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Where did we go?


Have you ever had that experience of not realising how much you needed something until you're actually in the moment itself?

That's what this holiday was to us.


I think it was a good month or two back that me and James booked this little getaway. After a particular taxing week with the kids and work combined we spoke one evening about getting away for a few days and booked it then and there on a whim.

Even though the whole reason we booked Natural Retreats was because of how stressed we were back at home I didn't quite understand how good it would be for us until we were actually there.

It was blissful.

I mean really blissful.

Three full days of doing what we wanted when we wanted. It may not sound like much to some (or I don't know, maybe it does? Three days certainly felt a lot to us!) but it relaxed me in ways I didn't even realise I needed. It felt freeing. We had lie ins. We had forest walks and cycling on the moors. We even had a full day of staying in the lodge in our pyjamas, with an abundance of junk food and unlimited Netflix. I had time to read a book and watch the sunset on the lodge porch and drink in the silence. And most importantly we had time to just be us, Abbie & James rather than mummy and daddy.

We missed the kids terribly, of course we did. It was the longest we've been away from them and I sat and watched videos of them on my phone more than I care to admit. But it was a good kind of miss, you know? Having the opportunity to actually miss them felt good. And I had no anxiety about how they would be coping without us because they were with their grandparents who they have an extremely close relationship with. They were in great hands and we were lucky to be able to have zero worries at all on that score leaving us free to fully enjoy our break.

Why Natural Retreats?

When trying to decide where to go on that evening back in early October we kept coming back to Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales. We went there in December with Lily two years ago whilst I was heavily pregnant with Archer as a sort of last holiday as a family of three and we had an amazing time. I've always thought of it fondly, as one of my favourite memories of just the three of us. And we talked about how lovely it would be to go back somewhere that had some meaning to us.


Myself & Lily 2015

I brought along the camera and intended on taking photos throughout our time there but actually, as much as I adore photography, carrying the camera around everywhere with me felt a little bit too much like work back home and so I ended up only taking it out on one trip on the last day. Which I think was the best decision I could have made for myself. I will post the photos I did manage to take though as I know I'll always look back at them fondly and remember a freeing week, a week that ended up being entirely what we both needed.


a rainbow came out on the last day, just as we were packing the car to leave and it felt like it signified something. A perfect end to a perfect getaway.


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6 comments

  1. Wow, that looks just dreamy! The Ultimate retreat - so glad you had a lovely time, the rainbow at the end was just perfect!

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  2. Sounds heaven! How I would love to have a break like this with my husband. Gorgeous photos!

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  3. It looks and sounds amazing! I definitely need a three day break away like this x

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  4. It looks so peaceful and relaxing. I'm not sure how well I would cope without having the constant everythingness, but I would love to spend some time with just my partner. So important to focus on couple time of more than a few rushed hours on an evening.

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  5. It looks so lovely here! So glad you’s has a great time, sometimes you just need the little break. Alone time with your partner seems to go out the window after kids! Pictures are beautiful as always love x

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  6. Sometimes you really do need time as a couple. It can really help you connect again. It's very rare in our house but even a trip to the cinema as a couple can do the world of good.

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