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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Staycation postcards: A final flourish, week one


I simply cannot believe that the summer holidays are nearly over. They have been longer here in the Midlands than in some other parts of the country and they have still passed by all too quickly.

As you may recall from previous blog posts, ours did not go quite as originally planned this year. Consequently the last full fortnight is being spent in a frenzy of creating great memories with family and friends, helped along by family birthdays, an excellent excuse if one were needed for additional celebrations.


We started week one of this final flourish at Trentham Monkey Forest. A wonderful place, quite quiet and peaceful with 140 monkeys wandering the paths and eyeing visitors curiously. Babies hung onto their mothers, watching social interaction with eager eyes. Old monkeys strolled, with little care or attention to Homo sapiens invading their territory, there was no sense that they were at all concerned about their hierarchy being upset.

We can learn so much from these cousins of ours. Their careful, loving nature. The support that they give each other. The watchful eye they keep on their young and the open aired expressive learning environment that they grow up in.

Monday saw us venture to the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry. A completely free museum (donations are welcomed) with both adult and family orientated exhibitions and a lovely studio room set up for exploration by young children. Our boys certainly loved playing in it, and there was something that captured the minds of each of them, despite the age range of 0 to 4 years old. In fact we were joined by friends with older children who seemed happy to while away time there too.



By Wednesday we were off to Santa Pod Raceway for their Junior Drag Day. What a delight! We revelled in watching monster trucks roaring, playing on fairground rides and cheering the drag racers on! No amount of rain could dampen our enthusiasm.


Thursday was spent relaxing at the Stratford Butterfly Farm. Billed as the UK’s biggest tropical paradise it lived up to expectation. Butterflies landed on us, and fluttered gently around us as we stood and observed. An area dedicated to caterpillars was a big hit with our children (one of whom chose to spend his pocket money on a small plastic caterpillar at the end of our time there, such was his fascination with them). At the opposite end of the building stands a section for insects great and small. It boasts one of the largest collection of insects in Europe and it did not disappoint with its interactive displays and tanks at a reasonable height so the little ones amongst our party could take a peek inside.


By the weekend we were all rather tired but a family party finished the celebrations nicely, whilst we took some time to relax ahead of another well planned and exciting week.

Check back next weekend to read about our adventures in the final week of our holiday!


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