Social media can be a strange phenomenon, and I know for many people it’s like marmite – you either love it or loathe it! I try to remain positive about the social media platforms I use, and to see them as a force for good, which they undoubtedly can be! There are occasions though, when social media has a tendency to put pressure on us by portraying and sharing images and posts which can leave some of us feeling less than adequate.
This is especially true when it comes to family life, and it is so easy to read and view what others are doing and all too quickly feel like a failure for not being as active or pro-active as other parents appear to be! Sometimes you have to take these posts with a pinch of salt, they portray a snapshot of family life but rarely tell the whole picture!
I thought long and hard about sharing this post, as I really didn’t want it to become a ‘look at us’ type post extolling the virtues of all the things we did at Easter and portraying a perfect and trouble free holiday season. Yes, we had lots of fun, and yes I hope this post will give people ideas and inspiration, but I do want to set it in context!
Our Easter in Photos
We had quite a few days where we did very little, the children played (and argued!) and we all somehow tried to juggle our various commitments, sometimes failing miserably. We battled the seasonal coughs and colds, and for most of the holiday our house looked like a bomb site! We had days out where we got stuck in traffic queues, where the weather was against us or where our energy levels simply left us uninspired and ready to head for home!
The weather proved unpredictable, and we always left home armed with clothes for every season and our wonderful wellies!
However, we made some lovely memories and certainly had some favourite trips! We visited Greenwich park, and were blown away by the breath taking carpets of daffodils!
We met with family in Swansea, and enjoyed a catch-up before heading to beautiful Bath for a photo shoot at Prior Park. We visited Columbia Road Flower Market, The Ideal Home Exhibition, and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Kent. All of which provided us with joy and inspiration! We loved the Sweet Sculpture event at Riverhill! The children were asked to make their own dolly-mixture sculptures using a new sculpture installed in the grounds of Riverhill.
Columbia Road was simply a feast for the eyes, and The Ideal Home Exhibition was an amazing experience, packed with suppliers offering everything you could imagine for your home and garden – from huge stands such as British Gas, to much smaller companies offering bespoke style inspiration.
We finished the holidays with a brief trip to beautiful Whitstable!
Above all we loved this Easter as it gave us a chance to unwind, forget routine and not clock-watch as much as we usually have to!
I hope your Easter was great too!