2001 – Exmouth: self-catering hotel room. Pushchair walks into town. Putting on the hotel lawn.

2002 – Jersey: Bergerac Hotel. Ducks on our balcony. Zoo.

Cyprus: hotel with big-flowered climbing plants; room with a terrace; buses into town; Gabe frightened of his own shadow

2003 – Scotland

2004 – Center Parcs: red squirrels

Devon: farm, wedding anniversary party

2005 – Sorento, Italy: Eliza’s broken elbow, train trips to Naples, early flight home

2006 – Balmullo

Bredon: dining table train-track, visits to and from friends, swimming pools

2007 – Winchester: garden cottage, meetings with friends, Safari Park

France: with grandparents, Monkey Valley, dead voles in the cold pool, sunflower field

2008 – Cornwall: with grandparents, rain, leisure centre pool, pigs, Eden Centre

2009 -Harrogate: lodge by the duck lake, crossing stepping-stones at Bolton Abbey, Knaresborough, Fountains Abbey, Brimham Rocks, Jorvik

Norfolk: with grandparents, games in the garden, windy beaches, boat-trip to see seals.

2010 – I Pini, near Rome: Static caravan, swimming pool on-site, water-park, trips to Rome.

Devon: with grandparents, indoor pool, sandy beach, farm animals, pony ride, cave visit.

2011 – Frejus, South of France: campsite swimming pools, football pitch; boat-trip; Europe’s Grand Canyon

Scotland, St Andrews and Perthshire glens: with grandparents, walks, kayak, berry picking

2012 – Catalonia: Playa Bara and Cala Gogo campsites, pools, beaches, Barcelona tour, card games, kayak

Northumberland: castles, beaches & Olympics with grandparents, aunts and cousins.

2013 – Yorkshire: with extended family; games in the garden and tennis court; Fountains Abbey.

Menorca: all-inclusive resort with pool, sports, water park and Eliza’s hospital visit.

2014 – Boreatton Park, Shropshire: activity holiday.

2015 – Domaine St Pierre-le-Vieux in Languedoc

2016 – Calci in Tuscany

2017 – Bordeaux – surfing, cards, resting and favourite food


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