We have had such a jam-packed half term with a visit to our happy place, Tenby. Our first stop was the beach (obvs!) and even though it was a little gusty, ok a lot gusty, we had a gorgeous time discovering rock pools and watching Rose playing in the sand. We hadn’t visited this little beach before which made the discovery all the more exciting. I could honestly spend hours on the beach – rain or shine – I’m not fussy. I just feel such a sense of peace listening to the waves crashing and watching the children and dog potter about. For me, this is simple living and it makes me so unbelievably happy.
It was a first outing wearing my new Lighthouse Wren jacket and I must say it was love at first sight when I opened the package. There was a thread in a blogging group the other day – something along the lines of ‘are you even a blogger if you don’t own a yellow rain jacket?!’ It did make me chuckle when lots of my blogging chums posted pics of themselves in their sunny yellow jackets, I am most definitely in the ‘yellow jacket club’ and I absolutely LOVE it!
Amazingly, Rose took the pic above of Justin and I – it was totally straight, captured Justin’s silly face at exactly the right moment and perfectly exposed. She’s 4! Future photographer perhaps?
Lighthouse is renowned for their on-trend nautical inspired clothing; they create well-crafted clothing for daily life, everyday adventures and for those who find joy in beautiful places – whatever the weather. The quality is really beautiful, my particular style The Wren Rain Jacket is completely waterproof and windproof with taped seams and an all-important hood. It is the perfect yellow colour, not too acrid or mustard, it’s bright, breezy and cheerful, brilliant for windy beach walks as well as the school run. The Wren is not a thick or heavy jacket, it’s easy to wear and roomy enough to fit a sweater underneath. There are also plenty of handy pockets which are really useful. The heavens opened when we were on the beach and I was so impressed with the jacket, not only did I stay completely dry I was also warm as toast!
After our initial beach stop, we headed into Tenby town for a mooch around and ended up in the harbour admiring all the moored boats. Rose collected hundreds of shells, we sat on the sand eating fish and chips and it really was one of the best days ever. Justin and I are so busy with work all the time so taking a few days away for family time is absolutely priceless.
The following day we stopped off at Dan Yr Ogof show caves. The attraction is tucked in amongst beautiful scenery and rolling hills, and the caves are the best we’ve ever visited. As well as three caves to explore there are life-size dinosaurs to marvel at which always goes down well with the kids.
We’ve spent the rest of the half term eating pancakes for breakfast and spending loads of time at the park, playing on scooters and taking Angus the dog for lots of woodland walks. Rose also got a new jacket from Lighthouse, the Erin Parka Coat. It’s a really trendy khaki colour and the entire inside, plus hood, has shearling lining which makes it wonderfully warm and cosy. It’s also waterproof and windproof, making it a super all-weather jacket suitable for all occasions. I really like the contrasting bright pink zip and seams against the khaki colour and the fact that the jacket is machine washable. I can’t fault it!
The jacket itself is incredibly well made and surprisingly thin (not in a bad way!) it’s brilliant because Rose always complains that she’s uncomfortable in her winter clothes. She’s had some coats before that have been so thick and wadded she could barely move. She hasn’t moaned once when wearing the Erin Parka, so if you are looking for a warm children’s jacket that is insulated but flexible then I really rate this jacket. On a particularly cold day I will layer up Rose with a sweater underneath but thanks to the clever design of the shearling insulated lining Rose won’t get cold when wearing this.
It’s been so nice having the kids around and we are all 100% refreshed and ready for the next term at school and the build-up to Christmas – the countdown is well and truly on!
*Thanks ever so much to Lighthouse for sending the jackets and for keeping us warm and dry this half term.