As predicted, I’ve not done very well with keeping up the blog lately. Apologies if you’ve missed our updates! Now that the school holidays are upon us (and we’re almost half way through already!), I’m going to try and catch up with a bit of a backlog of things I’ve been wanting to blog about.
A couple of weeks ago we went to St Andrews in Scotland for a holiday with some of Chris’ family. Chris’ dad grew up in St Andrews and it is somewhere that we have visited with them before. However, it has been three years since we were last there and we were really looking forward to going back.
In the past when we have travelled up to St Andrews, we have gone by train. This time, however, we decided that we would treat the boys to their first ever plane trip and flew from Southampton to Edinburgh. Although pricy, we were really glad that we did this and it made it into such an adventure for them!
There is so much to see and do in St Andrews – it is so much more than just a golfing or university town! Having said this, golfing did feature heavily in our week’s holiday as the boys enjoyed a couple of rounds of ‘golf’ on the Himalayas putting course. This is fantastic value for money and the children really enjoyed playing next to the proper golf course. Joshua certainly needs to work on his technique, though, as I’m not sure picking the ball up and throwing it nearer to the hole is technically allowed!
As well as playing and watching golf, we were fortunate that the weather was good enough to enjoy time on the beautiful West Sands beach. Chris’ family go in for impressive sand castle building in a way that I’ve never seen in my own family!
The wonderful weather also meant that we were able to take advantage of one of my favourite places in St Andrews – Jannetta’s Gelateria. If you ever go to St Andrews then this is, without doubt, one place that is not to be missed! The range of flavours is excellent and my two favourites of the week were Lime and Coconut, and Honeycomb and Sweet Pecan.
St Andrews has a rich history and we enjoyed visiting some of the historical sites with the boys. On the Tuesday we climbed the 156 steps to the top of the cathedral tower. Daniel felt a real sense of achievement having done this and so did I having carried Joshua up and down! The next day we visited the castle ruins and particularly enjoyed exploring the siege mine and counter-mine at the castle. Daniel and Josh were both given a certificate for their bravery in exploring this underground passageway.
Another highlight of our holiday in St Andrews was Daniel’s first trip to the cinema. Aunty Nicky, Aunty Jenny and I enjoyed taking him to see Planes 2: Fire and Rescue in 3D. The little cinema at St Andrews is lovely and I’m always so surprised that it isn’t busier than it is. Daniel loved his first cinema experience and especially the popcorn and sweets that we shared with him!
We loved revisiting St Andrews and introducing Joshua to it for the first time. Hopefully one day we will be able to visit with them again!