It's holiday time ! We've had to make an early escape in order to beat the crowds over May Half term. What with Rowan's autism, his sensory processing disorder and Wayne's PTSD -crowds, loud noises and our family do not make for a relaxing break. We've been really fortunate to have been allowed a one off 'authorised absence' by the boys schools.
I'd like to say a huge thank you to Chris Partridge, the Principal of St.Pauls Junior school in Shepton Mallet. He really goes above and beyond for families of children with special needs. This time last year, I was home schooling Rowan and anxiously awaiting to hear if he'd been allocated a place at St.Pauls. Now, he is about to start preparing to become a Year 4 pupil.
He started off nervously at the start of the year, but with the help of his fantastic SENCO Mrs. Laura Parfitt, his class teacher Mrs. Kennedy and a lot of one-to-one learning support I'm pleased to say he is beginning to thrive. I was almost in tears when he was awarded 'Star of the week' and sat on the 'Well Done' bench in assembly. He even joined in with complicated team games at the recent sports day, and had the opportunity to do horse riding. If you are worried about your child's transition to their next year group, talk to the schools head teacher and SENCO if appropriate.
Most problems can be dealt with, if tackled early on. Get involved, have faith, and don't give up. School's sorted, now for our 'relaxing' break at our favourite Haven holiday caravan park – Doniford Bay, in Watchet.
Why would we need to leave Sunny Somerset, with so many attractions on our doorstep? We love this park, as the staff are very friendly and helpful. We've even managed to move caravan's as the first one was in a noisy and busier area. Despite having two dogs with us, the customer experience manager Charmain, managed to relocate us to a quieter spot.
This week the kids are booked in for small group swimming lessons, aqua gliders and even abseiling. We'll hunt for crabs and shells on the rocky beach, and visit the boats in the harbour. Nearby is Tropiquaria, a small zoo and playzone. There's Dunster Castle, the steam railway and Minehead within a short drive. I did so well on my weight loss challenge with personal trainer and Herbalife wellness coach Al Stewart, I hope I don't ruin all my good work with all the fish & chips I'll probably consume!
Mum's just texted to say our house and cats are fine, so that means I may as well crack open a bottle of wine. It is almost 2pm !
Have a look at our holiday snaps below ...
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)