Bonjour lecteurs! And just like that, Stanley went back to school this morning. I was a bit nervous, but he was very much looking forward to seeing his friends again. Time to reflect on August 2021. In my new monthly highlights, I will share the numerous days out we had in Kent. And also a glimpse at our holiday in Hampshire and West Sussex.
The 1st is actually my birthday, so August 2021 started with a meal out in Folkestone and a visit to the circus.
So low-key celebrations on a very rainy Sunday. It was all about being with the boys.
But not to despair, shortly after, we traveled to Buckinghamshire and stayed at the beautiful De Vere Latimer Estate.
And that was rather spectacular! The hotel is absolutely sumptuous and we had such a great time. Check out my review now.
My birthday week carried on with more fun things: a beautiful cocktails party with the Thirsty Farrier.
I was in my element!
And to complete the weekend, Grumpy Boyfriend took me out for a romantic lunch at the Ivy Royal Tunbridge Wells.
More yummy food and a very naughty dessert au chocolat later… I was done! Bring it on 36!
Weald Of Kent Steam Show & Beach!
The next weekend was all about more local adventures.
This time around, it was for Stanley to be impressed as we went to the Weald Of Kent Steam Show.
Military ways of transports, sports cars, tractors or vintage funfair… I can’t say which ones he prefered.
It was so big and we had a beautiful day out and about in the field.
Put it in your diary for the next edition. It’s really a cool event! It’s the largest lineup of steam in Kent and it will definitely impress the little ones!
And to finish off the weekend en beauté, we had a cheeky day at the beach.
Home & Ashford
The rest of August 2021 was also full of fun at home with some colouring and a new train set.
We went to see Paw Patrol the Movie at the cinéma. I am usually not a fan, but I must say it was well done!
We also went scooting and had a day out in London.
Un programme chargé indeed! It feels like we never stopped last month!
We also went twice to Godington House. This beautiful ancient brick house with a Jacobean-style exterior is a must-see in the Ashford area.
The estate, surrounded by magnificent parkland and many gardens is such an easy day out with kids!
We loved walking around the park, colouring in the shadows of the trees.
It is very peaceful and you can even enjoy an Afternoon Tea within the house.
Another one of my favourite Summer memories has to be our visit to Kent Life.
The park with a farm theme is so huge!
You can even go and pet some bunnies and hamsters!
Plus, you have all the old houses and the play areas to have fun in too.
Bring a picnic and spend the day there. ‘Easy peasy lemon squeezy’, as Stanley would say 😉.
We Went Glamping!!
We also went glamping for the first time ever! We had a mini-break in West Sussex, where we caught up with Grumpy Boyfriend’s family.
I was un peu unsure about glamping but it was so much fun!!
We stayed at the Plush Tents Yurt Village and Stanley had an absolute blast, playing in nature.
Plus grilling marshmallows by the fire was a huge hit too! I really recommend this place if you are looking for a more outdoorsy holiday.
Marwell Zoo & Southampton
And because we were in the area, we stopped by Marwell Zoo. Top mark for the giraffes and the penguins.
But also the Snow Leopard. We were super impressed to see it.
Personnellemment, I might have preferred the house. It was so beautiful.
We were sad to end our holiday just a few days ago. But we stopped by CarFest South.
And OMG! The biggest family fundraising festival did not disappoint. We saw so many cool rides!
Lightning McQueen itself… But also the Ghostbusters car, aka The Ectomobile!
August 2021 – What a Fun Summer
I will be honest with you, I was a bit worried about what August 2021 would reserve for us.
Like many Brits, we decided not to go abroad this year and I was not looking forward to spending the whole summer in the UK.
But it turned out we had so many days out! We truly made the most of it and I actually feel refreshed and so happy.
It was nice to slow down and not worry so much about work. I wanted to do as many things as possible with Stanley before going back to school.
Now, looking back, I might have jam-packed our Summer. But it turns out we made so many memories! And we had so much fun aussi.
Definitely worth every single minute of it.
Now for the big Back to School season… It should be interesting. Autumn seems to already be here (is that me, or we might have to put the heating on very soon!). I must get back to my good habits. The house will certainly be quieter, but it will be l’occasion parfaite to look for more projects.
How do you feel about the next term? How did the Back to School business go for you?
Disclosure: This post might feature some sponsored content I recently published but it is merely a list of my highlights of the month! A post where I share some reflections as a mum in the country. I hope it will inspire you to get on more family adventures.