Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Road Trip sans child - Jinkies!

Yes, you read that right.  I am fresh back from a three day, two-night road trip with my friend Anne.
For anyone with a diabetic child you will known what a BIG DEAL this is!
For myself it is doubly tricky as my lovely man has not been confident enough for me to leave home overnight for some years.  And then I, as with many parents let alone D-parents, have all kinds of control issues.  
Does anyone else do it as well as I do?  Well, no not really.  But well enough is fine.
I did have a short trip a couple of years ago but honestly didn't relax into it in the way I did last week.  
I knew my boys would be fine.  
I knew Andrew would do his best and that if anything went wrong he would sort it out just fine.
And all was well.
 ~ the beautiful church in the centre of Lyndhurst in the New Forest ~
 ~ my tipple overlooking the lawn at our hotel ~
 ~ strolling out onto the New Forest heathlands ~ I'm the one in the hat! ~
 ~ Montacute House ~ anyone recall it from the Ang Lee version of Sense & Sensibility?  It is stunning ~
 ~ dinner at The River Cottage Canteen ~
 ~ my main course ~ fresh garden veggies and udon noodles ~ yum! ~
~ me with my trio of hummus starter ~ I am camera shy at present but know that you'll all be looking at the food anyway! ~
And boy did I miss these guys.  And they me.  
The break did me good but it is good to be home where my heart belongs.

Tomorrow is August and I am embarking on my own 30-Day Vegan as a kind of retreat.  
I followed this last summer as a student of Heather and it was such a wonderful, fulfilling, supportive experience.
My intention from August is to have a health focus each month as a way of bringing my own health into a more mindful place.
I'll keep you posted.


  1. Trips with girlfriends are so valuable!
    Glad you had a great time and the boys survived without you!!! :)

  2. Oh, good for you! I'm glad you got away, but also that you so appreciate being home with your family. I understand!

    Been thinking about you lately.

  3. sounds lovely. I've been sneaking in a bit of "me" time more and more lately, it feels good to know that despite feeling like I am the only one that can do it "right" there are several others that take exceptional care of my boys (sometimes including the hubs!)
    Right now I am trying to figure out a short trip with the hubby sans kiddos...we'll see when that may ever happen!
    Looking forward to hearing about your vegan month. I was thinking how hard it would be to do that as I just can't get eggs out of my diet, so you'll have to fill me in on what your favorites are to keep your body filled and happy while on a full vegan diet.

  4. Aww I'm so pleased that you managed to get a break for yourself - you really deserve it.
    I hope you get what you hope from the 30 day vegan. It never quite seems to fall at the right time for me to take the leap.

  5. Good for you!! Looks like a fantastic adventure....you are inspiring me to do the sam!

  6. i'm headed out tomorrow on a quick kid-free trip with a girlfriend. i'm glad you had a chance to get away. those pics are fantastic! :)