This last weekend we went down to Dartmoor. Just as soon as I’ve resolved some tech issues, I will post some of the photos that we took. We spent the weekend staying at a lovely little bed and breakfast in Mortonhampstead. We had a family room tucked up in the eaves of the building. I can’t remember ever going away for the weekend like this before as a little family and staying two nights, not in a self catering place.
We spent the first evening all tucked up in bed in our pyjamas watching the TV and drinking hot milk, the rain bashing on the eaves. We had somehow nabbed the last table at the Horse which was a sort of Farrow & Ball-esque middle class eating establishment that served all the food on heated slate tiles. Still, it was very nice and we had a lovely meal. (So much so that we actually returned there the next night as well.) Whilst we were all tucked up in bed, I realised that we had been in desperate need of an unplugged evening – and that we all were wearing coordinated pyjamas.
We don’t own a car, so we hired one for the weekend. The luxury of travelling by car meant that we took far more than we really needed, but I did want to mention a couple of products we’ve recently been sent that we have loved.
We have loved the Green People Organic Children Sticky Hand Sanitiser since we were sent some to review last summer and it genuinely is a product that we now cannot be without. We use it all the time and it is a constant in my bag. Pip loves using the foam and I even use when I feel my hands are grubby. You won’t regret buying it.
We also took with us a whole variety of snacks to try and make the drive down from London as peaceful as possible. With the best of intentions we aimed to leave just after lunch but a variety of not exciting work and broadband issues meant that we joined the heavy leaving London on the M4 traffic and instead of arriving by 6pm at the B&B, it was nearing 7.45pm when we made it.
Pip has massively enjoyed the Plum Baby Organic Little Yums that we were also sent. We have always been big fans of Plum and this time we tried two flavours of their new range of Little Yums, the spinach, apple & kale as well as a pumpkin & banana option. They are designed for 4 months plus and are billed as good for teethers, as they melt in the mouth. The biscuit style, taste and wrapper though greatly appealed to Pip and she has enthusiastically eaten the whole of the two boxes that we were sent. They are great for popping in the bag/buggy for eating en route, as they are light and don’t go off. (I was also secretly a little pleased to hear that Kate Middleton feeds the baby Prince George Plum food – or is that just me who secretly likes KM?)
I’d actually forgotten how much I like Dartmoor. I spent a lot of time there when I was younger, doing adventure training and training for the Ten Tors competition. I haven’t been back since school actually and I was actually quite sad to reminisce about those days; visiting some of the old places and seeing some of the teams struggling to find their camps as the light was fading about 9.30pm reminded me of the acute disappointment that I had felt to be chosen as the reserve member of the school team for both the 35 and 45 mile competitions. In retrospect, I learnt a lot about myself, and life, possibly far more than I would have learnt actually competing, although of course, who actually knows. But, as someone who usually succeeded at school, academically and through sporting achievements, it was a good lesson to learn in disappointment, and handling oneself with grace and dignity through supporting others achieving your own dreams.
We spent Sunday visiting a few tors, a stone circle and then holed up in a wonderful conservatory in a lovely pub, near a wood fire but with gorgeous views from the window, eating. And then, all too soon, back to London. More soon, when I get the photos off the camera!
Thanks to Plum for the review biscuits and to Green People for the review Sticky Hand Sanitizer. All words and opinions my own (& Pip’s). Find details of my sponsorship policy here.