Seven Weeks of Summer – Week 1

Wow what a busy week it has been!  I had all these great plans to schedule in a few posts for you while we were away and it just didn’t happen, time ran away with me!

This year we have seven glorious weeks of summer off school – and of course being a supply teacher means I get the same time off too  (from teaching at least, the “work at home” element of my job – blogging – never stops!)  Ben and I decided it would be a great idea to Vlog our summer holidays this year and create a weekly “Seven Weeks of Summer” video to upload each Sunday night.  (You can subscribe to our channel here to make sure you don’t miss anything!) I’ve also been using #sevenweeksofsummer over on instagram so you can see what we’ve been up to during the week!  (Of course you can’t make a hashtag entirely your own so you might well find images belonging to other people too!)

So without further ado – here’s our first #SevenWeeksofSummer vlog:


 I thought it would make sense to write about what we’ve been up to as well as obviously a six minute video can only really give a taster!  To make the videos easier to edit and uploaded on time I’m making our week’s run from Saturday to Friday . . .


What a flipping gloriously sunny day, perfect for fruit picking at The Balloon Tree in York – this was something I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years but always seemed to be a bit late and miss the strawberry season! I have such lovely memories of going fruit picking with my grandparents and was keen to take the kids.  As it turned out they absolutely loved it and we spent a whopping £26 on freshly picked strawberries and raspberries!  (Not to mention the further £20 or so my Mum spent!)  I think we got a bit carried away!



Aunty Nic appeared bright and early with a brand new paddling pool and two enormous “water fights” as Amy christened them.  The day passed by in a blur of splashing, shrieks of laughter and BBQ based goodness.  My parents’ garden is enormous and perfect for water fights –  I’m quite sure that as the kids grow up they will have lots of happy memories of chasing around and soaking each other over the years!


We set off to our holiday cottage in Scarborough mid afternoon (I will be writing about this in more detail later in the week) and arrived just after 4pm.  Although we hadn’t told the kids we were going on holiday with The Butlers they didn’t seem particularly surprised to see them waiting there for us – I think they’ve just got used to finding Finley & Erin wherever we go!!  Once we’d got sorted in the cottage we took ourselves off down to Scarborough seafront for a chippy tea and an ice cream.  We hadn’t really intended to go on the beach but in the end the temptation was just too great for the kids!  Cue lots of sand everywhere.



The hottest day of the year and we find ourselves on holiday in Scarborough – what could be better!  We were on the beach by 10am and you’d think we were in Greece, it was just glorious.  In fact it was so warm that I actually stripped down to my swimming costume – I think being in my cossie on the beach in Scarborough is probably a once in a life time experience!!  After 5 hours on the beach we made our way back up to the cottage to get cleaned up and have dinner at a pub we’d spotted just down the road.


The forecast for Wednesday hadn’t been so great with showers expected for much of the afternoon.  We decided to have a relaxed morning at the cottage before taking the kids to the arcades in the afternoon – what’s a seaside trip without 2p machines right?  As it turned out we struck lucky and there was nothing more than a couple of spots of rain all day.  We enjoyed some enormous ice cream sundaes at The Harbour Bar before popping into the pub again for tea on the way home.


Again we didn’t expect the weather to be amazing – sunny spells and reasonable temperatures but not exactly lounging around on the beach weather!  We decided to explore Peasholme Park – which is an absolute beauty of a park with a lake in the middle.  Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have a play area which the kids were royally disappointed by but we made up for it with a stint on the pedalos (you can watch our facebook live).  Because Dave had to work on Friday, he left us mid afternoon to head home.  Thursday tea time should probably warrant a blog post all of it’s own but it can be summed up by seagull attacks, lost dinners and wet clothes!



Time to head home!  We had a great holiday but I think we were all ready to get the kids back into their own beds and sleep routines!

I will be writing about our stay in Scarborough in more detail – mainly because I’ve got so many gorgeous photos I want to share with you!  In the meantime I hope enjoyed our first #SevenWeeksofSummer vlog!



  1. July 24, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Ah that video was all kinds of awesome. If that's the amount of fun you have in one week of summer I can't wait to see what else you get up to! x

  2. July 25, 2016 / 8:37 am

    Looks like you are having a great summer. Scarborough is lovely. Hope you managed to eat all the strawberries you picked!

  3. Angela Milnes
    July 25, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Ooh it sounds like a great week. My hubby Lived in Scarborough at one point as a child. A great start to the holidays!

  4. July 25, 2016 / 11:37 am

    Oh my gosh, you guys look like you're having the best fun! How incredible 🙂 Can't wait to see how the rest of the summer pans out for you seeing as this week looked unbeatable!

    Lottie xx

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