In a little break from all the festive posts, I’m doing the second part of our holiday to Dorset today; it seems so long ago, and I’m itching to head off somewhere again, but we’re a) pretty skint and b) slaves to term time, sigh. Nothing makes me want to homeschool the kiddos more than the ability to set our own rhythms and routines, but in all honesty, I think Ben really benefits from the structure and social aspect of school. It’s just my slightly hippy nature that fights against it!
Our time away was ace; we didn’t bother whether our clothes were overly clean or tidy, we rampaged across fields and up hills, spent hours on the beach searching for treasures and simply ate when we were hungry. We explored Corfe Castle, went for an evening adventure across the Studland coast and ate more cream teas than is probably humanly possible; the evenings were spent in front of the fire reading and watching films together on the laptop, before tumbling into bed with salt on our skin and tangles in our hair.
I love the outdoors, and the kiddos love the outdoors as well; in my ideal world, we’d live in a small eco-house with one of those amazing skylights, surrounded by open land and deep forests, and rely only on ourselves. We’d grow our food, keep some animals and be as far removed from modern society as possible. Except for WiFi. I’d still need that!