Holidaying in my hometown

 

IMG_3182Until very recently I’d resided myself to the fact that I wouldn’t be going on holiday this year. With hitting the one year mark on buying our first home and a wedding in 2017, we knew that we’d be strapped for cash in between these two huge life events. So instead of wallowing in the fact that I wouldn’t be able to perform the summer ritual of panic-buying bikinis and not to mention my absolute need to join the gang over on Instagram with a giant pink flamingo inflatable I went about finding my own fun.

Last weekend I headed over to Etruria Canal Festival with my family as we have our own narrowboat, Maddison  (which we also hire out if you’re looking for a canal holiday in Staffordshire www.canalhire.com had to plug it) and the weather was so good it was the perfect excuse to spend the day outdoors.

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When we moved into our own house last summer we weren’t entirely familiar with the area and coming from the countryside which was practically in the middle of nowhere I was dubious about finding somewhere equally as pretty to stroll around as the old country lanes where I used to live but we found the cutest park which takes five minutes to drive to and we love walking around here. After the festival we made a detour to the shops to pick up ice lollies and cake and we walked through the park. 

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It’s so picturesque. Seriously, how is this in the industrial city of Stoke-on-Trent? 

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We finished Sunday evening back at my parents’ and I felt thoroughly refreshed and suitable flushed from sitting out in the garden where I caught the sun. When I showered that night my skin had the familiar feeling you get from a day at the beach- hot, tight and I could afford to run the water a little cooler as I was radiating heat. My vaca-day spent in my own town was really lovely and it goes to show there is always something yet to be discovered right at your door.

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