DevonDaze’s Diary – the last week of term

I say it so often, but I mean it every time – how can life be going so fast?! As I sit and reflect over the week we’ve just had I can barely believe that it’s been a whole week, how much has happened on the one hand, and how little (mostly of my ‘to do’ list) on the other! 

Last Friday was the school fair, and after spending the requisite time emptying my purse, filling the children with sugar and purchasing their Christmas creations, I felt the need to get everyone out for a good stretch in the fresh air.

We chose the beach and plumped for Budleigh Salterton, not knowing that is was coincidentally the night of their Christmas procession and late night shopping. We ended up watching the brilliantly-lit parade, listening to the brass band and joining in with the community carol service – a bit more than the dog walk we had bargained for! 

It was a lovely festive evening at which we were made to feel most welcome. We had refreshments in the Temple Methodist Church where there was also a gorgeous display based on the ’12 days of christmas’ – the children loved singing the song as they walked round and read about the meanings behind the words. 

We did finally make it on to the beach and had such a great time that we’ve planned to go in the dark again soon. We were lucky with the full, bright moon lighting our way – but watching the waves crash and lights glimmer in the darkness felt very special, and I was impressed at how the children seemed able to appreciate the experience.

The weekend brought the usual library visit and gymnastics class but also our prebooked trip to Killerton for their fairytale trail, ‘A Grimm Christmas’ – read all about our visit here.

On Sunday we were lucky enough to have tickets to go with friends to Exeter Cathedral to see the live nativity. It was a sweet service with lots to see and join in with and left us all feeling very Christmassy. The kids were particularly impressed with the fact that a real baby took part! 

The 7 year old also went to a party at Exeter Forest School and came home utterly filthy and very happy. It sounded an amazing afternoon of den building, mud kitchens, bonfire sausages and hot chocolate! 

Our dog walks this week have been particularly atmospheric and beautiful with lots of mist and twinkly lights. Pick of the bunch was a walk from the RSPB reserve at Exminster Marshes to the Turf Locks pub. The stillness of the water was magical. 

Tuesday was Lucia Day and we were kindly invited to Exeter Lucia by a friend of mine. The beautiful concert by candlelight was a fabulous experience and the children were completely entranced.

Wednesday involved a visit to one of our favourite festive places – Cotley Farm, where we took part in their fun and well organised Crafternoons with great take-home results.

In between all of this we had the end of term whirl of parties, performances, raffles and dress up days!

We managed to spend a bit of time turning our pine cone collection into decorations for teachers and friends amidst a snowstorm of glitter and sparkle, managing somehow to arrive at the end of the week more than ready for the break!

Hope you’ve had a fabulous week and are looking forward to some precious time off over the next couple of weeks.

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