Easter, what we did

It rained this morning and I was pleased, the last two weeks have been really enjoyable and I’m a little sad the Easter holidays can’t last a bit longer. Rain on the school run seemed appropriate, the holidays are over and the sun has gone too.

We finished our two weeks away from school with a gloriously sunny bank holiday Monday, in a favourite haunt, a day of catching up with longtime and special friends; we used to go raving and now we are in the National Trust.

Over the last two weeks, we’ve have been here and there. A proper holiday day out to Longleat Safari Park, we spent a long and fabulous day. We drove the safari, but the main event was Steve Backshall, buff CBBC presenter and all round animal knowledge head. My 6 year old was awe struck, as any child would be seeing their hero in the flesh. Steve didn’t disappoint, he was just as he is on the telly (except he kept his top on).

(if buff is your thing, it isn’t mine)
Deadly 60 Live

We spent time with three generations of family. I find it very gratify to pass grown-out-of-clothes on to younger family members and it’s even nicer when they are wearing a top once loved by my own boy.

Saw old friends and new friends. We returned to loved places. Squeezed in some theatre/performance; I am a poetato at the Bristol Old Vic. Over came some fears at the climbing wall.

A thing we love best is discovered new favourite places; A new favourite place is the beach at Charnmouth. We took a little tent and I sat, sheltered from the wind, with a view of the sea and read the newspaper, there was fossil searching and the first BBQ of the year on the beach. A day to feel blessed.


Westonbirt arboretum (another new favourite place). A day amongst the trees with Ella and Kath and a gang of kids.
My personal hightlight would be Kaffe Fassett at The American Museum in Bath
, a journey into the joy of colour. It lifts the spirit and warms the heart. It you are nearby I urge you to go. The American museum is fascinating, the grounds are lovely but the jewel is the Kaffe temporary exhibition, on until the 2nd November.
Kaffe Fassett


(my photos don’t do it any kind of justice).

Mostly, we were outside a lot, we ate picnics, stretched and warmed our limbs. Days of sunshine finished with a four day weekend. Two low expectation bank holidays. Throw in warm weather mostly bordering on good weather and chocolate, lots of chocolate. What’s not to love? Two weeks from school seems a better fit than the flash of a half term week. I’ve loved putting this post together and going back over two wonderful weeks. It has made me smile.


  1. Rachel - 3yearsandhome

    Your photos are AMAZING! That owl looks like it’s flying right at your lens. We haven’t been quite so buys as you. Well, busy but not going-out busy. My husband has taken himself off to Gran Canaria for a week’s holiday so I’ve basically not slept for 168 hours.

    1. helloitsgemma

      thank you. I think I was really luck with owl. I admit I cropped the photo, after my 6 year old showed me on the camera what the owl looked liked close up! Am thinking of employing him as my assistant! When is your holiday??? 

  2. Thinly Spread

    I love that you visited some of my favourite places I was not so pleased that I failed completely to meet up with you. Lovely pics as always, I will defiitely get up to the Am Museum for the Kaffe Fassett exhibition, top tip!

  3. Emma

    What a fantastic (and very colourful!) Easter you had!   I love your pics, especially the owl, and the water!  Would love to see that Kaffe Fasset exhibit, his stuff is always so cheerful!  

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