Summer fun – July!
My summer holiday got off to a lovely start. I submitted my last assignment on Wednesday 26 June, then jetted off to Menorca, with my husband and daughter, the following Saturday. We stopped just outside of Punta Prima. I love Menorca; it’s such a lovely island. My husband and I hadn’t visited the island before having our daughter. We did our first visit in 2017, and this year was our third visit. It’s a very quiet island, easy to get around and the locals are really friendly. I think it’s great for families. During our week we got out of the resort and visited the capital, Mahon. Mahon is a lovely place to spend the day. I particularly enjoy a walk along the harbour.
We also visited a couple of fishing villages near to our resort – Biniancolla and Binibequer. We’ve visited Mahon a couple of times before and on our first trip to Menorca we went to Biniancolla, but this was our first trip to Binibequer. We found both fishing villages picturesque.
We got back from Menorca on the weekend of the Godiva Festival. This year was the first year that you had to purchase tickets for the festival, so I had already got our tickets for the Sunday. There was a family field, with children’s fairground rides and a small petting zoo, so my daughter was happy. Plus, they had cheesy nachos and Robin S (plus various other bands), to keep the adults entertained! And, as an added bonus, the rain held off, so it was a nice family day out.
The weekend after the Godiva, my daughter and I attended the Allesley festival. Considering I live in Coventry, this year is the first time that I’ve been to the Allesley festival! It was a nice day out and consisted of a carnival procession and a fete at the local primary school. The following week included a trip to Umberslade farm, to see the newborn piglets…
…then, a visit to London. I always enjoy a trip to London. It’s busy, but I love sightseeing around the centre. However, this was the first visit with my daughter. Tackling the London underground with bags, a buggy and a 2-year-old was interesting! Thankfully, I had my husband in tow, to help! It was a long day, but we did some sightseeing, visited the Shrek experience and had a nice lunch at Bubba Gump.
July also saw my last day as a volunteer ‘Story Starter’, for the charity ‘Beanstalk’. I started volunteering last year and have worked in a local primary school, reading to 3 nursery children, twice a week. It’s been really rewarding, and I’ve certainly enjoyed the role; however, as I’ll be starting the final year of my Foundation Degree in October, I didn’t think that I’d be able to commit the hours to volunteering, next academic year. Instead, I’m hoping to do a similar role as a Warwick volunteer, but that will only be once a week, for 10 weeks. This month I’ve also been working as a CLL Student Ambassador, at Kenilworth library. I manned our library stall twice in July, meeting local people interested in finding out more about the courses on offer at Warwick.
Finally, over the past week, I’ve been spending time with my niece and nephew (as they are off school now). We’ve been out and about, when it’s not been raining! We did, however, manage to choose a lovely day to visit Abbey Fields park, in Kenilworth. We took a picnic over, and we got to see a couple of ducklings too…
So, July has been a fun-filled busy month. Now, I’m looking forward to what August has to offer. Hopefully some sunshine and more summer holiday fun! 🙂