Wow, what a day!

Today, it must be said, didn’t start well. In fact if I’m honest, the problems started late last night when we realised that the MOT on our car had expired. We were due to go to Bluestone National Park resort in Pembrokeshire this morning, approximately a three hour journey. 

Mercifully, I managed to book it in last minute at Halfords. Considering I booked it at around midnight, I was able to get an appointment for first thing in the morning.

I then ended up working until 4 am, giving me just under three hours sleep before getting up at 7 to take the car in for it’s MOT. I took Lia with me because it was supposed to be a quick process, but the car failed it’s MOT. Of course it did, it was one of those days. 

So Lia and I headed to our favourite cafe in Worcester, Boston Teaparty. The morning went something like this: 

We both enjoyed the fabulous veggie breakfast there and Lia had a nap whilst Halfords very kindly sorted the car out for us in double quick time. 

By lunchtime, Pluto and Jamer were in the care of family members and we were on the road. So after three hours sleep, a failed MOT and a three hour car journey, we arrived at Bluestone and the tone of the day changed completely. 

Checking in at the resort was quick and easy. We arrived at around 3 pm, so we headed straight to the Adventure Centre to make the most of the resort before we were able to check in to our accommodation at 4.30 pm. 

We were all starving, having not eaten since our (admittedly massive) breakfast but didn’t want to eat too much so close to dinner. So we went for the lovely light bites menu at the Wildwood cafe, eaten under the fabulous magic tree. 

Better photos to follow, I got a bit carried away with the camera and exhausted the batteries so can’t upload my camera pics. But did manage a snap on my phone of my forest Nachos. You can probably tell how good they were by the fact that I didn’t think to take a photo until I’d scoffed half of them!

2015-01-05 16.01.30After dinner, at Libby’s request we headed to the adventure centre. First up was the bouncy castle. It was so quiet in there, we almost had the place to ourselves. This was great, meaning that Lia was able to play on everything with Libby. 

Lia couldn’t believe her luck at being able to go on the bouncy castle. When they both realised that they could also go on slides and play in a ball pool as well, they were beside themselves with excitement. The only way we got Libby to leave was by telling her that she can come again tomorrow. 

Bouncy castle


When we finally dragged Libby away, we headed to our accommodation. We took the car there to unpack, but the whole place is car free, so after that we took it back to the car park. I personally love the car free environment.

We are staying in a Gateholm lodge. It has a master double bedroom with an ensuite and two twin bedrooms. These are downstairs, so that you can enjoy the views from the open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen, all of which are upstairs. 

The lodge is absolutely beautiful and has everything we need and plenty of space for us all; five adults and the two littlies. I was delighted that I managed to fit in a #JanStreak run once we were all settled in. 

I got my bearings, worked out where the spa was for tomorrow and enjoyed the beautiful lights on some of the buildings. I ran for 25 minutes but there were a lot of stops and walks to have a look around and take a few snaps on my phone. After my run, I made the most of the truly spectacular shower in our ensuite. Bliss. 

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Tomorrow morning, I’m booked in for a spa morning and aromatherapy massage. I cannot begin to explain how excited I am about this. It will be the first time I’ve had any time away from the children without having to work since Lia was born. 

Huge thanks to Boston Teaparty, Halfords and Bluestone for turning what started off as a terrible day into a brilliant one. Roll on tomorrow.





  1. January 6, 2015 / 12:08 am

    Sorry you didn’t have a good start to your day! But thank goodness it ended better than it started! 🙂 x

    • monsterid January 6, 2015 / 12:15 am

      Thank you. Yes, it ended up being a great day, and tomorrow is going to be even better!x

  2. January 6, 2015 / 1:04 am

    Despite the bad start to the day it sounds like it ended up being so much fun at the end!

    • monsterid January 6, 2015 / 8:01 am

      It was fabulous! And I have a feeling today will be even better!xx

  3. January 6, 2015 / 6:21 am

    Ahhh what a nightmare, you will be ready for that massage.
    I forgot my laptop charger 🙁

    • monsterid January 6, 2015 / 8:00 am

      Yes totally ready for it! Do you want to borrow my laptop?xx

  4. January 6, 2015 / 9:36 am

    Wow, sounds like you need that spa time, I’m really glad it worked out in the end xxx

    • monsterid January 6, 2015 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks Maz. I did need it and it was fabulous!!xx

  5. January 6, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Enjoy your holiday and your spa! Relax and unwind sounds like you need it bless x

    • monsterid January 6, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you. It’s just fabulous. I had my spa today, so amazing!xx

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