But sadly it's the annual cricket tour! Number 2 son plays for the county and every year they have a tour. We've been to Worcestershire where we spent a few days squeezed into a travelodge! We booked a £19 a night family room in the travelodge sale but I have a feeling they mistook us for a family of sardines!
The builder and I were in a double bed, number 1 son on a small single with a pull out bed underneath for Little Miss. Number 2 son stayed with his team in a school dorm.
It wasn't a popular choice as when we asked around there was a lot of "oh no, we just rent a small cottage", or "there's a lovely hotel just along the road, swimming pool and everything"!!
Number 1 son can be a very restless sleeper and we were woken on the first night by slightly muffled cries of "HELP!" He had fallen off his bed onto Little Miss, she had woken but he had not. He'd managed to shift himself around and got his head wedged under his own bed but was laying right across her! We managed to pull him free, put him back in his own bed (still asleep!) and then get her back to sleep - it was a tiring stay!
The scenery however of the Malvern Hills was spectacular and I took hundreds of photographs.
These are just a couple showing the college where all the cricket was played.
The following 2 years we visited Ipswich. I don't want to put down Ipswich Town as
I'm sure it can be a very nice place; however I can drive there in just over an hour so it's not my ideal destination for a short holiday.
Well this years tour was eagerly anticipated; other age groups have travelled to all parts of the world for their County Tours. India, South Africa, Australia etc..... so where would ours be? A little worry about the cost but I'm willing to overload my plastic for a trip abroad!
Anyway it was announced......wait for it.... Bury St Edmonds!! Just outside of Ipswich around 1 hour 15 mins from home!!
This year I'm not booking a travelodge or any kind of hotel, I'll drive there each day. The builder stays with the team as he helps to coach.
We'll pack our usual enormous picnic and travel home each evening, it's hard to say whether the diesel will cost more or less than a hotel.
Of course if the band want me to tour with them, I'd stay over!