This was our second year holidaying without a car. Going by train is definitely much more fun - admittedly more exhausting but easier to deal with children on a long journey.
Honi with her early birthday present from Nanna and Grandad!
We weren't planning on going back to the same place this year, although the 3 older girls were hoping we would be after last years adventures, but that is where we ended as it was the best deal. What a week to go on holiday it was too, no one would have believed it was the beginning of September, the temperatures soared so high; it was summery mid July weather. I love the sun so I felt very blessed Indeed.
The girls loved the adventure of a full day of train rides nearly as much as the adventures at the holiday park. I was so proud of how well they done with all those backpacks on their backs full to the brim!
We stopped in Rye for an hour or so while as I wanted to have a wander around as it looked so quaint when we drove through last year. It was lovely, so old and fascinating. We stopped to have a coffee before getting a taxi, so chilled. Just right.
Once we arrived, the girls favourite thing about the holiday was the evening where it is all dancing, singing and playing. Naomi is very proud of the medal she won on the first night.
Tuesday we went swimming, Honi didn't join in last year as she didn't like the big pool last year or this. She freaked out that she couldn't reach the bottom even in the shallow end, understandably. This year was different as the paddling pool was open which was perfect for her and Harmonie. Harmonie LOVES the water and the paddling pool gave her the room and freedom to explore!
Not all the schools had gone back yet this year and there were loads more children to play with which made it even more exciting for the girls. Wednesday was scorching hot so I braved wearing my bikini (although I am not brave enough to share a photo with you all and I am quite sure you don't want to see it) and we went down to the beach.
I love Camber Sands beach. It is the softest sand with plenty of beautiful shells to find. It was so hot when we went that the sea was even warm! Amazing seeing as we're in England.
Naomi and her dad made a sand castle! You have to when at the beach it's like the law, isn't it? Ha!
Thursday, our last day of holiday, we started out with a quad biking. It was the best fun! There was so much laughter. The two older ones had their own bikes and Kev and I shared. Kev was steering and loved taking Harmonie, Honi and I for a bumpy ride! I couldn't stop laughing, I'm telling you, if you ever get the chance you have to have a go!
Later, it got far too hot for the girls in the afternoon, we did try to play crazy golf...
...but the girls just wanted to sit in the shade so it was a much slower afternoon.
Early evening Harmonie trapped her finger in a rather heavy door - it appeared we were all getting tired. She cried and cried, poor little lump. I can't blame her: her finger swelled up nearly double the normal size! I tried to put it under a tap but she still screamed. She fell asleep, exhausted from the pain and crying no doubt, but when she woke she let us give her some carpool and entertained herself on her daddy's iPad for nearly a whole hour.
She still stayed up and partied all night through. I, however, was falling asleep in my chair! Getting old I think!
On the way home we couldn't get a big enough taxi so I had to pay for two which hurt. Then when we got to the station the first train was cancelled, then the second! We nearly took the bus but I'm glad we didn't. We thought, oh well that's the downside to taking the train but then later, in the news, was reminded that there are just as many delays by car.
So we are home again safely and with smiles on faces. A break from the 'norm' was definitely needed but it does feel GOOD to be home!