March has been welcomed by dancing snowflakes and a thick blanket of white covering the Country.
I’m cosied up on the sofa with a blanket and Ed Sheeran playing in the background, whilst watching the snow fall outside, so really.. what better time to reminisce on the Forest Holiday back in December?
I’m well aware it’s been over two months since Santa visited, but hey-ho .. it’s still Winter, and time spent reminiscing over the festive period never hurt no-one.
The week before Christmas, we took a family holiday to the Forest of Dean, in Gloucester. My Mum had booked the holiday the January prior, so it’s something we’d been eager for all year.
We stayed in a Woodland Lodge, it was beautiful. Think wooden exterior, log burner, massive windows and a hot tub on the decking outside.
Most of the days were spent exploring the local area, we visited Puzzle Wood and Clearwell Caves. If you’re ever in the area, I’d highly recommend giving them both a go, especially Puzzle Wood – Episodes of Merlin, and Doctor Who were filmed here. Both are pretty magical, and scenes from Puzzle Wood look as though they’ve been pulled out of the pages of a mystical Fairytale book.
It’s just good to be outdoors.
The Hot Tub was a massive hit. Hours were spent each evening, lounging in the heat of the water, surrounded by bubbles and the bliss of the woodland. Other than the chatter of our company, it was silence, all silence. Bliss.
We knew that we were going to be spending Christmas Lunch away from home as it was my Aunties sixtieth Birthday, so we’d got arrangements to eat Dinner out. So what better excuse than to have an early Christmas Dinner in the lodge, with the crackle of the fire, Christmas songs playing
and slightly burnt kale, what could be better?
With moving out last September, spending quality time with my family is truly valued. Family time is crucial, and it surely shouldn’t be underestimated. I catch up with everyone back home most days, but spending proper time in the company of the one’s you love so much is special.
The five days away was the perfect break.
You can’t help put completely chill out when there’s little else to do than admire the views and just enjoy doing nothing.
Books were read, good conversations were had, a lot of music was played, a handful of necessary naps, and a few woodland walks – bliss.
I’m sure we’ll be back in the future.
All my love,
PS. Sorry about the lack of content over the last week, life’s been pretty busy and I’ve had some issues with uploading! But expect to see more regular posts.. again..