Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts

Safety in the pool and the importance of a swimming hat

Over on Facebook today I saw a post sharing a truly frightening story of a young girl getting her hair caught in a pool filter while on holiday, and subsequently nearly drowning. She lost chunks of hair and had to be treated in hospital, she was lucky to survive this terrifying experience.

I have read about pool filters and the dangers of them before, and whether at home or abroad it's easy to forget safety when we are on holiday and having fun.

When DD was younger she had waist length hair and because wet waist length hair is a pain when you are trying to swim, we bought her a swimming hat. While she initially hated it and thought it looked a bit silly, she soon realised the benefits, no wet hair all over your face as you surface, no tangles after swimming (or at least a lot fewer than when it's loose) and even slightly better speed when swimming as there is less drag!

When we holidayed in Spain there were signs all around the pool telling guests to wear a swimming hat if their hair was longer than shoulder length and the hotel sold swimming hats so that there was no excuse. Initially I assumed it was some hygiene reason, less loose hair in the pool or something, but I soon realised it was more about safety.

Girl wearing a swimming hat in a pool on a rubber ring

All long hair gets tangled, more so when wet and it's easy to catch it on things, valves of floats, step handles and of course, pool filters.

So my reminder to you all - if you are going to be using a pool this holiday - take swimming hats! You can buy all sorts of pretty or funky ones online for kids and adults alike. (they don't need to be latex or rubber either, you can buy material ones that are more comfy)

Wear your hat with pride, and stay safe.


Jason Bradbury demonstrates that even when you have more hair on your chest than your head, you can still rock a swimming hat



Eat what you like, it's a holiday

At home I'm a fairly strict parent. I'm all about balanced diets, five a day, no fizzy drinks and minimal crisp munching. We make homemade cakes so that they are not over sweet or full of E numbers. Most of our meals are made from scratch. In fact DD is so used to having 'meat and two veg' that she's not that keen on junk food!

But when we are on holiday (which for us usually means camping, all of that goes out the window (or the tent flap).

I suddenly favour things that will 'keep' without a fridge. Snacks that are prepacked (and thus insect proof) and easy to carry, cartons of juice, bags of crisps, 'breakfast' bars (that we all know are just sugar thrown at some oats), of course nature has given us the banana, the perfect snack food, also the easy peel satsuma, but other than that I'm looking at manmade all the way.

teen eating an apple at a festival

A stay in a cottage in the Brecon Beacons

For the first time in years we had a family holiday! Mainly as I agreed not to insist on canvas so that my Dear Husband felt able to come with Dear Daughter and I to the Brecon Beacons in Wales, in October.

We rented a cottage from Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages, we have been using the company since before we were married! So probably about 25 years (is that really possible?) and this made us confident that we'd get what we paid for.We started using them because they have a really good selection of dog friendly places, and Wales is excellent for dog walks! (Bring flexi leads though - there are lots of sheep about)

As we hadn't been away as a family for years I splashed out a bit and we rented a lovely 2 bedroom cottage in Talybont on Usk, with wifi, real log fire and all modern conveniences.

We were delighted to find the cottage was better equipped than our own home, with sky TV, two televisions bigger than our home one, a dishwasher (another thing we don't have) and a washing machine and tumble drier. The kitchen had claimed 'well equipped' and in the past I've found this to be an exaggeration unless a potato peeler and a bottle opener are the limits of your desires but in the case of the Malt House Coach House this was no exaggeration, from mixer to electric carving knife, from cafetiere to microwave, from knives to toaster, with pans, cake making stuff, Pyrex...it was amazing. (not that I did much more than grill Welsh beefburgers and fry Welsh fillet steak)

The wifi only worked at one end of the house which ended up being a blessing as it forced me to read when curled up on one of the various sofas in front of the log fire. (and all logs were provided) There were whole libraries of books, and DVDs for dark afternoons or wet days. On the last day of the holiday DH and I discovered there were hairdryers in each room too!

The cottage was perfect for lazy walks and pub visits - the nearest pub was across the road - and we spent some restful mornings wandering the canal. There was plenty to occupy us for the week and we were really spoilt. The young lady that welcomed was so helpful and friendly. In the summer the cottage even has use of a swimming pool, so we may well visit again.

We have all always loved the Beacons and this holiday was just lovely. I totally recommend Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages if you are after self catering accommodation in the area. Great for walking both canal side and mountain, for food, pubs and general relaxing.

Edited to add - This cottage in Wales is no longer available to rent for holidays, but you can still find your perfect Welsh Hoilday Cottage (many dog friendly) with Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages.

Camping, fabulous (semi-wild) camping

So, DD and I met up with my brother and his children and we all went camping at Dernwood Farm. It's sort of wild. There are flushing loos, running (cold) water and it's pretty busy but it's just a field, no marked pitches and you can have real fires (which was one of the main reasons we picked this site and was a great addition to camping)
crochet bunting decorating a canvas tent
There is a long walk from the car park but that's a big plus as there are no cars on the actual site to worry about. No danger for the kids and no car noise. (and safety for the many toads on the site)
toad in the grass
We visited Hailsham Leisure Centre on the one day it rained and the girls had great fun on the flume and in the pool. We also did a quick bit of charity shop shopping. On  the Sunday we went to Hastings and the girls played on the extremely windy beach.
windy beach in summer with children in wellies
shingle beach in summer
carrying wellies up a shingle beach
hair blowing in the wind
On the Monday wewent to Heathfield for the french market (in full moustache mode), made candles, bought bread and generally had a fab time.
three children in fake moustaches
candles at a french market
making candles at a french market
garlic at a french market
Eiffel towers for sale at a french market
And every night was fire and marshmallow night.
toasting marsh mallows over an open fire
toasting marsh mallows over an open fire
eating a toasted marsh mallow on a stick
toasting marsh mallows over an open fire
open fire
Now we can't wait for our next adventure!

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