in the swim #countrykids

During the half term we went to North Yorkshire for a family get away. We had been wondering what to plan for my dad’s birthday. It was a big decade one and we knew he wouldnt be keen on having a big ‘do’ so we started hatching a plan on what to do. I did a couple of evenings surfing t’internet looking for ideas about location, what to do, where to stay..i went from city breaks (but hey…we have small kids so discarded pretty quickly) to big barn conversations all in one with a huge swimming pool in the middle (booked) or large beautifully converted farm houses for large numbers of people. I had fun looking at different places and it seemed that the main issue we were going to come up against was the fact that in the february half term everyone else seemed to be thinking the same thing!!

We eventually found somewhere and whilst it had beautiful cottages the biggest thing for my kids was the pool. It had a small, private pool and the kids adored it and where able to swim two or three times a day. For them it was total bliss. It was a real eye-opener for me as well as for a long time i haven’t enjoyed swimming at all. I have pretty much avoided getting anywhere near water unless i was needed in the adult to kid ratio!  I know, not great..but ten years of paddling in the shallowest of swimming pools, with the wind howling round me hasn’t really lent itself to a joyful relationship…

But with my youngest being looked after, as she came down with a bit of a cold whilst we were there, meant that i could go into the pool with my older kids who can all swim reasonably well. In this lovely environment without having to worry about a toddler running across a slippery pool side and giving themselves a head injury..i had a bit of an epipheny.

Its not that i dont like swimming…im just not massively keen on swimming with toddlers, I find the stress of it and having to be in a constant state of ‘ready to jump as they might fall in and drown!” was draining and i had convinced myself that i actually didnt like swimming itself!

The kids and I had a blast, so cool seeing how great they can all swim and trying to get the furthest underwater. Even managed a few lengths of front crawl..its been such a long time. I was actually sad that i didnt get to go in on the last morning before we left as i was packing!

Maybe my view is changing with the times eh?



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  1. Candace Mantle
    March 8, 2014 / 12:17 am

    Sounds like a wonderful break. The luxury of having our own private indoor pool really appeals where as the local leisure centre, screaming kids, communal changing rooms somehow doesn’t

  2. March 8, 2014 / 12:38 am

    Totally with you re toddler swimming. Standing in a pool and not being able to just swim off, does rather dim the attraction. Loving it now that all of mine are older and can swim at least a little. Often thought a cottage would a pool would be ideal. Maybe this year. #CountryKids
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  3. Mob
    March 8, 2014 / 6:43 am

    Wonderful family get together great find thank you Sarah xx

  4. March 8, 2014 / 7:01 am

    I find it blissful when I can spend the day with the kids at a pool as they’re happy cavorting in the water non stop. I’m in the water most of the time too but must admit I look forward to when they’re older and I can also take time off to read a book by the edge of the pool without having to watch them the whole time.
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  5. Ruth Cumming
    March 8, 2014 / 7:43 am

    Looks like they had a lot of fun! We love swimming too, I used to do it competitively as a child/teenager and now love seeing my boys learning. I don’t get too stressed, though I imagine it gets easier when they get older. #CountryKids

  6. Sarah Ryman
    March 8, 2014 / 8:05 am

    Great pics.

  7. March 8, 2014 / 4:44 pm

    Oh, I can relate to this, I love swimming and all three of mine take classes. But, I have to get in the pool with the wee girl, and I’m really not a fan, it’s cold and tiring! And, all the mums that do the class say the same thing 🙂 It would be lovely to go swimming on my own! #CountryKids
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