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A Magical Adventure...

on Wednesday, 11 June 2014.

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning after opening my eyes is check my phone, more specifically my social media.  I have a quick glance at instagram, or twitter, or facebook, and then I may say good morning to my husband.  How bad is that?  I am slightly over dramatising the scenario (only just!) but the reality is I do spend a fair portion of my time absentmindedly flicking through social media for no particular reason.

I adore having my blog, I love that facebook helps me keep in touch with old friends or that I can gain inspiration through sites like instagram, and I love that my online life has brought me so many opportunities and friendships, but I can't remember my life before my blog.  Now any moment that I am not looking after the girls, seeing friends or working is taken up with the online world.  Nap times are spent writing blog posts or doing my usual pointless flicking through various apps.  What did I use to do with my time?  My house would be a lot cleaner that's for sure.  

But sometimes you just need to switch off and that's exactly what we did this weekend.  We had a family weekend away to the MOST MAGICAL PLACE ever.  It deserves capital letters as it really was that amazing.  A remote treehouse in the middle of nowhere in Wales.  No electricity, no phone signal, not even an indoor shower or toilet.  Just my little family and going back to basics.  It was absolutely perfect.

My photos or video will not do this treehouse justice but just imagine living high up in the trees and that is exactly what it was.  There was no one around for miles, just us and A LOT of sheep.  It was beautiful, peaceful yet oh so stylish.  Although the weather wasn't great (The sun did come out periodically!) we went on lots of walks, ate lots of sweet treats, snuggled, read books by candlelight and played games.  It was just what we all needed.  

The girls were so good considering we were all sleeping in the same room, although Mads didn't go to bed until near enough 10pm on the first night. (when it is windy the trees REALLY creak!)  We had a simple, lovely few days, topped off by visiting my grandparents on the way home.  I am so thankful for my little family and the opportunities that we get to experience and I will treasure the memories of the past weekend.  

I also proved that I am not necessarily a country girl at heart, firstly by putting my lovely PJ bottoms on a candle and setting them on fire and secondly by freaking out about needing a wee at 2 am (the toilet was outside) and waking Mr E up to come with me to hold my hand!

 I didn't charge my camera and it went on to low battery while we were there, so because I wanted to save it for seeing my grandparents on the way home, I thought I hadn't taken that many photos.  Turns out you can take the blogger away from social media but you can't taken the blogger away from her camera!  I couldn't go completely cold turkey- I may have self combust or something. Oops... Here is our weekend in photos and a little video...

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The most beautiful place ever.

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Girls in bed.  Candles. Wine. Sat on a treehouse balcony with an amazing view. Check.

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Posing on the spiral staircase.  Not an easy feat while holding two wriggly children.

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You had to access the treehouse by a number of bridges which Mads thought was the best thing ever.

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The 'wibbly wobbly' bridge.

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We took a trip to the local seaside.

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Writing your name's in a heart on the sand.  Standard practice.

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We stopped off at a gorgeous little sweetie shop for an ice cream.  Doing the normal tourist thing and getting the lady to take a photo of us all.

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Lots of snuggles were had.

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The treehouse had no electricity and the hot water was powered by the fire, so we spent a lot of time lighting candles.  And then a lot of time stopping LL crawling and picking them up.

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Mads kept cheating at Jenga but as we love her we let her do it.

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 We did lots and lots of walking.  Well as much as you could do when had forgotten to pack the baby carrier.  Oops.

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 And did lots of swinging.

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 Plus lots of Gruffalo hunting.

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Log walking was also a must.

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Late afternoon sunshine is the best kind of sunshine.

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This girl loved running about.

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We stopped off at my Grandparents on the way home as they live on the border of Wales.  I will treasure this photo of Mads and my Nana.

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The obligatory family photo we take each time. :) 

 

And here is a little video of our adventures...

 

 

 

 

Just a little note at the end to say thank you so much to Loved by Parents.  We won this trip through them and I couldn't finish this post off without thanking them for giving us the opportunity for such a wonderful weekend together.  They haven't asked us to write about it or mention them in any way, but I just wanted to say thanks.   We have already said the treehouse may be our special family place and we will definitely be returning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (72)

  • liane binks

    liane binks

    11 June 2014 at 06:36 |
    Where did you stay looks amazing xx
  • Capture by Lucy

    Capture by Lucy

    11 June 2014 at 07:00 |
    Love this! Your videos are just getting better and better! First thing I did was check your site been dying to see this post! Looks stunning and well done Mads for sleeping in the beds. Love the shower! Think I'm like you country girl I may be but remote is another thing! Looks like a completely wonderful magical adventure xxxx
  • My Two Mums

    My Two Mums

    11 June 2014 at 09:16 |
    Now this looks like my kind of place to stay. I love your photos, so colourful and your video is adorable. I see you're making use of your GoPro!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:14 |
      Thanks, it was fab! x
  • Emma

    Emma

    11 June 2014 at 09:16 |
    WOW, Katie, it looks amazing! What a gorgeous treehouse. Just beautiful. xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:14 |
      It really was WOW Emma, I definitely recommend it. x
  • Michelle

    Michelle

    11 June 2014 at 10:11 |
    WOW! Looks like you had a really lovely time! I would love to go away to somewhere like that, it looks so magical. I love your video too! Beautiful family x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:14 |
      It was so magical, thanks Michelle x
  • Maria (One Tiny Leap)

    Maria (One Tiny Leap)

    11 June 2014 at 10:13 |
    WOW, can't imagine a more perfect place to spend with family ♥

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos & video - off I dash to their website to try and book us a few days for our upcoming UK holiday :)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:14 |
      Thanks Maria! x
  • Franki | Little Luca & Me

    Franki | Little Luca & Me

    11 June 2014 at 10:24 |
    This place looks absolutely amazing. Definitely going on the must visit list. Love the video, I want to do some videos like this but would have no idea where to start. Must do some research haha. The photos of Mads with your grandma is lovely but I like the little clip in the video where she is leant on her at the table with a huge happy smile on her face. Precious memories captured forever. X
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:13 |
      Thanks Franki, I have only really started doing them myself but if I can help at all just shout! x
  • katie

    katie

    11 June 2014 at 13:23 |
    It looks absolutely stunning! My boys would LOVE it. Kind of like ultra glam high up camping :)
    And you won it too! Congrats x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:13 |
      Thanks Katie!
  • Catherine

    Catherine

    11 June 2014 at 14:38 |
    Wow! Your little video made me cry ... to have your grandparents still here to spend time with your girls is so very precious ... it breaks my heart to know mine aren't here to meet my girls. And the holiday looked magical xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:13 |
      Thank you Catherine, I know we are so lucky to have them about to make memories with, we most definitely don't take it for granted. x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    11 June 2014 at 19:22 |
    This is so lovely. The photos, the video, the place. Your posts just keep geting better and better. xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:12 |
      Ah thank you Lauren! x
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    11 June 2014 at 19:24 |
    It looks amazing! Matt would absolutely love it, he would never want to leave! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:12 |
      Mr E felt the same, I loved it but wished it was sunny! x
  • PottyMouthedMummy

    PottyMouthedMummy

    11 June 2014 at 20:15 |
    Oh my this looks amazing.

    Mads and LL are so gorgeous, I loved seeing them cuddle in the video. So lovely!!

    Looks completely idyllic! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:12 |
      Thanks Sian! It really was lovely. x
  • Keri-Anne

    Keri-Anne

    11 June 2014 at 20:48 |
    I loved this post. I would love to stay there. We really need a trip away, the four of us. Me and the girls are away this summer with my aunt and uncle but Gilles has to work but i hope we manage to get a weekend away to capture memories together x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:12 |
      Thans Keri-Anne, I hope you get to go on a weekend together to enjoy some time as a family. x
  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    11 June 2014 at 22:01 |
    I love the video, it looks like such a magical place
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:12 |
      Thanks Bex, it really was amazing. x
  • Hayley

    Hayley

    12 June 2014 at 02:18 |
    Oh my goodness! How whimsical!
    This is the stuff childhood memories are made of...

    I think living without electricity may send me slightly cuckoo, but even I'd be tempted!

    Such beautiful photos xxx
  • Life at the Little Wood

    Life at the Little Wood

    12 June 2014 at 14:47 |
    Oh Katie, it looks amazing!! I want to go to a treehouse now!! Your little family are just gorgeous, and adventures like these make the very best memories, don't they? :) xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:11 |
      They really do Emma, I feel so thankful to be able to make such great memories with my little family. x
  • Ritz

    Ritz

    12 June 2014 at 19:19 |
    Oh My ! what a beautiful and perfect place to escape the addiction of screen and social media! absolutely stunning pictures, as always xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:11 |
      It was really beautiful, thanks Ritz x
  • Lisa H

    Lisa H

    12 June 2014 at 20:39 |
    How gorgeous does this place look? Esp love the idea of nothing but candlelight and the stars to read under! Fab vid, those little ladies of yours get cuter and cuter!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:07 |
      It really was lovely thanks Lisa. x
  • Amy - Diddle Diddle Dumpling

    Amy - Diddle Diddle Dumpling

    12 June 2014 at 20:55 |
    Such gorgeous photos, Katie. And how amazing are the chairs at the sweet shop?? Your videos are always fab as well - it really does look like a beautiful place. xo
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:07 |
      Thanks Amy, it really was lovely. x
  • Rachel - 3yearsandhome

    Rachel - 3yearsandhome

    12 June 2014 at 20:58 |
    What an amazing place. It would make the best den/hideaway if you had a huge garden (currently spending too much time on rightmove in search of one). The weather's been pants in Wales recently but glad it didn't spoil your trip x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:05 |
      I browse Right Move far too much as well! x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    12 June 2014 at 22:05 |
    Oh I don't know where to start. Mads seems like such a little comedian. When she put her arm on your Nanny's arm I laughed, and teared up, as I did when LL was walking with your Grandad. Such special moments.
    The treehouse looks amazing. I love how back to basics it is. Looks like you all had a wonderful time xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:05 |
      Thank you for such a lovely comment Lauren- it really was amazing and I will treasure the video of them and my grandparents. x
  • Mammasaurus

    Mammasaurus

    13 June 2014 at 06:50 |
    Oh my I could scream! In a good way! This looks so magically perfect - I can imagine you were in your element - how beautiful x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:04 |
      it was amazing Annie and I think it would be right up your street. x
  • Katy from Modern Mummy

    Katy from Modern Mummy

    13 June 2014 at 11:12 |
    How totally amazing! Such a beautiful place to stay, you lucky things xo PS totally guilty of checking Social Media first thing too.... oops ;)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:04 |
      I genuinely do open my eyes and take a look at my phone! So bad! x
  • Donna

    Donna

    13 June 2014 at 20:24 |
    What an absolutely amazing place to spend some quality time together. I am more than slightly envious! Congrats on the prize too x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:01 |
      It was so amazing Donna, thank you! x
  • Oh Little One Sweet

    Oh Little One Sweet

    13 June 2014 at 21:51 |
    Wow, what a magical place. so lovely to read about your treehouse adventure. Gorgeous photos! I used to check social media when I woke up and before I went to bed, but getting up at ridiculous o'clock for work has stopped my habit now!
    xx
  • Natalie {Little Jam Pot Life - blog}

    Natalie {Little Jam Pot Life - blog}

    14 June 2014 at 07:51 |
    This looks amazing, Where was it? I'd love to take my family there, we love outdoorsy trips! and my girls are wild at heart!
    Also LOVE the GoPro - I must invest! I have a mini clip on video camera, but would love a GoPro... which attachment do you use? :) xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 14:00 |
      Thanks Natalie, it was really good fun. I just use the gooseneck for it. x
  • Tiny Discoveries

    Tiny Discoveries

    14 June 2014 at 18:22 |
    Thank you for sharing this post
    What an amazing trip to win!
    Your pictures and video were awesome
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:59 |
      Thank you! :)
  • Carie

    Carie

    14 June 2014 at 21:50 |
    Oh that looks like the most amazing hideaway, and just a gorgeous way to spend the weekend. All your photos are so tranquil - it must have been bliss!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:59 |
      It was totally bliss Carie! x
  • Louise Perry Fairweather

    Louise Perry Fairweather

    15 June 2014 at 07:07 |
    What a fantastic place! I'm not sure how I would cope without my phone
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:59 |
      It was actually really refreshing to switch off! x
  • Coombe Mill - Fiona

    Coombe Mill - Fiona

    15 June 2014 at 15:45 |
    What a wonderful weekend adventure! Beautiful surroundings to admire and explore, great accommodation and quality time with the family. Thanks for linking up and sharing your tree top adventure with Country KIds.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:58 |
      Thanks for having me Fiona! x
  • Kara

    Kara

    16 June 2014 at 11:40 |
    Wow wow wow, I am in love, what a beautiful post, not only for the amazing treehouse but the family inside it.
    I have wanted to stay in a treehouse since I was little, no lies, I always decided when we had kids we would go, obvs this is not wheelchair access but I have decided I don't care if my back breaks I am taking my babies here, I will find a way xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:58 |
      It was amazing Kara and I hope you get to experience it with your babies one day. xx
  • Karen

    Karen

    16 June 2014 at 12:02 |
    This looks beautiful, the sort of place I'd love. The bit about the pjs made me laugh and I think my husband would have had to hold my hand to the outside bathroom too haha. Gorgeous video too xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:57 |
      Thanks Karen! It was so scary at 2am going outside to wee! x
  • jenny paulin

    jenny paulin

    17 June 2014 at 22:27 |
    i have been meaning to pop over for a while to look at this post in more detail after i saw it on my inbox.
    Katie this place looks so enchanting and magical like you say. a place for fairies and soecial memories to be made. it just looks amazing and i would love to experience it for myself i am very envious xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:56 |
      Thanks Jenny, it really was amazing, I would definitely recommend a trip there for you one day. x
  • Suzanne

    Suzanne

    18 June 2014 at 21:07 |
    Wow. What a gorgeous, quirky little place! Since blogging and the whole social media bug took its hold on me, I've panicked at the thought of being totally cut off - I take my hat off to you! It must have been blissful though. No temptation to 'log on' even when on holiday.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:49 |
      I know I was the same Suzanne, but since switching off for this weekend and our recent holiday to Rhodes, I can honestly say it's definitely good to have a break. It will all be there when you get back. x
  • Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Steph @MisplacedBrit

    19 June 2014 at 09:07 |
    wow wow wow! What a STUNNING place ...And your pictures are OUTSTANDING!
    I love love love the one with the 'forgot the baby carrier'; snuggles with pappa, and stories with grandma
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:47 |
      Ah thank you Steph for the lovely comment! x
  • Amy Keeling

    Amy Keeling

    23 June 2014 at 18:30 |
    This place looks AMAZING!! Loved the vid, looks like a great time had by all. x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:46 |
      It really was amazing, thanks Amy! x
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    01 July 2014 at 13:11 |
    Wow what a nice little haven of a place - I bet it was the perfect place to really chill out. I need to find something like this! :)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:44 |
      It was lovely to switch off and just be together for a weekend. x
  • TalesofaTwinMum

    TalesofaTwinMum

    09 July 2014 at 10:58 |
    Wow that place looks amazing. Congratulations again on winning. The video is so cute - I love it! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 13:44 |
      Thank you, it really was so fantastic. x

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