We’ve had a few dramas lately in the frugal house which have meant considerably less time to blog, do family stuff or even sit down! Things are slowly settling down now that my lovely Dad is settled (kind of) in the care home we’ve found for him and Master Frugal’s squashed hand is now almost fully healed after a dramatic start to our Isle of Wight holiday which involved more blood that I would ever hope to see on a holiday (or anywhere for that matter).
So, now that we have a bit of normality back in house, we can get on with enjoying our Summer Holidays which means I can finally share with you our seven days of activities, as promised a good few weeks ago.
In case you don’t remember, I was working with Germolene to remind you that if your children suffer from minor cuts and grazes, insect bites, stings or chapped skin, Germolene Antiseptic Cream*, which has been a family favourite for over 90 years, can help ease the pain and help prevent infection. With just a couple of weeks left of the Summer Holidays, I’m sure that you’ve needed to reach for your Germolene at least once!
So what did we do each day to make sure that we got outside?
Day 1 – Trampolining
This was the first real physical activity that we did after Master Frugal’s dressing and splint were taken on and I’m not going to lie, I hovered close by like a Mother Hen worrying about him knocking it. All went well thankfully and I’m happy to report no additional injuries!
Day 2 – A long walk
This sounds like a pretty safe activity but you’d understand how likely an accident is to happen if you know my two! They have to walk on walls, balance on ledges, climb up anything that’s climb-able and generally run about like loonies. We had a lovely walk around the base of Roseberry Topping and the only injury was to me when I slipped and got a splinter climbing over a style.
Day 3 – A family cricket match
We had a girls against boys match in the back garden which was a lot of fun until the ball went over the fence. We tried continuing the match with a football but it just wasn’t the same.
Day 4 – Paddling in the sea on the beach
This is the most fun we had all week as it was totally unexpected. We took the dog on a walk with some friends and ended up at a small deserted beach that I’d forgotten about and ended up paddling in the sea, building sandcastles and having a really fun game of a cross between rugby and football!
Day 5 – A picnic in the park
You’re never too old for a picnic so we packed up some snacks and headed to the park where the kids enjoyed a play in the play park while I tried to relax in the slightly windy conditions. One injury to Miss Frugal’s knee as she slipped on the rope bridge but nothing that we couldn’t handle with my handbag first aid kit!
Day 6 – A back garden game of badminton
We have a fold away badminton net in the back garden so a family game of badminton was today’s outdoor activity! We get quite competitive so we managed to work our way through five shuttlecocks – four over the fence and one broken in two!
Day 7 – Football on the beach
This is our favourite outdoor activity and something we do most nights in the summer usually. We take a football and the dog and head there after the tourists have all gone home and have the place almost entirely to ourselves, usually, which is just how we like it.
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