bed, a bag of waterproofs and much food on their laps. We never needed the air bed or most of the food and they had to have them on their laps all the way home too, PLUS muddy boots. Good thing we were entertained.
I loved having my boys' full attention. We snuggled and had long conversations about 'Stuff'. We were there the week of the Appledore Arts Festival and there were exhibitions, interesting talks for grownups and lovely craft projects for kids. Chas and Sam both attended grownup talks and got a lot out of them.
The weather was patchy: Rain and wind some days, boiling sun on others. Dramatic landscapes and lots of mud. The town is tiny enough that kids can go off wandering on their own and not get lost. Shops sell crafts and yummy fish 'n' chips. There was an incredibly touching exhibition based on the death of a soldier, which made everyone cry. I am so glad the boys got to experience that. I am too sleepy for links tonight, so another time...