Goodbye Notgrove

Tuesday mom had to get he AA out to the car as the screw we noticed the day before, had caused the tyre to deflate overnight. The AA guy said he’d repair it enough for us to drive to the garage in the next village. So that’s what we did. We went to Bourton-on-the-water and the garage were really good. They fitted us in within 20 minutes and we just stuck the bill on my credit card. Once we finished we then headed to Cotswold Farm Park. We spend the afternoon there. We headed back to the pod as it was close by. We let Scarlett nap and then at 5ish we headed back to Cheltenham for dinner. We settled on pizza express. Scarlett ate quite a lot and she had a chocolate brownie for dessert (no cream, obviously).

Wednesday we settled on Sudeley castle. We were up and out by 10am. It was nice grounds and the castle was beautiful but so old. There was Tudor history which surprised me. I love Henry VIII so I was pleasantly surprised. I knew Katherine Parr’s tomb was in the church on the castle site but never expected to read stuff about Henry and they had extra information for his other wives too. We had a cup of tea in the castle cafe then we headed off. We had planned to do birdland after lunch but Scarlett was so grotty with teething we gave it a miss and went back to the pod so she could nap. When she was up we headed to Cheltenham for dinner. We went to the Wetherspoons this time. We all had hotdogs and then pudding.

Thursday, our last full day. We decided we didn’t fancy walking around in the rain at birdland so we went to Cheltenham for a wander around the shops. We had lunch. Then we went back to the pod. Scarlett had a nap then we decided what to have for dinner. We decided on harvester again as we had such a good meal on Monday. So we did that. We had dessert after. Once we ate we left to go to the pod. We packed whilst we had the tele on. The pod had a smartTV so what we were doing was watching everything on playback such as the itv player or bbc player. We watched emmerdale and coronation street. I spent over an hour convincing Scarlett to go to sleep. She just fights it lol eventually she gave in and I laid next to her. I fell asleep quite early I think.

Friday (today) we got up early. Packed everything in the car. Mom had a shower. Scarlett had a sink bath then I got her dressed. We had planned to grab breakfast out then go to Birdland. So that’s what we did. We had a McDonald’s breakfast then headed to Birdland. It was dry and out of the shade it was warm. We stayed for nearly 3 hours as there was lots to see and went through the Jurassic journey trail. Scarlett got tired and put herself back in the stroller towards the end. We stopped in the cafe for a cup of tea then we set off. We are currently travelling home. Can’t wait to sleep in my own bed. I love Scarlett but I don’t like co-sleeping with a toddler. She’s like a wriggling worm. She prefers sleeping alone too, that’s why she played up at bedtime every night. But it is what it is.

TTFN x

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Glamping

Friday was 7 years since my Nan’s sister passed away.

Saturday we got up and went for breakfast at Whetherspoons then Scarlett had a swimming lesson. After my Dad picked us up and drove us to his house for the afternoon. He lives an hour away. We went for dinner and it was good to catch up. It was a flying visit as I couldn’t stay too late because of Scarlett. He drove us home at 7:30 and I got her in bed for 8:30. I finished watching season 2 of Bitten, in bed.

Sunday we went for dinner at the new pub near Morrisons called the Sarsen Stone. My meal was alright but I’ve had better. I finally packed for our holiday once scarlett had gone to bed. I hate leaving it so late. It makes me feel unprepared.

Monday (today) we got up and went for breakfast at Morrisons cafe. When we’d eaten we grabbed some last minute bits to take with us then we headed home so Scarlett could have a nap before we headed off. We loaded the car and we set off at 12:45. We stopped at services after 30 minutes so mom would wee and so I could sit in the back instead of the front. Ideally I wouldn’t sit in the back as it makes my motion sickness worse but Scarlett was being so grumpy and kept kicking the iPad holder so it was easier to sit next to her.

We arrived at 2:45 and luckily were able to go straight into the pod. Unfortunately for wifi didn’t appear to be working and we had no phone signals so we couldn’t even text to say we’d arrived etc. I managed to catch some 3G enough to send the holiday people an email. About 45 minutes later a guy turned up to look at it. He ended up replacing the wifi router with a different one and that worked just fine. We had wanted to google what pubs were nearby for dinner so we quickly did that. We set off at 5pm for the harvester in Cheltenham. We had a really good meal. We all had Buttermilk fried chicken. Scarlett ate so much and when we got back I expected her to go straight to sleep after her bath. Especially as she hadn’t slept since her morning nap. She was shattered. But no she wouldn’t. We both tried on and off between 8:30 and 10:30 when she finally crashed. We’re hoping it was just because was overexcited and overtired. Hopefully tomorrow is better.

We haven’t decided what we are doing tomorrow as we have a few things we want to but it’ll all depend on the weather.

I’m co-sleeping with Scarlett. We haven’t done that in a long time.

We had some sad news at work today. I’m on annual leave so officially I don’t know. But my work girls sent me a screenshot of our email. One of our engineers has passed away. I use to be his scheduler when I was a scheduler before I went on maternity. I actually know him. It’s sad to hear he’s no longer with us and has taken me by some surprise. I knew he’d been unwell in the last year or two. But didn’t expect this.

TTFN x

Touch down

We didn’t go to sleep until late. Scarlett must’ve sensed we were travelling as she wouldn’t go to sleep. Brett packed whilst I showered and she was in the travel cot so he could do it by himself without her interference. Then when he was done, I packed. And she was still going strong at half past midnight!!!Brett told me to wake him in the morning when we needed to leave. So I woke him up at 8am. Although it took him 15-20 minutes to actually get up. I got dressed, packed the few bits I had left because they were needed in the AM and then I woke Scarlett. I dressed her, gave her a bottle and off we went. We dumped the room keys on the reception desk and then left.We walked around the corner to the taxi rank and got a taxi to the airport. We checked in our luggage and then went through to the next part where we had our hand luggage checked. Once this was done we headed to a shop for drinks for the plane. We then went through passport control before heading to the gate.We boarded the plane at 11am and it set off at 11:25am. We touched down in London at 1:10pm. It took us ages to get through passport control. The line was crazy. By the time we got through, our baggage was already waiting. Brett’s suitcase was damaged. The wheel was hanging off. Obviously it got damaged enroute. He was fuming but what can he do?

We jumped on a free shuttle bus with my mom and her friend, to where they had left the car. We loaded up and set off. Scarlett was starving so we stopped at McDonald’s and grabbed some nuggets to tide her over for the journey home.

We went home and dumped our stuff. Scarlett had a little play and we told my mom about our holiday (even though I had spoke to her every day). We then headed to my nan’s house for dinner. We stayed there until my Nan got in (and had a cup of tea) then we went home. Scarlett went to bed and we watched a film. We watched Sherlock Holmes.

I am glad to be home. Italy was great but way too hot. We saw what we wanted to. I tried lots of foods. So did Scarlett. We had some good fun. Just a shame our apartments weren’t that great. The only one we loved was Verona!

TTFN x

Naples a no-go

So yesterday we decided we’d go and look at the Trevi Fountain and then the Colosseum. So we headed down for breakfast at the bar across the road, with our “free breakfast” vouchers from the apartment and were told they’d sold out of breakfast. So we shit out. I was not told beforehand it was a first come, first served, so this angered me. We decided to have McDonald’s as there was one near the station. So that’s where we went. A family next to us were talking to Scarlett and she was entertaining them, just as she done with everybody on this trip lol

After we ate we walked all the way to Trevi and found the fountain. We barely got close enough to take a picture properly and Scarlett was actually fast asleep but we managed something!

After the fountain we stopped to eat some chocolate ice cream (which I dropped down my top) then we carried on walking. We were crossing a little road and there was a few people ahead. One guy crossed and was walking away from us but he turned around and started speaking to us. He asked where we were from and we said England. He said that’s good as English love the Africans. He asked about Scarlett. How old etc. He said he had a daughter too. He then handed us bracelets and said “I give you these because you’re from England and you love Africa”. Now we’ve had people “give” us stuff and then ask for money so I knew he expected something. So far we had just handed the items back and said No. But for some unknown reason my brain decided that I should throw him a few euros so I opened my purse up to do this, I pull out a €5 to give to him and he stands next to me and says “Give me the ten”. Before I can say anything he’s took the €10 plus another €5 then marched off. Brett chased him across the road and grabbed my money. He came back with €10 so he managed to get half of what the guy took. We had a row because he said I was stupid for opening my purse. I do agree. I shouldn’t have. But it wasn’t my fault this guy took it upon himself to touch my personal possessions like that. I did not give him permission whatsoever. So Brett’s comments didn’t help the situation. I felt stupid enough. Anyways we marched about and found ourselves no where exciting lol we had to reroute ourselves to find the colosseum (who knew you could lose a place that big) but finally we were close. We decided against an inside tour because I didn’t fancy taking a toddler up that high. My motto was “I came, I saw, I took a pic, I’m done” lol

We headed back to our apartment. We accidentally walked through gang territory in the shape of a park. We put Scarlett down for a nap then we relaxed. Brett had a shower when she woke up and then we headed for dinner. We had a lovely meal at a restaurant near by. I had sage and butter tortellini. I’m in love with that dish. It’s delicious.

Today we decided Naples was a no-go. Neither of us fancied the travelling to and from. And tbh we just wanted to chill the F out. And considering we didn’t wake up till 10am, we had relaxed somewhat. I say 10 but in reality I was awake at 6am because I was hot and needed to open the shutters to let air in. Then Scarlett woke up at 8:30 for a bottle. But yeah, 10 lol I video called my brother as he hadn’t spoken to Scarlett in a while.

We left our apartment at about noon. We ended up down the street in the same restaurant we ate dinner at. I had sage and butter tortellini again and Scarlett tried some this time. She loved it. We ate then wandered. I got a tshirt for myself that says “I love Roma” and then Scarlett got a gladiator tshirt. She’s wearing it home tomorrow. We headed to the supermarket on our way back to the room. We picked up a bottle of Martini Asti and then headed back. We put Scarlett down for a nap then we opened the Asti and toasted to a successful (if slightly stressful and eventful) holiday abroad with a toddler. We finished the bottle and just chilled out. She woke up and we watched teletubbies and FaceTimed my mom then my grandparents. We left for dinner at 9ish. We went to a different restaurant around the corner, opposite the church. I had steak and chips, so did Brett. Scarlett had had yoghurt and snack bits in the apartment so we just gave her a handful of chips. She was so grumpy as she was tired and hot and bothered. The waitress gave her a chocolate wafer. So she was her new BFF lol

After we dinner we headed back. I bathed Scarlett and got her ready for bed. I tried to put her down but she wasn’t having any of it. Brett packed whilst I showered. Then I packed. Then he showered. She was still awake. She finally settled at 12:30. She’s going to be knackered tomorrow so I’m hoping she sleeps on the plane!!!!

I am so looking forward to going home. I’ve missed my mom, my bed, my country’s lovely cooler temperatures lol

It’s my birthday in 1 day (as it’s now the 17th technically). Can’t believe it’s come around so quickly. 26. How?

Our last evening and night in Italy. That happened quickly!!!!

TTFN x

Day 1 in Verona

So the day got better. Surviving on just 1 hours sleep was not good for me, for Scarlett or for my relationship. But after we went to the supermarket we came back and I put Scarlett down after her lunch. She got back up and we played and coloured. She was still catching up on her sleep so she went back down. And she stayed down for about an hour. Brett and I had a random mid-afternoon shower and we made up over the grouchiness between us. It's amazing what tiredness does to you. So we showered and had a laugh like two young people should do. Scarlett woke up before we were dressed so she "helped" me find my clothes. Which basically just means she kept pulling clean stuff out of my suitcase lol bless her!

We got sorted and headed out for dinner. We took a stroll trying to find an ATM that accepts my money card and there's one just outside our building so that's good to know. We ended up in a little pizzeria nearby. We had pizza and Scarlett ate some. She was knackered by the time we'd finished eating so we grabbed a quick drink in a bar then headed back home. Brett got her ready for bed and I put her down with a bottle. Then I grabbed our sweets and drinks and came in the bedroom so we could watch a film. We ended up talking instead. About judo. He was showing me some moves and we rolled about a bit laughing because I'm too short limbed to grab like he does which just ruins my attempts at any moves haha

He's fell asleep now and I'm just catching up with my girls and then I'm going to bed.

TTFN x

1 sleep until Italy

Got up this morning for work. Mom made us breakfast then we dropped Scarlett off then dropped me to work. I had my 1-to-1 meeting. We have these monthly. It was mostly a moan about how unsettled things still are, 6 months on from the change over.

I left work at 12:15 to get on the bus to town at 12:32. It didn't show up until almost 1pm. So annoying. And by the time I got to town mom had finished work so she met me straight there. We had lunch together then I grabbed the few last minute bits I needed. After we were done we headed to my nan's. I expected Scarlett to be napping but she was awake when we got there. We left after we had a cup of tea. Mom went up to bed as she was tired and she's driving us up the airport at 2am lol me and Scarlett watched some tele and played some games. She was very cheeky and I had to keep telling her off for things. I tried to put her down for a nap but she wasn't down for that apparently lol she had her dinner and was just finished when Brett turned up. He did bath time and then we ordered pizza. I put her to bed after we ate and she went straight down. This was about 8pm. I had a shower at about 9ish then I came downstairs to watch some tele. Mom went to bed at 11 and I watched Midnight, Texas and now I'm laid in bed. I don't even think I'll sleep before having to get back up but we'll see lol

1 more sleep!!!

TTFN x

2 sleeps until Italy

Forgot to say yesterday that the nursery phoned me at 10am to say Scarlett had banged her head. They didn't want her picked up, just wanted to let me know. It's a lovely bruise lol

I was late to work this morning, even though we were up on time. Time just got lost somewhere. Only late by a few minutes. Was soaking wet outside, had been raining all night.

I walked into the reception area at work and was rummaging in my bag for my pass as I passed the reception desk. The lady said "morning", to which I replied "morning" and carried on walking and rummaging. Next thing, she's yelled "HELLO?" I turned around and went "excuse me?" Because how rude is that. To yell at someone. Across a room like that. We could've had clients sat waiting for a meeting. So unprofessional. She went "I said morning", to which I replied "Yes, so did I" and then I walked off, pass in hand and into my office. It really irritated how rude she was. What a great start to my day!

I had a busy morning then a slow afternoon. I was suppose to have a telephone interview at 1pm but I totally forgot and then I remembered it was for a job too far away so I figured it was a sign I shouldn't bother pursuing it.

After work we came home and I gave Scarlett the leftovers of her dinner from my nan's house. She had a cup of tea. We all did. I bathed her and then put her to bed at 7. She messed about for a bit. And I had to go up a few times and sort her out but she eventually went to sleep. I had my dinner and now I'm watching Salem! #obsessed

2 sleeps until Italy. Getting real now. Brett's here tomorrow. He says he's aiming to arrive for 1/2pm.

TTFN x