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AD. It’s already been several months since our trip to Bluestone and my husband and I were wanting a little mini break. As my brother lives down in Clacton-On-Sea and had space to put us up, we decided we’d make a weekend of it and travel down late on Friday when Thomas finished work. I used to live near Clacton-On-Sea but I haven’t been back for quite a few years now, and so I wanted to see if it was still the same!
Before we headed off for our weekend away we had to pack! Daisy has quite a few items that we need to pack, such as specialist food, medicines, and prescription formula, as well as clothes too.
We were recently gifted a Percy the Police Car Trunki which Daisy is already in love with! Daisy is a little small at the moment to ride on it, using the included strap, but it was the perfect size to store of all her items inside.
Daisy was really excited to have her own Trunki, and loved helping try to pull it along as we walked to the train station.
We decided to take the train down to my Brother’s house in Clacton-On-Sea. The main reason for this was that Thomas had been working a 12-hour day shift, and I didn’t want him to have to drive for almost 2 hours while tired. Also, the journey by train should have taken a similar time to drive in the car, however, we were delayed on the way out, due to signal failures, and missed our connection, so it took us around 4 hours to get to Clacton-On-Sea, which wasn’t ideal. This did give us time to get food at London Liverpool Street, and I’ll never visit Leon for a burger again that’s for sure – it was awful! However, the journey wasn’t all bad as we had wi-fi on our first train, comfortable seats, lots of room and Thomas was able to have a little doze which was nice!
Once we arrived and had a sleep, it was time for our weekend to start! On our first day, Saturday, we headed to Clacton Pier.
Once we arrived we headed to the Pavillion area and took Daisy and her cousin on lots of rides.
Daisy loved going on a few rides by herself.
After we finished at the pier we talk a walk back to my Brother’s house, for a Chinese takeaway, along the seafront. They had lots of pretty gardens including a Mediterranean garden and a Sensory garden.
On the way back to my Brother’s home we were talking about the house that we grew up in. We decided to take a look, and see just how much it had changed. Surprisingly from the outside, it still looked similar, but the area nearby had changed a lot. It’s been around 15 years since we left, and our parents sold the house, but I wondered how much the value has changed, so I used this handy calculator from Sunlife.
It was really surprising to see that our old home has increased in value by more than £100,000 – especially as I always consider this area much cheaper than the area I live now. It was a real eye opener and it was lovely to reminisce about our childhood home.
On our second day we headed down to the beach, for some relaxing times paddling in the sea, enjoying cool drinks and lots of fun.
We had great fun, and I loved relaxing for a little while as Daisy enjoying a nap in her pram.
Our weekend was just about perfect! Thomas didn’t have to drive, the weather was a blissful 21C and Daisy had a wonderful time playing on the rides, winning a HUGE Troll and playing on the beach too. It was great to relax, eat ice cream, enjoy fish & chips and just take a break from work for us all.