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Top 7 of 2019

At the beginning of 2019, I came across something which was doing the rounds on other blogs, “The Top 7 of”. It was a great way to recap on the highlights of the previous year, I instantly joined in with my “Top 7” post of 2018 too.

This year it didn’t seem to happen again but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wanted to do it again, a perhaps make it an annual thing where I will look back at the year previous.

So without further ado, here is our top 7 of 2019.

Our Top 7 of 2019

Lake District

If you haven’t read my blog much before you have missed about me bleating on and on about the Lake District. Bowness-On-Windermere, neighbouring towns and Lake Windermere mean a lot to me and have done since my early teens. Now my love for this place is rubbing off on Sam and the kids, so much so we holidayed twice there last year, at Easter and again in August. During our time there at Easter, we met our new friends who returned for a couple of days with us in August. We are now looking forward to another holiday with them this Easter but this time we are all going to the Norfolk Broads.

Lake Windermere by drone looking towards Ambleside from Rayrigg Road (Bowness-On-Windermere).
Lake Windermere by drone looking towards Ambleside from Rayrigg Road (Bowness-On-Windermere).

Silverstone Experience

Lewis and I are self-confessed F1 nuts. We just love watching racing. He’s even lucky enough to go to Silverstone every year with Sam and his Grandad to spectate. During the October half term, I came across an advert for the Silverstone Experience, a new attraction at Silverstone Circuit for all motorsport fanatics. We just had to go and we had a great day too.

Learning About Gears at Silverstone Experience
Learning About Gears at Silverstone Experience

Lewis’s Driving Experience

For Lewis’s birthday, we came across a driving experience for children aged 10 and over. It was cheap, but it seemed decent and a fab experience for him to go and do, drive his own car. Initially, the experience was booked for him to drive a Porche Boxster but as we got there the queue waiting for this experience was heavily loaded and behind schedule so they moved a couple of the kids around to try over vehicles that weren’t being used. This is when Lewis discovered he’d been bumped up to an Audi R8! To say Lewis wasn’t delighted would be an understatement, he loved every minute!

Lewis driving an Audi R8
Lewis driving an Audi R8

Dudley Zoo

Living in the West Midlands for the last 14 years and only an hour away (at most) from Dudley during this time you’d have thought I’d have tried all the local attractions, nope! I’d never been to Dudley Zoo and it was on the back of one of Leah’s class trips there when she said she just HAD to go back that I took the kids. We had a fantastic day.

Lorikeet Lookout at Dudley Zoo
Lorikeet Lookout at Dudley Zoo

Chester

Chester has always been a place I have wanted to visit, to see the city, the towns cathedral, town walls and roman attractions. And right at the end of 2019 we finally went and I wasn’t left disappointed at all. I particularly loved the Town Walls whilst the kids were adamant they were walking through Hogwarts Castle when we visited the Cathedral. We also couldn’t help but do a spot of shopping either, it had to be done.

Lewis and Leah at Chester City Walls
Lewis and Leah at Chester City Walls

Blackpool

At the beginning of the summer holidays, Sam and I arranged some time to take the kids away alone whilst the other one stayed and manned our business. Sam opted to take the kids camping whilst I gave the kids the option on where we should go, they voted for Blackpool. So a 3-night stay in Blackpool on the hottest 3 days of the year it was and my, it was absolutely roasting! Even being on the coast didn’t help at all, the air was so still as the temperatures soared. But we made the most of the sunshine, the beach and the cool waters and had a fantastic couple of days away.

On the Beach at Central Pier Blackpool
On the Beach at Central Pier Blackpool

Leah’s Residential

At the beginning of 2019, Leah was invited on her first residential trip with school, a one night stay at a local outreach centre. We were all so nervous and weren’t sure what to expect. Leah had her ups and downs but knowing she was local to home anyway meant if I got the call to collect her it was simple. As it happened, the whole night was a HUGE success and she loved every minute. She’s looking forward to 2020’s residential now.

Leah with her suitcase ready for her first residential trip
Leah with her suitcase ready for her first residential trip

I think it’s pretty clear we had a great year and i’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing our top 7 of 2019. We look forward to the adventures that 2020 bring our way.

Thank you for reading.

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