October Holidaying at Home

In October we had our second at-home holiday of the year, when we had a week off all together that we’d had booked since the beginning of the year. We had loosely planned when our summer holiday was cancelled back in July to take some time away in October instead but with all the uncertainty hadn’t actually got round to either re-booking our caravan holiday planned just south of the border into England, or our plan B of booking one of our favourite places not too far away here in Scotland instead – and, in the end, as coronavirus cases climbed once more, restrictions and advice ever-changing with them, we decided to do just as we did in the summer and make our October holiday an at-home one too.

I do look forward at some stage to having our first overnight trip away as a family of four and setting up camp in a holiday house or caravan all together, but, for now, it feels safer and has been just as lovely both times to just base ourselves in our own house but fill our days with so many wonderful adventures.

We were very lucky indeed that during our time off although there were some travel restrictions they did allow us to get to our families both north and south of us. Now, growing restrictions have seen us needing to stay closer to home but I’m so very glad that we had a chance to get down to Dumfries and up to Perthshire and spend some lovely time with family as part of our adventures. The travel in itself was a wonderful experience I won’t forget – driving home in the evening, stopping for a cosy tea of chips in the car – all that was permitted in certain areas along the way with restaurants closed – pyjama-ing up and car bedtime stories before the last leg home. All very 2020, but all experiences full of magic and excitement that we’ll always remember.

We also spent lots of lovely time with family and friends closer to home, mostly outdoors and adapting to cafe life for gathering too. And of course, being nearby meant we were able to spend days at the farm, where it was lovely to be able to have Charmer’s company – who is doing wonderfully well just now which is such a relief and a joy to see!

Halloween fell during our time off and we had a really wonderful time picking a pumpkin and toasting marshmallows at a patch near us, and carving our lantern and making pumpkin soup back home. We took a wrapped-up walk with the girls in their (very cosy!) Gruffalo Halloween costumes out for a little ramble and pumpkin hunt around the village as it got dark, counting the pumpkins lit on doorsteps and enjoying waving hello to other families doing the same.

As has been the case so often this year, it felt like there was just so much value in the little things we still can do, and the new traditions that are being formed out of them. I already look forward to doing something similar next year, and we really can’t wait to do lots of twinkle walks at Christmas time around the village too, looking at Christmas trees and lights.

Time is hurtling on this year more than ever and it was so lovely to have some time to pause and take it all in – can’t quite believe we have a nearly 3-year-old and a 7-month-old and what a team they have become… it was such a blessing to be able to wrap up, explore, holiday together and watch another season change.

Hope you are all well and a happy Sunday to you all. X

6 thoughts on “October Holidaying at Home

  1. Fiction Cities November 15, 2020 / 11:41 am

    Lovely pictures and post. Holidaying at home sounds fun when you have all these plans.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Auntysocial November 15, 2020 / 12:07 pm

    Those photographs transported me right back to when our kids roughly the same age and how much fun Autumn brought despite the dank weather and short, darker days.

    We’d get the kids wrapped up and go off on wellie walks to find, collect and bring home as many different types of leaves, acorns, conkers, pine cones and berries as we could then dry them out and use them to decorate tea light candle holders, give a light coat of metallic spray paint or glitter glue to hang on the tree etc

    The one with the little ‘un holding a leaf I especially love 😀

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  3. Eleanor Jane November 22, 2020 / 2:42 pm

    I have had two holidays at home now this year and I agree they are actually wonderful. Yours sounds perfect – the pumpkin walk seems especially fun!

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    • amischiefmanaged November 25, 2020 / 7:17 am

      It was lovely, definitely looking forward to some Christmassy ones now too. Glad you’ve enjoyed at home holidays too! X

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