Sunday, 2 October 2011

Storytelling Sunday Ten - Great Expectations

Last year we had a lovely week in Northumberland - I've already made some pages about our exploits at Alnwick Gardens, Go Ape (plus this one) and Hadrian's Wall.  During the planning stages, Child No.3 was taking a rather more active interest than normal - because she was allowed to bring along a friend!  This was a first for us, as three kids are normally quite enough to have on holiday, but as No.1 Son would only be with us for part of the week and Child No.3's friend would shortly be emigrating, it seemed like the right thing to do.  No.2 Son declined the opportunity to be embarrassed by his parents in front of a buddy and would happily have stayed home alone if we'd let him!  So that left us with a search for self-catering accommodation to sleep 6 people in 3, preferably 4, bedrooms.

We discussed everyone's likes and dislikes, where they wanted to go and what they wanted to see; we researched tourist attractions, pored over the map and Googled places to stay. One cottage I had up on the computer screen was just yards from the beach and both Child No.3 & I rather liked it - we had visions of being able to spend lazy afternoons eating ice-creams on the beach, after mornings spent exploring Roman ruins and castle battlements.

However I later discovered that it wasn't available to rent when we were able to go ... and instead booked a super place near Hexham which was well placed for Northumberland's attractions and it had a hot tub!  Trouble was that Child No.3 didn't really take in that it was a different cottage and was busy assuring her friend that the beach was in walking distance of the back door!  Ooops!  The nearest beach was 30 miles away on the other side of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and therefore a good hour's drive each way.  Ooops indeed!  We didn't let Child No.3 down completely though; towards the end of our week we managed a picnic at a beautiful, if windswept, beach.  The two girls were happy to be in their swimming costumes with sand beneath their toes, but not quite brave enough to go swimming in the ice-cold sea.

Family at Warkworth beach
Walking along the shore at Warkworth

However, there were other members of our group who don't particularly like a beach ... or sunbathing ... or picking sand out of sandwiches!  It just goes to show: you can only please some of the people some of the time!

Layout at Warkworth Beach - Jimjams

This story has been posted in conjunction with Si├ón's Storytelling Sundays.  Pop here for more tales!

16 comments:

Lynn said...

Ah yes the joys of keeping everyone happy on holiday. Great memory.

JulieJ said...

I don't know - if dress sense is hereditary it must get diluted each generation. At least your son managed to get beach = casual!!
Love your LO and glad you've signed up for Pass the Page.

Sian said...

Oops indeed! Mind you, with a hot tub involved it definitely sounds a step up from our tent at Hexham Race Course. That's a good few years ago now, but we still remember how windy it was.

Thanks for the story Jemma - that's another lovely family memory safely recorded :)

scrappyjacky said...

Totally impossible to please them all on holiday...in fact I'm lucky if I please on of them!!!
Very appropriate beach attire!!!

Miriam said...

Ah beaches and teenage boys! I remember it well. Great story Jemma.

Angelfish said...

Great beach outfit! We haven't ventured into the realms of taking friends along on holiday yet. It's hard enough to please two!

humel said...

Love the layout! And love the story - so many of us can relate to the difficulty of pleasing everybody on holiday....

Sandie said...

Indeed, it is hard to please everyone, specially when they are different ages. Love the journalling on your Father & Son page. Made me smile!

furrypig said...

Holidays can be tricky trying to please everyone! A bit like life really! Glad it was a good holiday overall and great layout xxx

S said...

Oh you are brave to take kid's friends along too. I always thought just 2 kiddos was enough to plan for on vacation without making it too much like work. And I got a chuckle from the layout.

Ifa said...

Oh yes, we have that in our family too. I only like sandy beaches, my kids are leaning towards sandy though they wouldn't commit but dad only likes pebble beach.

Maria Ontiveros said...

The older they get, the harder we find it to come up with a great family vacation. But I think it's probably even more important to take these getaways with them at this age than when they were younger!
Rinda

Becky said...

So hard to keep everyone happy, but looks like you had a wonderful time.

alexa said...

That's a lovely page, and beautifully stitched - just like you had to stitch all those needs together and get the whole holiday to work! Lovely story. :)

Alison said...

I'm sure the hot tub made up for it a little!
Alison xx

Missus Wookie said...

Wookie & Ewok share their view of a beach, 'It's where dirt meets water..." We loved that area though - very pretty but very cold. A hot tub would make up a lot of beach trips I suspect.