Photo Epic

So I have been suuuuper lazy lately and have not been motivated to write a new post. I’d like to say that I don’t have the time but, let’s be honest, I don’t have a job or uni work to do so I think it’s fair to say that I have too much time on my hands.

It’s not like we’ve been having a boring time either. We have been for walks along the sea front, watched fireworks for bonfire night, celebrated Xav’s 11th birthday, visited Leeds Castle and to top it off, we’ve just been up to Ilkley in Yorkshire for 10 days to see where Mum grew up and to visit some of her school friends. Now, obviously that’s a lot of stuff to write about. Too much I’d say… Instead, I’ll put lots of pictures up and by the time you’ve looked through them all, you would’ve seen tens of thousands worth of words given that “a picture tells a thousand words.”

We started in Leigh-on-Sea at Kakek’s house where we luckily didn’t get affected by those wild 90mph winds I mentioned in the last post. The reason we were there was because Mum flew to Miami to go to a yoga conference for a few days – it’s a hard life, trust me. We all got into the swing of things pretty quickly and Xav and I helped out with some gardening. Kir and Xav got really stuck into school which was much needed. It’s amazing how well they do school under the watchful eye of anyone but Mum…

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Having fun with some sparklers

Having fun with some sparklers.

Mum then arrived back in England the day after Xav’s birthday so we had a little family get together and had some cake. That night also happened to be bonfire night so we had fireworks going off all over Brighton and we had a great view from one of the bedroom windows upstairs.

Mmmm cake!

Mmmm cake!

The sight out of the bedroom window

The sight out of the bedroom window.

11! Note the candle as an extra finger

11! Note the candle as an extra finger.

We stayed in Brighton for a while and went for walks along the seafront which was nice. We managed to witness the aftermath of a little crash which livened the day up a little.

No one was hurt luckily

Luckily no one was hurt.

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Then we headed to Ilkley in Yorkshire for a tour of where Mum grew up. It was a massive 6 hour drive and we were so thankful when we pulled into Philippa’s (Mum’s friend) house and were greeted with hugs and spaghetti bolognese. This is where we’d be calling home for the next 7 days (we loved it so much that we stayed an extra 3!) We went into tourist mode and visited all sorts of sightseeing spots.

On our way to Malham Cove

On our way to Malham Cove.

Malham cove. This photo doesn't do this place justice.

Malham cove. This photo doesn’t do this place justice.

Malham Cove. The view from the top. Some of you may recognise this place from a Harry Potter film.

Malham Cove. The view from the top. Some of you may recognise this place from one of the Harry Potter films.

Malham Cove. There were literally hundreds of coins stuck into this log.

Malham Cove. There were literally hundreds of coins stuck into this log.

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey.

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey.

The Strid

The Strid.

The Strid

The Strid.

The Strid. We had an amazing walk to the strid thanks to the beautiful Autumn leaves.

We had an amazing walk to the Strid thanks to the beautiful Autumn leaves.

We decided to go for a drive to Haworth and our GPS took us everywhere but Howarth.

We decided to go for a drive to Haworth and our GPS took us everywhere but Howarth.

We stopped a tiny town called Heptonstall which is lovely.

We never got to Howarth so we stopped at a tiny town called Heptonstall which was lovely.

White Scar Caves. The boys lead the way

White Scar Caves. The boys leading the way.

We came out into this massive cavern at the end.

We came out into this massive cavern at the end.

White Scar Caves.

White Scar Caves.

After the caves we drove 5 minutes down the road to this Aqueduct.

After the caves we drove 5 minutes down the road to this Aqueduct.

One of the days we went for a walk around a reservoir. One of Mum's good school friends joined us which was nice.

One of the days we went for a walk around a reservoir. One of Mum’s good school friends joined us which was nice.

The Reservoir

The Reservoir.

Being in the North of England it gets a lot colder than Brighton.

Being in the North of England, it gets a lot colder than Brighton.

One of the many places we visited.

One of the many places we visited.

The countryside is magnificent!

The countryside is magnificent!

Photo Epic-31As you know, nothing ever goes that smoothly for us so keeping with tradition, we were in Ilkley and everyone was hoping for snow and when we saw the frost, our hopes were high. Sure enough, we came to the end of our time in Ilkley and hadn’t seen snow. We headed back to Brighton on our 6 hour drive and sure enough, as we walk in the door we get a call from Philippa telling us it’s just snowed! 

I’ll try and write more frequently now I promise!

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