Bye bye blog! Our Norfolk adventure awaits (again)!
Norfolk here we come!
This weekend we’re heading off to sunny Norfolk for our family holiday and I can’t wait. That’s partly because I’m absolutely pooped. Or to use my well-worn catchphrase: ‘My face is falling off from tiredness.’ To be fair, it’s never actually fallen off. However, I do believe it’s starting to move a little further south. I’m sure it’s not where I left it last year. Thankfully, it’s moving at a ‘glacial pace’ at the moment. Let’s just hope the rising summer temperatures don’t speed things up.
Blog break here I come.
Anyway, suffice it to say, I’m ready for a break. I do love my blogging life, but getting my blog off the ground over the last 8 months hasn’t been 9 to 5 but more like 6am-11pm, with intervals of family time and a few hours of sleep in between. I know things will settle down eventually, but so far it’s been ‘full on’. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been afraid of hard work, but I do need to start setting some boundaries. After all, my career change is supposed to be about having more time to do what I love and be with those I love.
That’s why I’ve been making sure I get everything set up so I can walk away and enjoy a well-deserved rest. I’ve scheduled a few posts, I’ve buffered a few tweets and apart from pinging a few photos of our adventures to my social media accounts, I plan to maintain ‘radio silence’.
I want to devote my time to family while we are away and ‘simply be’. I realise I’ve been spoiled these last months because they’ve been so supportive and understanding as I’ve poured hours into Maflingo. It’s certainly a season of my life that’s been unseasonably busy…But it’s their time now. It’s time to walk away from electronic devices and enjoy my lovely family and a week of rest and relaxation.
I’ll admit, it’s difficult to walk away from my blog at the moment because I’m finally starting to see the first signs of progress. I’ve had the chance to work with some fantastic companies already and there are more things on the horizon. Plus, I’ve tried really hard over the last eight months to make Maflingo worth visiting (I hope). That’s why it feels like I’m walking away from a spinning plate. I worry that left to its own devices, the plate will gradually get slower and slower until it wobbles, falls off the fragile stick that’s been holding it up and smashes into a million pieces. *Drama queen*
I hope that’s not the case. I hope I’ve put enough ‘oomph’ and effort into my blog to ‘keep it spinning’, albeit a little more slowly, until I return. By which time I’ll be rejuvenated, refreshed and raring to go!
Caravanning in the Queen’s back garden.
So, we’re off in Penny the caravan to Sandringham, Norfolk. We won’t actually be in the Queen’s back garden but it’s right next door to the Sandringham Estate. It’s such a beautiful part of the world and there’s so much to see and do. Our caravan site is in the perfect spot because although it’s a longish walk, you can wander along the scenic footpaths and trails all the way to Sandringham Palace.
It isn’t the first time we’ve stayed at the Sandringham Caravan Club site, but if you read my Northumberland post (here), you’ll know it may be one of our last.
Whilst looking through some of my old photographs for this post, I found the ones from our very first trip to Sandringham five years ago. I love looking back at old photographs and as I flicked through the images, I realised how much our girls have grown since then. Sandringham ‘Mark 1’ seems like only yesterday, but the photos tell a different story. Here are some of my favourite images from Sandringham 2011.
Sadly, we’ve started to outgrow our caravan. Beth may only be thirteen years old, but at almost 5 ft 9 inches, she’s taller than me and shares my size 8 shoe size. Consequently, she can’t even fit into the bunk beds at the back of our caravan without bending her legs! How did that happen? How did she grow up so fast and grow so tall? She’s even started wearing my shoes and clothes now, although I think I get the better deal as her shoes are much nicer than mine!
Getting ready to go.
Knowing we may only have another year or two of caravanning left in us is bittersweet. As I’ve said before, I love the freedom that our caravan holidays bring. They ‘reunite us’ and bond us together again as a family and I love the fact I’m not limited to a 20kg baggage allowance! Hoorah!
If I can fit it in the caravan or the roof box, I’m taking it. – Jane Taylor, (a mother who likes to pack for every eventuality and weather condition)
So, I’m dusting off my Excel ‘Caravan Holiday Checklist’ spreadsheet (Nope. Not even joking) so I can begin my packing marathon in earnest. I’m spurred on by thoughts of Sandringham, Sheringham, Cromer, Brancaster beach, Old Hunstanton and a fist full of National Trust properties waiting to be explored.
Apart from some virtual postcards from the Maflingo archives next week, let me bid you all ‘So long! Farewell! Auf wiedersehen! Adieu!’
And as Jim Kerr from Simple Minds crooned,
‘Don’t you forget about me…’
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Enjoy your very well earned break! (We just got back from Norfolk yesterday!) Fear not, the blog will be just fine until you come home x
Aw, Thanks Charlie. Hope you had a lovely holiday!
Size 8 feet!? Flip – you’ll need a 20kg suitcase for each shoe! 😉
I love you really! And I love Cromer and Hunstanton. Enjoy. Xx
We will certainly enjoy stomping around in our ‘ginormous clod-hoppers.’
Ah I hope you have a lovely holiday with nice food, good company and even better weather. Enjoy your blogging break too – something we could all benefit from (as in, all bloggers should have a holiday, not that the rest of us are enjoying YOU being on holiday, haha). #KCACOLS
Ha Ha! I really chuckled at this comment! It really tickled me. 🙂
I’ve just had a three week break and worried I’d lose followers/readers but i didn’t. Have a lovely time and enjoy the break. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. X
It really helped me to read this comment when I peeped during my holiday! Thanks!
We used to love caravan holidays as kids, but we too outgrew ours and it was eventually sold. I hope you’re having a fab break #kcacols
Have an amazing break! We just returned from our holiday to Norfolk and it was absolutely wonderful! #KCACOLS
I hope you have a fab holiday, there’s a lot to be gained by going offline for a few days especially as a blogger. I know how all consuming it is and I’m only 3 months in. You’ll be all recharged and ready for action on your return! #KCACOLS
Hope you have a lovely holiday, Norfolk is somewhere I’d love to visit! Good luck with your digital detox too, it’s really hard but you’ll be glad you did it xx #KCACOLS
Helen, it is really hard letting go of bloggy things but I really needed a break and to reacquaint myself with my family lol! I did and it was fab!
Enjoy your break, we have a very small camper van which we are travelling in…nothing like the capsule wardrobe here! Always loved camping in Norfolk, hope you get some nice weather! #KCACOLS
I love love love Campervans…Although it is only a small step up from an airline baggage allowance so I may struggle! 😉
I am in love with your saying! I often feel ‘like my face is falling off from tiredness! Haha.
I live on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. And I’ve been to Sandringham before too. Isn’t it just beautiful.
I hope you enjoy your well deserved break.
Oh, I have many sayings, Cathryn, but that is one of my faves! My other one was telling the kids that I couldn’t answer their questions because ‘I was off duty.’ You should have seen Emily’s puzzled face the first time I used it one her. She didn’t know what to say next!!
Sounds absolutely lovely, hope you have a great time! #KCACOLS
Enjoy yourselves I know you will make every minute count x
awww have the best time Jane! it is sooo nice to have a break now and again! you deserve it! #KCACOLS
Ah, thanks so much Emma! I’m back and I had a marvellous break, thanks
Enjoy your break. The family time will do you so much good. I hope you have a lovely time x
I had such a lovely time with my family, Ali! Thanks for your comments.
I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing time! #KCACOLS
I hope you have a lovely time and don’t spend too much of it worrying about the spinning plates back home! #KCACOLS
Thanks Davina. Thanks to non-existent wifi and 3G I really did have a good break!
Hope you’re having a fab time in Norfolk! Don’t worry about the blog. Everyone deserves a break #KCACOLS
Hope you’ve had a lovely time, and well done you for taking a step away and having a break to really enjoy your family! x #KCACOLS
I had a great time! Fantastic weather, wonderful beaches and places to visit!
Of course we won’t forget about you. Here’s hoping you have had a wonderful time and that the weather reached Norfolk in a round yellow ball. We have just returned from Cornwall in a place where wifi is a rare commodity and I’ve struggled to keep things going (especially getting to grips with the new site). You have done the right thing to check out completely for sure. I love your camper – what fun! I, for one love your blog so you won’t be shaking me off anytime soon. Fabulous that all the hard work is paying off. #KCACOLS
You are lovely! You made my day. As you will know, I skipped across to your blog and had a good old guffaw at your beach territory marking rituals 😉